In this article we look back at our encounters with the Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich. Who we beat 6-0 in our first meeting and have since played twice in European competition.
We have also encountered them on a non-competitive stage both at home and around the globe.
The first of those two meetings in Europe competition came in the autumn of 1982 when we were paired in the second round of the European Cup Winners Cup. The first leg at White Hart Lane ended in a 1-1 draw with Spurs missing several first choice players we went ahead after a few minutes, Steve Archibald (who would later go off with a muscle pull) giving us the lead. Tottenham were unlucky not to go further ahead. Then after the break the Germans raised their game and leveled following a mishit clearance.
The sides met two weeks later in the Olympic Stadium. Spurs were delayed leaving from England by bad weather and on arrival they were met by dense fog which then plagued the game.
In poor visibility with large parts of the ground often out of sight from the other end, with only the noise of fans informing those at the other end what was happening.
Left - Mabbutt in the first leg, 1982.
Both managers met with the referee at half time, by then the home side was two goals up, but the game continued. Fifteen minutes from the end the Germans scored ensuring there would be no late come back. Chris Houghton did score but Munich added a fourth on the night to put us out.
Strange as it may seem our second meeting arrived the very next season when we met in the third round of the UEFA Cup. This time we started the tie away, the game falling just a few days after the anniversary of the previous season’s game. The night was at least clear on this occasion but was bitterly cold with sub zero temperatures. The attendance was some thirty thousand lower than the year before.
Spurs were in the mood for revenge and both Falco and Archibald went close early on.
As the game went on the Germans took control and we picked up several bookings as we were forced to defend.
Right - First leg '82- Crooks and Miller.
Bayern scored the only goal of the game in the dying minutes and the teams would meet at White Hart Lane at the beginning of December. Spurs felt they could turn the tie around at home whilst the Germans were confident they would go through. They then turned up the pressure by saying that Glenn Hoddle would not get into their team.
Hoddle not for the first time answered his critics on the field. The press called Spurs ‘battle hardened’ as they learn't the lessons of European football and Hoddle was at the center of everything. After ten minutes he played a pass through the center and Falco struck the post. Tottenham then had a number of chances but failed to score. The goal finally came just after the break when Hoddles center found Roberts who headed down and Archibald lashed home. Spurs looked for the winner but with injuries to several players they left it to the last five minutes when Falco again hit the post but this time managed to get the ball home.
Outside of competition we played them twice in the summer of 1966 during our visit to North America, beating them 3-0 in Detroit, Weller, Saul and Venables scoring for us before we drew 1-1 in Chicago two days later when Ron Henry scored a rare goal.
Then In December 1973 they came to WHL for Phil Beals’s testimonial game.
Our other meeting with them was during the tour of Germany in 1914 and is described in ‘The Unfriendly Tour’ as we won that game 6-0. The tour finished with the Spurs being stoned and the Chairman robbed.
In the summer of 2015 we traveled to Munich for the Audi Cup but did not meet the hosts.
As always if you know any German connections not covered in this series please feel free to contact me. In part 4 we discover when the first overseas visitors played Spurs at the Lane in a game with fifteen goals.
Below - Falco on ground and his winner '83. Top - Archibald same game.
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