Spurs And The Olympic Stadium: Stratford Hotspur Or A New Beginning?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. David Howell says:

    A very good point on the knock-on effect of Leyton Orient moving to Essex if Stratford Hotspur happens. Basildon would seem an obvious move; it’s practically an East End overspill town as it is (West Ham merchandise is ubiquitous in Basildon Market – interestingly, Spurs merchandise is also very popular, moreso than Arsenal), it doesn’t even have a particularly successful non-league team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is now the largest town in England without a Football League ground now that MK Cons have come to be. Furthermore, the swimming pool on the edge of the town centre is being superceded by a new ‘sporting village’ nearby, and as it lies in a park, it could easily be a viable site for a new ground.

  2. admin says:

    Harlow is the place that Hearn has been rumoured to have been linked with.

  3. Doonsbury says:

    £200m of extra debt could kill us. Imagine if in 3 years time we have lost harry to England, a resurgent Chelsea or Liverpool are fighting us for a CL spot, Bale and Modric have decided to give Barca a go and haven’t been properly replaced – with a huge amount of debt and no CL we could do a Leeds. Arsenal built their stadium, kept CL and spent little money, a nice trick but one I am not sure we could pull off. If we can continue to grow in 10 years time we won’t miss the Lane. We are SPURS wherever our ground is.

  4. David Howell says:

    Harlow makes sense too, but Basildon’s a larger town, and I would expect development sites to be more readily available (the swimming pool site seems almost too obvious).

    I absolutely agree that football shouldn’t have anything to do with this decision in the first place. Once again, this is directly traceable to the Wembley debacle; had Wembley utilised the proven, successful format of the Stade de France for athletics use, the Games could have been held in West London with Wembley as the Olympic Stadium, without sacrificing its football layout. Instead, a useless ‘solution’ was implemented, and a white elephant is being built in Stratford, with an unseemly rush to make it viable.

    For all the talk of modular construction, surely the best move would have been for the Stratford stadium to have movable seating like the Stade de France, allowing it to be easily used as both an athletics stadium and a football stadium.

  5. Big Jack Of N5 says:

    I guess that is why at the moment there isnt much talk of Woolwich Arsenal eh?

    “..and, considering the manner in which Arsenal ended up in North London in the first place…”

    What manner would that be? After nearly 100 years (just double the amount of time you lot last won the league incidently) you chaps are still bitter about the move? Considering Haringey wasnt “North London” till ’65 and you were Middlesex, you havent been in N London for that long anyway so moving to E15 shouldnt be too stressful.

    Just remember even in East London our shadow will still forever loom over your club. Stay lucky chaps

  6. Chris P says:

    I still fail to see how West Ham are going to fill a 60,000 seater stadium. 50,000 would be more realistic. Other posters have mentioned movable seating, but maybe having a removable pitch like Schalke do, one for athletics, one for football would be better. I have no idea how expensive this would be, but from the mock ups of the stadium there seems to be plenty of room for this idea to work practically.

    But the original article is right, this is an athletics stadium, and should remain so. If football is going to feature, they should let Leyton Orient share it with UK athletics, 25,000 would be great for them even if they did have to put up with a running track.

    Having been to the Withdean, I can’t say the running track really affected my view that much, its the cramped facilities and terrible transport links that are the problem. I certainly had a better view than from the top tier of Wembley, which makes the teams look like ants.

    Talking of Wembley, if Spurs are so keen to move to a bigger stadium and don’t mind if its not in N17, then why not Wembley? It’s built, so they’d only pay for the lease, and Spurs would certainly generate more money than the monster truck rallies and NFL games it mostly hosts at the moment. They also wouldn’t be stepping on any other big clubs toes by moving there.

    There is one other option, dare I mention it….Groundsharing? Couldn’t both Spurs & West Ham use/rebuild the stadium? They could spread the cost, and its been shown to work in Munich with Bayern and 1860.

  7. wchr says:

    Chris, what on earth would Orient do with a 25,000-capacity stadium? Ever been to Darlington? Maybe if they drew one of the top four Premier League clubs in the Cup they’d have a chance of filling it once every ten years or so.

  8. Chris P says:

    wchr, I never said they’d fill it. I imagine Queens Park never fill Hampden, but it suits them fine. It was because the club have expressed an interest in moving in, are the local team, and as a purpose built athletics stadium most of the running costs would be covered by UK Athletics that I suggested them as the most appropriate fit.

  9. jeff gardner says:

    Hi, I am an old Edmontonian, Grove st,
    and I am a spurs supporter and season tick:
    holder. We should not move to stratford,
    as we are TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, & should
    stay and redevelope White Hart Lane.
    Although I now live in Berkshire, I have
    it in my blood for Tottenham. I went to
    the Lane with my father & my heart is there. Many thanks Jeff

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