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Your first time at WHL...

Posted on 1 August 2011  - 12:00

We asked our fans for memories of their first visit to White Hart Lane as we prepare to return 'home' for the friendly against Athletic Bilbao this Saturday.

Your first time at WHL...

We asked our fans for memories of their first visit to White Hart Lane 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...

Anyway, we'll publish the best of your 'first times' this week, starting with the five below...

From Paul Ford, Wellingborough

My first time at White Hart Lane was on the October 8, 1977 (action pictures below). I was 11, and the opposition was Oldham Athletic. My Dad took me from Debden, in Loughton, on the tube to Liverpool Street. Then we got a train to Northumberland Park.

We walked to the ground and I can remember seeing 'home' from afar and couldnt believe how big the ground was.

My Dad had been to White Hart Lane many times and started watching Spurs in the 50's and was privileged to watch the great Double side of 1961. It was obvious that I would follow in his footsteps.

We approached WHL and went down Worcester Avenue. He asked a man at a door about getting tickets for the game. He said that two were available for the princely sum of £2 each.

We bought them and went through a door and I remember going up so many steps. We then reached a door and when it was opened we were greeted by a glass fronted box. We had only got tickets for the Balcony Enclosure above the famous Shelf! What a view! We ran out 5-1 winners and I was hooked.

There was a twist though. I was asked if I wanted to attend the next match and saw that it was Bristol Rovers. I said I didn't really fancy it. What a fool I was, missing a great 9-0 win!

v Oldham, 1977

From Roy Clark, Deeping St James, Peterborough

My first time at The Lane was when my Dad took me to see Spurs play Fulham in a First Division match. I think it was in early 1966 (it was February 19, 1966) and I was aged about eight.

The first thing that struck me was how many people that were crowded into the ground. I was a bit scared when my Dad lifted me up to sit on a crush barrier as he regularly kept on letting go of me to light cigarettes as we waited for the kick-off!

I remember Dave Mackay was Spurs captain at the time and that stays in my mind because poor old Dave slipped over on the edge of the pitch as he ran out in front of the team to 'McNamara's Band' and got mud all over his pristine white shirt!

Some of the players wore shorts that seemed really long and a bit old fashioned for the time, but I remember my Dad pointing out some of the better known players to me, including Johnny Haynes who was appearing for Fulham.

I kept watching out for Jimmy Greaves during the game, because he was a particular favourite of my Dad's and was to become one of my all-time favourites too.

I seem to remember that Spurs went into a big lead with Cliff Jones scoring two or three and Frank Saul scoring too. But as I've become more than used to down the years watching the mighty Spurs, things got a little bit tense towards the end and we ran out close winners 4-3!

But a win's a win and I've been back many times since, both with my dear old Dad and with my own kids.

From Jim Darker snr, via email

My first time was August, 1957 v Chelsea. It finished 1-1 and a guy called Jimmy Greaves made his debut for them.

And there was a man near my pal and me and he was saying to his pal that we need to watch this kid he is a bit tasty - little did he or I know how tasty he was going to be!

But it was for Spurs he become a great player and Sir Bill nicked him for a pound under £100k! What bargain he was!

v Leeds, 1973

From Tim Dorrington, New Zealand

I remember my first trip to WHL in 1973 (September 1, pictured above). I was 12 years old, I travelled from Taunton with a friend's Dad and we got hammered 3-0 by a brilliant Leeds United team who went on to win the league.

I had never seen a crowd that big before and I remember the combined smell of hot roasted chestnuts and Police horse manure outside the ground (which was actually a nice smell!) What a great buzz!

I now live in New Zealand and the only thing I miss about the UK is going to see Spurs!

From Dominic Barnden, Eastbourne

My first time at the Lane was in April 1994 where we won 3-0 (against Southampton).

I was eight-years-old and can remember sitting in the West Stand Upper and I'll never forget the noise when Spurs scored. I had never heard anything like it before or as loud (although that was well and truly beaten when we beat Arsenal 5-1!).

I can remember the scoreboard messing up and saying we were three up when it was 1-0 and at the end of the game saying it told us that we would win 3-0!

I went with my Dad and it was a brilliant day. Needless to say, I've been back numerous times since. COYS!