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      21.12.2011 13:38

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      White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur F.C as is located in Tottenham in North London. It has been the home of Tottenham since 1899 with the first match there being played against Notts County which ended in a 4-1 victory for Spurs with a little over 5,000 turning up to witness this! The stadium holds just over 36,500 spectators which a fairly small compared to rival clubs such as Arsenal & Manchester United etc but there are plans to build a much bigger stadium on the current site. Its is fairly easy to get to the stadium with White Hart Lane train station only a 5 minute walk and Northumberland Park Station a 10 minute walk to the stadium. The bus service also run regularly with the buses 149, 259 & 279 getting you to the ground. The away fans are located in the corner of the Park Lane South Stand with the allocation varying on the tickets sales as they get the option of the upper and lower tier which holds roughly 3,000 fans. The stands are reasonably close to the pitch and with the stands all a similar size and compact it creates a very special match day atmosphere which doesn't occur at many modern stadiums in the UK. White Hart Lane is defiantly a great place to watch a football match & is certainly safe for all the family.

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      A great stadium for a great team.

      ==Introduction== White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. It is located in the borough of Haringey, North London and has been home to the club since 1899. The current stadium has a capacity of 36,310 and it is not uncommon for games to be sold out on most home matchdays. In March 2009, some 28 years after becoming a fan of the team, I took the plunge and made my first ever visit to this magnificent stadium. Previously I had watched Spurs play in games closer to my home in the Midlands but up until then, I had never been to 'The Lane'. ==Ordering Tickets== Before you can order tickets, you need to register an account with the clubs ticket office via www.tottenhamhotspur.com. Tickets tend to go on sale for matches on a priority basis. Season ticket holders obviously get first pick of the seats before Bronze and Lilywhite members get to pick their seats. Finally, members of the general public get to purchase the remainder of the seats. From personal experience, if you are going in a group, then getting 2 or 3 seats together when the tickets go on sale is almost impossible due to the demand for tickets. On the 2 times I have been now, I have not been able to get my first choice seats but have eventually found seats together in another part of the ground. Ordering tickets is very simple with the use of a credit card via the web site. It is worth bearing in mind that for each ticket there is a £3 administration charge plus £1 to post the tickets out. This £3 administration charge applies regardless of whether you are purchasing an adult or a junior ticket which meant it cost me £10 more than I was expecting to take my 2 children to a game. You can elect to pick the tickets up from the ticket office on matchday but I opted to pay the extra £1 so I would be safe in the knowledge I had the tickets with me before travelling. All ticket prices mentioned later in this review refer to the 2009/10 Premiership season. ==Travelling to the ground.== As I live in the midlands, these travelling directions will apply to anyone coming towards the stadium from the North of London. As travelling near the stadium via car on matchdays is not advisable due to lack of parking (a car park is available at £15 but you can expect at least a wait of an hour after the match to get out) I would recommend parking away from the stadium and getting a train to the ground. White Hart Lane main line station is only a 5 minute walk from the ground so is suitable for people of most ages. White Hart Lane Station is on the Cheshunt to Liverpool Street Station line so I would recommend parking at any station on the route. Stops are Theobalds Grove, Turkey Street, Southbury, Edmonton Green and Silver Street from the North or Bethnall Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Seven Sisters and Bruce Grove from the South. My personal preference is Turkey Street in Enfield. This station is only a mile or so off the M25 and only an 11 minute train journey to White Hart Lane Station. A return ticket from White Hart Lane to Turkey Street costs approximately £4 for an adult and only £1 for a child making it an extremely more attractive proposition than the £15 car park fee. Turkey Street station is in a residential area meaning street parking is fairly safe. ==The surrounding area== Tottenham as an area is not the most desirable area of London so it does pay to keep your wits about you. On matchdays however, with thousands of football fans swarming around the place, there is a very safe feeling. On leaving the train station you find yourself on White Hart Lane but even though the ground is named after this road, you won't actually find it here. A short walk along White Hart Lane brings you to the Tottenham High Road where the ground is. Even when you get onto this road, you still won't be able to see the stadium as it is set back from the road slightly. As you approach the ground there will be numerous programme sellers and merchandise stores all competing for your cash. Beware when approaching the merchandise stores as I am certain that not all of them were selling official club merchandise. If you are unsure what is official and what is not, steer clear of these street sellers and make use of the three Spurs shops that you will pass on your way to the ground. As well as the standard football element, the Tottenham High Road has its fair share of pubs, burger houses and general stores should you wish to grab a bite to eat or drink For home fans use the Cockerel or Corner Pin pubs. Away fans should use Bar 271 or The Park. On the 2 occasions I have been to the ground, home and away fans have mingled together quite happily and there has been a very friendly atmosphere. ==The Stadium from outside the ground== As previously mentioned, the stadium is not a predominant feature on the Tottenham High Road until you are virtually next to it. The main entrance to the ground is on a little side road called Bill Nicholson Way, named after the manager of the double winning 1960-61 team. Looking at the stadium from the main entrance, you would be hard pushed to believe this is a football stadium as all you can see are row after row of offices, served by an extremely large car park. Compared to all the newly built grounds, this view of the stadium is very uninspiring. Moving around the ground still gives the impression of a very old, run down stadium with only the evidence of turnstiles giving the game away that this is actually a football stadium and not just an old building as apart from the main gate, there is no Tottenham Hotspur branding on the stadium. ==The Stands== Once inside the ground, you are presented with a majestic stadium. It is hard to imagine such a transition from the shabby looking outside of the stadium to a pristine high quality Premiership football ground. Wherever you sit, you are almost guaranteed a perfect, uninterrupted view of the pitch. Each of the stands is divided into upper and lower tiers, the upper tiers being the highest in price. Each of the stands has its own character and there really is something for everyone at this ground. West Terrace - This is the newest of the stands which also houses the players dressing rooms and tunnel area, the managers dugout and technical areas are also situated at the foot of the West Terrace. This stand is the football facing side of the offices that you can see from the main road and the most important corporate boxes are located here. This stand is for home supporters only and can accommodate 6,890 supporters. I was lucky enough to get seats in this stand for my first ever