In 1899 Spurs had a problem. The football club formed as 'Hotspur FC' just 17 years previously was w so popular that their 14,000 capacity ground at Northumberland Park was unable to cope with the growing crowds. So, in the summer of that year a former nursery for growing fruit and veg located on land behind the nearby White Hart pub was purchased, the stands from the old ground dismantled and reassembled on the new site, turf was laid and a pitch marked out. The rest, as they say, is history. And what a history! From its new home - kwn as White Hart Lane despite never being officially named as such - the 'Flower of the South' blossomed into one of the world's most famous and illustrious football clubs, and with a ground to match. Monumental new stands were erected so that by the 1930s 'The Lane' could accommodate crowds of more than 70,000. The Lane is a unique portrait of one of one of football's great cathedrals, and the most comprehensive study of the ground ever published. Packed with exhaustive detail and insight, and drawing on a treasure trove of classic photographs and illustrations, this lavish coffee table book tells the full history of the stadium, its iconic features, the greatest games it has hosted, and includes exclusive interviews with Spurs legends who have played on the famous turf.
Adam Powley Adam is a sports journalist, author and lecturer, who has written more than 20 books including the bestselling When Football Was Football: Tottenham Hotspur. His most recent book (with Robert Gillan) is Shankly's Village: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Glenbuck and Its Famous Footballing Sons, which includes the stories of two famous old Spurs, Alex Tait and Sandy Brown, who both graced the White Hart Lane pitch in the early 1900s. Adam's first game at White Hart Lane was a 0-0 draw with Brighton in 1977, three weeks after Spurs had thrashed Bristol Rovers 9-0. Martin Cloake Martin is a writer, editor and season ticket holder at Spurs. His work appears in a wide range of football publications, and he has written extensively on fan culture. His last book, written with Spurs blogger Alan Fisher, was A People's History of THFC. His first game at White Hart Lane was against Bolton Wanderers in 1978. Doug Cheeseman Doug is a freelance graphic designer specialising in illustrated sports and photography books. His last book was 1966: The 50th anniversary. His first game at The Lane was a 3-0 win v Everton in April 1980.