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The legacy of the Lane benefits non-League Welwyn

Tue 14 November 2017, 17:05|Tottenham Hotspur

Turnstiles from White Hart Lane have been donated to Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club Welwyn Garden City FC, as unveiled by the legendary Ossie Ardiles at the weekend.

The turnstiles are among the many artefacts from our famous old stadium that have been re-purposed throughout the Club’s local community.

They form part of a major stadium upgrade for the Hertfordshire outfit, who previously did not meet the necessary requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria having gained promotion last season.

On top of our turnstile donation, Welwyn Garden City were awarded a £100,000 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund that has enabled the installation of two brand new spectator stands and modifications to the existing clubhouse.

Tottenham Hotspur Ambassador Ossie was a special guest at the new-look stadium’s official opening, alongside Spurs fan and star of BBC One’s DIY SOS, Billy Byrne, and Cllr Lynne Sparks, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

Ossie said: “I was honoured to have unveiled Welwyn Garden City FC’s upgraded stadium. It’s great to see money from the top of the game, the Premier League, making its way to lower levels to improve the experience for players all over the country. The donation of turnstiles from White Hart Lane is testament to Spurs’ commitment to improving local grassroots football.

“As a former player and manager, I can really appreciate how much this is going to benefit the club. You can’t play your best if you are not supported in this by your environment, and it’s clear that the Welwyn Garden City FC ground is now well-equipped to support not only its players, but its loyal fans. I hope that Welwyn Garden City FC enjoys the benefits of its improved stadium, and I’m sure that it will help them to bring in even more fans.”

Olly Croft, Chairman of Welwyn Garden City FC, said: "We are delighted to be upgrading the facilities at Herns Way to meet the demands required in our quest for a higher grade of football. We couldn't have done this with the enormous help we have had from several sources, including Tottenham Hotspur. We thank them as we strive to give the town of Welwyn Garden City a football club to be proud of.''

Turnstiles from White Hart Lane have also been donated to Haringey Borough FC in Tottenham and Sun Sports FC in Watford, as well as installed at the Frederick Knight Sports Ground where Spurs Ladies’ youth teams play their weekend fixtures.

Further grassroots clubs Cheshunt FC from Hertfordshire and Hadley Town FC in Barnet have benefited from donations of furniture from the Lane.