Best of the decade
Our best goal and match of the decade? It's up to you!
As the clock ticks down on the final few days of the decade, we felt it was appropriate to cast our minds back on the last 10 years and find out the best of the best.
It's been an eventful 10 years - from the very first game on January 3, 2000, when we beat Liverpool at the Lane 1-0 thanks to Chris Armstrong's winner and no doubt more drama to follow in our final match of the decade against old rivals West Ham on December 28.
As with every team in every corner of the world, Tottenham Hotspur have had some wonderful highs and devastating lows, moments of pure magic mixed with crushing disappointments. But then that's what football is all about and that's why we keep on coming back for more !
So what we really want to know is - what was the best of the last 10 years?
We are asking our supporters to vote and let us know what was our Best Goal and Best Game of the Decade.
We've shortlisted 10 candidates in each category - no easy task, we can promise you that!
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We will announce how voting is progressing with the top threes in each category in the New Year.
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All 10 of our best goals of the decade are now available to watch on Spurs TV Online.
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BEST GOALS OF THE DECADE
Trying to select just 10 crackers from the vast number of goals that we scored over the last decade was a difficult challenge. But our shortlist covers the 10 years in full and includes great team goals, individual efforts and moments of genius.
Tom Huddlestone v Dinamo Zagreb, White Hart Lane, 06.11.2008
Having pulled the strings all night long, Tom deservedly got his name on the scoresheet with a sweet volley from 25-yards out. David Bentley dropped an inch-perfect corner in to Tom, who hit a right-foot volley that curled away from the keeper into the bottom corner, to make it 3-0.
What he said: "I think it probably was my best-ever goal. Having seen Paul Scholes and David Beckham do it, we used to try it when I was at Derby, but it never seemed to come off. David Bentley has great vision, and it wasn't planned at all, he just saw me on the edge of the box. Luckily for myself, it went in."
David Bentley v Arsenal, Emirates Stadium, 4-4, 29.10.2008
A stunning goal in a breathtaking game. Against his former club, Bentley received the ball from Jermaine Jenas' chest down some 40 yards out, kept it up with one touch before sending a looping effort goalwards with the next, which crept under the crossbar to send Spurs fans into raptures.
What he said:"It's probably the best night of my career so far. We had a team meeting before the game and Clive Allen actually pointed out that the keeper comes off his line and sometimes right out to the edge of his box. That was still in my head early in the game. The ball sat up and I caught it perfectly. I went mad. I get so emotional and that's why we all play football."
Robbie Keane v Chelsea, White Hart Lane, 4-4, 19.03.2008
A long pass from the back caught out Ricardo Calvalho, the ball coming off the Chelsea defenders' back and falling into the path of Keane who angled a 22-yard curler beyond the dive of Carlo Cudicini into the top corner to make it 4-4 in the closing seconds.
What he said: "It was certainly one of the better ones I've scored for Spurs. I think goals often depend on how important they are as well as their quality and it was important that we got something out of the game, so I was well pleased with that strike."
Dimitar Berbatov v Charlton, The Valley, 07.05.2007
All of Dimitar Berbatov's qualities in one great goal. A deft touch to flick Ledley King's pass up the left touchline around Tahar El Karkouri, strength to hold off the defender en route to goal and finesse to slot home past Scott Carson. Pure class.
What he said: "Sometimes you only have a second to think what to do when you receive the ball. This time, I tried to do something unusual, I flicked the ball past the defender, then it was a matter of outmuscling him, which I did and then put the ball in the net. It was a nice goal."
Paul Robinson v Watford, White Hart Lane, 17.03.2007
One of those goals where those present at the Lane will always be able to say ‘I was there !' Goalkeeper Robbo took a free-kick out towards the left-hand touchline some 20 yards from his own goal, sending it deep into Watford's half. But to his and everyone's surprise, the ball bounced over Hornets' keeper Ben Foster and into the net.
What he said: "I was watching it, but I thought I was going to get moaned at by the strikers for over-hitting the free-kick. It was just one of those things - a freak goal. But it is fantastic and I couldn't have asked for it to happen at a better place. It was a crucial time in the game at 1-0 so I was happy it went in."
