New WGC home for piece of Tottenham Hotspur history

PUBLISHED: 17:17 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 19 June 2017

The three turnstiles from White Hart Lane have been donated to Welwyn Garden City FC by Tottenham Hotspur.

The three turnstiles from White Hart Lane have been donated to Welwyn Garden City FC by Tottenham Hotspur.

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A piece of footballing history has found a new home at Welwyn Garden City – thanks to the generosity of a Premier League giant.

Three turnstiles from Tottenham Hotspur’s now-almost demolished White Hart Lane stadium have been donated to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side.

WGC FC have no long-standing connections with the north-London heavyweights but club secretary Karen Fisher took the iniative and penned a letter to Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy in January, knowing that Tottenham’s home ground for the last 118 years was being demolished to make way for their new 67,000-capacity stadium on the same site.

She received an immediate reply and along with club chairman Olly Croft was invited for a visit later that month to look at the turnstiles and for a trip around the construction site of the new stadium.

Shortly afterwards, Tottenham confirmed by letter that WGC FC could have three of the old turnstiles, not two as had originally been requested and the Herns Lane club took delivery of them on Friday.

The WGC secretary said: “It’s a wonderful gesture by Tottenham.

“I took the view that if you don’t ask, you don’t get and there is plenty of criticsm that huge clubs like Spurs don’t help clubs at grassroots level.

“But here’s proof that they do and will.”

The turnstile blocks are the latest step in the club’s plans to move up the non-league pyramid and will help in their attempts to get the required ground grading.

They hope to gain either Southern or Isthmian League status by winning promotion, at the end of the upcoming season.

As part of their preparations they have now released finalised details of their pre-season friendlies.

They start with Bostick League Premier Wingate & Finchley on July 8 before facing Hayes & Yeading, Eynesbury Rovers, Saffron Walden Town, Barton Rovers and Ilford.

The matches with Saffron Walden and Barton are home games but will be played at the University of Herts sports centre in Hatfield as Herns Lane is currently undergoing pitch treatment.

It won’t be ready until July 29 when WGC host Baldock Town in the Herts Charity Shield.

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