Date: 6th June 2018 at 9:06am
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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?


31 Replies to “There’s No Place Like Home For Tottenham Hotspur”

  • Another first world class stadium in London,coupled with a world class team and the best supporters in the world,I can’t wait.!!!
    Will be watching in South Africa and cheer my team on and hopefully we can win a trophy.

  • To think Villa and Spurs were neck to neck a 5-10 years ago. I know some people criticise your ceo but folks, things could have been very different! It is an impressive story in football how you’ve built to this. You are the only club outside of the usuals who are within a good shout of breaking through now.

  • Well said, JPF. Despite some valid criticism of our CEO, it surprises me (actually it annoys me) that many Spurs supporters don’t recognise this.

  • As I’ve said before major construction projects are always difficult and this one seems to have actually gone pretty well. We won’t really be able to fully assess the impact until maybe 10-15 years down the line. What is now making the whole thing more interesting is the problems Chelsea are having with plans for their new stadium now suspended. Given they’ve already fallen behind Arsenal in terms of income they are in serious trouble once we start paying down the construction costs.

    • And the Chelscum owner hasn’t had his visa renewed to stay in the UK. He’s had to move to become a citizen in Israel instead. (Correct me if my information is a day or two out of date, but that was the situation a couple of days ago). If the oligrach cannot stay in London, it seems reasonable that he’ll stop pouring his ill gotten gains into the club just as a play toy.

  • Geofspurs…another very well written article, its getting boring now haha no seriously I enjoyed the read, keep them coming.

    RM…exactly, well said.

    JPF…well put thank you for post, and as has been said the criticism of our man Levy is annoying and that many Spurs fans do not recognise this or may I go further and just do not understand business.

    For me I cannot wait to watch us play our first match at the “New Lane”, just hope I can get tickets, watching the steady construction has been excellent. COYS

  • Thanks for a well thought out and well written article Geoff. No place like home, the uk for us right !!!, in relation to spurs, it will/should feel good for the players returning to WHL, yes, the stadium as moved a bit but, all the logos, the blue seats etc … it will feel like home … silly as it is but the blue seats will feel different to red .. the same size pitch but the fans closer again etc… will get the players up for it…. I’m not 100% confident the stadium will be finished by August, but the fixtures coming out should give us an indication to whether it is or not.

  • E17 …. We all have different homes. You and I share one of the biggest!!

    It must be terrible for players who have to perform in a small stadium and in front of small crowds …. like the Emirates.

  • Well, I think the criticism of Levy has never been about his ability to run a business smoothly.

    The criticism has been about reinvesting the vast amounts of money he generates on to the pitch.

    Levy is a great businessman, they’re no denying that. But his responsibilities as football chairman are to make a football club competitive, and in 18 years his return of silverware is underwhelming.

    I am all for good debate on why we like or dislike Levy, but let’s at least get the basis of the argument right.

    As for the stadium construction itself, it’s impressive to follow the construction of a big stadium (just like any big structure I suppose), but I’m not really that interested in it to be honest. I check on it every 2 months, but I can’t get excited about “the roof structure going up” or “the side panels being installed”.

    Is it going to generate more money than the old WHL, and is the money going to be reinvested in the squad? That’s the real interest for me.

    • In fact, the Arse ‘n holes have been less successful since opening the Emirates. But that’s them, and they deserve to get worse. Their supporters are among the most arrogant gits I’ve known. Our new home will open with a daring attitude and we will soar.

  • I’m afraid to say, but Arsenal have managed to win 3 FA cups since moving to the Emirates. But the finals were of course at Wembley anyway.

    Which was Spurs new home from home from home… I’m sure we will be retuning there very soon for more regular visits…

    But, for me, I don’t give a Tony Adams about what the Gooners may have done or are yet to do at their gaff.

    I also don’t care much for the likes of Chelsea, Man City or Lester, blah, blah.

    Up the Spurs!

    The new Spurs stadium, is not top of my list for viewing as a past time but I do have the occasional butchers, like BS does… It does look pretty impressive.