Robbie Keane v Blackburn Rovers, White Hart Lane, 05.03.2006
A moment of pure genius from Keano. Just nine minutes were on the clock when he collected Mido's thrown-in close to the goalline, lifted the ball over Robbie Savage, repeated the trick on Andy Todd and half-volleyed past Friedel. Sublime.
What he said: "It's one of my favourite goals throughout my career and certainly one of the best goal I've scored since I've been at Spurs. It was a big game at the time and great to get us off to a good start."
Erik Edman v Liverpool, Anfield, 16.04.2005
If ever there was a bolt from the blue on the scoresheet, this was it. From our own corner which was cleared away, Swedish full-back Edman collected the loose ball on the edge of the centre circle, strode forward 10 yards and let fly the most unstoppable shot past Jerzy Dudek from fully 40 yards out.
What he said: "Everybody has been asking what I was thinking about shooting from that distance. Now I have seen it I have to admit it was maybe not the brightest thing to do, but it worked out okay. If I have another 10,000 chances from that range I probably won't hit one like that again, but it was a really great feeling when it flew in !"
Fredi Kanoute v Everton, White Hart Lane, 04.10.2003
Always capable of the unexpected, Fredi Kanoute produced a stunner against Everton. Gus Poyet cushioned a header into his path and the big striker ran onto the bouncing ball and lashed a dipping half volley with his right foot into the top corner.
What he said: "This one has to be one of the best, I'm delighted with it. It was a goal I wasn't expecting and it was just before half-time, so it was a good time to score. I headed it first, Gus headed it back, I saw it bounce and hit it how I could. It was a special goal."
Christian Ziege v Arsenal, White Hart Lane, 15.12.2002
Our German full-back loved a free-kick and this one was a real belter. With the ball placed centrally 30 yards out, Ziege's wand of a left-foot sent the set-piece curling over the wall and into the top right-hand corner of David Seaman's net.
What he said: "It was a special moment for me, especially to score against Arsenal. If you see the crowd, they were definitely up for the game - I just loved it. It could be one of the best goals I've ever scored!"
Stephen Carr v Sunderland, White Hart Lane, 14.05.2000
Having won the ball from two opponents 30 yards from his own goal, Carr went on a typically surging run deep into Sunderland's half, reached the right-hand corner of the area and then sent over a deft chip which just eluded the goalkeeper and nestled in the net.
What he said: "I remember just running down the wing and there wasn't really a lot on for me. I looked up and saw the keeper off the line, so had a go at chipping him. Luckily it sailed in to the top corner ! It was a great and memorable moment for me with the fans."
BEST GAMES OF THE DECADE
It's fair to say there have been some real belters over the last decade, but after much consideration, here are 10 of the Best Games of the last 10 years - all you have to do is vote for your favourite...
v Wigan Athletic, White Hart Lane 9-1, 22.11.2009
A memorable performance that left players, staff and fans on cloud nine. A display of quick passing, incisive attacking and clinical finishing which gave us our biggest win for 30 years, with Jermain Defoe's five goals a major contribution.
What they said: "The most important thing was to win the game, but to win 9-1 was brilliant and to score five goals was fantastic. It was a like a dream. The lads can't believe it. The finishing - all the goals were unbelievable." Jermain Defoe.
v Arsenal, Emirates Stadium, 4-4, 29.10.2008
A breathtaking night at the Emirates in a real roller-coaster of a game. We were 1-0 up, 3-1 down and trailed 4-2 going into the 89th minute. Step forward first Jermaine Jenas and then Aaron Lennon, as we scored two late, late goals to salvage the most unlikely of points.
What they said: "Amazing ! It was goals galore, a real throwback to the old days. We got back into the game at 3-2 then gave a terrible goal away and it looked all over at 4-2 but full credit to the lads, we kept going and pulled an amazing result out of the bag." Harry Redknapp.
v Chelsea, Wembley Stadium, 2-1, 24.02.2008
An unforgettable first appearance at the new Wembley Stadium. Underdogs going into the game, we more than matched Chelsea on the day and proved to be worthy winners, coming from behind thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Jonathan Woodgate to lift our first piece of silverware for nine years.
