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White Hart Lane: End of an era


"I think it will be special, first of all for the fans, the staff, the players, everyone who loves Tottenham", he said.

Levy said it had been "an huge journey", adding that it was "a great time to be a Spurs fan". I could feel the rays of the sun through the sleeves of my sweatshirt. For a long-standing lover of any club to exit what is a kind of second home, is to feel the loss of friends and family who first guided us through the turnstiles and into the tribe - it is to feel old.

"When the new era and stadium arrive there will be different expectations but, most important, always in our memory will be White Hart Lane, the soul and the smell".

And it's this potential which Spurs have to hone in on in years to come, especially as they are going to endure a tricky few seasons given that they'll be at Wembley next term, and then move to a new stadium the season after.

"Because I am a very sensitive person and so emotional, it will be hard not to cry on Sunday", Pochettino said.

White Hart Lane, the home of Spurs for more than 100 years, will be demolished following the game against Manchester United on Sunday.

"But we have other players to cope with that". We have been competing against teams with matchday revenues that far outstrip ours and a restricted capacity that has meant our growing fanbase has not been able to get to games. Yes there's a fantastic new stadium over the horizon - literally - but for now, it's all about saying goodbye to the Lane.


There is little doubt that White Hart Lane has been an incredible home for Spurs this season - where they have the best home record in the Premier League. You couldn't build a stadium like it now because of how high those banks are.

Time can wait for no man, especially where Pochettino's impatient improvers are concerned, and the demolition of White Hart Lane starts on Monday.

After a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, Tottenham were underdogs against an Arsenal side they hadn't beaten since 1999.

Only Stoke, Man United and Middlesbrough have drawn more games than Liverpool this season, though West Ham have only been involved in one less stalemate (nine overall).

"But White Hart Lane, it's the view, that's what I'll miss; being able to look at parts of the pitch pre-game and see the places where Danny Rose hit his volley against Arsenal or where Gareth Bale tore Maicon apart!"

"But I think it's about building a special feeling here at the club. It was always more about the view when you reached the top". I didn't realize that until the next time I saw White Hart Lane on television two weeks later back home in NY.

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