What a year it has been.
Our best finish in the Premier League with a club-record 86 points helped us comfortably finish second in the table. Not only that, but 2017 saw us go an entire season unbeaten on home soil – providing the fitting farewell for the Lane. From the dazzling heights of beating the back-to-back European champions at Wembley, to the terrifying lows of Heung-Min Son starting at left-back in the FA Cup semi-final; I will now pick out five of my favourite moments from a very memorable year for the club. This won’t be easy.
5. Ending Chelsea’s Winning Streak at the Lane – January 1st, 2017:
Chelsea travelled to White Hart Lane on the back of thirteen successive league wins – being on the cusp of making Premier League history by becoming the first side to win fourteen consecutive league fixtures. Two identical headers on either side of half-time from Dele Alli ensured that Chelsea were given a beating on their final trip to the Lane. So much for ‘three point Lane’, ay?
The perfect start to the new year.
4. Beating Arsenal and Securing First Finish Above Them in 21 Years – April 30th, 2017:
The final North London Derby at the Lane and an opportunity beckoned to end our hoodoo of finishing below Arsene Wenger’s side for the first time in over two decades – although that hoodoo should have been ended several times from down the years, we always managed to fail at the final hurdle.
Not this time.
Two goals from Alli and Kane in the second half saw us win one of the most comfortable and one sided North London Derbies in recent history and maintain our unbeaten streak at the Lane; edging ever closer to giving it the most perfect of farewell’s.
3. Harry Kane ending Alan Shearer’s Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year and ending 2017 as the highest goalscorer from the top five European leagues – December 26th, 2017:
Boxing Day 2017. A day of Premier League history. Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Burnley took him levelled with Shearer’s record on 36 league goals for the year. All eyes were on him on Boxing Day – could he end a 22-year-old record? You’d bet your life he would.
Back-to-back hat-tricks for our number 10 saw him break Alan Shearer’s record with ease. And not only that, but he surpassed Lionel Messi and ended the year as top scorer from the top five European leagues – in a considerable amount of fewer games too. Not bad for a one season wonder, ay?
This wasn’t a club achievement for sure, but Harry Kane is Tottenham. The boy lives and breathes Spurs and watching him break the record was remarkable. You wouldn’t bet against him to go ahead and break his own record by scoring 40 league goals in the coming year.
Well and truly, one of our own.
2. Ripping Apart Real Madrid at Wembley – November 1st, 2017:
The twelve times European champions came to Wembley levelled with us on points at the top of our group. If you asked Spurs fans if they’d have taken a point from this game when the groups were drawn, an overwhelming majority would have bitten your arm off for it.
What happened instead was absolutely spectactular.
Dele Alli came back into the side for the first time in the Champions League and marked his return with two goals before Christian Eriksen got Spurs’ third of the night. It felt like a dream. I’m convinced it still is. Ronaldo and co were outclassed by little old Tottenham Hotspur on the biggest stage of European football at Wembley Stadium. We went on to top our group with five wins and one draw.
Group of death? Completed it.
1. The Perfect Farewell to the Lane – May 14th, 2017:
This had to be first. No question about it. The most perfect of goodbye’s to our amazing old stadium. And beating Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United made it that much sweeter.
A 2-1 win over United saw us complete an entire season unbeaten at White Hart Lane; with only two sides being able to leave our fortress with a point. Harry Kane got the final Spurs goal at the Lane and his first against Manchester United – which topped the day off.
The pitch invasion which followed was memorable.
The day couldn’t have possibly shaped into a better ending for a stadium where thousands grew up supporting, loving and watching the famous Tottenham Hotspur.
2017 has been a record breaking, memorable, and fantastic year for us. Here is to a much better 2018 (preferably a cup winning year!) and some more life-lasting memories.
Up the Spurs.
Honourable mentions: 1-3 vs. Swansea City, 1-6 vs. Leicester City, Harry Kane winning his second consecutive Golden Boot, 3-1 vs. Borussia Dortmund.