Tottenham Hotspur vs Gillingham

A visit to White Hart Lane for the first time Gillingham had played my second club, Tottenham, since November 1982 – back when Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield in the League Cup third round. This time the scoreline was an even more one-sided 5-0, but playing against top Premier League opposition it’s the experience that matters more than anything else. Gillingham sold out their 3,000 allocation so I sat with the home fans – and had a good look around a classic ground before it is demolished to make way for the new stadium.

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Corner of the South and West stands
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Brickwork exterior of the East stand
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On Park Lane, behind the South stand
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South stand sign
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“To dare is to do”, Tottenham’s club motto
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The West stand from High Road
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Inside the ground just after kick-off
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3,000 Gillingham fans in the corner of the West and South stands
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Vincent Janssen scores a penalty to make it 3-0
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Gillingham fans and players after the full-time whistle
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South stand
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North stand. The club has dismantled the corner so it can begin to construct the new stadium
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White Hart Lane panorama
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West stand from the halfway line
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Corner of the East and South stands
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Underneath the East stand
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The two scarves!
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Programme stall
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The two teams
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Matchday programme
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