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Gareth Bale pays tribute to ‘very special place’ White Hart Lane after Tottenham bid farwell – Evening Standard

Gareth Bale has paid tribute to White Hart Lane, insisting Tottenham’s former ground will “always be a special place” to him.

Spurs bid farewell to their home of 118 years with a fitting closing ceremony featuring a host of former players and manager last month, though Bale was unable to attend due to Real Madrid commitments.

A total of 48 club legends were involved, including the likes of 1961 double winners Terry Dyson, Les Allen and Cliff Jones and more recent favorites Ledley King, Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Keane and David Ginola.

Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne were also not in attendance but tweeted on the day, though Bale – who became the world’s best expensive player when leaving Spurs for Real Madrid in 2013 – remained quiet until today.

Demolition work is well under way at the site of White Hart Lane, with both stands and the pitch disappearing in the short weeks following the final match.

Spurs will spend a minimum of one season at Wembley Stadium before returning to North London and their new 61,599-capacity home. Read more

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