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Tottenham Hotspur: A Walk Of Fame


By MattoftheSpurs
July 21 2007

On the 21st of July Tottenham Hotspur launched their away and third team strips for the coming season. As they did with the earlier launch of their new home strip for the 2007/08 season Spurs offered supporters who bought on that day the opportunity to see inside the hallowed corridors of White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur: Walk Of Fame.

On the 21st of July Tottenham Hotspur launched their away and third team strips for the coming season. As they did with the earlier launch of their new home strip for the 2007/08 season Spurs offered supporters who bought on that day the opportunity to see inside the hallowed corridors of White Hart Lane.

The two new kits launched on the 21st of July come in a ‘graphite blue’ colour (navy to the likes of you and me), and the standard yellow that Spurs have worn for many years away from home. Upon purchasing either (or both of these kits) you were given a ticket to travel down the “Walk Of Fame.”cockeral west

welcome to whlEntry to the Walk was through the hallowed gates at the West Stand entrance and then through the sliding doors, above which bore the legend “Welcome to White Hart Lane.” Directly on your left hand side as you entered is one of the old cockerel that used to stand proudly atop the West Stand.cockeral old Past this and a lady directs you to your right where you pass a glass cabinet with Ledley King’s captain’s armband and Paul Robinson’s gloves. Seems like an odd place to keep them but there you go. Through the door on your right you then take a sharp left through another door onto “The Walk Of Fame”. Immediately to your left is the “Tottenham Hotspur Hall Of Fame”. This contains the pictures of players and staff that have been inducted into the Spurs Hall of Fame.hall of fame

Down the short corridor and to the right and there is the main corridor leading to the pitch. A short way down that corridor and to your right is the home team dressing room. dress room doorI have been in here before but since my last visit is has been refurbished. It’s a fair bit smaller now. A large table stands in the centre and to your left are the shirts of the first team squad hanging on their pegs. To your right are two tactics boards and two large plasma television screens.dress roomtactic board

Leaving the dressing room the players will turn right. The sunshine is but a few metres away. The visitors dressing room is a bit further towards the pitch on the opposite side. As you walk down the tunnel the stadium looms over you. It’s not too difficult to imagine the applause as Spurs take to the field. The team benches (actually rather nice and comfortable padded chairs) are directly to your right hand side. Spurs had uncovered both the visiting and home managers chairs so you would get the opportunity to sit and pretend…if just for a short while. From here you can understand why the coaches spend a lot of the time standing up as the view from those seats is none to good. The pitch bulges in the middle and so if a player is on the East Stand side of the ground the coaches will only be able to see him from the waist up if they were sitting down.tunnel

The ground looks like it’s having some minor work done to it. There was scaffolding around the centre of the East Stand and all the advertising boards from around the perimeter, with the exception of the East Stand side, have been dismantled and taken away. Perhaps Spurs are going to have those fancy new moving advertisements for the new season?

Overall I think this was a great thing for Spurs to do. It’s a nice opportunity for Spurs supporters young and old to see a part of the club they may not normally see. Spurs did not have to do this. I imagine if you are going to spend £45 on a shirt you will whether you would get the opportunity to do this mini tour or not.welcome to whl

I think it was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. No one from the club was rushing any one through and as far as I could tell you could spend as much time wandering around as you wanted. It was a good way (and relatively inexpensive way) to show a new Spurs fan what the ground looks like. For my Son, who has just turned three, it was his first visit to White Hart Lane. And I know it won’t be his last. Not if I have anything to do with it.


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