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A look back at Tottenham Hotspur vs QPR-FA Cup final 1982

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the 1982 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur would go on to win their seventh trophy, courtesy of a replay.

The hotly contested tie saw Spurs retain the trophy they won the previous season. The victory brought us level with Aston Villa, who had the most victories in the competition back then.

Battling against the second division side QPR, Tottenham found the Hoops a worthy opponent. The final was decided by a replay, becoming just the third final in the 20th century to achieve that distinction.

Tottenham Hotspur won their seventh FA Cup on the day

Tottenham Hotspur won their seventh FA Cup on the day

The first final was held on 22nd May at Wembley Stadium. With the game scoreless after 90, it went into extra time. Glen Hoddle looked to have won it with ten minutes left, only for Terry Fenwick to bring QPR level.

The tie would go into a replay that would eventually be played five days later on May 27, 1982. Glenn Hoddle would once again get on the scoresheet as he cooly slotted in a tenth-minute penalty.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavy favourites

To say the match was anything but hard-fought would be an understatement

It would be fair to say that QPR were the better team on the night. Not only did they have a goal ruled out for offside, but went close numerous times while also hitting the post.

But the defending champions held on and another chapter was written in Tottenham’s love affair with the FA Cup.

The victory also preserved our unbeaten run in the competition’s final. To this date, we have played in nine finals and won eight of them. The lone loss came in 1987 against Coventry City.

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Our Argentine duo Ossie Ardilles and Ricky Villa chose to sit out of the match owing to the Falklands War that was going on at the time. The pair who had lit up the previous season’s final had returned to their home country amidst hostilities.

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