A Day to Remember

Fri, January 21, 2005 - 15:35, Events, Administrator,

When future conversations recall great days at White Hart Lane, Saturday, January 8th 2005 will forever spring to mind. In reality, it wasn’t much of a spectacle on the pitch thanks to Brighton’s dogged determination to cause an F.A. Cup upset, but in box 102 of the East Stand a most memorable and groundbreaking day was enjoyed by all.

- And before I hear shouts of ‘’Prawn sandwich’’, please allow me to let you in on a wonderful, memory provoking gathering of Spurs past history.

Since inauguration of the Tottenham Tribute Trust, Club Chairman Daniel Levy has eagerly participated in the uniting of the Spurs family.

In day’s synonymous with fan criticism of both Director’s, and their Chairmen, how refreshing is it to know that our present incumbent openly courts the return of the club’s favourite sons, and more importantly, works together with us fans to make it happen?

Criticism has largely been warranted in previous regimes, but Daniel’s kind donation of our largest East Stand box was not only highly generous but appreciated by all who attended. Thank you Daniel, your kindness was overwhelming.

The Tottenham Tribute Trust has been highly successful since its inauguration in October of 2002, with its main intent on tracking down old faces from the club’s past in order to help their lives in any way possible.

This can be done by way of any necessary financial aid, payments for impending hospitalization, or care for injuries and operations.

For the Brighton game, the Tribute Trust extended invitations to a number of ex-players, and not all direct recipients of Trust funds. Unfortunately, bad weather took its toll on the morning of the game, with Maurice Norman’s defection due to dangerous driving conditions. Further losses were incurred in the shape of Graham Roberts to pressing business commitments abroad, Dennis Bond to his mother’s illness and subsequent hospitalization, and Jean Harmer to personal ill health. In attendance were the following Spurs’ and their welcome guests;

Eddie Baily – member of the famous ‘push and run’ team, England International, and Assistant Manager to the late, great Bill Nicholson.
Bobby Smith – Centre Forward in our unique ‘Double’ winning team; fearless, and fearsome England international.
John Ryden – A brave, tough-tackling, non-compromising Scot, who played 68 games for Spurs, some as club captain.
Tommy Harmer – A man who was the epitome of the club’s attitude to flair football. Known endearingly through the game as ‘’Harmer the Charmer.’’
Eddie Clayton – A loyal, amiable stalwart of the Nicholson era who proudly played a century of games in the famous white shirt.
Terry Dyson – Diminutive yet workaholic winger in the club’s proud ‘Double’ side, and scorer of two of our five that won the European Cup Winner's Cup 1963.

My sincere thanks go to Martin Chivers, Martin Peters, Mel Hopkins, John Pratt, Pat Jennings, Phil Beal [on his birthday], Paul Allen, and Morris Keston, who all visited our guests. With special mention to Cliff Jones and Ralph Coates, who spent extensive periods of the day entertaining us all. Thank you gentlemen, your contribution was very much appreciated, as were visits from existing Trustee’s, Chris Smith [Chairman], Selwyn Tash, Daniel Wynne [Spurs own Motsonesque THTV commentator] and club historian, Andy Porter. Further compliments go to Andy, who supplied welcome pictures of attendees past games, Adrian, who managed the excellent catering on the day, and to my partner Jo, who worked tirelessly to co-host the event.

This most memorable of occasions was most definitely on par with some of the greatest moments in my life as a supporter; a great day being enjoyed by many who hadn’t been back in a number of years - a trend that I believe will now be reversed.

We saw an excellent result, a number of old friendships rekindled [as well as a number of new ones made], a few tears, and six hours of excellent fun, camaraderie and great humour.

It left the Trustees who attended equally proud and humble to be Tottenham Hotspur fans, especially hearing what this day genuinely meant to the heroes of our past.

Keith Palmer - Trustee


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