MOVING stadium is something you never anticipate as a young football fan.
You accept from the beginning that this is my club, we wear this colour and we play at this ground – not anymore.
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The landscape of football has changed greatly since the birth of the Premier League in 1992, and indeed since it’s very conception.
We’re in an age now where the world’s most watched sport is expanding at a rapid rate, meaning that with success and money come opportunities – and Tottenham are about to experience this.
It is without a shadow of a doubt that our new ground will be one of the best in the world. From the detail in acoustics, to the sheer scale of it, Spurs are creating a true masterpiece.
Levy from day one has made it clear that the club wish to replicate White Hart Lane as closely as possible, with the distance between the fans and pitch at the heart of this.
There is no other arena quite like White Hart Lane. Ask any fan about their stadium, and they’ll say the same thing. But this place – this place is different.
Every time I step into the stadium, I get the same giddy anticipation. Walking through the concourse desperate for a glimpse of the pitch, it takes you straight back to your first game.
For me, that was a 1-0 home defeat to Bolton in November 2003 – perhaps the strongest indicator of just how far Spurs have come in 14 years.
Saying goodbye to this famous stadium today against Manchester United is going to be impossible.
I have sympathy with West Ham fans last year – who were largely laughed at – as saying goodbye is never easy.
From the emphatic Star Wars tunnel music, to the Park Lane and Shelf singing to each-other, this place means a whole lot to me.
But we have a lot to look forward to, and in two years time Spurs will enter a new chapter in their history, one of which that will hopefully elevate them to football’s elite.
Farewell, White Hart Lane – here are some of your greatest moments…
Most will tell you that Gareth Bale’s screamer in the dying moments against Sunderland in 2013 was the best they’ve witnessed.
From Kanoute’s screamer against Everton, to more recently Harry Kane’s North London derby belter in 2016, we’ve seen plenty at the Lane.
Danny Rose’s debut worldie is certainly up there, whilst *that* Stephen Carr special in May 2000 is well within a shout.
But you’ve got to give it to Bale. Just wow.
Again, we’ve almost been spoiled for choice.
The vast list of London derbies never fail to disappoint, and whilst the 9-1 victory over Wigan brings a certain historical importance to it, the 5-3 thumping of Chelsea takes some beating.
Older fans will of course tell you otherwise, but man that was some game.
Best European night?
Spurs’ first venture into the Champions League will long live in the memory of fans around the world.
The 3-1 win over holders Inter Milan in 2010 was frankly ridiculous.
Despite already glowing in the return fixture, Gareth Bale announced himself to the world that night, with Peter Crouch, Rafael van der Vaart and Roman Pavlyuchenko also stepping up to the occasion.
However, one night in particular has to take the crown.
Back in the days where finals were played over two legs, White Hart Lane hosted the UEFA Cup final in 1984 between Spurs and Anderlecht.
One of the most famous penalty shootouts in history, fans that night witnessed their club win a European trophy in their own backyard.
Now that is a question.
Gascoigne, Klinsmann and Greaves are three names that always stand out. Each held a real unique ability, with Greaves in particular one of the greatest to ever play the game.
In more recent history, Spurs fans have been treated to the likes of van der Vaart, Teddy Sheringham and Edgar Davids in North London, however it’s one little Croatian that takes the crown for me.
Luka Modric is without a doubt the best player to have stepped on the hallowed turf at White Hart Lane.
I remember watching him in a 4-2 win over Blackburn back in 2010 and being physical out of breath after a particular passing move led to Spurs scoring.
We’ve now seen at Madrid that he really is special, and we got a brief glimpse of him in all his glory at our club.