The Premier League opening weekend has been and gone, with Spurs falling to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. We didn’t deserve to lose, but that is the brutal aspect of the Premier League. Tottenham have been on the hand of a few brutal moments in the past, but what about our greatest moments?
We’ve had our fair share of beautiful moments, and I sat my bed this evening wondering what are those moments that we will all remember in years to come. I thought of many moments, and I thought “why not share it on Fresh Spurs”? Remember, this is just my personal moments, so if you feel that I’ve missed any out, feel free to message myself at @TomScholes316 or the Fresh Spurs account.
- Crouch and the goal that brought us Champions League.
At the time, I was a nervous wreck going into this game. All throughout the week, I was doing the armchair technique of believing that my tactical knowledge was more advanced that an FA Cup winning managers. What was worse was the fact all my friends agreed with me, which meant that when the Spurs team was announced I was shocked to learn that I may not be as tactically astute as I once believed. In hindsight, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to be wrong in my life.
For 90 minutes, Tottenham played out of their skins knowing that a victory at the City of Manchester Stadium would guarantee at least a play off in the Champions League. High stakes indeed! Kaboul had a run down the right hand side, got the ball past Craig Bellamy, crossed it only for it to be parried by ex Spurs man Martin Fulop. Then enter the big man Peter Crouch to head home from around 5 yards to send the Spurs contingent into absolute madness. We had done it! Spurs had finally made it to the big time. I knew I was celebrating a bit too much when the neighbors complained. But they just understand.
- Danny Rose hits a rocket on his debut:
In the exact same season as the Crouch goal, another landmark came Tottenham’s way. It had been 15 years since we had beaten our archrivals Arsenal, and in the season where every single one of our players seemed to be performing, we all felt that we could finally topple the Gunners.
10 minutes in, and Danny Rose, on his Premier League debut for Tottenham, fired home what can only be described as a rocket sent from NASA, into the back of the net. I was on the verge of making a cup of tea (nothing more English than that) and I just forgot about the drink, and cheering. It was that incredible.
When Gareth Bale scored, and at the end of the game when you see Ledley King and Michael Dawson feeling and sharing the emotion with the squad, and that sums up how much it meant for us Spurs fans.
- Berbatov, Stalteri, Tainio & Defoe:
If you’re wondering why I have put these names here, just YouTube West Ham 3-4 Tottenham and you will understand why.
It was a Sunday evening at Upton Park, and Spurs found themselves 2-0 down in the first half. Could we find our way out? Of course we could, and when Aaron Lennon won us a penalty, Jermaine Defoe tucked it away to give us a lifeline. 2-1, not far to go. Teemu Tainio (remember him?) managed to score a great goal, which I still consider a classic.
West Ham replied with a goal from Bobby Zamora, before Berbatov drew us level again, and then, like an RKO, Paul Stalteri arrived from out of nowhere to snatch the points from the Hammers. In the long and short of it, this game didn’t mean much for us, but any time we beat West Ham is a good time.
It was a score line that I only thought would happen on video games. Wigan was deep in a relegation fight, and Spurs were fighting for a place in the Champions League, so they were in two complete different battles of their own. But surely, no one could have foreseen the next 90 minutes.
Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Niko Krancjar, Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and an own goal from Chris Kirkland gave Spurs their highest top-flight victory in history, and put them further ahead in the race for the top 4. It was one of them rare occasions where Spurs were absolutely amazing in every department on the pitch, and if anyone was in attendance that day, well aren’t you a lucky soul!
This is my personal favourite moment of my lifetime, simply because it was one of the best days of my life. My girlfriend and I somehow managed to get tickets to the North London Derby at White Hart Lane, and that alone was good enough for me. But what happened next quite frankly is never likely to be topped.
In the car ride their, I decided to get into the swing of things by playing Hot Shot Tottenham, and reciting the names of every one in the song. We pulled up past the Bricklayers, and past the new Sainsbury’s, and that’s when we really started to get in the mood.
We got into the ground and we sat in the front row and ready for the action. Ozil scored, and then proceeded to disappear, because him and big games don’t go well. That’s when we really got into the game. Our boy Harry Kane equalized before nodded home a looping header into the far corner and it send the stadium into meltdown. I hugged a bald man behind me in a blue jacket (if you’re reading this, all is forgiven), and just couldn’t believe it.
There probably have been a lot more important Premier League moments, but for me nothing beats a local boy winning the derby for his team, with me in the crowd.
If you think I’ve missed anything, don’t forget to tweet @TomScholes316 or comment on the Fresh Spurs website.