match. Although, I wanted seats for the upper tier which had sold out, I was more than happy with the view I got from my lower tier seat which was only five rows back from the pitch. Prices in this stand vary from £43 to £75 depending on the opposition for the upper tier and £40 to £65 for the lower tier. South Stand - The south stand is located on Park Lane which is closed off to traffic around the match time. The lower tier of this stand has a number of disabled bays allowing wheelchair users and their carers a super view of the action. If you are looking at the pitch from the BBC or Sky cameras, the South Stand is the one behind the goal to the left of your television picture. For my second visit to the ground, I actually got seats for the South Stand Upper tier and the view from here was magnificent. We had to climb up roughly 5 sets of steps to get to our seats but once their, the view was breathtaking. My only concern was that in the event of needing to evacuate the stadium, there didn't appear to be many natural exits although I'm sure an evacuation would have been conducted in an orderly fashion. On top of the South Stand is one of the grounds large video screens, the Sony Jumbotron. This is an amazing screen which shows the action as it is happening plus it also replays key moments just after they have happened and again at half and full time. The away fans at White Hart Lane are positioned in the corner of the ground between the West and South stands making this a great position to sit if you want to enjoy banter with the away fans. On the two occasions I have been to the ground, Spurs have won both times making this banter all the more enjoyable although I'm sure things probably do get a bit tense when things aren't going our way. Home and away fans are segregated making for a safe afternoon (or evenings) viewing. In the opposite corner of the South Stand is the TV presentation room. If there is a live match from the stadium, this is where Richard Keys, Gary Lineker or whoever will be sitting doing their pre and post match analysis of the game. South upper ticket prices range from £33 to £47 with the lower tier prices between £28 and £43. Disabled supporters also pay between £28 and £43 wherever they sit in the ground. North Stand - The North Stand is affectionately known to Spurs fans as 'The Paxton' due to it backing onto Paxton Road. The Paxton is usually the stand which makes the most noise during games and for this reason, Spurs prefer to kick this way in the second half when the fans can help suck the ball into the net if needed. The second Sony Jumbotron screen is situated on top of this stand meaning that wherever you are sat in the ground, you will always have a clear view of at least one of the screens which both broadcast the same feeds. If you have opted to collect your tickets from the ground or wish to book your seats in person then the clubs ticket office is located in the Paxton Road stand on the ground floor. North Stand adult prices are identical to those in the South stand but discounts are available for both senior citizens and juniors. East Stand - This is the oldest stand in the ground by a long distance. The roof on this stand is still supported by giant pillars which means this is the only stand where a perfect view is not guaranteed as the pillars do get in the way of the action. When I first saw this stand in person, I was amazed to see that there was actually a seat directly behind one of the pillars and I couldn't believe that someone would actually buy that seat but they did. The East stand is where all TV pictures are broadcast from. This is a clever ploy by the club as it means the East stand rarely gets shown in TV coverage, instead the cameras focus on the three newer stands. East stand lower tier prices range from £36 to £55 for a clear view seat (£31 to £44 for restricted view) and £40 to £65 for a clear view in the upper tier (£35 to £54 restricted view). ==Pre-match entertainment== Gates at White Hart Lane open an hour and a half before kickoff so it is important to keep the fans entertained as they wait for the action to start. With players warming up on the pitch, it is not possible to entertain the fans this way so the Jumbotron screens are used. An hour before kickoff, the screens show action from the previous games and a game from the past against the current opponents. An interview with a current player is also shown too, normally showing the player out in the community coaching youngsters which is a good PR exercise. Fifteen minutes before the game, the music is cranked up and the place starts to buzz in anticipation for the big kickoff ==Refreshments== There are plenty of refreshment stands in the foyer before you get to the seated area of the stadium. Here you can purchase all the standard football junk food such as burgers, chips and pies plus a good choice of soft drinks and quite surprisingly in my opinion, beer. You cannot take the beer into the seating area however and it must be consumed in the foyer. A 500ml bottle of Pepsi cost me £1.70 which I didn't think was too bad considering I was in London at one of the most expensive stadiums in the country. I didnt sample any of the food as I had already eaten before entering the stadium. ==Atmosphere== The atmosphere at the Lane is electric. As the stadium is enclosed, it retains the noise really well. If the football is good like the Spurs faithful expect then the crowd are right behind the team. Wherever you are seated in the stadium, you always get the feeling of being close to the action which helps generate an ever better atmosphere. ==Getting away from the ground== Television pundits have always said that White Hart Lane is one of the hardest premier league grounds to get away from. I disagree wholeheartedly with this statement. Sure, if you are trying to leave by car then you have a problem as 36,000 pedestrians are walking down the middle of the road but if you are crazy enough to attempt to park anywhere near the ground (which is illegal anyway) you deserve to be delayed. The five minute walk from the station to the ground earlier in the day now becomes a 10 minute walk as you fight your way through the crowds, most of whom are heading for the same platform as you. To their credit, London transport do put on more trains that stop at White Hart Lane station on matchdays. Within 40 minutes of the final whistle, I am normally back at my car which I think it pretty good going when you think how many people must be catching the train. I have always caught the first possible train without it being completely full. ==Future developments== A 36,000 seater stadium is no longer sufficient for Tottenham's fan base so planning permission has been sought for a brand new 56,000 seater stadium on the same site as the existing ground. This planning application has been submitted and it is hoped that work will start within 2 years on the stadium. The new stadium has even been included in England's 2018 World Cup bid. When work does commence on the new stadium, the current one will still continue to be used. When the new stadium is three quarters built, the team will transfer over to this one, and the existing stadium will be knocked down in order to continue the building work. By doing this, the capacity of the new stadium will not drop below the existing 36,000 whilst the final phase of development is completed. The new stadium will be the focus of the High Road and not hidden behind old buildings as it currently is. ==Verdict== If you are a sports fan of any description, you must visit this historic stadium before it finally gets knocked down. Although it is one of the most expensive grounds in the country it is still well worth a visit. It is not one of the prettiest grounds from the outside but once you step inside and set sight on the pitch, it really is a sight to behold. If you are a ciao member why not check out the review there too as there are some of my own personal photos of the ground which show what a wonderful view you really do get. http://www.ciao.co.uk/Whiteheart_Lane__Review_5895155

