The 14th of May 2017 will go down in the history of Tottenham Hotspur for a number of reasons. Some statistical. Some factual. But mostly emotional.
In over one hundred years of football played at White Hart Lane fans of Tottenham hotspur saw players of all eras standing next to each other. Sharing memories. Taking photos and videos, just like fans. Soaking up the atmosphere for one last time. The expression on their faces seemed to reflect memories of glory flooding back into their minds as they took one last look around the famous old ground. Part missing, but in their recollections. Some wiping a tear away. Others enjoying the moment as they took to the turf that used to be their 'back garden'. Taking selfies (David Ginola) or videos of the ground (Mickey Hazard)
Famous names. Famous faces. All had shared the pitch that many fans had trod for maybe the first time in their lives just minutes before.
The whole parade had been done with class and was clearly well thought and prepared about. What else would you expect, having been organised, performed and choreographed by Spurs fans. Gospel, opera, brass band, plus backing vocals by 30,000 to boost the noise and the emotions.
And there in the middle, the old and the new. Former Spurs stars, the current squad and the academy players. And surrounding them, the old and the new. What would soon make way for the new ground grows around it.
Leaving the Lane was never going to be a n easy decision to make, with the clubs history it was never going to be easy for fans to realise no more games will be played at this iconic stadium and what a way to say goodbye by beating Manchester United 2-1 and thousands of fans showed their emotions by coming onto the pitch to say goodbye one last time. The euphoria on all their faces
I’m sure they had one last look and remembering all the times they’ve had at the Lane. Good and bad, happy and sad, but all part of the experience and history of White Hart Lane.
Going, going ... soon to be gone. But never forgotten.