A special game took place at White Hart Lane on the 17th October 2002. On that day Spurs met DC United from Washington USA, the game was played in aid of the Tottenham Tribute Trust. The Trust had recently been set up with the aim of supporting former players.
Tottenham sent out a team of current players and some past masters to enthrall the crowd. The legends on display may have lost a yard of pace since their first team days but none of the guile as each took turns to display a few party tricks.
Each receiving a standing ovation from the assembled supporters as they departed. Paul Gascoigne stopping to kiss the badge on his shirt as he did so.
The fans also found time to perform a Mexican Wave which embraced all parts of the ground including the Directors Box. David Ginola was voted the man of the match with a lovely performance and set up several chances for a Spurs goal. The future was represented by several youngsters and Dean Marney, a 18 year old making his first appearance in a Spurs ‘first team’ who certainly impressed. As well as Jonathan Blondel.
On a night that the 27,000 plus present came to savour the chance to see a number of their heroes once again. This included a presentation of past masters in a pitch side presentation or from the stands.
including Bobby Smith, Cliff Jones, Tommy Harmer, Len Duquemin, Terry Medwin, Martin Peters, Tony Galvin, Eddie Clayton, Mel Hopkins, Ron Henry (whose grandson was playing) Johnny Brooks, Ralph Coates, Phil Beal, Mark Falco and John Pratt. (Apologies to any I missed).
Above - David Ginola delighted the fans once more.
Right - Gus Poyet on the ball while Paul Gascoigne tends to one of the DC players.
Top - Gascoigne again this time with Jurgen Klinsmann
DC United taking the evening much more seriously than the Spurs attempted to ruin the night with the only goal in the last five minutes except that the result seemed to matter little.
The Tribute Trust was the true winner on the night as the fans having paid homage to many past servants of the club made their way home with a thousand memories rekindled. Many having shed a tear or two.
The programme that night also carried an article about the future of the club including a talk about the then proposed move of teh training ground to Abridge! It also mentioned some youngsters to watch out for, a Ledley King and a Steven Carr.
Tottenham started the evening with Keller, Marney, Doherty, Perry, Bunjevcevic, Poyet, Freund, Gascoigne, Ginola, Klinsmann, Sheringham.
Then coming off the bench Spurs sent on Hirschfeld, Carr, Calderwood, Kelly, Henry, Blondel, Clemence, Etherington, Waddle, Rebrov and the Allen cousins Clive and Paul.
The following May the two sides met again in the States with Spurs playing a more conventional lineup and the home side again winning by the only goal.
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