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A Victorious Farewell

A Victorious Farewell

Tottenham bid a victorious farewell to White Hart Lane after 118 years as Mauricio Pochettino’s side outmanoeuvred Manchester United.

Soon the ground opened in 1899 will be fully engulfed by the structure next door, with impressive progress on Spurs’ stunning new home set to accelerate after this 2,533rd and final match.

The stadium points to a future as bright as life looks on the field, with Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane goals securing a 2-1 win against United as Tottenham ended their final campaign at White Hart Lane unbeaten on home turf for the first time since 1964-65.

A record-equalling 14th successive home league victory only underlines the club’s progress and promise.

Chelsea may have wrapped up the Premier League title on Friday but nobody was going to spoil the party as second place was rubber stamped against a United side for whom a top-four finish is now officially out of reach.

The Europa League has been Jose Mourinho’s priority for several weeks now, but the manner of his side’s display, particularly in the first half, will stick in the craw.

Behind after six minutes thanks to Wanyama’s powerful header, it would have been worse was it not for David De Gea.

Kane also clipped the crossbar before bringing timely end to his wait for a goal against United, with the fans’ favourite directing home a free-kick from the ever-impressive Christian Eriksen.

Wayne Rooney pulled one back for the visitors – the last goal at White Hart Lane – but could not take the gloss of a victorious end to life at the Lane.

Played out in front of Spurs greats and their adoring support, there could have scarcely been a better start.

As if it was not atmospheric enough inside the rickety old ground, the noise level ratcheted up several notches as much-changed United’s meek defending was punished inside six minutes.

Rooney lost Wanyama as Ben Davies crossed into the box following a short corner, with the Kenyan midfielder sending the home fans wild with thumping header that De Gea was helpless to stop.

Initially Mourinho’s Reds responded well as Rooney had a header before Anthony Martial shrugged off Toby Alderweireld and scampered through, going onto bend just wide of the far post.

The threat did not last long, though, as Spurs attacked with fluidity and freedom.

Son Heung-min should have done better with the finish that followed a burst forwards and United’s backline breathed another a sigh of relief when Kane’s close-range header clipped the crossbar.

De Gea’s goal was now under increased pressure as Spurs pushed for a second.

The Real Madrid target reacted impressively to claw away a deflected Eriksen cross before denying Dele Alli with a fine, one-handed save.

De Gea used his feet to thwart Kane before the break – but three minutes after the restart the Spurs striker scored his first ever goal against United.

Again the visitors’ defence was questionable from a set piece, but credit to Kane for the way he steered home Eriksen’s free-kick.

Son and Kane tried their luck from distance as the match became stretched, with Martial again bending just wide after cutting inside after Kieran Trippier had penalty appeals ignored at the other end.

The sting had been taken out of the match as dark cloud gathered, only for Rooney to inject intrigue by directing home a fine Martial cross in the 71st minute.

Alli saw a shot cleared off the line by Phil Jones and substitute Marcus Rashford directed over as the rain poured in north London, where the 31,848 may not have been treated to the stunning football of recent months but an unforgettable occasion.

Such emotion led fans to pour onto the field at the final whistle, making more memories that will last a lifetime.

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  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Camus May 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    When the United fans were singing “You nearly won the league…”, does anyone know if that was out of respect or were they being ironic? I’d like to think it was out of respect – a rare moment of football fans actually appreciating another club’s efforts – but can anyone confirm?

    • Freund or Foe May 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I can`t confirm, but I would bet large sums it was ironic.

      • Camus May 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Hmm, thought it might have been too good to be true. Cheers pal.

  • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    McG 鈿解毥

    That rainbow yesterday was superb, setting that as my new background 馃檪

    I hope Levy gets it right in terms of dealing with Walker. If we can iron out a deal to keep him, I think we should, especially with more ground to cover at the back next season. If we can鈥檛, Levy should either sanction the spend for Poch before we sell, so we don鈥檛 get caught out by leaving it to late in the window, or have rid early. Set a price & make it clear if it鈥檚 not met, he goes nowhere.

    Glad has since said that ‘bridges have been burned’ with Bonzo (meaning by him).

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I don’t see Poch beggng him to stay, seems my gut was correct!

      • Caspurs鈾匡笍 May 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Poch doesn’t beg anyone to stay, which is the right way to approach these situations.

  • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    ronwol196061

    Levy got the least of all the cheers yesterday but although many would like us to buy more superstars look what he has built. First of all his job is to make money and keep the fans happy.They are happy right now and they are happy because Levy hired Pochettinho and has made some shrewd moved in the transfer market.
    He doesnt get enough credit as far as Im concerned.

