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The end of The Lane

HEAD BOY: Wanyama powers home his header

LEAVING WHITE Hart Lane for the last time following Spur’s win over Manchester United was emotional.

My first ever match at the north London ground was against Liverpool, we won that day and it was that start of a love affair with the game that I hadn’t had previously.

My only live game prior to that was watching Leyton Orient verses Burnley. To see the contrasting fortunes between those two clubs is football personified.

It’s with that experience in mind that I am both sad to leave Tottenham’s home of 118 years but excited by the future prospect of a brand new 61,559 seater stadium.

Spurs are in the big league now. A coveted top four spot has been theirs for the last two seasons and it signals that the years of incremental growth have yielded positively.

There were periods when I didn’t think Tottenham would make the type of inroads on the big four (Both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea) that would be necessary in order to sustain a title challenge. Financially all of those clubs blow Spurs out of the water and Daniel Levy was never going to take any short cuts.

Levy stuck to his guns and I respect him for that immensely. Being in the seat of power can mean a lot of stick comes your way. In my opinion his only sizable mistake was signing André Villas-Boas and giving the Portuguese manager a whole heap of Gareth Bale transfer money to build the type of team we have now.

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Credit where its due though because he realised it was a mistake and got rid when the time was right. And if Leicester’s championship winning team showed anyone anything, its money isn’t the reason you win, organisation, planning and commitment to the dream is what pushes you over the finish line. Hopefully the team go one better next season and win the title.

As finales go, the day and result were perfect. From Victor Wanyama’s opening header to Harry Kane’s tidy finish, which ended up being the winning goal in the 2-1 victory.

Even a sprinkling of rain couldn’t take the gloss off the occasion which was marked after the final whistle by Spurs legends from yesteryear gracing the hallowed turf of White Hart Lane one last time while being bathed in adulation from generations of fans who have watched them from the terraces singing their names over the years.

It was great to hear the old chants again for the likes of Ledley King, Aaron Lennon, Teddy Sheringham and David Ginola. Even better to see the likes of Edgar Davids, Garth Crooks and the man who is the reason I support the club Steve Archibald.

I’ll miss the tight press box, I’ll miss the view from the gantry, I’ll miss being able almost touch the manager from my seat, I’ll miss everything about the old ground but I’m ready for the new.

More importantly, so are Tottenham.

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