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Your first time at WHL...

Posted on 3 August 2011  - 12:00

The latest batch of fans' recollections of their first time at White Hart Lane...

Your first time at WHL...

Here are more of our fans' memories of their first visit to White Hart Lane.

We asked supporters for their recollections as we prepare to return 'home' for the friendly against Athletic Bilbao this Saturday.

As always, thanks for your response.

We've had stories of WHL 'debuts' from 1957 through to 2007 - 50 years covering Spurs fans across the generations.

And there might be a few more 'first times' against Athletic Bilbao. Tickets are still available for Saturday's friendly - CLICK HERE to purchase online...

Here are the latest 'first-timers'...

From Ian Jones, Tottenham

My first time was Spurs vs Watford in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, back in 1999, when we won 5-2, having gone 1-0 down in a minute.

I got to see the legends Anderton, Ginola (pictured in action in the game, below), Iversen playing for spurs.

My Dad took me, we lived in Leicestershire at the time and we drove down.

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From Steve Westcott, Chatham, Kent

My first time at the Lane was in November, 1986. I came with my Dad, who had got the use of his company's (Initial) box.

I was star-struck as we were in the bar and I saw Vinny Samways, among others. I remember sitting in the box and not believing I was actually there. It was of course the match of the tackle on Gary Stevens by Vinnie Jones (1-2 v Wimbledon, November 1, 1986).

I have been twice more, in November, 2009 when we beat Wigan 9-1 and then this year when we beat Charlton in the FA Cup.

I also came in June for an amazing day for a stadium tour and I will be coming again on 6th August and can't wait.

From Paul Ledster, Hemel Hempstead

My first time at the Lane was August 20, 1966 (pictured below). I was eight-years-old. My nan and auntie (mum's mum and sister) took me to Tottenham.

I can remember before kick-off Dave Mackay juggling the ball and the crowd cheering and the atmosphere was electric. A stranger lifted me up onto one of the metal barriers so that I could see better. It was amazing! Ever since then I have been in love with Tottenham Hotspur. I know that we were in the Paxton Road Stand and we were playing Leeds United. We won 3-1, Jimmy Greaves scored one of the goals. That was my first time. I live in Hemel Hempstead now, but when I was eight, I lived in Harrow Weald, Middlesex.

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From Kevin Evans, USA

It was around the mid to late-50s. My father was a London 'Bobby'. When attending my first game, my 'Uncle Ray' (one of Dad's police colleagues) lifted my brother and I over the small wall by the touchline and let us watch the game (from recollection) on a small bench in front of the wall.

I’ve been a Spurs fan ever since. I was born in Tottenham but have lived in the USA since 1977.

I took my wife to her 'first' game at WHL at the season closing game last season against Birmingham. She loved it. It was our anniversary - she said it was the best anniversary present ever. She is now a die-hard Spur also. We also attended the pre-season games at the NY Red Bull stadium at the beginning of the last season.

From Trevor Vincent. Canada

The first time I went to White Hart Lane was sometime in the early 70's. I think I was about four or five years old and went with my Uncle, cousins and my father. We were visiting from Canada and my Uncle and his sons went every week.

My vague memories of the game were these. I think Spurs were playing Leeds (the visiting team was wearing yellow). We were in a standing room section and I was standing on a milk crate to see the action!

Fast forward to 2010. My family and I travelled to England and my son and I attended the Spurs v Villa game on October 2. My second game and his first. For myself, much more memorable than the first time I visited The Lane. A great game as well, a come from behind 2-1 victory for Spurs with van der Vaart scoring the winner in our end!

After the game, I didn't want to leave. I just sat there looking all around the stadium and taking it all in.

Since last year, I have been busy saving up for my next Spurs game at White Hart Lane!