    What were all those people on the pitch celebrating the win against Man Utd?

  • SpurAndy 馃崚蟺 May 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    As disappointing as it is not to win the title we were the only team to keep the winners honest for the second year running. That’ll mean nothing to H and I do understand why but whatever the grump says I get a nice warm feeling from this season and that’s not because I’ve pissed myself, before you ask.

    • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      I am glad you cleared up the leaky catheter rabbit hole I was about leap down 馃ぃ

  • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    McG 鈿解毥

    Once we move into our new stadium, people will start to realise what he鈥檚 actually done for this club.

    ‘Trophies won’ is going to be a fucking short chapter.

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Build it and they will come..

      • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:23 pm

        The only premises that has ever accurately applied to? Brothels.

        • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

          We’ll score plenty then..

  • richspurs May 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Kudos to the Spurs. Well organised and bestest fans in the ground. How i wished i was there. Well done to Levy, and the rest behind the scenes. People behind the scenes should get eternal credit for a poignant, dignified and grand send off. Will stick long and bright in the memory. The match was grest, consigning Manure to the compost heap for awhile. Our boys looked energetic and sharp, unlike the previous match.Pocho needs two or three more adsin key positions n we will win some potties next season. Champs league, anyone??

  • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Levy got the least of all the cheers yesterday but although many would like us to buy more superstars look what he has built. First of all his job is to make money and keep the fans happy.They are happy right now and they are happy because Levy hired Pochettinho and has made some shrewd moved in the transfer market.
    He doesnt get enough credit as far as Im concerned.

    • Camus May 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I like him more when I hear him speak. Reminds me he’s human. I also think he handled the celebratory WHL send-off well – presumably had a big hand in planning it. Not sure if it sounds like faint praise but I think he did good.

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Once we move into our new stadium, people will start to realise what he’s actually done for this club.

      • richspurs May 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        Ssssshhhhhh, Tetchy is listening.

    • Frontwheel 2 May 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      More and more people are agreeing with you Ron.Imo he’s a good chairman,not great but better than most out there.

  • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Im glad the crowd appreciated Berbatov

  • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Amazing singing through the game and into the night by our glorious fans

  • Frontwheel 2 May 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Any of you money boys(there were lots)who wanted to move to Stratford,still feel the same?

    • SpurAndy 馃崚蟺 May 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Stratford would only have been OK if we’d got it, knocked it down and done it properly. Staying at our old site is so much better even though it’s much harder to get to than Stratford is, for me.

      • Trustee savings Bank May 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        Don’t understand the big deal about travelling to the Lane. I live in Florida,but when I go back I stay with family in Greenwich and it takes me a little over an hour by train to get to the lane

    • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I wasnt a fan of Stratford but I went with what Levy felt. If they could have snapped it up they could have built what we are building now there maybe at a better price..not sure,,,.It was all business decisions and I was with Levy. Ultimately look what he is building.

    • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Stratford would have made far more sense. The OS would have been demolished and we would have become THE London side.

      I’ve never been so terrified of posting in my life. The Loopy Juice Fairy has been racing her wand liberally, this weekend.

      • Caspurs鈾匡笍 May 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        Stratford was always a no no for moi, we are and alway will be Tottenham!

        • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

          Well ‘White Hart Lane’ is being sold to the highest bidder…

      • Freund or Foe May 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        Shocked. I was under the impression that the only thing that could scare you is a fire in the coat section of your walk-in wardrobe.

        • Harry Hotspur May 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

          Speaking of sections, I thought the Azza Blud chant was well in order yesterday. Really good form.

          • Freund or Foe May 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

            Agree completely. I was listening out for a Ryan Mason chant too, which would have been just as valid. Didn`t hear one, but might have missed it.

      • Ronan May 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Stratford was a better idea on paper than it would have been in reality, imo. It’s not just the stadium that’s the problem: it’s the bleak, sterile, ahistorical, wilderness it’s located in. Absolutely no living community there. And though Stratford’s probably easier for many to get to, it’s still a good 20-30 min walk from the station, longer after the game. Utterly soulless experience compared to going to WHL, or even Upton Pk.

  • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    That rainbow yesterday was superb, setting that as my new background 馃檪

    I hope Levy gets it right in terms of dealing with Walker. If we can iron out a deal to keep him, I think we should, especially with more ground to cover at the back next season. If we can’t, Levy should either sanction the spend for Poch before we sell, so we don’t get caught out by leaving it to late in the window, or have rid early. Set a price & make it clear if it’s not met, he goes nowhere.

