Why Talk Of Tottenham And The Olympic Stadium Feels Wide Of The Mark

Supporters of  both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United could have been forgiven for choking a little if they happened to see this article on the BBC’s website today. On the front page of the site was a story that would certainly leave both sets of supporters with a feeling that their hearts were beating in their throats – that Spurs were looking at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford as a possible alternative to redeveloping White Hart Lane. Not only are some Spurs supporters unhappy about such a story entering into the public domain, but West Ham United supporters would also have cause to be angry if there was much behind the story, because they have coveted the Olympic Stadium ever since it became apparent that it would probably be available to a football club after the 2012 Olympic Games have finished. Since making their plans for the redeveloped site, Spurs have reportedly encountered considerable difficulties with such organisations as Transport for London – their particular corner of North London is particularly badly served for public transport – and Haringey Council. It’s not unthinkable that building a 56,000 stadium on Tottenham High Road could conceivably be considered to be more trouble for the club than it is worth. Could it be that Spurs are starting to look slightly further afield than their traditional home? The club has been linked...

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