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        02.12.2009 11:20
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        Fantastic stadium at White Hart Lane

        Having worked as an employee for Tottenham Hotspur for many years and now have a season ticket there I feel like I am in a good position to review this great stadium. I have been to many stadiums throught England and abroad but White Hart Lane is one of the best if not the best. As you walk in the reception area at spurs you are greeted by the trophy cabinet proudly displaying the trophies won throughout history and as you move further inside the club you find that all the rooms are immaculate in appearance and very well kept from the boardrooms right through to the changing rooms. When I worked for the club I would regularly be in the tunnel area and the noise that greets the players on match day is something that has to be seen. The ground currently holds 36,000 and is fantastic as is pretty compact and the fans are close to the pitch. The noise levels generated inside are fantastic and the atmosphere the same when the players come out to play. No wonder so many players love to play at this famous ground. The seats are comfortable enough, although perhaps a little more leg room would be good. My season ticket is in the members stand in the Paxton Road End behind a goal and even from there the view is good. However my favourite seats in the whole ground are the West Stand upper tier where the view is spectacular from that angle and you don't have the posts in the way like in the East stand which does have restricted view. The pitch at White Hart Lane is perfect even after heavy rain and the ground staff do a great job to keep it that way. The only thing which could be improved with the stadium is the transport links to and from the ground, especially with the new stadium due to be finished in the next couple of years. Whether you are a football fan or not it is well worth a visit to this stadium and sample the atmosphere of a famous old ground

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          01.09.2009 00:04
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          As a football fan, I have seen some pretty amazing stadiums, although Wembley Stadium is certainly a powerhouse to do our nation proud, it still cannot compare to how i feel about going to the best stadium in the world, White Hart Lane. A majority of games that i have been to watch there since i have followed the sport ever since i was little, I have only seen them lose twice which was once last season and one the year before, and that gives me the drive to keep coming to watch As you may have heard they are planning to build a new stadium, and they think it's a consolation to put it next door to its foundations, but it still wont be the same, it won't be recognised to fans of this club, i cannot see it getting used to Surroundings may make the ground look unattractive, but that is really all that is needed to change in my opinion and not the stadium/ If you are a fan and have never been to see a match at this stadium, I would suggest you go and see them where they are now while you get the chance, the experience is pleasuring always. The hospitality is decent you will always feel comfortable there. this place has witnessed some wonderful memories of great glorious times watching this proud football club and it's team legends over it's history. This ground has stood for more than 125 years, and it's a great place to see in London. There's always a chance youll go there and be entertained by a great match as it happens a majority of the time, or possibly see more silverware being lifted whether youre a spurs fan or a tourist!