    • AccringtonSpurs May 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

      It would be nice if there were no deadline day deals this year. Might go some way towards showing that we have some sort of a plan.

      • Spursy May 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

        Agree with both you and McGee. Do whatever changes early. No last-minute nonsense.
        The rainbow was so beautiful.

  • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

    What an emotional ending.What a crowd (they couldnt have been better) A Glory day,a celebration of 2nd and of a great new beginning. Really top notch. Only watched it last night here but really enjoyed it. Not sure if the crowd on the pitch after the game stopped the TV from showing the tributes but I couldnt see any of that. If there are links to any of the post game stuff please be kind enough to pass them on,Thanks.

    On the game…I thought we played well….Kane,Wanyama,Dele,Dier,Toby,Son,Davies are a few of the names…Eriksen hit two fantastic passes and many of his corners were ok….All in all brilliant. Loved the clips of the past they showed here..wanted to see the show but couldnt. A Bright Day for Tottenham.

    • SpurAndy May 15, 2017 at 10:52 am
      • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

        Cheers a ton Andy!!!!

      • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

        Andy just watched it FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cried my fucking eyes out!!!

        • SpurAndy 馃崚蟺 May 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

          I’m not really the emotional type but it even gave me a tingle (or was it that faulty kettle 馃檪 ). Thought it was played just right with Branagh adding that bit of gravitas.

          • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 11:51 am

            Thought I recognized him! Great voice much better than Gerry Marsdens Ferry Across the Mersey at Anfield

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I have absolutely no recollection of Spammers or goons final home games, did either come close in terms of a send off? Thought it was great.

  • Spursy May 15, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I tell you what, doesn’t it blow your mind to look at the PL table and see Spurs with 80 points by their name? So want them to get 86.

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Me too, will suit my gravatar!

    • 61SpursNut馃尠 May 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

      How do, Spursy?

      That would cap it off very nicely, thank you 馃檪

      • Spursy May 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

        I’m fine, Nutty! Read your write up about yesterday. Loved watching it. The flags, the goals, the singing. Loved everything. Brilliant send off. Had a few tears. You did right to walk round it a few times. I walked round it with my lad and his friend the other night after the U23 match and it looks amazing and it was saying goodbye. Really emotional. Hope the new place is half as good.

    • AccringtonSpurs May 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Not so long ago, our record haul of 72 points seemed like an uphill struggle. I’d love us to reach 86 pts and absolutely smash the record and set the precedent for future spurs teams.

      I mean, why not?

  • Camus May 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    A question to the floor. This is dreamland because obviously we will buying ‘sensibly’ again this summer, but from a fan’s point of view who would you be hoping for us to bring in? Keep them realistic (no Isco). Last year, Sadio Mane looked the ideal acquisition. Who would it be for you this summer?

    • YidInExile May 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Marco Rues, Lamar of Monaco, Dembele from Celtic

      • Sexy Beast May 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

        All of those will be to expensive, Barkley fits the mould with a year on his contract, English, young and prem experience.
        Zaha, young, pacey and prem proven and like Barkley likely to hit the groung running.
        Harry McGuire, all of the above and could get him at a decent price which is right up Levy’s street.
        Perhaps a Long term replacement for Dembele, who that is i’m not sure.

    • AccringtonSpurs May 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Striker
      Koln’s Anthony Modeste (too old at 29?) or Werder Bremen’s Max Kruse (also 29)

      If we need a young striker, we should look again at Leipzig’s Timo Werner

      Attackers
      I’d go for Lanzini if he’s up for sale – always produces the goods against us.

      Barkley, Zaha or Pulisic from Dortmund or Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne.

      Werder Bremen’s Serge Gnabry (ex-gooner but young and mouldable)

      Klaassen, perhaps or Leipzeig’s Emile Forsberg.

      Defence
      Maguire/Keane at CB.

      Napoli’s Ghoulam if Davies is to be sold (tho he won’t be).

      RB – Leverkeusen’s Henrichs, perhaps

      • AccringtonSpurs May 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

        midfield, no idea now that it looks like Tielemens is off to Monacocoa

    • ronwol196061 May 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

      I think Zaha would fit right in,and he is really talented. Id break the bank for an attacking midfielder who can create from deep. A Fabregas type.

  • Camus May 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    It was important for us to win. So glad the boys got the job done.

  • Gloster1861 May 15, 2017 at 8:36 am

    First! New age starts today.

    • Gloster1861 May 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Nearly…

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