The days of waiting outside the Lane for the gates to open on match day and then racing for a good spot on the shelf are over. It’s interesting how some people seem to think we have moved. We haven’t moved; we’ve just tweaked the playing area a few metres. Our new stadium complex is built over the same patch of ground that saw so much history made in English football. The ghosts of the past remain and will continue to take the field with all future Spurs teams. It’s a comforting thought.
There have been so many glorious games. There have been so many glorious players. There have been so many glorious memories. The memories will be different for each supporter, but they bind every one of us together.
Although we will continue to play on the same piece of real-estate it may take a few games to adjust to the new home we’ve built around it. That shouldn’t be a problem; after all, we didn’t take long to settle into the national stadium and make it our own, did we?
It’s almost mind-blowing to consider how THFC has developed since its humble beginnings in1882. Our rise to the forefront of top football clubs has been epic and our story over the decades has been amazing. The world at that time was a different place; as different as the first pitch Spurs played on compared to our new stadium.
Since the time of THFC’s first competitive match, two world wars have been fought, man has learned to fly, human beings have walked on the moon, the United States has had a black President, an empire has been lost, and I have been born (the latter two are not connected!). And, through it all, Spurs have gone marching on!
Our history is a book of many chapters. From its founding in 1882 until today, generations of footballers have performed before generations of supporters. The legacy is handed down from team to team, and from supporter to supporter. It’s all self-perpetuating with no end in sight. It now seems inconceivable that football could exist without THFC being a part of it …. well, to Spurs supporters, at least.
Through triumphs and failures, through tears of pain and tears of joy, through dark times and light; there are so many chapters to the THFC book. The chapters to come are yet to be written but, realistically, times of pain and joy will no doubt weave a thread across them. That’s how football works.
The past chapters of the THFC book make glorious reading. Our next chapter will involve a new stadium and …. whatever transpires on the new-laid grass that covers it. The dawn of a new era beckons. It seems to me that the pride we can embrace from the achievements throughout our history will form a strong base to propel THFC onwards and upwards as it continues its march into the future. May the chapters keep coming and the book never end. Gotta love football!