Tribute Match Tottenham V’s D C United

Thu, October 17, 2002 - 15:21, Events, Administrator,

Photographs by permission of The London Evening Standard

White Hart Lane was treated to a display by some of its finest sons in a thoroughly enjoyable evening, which saw the proceeds going to the newly formed Tottenham Tribute Trust, which will help former players of this great club.

American side DC United provided the opposition but the paying public came to see the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle, Clive Allen and Paul Allen grace the hallowed turf one more time.

The Spurs team for the first half lined up as follows:

Kasey Keller, Dean Marney, Gary Doherty, Goran Bunjevcevic, Chris Perry, Gus Poyet, Steffen Freund, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham

Current skipper Teddy Sheringham was desperate to play alongside his good friend and former striking partner Jurgen Klinsmann. The memories came flooding back for the excited crowd as Teddy and Jurgen lined up against the four times American champions and Ginola was simply magnifique on the flank.

A trim Gazza wowed the crowd and he seemed so at home at the club which benefited from the best form of his career which saw him leave the club in 1992 with thirty three goals in one hundred and twelve appearances.

The highlights of the first half included a fine run by David Ginola which saw the ball break to Teddy Sheringham whose shot hit the post.

Dean Marney showed us all that as well as having a rich history the future is bright as he was in tremendous form on his White Hart Lane debut.

The half time whistle sounded to bring down the curtain on the goalless first half but the entertainment didn’t stop.

A parade of legends took place during the break and the crowd gave a very warm White Hart Lane welcome to Bobby Smith, Cliff Jones, Tommy Harmer, Len Duquemin and others. There was not a dry eye in the stadium as the daddy of them all, Bill Nicholson came on to the pitch. Bill was clearly enjoying being amongst his old friends, and we were glad to see him out there!

The second half started with the Spurs side lining up as follows:

Lars Hirschfeld, Steve Carr, Dean Marney, Colin Calderwood, Ronnie Henry, Paul Gascoigne, Steve Clemence, David Ginola, Chris Waddle, Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Lars Hirschfeld who replaced Kasey Keller, caught the eye in the opening exchanges and Chris Waddle raised a smile or two with his efforts on the wing. I guess it is fair to say Chris now prefers the ball being “played to feet” rather than into space!!

Five minutes into the second half, Gazza was replaced by Jonathan Blondel. The crowd rose to its feet to salute the scorer of one of the finest free kicks Wembley Stadium has ever seen. Gazza responded by kissing the badge and he was clearly touched by the warm reception he received.

Fifteen minutes later, the man they all came to see was given a standing ovation as he walked off the pitch. Jurgen Klinsmann, who had made sixty eight appearances scoring thirty eight goals in his two spells at the club replaced by Clive Allen. Jurgen has kept himself in fine shape since he retired from football and he too seemed to relish being in the limelight at White Hart Lane one more time.

Clive Allen didn’t manage to reproduce his goal scoring exploits from the 1986-87 season under David Pleat, but he did enjoy his evening and was joined with fifteen minutes to go by his cousin Paul. The Allen family have a great tradition at Tottenham and it was only right that they were represented tonight. Clive had scored eighty four goals in one hundred and thirty five appearances, his dad Les Allen, part of the double winning team made one hundred and thirty seven appearances scoring sixty one goals and Paul Allen scored twenty eight goals in three hundred and seventy appearances.

With five minutes remaining, as the crowd were enjoying a Mexican wave (including the West Stand and the Director’s Box!) Wade Barrett scored the only goal of the game as it ended Spurs 0 DC United 1.

The night was a tremendous success, enjoyed by everyone who attended. What a marvellous gesture by the former heroes to give up their time to help the Tottenham Tribute Trust, who in turn will help the former players and staff of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club who now find themselves in financial distress.

The family of Tottenham really did unite tonight. Congratulations to everyone involved.


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