    It won’t mean that much to me though, until I’ve eventually sat in a seat and watched a good game of football there… I probably won’t be indulging in any of the fancy (warm) beers for sale or wondering what might happen to me when I bite into a designer pie…

    But, I still can’t wait.

    If I’m to get all emotional there at any point soon, it’ll be either because it feels cold and lifeless and I miss WHL like crazy or because we have played some amazing football and I’m feeling right at home.

    I do hope it’s the latter.

    Up the Tottenham High Road!

  • Who gives 2 hoots how the immigrants, Goons, down the road have done, as HT said or anyone else for that matter, my only concern is the Mighty Spurs and always will be, COYS

  • HT …. Sadly, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get to sit on one of those seats. I’ll have to do it vicariously, with your assistance!

    But I have to say that I’ve found the construction quite fascinating.

  • Geofspurs…how do you know you will never sit on one of those seats, stranger things have happened, never say nay mate. COYS

  • If we gonna have a Levy debate, there will be no winners, yes he has done well for us, but of course he could have done alot better. But with all things considered Im thankful for having Levy as a chairman.

  • in 10 or 15 years time, the era of the oligarchs and oil gobshites will hopefully be a distant memory. The johnny-come-lately classless pretenders will have sunk back to the swamps they sprang from and the mighty Spurs will again reign spreme in their white hart heaven. First club to win the cup from a non-league base, first modern double and first British club to win one and then two Eurpoean trophies. These pioneering stats are what make our club the one that cannot be eclipsed by those who bought short term success with dirty money. It may have taken Levy longer than we would hoped but i for one will be grateful for the fact that it was done with financial integrity. The future’s white. Does anyone disagree?

  • Very timely article Geof.

    I too have taken a lot of interest in the construction via the cams and my wife tells everyone I’ve watched it being built brick by brick! I am just mesmerised by the engineering feat. One day I look at something and wonder how they’re gonna do that. The next day they answer my question!

    It’d be interesting to hear from anyone that manages to attend the ‘test event’….not sure the micro brewery will be pumping out the amber nectar by then.

    As to what beholds at the new stadium, I’d like to see the new stadium welcomed by the newly charged up fans to maximise the atmosphere for the boys. Let’s be having those 100 decibels from the grand South stand. I have always envied the fans of ‘smaller’ clubs who (win, lose or draw) make an amazing atmosphere.

    Let’s hope curtains are raised with a novel welcome, e.g., banners, flags (and rattles?!) and becomes the norm for all home matches. Whatever happened to that confetti splash that Ardilles and Villa brought with them?.

    Like BS, I’d like to see revenues from the ‘football’ events channelled in to the football side of the business. The skywalk, gyms, tours, NFL, hotel, concerts and the related revenue can go wherever seen fit. ENIC should receive mega bucks for the adjacent new properties and imo there probably will be numerous revenue streams to help with paying off the costs.

    The team exceeded my expectations for the 2017/18 season. I’d like us to at least match that next season…….subject of course to what happens in the TW…and Poch.

  • I have to say that although my doubts about Levy are well documented, I completely understand where Ossie and LT are coming from. It seems they have asked similar questions and fall on the other side of the fence, but they have at least asked the questions and that’s really all that matters.

    I again find myself agreeing with CS’s post too. He often formulates things in ways which are slightly more diplomatic, or written less out of frustration, than me. But once the dust settles, and I have had time to digest things, his words ring true.

    I would perosnally like to see all revenue streams (NFL, skywalk, catering,…) be used to make THFC a force to be reckoned with, and a possible destination for the biggest players.

  • With respect to the financing and repayment of loans… Does any one know whether the mooted 1 bill cost refer to the stadium alone or the whole project? …as the project refers to the development of the WHOLE site, which includes the tower blocks adjacent to the south stand.

    I wouldn’t mind the penthouse on the nearest block with turfed terrace….as long as it overlooks the WHOLE pitch!!

  • BS, rest assured I share your frustrations but not quite get depressed…

    As for Danny Rose’s comments about depression. I have sympathy for anyone with that ailment, but think he is not talking to the right people for guidance/help. He again chose to speak to the media and seemingly never mentioned it to his boss at Spurs or England. Thankfully he says he has made full recovery and hope he has a good WC.

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