Steel­men striker Tom lifts the lid on goal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

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

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