Ten years on, that glory, glory night against Internazionale is still fresh in the memory.
Fans lucky enough to be at White Hart Lane on 2 November 2010, will never forget it. They can probably still picture Gareth Bale tearing down the left, Rafa van der Vaart’s early goal, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko’s tap-ins, the noise – the holders were spectacularly put to the sword as our famous old stadium rocked under the lights.
But that Champions League run was more than just Inter, Gareth and ‘Taxi for Maicon’. It was digging ourselves out of a hole in Switzerland, goals, goals and more goals, singing in the rain at the Lane, highs and lows in the San Siro and, ultimately, a red card and despair in the Bernabeu.
Crouchy was central to it all. The popular striker scored the famous winner at Manchester City in May 2010 that got us into the Champions League play-off, then a hat-trick in that play-off, our first goal in the group stage, another against Inter, the winner against Milan – and it was his red card that lef tus reeling against Real Madrid!
So, a decade on, here are his memories of 2010/11 and our run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League at our first attempt…
Play-off, first leg – 17.08.10 Young Boys 3-2 Spurs Play-off, second leg – 25.08.10 Spurs 4-0 Young Boys
We were in trouble at 3-0 down in Switzerland, but goals from Sebastian Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko dragged us back, and Crouchy bagged a hat-trick in the second leg to take us into the group stage…
“I remember the away game. I was on the bench and we let ourselves down a bit. We went 3-0 behind and we were all thinking ‘we’ve worked so hard to get here and we could go out’. There was a lot of pressure on the return leg, but everyone was up for it. Thankfully, it was a great moment and a proud night for me.
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On the pitch, we have started the year well and I have been pleased with the determination and application that my players have shown. Not only have we recorded three important victories against Leeds United, Brentford and Marine, those results have seen us continue to progress in each competition, including reaching the final of the Carabao Cup.
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes makes a spectacular leap to gather the ball under pressure from Fulham’s Chris Smalling as our defensive duo Michael Dawson and Ledley King stand on patrol during our victory over the Cottagers in January 2010.
THE ROAD TO GLORY
As we approach a year ending in ‘One’ and look forward to celebrating a number of anniversaries of our previous trophy triumphs, in each matchday programme this season we’ll reflect on one game that we played along the road to glory in one of those successes.
Tottenham Hotspur has always been described as a club of ‘firsts’ as we’ve blazed a trail throughout the game in this country and abroad down the years. In each programme this season, we will reflect on the matches, the people and the occasions that have seen us set the standard and helped shape our history.
IN THAT NUMBER
Continuing a new feature for this season, as we put one of our fans in the hotseat each issue to find out more about their support and what Spurs means to them.
Looking back at the Spurs programme that greeted today’s visitors in past seasons. Club Historian John Fennelly reflects on Fulham’s visit to Tottenham in April 1949.
LEGENDS ON LEGENDS
Continuing our feature for 2020/21, as we speak to our former stars about their memories of great players from our opponents. This afternoon, a player who featured for both clubs with distinction, ALAN MULLERY, reflects on former Fulham great JOHNNY HAYNES.
The story of Fulham’s first team coaching trio and their roots in our Academy set-up.
A DIFFICULT YEAR
SERGE AURIER openly discusses what has been a tough year for him off the pitch following the death of his brother Christopher in July as well as talking about the on-the-pitch battle for the right-back slot.
Where Are They Now?
A graduate of our Academy, Stephen Kelly went on to make almost halfa-century of appearances for us before going on to help today’s opponents Fulham to the Europa League Final in 2010. We recently caught up with the former Republic of Ireland international to discuss his time at the club, his journey since and find out what he’s up to now.
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A researcher says that vitamin D is like a steroid and is urging the public to spend some time outside soaking in the sunshine vitamin.
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