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Tribute report: Spurs XI 0-1 DC United


A night of legends past, modern-era, present day and, you never know, future, all together for the same cause, lit up the Lane on a wonderful night of nostalgia.

From the likes of double-winning hitman Bobby Smith, Cliff Jones, Tommy Harmer and Len Duqemin, all taking a bow at half-time in a parade of legends, to Klinsmann, Ginola, Gascoigne, Waddle and the Allens, modern day herores who have left an indelible mark on the club to present day stars Sheringham, Carr and Poyet, all together to raise funds for former players, players who made this club what it is today.

And then there was one for the future in the shape of Dean Marney. Still just 18, it was Marney's first taste of first team action at the Lane and from the first time he was on the ball and looked up to see Gascoigne, Ginola and Klinsmann all available, he didn't appear overawed and relished the occasion.

On the Premiership front, Gus Poyet, Steve Carr and Steve Clemence continued their comebacks from injury.

So everyone was a winner on the night - apart from the Spurs XI team, who lost out to an impressive DC United with a goal from Wade Barrett in the 85th minute.

Of course, that didn't matter. What did matter was to look around to see the stands packed as fans were able to pay tribute and see their heroes all on the same pitch together.

And they didn't disappoint. Ginola was magnifique, as always at his English 'home' and was handed the man of the match award.

A slimline Gazza kept it simple, Klinsmann was a bundle of energy for 65 minutes and Waddle's trademark body swerve was still intact, as was his ability to whip a devilish cross in.

In terms of match action, DC had the better chances in the first half and Kasey Keller was forced into action on three occasions.

At the other end, Ginola's promptings led to the best chance as Sheringham's low drive came back off the foot of the post.

Lars Hirschfeld took up the challenge after replacing Keller at half-time as DC got on top.

He produced two fine one-on-one stops, ex-Boro striker Moreno had the ball in the net on the hour after Olsen's chip came back off the bar but the flag was up and Marney cleared off the line as Convey's pass was dummied by Moreno.

At the other end, Clive Allen's lovely flick played in Sergei Rebrov, who dragged his shot wide and young Stephen Kelly's header was cleared off the line.

DC finally broke the deadlock with the winner five minutes from time. Moreno's miss control allowed Barratt to latch onto Convey's pass and he finally beat Hirschfeld.

Gazza, Klinsmann and Ginola all went off to standing ovations in that second half as the fans paid tribute, you never know, for the final time for these heroes in Spurs colours.


6mins: Wonderful Ginola cross just missed Poyet and Doherty unable to hit target sliding in at far post.

8mins: SAVE. Keller at full stretch to tip Moreno's low drive around the post.

11mins: Keller out quickly to deny Olsen at his feet.

17mins: Freund almost scored own goal as he flicked away Etcheverry's dangerous corner.

18mins: Fine work from Marney, closed down Barratt and whipped in cross that Sheringham glanced just over.

26mins: Etcheverry cross just over Olsen's head.

29mins: Keller decent save to his left from Etcheverry's low curler.

33mins: Sheringham curled wide after combining with Poyet.

37mins: Freund blasted over from 22 yards.

38mins: Another great break from Marney down the right, one-two with Sheringham, drove cross in towards Klinsmann but cut out well by Agoos.

39mins: SAVE. Straight up the other end and Keller out bravely to block from the sliding Moreno.

42mins: WOODWORK. Ginola caused havoc with a dribble into the box, went down, Sheringham spun on loose ball but 20-yarder hit base of the post and bounced to safety.

Half-time: Spurs XI 0-0 DC United

Changes: Chris Waddle, Colin Calderwood, Ronnie Henry, Steve Carr, Steve Clemence and Lars Hirschfeld all start second half.

51mins: CHANCE. Quaranta through on goal but Hirschfeld produced fine save.

53mins: Reyes strike just wide.

58mins: SAVE. Nice passing and movement from DC sent Quaranta clear but Hirschfeld deflected wide with his legs.

61mins: WOODWORK. GOAL DISALLOWED. Delightful Olsen chip beat Hirschfeld but came back off the crossbar. Moreno headed in rebound but was flagged offside.

70mins: OFF LINE. Moreno dummy saw ball go past Hirschfeld but Marney was there to clear off the line.

73mins: Lovely flick from Allen found Rebrov bursting into the box but he shot wide from a tight angle.

77mins: OFF LINE. Henry header from Waddle corner cleared off the line.

82mins: Quantilla found Quaranta but Hirschfeld again up to the task.

84mins: GOAL. Moreno miss control allowed Barratt to latch onto Convey's pass and finally beat Hirschfeld. 0-1.

Line-ups: Spurs first half: Keller, Marney, Doherty, Perry, Bunjevcevic, Poyet, Freund, Gascoigne, Ginola, Klinsmann, Sheringham.

DC United: Rimando, Reyes, Moreno, Etcheverry (Quintanilla, 71), Agoos, Olsen (Villegas, 78), Convey, Williams, Pope (McKinley, 45), Barrett, Quaranta (Curtis, 83).

Spurs second half: Hirschfeld, Carr, Marney (Marney, 76), Calderwood (Kelly, 76), Henry, Gascoigne (Blondel, 50), Clemence, Ginola (Etherington, 57), Waddle, Sheringham (Rebrov, 50), Klinsmann (C Allen, 65).