Tottenham Hotspur Legends in New Stadium: Top Three Stars

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on August 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur Legends will take on Inter Forever on the 30th of March. This article takes a look at three of the many stars announced so far.

A list of players announced so far includes Robbie Keane, Darren Anderton, Rafael van der Vaart, Dimitar Berbatov, Erik Thorstvedt, Allan Nielsen, Stephen Carr and David Howells.

Meanwhile, both Gary Mabbutt and Ryan Mason will be in the dugout to help manage the team against Inter.

This will be the second of two test event matches, operating at 45,000 capacity. All should run smoothly since the opening ceremony and Premier League match against Crystal Palace is on the 3rd of April. For many fans, this will be the first time to experience the brand new stadium. It is an odd mixture of the old and the new. The shiny new ground placed in very old and familiar surroundings; marking the transition from one generation to the next. Indeed, this is marked with both the youth and legends match in this new stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur Legends in New Stadium: Top Three Stars to Watch Out For

Van der Vaart’s Class

Rafael van der Vaart is one of the most popular Spurs players in the modern era, and for good reason. After his dramatic transfer from Real Madrid on deadline day, ‘Rafa’ swiftly endeared himself to the fans. He was a big game player, scoring some vital goals against rivals Arsenal. Whether by scoring goals or threading through passes, van der Vaart easily slots into the upper ranks of the Premier League’s most dangerous attacking midfielders.

It is unlikely that van der Vaart will last the full match; his injuries curtailed his attempts at prolonging his career at Esbjerg fB in 2018. Nevertheless, in a relaxed atmosphere, he’ll have the chance to show the most classy aspects of his game.

Stephen Carr’s Return

The Irishman didn’t leave the club in any glorious fashion. It was time for him to move on: mainly due to injury and lack of playing time. However, he left behind a good career at Spurs. After moving from his Irish youth club, he transferred and then graduated from Tottenham’s youth academy. Then, almost ten years later, he had made 226 league appearances. He played in and won the 1999 League Cup final against Leicester City.

Now, he’ll be able to be a part of the next generation of Spurs history. Expect Carr to still be in relatively good practice; he has played in various other legends exhibition matches.

Drop the ‘Sicknote’ Nickname

‘Sicknote’ is a bit of a lousy jive at this otherwise staunchly loyal player. Recently, Darren Anderton took to Twitter to defend himself against a claim that didn’t take part in a half-time cross-bar challenge due to the fact he was injured. Anderton righted the offender by stating he was giving out prizes at half-time; not just a cheap entertainment act.

Indeed, Anderton’s performances were far from cheap entertainment. He made 273 appearances scoring 34 goals in the league. Furthermore, many of these appearances were occasions where Anderton had to play through injury- this often aggravated the severity of his injury. Thus, it is time to drop the inappropriate nickname since this is a player that put his body on the line for his club.

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