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            30.07.2009 16:02
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            Worth going to for the footie, but otherwise stay away

            COME ON YOUR SPURS!!! Ok, my loyalties out of the way, I have been going to White Hart Lane for about 16 years. I'm not a season ticket holder, but I try and get to matches when I can afford them. I've been to other football grounds and I have to say that the Lane has always been one of the best. I appreciate that I am biased, but I think the only older stadiums that top it are Stamford Bridge (because of the facilities) and Old Trafford. Obviously it cannot compete with newer venues like the Reebok Stadium and Emirates Stadium, but then neither do any of the others. Of course, the new stadium will begin construction soon and will rival the Emirates. Unfortunately while the stadium itself has not problems the same cannot be said for the area. Tottenham is a horrid, crime ridden hole of a place lived in by degenerates. Unfortunately this means that the local places consist of cesspit pubs, horrid fast food shops and the odd feeble attempt at a night club (Rudolph's I'm looking at you....). Also, the transport links are awful. The Tube is miles away, White Hart Lane is on the slow route and even Northumberland Park takes ages to travel to. Its an absoloute nightmare on match days, especially if you want to get home. Therefore I say if you're going there for a match you'll have a good time. Otherwise stay away.

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              04.07.2009 10:45
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              Not bad, but the new stadium was needed

              I first went to WHL in 1998, and have been about 60 times since, but I feel steadily over the years this ground has gone downhill and I can't wait for the new stadium! It's not the easiest to get to as the nearest tube station (Seven Sisters) is a few miles walk, whilst the overland train to White Hart Lane is sometimes delayed. Buses in the area are packed, and the area itself is... unique. It's clear the place needs some money invested and White Hart Lane fits that bill. The atmosphere on its day can be among the best in the league, although 3 of the 4 stands rarely sing! The stadium was a bit quieter in the Ramos era, no surprise, but i'm sure it will pick up again. It's easy to navigate around the stadium, with toilets and food vendors fairly spaced and a decent standard, although like most Premiership grounds, overpriced. Upon walking up the gangway and catching the first sight of the pitch, every time it still stuns me. White Hart lane has award winning groundkeepers, and it shows, the pitch is like carpet! The stewards tend to get some stick from the fans, which I feel is their own doing. Some overzealous attempts to get people to sit down and clearly just watching the game make them some unpopular figures, but they do their job I guess! My memories of White Hart Lane are good and bad, from seeing Arsenal wn the league there and being there for Sir Martin Jol's last game, to seeing as thrash the Gooners 5-1 and produce some epic comebacks. Overall, a decent ground in a rundown area, but quite clearly needs the expansion it's getting soon

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              02.07.2009 17:46
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              A run down stadium but a good old fashioned English stadium.

              I've been to White Hart Lane twice now as away fan and it is a football ground that splits my personal opinion to another level. Both times I have went the game has been on a Sunday and both times the Victoria line has been closed, the main link to the stadium. I know this isn't to do with Spurs but it is a pain nonetheless. There is about a 15 minute walk to the ground from a station down a busy street. I couldn't see the ground until it shocked me by appearing on the right out of nowhere. The first thing I noticed upon approaching the ground was how run down and out of date it looked. From looking at it from the outside I could understand why Spurs are planning to develop a new ground because it looks very weathered. However I was hoping this would lead to a great atmosphere inside the ground and I wasn't dissapointed. The first time i went there with Newcastle we won 4-1 and were located in the lower tier and this was brilliant, but the most recent time in our 1-0 loss we were stuck in the upper tier, which is OK except if like me you are right at the back. After paying £45 for a ticket you don't expect there to be a big security box dangling down from the roof that covers half the pitch whenever you stand up! And as toon fans we allways stand up so I had to spend the whole game squatting like I was using a public toilet but not wanting to sit down because the seat was full of someones urine. In my stand I thought the ground was visibly falling apart as well but in fairness, away ends are usually not great. That aside though, because of the style of ground and being close to the pitch it lead for a great atmosphere. It is rare nowadays to see a ground with a capacity as big as White Hart Lane's for fans at all sides, even on the upper tier to seem close to the pitch and that is what is special about this ground. I do hope with their new ground they don't opt for the modern bowl shaped ground and try find a way to keep some of the atmosphere that is possessed at a Spurs match.

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              Place: White Hart Lane is the football stadium home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. It is located on the High Road in the London Borough of Haringey. Structure: White Hart Lane is an all seater stadium, and is built in a typical rectangular shape. It is two teared in all stands and there are no gaps inbetween stands. The stadium has many corporate boxes, and has two "jumbotrons" which show television pictures of the game. One of the stands has two structural poles which obstructs some seats views, but from my experience it is a very minimal obstruction. Travel: White Hart Lane isn't the easiest stadium to get to, with no major station close. The biggest station near it is Seven Sisters Underground station, but one then has to take a bus, an overhead train or walk about 1-2 miles. Atmosphere: In my opinion the atmosphere at the Lane is one of the best in the league. The away fans are situated beside the louder Spurs fans, which always causes healthy banter, and loud rival chanting. Tottenham fans pride themselves on beautiful football, so if the team are performing on the pitch the fans always respond very very well. Similarly if Spurs are struggling the fans will try to lift the team as much as possible. This stadium has great tradition, great atmosphere and always has a positive energy about it, no matter how the team are doing. Its definitely one of the best all round stadiums in the country.

