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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, Alex Kent from Guildford recalls an early-season clash with Derby County in 1997-98.

Les Ferdinand up against Derby's Lee Carsley in August, 1997.

When my dad came home from work and told my brother and I that he’d managed to get tickets for a Spurs game, it was like my birthday and Christmas had come at once!

Appropriately enough, I was sat at the dining room table wearing my newly-bought Spurs away shirt – my brother Jamie had the home one – when dad came barging in with the exciting news. That’s one of my most vivid childhood memories actually and the fact that I felt the need to get up and run energetically about the place, accidentally knocking over a lamp in the process, showed just how much it meant to me to be able to see our team in live action for the first time!

I was 13 years old back then, Jamie would have been 16, and we were a sporty family. We’d often go out to watch our local rugby team and we’d also been known to enjoy a sunny afternoon or two at the cricket, but we’d never been to a major live sporting event like a Premier League game before.

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