Classic encounters: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
Martin Chivers heads past Phil Parkes to open the scoring in the first leg of 1972 UEFA Cup Final. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will hope to pick up their first win of the season as they take on Tottenham Hotspur and a couple of familiar faces at Molineux on Sunday. 

The hosts started their campaign with a rather unfortunate 1-0 defeat against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, while Spurs gave former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo his first win in charge of the club by beating defending champions Manchester City 1-0 on the opening day. 

Ahead of the latest encounter between the two sides, VAVEL take a look back at some of the most notable of Spurs' visits to Wolverhampton.

  • Wolves 1-2 Tottenham, 3 May 1972

 The biggest meeting between the two sides at Molineux came in 1972, where Wolves and Tottenham contested the first ever UEFA Cup final. 

With finals of the competition composed of two-legged affairs until the 1997-98 campaign, the first leg between the sides took place at Molineux two weeks before the return at White Hart Lane

After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead as Martin Chivers, before Wolves skipper Jim McCalliog equalised 15 minutes later. 

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Chivers responded by giving Spurs a first leg lead with just three minutes to play with a spectacular long-range effort that flew past Phil Parkes in the Wolves goal.

A 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane gave Spurs their second European trophy, following success in the 1962-63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

  • Wolves 1-0 Tottenham, 10 February 2010

Wolves completed a league double over Champions League chasing Tottenham which lifted them out of the relegation zone in February 2010. 

Despite being heavy underdogs Mick McCarthy's team were deserved winners under the lights at a snowy Molineux, with Dave Jones rounding off an uncharacteristic 18-pass Wolves move to cement their second 1-0 win over Spurs in as many months. 

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Just two minutes later the hosts were denied a stonewall penalty by Mark Clattenburg after Michael Dawson brought down Matt Jarvis in the area, but were allowed to see out the second period comfortably by a Spurs side who offered little and disappointed throughout. 

The season ended happily for both, however, with Wolves surviving in 15th place and Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.

  • Wolves 3-3 Tottenham, 6 March 2011

The two sides produced a stunning encounter in the following campaign, with Kevin Doyle and Jermain Defoe starring in a 3-3 draw at an emotional Molineux.

Tributes were paid to former Wolves and Spurs centre-back Dean Richards before kick off, who had passed away eight days before aged just 36 after a long illness. 

Wolves struck first after 20 minutes, as Nenad Milijas' cross was met by Doyle ahead of the onrushing Heurelho Gomes, but Defoe's stunning long range effort drew the visitors level just 10 minutes later.

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The England international scored again from outside the area as his brilliant first-time curling effort gave Spurs the lead for the first time, but Wolves equalised just minutes later as Milijas was pulled down by Alan Hutton, leaving Doyle to send Gomes the wrong way from the spot. 

Three minutes after the interval Roman Pavlyuchenko gave the visitors their second lead of the afternoon by blasting the ball over Wayne Hennessey and into the roof of the net, before the hosts were once again victim of a poor officiating decision as Richard Stearman's supposed equaliser was disallowed for a foul on Gomes by referee Mark Halsey, although replays showed the keeper had in fact been fouling the former Leicester defender. 

However, Wanderers picked up the point their performance merited with just three minutes left on the clock, as Jarvis' pinpoint cross was headed in by Steven Fletcher.

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