Spurs bid goodbye to White Hart Lane with fitting Farewell Ceremony
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After slight delay, the club were able to provide the supporters and legends with a fitting finale
Tottenham Hotspur’s Farewell Ceremony at White Hart Lane enabled the supporters and club legends to say goodbye to the famous venue for one last time.
The venue has been Spurs’ home since 1899 and despite a brief delay, the Lilywhites were able to sign off with a stunning farewell ceremony.
A pitch invasion by the Tottenham fans meant the farewell ceremony at White Hart Lane was briefly delayed.
It took a couple of requests over the tannoy to get Spurs supporters to finally leave once and for all.
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Eventually the fans left and it allowed the staff at the club to continue putting equipment in place.
A video of the current season ensured all Tottenham supporters were still entertained as a 15-minute interval took place.
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Proceedings did get underway just after 7pm with Sir Kenneth Branagh narrating a video of the history of White Hart Lane.
The video, shown on jumbatrons, showed some classic moments which have taken place at the current stadium.
Spurs’ successes in the 60’s were there, the triumphs in the 70’s and many more magical memories.
After the seven-minute video finished, the legends were welcomed onto the pitch with Clive Allen the first out.
Several legends followed with David Ginola getting one of the biggest cheers along with Glenn Hoddle.
Ledley King then upped the ante with an enormous roar greeting his entrance onto the White Hart Lane pitch.
The Tottenham fans began to chant their former captain’s song afterwards, as more of the legends came out.
Chris Waddle was the last to enter the pitch before chants of ‘Yido’ were sung for the Kings of White Hart Lane.
A wonderful rendition of ‘Oh when the Spurs go marching in’ was then performed by the London Community Gospel Choir, as the hairs on the back of your neck began to stand.
A video of Daniel Levy then played over the jumbatrons before highlights of some of the Tottenham goals at the Lane this season were played out to huge cheers.
The current Spurs squad entered the pitch before boss Mauricio Pochettino came out to chants of ‘his magic, you know!’
Finally, all supporters were invited to raise their flags as a rendition of ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’ was sung by Tottenham fan and world-renowned tenor, Wynne Evans.
A rainbow appeared above White Hart Lane moments later as the fans and the legends took in the old pitch one last time.
The Spurs supporters then began chanting for the current legends with Harry Kane and Dele Alli feeling the love of the Tottenham faithful.
One final lap of honour was then completed by everyone, as the final goodbye to the Lane was slowly drawing closer.
All of the current Spurs players and former stars left the pitch through a guard of honour and the stands emptied soon after.
After 118-years, Tottenham will no longer call this White Hart Lane their home and demolition work on this stadium starts tomorrow.
It is not the end, though, with Spurs set to move into their new venue ahead of the 2018/19 season and the best thing of all? It is only next door.