european cup winners cup - 1963

Route to the Final : -

Round 2 - 1st Leg 31.10.62 Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) H 5 - 2 White 2, Allen, Norman, Shearer (o.g.) 58,859
Round 2 - 2nd Leg 11.12.62 Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) A 3 - 2 R. Smith 2, Greaves 80,000
Round 3 - 1st Leg 05.03.63 Slovan Bratislava (Czechoslovakia) A 0 - 2 - 15,000
Round 3 - 2nd Leg 14.03.63 Slovan Bratislava (Czechoslovakia) H 6 - 0 Greaves 2, Mackay, White, R. Smith, Jones. 61,504
Semi-Final - 1st Leg 24.04.63 OFK Belgrade (Yugoslavia) A 2 - 1 White, Dyson 45,000
Semi-Final - 2nd Leg 01.05.63 OFK Belgrade (Yugoslavia) H 3 - 1 Jones, Mackay, R. Smith 59,736


Match Details : - 


Date : -  Wednesday 15th May 1963

Venue : -  Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.

Crowd : -  40,000

Weather : - 

Referee : -  ()

Score : -

Atletico Madrid 1 5 Tottenham Hotspur

Goalscorers : -


Collar (p) 15



Greaves 15
White 32
Dyson 67
Greaves 80
Dyson 89

Teams : - 

Atletico Madrid : - Madinabeytia, Rivilla, Rodrigues, Ramiro, Griffa, Glaria, Jones, Adelardo, Shuzo, Mendonca, Collar

Tottenham Hotspur : -  Bill Brown; Peter Baker, Ron Henry, Maurice Norman; Tony Marchi, Danny Blanchflower, John White; Cliff Jones, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith, Terry Dyson.

Match Report : -  

4,000 Spurs fans were among the 40,00 at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam to cheer Tottenham to the first European trophy win for an British club, as they demolished the holders Atletico Madrid with a stunning performance.

The Spanish side were alleged to be set for a payment of 360 per man if they held onto the trophy and their early approach hinted that they would try to do so whatever it took.  And without the injured Dave Mackay, perhaps they felt that they could scare Spurs out of the game.

Bobby Smith was hit with a second minute challenge that took him to the floor from behind and then the perpetrator Jorge Griffa stamped on him for good measure.  Perhaps he had chosen the wrong man to "let know he was there" and it sent a message to the Tottenham players to move the ball quickly and move around the Atletico men.

This paid dividends in the 15th minute, when John White and Danny Blanchflower got possession of the ball and played it up to Booby Smith, who came short to receive it.  Smith released Cliff Jones to race down the right wing and his early, near-post cross picked out Jimmy Greaves arriving at the near post, where he met the ball with a half volley that ripped into the net.

This inspired Spurs and chances from both Blanchflower and Dyson went close, but in the 32nd minute, Jimmy Greaves went wide and pulled a low ball back into the penalty area.  Smith stepped over the ball and it ran on to John White on the edge of the box and his instant control allowed him to time to get away a left footed drive through a crowd of players in front of him and past the keeper to make it 2-0 to Tottenham.

The rest of the half saw Tottenham play out the time, with little threat from the Spanish team, but the second half saw an expected renaissance by Atletico and just 50 seconds into the second period, Ron Henry punched away a shot from Antonio Chuzo that was going into the top corner, giving Madrid a penalty.  Enrique Collar stepped up to coolly knock in the spot-kick and the lead was halved.

The holders then stepped up the tempo of their game, with Ramiro Rodriques going close and Chuzo also missed by inches, as the pressure brought four Spanish corners in the space of five minutes.  It was down to the experience of Maurice Norman and Blanchflower that Tottenham weathered the storm.  In addition, Mackay's replacement, Tony Marchi, played a fine game, in keeping the Atletico Madrid midfield closed down at a time when they were looking to push forward. 

But then Spurs were 3-1 ahead and it was the goal that turned the game.  Terry Dyson picked up a ball on halfway, took a touch over the head of defender Feliciano Rivilla and hit an immediate lob towards the danger zone, where it floated over keeper Edgardo Madinabeytia and under the bar with twenty two minutes left in the final.

Dyson's goal extinguished any hope that might have flickered in the Atletico players hearts and Tottenham played like the fine side they were with passing football keeping the ball away from the Spaniards.  With ten minutes to go, Jimmy Greaves joyfully fired home his second goal.  Dyson was the provider with a low cross that the prolific striker struck on the volley to ripple the net for Tottenham's fourth.

With the final coming to the last minute, Dyson once more found himself through on goal and ran 40 yards with the ball.  There was no support from white-shirted Spurs players around him, so he hit the ball with all his remaining might and it flew past the goalie to give Tottenham a 5-1 winning score-line.

Comments : - 

Spurs became the first British team to win a European trophy.  It was to be another four years before Celtic won the European Cup before more European silverware came to the British Isles.


Spurs pose with the European Cup Winners Cup after defeating Atletico Madrid.
Back Row (from left) : Jimmy Greaves, Maurice Norman, Bill Brown, John White, Bobby Smith, Tony Marchi.
Front Row (from left) : Terry Dyson, Ron Henry, Danny Blanchflower, Peter Baker, Cliff Jones.

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