There’s No Place Like Home!
Spurs lost two games at ‘home’ last season whilst the season before we were undefeated at home. That, and a decent away record, is the basis for finishing any season in the top four. I did say ‘basis’.
So, how will we do at home next season? We will have moved away from our much-loved traditional home at ‘The Lane’ and will now be playing on our ‘soon-to-be-much-loved-new-home’ at …. The Lane. Ain’t that weird?
The brilliant idea of THFC to ‘televise’ the new stadium’s construction has allowed supporters to bond with the stadium before a ball is kicked (or miss-kicked) on it. How awesome was that idea? Another THFC first!!
It’s impossible to say how long it will take our team to settle into a new playing environment but recent history suggests that it won’t take long at all. The indicators for this are the way we made Wembley our temporary home last season and the way we have played on away grounds over the last two seasons. It doesn’t really seem to matter where we play we just take our game onto the park and strut our stuff. It’s been pretty successful ‘stuff’, too.
I suppose quite a few of us have been regularly tuned in to the cameras around the construction site. I seem to have spent more time watching concrete being poured than watching football last season. But the experience of watching our stadium take shape has already given me the sense that I am part of it – almost the sense that I built the bloody thing on my own!
The big question is; when will it be ready? It may not be ready when the season kicks off but arrangements will have allowed for that. The reality is that EVERY endeavour appears to have been made to speed up construction and the progress that has been made over the last twelve months is truly amazing.
Living in a slightly different (!!) time zone to the UK, I have been pleasantly surprised by the round-the-clock activity on the construction site. Checking the cameras during MY day (UK’s night) shows that the work continues around the clock with, lately, workers perched on top of the roof at ungodly hours of the night and early morning and, sometimes, in very nasty weather.
What more can they do?
The only dismal part of the whole process is the disadvantage caused to supporters by the extra time and distance it will take them to reach the ground on match day …. all 60 seconds and twenty yards of it!
So, Vital Spurs …. how do you think the construction is going and how long will it take for our team to ‘feel at home’ there?