What they said: "It's the best feeling ever to win a trophy, you can't better it. It's our first and I hope there will be many more. We have a great team spirit, that's what gets you through games sometimes. I don't really go up for set-pieces but I took a chance, was able to get my head on the ball and luckily it went in. What a feeling!" Jonathan Woodgate.
v Arsenal, White Hart Lane, 5-1, 22.01.2008
If you're going to book your place in a Wembley final, what better way to do so than by smashing five past your closest rivals ! A crackling atmosphere at the Lane inspired the lads to a momentous win against the Gunners, who had knocked us out at the same stage the previous season.
What they said: "It was a fantastic night. The lads were really pumped up for this one, we knew what a big game it was, we were desperate to get to a final and did it emphatically. Collectively, as a team, we were magnificent. We wanted to go out there and win the game. We're always positive and this was no different." Jermaine Jenas
v Reading, White Hart Lane, 6-4, 29.12.2007
A 10-goal thriller at the Lane, with Dimitar Berbatov the star of the show with his four-goal haul. Only 1-1 at the break, the second half was simply a goal-fest with seven coming during a 20 minute spell! Reading refused to lie down, but we emerged with the points at the end.
What they said: "What a topsy-turvy encounter that turned out to be! It was a crazy game and people would have been wondering who was going to come out on top, but we managed to pull away in the end." Ledley King.
v Aston Villa, White Hart Lane, 4-4, 01.10.2007
Our special 125 Anniversary celebrations looked to be going flat as Villa raced into a 4-1 lead. But a comeback of epic proportions saw us turn the game on its head, with Younes Kaboul's 90th-minute strike salvaging a point and the blue and white flags were out in force at the final whistle.
What they said: "We looked dead and buried but it was all about the spirit of the lads - we never give up. At half-time we said it was about us and that we had to believe in ourselves. It showed the passion and the commitment of the team to get back into it. We also wanted to do it for the fans on such a special occasion for the club." Michael Dawson
v West Ham Utd, Upton Park, 4-3, 04.03.2007
A wonderful and dramatic London derby which ebbed and flowed from the first minute to the very last. Two-nil down at half-time, and trailing 3-2 in the 89th minute, we somehow found the strength to not only equalise but snatch a stunning late winner, Canadian defender Paul Stalteri tapping home before celebrating with the jubilant Spurs fans.
What they said: "I saw Jermain on his way and once I played it into the space I looked up, noticed no-one was back and just took off from there. After I scored it was just a relief because we knew they had no time to come back and get an equaliser. It's a fantastic feeling to be on the right side of a game like that and it showed the character and belief of the team." Paul Stalteri
v Chelsea, White Hart Lane, 2-1, 05.11.2006
The night Chelsea's 16-year league jinx over us finally came to an end - and how ! The fixture seemed to be following a familiar pattern when Chelsea went in front, but not this time. Michael Dawson's first Spurs goal drew us level before Aaron Lennon's fine winner sparked wild celebrations.
What they said: "I have to say it was a great feeling to see the ball go in, it was a good team goal. I did enjoy it and all my family were at the game, so that made it even more special. We'd not been playing too well before then, people had started to question us but after that result, everyone realised that Spurs were back on form again." Aaron Lennon
v Everton, White Hart Lane, 4-3, 12.01.2003
A topsy-turvey clash against Everton, with Robbie Keane's first Spurs hat-trick seeing us home. Both sides held the lead at various times in an entertaining game, but neither could hold on until Keane's late winner.
What they said: "First and foremost it was important that we got the three points. We had to keep working hard for each other and that's what we did. It is probably my best hat-trick because it is my only one in the Premiership (at the time). It was good, I really enjoyed it and it was nice to score because I had all my family here." Robbie Keane
v Chelsea, White Hart Lane, 5-1, 23.01.2002
One of those nights at the Lane when everything just clicked and the end result was simply amazing. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, we overpowered the Blues right from the start and they just had no answer to what was a superb all-round performance, one which booked our place in the Worthington Cup Final.
What they said: "I'm delighted for everyone at the club and the fans, because it's been a hard time for them with this record against Chelsea. Our finishing was clinical, our passing and movement excellent and to score five goals was magnificent. The crowd were fantastic. They knew what a big night it was and they've been entertained along the way." Glenn Hoddle