Tottenham Hotspur’s legends took on their Inter counterparts on Saturday in the second test event at the new Spurs stadium. The game ended 5-4 to the Italian giants and was littered with goal-mouth action, providing plenty for nostalgic Tottenham fans to dig their teeth into.
Football FanCast recap the match with a look at its five most nostalgic moments…
Around six minutes in, Darren Anderton, having been serenaded by the Spurs fans after taking a corner, collected the ball 30 yards from goal.
Fans were in the midst of a “stand up if you hate Arsenal” chant and may well have missed what came next.
Anderton looked up and, with Robbie Keane and Teemu Tainio both in the box, pinged a delightful ball into the area.
Tainio, one of the heroes of the 2008 League Cup win, was there to turn the ball home on the volley and give Spurs the lead.
It was a fantastic piece of play from two players with a combined age of 88, evoking memories of Anderson’s heyday.
Robbie Keane scored a simply sublime goal.
After a pinpoint pass from Rafael Van der Vaart, the 11th highest goalscorer in Spurs’ history had his back to goal having sprung the offside trap.
He could have chested it down, turned and fired or simply taken the ball in but instead, he decided to lob Julio Cesar without even looking.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium rose to its feet in admiration and then erupted as he wheeled away to celebrate with his trademark cartwheel and forward roll.
It’s been a fair old while since Keane was scoring goals for Spurs but he certainly hasn’t lost his touch.
It’s that simple. Paul Gascoigne is a Tottenham legend, a bona fide great and a genuine character both on and off the pitch. He’s had his troubles and his battles but we, as a country, will always remember those tears, those mazy runs and that FA Cup semi-final free-kick.
On Saturday, it all came full circle. Introduced as a second-half substitute for van der Vaart, every Gazza touch was greeted with a roar, every pass cheered to the rafters.
As he was substituted, the reception was deafening. Ever the showman, after being taken off, he took to the sideline and soaked it in once more.
Gascoigne clearly loves playing football and he clearly loves Tottenham Hotspur. On Saturday, Spurs fans showed they love him too.
Dimitar Berbatov is the picture of nonchalance. A sublime, truly gifted player, he was perhaps a little misunderstood when he first came to England.
He didn’t run around, he didn’t press; he certainly wouldn’t work in Mauricio Pochettino’s system today.
But on Saturday he rolled back the years to score a truly wonderful header.
Unmarked at the back post, he was found by an excellent Stephen Carr cross and headed the ball into the opposite corner.
And then, later in the half, Berbatov killed the ball stone dead with a sublime touch before spraying a pass to the left flank with the outside of his boot.
He’s certainly still got it, and Spurs haven’t had a player like him before or since. One of a kind.
Spurs used to be a bit rubbish.
In the mid 1990s and the early 2000s, that very famous Sir Alex Ferguson quote often rang true. “Lads, it’s Tottenham.”
And so it proved on Saturday. After a thrilling game that was threatening to peter out and end in a remarkable 4-4 draw, Houssine Kharja stepped up to ruin the party.
He fired past Neil Sullivan from close-range and really completed the day in the most Spurs fashion possible.
It wouldn’t have felt like Tottenham without a late, particularly galling, rather undeserved defeat.
The nostalgia factor, so prevalent all day, came through loud and clear as soon as it hit the back of the net.