Wednesday, 13 April 2011


From behind the stand

Seating in the stand

The stand with the sun just going down to the left hand side

Looking across the Coles Park pitch from the stand side

The stand from the car park end

The team's line up in front of the huge crowd at the 'real White Hart Lane'

Haringey Huddle prior to  kick off.

Match in progress under the floodlights

The dug-outs from the main stand with the bright lights and top of Canary Wharf visible in the distance.
Tonight at White Hart Lane the Premier League giants of Tottenham Hotspur entertain the Galaticos of Real Madrid in front of a sell out crowd of 35,000+, not to mention the millions of people watching the Champions League on TV around the UK and the world.

In stark contrast last night, just a stone's throw from Spur's White Hart Lane stadium, Haringey Borough entertained Kingsbury London Tigers at Coles Park (which itself is actually the only football stadium on White Hart Lane, N17) in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division. The cold end has always referred to Coles Park as the real White Hart Lane - after being around for over eighty years the future is uncertain with the local council approving plans to demolish the stadium and sell off the area for redevelopment.

The good news for Borough is that if these plans do go ahead they would hopefully move a short distance to a redeveloped White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre (aka New River Stadium) which is currently home to Rugby League side London Skolars, Haringey and Enfield Athletics club and the Haringey Rhinos Rubgy Union club (who play on an outside pitch) amongst other local sports clubs and teams. This article from the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal explains more about the future of Coles Park.

Last night standing on the far side of the ground prior to kick off it seemed very peaceful and tranquil - it was hard to imagine you were just a short distance from the noisy and very busy A10 and A406.

In front of just 30 people the two clubs shared four goals with the second half being a better spectacle than the first. Amongst the scorers for Haringey was Daniel Ailey who is top scorer for the club this season and also represents the Great Britain Deaf Football Team who Borough play in a prestige friendly match on Wednesday 27th April at Coles Park. Entrance is £5 including a programme - it's bound to be a very interesting evening's entertainment. A draw was a fair result, Borough could of nicked all three right at the end when with only the keeper to beat from close range the player (5mins 10 secs on the video) put the ball wide of the target.

Haringey Borough football secretary John Bacon deserves a mention as he has been associated with the club since 1953. This article for the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal (30/3/2011) reveals all about a true non-league gentleman.

How long Haringey Borough continue to play at Coles Park for is not known at present but the cold end will keep you updated.


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