14 May 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
A message to supporters from our Chairman, Daniel Levy, ahead of our emotional final day at White Hart Lane.
This is the day. This is the match.
This is our last time at the Lane and the day on which we shall bid our grand old home a fond farewell.
I have been coming to the Lane for over 50 years and many of you for much longer. It holds memories for us all. So we should take a moment to look around and recognise the momentous and poignant occasion of which we are now part.
The Lane been home to some of the most amazing moments in the history of not just our Club but in the history of football.
It is a humbling occasion too - this Club and this stadium have been here longer than any of us and the Club and new stadium will be here long after us all - we are merely the custodians of this great institution. It's our turn to look after it, grow it and support it.
Ahead of the last home match of last season we were hoping to secure a Champion’s League place and finishing second was a target. Ahead of our last home match this season we have already secured Champion's League qualification and we are in second place, which would be a record Premier League position finish. For the second season running we have created a title race.
We have seen the team already equal our highest points tally ever, as well as achieve our highest goal tally and what is likely to be fewest goals conceded in a Premier League season. Four of our players featured in the PFA team of the year again and we had the PFA Young Player of the Year winner for the fifth time in six years.
A win today would see us go unbeaten at the Lane all season. It could not be more appropriate that, in what is our last season here, we have seen entertaining, free-flowing football and a return to what has once again been called glory days, such has been the impact of Mauricio and his team of coaches and players. He has my utmost respect for what he has achieved.
Below: The Club has recreated the famous all-staff photo from 1951 with 450 members of staff in 2017
And after today's match we shall recognise and celebrate our past and our present - and look to the future.
Players who graced this pitch in former years will join us, alongside our current First Team, those who have embodied everything White Hart Lane stands for. Forming the guard of honour for them both will be our academy players, our players of the future.
In what has been an emotional week we laid one of our Spurs family to rest - Ugo - he was so much part of what we are building for the future with his tireless work both on and off the academy pitches. His legacy will be the players he helped grow.
And we are growing - we have outgrown our current home and we are building a wonderful new home right here. We are not moving. The new pitch will overlap the old one. Our new home will slowly embrace and engulf the old one. We are determined that it will be a worthy successor to White Hart Lane and a fitting stage for our current and future great teams.
We have strong supportive partners to thank - the NFL and AIA - it is strategic partnerships such as these which make the hugely complex task ahead possible, visionary and place changing.
The Lane has rocked this season - your support has been immense and I know it has made a difference. Next season we shall play at Wembley and I know you will all help make that a home from home and the fortress that the Lane has been. The necessary move away for a season means that we can return as a Club with a stadium and Training Centre facilities among the best in the world.
Success cannot be sustained on assets and financing alone - it will take the teamwork of us all - fans, players, coaches, directors, staff - this is THE team - and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support as we enter the biggest period of change in the Club's history when we start the demolition of the stadium tomorrow.
Farewell White Hart Lane - you were the home we all loved coming to. Thanks for the memories.
Now is the time to look forward.
I am so proud to be the Chairman of our great Club.