In honour of Ricky Villa's birthday, five great Tottenham FA Cup goals

Tottenham's Ricky Villa goes past City's Ray Ranson on his mazy run to score the third goal

The Argentine and scorer of one of the most famous goals in FA Cup history for Tottenham is 64-years-old.

 Happy birthday Ricky Villa!

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who made 179 appearances and scored 25 goals in a five-year spell at White Hart Lane, celebrates his 64th birthday on Thursday.

Tottenham's Ricky Villa goes past City's Ray Ranson on his mazy run to score the third goal

Tottenham's Ricky Villa goes past City's Ray Ranson on his mazy run to score the third goal

But the best of the lot came in the 1981 FA Cup final replay against Manchester City, where he scored one of the greatest FA Cup goals of all time which helped Spurs to a 3-2 win and cup glory.

So in honour of the World Cup-winner and that fantastic solo goal, here are five of the best FA Cup goals scored by Tottenham legends, starting with the main man himself.

1. Ricky Villa vs Manchester City - 1981 FA Cup final replay

Ask any Spurs fan what the name Ricky Villa means and they'll reply with 'that FA Cup goal against Man City.' And what a fine goal it was.

City and Spurs drew 1-1 in the original final, forcing a replay five days later. With the scores at 2-2, Villa, who scored Spurs' first goal in the match, picked up the ball from just outside the box and, surrounded by a sea of sky blue shirts, dribbled his way across the penalty area and slotted the ball under Joe Corrigan.

It was a goal worthy to win any final and gave Spurs their sixth FA Cup victory and Villa eternal glory, later winning Wembley's Goal of the Century in 2001. 

2. Paul Gascoigne vs Arsenal - 1991 FA Cup semi final

Ask any Spurs fan what the name Paul Ga... yeah yeah, you get the idea. But Gazza scored arguably one of the greatest ever free-kick, and to do it in the semi final and against your fiercest rivals? That's not bad going is it?

Unfortunately in the final against Nottingham Forest he had to be stretchered off in the first half, playing no part in Spurs' triumph after tearing his cruciate ligaments in his knee, but his magical moment in the semi-final lives on for all to see.

Simply Gazza at his very best.

3. Glenn Hoddle vs Chelsea - 1982 FA Cup quarter final

Tottenham went into the quarter final as FA Cup holders, while Chelsea were in the second division. How times change. 

This all-London affair was surprisingly close with Chelsea taking the lead, but after getting back on level terms, Spurs went in front when a great team move was finished expertly by Glenn Hoddle from long range.

4:25 is where all the action starts, as Spurs went on the win 3-2 and successfully defend their FA Cup triumph from 1981.

4. Darren Anderton vs Leeds - 1999 FA Cup fifth round

When Darren Anderton wasn't out injured, he was scoring fantastic goals like this superb effort against Leeds. Taking the ball from midfield, Anderton took two touches before driving a 30-yard stunner beyond Nigel Martyn, hitting the far post on the way in making for a satisfying "thud" sound.


5. David Ginola vs Barnsley - 1999 FA Cup quarter final

David Ginola lit up the Lane with his eye for flair and trickery and never was that displayed more than in his sensation solo goal vs Barnsley.

Picking up the ball on the left wing, the Frenchman sped past a Barnsley defence that simply couldn't keep up with him as he dribbled his way through a tangle of red shirts before firing low to give Spurs victory at Oakwell.

Très bien.

Let us know in the comments below your favourite Tottenham FA Cup goal!

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