Spurs are moving into a state-of-the-art new home but leave behind plenty of precious memories
TOTTENHAM play Manchester United on Sunday in their final game at White Hart Lane.
Here’ Sunsport looks back at 10 classic games in Spurs’ famous home.
Tottenham 10 Everton 4 (October 11, 1958)
BILL NICHOLSON was made boss that morning — he did not have time to tell his wife — and his first game brought Spurs’ record league win. They were 6-1 up at half-time. Three seasons later, only Peter Baker, Danny Blanchflower and Bobby Smith were regular starters.
Tottenham 2 Sheff Wed 1 (April 17, 1961)
SPURS won their first 11 games and sealed the crown with three games left after Smith and Les Allen netted. With an eye on the FA Cup, Nicholson said: “They wanted to celebrate winning the league, so I said to them, ‘OK, celebrate, enjoy — but don’t forget we’ve got the other one to win as well’.”
Tottenham 2 Benfica 1 (April 5, 1962)
SO near, yet so far, as Nicholson’s Double winners were left devastated by a series of refereeing shockers, falling just short of a European Cup final place despite goals from Smith and Blanchflower.
Spurs lost 3-1 in Lisbon in the semi-final first leg when Jimmy Greaves and Smith had goals ruled out. They could not turn this around back at the Lane.
Greaves insisted: “Something fishy went on, definitely. I’m convinced it was. We were done out of it.”
Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1 (May 3, 1971)
NOT a night for Spurs fans to recall with any fondness but one that Arsenal supporters never let them forget.
Nearly 52,000 inside and as many locked out on a Monday night.
As it happens, a goalless draw would have been enough for the Gunners but Ray Kennedy’s header two minutes from time clinched the title in their Double season.
Spurs did win the League Cup that season, beating Villa, but it was was scant consolation.
Tottenham 1 Wolves 1 (May 17, 1972)
MARTIN CHIVERS’ double gave Spurs a 3-2 win in the Uefa Cup final first leg but the killer blow was struck by Alan Mullery in this draw at the Lane. Mullery said: “I got knocked out but I recovered enough for the fans to lift me on their shoulders with the trophy.”
Tottenham 1 Anderlecht 1 (May 23, 1984)
KEEPER Tony Parks’ shootout heroics after captain on the night Graham Roberts bulldozed through to score the late leveller in boss Keith Burkinshaw’s final game. Roberts said: “Winning the Uefa Cup at home, scoring a goal and a penalty, WAS the best night of my life.”
Tottenham 1 Aston Villa 4 (August 23, 1978)
PROMOTED back to the First Division and the stunning summer signings of 1978 World Cup heroes Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa saw a ticker-tape reception. But Villa were not distracted as they smashed Burkinshaw’s side. Glenn Hoddle recalled: “Maybe everyone thought the ticker tape was enough to win, like it had helped Argentina.”
Tottenham 3 Oxford 1 (April 25, 1987)
THIS was not Hoddle’s last game at the Lane, that was a 4-0 drubbing of Manchester United nine days later. But what a great way to score his final Spurs goal, slaloming from the centre-circle. He said: “It was just perfect. You couldn’t have written it any better than that.”
Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 (April 14, 2010)
TOTTENHAM had beaten their rivals just once in the Prem in 15 years and had lost to Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi days earlier. But Danny Rose’s wonder volley and Gareth Bale’s second saw Harry Redknapp’s side finish fourth. Stunned Arsene Wenger suggested: “It was a goal in a million.”
Tottenham 3 Inter Milan 1 (November 2, 2010)
THE night that sent Bale into the stratosphere. The Welshman bagged a second-half hat-trick in the 4-3 loss in the San Siro and was sensational at the Lane amid choruses of “taxi for Maicon” as Bale had Inter’s Brazil right-back on toast. Modest Bale said: “I had my battle and I just came out on top.”