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The future looks bright for ‘exciting’ Tottenham Hotspur team despite leaving old White Hart Lane

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 May 2017

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate as Victor Wanyama scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane against Manchester United (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate as Victor Wanyama scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane against Manchester United (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).

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Spurs season-ticket holders explain why they are positive about move into new home ahead of 2018/19 campaign

A rainbow appears over White Hart Lane during Sunday's Farwell Ceremony (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).A rainbow appears over White Hart Lane during Sunday's Farwell Ceremony (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).

The future is bright for Tottenham Hotspur according to Spurs supporters who have watched the club as season-ticket holders for a number of years.

Last Sunday saw the final match at the current White Hart Lane before demolition work started the following day.

Tottenham signed off with a 2-1 win over Manchester United and will spend next season calling Wembley their home.

Spurs are set to return back to N17 ahead of the 2018/19 campaign when they will move into their new White Hart Lane stadium.

Nick Mitchell, a Tottenham season-ticket holder since the 1960’s, knows the club are making the right move.

He said: “My earliest recollection is seeing Spurs on the television when they won the double in 61, but unfortunately my family came from Manchester and my Mum is a United supporter.

“But Spurs has always been my team and I am not local either. I come from Gatwick now, so it is a little journey.

“I have so many memories and it would be very difficult just to choose one. Being on the pitch when we won the UEFA Cup against Wolves in 72 was great and then when we did the same in 84 was great.

“We were at Wembley all the time then, so it felt like home. It has not been so great in the modern era, but we are getting there and we have a very good team now.

Tottenham fans wave flags during the last Premier League match at White Hart Lane (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).Tottenham fans wave flags during the last Premier League match at White Hart Lane (pic: PA Images/Nick Potts).

“It is going to be phenomenal in the new stadium. The lady who lives down the road and sits next to me says she can hear them working at night.

“There has been tremendous progress and we have to move on. My boy doesn’t want to see the end of the current Lane, but I told him we will be better and stronger for the move.”

Another season-ticket holder in Caroline Coomber believes the current team might be the best she has seen over the last 30 years.

“My Dad used to be a steward here, so we have grown up with Tottenham and I am now bringing my boy who is 20,” said Coomber, who sits in the North Stand.

“I think this team might be our strongest. We had the team with Gary Mabbutt and all that lot with Steve Perryman. They were fantastic, yet we have had a lot of years where we were not very good.

“This is the best we have ever been since I have been watching. We have got a great defence with people like Toby (Alderweireld) and Jan (Vertonghen). You go through and it is so exciting.

“We will put our name down for the new stadium and there are so many seats there, so I hope we can be there too.”

Another Tottenham fan excited about the future is Paul Welford, who has been going to the Lane since 1992.

The Spurs supporter had a personal interest in the club after watching his friend make it through to the first-team.

“I have been coming to the Lane since I was about 15. The first time I come here was about 1992,” said Welford.

“My friend Ledley (King) actually got into Spurs, so I have had some great memories here. Starting with Ledley’s first home game.

“It has been a great place and the atmosphere is electric, especially against Arsenal and Chelsea. It is amazing.

“I have been taking pictures outside of the new stadium and it towers above you. This one is big, but the new one is going to be absolutely amazing.

“The average age of this team is 25 or 26, so hopefully we keep hold of these players and we have a good future. Something big is definitely happening here.”

Sunday was an emotional occasion, but the overriding feeling should be of excitement about what is to come, not sadness over what has been lost.

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