An ode to White Hart Lane:
Since 1899 White Hart Lane has opened its doors to generations of Tottenham Hotspur supporters, but on Sunday it will open for one final time. With Spurs’ premier league clash with Manchester United the last ever game to be played at our cherished ground, at least in its current form. Since my first visit to the Lane, I knew it was special and I’m not just saying that because I’m an ardent Spurs supporter. The Lane is intimidating with its compactness, its closeness to the pitch, all give it that old fashioned feel. My first match at White Hart Lane was a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the 2003/04 season, the game itself was won by a Jermain Defoe goal on 18 minutes, but it was my first impressions of the ground that still have an effect on me to this present day. I’ve been lucky enough to attend hundreds of matches at the Lane since, from 3-2 defeats to Charlton to 3-0 victories over Manchester United, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of emotions. Every time I take to my seat, whether it be in a London Derby or an under 23 game, I always think of the legends past who have played on the same pitch, from Arthur Grimsdell to Danny Blanchflower and Ossie Ardilles, you can feel the rich history that this compact 31,000 seater stadium has witnessed over the years. Designed by the renowned architect Archibald Leitch in 1909, White Hart Lane has seen significant changes to its ground over the decades, but whilst it has been modernised it has never lost its unique identity, passion and world famous atmosphere.
Whilst we are only moving away from N17 for a season, when we return in 2018 the ground will be completely transformed. Those glorious memories of the Lane, from the greats of the 1960/61 double winning side to the dramatic 1984 UEFA cup final, will never be forgotten. This stadium has been people’s lives, from the staff that have worked their to the loyal supporters that have spent a life time going to the Lane, it’s been much more than just a venue. It’s been a home from home, it will go down in history as one of the most iconic grounds the world has ever seen. Going into White Hart Lane is like stepping into the past, Sunday will be a very emotional day for all connected with Spurs, it’s the end of an era, but it’s just the start of a bright exciting journey that will see Spurs return of those glory, glory days! COYS