Pochettino hails ‘perfect’ White Hart Lane finale

Date published: Monday 15th May 2017 8:26

Mauricio Pochettino felt privileged to witness the final game at White Hart Lane as Tottenham gave their home the perfect send-off with a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane ensured a happy farewell to the club’s 118-year-old ground, before they move to Wembley next season while their new stadium is completed.

Supporters swarmed the field as the final whistle blew but eventually returned to their seats to watch 48 former Spurs players each come out to rapturous applause.

The farewell ceremony began with a history of White Hart Lane narrated by Tottenham fan Sir Kenneth Branagh and finished with Pochettino and his players performing a lap of honour.

By the end there was even a rainbow arching over the top of the East Stand.

In between, the likes of Ledley King, David Ginola, Glenn Hoddle, Graham Roberts and Cliff Jones were presented to the crowd, who also sang Paul Gascoigne’s name. Gascoigne chose not to attend for health reasons.

Wayne Rooney will go down as the ground’s last ever scorer after his late consolation for United but nothing could dampen the spirits of the Spurs’ fans and their manager.

“I am a very lucky guy because to share the history of such a club in that special moment is so lucky. I am so happy,” Pochettino said.

“In the game we played well and got the three points and the ceremony with the legends, the people, the staff and my family. For me it will always be the most special day, the last day of White Hart Lane.”

United were the opposition for the 2,533rd match at White Hart Lane, long after Tottenham first hosted Notts County there in 1899 and won the game 4-1.

Spurs only confirmed their switch to Wembley at the end of last month and the club have been keen to emphasise they are only taking on a new stadium in 2018-19, rather than moving to a different location.

“We have outgrown our current home and we are building a wonderful new home right here. We are not moving,” chairman Daniel Levy wrote in a message to supporters.

“The new pitch will overlap the old one. Our new home will slowly embrace and engulf the old one. We are determined that it will be a worthy successor to White Hart Lane and a fitting stage for our current and future great teams.”

Tottenham’s win ensures they have gone unbeaten at home for the first time in a league season since 1964-65 – and secured second place in the Premier League.

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