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The Tanner Report: Spurs 2 Fulham 1

2-1 was not a bad result.

However only poor finishing, great goalkeeping by our Bernd Leno and tenacious defending by Tim Ream and Tosin prevented a bigger defeat.

I was especially interested to see the new Spurs stadium.

I had been told that it took stadium design to a whole new level (9 levels to be exact) but equally the blurb I received in advance – digitally of course – from my host, who had 2 premium seats, also indicated security was intense.

We were first searched outside the stadium which reminded me of a massive state of the art airport terminal.

There are several restaurants and bars on all 9 level and our seats were accessed from level 9.  I’m not as agile on my pins as in my young days so the lift service was welcome.

Slightly to my amusement, there was a glitch and my friend’s ticket for me (on his mobile), when scanned, was blocked.

He was dispatched off to the ticket office, who sorted it, but the main entrance receptionist had a worried look when he reported this so there was another delay.

Both Ivan Conway and I have plastic card season tickets for our old fashioned stadium.

We ate in the Residency restaurant – high end cuisine – but will football supporters really go to such a restaurant?

To be fair, there were food and drink outlets at every level.

We were high up with an uninterrupted sight-line with clear screens in all 4 corners.

This is  football in the 21st century and yet I am happier in our dear old antiquated Cottage, getting there by walking through a park and watching the river Thames beside it, but football is not aimed for this 68 year old … but more for a 40 year old hedge fund executive not worried by the cost, looking for – and getting – a premium stadium experience but not – as yet – trophies.

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About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts