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‘We’ve Been Working Very Hard To Survive’ – The Impacts Of Tottenham’s Stadium Delay On Local Residents And Businesses

History in the making. Tottenham played their last match at White Hart Lane on the 14th of May 2017. It had been standing for 118 years, but the North London club were set to embark on a journey, one that would provide them with a £1b state-of-the-art stadium, taking them towards the elite of European football.

While the new stadium began its construction, Tottenham moved to Wembley, where a series of painful semi-final and final defeats had previously led to the notion of the “Wembley curse”.

They did indeed struggle initially, but the team has subsequently settled, producing some exquisite football, including a 3-1 thumping of European giants and Champions League holders, Real Madrid. Regardless, Wembley has never truly felt like home for the Tottenham players or fans.

This is a sentiment now particularly pertinent. The media and public alike were made aware that the new stadium would open in September. The date was subsequently pushed back to December and now to 2019.

Much of the talk has focussed on both the players and fans, but it’s the local residents and businesses that have suffered most. Below is a video outlining how they have been affected.

When the new stadium will open remains to be seen. But for the fans, and especially the local residents and businesses, everyone is looking for a speedy resolution.

Featured photograph/ Matt Davies

Matt Davies
Matt, 23, has been obsessively involved in sport from an early age, both as player and a fan. From participation in both school and Sunday league football, to owning a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket from the age of ten, football has been an everlasting presence in his life. He is also an avid viewer of tennis, boxing and more recently squash. Aged 18, Matt left London for Liverpool, embarking on a degree in Psychology. During his time at university he developed a new love for sport in the medium of writing. Matt set up his own website, called ‘All About Spurs’, which dominated much of his time and attention throughout university. The experience was highly beneficial, leading to his contribution to Last Word on Sport, where he writes primarily about the Premier League. Matt is now studying a masters in Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University, where he looks to continue his progression as a sports journalist.
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