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Two fine first-leg goals by centre-forward Martin Chivers set up victory for Tottenham in the 1972 Uefa Cup, but for the England international and his club-mates glory was accompanied by a sense of anticlimax.

It was the first European final to be contested by two English teams, Wolverhampton providing the opposition. "It did not really feel like a European final, more like a League game, especially after the experience of playing Milan in the San Siro in the semi-final," he said.

None the less, the match provided moments about which he never tires of talking, which is just as well given his role as match-day host in the Legends' Lounge at White Hart Lane. "It's quite hard work in that you are on your feet all day but it is lovely for me to be able to reminisce."

Chivers left Spurs for Servette of Geneva and wound down his career at Norwich and Brighton before becoming player-manager of Dorchester. But he opted against staying in football. "I enjoyed management but I had a young family and I had to decide whether I wanted to drag them around the country."

For the past 13 years he and his wife, Julia, have run the Brookmans Park Hotel in Hertfordshire. "The hotel is 800 yards from our house, which is quite luxurious, really, in that we are always available while not living on the premises."

Chivers also guides the Old Spurs team through a busy programme of charity matches, occasionally allowing his sons Nick, 20, and 17-year-old Luke to make up the numbers. He also has two daughters, from his first marriage.