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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, Liam Thatcher, from Maldon, recalls a narrow victory over Everton in August, 1998.

Allan Nielsen tangles with former Spur Nick Barmby in our 1-0 win against Everton on August 29, 1998.

My first visit to White Hart Lane came at a difficult time for the club.

We had finished lower-mid table the previous season and we hadn’t exactly begun the new one in much better shape, losing at Wimbledon on the opening day and then giving the points to Sheffield Wednesday at home the next week.

Perhaps owing to the frustrations of others, my mate had a spare ticket for the match against Everton at the end of August, 1998, and, knowing I’d never been to see Spurs before, he invited me to go with him.

It’s true – there was a fair amount of doom and gloom about as we got off the train and walked up to the ground. But I was starting from scratch having never been before, so I went there with a positive mindset!

The thing that struck me when I first walked out of the gangway into the stadium seating was just how near we were to the pitch. I’d been told on the way down that White Hart Lane was good in that sense, but I was quite surprised to see the pitch quite as close.

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