If you spend your life watching games in the Premier League, with all its super-modern stadiums, cantilever stands and vast coffers of cash, you’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to be in a place which doesn’t cater to your every whim.
Drop down the leagues and you’ll find an extremely limited matchday menu (no prawn sandwiches in sight), ‘basic’ toilet facilities (to put it generously), leaky stands, and pillars aplenty obstructing your view, which you’ll spend half the game trying to look either side of.
But one Premier League ground which did still enjoy some of these charms was White Hart Lane, which hosted its final match – in its current form at least – on Sunday, as Spurs signed off with a 2-1 win against Manchester United.
As club legends assembled on the pitch to pay their final regards to the old ground – and a rainbow obligingly appeared in the sky – one fan left his own, personal tribute to his particular seat at The Lane.
It was simple, and poignant: “Dear Post, Thanks for the (missing) memories. 4th Feb 2007 – 14th May 2017”
The fan, apparently named Paul, travelled down from Birmingham each week to watch his team play – and also watch a post not move for 90 minutes. Very much like watching Peter Crouch up front, we guess.
Spurs will spend next season playing their home games at Wembley – a ground where they do not have a good recent record – before returning to the ‘new’ White Hart Lane for the 2018-19 season, which will hold 61,599 spectators and already – even if they stopped building now – looks around a thousand times better than the Olympic Stadium, which they could have ended up with.
But the best news of all yesterday? The appearance of legendary duo and lifetime Spurs fans Chas & Dave, who appeared on the pitch at half-time – particularly so given Chas’ ongoing battle against cancer of the oesophagus.