Tottenham Hotspur stars fail to rekindle FA Cup ‘81 spirit

PUBLISHED: 16:58 09 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:11 09 February 2011

Gary Mabbutt, Phil Cornwell, Cliff Jones and Garth Crooks

Gary Mabbutt, Phil Cornwell, Cliff Jones and Garth Crooks


TOTTENHAM Hotspur legends visited the Hertfordshire hotel where the 1981 team stayed prior to their FA Cup Final win.

Phil Cornwell and sales manager Simon Standing

Garth Crooks – a member of the ’81 winning squad – Gary Mabbutt and Cliff Jones brought the famous trophy to Ponsbourne Park Hotel, in Newgate Street, last weekend for a feature shown on satellite channel ESPN.

The snippet was aired before the club’s fourth round match against Fulham and the trio, who were joined by Spurs fan and comedian Phil Cornwell, were hoping the visit would rekindle some of the spirit of 30 years ago.

However, by the end of the first half, with the North London side down to 10 men and losing 4-0, it was not to be.

Simon Standing, sales manager at the hotel and himself a fan of Harry Redknapp’s side, said: “Many football teams used to stay here before the FA Cup Final.

“Nowadays we just cater for the public, mainly in our restaurant and hotel.”

He added: “It was fantastic hearing stories of the past and all the guys were absolutely great, and had a lot of time for everyone here.”

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