Tottenham Hotspur took on Arsenal in a North London Derby at the weekend, but the likes of Pochettino and Harry Kane were not involved.
Instead, Spurs fans were treated to a momentous and historic NLD within the walls of their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The newly-promoted Spurs Women side took on bitter rivals Arsenal for the very first time at the new ground, drawing a crowd of 38,262 people (BBC).
This was a record-breaking attendance for a crowd in the Women’s Super League, something to be celebrated on its own. To put this into context, more people turned up to watch this game than could fit in the old White Hart Lane.
Tottenham, unfortunately, sank to a 2-0 defeat, but the impact of the match goes way beyond the result itself, as women’s football continues to make huge leaps and bounds forward in the sport.
Spurs head coach, Karen Hills, has since sent a message to Daniel Levy implying that more women’s games should be held in stadiums like these.
She said (Football London): “It was momentous for Spurs Women. It was incredible to see just how far we’ve come in the past ten or 11 years that Juan and myself have been involved.
“Today it was about us and the occasion and trying to get the three points, but to bring the team here to this stadium, to see the support the club have given us and the way in which we delivered to the fans today, everyone should be really proud and pleased with ourselves.
“This is the progression of women’s football. I was saying to them in there that, to be honest, it shouldn’t be a moment, it should be something that becomes a norm and you want to say women playing in these stadiums and having big crowds coming in and hopefully it won’t just be an occasion, it’ll become the norm of women’s football.”
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