Sunderland-born Micky Hazard has recalled the high emotions of his first ever appearance at Roker Park for Tottenham in a fascinating interview.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting of the two clubs, skilful midfielder Hazard, a match day host for Spurs home games at White Hart Lane, revealed to tottenhamhotspur,com his memories of that day, back in the 1981-82 season.
Hazard, a star for St Aidan’s and Sunderland Boys prior to moving south to Spurs as a 16-year-old in 1976, was breaking into the first team for the first time when the Londoners visited Roker on October 17, 1981.
Hazard, now 55, said: “I remember it as if it was yesterday, every moment.
“It was the first time I’d been to Roker Park as a Spurs player and there was plenty going on in my head beforehand.
“For a start, I was never usually nervous before a game but I was for this one, I was set to play in front of my family, my friends and people who had seen me grow up but had never watched me live, so to speak.
“On top of that, I had to sort out all the family requests for tickets!
“I have a big family, four sisters, two brothers, uncles, aunts and of course they all wanted to come.
“So I had a lot going on but once we got to Roker Park, that all disappeared. I was excited, nervous. My dad, George, took me everywhere when I was a schoolboy, watched every game and here I was, set to play in front of him in our home town.
“Everything went unbelievably well. We had a fantastic team in 81-82, world-class and I was just starting to break through.
“I’d set up a goal against Forest two weeks before with a ball to the far post that Glenn (Hoddle) cushioned into to Mark Falco, who finished and I did the same here, a 30-yard ping to Glenn, who found Steve Archibald who scored for 1-0. I was on cloud nine at that point.
“In the second half, it got even better. The ball broke to me, I shaped to shoot, took it around Barry Siddall in the Sunderland goal and tapped home for 2-0.
“I can’t remember much after that, although I celebrated like a right wally!
“I was back home, I set up the first goal, scored the second, was named man of the match and I was everyone’s hero after!
“Even the Sunderland supporters were saying ‘well done Micky’, although there was a bit of banter as well!
“It meant so much because I knew my mum Margaret, who had given up so much for me, who made sure I had the best of everything, would have read the headlines about me in the Sunderland Echo the next day and just to see the look on my dad’s face afterwards meant so much.
“I’m even getting a tear in my eye speaking about it now!
“It was a magical day for me.”
Hazard won the FA Cup and the Uefa Cup with Spurs, making 170 appearances in two stints, sandwiching spells at Chelsea, Portsmouth and Swindon.