Emotional return to the Lane for Justin
20 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Justin Edinburgh says he’ll try not to let his emotions get the better of him when he walks out of the tunnel at White Hart Lane for the first time in 16 years on Wednesday night.
The former left-back was a loyal servant to the Club throughout the entire 1990s, winning the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999 – when he was infamously sent off in the final – with us before joining Portsmouth in 2000.
He’s now in charge of Gillingham, our visitors in the third round of this season’s EFL Cup, having built up a solid managerial reputation with the likes of Newport County – whom he guided back into the Football League in 2013 – and Rushden & Diamonds since his playing days came to an end.
Over the years, he’s maintained his affection for Spurs and he’s understandably thrilled to be returning to the Lane in a professional capacity for the first time this week.
“You have to keep your emotions in check really,” said the 46-year-old, anticipating taking his seat in the away dugout.
“Obviously I’ve been back to the Club and worked in the hospitality areas and I did a little bit of part-time coaching in the academy when I first retired, but it’s the first time as a professional going back so I’m looking forward to the whole occasion.
“Spurs has been a fantastic part of my life and my family’s life. Every day it was a privilege to train and play at the Club so, after being there for over 10 years, it’s going to be a very proud moment to walk out of that tunnel.”
Following a clash with Robbie Savage, Justin was sent off in our League Cup Final victory over Leicester City in 1999, but what are his recollections of that campaign?
“We’re all aware of what happened in the final and I’m reminded about it most times I step back into the football club,” he said. “As for the run to get to that point, David Ginola was a talisman for us that year. He performed pretty much like Gazza did in the 1991 FA Cup run. Obviously I’m well known for the sending-off against Leicester but I think I sort of livened up a dull game!”
Read more from Justin in Wednesday night’s official matchday programme – on sale for £3.50 at the game.