Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur v Fiorentina - 08 Aug 2001
It was a night of inspiration. Inspiration for Bill Nicholson, who saw exactly what his achievements meant to everyone with a near-sell out crowd to celebrate his testimonial. Inspiration for the players, who were able to go out and perform having rubbed shoulders with the club's greats. And inspiration for the fans, who, most for the first time, were able to see first hand how Glenn Hoddle's new era is shaping up.
It was a night few in the 35,877 crowd will forget. They raised the roof when 'Mr Tottenham' walked through his guard of honour before kick-off, did it again when the legends - Mackay, Smith, Jones, Jennings and Mabbutt, amongst others - trod the turf again at half-time and, arguably most importantly, were able to do it three times during the friendly win against Fiorentina.
Glenn's new-look team had impressed in eight friendlies before Wednesday night. But with respect to Swindon, Orient and all, this was the real pre-season test. And we passed with flying colours.
After an early scare that saw Sullivan save well from Chiesa we took control. Rebrov failed to make proper contact with Ziege's cross but it was soon 1-0 as Ferdinand challenged Taglialatela to Taricco's deep cross, the keeper spilled the ball and the striker popped the ball home from six yards.