Another way of getting an extra 25.000 into the Lane.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Wonderful day; wonderful game; wonderful result; wonderful crowd and I am full of wonder at what it means; where we are and what the future holds.
It couldn't have been scripted better apart from the rain and the old War Horse Rooney, an old man against men and boys scoring the last goal at The Lane.
But Harry Kane scored his 49th. home goal , his first against United. and what proved to be the crucial winner to secure second place. 3rd. last year; 2nd. this. 3-2-1 liftoff.
Wanyama's headed opener from a Davies cross was a collector's item but Harry's deft flick from an Erikson free kick for the second was straight out of the Tottenham play book.
De Gea's 'What the Hell am I supposed to do about that and where are you all' gesture after the first goal spoke volumes. They turned up only fleetingly.
Nothing 'Spursy' to see here; no slip-ups on this historic day; Dele at his good humoured will of the wisp best; Wanyama and Dier strong; the Belgium centre backs sound; everyone contributing; no weak links.
Unbeaten at home for the current season; second place signed sealed and delivered. Manchester United our first opponents 118 years ago and 'bete noir' over the recent years beaten. Who said the fixture computer has no soul.
We played well from the start and showed clear intent and determination. That we scored early in both halves is a tribute to Pochettino's motivational powers. We were up for this without a doubt.
Their pace nearly undid us on a couple of occasions but we dared to squeeze the play with a high line and reaped the rewards. 'Audere percipere fructum' as the Romans have it and Musings suggestion for a new motto.
'To dare is to do' has always seemed a bit cryptic, even gnomic. to me. But this team assembled at a fraction of the cost of their opponents and others and probably worth nearly as much currently understands what it means.
We seem to have stumbled on a winning formula after years of experimentation with Managers and bought in 'Stars'. Grow your own, buy in young potential, add a dash of experienced under the radar bargains, train 'em up and let 'em loose.
It certainly leaves financial space to pay for for a new Stadium and Training ground and shows vision for the future which as we all know is very bright.
So a great day that will live long in the memories of fans and former stars alike. We've always had great players but rarely a great team. This team far exceeds the sum of its parts and that's due to Mauricio.
Who planned that?
The calls will begin even from Spurs fans even as they enjoy the benefits of the current parsimonious approach to splash some cash. Keeping our current squad by raising the wage levels would be the most effective way.
With Winks, Rose and Lamela yet to return from long term injuries and Edwards and others waiting in the wings we are not short of talented players if we can hold on to them all.
Mahrez, Zaha and Barkley are confidently rumoured to be on their way in but Musings prefers to wait until the cardboard cut-out of the Manager with his right arm on their shoulder appears.
Walker and Rose are the favourites to leave but why sell the two best full backs in Europe just at the point of success, especially to rivals. Anyway we'll see but perhaps not for a month or three.
The songs have barely faded away and the tears hardly dry before the old stadium is being cleared and the new one rising in it's stead. In the meantime we have to make a Wembley of our own.
This cardboard replica puzzle just needs scaling up.
'Musings' suggests we build a full size Wembley replica out of cardboard, or 3D print one at the training ground and play on it every day until August.
But allegedly prestigious Corporate fund raisers are already set in place to Hong Kong less than a week after the end of the season and America later. Nothing more than wage slaves our boys. But what a wage.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Nothing fancy: Just the Managers; the teams; the fans; White Hart Lane and the goals for the Archives.