FA Cup final 1982
QPR 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (aet, 0-0 at 90 minutes) attendance: 100,000
Hoddle 110, Fenwick 115
Replay: QPR 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur; attendance: 90,000
Gary Waddock reckons he got lucky in 1982 even though QPR eventually lost.
The former Rs manager, now in charge at Oxford, was a midfielder for both first game and replay, and there lies his advantage over the 2014 side - he got second helpings of the Wembley experience.
“They said the game would go by in a flash,” he remembers, “and the first one did.”
But Rangers got a another bite of the cherry five days later thanks to Terry Fenwick’s extra-time late header to cancel out Glenn Hoddle’s opener.
In the replay, Waddock gulped the home of football in great gulps to leave him on a high.
If the score is level at 90 minutes on Saturday, Joey Barton and co go the extra 30 minutes and then face the drama of penalties. All to be decided on the spot, you might say.
Waddock, who played 203 times for Rangers between 1979 and 1987, liked it better back then.
“Mind you, I was that tired after the first game I couldn’t walk until the second,” he added.
Waddock is not about to carp after 32 years, but the Hoddle tackle with both feet that cleaned him out and led to Spurs goal in the first game would be a red card on Saturday.
“Oh good tackle…” purrs John Motson. The veteran BBC commentator would be speculating on the Spurs man avoiding a red just a few years later.
For all that, the red-headed midfielder reckons he did “all right’ against an England legend.
“If I kicked him during the two games, then I did it the right way,” Waddock added.
There has been plenty of other changes since 1982, as the former Ranger agrees.
Mention a protein shake to one of his team-mates back then, Tony Currie comes to mind, and the man in charge of Hoops for a brief spell in 2006, reckons he and the others would have looked at you funny.
“The whole world of sports science and preparation is another world, including what we ate,” he added.
Burgers on the menu even then? Surely not?
“Yeah, all that, steaks, you name it. But we prepared well for the game,” he said. “I seem to remember we were in a hotel in Croydon beforehand and we went on the Thursday.
“We were, after all, a second division side, but we gave a fair account of ourselves.”
They did more than that.
Apart from Hoddle’s foul-that-wasn’t, Gary Micklewhite fired home in the replay to seemingly level Hoddle’s early penalty, only for Simon Stainrod to be marginally offside and nowhere near play. Anyone in Hoops doing the same against Derby will see the goal stand.
Towards the end, John Gregory lobbed goalwards and saw the ball hit the bar before bouncing away. Waddle thinks Saturday’s Rangers will fare better.
“Rangers have got players who play and have played at the highest level,” he explained.
“Derby have an exciting side, but one just starting. It will be close, but Rangers will win, 2-1, and that’s me using both heart and head.”
QPR: Peter Hucker, Terry Fenwick, Glenn Roeder, Bob Hazell, Ian Gillard; Clive Allen, Mike Flanagan, Gary Waddock, John Gregory; Simon Stainrod, Tony Currie
(in the second game Gary Micklewhite came in for the suspended Roeder) manager: Terry Venables