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                17.11.2008 22:39
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                The world famous home to the spurs

                Tucked away amongst all the reviewable items for me to gush over was this topic for reviewing... The sports location White Hart Lane..... Better known to many in North London and beyond as the Theatre of Dreams or Fortress White Hart Lane (all written with irony I assure you). North London's own Jewish Mecca where 35000 gluttons for punishment go to pray at least 20 odd times a season. I did fear writing a review on White Hart Lane might alienate some of my female readership but seeing as I have endured, I mean enjoyed, literally thousands of reviews on make up and hair products, I'm hoping that this can entertain and inform all readers of any persuasion and maybe, just maybe even persuade those have mistakenly chosen Arsenal as their team to wake up, smell the coffee and make their own spiritually enlightening pilgrimage to N17 and see what all the fuss is really about. Although there hasn't been a review of White Hart Lane on Dooyoo for some years, this is a subject that has made the news of late with the proposed development of a new 65000 all seater stadium adjacent to and replacing the existing one which has a current capacity of 36310 Before I discuss that little hot potato, in keeping with my review mission to inform as well as entertain here is the history of White Hart Lane. History Originally a nursery, the land was rented from Charringtons Brewery in 1899, with the mobile stands taken from the previous playing field of Tottenham Hotspur who were founded in 1882. Although only a capacity of 2500, over 5000 people turned up to watch the spurs lose to Notts County on September 4th 1899. with 11000 turning up for the next home game it was obvious that the fledgling stands were not enough and it took 8 years for the club to raise enough money to buy the freehold of the land and adjacent land in the borough of Edmonton, North London. The Archibald Leitch designed stadium of 1909 had a capacity of 40000, and it was in 1909 that the cockerel perched upon a ball first appeared mounted on top of the west stand. Profits from the 1921 FA Cup win meant further investment in the stadium and capacity was increased to approx 58000. In 1934 Leitch was commissioned again to redesign the East stand and capacity this time was raised to 80000. In 1952 the pitch was renovated and the post war years saw the introduction of partial seating to the stadium, and in 1961 Floodlights were added to the ground, which survived until 1972, when at a cost of 26000 pounds, they were replaced with ones that stayed until 1989. Between 1982 and 1998 there has been a series of renovations and refurbishments that saw the Taylor report bring in the seating stadia rule bringing capacity down to 36310 and also the first ever Jumbotron Giant TV installed in a football ground at a cost of 1.5 million in 1995. On October 30th 2008 it, the new stadium plans was announced, which will see complete rebuilding if approved by the council. Area and Location White Hart Lane is situated in the London Borough of Haringey which is in North London. The advent of the railways in the late 1800's changed the area from farm and wood land in the county of Middlesex to being a densely populated overspill of the fast expanding London. The last 70 years have seen an eclectic mix of residents in the area. First came the Irish to work on the railways, then the Jews from Eastern Europe, then Turks Greeks and Cypriots, then from the Carribean and more recent the area has now seen a big influx of more Eastern Europeans and Somalis. In short, its one big melting pot, this is reflected in the support and who actually goes to the games. Around me, and including me, you have a veritable united nations all inextricably linked by our love of Spurs. Getting There Getting to and from the ground can be a bloomin' nightmare sometimes. Transport links are not the greatest and was a major reason for looking at relocation. By car you are at the mercy of the North Circular, and anyone who has lived or worked in London will know what I am talking about. If you do not know how bad the North Circular can be, then count your blessings as it can be hell to navigate especially for an evening game. Public transport is plentiful but unreliable and thankfully I have not had to use public transport to get to or from a game too often. Car From East or West: Take A406 North Circular Road to Edmonton and at Fore Street traffic lights follow signs for Tottenham (A1010, High Road) and for White Hart Lane Stadium. From Waltham Cross or Tottenham Hale: Use North-South route Meridian Way (A1055) to Tottenham (Northumberland Park area). Bus: Line 149, 259 & 279 Metro (Underground): Seven Sisters Station on the Victoria line (20 minutes walk or change to bus line 149, 259 or 279) & Tottenham Hale Station on the Victoria Line (20 minutes walk). Train: White Hart Lane Station (5 minutes walk) & Northumberland Park Station (10 minutes walk). The lack of a viable transport infrastucture in the area was being mooted as a primary reason for moving away from Tottenham. Worryingly enough the now viable transport infrastructure is being used as a reason to stay. Recently parking restrictions in the area have been introduced for Match Days which makes parking harder and more expensive and has done nothing to ease what can be awful traffic congestion to and from the ground. There is some talk of a Victoria line extension but with todays economic climate this will not happen White Hart Lane Future. The ground, not unlike any other Premiership ground, has corporate facilities, club shops, ticket offices, boxes, member's bars and even a trophy room, which has seen more additions than Arsenal over last 3 years (I think I've been very restrained about Arsenal so far). However Arsenal, true to their nomadic soulless history moved (again) to a much larger stadium with a capacity of 65000. With the average ticket price at both clubs being around 30 pound, that means that our rivals are taking nearly a million pounds more each home game on ticket sales alone. In order to remain competitive Spurs announced the building of our own 65000 stadium, by 2012 within its spiritual home, something I am very happy about, as tradition and history are something to be proud of and despite the awful traffic, I feel proud that the club has chosen to stay where it is and keep the fine tradition going. I am disappointed that the club are selling off the naming rights to the new ground, but the sponsored naming generates such a high level of revenue that it cannot be ignored and as long as it isn't sponsored by something ridiculous like The Durex Stadium, then it is only a name and in the same way the West Ham call their ground Upton Park (it is actually the Boleyn Ground), I think whatever name it will be given it will always be The Lane..... The showcase for some of the greatest talent has ever graced the football field, where the atmosphere amongst our notoriously fickle fans CAN be absolutely electric and envied by many a fan. I defy anyone not to leave a home derby against Ar5ena1 without a hoarse throat and upstanding hairs on the back of their necks. So if you haven't experienced London's own coliseum of overpaid gladiators yet, White Hart Lane, The world famous home of the Spurs, I heartily recommend you do. Contact Details Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Bill Nicholson Way 748 High Road Tottenham London N17 0AP Tel: 0844 499 5000 Corporate Hospitality and Tours are available and the club has excellent disabled facilities. Email customer.care@tottenhamhotspur.com. Thanks For Reading and Come On You Spurs ! :)

