The connection between Tottenham Hotspur FC and its former players is one of love. And what better way is there to show that love other than letting the legends of the football club take part in opening the brand-new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
One of those legends is Micky Hazard. Micky was scouted by Spurs at the age of 12. However, he was too young to join the side and had to wait until he turned 14 to proudly represent the north London club.
Micky made 102 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 15 goals in his career which spanned from 1978-1995. He made an enormous contribution to Keith Burkinshaw’s side with which he lifted the FA Cup in 1982 and the UEFA Cup in 1984.
After 24 years of retirement from professional football, Micky will have the chance to step on the pitch once again and speaking exclusively to SpursWeb in a telephone interview, said: “Playing at the new stadium makes me feel proud. I’m proud that I’m part of such an occasion.
“To play in the game that marks the opening of our stadium, which will be ours for the next 150, 200 years is quite phenomenal.”
Micky will be reunited with some of his former teammates and many other legends who graced the pitch of White Hart Lane before and after him. Spurs Legends team will include the likes of Robbie Keane, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Dimitar Berbatov and many other iconic figures in the club’s history.
Micky said: “I’m very excited because it’s a chance to go out onto the pitch and mix with some of the former greats of our football club, but also to see the fans as I first met them.
“It’s a chance to go back in time and be in the middle of the pitch and see the fans applauding you, singing your name or booing you.
“It’s like a trip down memory lane. Something that you never envisaged would happen again. And here I am, playing in front of 50,000 fans at the lane. It’s incredible and I’m really looking forward to it,” added the Tottenham legend.
Micky was present at the Tottenham U18 vs Southampton U18 match. He was seen celebrating and singing with the fans. Reflecting on the unforgettable experience he added: “Last Sunday, when I walked through the door for the first time, it was like I was going home.
“It was like when I’ve been away for a three-week holiday and I came home, and I walk into my own front room, and there is nothing but love, nothing but kindness, nothing but happiness.
“It was like I was walking into White Hart Lane. The spirit was there. There was no having to adapt to new surroundings, it just felt like this was my home,” emotional Micky added.
It will be a momentous occasion for the fans, and for the legends on Saturday. The younger generation will have the chance to see the heroes of the past, and the legends will be able to relieve the glory moments that they experienced at White Hart Lane.
“When I go down the tunnel for the first time on Saturday, no doubt I’ll have a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat. My body will be filled with goose bumps,” gasped Micky.
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