Goodbye White Hart Lane. As Tottenham Hotspur played their last game at the ground on Sunday the 13th of May, 118 years after the first one, Matthew Brown (Stadiafile) pays tribute to the iconic stadium with an illustration of the East Stand.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, club historian John Fennelly commented:
“According to legend, the cockerel and ball that sits on top of the East Stand, having been relocated from the West Stand in 1958, was full of gold. I don’t know how it got started but one bloke was sufficiently convinced to climb up and try to steal it. He was arrested. That would have been in the 1940s or 1950s.
By the 1980s, the Tottenham chairman, Irving Scholar, decided to see for himself. The original copper piece was cast by William James Scott, who had played for the club in the old amateur days, and it went up in 1909. I was a reporter on the local paper when Scholar got it down and opened it up. There were a couple of photographers with us and we smiled when we saw what was inside – a soaking wet, old handbook.
It’s amazing how these sort of things gather momentum but it is the little stories about White Hart Lane that I love. Each one of them adds a layer of character to the place.”