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                  There’s nothing finer than visiting a football stadium in the old smoke. So far this season I have been to Chelsea, Charlton and the infamous home of Spurs in North London. August had passed and September was creeping in, it was a Sunday and the mighty Canaries would soon be parading their silky skills in front of the Sky TV cameras. Hopefully at the final whistle we would have three points, Andy Gray would have uttered “YOU DON’T SAVE THOSE!!!” and we would going back to East Anglia with a smile on our faces. Well it turned out to be a 0-0 scoreline but it was incredibly entertaining. Spurs ground isn’t too bad either. I have to admit then when you go to London you sometimes get the vision of being stuck in traffic for ages without moving. Well the journey to White Hart Lane was actually pretty painless. The ground isn’t that deep into London, it’s not too bad to get too on your club’s coach. A train ride would be quicker but even driving down yourself is not out of the question. The ground itself is somewhat deceptive considering it se as you’d probably not notice it’s there should you be driving past. It doesn’t look much like a 37,000 capacity football ground from the outside partly due to the fact that other buildings in front cloak part of it. In fact none of the ground is actually on White Hart Lane as you’d expect which could be confusing when trying to find your way there. Away Supporters get a good view of the game by being located in the corner of the south and west stands. Spurs have large screens at each end of the ground that provide decent pre-match entertainment as well as some half time chat. I was privileged enough to see ‘Going For Gold” star Henry Kelly when I went! From where you sit there is ample opportunity to strike up banter with the home fans as well. The only thing that narked was anal attitude of some stewards. You couldn’t even put your foot on the seat in front for a second without being told off. Inside the beer and food was reasonably priced, we paid around £2.30 for a bottle of lager but this was 500ml so considering it was London and a football match, it was actually quite refreshing. Especially when compared to the £3.00 they charge at Chelsea. Food wise you have the usual pies, chocolate etc. All this was priced the same in comparison to most other grounds including Carrow Road. Outside you could also find a good pick of burger stalls. Seeing a game at Spurs is a decent day out, they have some decent young players on display and if you can get something out of the game then you’ll come away smiling.

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                    04.02.2002 18:19
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                    • "I hate smokers!"

                    White Hart Lane stadium is in the London Borough of Haringey, North London and is now one of the best stadiums in the premier league after extensive rennovation. It has two huge Sony screens at each end for replays and is an all seater stadium, with a capacity of about 36,500. The atmosphere at this ground is good most of the time (when Spurs are winning), but at the same time can turn sour and silent if things don't go right on the pitch. The facilities are good aswell, the usual hotdogs, burgers, beer, tea and coffee, and generally most junk foods are on offer. The stadium also has a new store outside where you can buy loads of Spurs merchandise, and there are also many official pubs for Spurs fans on the way to the stadium. The bad thing is that tickets are very expensive, £30 on average, and in a recent survey, White Hart Lane was the third most expensive stadium in the Premier League, behind Arsenal and Man Utd. However, there are plans to expand the stadium even further and hopefully prices will come down!

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                      10.01.2002 20:57
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                      • "and thrice.... too small!"

                      Ok Mr. Levy (Tottenham Executive Director), it may have gone unnoticed but that satanic club up the road have obviously entered into some pact with satan and been granted planning permission to build some super stadium or something. We (mighty spurs!) let them get a head start on us in terms of squad and now look like we're in danger of being outdone in terms of our ground. At the moment we've got a capacity of about 37,000 - and it just ain't good enough for a club of Tottenham's traditions - i know you can't live off the past but we're getting close to challeging the big boys again and glenn's gonna put us back where we belong - but we need a capacity to go with that. Now I know none of us wanna leave the mighty lane so it's the nice people at the council who need to pull their fingers out and grant us the permission to turn white hart lane into the kinda stadium it should be. We've just started to close the gap on the others - lets not slip further behind now. I know that some plans are underway but we should be looking at at least 50,000 - please!

