Tottenham Hotspur legend Terry Naylor: We all had tear in our eye during Farewell Ceremony
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Full-back, who spent 11 years at White Hart Lane and played under Bill Nicholson, full of praise for current team and backs them to do well at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur legend Terry Naylor admitted he had a tear in his eye during the White Hart Lane Farewell Ceremony on Sunday evening after the 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s team signed off their home campaign with a win.
The victory was all the more poignant because it was the last ever match to take place at the old White Hart Lane.
Demolition work on the stadium Spurs have called home for 118-years started on the Monday morning.
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But Naylor was able to take in the atmosphere at the old White Hart Lane for one final time on Sunday.
The 68-year-old was one of 48 legends introduced onto the pitch as part of a classy Farewell Ceremony and he loved every minute of the day.
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“It was touching and we all had a tear in our eye because of the memories we have of the ground and what we have all gone through,” said Naylor.
“The crowd have always been there cheering us on come what may and it makes you a better player when you hear them backing you. It gives you more confidence.”
Once again the Spurs fans got behind the current team on Sunday and roared them on to a comfortable victory over United.
Naylor felt winning the final match at the Lane made the day extra special for everyone and he was pleased Tottenham ended against a big club as well.
He added: “What made it a brilliant day was winning the game and also with it being Manchester United, so we had a top team come to the ground.
“Winning our last game at this home for our supporters especially really did make the day I think.”
As one chapter closes, another one opens and Spurs will move into their new ground ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Naylor, who spent 11 years at Tottenham, believes the future is bright as long as the squad stays together.
And while there is some trepidation about spending a season at Wembley, the former full-back is not too worried about the temporary move.
“The manager is young, we have a young side and loads of skill and pace. When we put it together nobody can get near us,” said Naylor.
“I think the players are maturing into even better players and it is a case of making sure we keep them all together.
“We know that it is lovely to play at Wembley, but other teams will want to come and play there.
“It is going to be tough, but the club have had time to plan it, so I know they will put it all together.
“We need to train there twice a week, get the markings of the pitch the way we want it and don’t forget we are a London club.
“We are still playing in London and most teams have to travel, so it could become a big advantage for us.”