Spurs’ greats join emo­tional farewell to White Hart Lane

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur le­gends in­clud­ing Glenn Hod­dle and Ossie Ardiles took part in an on-pitch cer­e­mony as the club said good­bye to their White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

Club greats were wel­comed onto the pitch one by one af­ter Tot­ten­ham had beaten Manch­ester United 2-1 in their last game at the Lane, Spurs’ home of 118 years, which is be­ing de­mol­ished and re­built.

Hod­dle and Ardiles, mid­field stars of the 1980s, were joined by other greats in­clud­ing Martin Chivers, Gary Mab­butt, Led­ley King and David Gi­nola, who re­ceived a huge ova­tion.

Spurs’ cur­rent man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino and his play­ers joined them on the pitch as fans chanted: “We love you Tot­ten­ham, we do!”

Hun­dreds of fans poured onto the pitch at the end of Sun­day’s game, won by a goal from home­grown star Harry Kane, be­fore be­ing ush­ered back into their seats for the cer­e­mony.

A video show­ing fa­mous mo­ments from the club’s his­tory, nar­rated by Bri­tish ac­tor and Spurs fan Ken­neth Branagh, was played on the sta­dium’s two big screens be­fore the pa­rade of for­mer greats.

Gi­nola tweeted: “Farewell, good­bye White Hart Lane. Even the heav­ens are shed­ding a tear. There will al­ways be a White Hart Lane.”

A lo­cal choir, the Lon­don Com­mu­nity Gospel Choir, sang club an­them “Oh When the Spurs Go March­ing In“, with fans join­ing in as they waved blue and white flags above their heads.

As the cer­e­mony ended, the sun be­lat­edly broke through the clouds and a rain­bow ap­peared over the sta­dium. AFP


Tot­ten­ham fans in­vade the pitch as the club said good­bye to their White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

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