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                        05.01.2002 21:18
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                        "Stand up if you Hate Arsenal." "Stand up if you Hate Arsenal." "Stand up if you Hate Arsenal." OK, are you standing up? Because if you are not, I can see you, you know. I can, I can see you with my giraffe vision. I see all people who do not stand up when that song is sung. You know what is going to happen if you are not standing up? Yes, that is right, I will be there with my sharp axe to scalp you. Good you are all standing up now, that is what we like to see. MrKing said I could tell you all about my trip to see my heroes at the best place in the whole world, White Hart Lane. White Hart Lane is where Tottenham Hotspur play football and they are the bestest football team in the whole world, if you go to White Hart Lane when Tottenham are playing and you have tickets you can see them play football. When I say them, I mean Teddy Sheringham, Ohhh Teddy Teddy, sorry I get carried away; Gus Poyet, who talks almost as much as that Donkey in that film; Les Ferdinand, who is big and brave; and the new star Ledley King. I will song you a song about Ledley King. "We've got Ledley at the back, we've got Ledley at the back, sing we've got Ledley at the back, so you can stick Sol Campbell up you arse, up your arse!" I know that is a bit rude, and I apologise for saying arse, but well Ledley is good at the back along with Mr Dean Richards "Deano" and well, the Sol man went to that horrible place at Highbury and so they can all do that with him. [Geoffrey stop this now, or I will not let you write anymore, write about the lovely White Hart Lane will you and stop being so rude and obnoxious.] OK, MrKing, White Hart Lane is in North London, we can drive there and have a secret car parking place, which I am not going to tell you about otherwise it would not be secret anymore now would it? If you do not have a secret par king place, it is hard to park on match day unless you get to the area about two hours before kick off. But if you are going on the train, you can go via Liverpool Street Station to White Hart Lane station, or to Northumberland Park station. If you want to go on the underground you need to take the light blue line (the Victoria Line) and go to Seven Sisters or Tottenham Hale. Do you like me telling you detail, or would you rather I just told you more chants and abused Arsenal some more? [Geoffrey, I warned you once already!] You can go to White Hart Lane by the bus, numbers 149, 259 and 279 go past White Hart Lane, but look, OK, let me tell you this, the buses are coloured red. Red is a bad colour as the other team from North London wear it, so if you go on the bus you are a traitor and I will scalp you. Is that sorted? [Geoffrey, say thank you to the nice man that told you about the buses!] Thank you. Once you have got to the best place in the world, if you like you can stand and stare at the famous gates in front of Bill Nicholson way (Bill Nicholson is an old Spurs hero, so I love him, even though he was a hero before I was born). These gates are great and if you get there early you can see the players going in and then make rude signs as the away team bus comes in. But you shouldn't really make rude signs at the opposition bus as that could cause trouble and I do not really like trouble, especially as a bus is very big and can be nasty if you upset it. Tickets to go to White Hart Lane are expensive the cheapest are £24 in the lower South Stand and the most expensive are £42 in the upper West Stand with the posh people, I am upset that Spurs have decided to charge even more for you to go and see some teams get beaten by Spurs, like Manchester United, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Fulham, West Ham and that other horrible team, then the cheapest tickets are £29 and the most expensive are £55. I could ju st go and scalp some of the money men as it means that I cannot afford to go to see my heroes every time they play. The best bit about going to White Hart Lane is when you walk out of the back bit of the stand and into your seating area, you see the grass and stadium and it is a thrilling site, you can smell the freshly cut grass. Then they play lots of videos of Spurs being brilliant on the two sony big screens (which they also use to show in match replays) and lots of Tottenham songs and I sing along and get all excited, especially when I see Teddy warming up. One day when I grow up and am super at football I will play for Spurs at White Hart Lane and they will have a song about me. It will go: "We've got Geoffrey in midfield, we've got Geoffrey in midfield, he's got an axe in his pocket, so just give him the ball." Or it could go: "Stand up for the Geoffrey, stand up for the Geoffrey, cos he will score some goals, cos he will score some goals." Oh I am all excited just thinking about it. You have to be careful when booking your tickets as the East Stand at White Hart Lane is quite old and has big pillars holding its roof up. I don't know how the pillars do it as they must be tired holding that roof up for so long, but they do a good job as the roof does not look like it is going to fall down. Anyway, the pillars can block your view a bit, even if your tickets are not classed as restricted view, which is a bit naughty, so if you are going to sit in the East Stand, you should sit in the lower tier near the front so the posts are behind you. It's behind you, oppps sorry that is panto. If you want tickets and are not a member of the Spurs supporters club, you have to wait until the Thursday three weeks before the match and if there are tickets left you can phone the nice people on the Spurs Ticket line 08700 112222 and order your ticket s. Now, I get upset at this too, as they con some more money from you and they do not take pop tarts as payment. It costs an extra £2.40 per ticket as a handling and service charge. This is no matter how many tickets you buy. I think this is a con and if the people were not associated with Spurs I would scalp them for ripping me and MrKing off. But I love Spurs and White Hart Lane so I and the rest of the mugs pay it. I have been to other stadiums like Villa Park, the Valley, Highfield Road, Highbury (urghhh), Pride Park, Upton Park, Stamford Bridge and the City Ground. All these, except Upton Park and Stamford Bridge are cheaper than White Hart Lane, but Tottenham always sell out and have lots of fans singing in it, so I guess they can charge all that money. Compared to the other stadiums MrKing has taken me to, White Hart Lane is very compact, but it is quite modern and looks very pretty all in blue and white. I think if you were taking young kiddies with you, then you should avoid the lower North and South Stands as the language in these areas can be a bit naughty, certainly more naughty than the word arse. If you get hungry whilst you are at White Hart Lane the refreshment booths do not sell pop tarts or twigs and are a bit expensive, it is £2 for a Hot Chocolate and that is not that nice and a burger is about £4 and they are all fatty and urghhhh. So MrKing always takes a flask of hot drink or cold drink depending on the weather and some kind of nice snack, like twigs. I love White Hart Lane so much, that I would never go and eat the grass, even if I was starving. I also like another Spurs player called Steffen Freund, even if he is a German player, he is good and does lots of good tackles that make the other player fly up in the air and then lay on the ground rolling around. Which must be quite cold in the winter. [Geoffrey, what is wrong with him being German?] Sorry, MrKing, it is just that the Germans often beat the English at Football. But I forgot, Germany 1 - 5 England. Hooray. Ok Mr Freund, I love you where ever you come from. Back to the important stuff, White Hart Lane holds about 36,000 fans and the atmosphere is good now Mr git Graham has gone and the fans sing lots of good songs about Glen Hoddle's blue and white army and cheer a lot. If you are in London on a nice clear winters day and Tottenham are playing, it is a lovely day out, to go to White Hart Lane, it really is. MrKing says it is a bit pricey, but then he does not love Spurs like I do. You must buy a programme if you go as it has lots of good information about Spurs in, these cost £3, but are a nice glossy thing and look very pretty too. In it, MrHoodle will write something and so will Teddy, plus there will be good pictures of Spurs' players scoring good goals. If you want some more information you can have a look at www.spurs.co.uk and if you are an Arsenal fan, I blow a strawberry at you! I wanted to give White Hart lane 5 stars as I love it all so much, but as they try to take too much money from you, I have to give it 4 stars, because MrKing has been teaching objectivity to me! Oh and all the words above are mine and copyrighted to me, Geoffrey the mohican giraffe. If you plagarise me, I will use that old American Indian punishment of a good scalping. But, the words to the Ledley King song are, I think, copyright to the rather large man with the shaved head that bangs a big drum in the upper South Stand.

