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My Spurs Debut

The section where we invite Spurs fans to pinpoint their first ever visit to White Hart Lane and detail the players who captured their imagination in those early days. This month Jacob Swinton, from Dagenham, takes us back to the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Debut_PerryMy first ever visit to White Hart Lane was in August, 1999, for our opening home game of that season against Newcastle.

I knew a couple of weeks in advance that we had tickets – three in total, for me, my dad and my sister – and consequently there was much excitement in our household in the build-up to the match.

There was a general feeling of optimism among us – as there so often is when it comes to our fans at the start of the season! I recall listening to our away game at West Ham on the opening day at home on the radio and willing us to get back into it after half-time with Frank Lampard having put our London rivals ahead.

Sadly we couldn’t get back level and we lost 1-0, which for me added a bit of extra nervous tension going into the Newcastle match. We knew we needed a win to get us off the mark. Nobody likes to lose two in a row at the very start of the season, do they?

The match we went to was actually a night game and took place on a Monday – two days after the West Ham defeat. I remember feeling excited at the prospect of seeing our new signings in action – Chris Perry (pictured, right) and Oyvind Leonhardsen had both arrived ahead of the new season and when we bought a match programme outside the ground I was pleased to see Chris on the front, wearing our yellow and navy away kit.

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