‘What a way to finish – we wanted to win so badly in our last game here’: the words of Harry Kane, fittingly the last Spurs player to score at White Hart Lane, rang oh so true.
The perfect way to end an era followed by a pageant of 48 Tottenham legends, with the biggest cheer of the day reserved for Glenn Hoddle – their greatest-ever player.
Even a rainbow made an appearance over the rain-soaked, sunlit-Lane on a day that anyone of a Lillywhite persuasion will never forget.
Oh yes, amidst all the tears and tributes, there was the small matter of a win against Manchester United to secure second place in the Premier League.
Even more fitting was the fact that Spurs, under the inspirational and supremely popular Mauricio Pochettino, went through the whole season at their famous old ground unbeaten.
So, it’s ‘Wembley here we come’ for one season before the move to the new stadium, about to engulf the old one which is being demolished as we speak, in 2018.
Just a word for the demolishers: please be careful with that golden cockerel!
Goals from Victor Wanyama and Kane, with his 22nd Premier League goal of the season, put another three points on the board and not even a late Wayne Rooney strike – or the rain – could put a dampener on proceedings.
Flags and banners galore; more club legends than you can shake a stick at and a glorious rendition of ‘when the Spurs go marching in’ by a local gospel choir. Perfect.
The current squad and the manager took their bow too as the curtain came down on 118 years of history. Tears for souvenirs, and much more. Even the skies shed a tear!
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39915795 – Kane added: “I said before I’d love to score the winning goal and for it to happen is brilliant. To see it go in was special.”
“Of course we will miss it a lot because White Hart Lane is special,” said Spurs boss Pochettino. “But at the same time we welcome the new stadium.”