My first visit to White Hart Lane came in February 2001. It was an FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Stockport County. My uncle had driven up from Southampton on the morning of the game and surprised me with a ticket.
I fell in love with the stadium and the atmosphere. I loved being part of the crowd and watching Spurs easily dispose of the opposition as they won 4-0. This was back in the days when Simon Davies was a potential world beater and Ledley King could play more than 20 games a season.
There was a fantastic support from the crowd during that game, which would contrast with the frustrating lack of support in the first game I went to watch with my dad.
My father, God bless him, has never been a man with money and has never been able to take me to White Hart Lane, so I decided to take him. It was the 1-1 draw we played out with Blackpool towards the end of last season. Yes, it was disappointing. Yes, we should be beating the so called ‘lesser teams’ at home, but it was the support of the crowd that day which upset me the most.
Harry Redknapp has brought the glory days back to Tottenham. In the present climate we are title contenders and currently the best team in London, but if the fans that sat around me that day had their way, he would not be the manager of Tottenham. I appreciate their frustration. I, as well, hate it when we don’t win, but sometimes you have got to sit back and have a bit of common sense.
Last season we reached the quarter finals of the Champions League and ended up finishing fifth. When Harry Redknapp took over we were bottom and relegation was not an unrealistic possibility, but he has taken us on an unbelievable adventure since then. At the final whistle that day there was sarcastic chants of ‘Harry for England’ and I heard a few people say they wanted Harry out because they thought he had taken us as far as he could. Me and my dad laughed on the way back from the stadium at the absurd comments from our fellow fans.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I bet those Spurs fans are eating their words now. The events of this next week will have a big impact on how long Redknapp stays at White Hart Lane. I for one hope King Harry stays for another couple of years, as the only thing missing from his Spurs C.V are trophies. C.O.Y.S!!!