The Legends Match: The View of the Fans Who Were There

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The noise coming from the Park Lane and the Shelf Side was rocking the stadium as legends of the club made their way out onto the pitch. It was an emotional occasion for both fans and players who took part in this incredible and electrifying event.Stadium

 

 

Over 40,000 fans enjoyed the thrilling encounter between Spurs Legends and Inter Forever. Spurs took an early lead thanks to Darren Anderton’s effort. Inter’s David Suazo equalised five minutes later.

Tottenham regained the lead just four minutes after Suazo’s equaliser, only for Inter to come back to level terms after 29 minutes of play. Two more first-half goals from Keane and Veron saw both sides level on 3-3 at the break.

Inter went ahead for the first time in the game at the 61-minute mark with Ventola managing to find the back of the net. Tottenham’s Dimitar Berbatov brought Spurs back to the game with a superb header after 67 minutes of play.

The visiting side managed to find a late winner with Houssine Kharja slotting Zanetti’s pass home in 89th minute. The game finished 4-5.

Paul Gascoigne

The result, however, did not spoil the occasion. Speaking to loyal Lilywhites outside the stadium before the game, SpursWeb found out just how much the event meant to them.

Joseph, a loyal Spurs supporter of more than 50 years said: “The legends match is incredible. I’ve been going to Tottenham matches for a long time, and to see all these legends before they became club legends was incredible. Now, I get to see them again after so many years, and it brings back many beautiful memories.

“I can’t believe how beautiful the stadium is. I’m not surprised that Mauricio Pochettino cried, because I’ve now seen the beauty myself,” he added.

Joseph was not the only one who felt this way. Standing outside, admiring the beauty of Tottenham’s new home Wayne,59, a Spurs supporter since birth said: “This test event will bring back so many memories. Just to see the stadium coming around the corner was unbelievable. Seeing the legends coming back now makes you realise what it meant to play for Tottenham to them. I can’ wait for it!”

There was no surprise that the fans were extremely excited. The opportunity to see players such as Rafael van der Vaart or Paul Gascoigne does not come often. The chants which were last heard 10 or 20 years ago came back to life. The atmosphere and the spirit of White Hart Lane was there, and everyone felt it.

John, 37, a 10-year season ticket holder said: “Seeing players like Gascoigne that I haven’t seen in years will be wonderful. It will be nice to see Rafael van der Vaart coming back to the Lane. To have the supporters back where they should be, in the Park Lane and the Shelf Side will be a massive boost for the legends today and for the team in the future.

“The atmosphere will be back within the ground unlike it was at Wembley. The 17,000-seater stand is awesome and it’s simply going to be mad,” he added.

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The event turned out to be a massive success. The fans left their new home full of excitement ahead of the first Premier League match against Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday April, 3rd. Kick-off at 19:45.

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  1. There were a few minor teething problems yesterday; the Tap Inn that I tried had run out of beer; the Contactless payment was not working smoothly; security checks were not consistently thorough; all the wash basins in the Gents ran out of water. Purely feedback.

    The Wifi was spectacular, the AV was fantastic, the atmosphere was terrific, the views perfect and the leg room was great. The minuses above can all be sorted. Without the positives just listed the stadium would always fall short. We do have the best football stadium in existence today.

    The touch with the Dispensary was very good. Over time a few more developments like this would further enhance the history aspects. I compare this with the baseball stadiums that I have been too where, because of the shape, there is more opportunity to incorporate features like the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and the Bridge at Citi Field (New York Mets).

    But having said that this is Daniel Levy’s legacy to Spurs. He has brought great credit upon our club and himself.

    As for the rival fans, don’t you just love their carping criticism? They are green with envy now that we have the biggest stadium in London and the best in Britain. Makes you realise just how little character Wembley has and how dated it is already.

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