Chris Turner

Game of the Day: Spurs 1 SAFC 2

by Ashley Houghton

Keeper Turner inspires away win.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 2

5th December 1984

Chris Turner turned in one of the great goalkeeping performances as Sunderland pulled off a cup upset in the League Cup fourth round against Tottenham.

The Black Cats drew 0-0 at Roker Park with Spurs, mainly thanks to a fine performance from Turner, to set up a replay at White Hart Lane.

Sunderland left Wearside with little hope of victory as the UEFA Cup winners had a point to prove after losing to the Wearsiders in a league game earlier that campaign.

England international Graham Roberts, who had been sent off in the league game between the two earlier in the season, gave Spurs the lead from the penalty spot on five minutes and signalled that it may be a miserable evening for Sunderland.

That wasn’t to be the case, though, as ex-Chelsea winger Clive Walker made the most of excellent approach play from David Hodgson and Howard Gayle to slot home a valuable equaliser.

The visitors took the lead early in the second-half as Gordon Chisholm, who conceded the early penalty, saw his shot deflect off Spurs defender Paul Miller to wrong-foot England goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

It seemed Spurs had found a way back into the game with ten minutes remaining; Shaun Elliott handled Chris Hughton’s cross to earn the London side their second penalty of the match.

Roberts stepped up but saw his powerful penalty miraculously saved by Turner and the resolute Sunderland defence held firm in the dying stages to produce a memorable cup win.

Spurs: Clemence, Stevens, Hughton, Roberts, Miller, Perryman, Chiedozie, Falco, Allen (Mabbutt), Hoddle, Hazard.

Sunderland: Turner, Venison, Daniel, Bennett, Chisholm, Elliott, Berry, Gayle, Hodgson (West), Proctor, Walker.

Attendance: 25,835