White Hart Lane's illustrious history celebrated on momentous final day at Tottenham's great home
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 14/05/17 10:07pm
Tottenham produced a momentous farewell to White Hart Lane - their home of 118 years - with fans, players and staff of all generations celebrating the ground's final ever game with victory over Manchester United.
Supporters from across the globe, many of whom did not have tickets, flooded the streets of N17 to mark the passing of one era in the club's history to the next - a new 61,000-seater stadium currently being assembled right next door.
One elderly fan told Sky Sports News HQ he first visited the Lane in the first post-war league game against Stoke City in 1946, and had been going ever since with his younger brother.
And a father and son described how their great-grandfather had helped found the club: "He was synonymous with getting White Hart Lane as the club's stadium in the first place," they said.
"He was the first recorded goalscorer for the club, the first captain and on the board of directors. Today is all about celebrating the past and looking ahead to the new stadium. It's tremendous."
Another fan revealed he had changed his surname to Whitehartlane by Deed Poll several years ago, as supporters took pictures, bought memorabilia and discussed old memories before kick-off.
Spurs wore a commemorative shirt sporting a special White Hart Lane crest and the logo of the Tottenham Tribute Trust, as an illustrious list of the club's great players watched Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane grab the goals in a 2-1 win.
The likes of Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle, Clive Allen, Martin Chivers, Terry Dyson, Gary Mabbutt, Darren Anderton, Ledley King and Dimitar Berbatov were in attendance as well as former managers Harry Redknapp, Martin Jol and David Pleat.
At half-time, the music duo synonymous with the team's glory years, Chas and Dave, were guests along with injured youngster Harry Winks, Spurs Ladies manager Karen Hills and two of her players.
Supporters invaded the pitch at the final whistle and mobbed their heroes, delaying the scheduled final ceremony, having seen their team go unbeaten at the Lane all season and secure second place for the first time since 1963.
The ceremony began with famous actor and fan Sir Kenneth Branagh presenting a history of the ground, bought by the club from a brewery in 1899. The montage showed the Lane's great goals, great wins and great trophy celebrations.
A long list of the club's greats then took to the pitch as the 'Kings of White Hart Lane', including Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Pat Jennings and Cliff Jones, before a marching band and choir led a rendition of 'When The Spurs Go Marching In', sung by everyone in attendance.
An address from chairman Daniel Levy, reassuring the supporters that the new stadium will recapture the atmosphere of the old, preceded the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino and his players to rapturous applause, and everyone joined in signing the club's famous anthem - 'Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur'.