One more game at the Lane. Just one more. One more opportunity for the fans to gather at our home for the last 118 years and call on our group of young players to show us the kind of talent that makes us reminisce of players past.
There’s something about the calmness of Toby Alderweireld that makes you think of Ledley King, something of the steeley determination of Eric Dier that triggers a memory of Graham Roberts. And if anyone can look me in the eye and tell me they don’t honestly see parts of Teddy Sheringham’s game in Harry Kane then I’ll buy that person a pint.
We’ve had a good run at White Hart Lane, since Tottenham first kicked a ball there we have won the First Division twice; the Second Division twice, the FA Cup 8 times, the League Cup 4 times and the Charity/Community Shield 7 times.
We’ve come back from European adventures with a Cup Winners Cup and a UEFA Cup (when it really meant something).
Every time we’ve won a trophy we’ve returned home to celebrate, home to White Hart Lane. A place of joy, tears, anger, frustration, elation and awe.
It’s not always been perfect, it’s not always been comfortable and if you think about it, it is a bit like Trigger’s broom. But for 118 years it’s been the home of football for Spurs fans young and old. It’s been the place I want to be more than any other on match day. It’s a part of your history regardless of whether you’ve gone every other week or just the once on a rare trip to London.
80 former players and managers have been invited to see the old girl off but although they’ve sometimes been the catalyst, they’re not the ones that made White Hart Lane special. It was those in the stands, singing and urging the team on to greater exertion. It’s been the fans that have made White Hart Lane special and we’ll do the same again to the new stadium, we’ll make that our home and we’ll see new generations of players coming through to excite us.
Change is happening, it’s here and ultimately it will be good because we’ll bring the heart to the games one more time, each and every time.
Goodbye White Hart Lane, it’s been fantastic.