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                          17.06.2001 01:27
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                          White Hart Lane is in my opinion, one of the best Football stadiums in England at the moment. The capacity may only be 36,200 but you can always expect to see a nearly full house when Tottenham play there. There have been talks about Tottenham expanding White Hart Lane to increase their capacity and I feel that this would be a great idea. Below is how White Hart Lane became the home of Tottenham Hotspur and how the stadium has expanded over the years. Tottenham Hotspurs moved to its present site, White Hart Lane, in 1899. Within the first 5 years the ground had a main seating of 500, accommodation under roof for approximately 1200 and a total capacity of 32,000. Plans were made for a new stand as other teams were increasing their capacity of their stadiums because of their positions in the leagues. This had seating capacity of 5300 against previously only 500, and was opened on September 11th, 1909. Over the time to come, the capacity at the White Hart Lane steadily increased. The east stand was rebuilt in 1934, had a capacity of 5100 seats and 18700 stands. This made the White Hart Lane's total capacity to some 80000. The red house at the front of the ground was soon taken over by the club in 1921. This became new club office. The club registered offices moved from 750 High Road to 748 High Road in 1937. Floodlights first saw the light of day in 1953. These were steadily upgraded, first in 1957, then when floodlight pylons were mounted in 1961. At this time the seating capacity was 2600. In 1963 the stand at Paxton road underwent a refurbishing and 3500 seats were installed. Now the Paxton stand was linked with the east stand, this resulted in another 1400 seats. A new modern floodlight system appeared in 1972. A year later, the south and west stands were linked up with an additional 700 seats. The old west stand was torn down in 1980. A replacement structure was finalized 15 months later. In 1993 the lower north ter race was converted to an all-seated area with its roof built to link up with the east and west stands. In 1995, the new south stand was completed with the big telly screen. Now all stands had been linked to give a wrap-around effect trough the stadium. Four new, modern lounges and restaurants on first, third and fourth levels were introduced in the summer of 1996. A year later, work was started on the new north stand, which has now been finished, increasing the capacity to 36,500. Preliminary, plans have now been drawn up for the redevelopment of the East Stand.

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                            28.04.2001 21:37
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                            White Hart Lane stadium is in the London Borough of Haringey, North London and is now one of the best stadiums in the premier league after extensive rennovation. It has two huge Sony screens at each end for replays and is an all seater stadium, with a capacity of about 36,500. The atmosphere at this ground is good most of the time (when Spurs are winning), but at the same time can turn sour and silent if things don't go right on the pitch. The facilities are good aswell, the usual hotdogs, burgers, beer, tea and coffee, and generally most junk foods are on offer. The stadium also has a new store outside where you can buy loads of Spurs merchandise, and there are also many official pubs for Spurs fans on the way to the stadium. The bad thing is that tickets are very expensive, £30 on average, and in a recent survey, White Hart Lane was the third most expensive stadium in the Premier League, behind Arsenal and Man Utd. Also look out for the "Graham out" section of supporters that make their feelings heard at most home games. However, if you are a dedicated fan, you cannot beat the matchday excitement. 

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