Steelmen striker Tom lifts the lid on goal
Rutherglen resident Tom Donnelly revealed this week he was able to put money towards the deposit for his home thanks to the goal he scored against Tottenham Hotspur in a British cup competition.
The former Motherwell midfielder was part of the Steelmen side who claimed a 3-1 victory over Spurs in 1970.
And the feat was made even more remarkable due to the fact the hosts had lost the first leg of the Texaco Cup quarter final 3-2 at White Heart Lane.
Tom, who lives on Stonelaw Road, revealed this week that the bonus he received following the triumph was used to help pay for the deposit for the house he still lives in.
While participating in the Reformer’s weekly Voice of the People feature, he said:“I scored the second goal when we brought them back up here and we put them out of the quarter-final.
“We lost the first goal but ended up winning 3-1. They had six international players in their team at the time.
“Alan Mullery was playing for England like some of the others they had. But I was playing with the likes of Dixie Deans and Jackie McInally back then.”
Tom, who played for three years in the amber kit, said the cash he earned equated to around £150 to £250 per head.
“The money went towards the deposit for the house.
“I’ve stayed in that house [on Stonelaw Road] since I scored that goal.”
The Texaco Cup was an association football competition involving British and Irish clubs who had not qualified for European competitions.
Thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Stoke City, Motherwell were drawn to face Tottenham who won the first leg. Spurs’Jimmy Pearce gave his side the lead in the second during their dominant first 30 minutes at Fir Park. But this only served to inspire the home side and Brian Heron grabbed an equaliser before half-time. And that’s when Tom wrote his name into the club’s folklore when he and Bobby Watson scored for the buoyant Motherwell team after the interval to spark wild celebrations. The Well went on to play Hearts in the semi-final who were subsequently beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final.
Celebrations The Motherwell team at Glasgow Airport following their Texaco Cup win at Stoke City