My 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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