Weekend mornings haven’t been the same since the English Premier League paused its season. The EPL will be back later this month on NBC. Until then, NBC Sports Washington is devoting a week of stories to each of the Big 6 clubs in England: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. Because we miss the Premier League, too.
Our third week continues with a look at Tottenham, a club with a massive fanbase that is always near the top of the table but has not won the league since 1961. New coach Jose Mourinho, no stranger to championships, looks to change that in the coming years. Spurs will try to do so at their gleaming new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which is on the same site of their beloved old White Hart Lane home ground.
They played soccer matches for 118 years at White Hart Lane, the revered old home of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
It’s gone now. The future pauses for nothing, not even a stadium that hosted matches for over a century. Tottenham still plays on the same site, but its now a modern new stadium. It will take time to rebuild the aura of what it meant to play at White Hart Lane.
On May 14, 2017, Spurs closed out the old place in style with an emotional 2-1 win over Manchester United. The victory clinched a fine second-place showing in the Premier League that year just seven points shy of champion Chelsea.
It remains the only time Tottenham has finished as high as second since the Premier League began play in 1992.
It hasn’t won the English top division since 1961. Fans roared and cheered and sang their goodbyes, stormed the pitch at the final whistle and watched afterward as former club heroes and legends were introduced one last time.
Tottenham played 2,533 games at White Hart Lane. It scored 5,272 goals. Star striker Harry Kane scored the last one and Spurs didn’t lose a game at home that season.
But they’ll be looking for a little bit of that White Hart magic when the Premier League resumes later this month. The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium won’t have fans anyway so maybe that’s asking a lot. But Jose Mourinho’s club sits a disappointing eighth in the league with 41 points – just four behind fifth-place Manchester United with nine games to go.
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