THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Trip to Molineux brings back pain of 1980 (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Trip to Molineux brings back pain of 1980
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
I SUPPOSE it’s a bit like scratching an itch that’s always there.
A visit to Wolves this weekend always brings back memories of a fateful night never lost in the mists of time.
If you were there you’ll never forget it. If you weren’t, let me tell you about it.
I’ll try not to let the bitterness come through too much. Okay, maybe a little bit.
It was back in February 1980.
Swindon Town were enjoying one of their best seasons for many a long year.
The likes of Ray McHale, Roy Carter, Chris Kamara (before he was famous), Brian Williams and Ian Miller graced the Robins red.
The prolific duo of Alan Mayes and Andy Rowland scored nearly 60 goals between them and were as good as a striking partnership gets.
The side reached the fourth round of the FA Cup, only to lose unluckily in a replay to the Ardiles and Hoddle-inspired Tottenham, and they’d beaten Arsenal in one of THE great County Ground nights to reach the League Cup semi-final against Wolves.
This was a Wanderers side in the top flight that included the likes of Andy Gray and Emlyn Hughes.
Wolves on Tuesday, Tottenham on Saturday. Heady days indeed.
The first leg was won with goals by the aforementioned Mayes and Rowland in front of nearly 26,000 fans. It was then onto the West Midlands three weeks later.
A surreal night as Eusebio was one of the guests paraded at half-time.
I can still see now the image of Mayes spitting out teeth after being brought down by Wolves goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw.
“A dive,” said Emlyn Hughes. The blood said otherwise.
“A penalty,” said the referee and the ball was put away by McHale.
Sadly, that was the highlight of the night for Swindon as goals from Mel Eves helped the Wolves on their way.
It seemed the gods and some odd decisions conspired against the Town repeating their 1969 success in the same competition.
It was an empty and painful feeling walking away from Molineux. We witnessed it from a stand seemingly several miles from the pitch. It still hurts all these years later.
Yes it REALLY hurts. Here’s to three points on Saturday.
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