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Robbie Keane among four Irish players honoured at White Hart Lane farewell

Stephen Carr, Tony Galvin and Joe Kinnear were also welcomed onto the pitch during yesterday’s closing ceremony.

ROBBIE KEANE RECEIVED a huge ovation as he was welcomed onto the White Hart Lane pitch yesterday as Tottenham bid farewell to their famous home.

Club greats were welcomed onto the pitch one by one after Tottenham had beaten Manchester United 2-1 in their last game at the Lane, Spurs’ home of 118 years, which is being demolished and rebuilt.

Keane was joined by fellow Irishmen Stephen Carr, Tony Galvin and Joe Kinnear who all played their part in White Hart Lane’s storied history.

The former Ireland captain was accompanied by his son, Robert Jr, and his introduction sparked a chant of ‘Keano, Keano’ from the stands.

Among a group of 48 club legends were Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Martin Chivers, Gary Mabbutt, Ledley King and David Ginola, who received the biggest welcome.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League - White Hart Lane Source: Nick Potts

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League - White Hart Lane Source: Nick Potts

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League - White Hart Lane Source: Nick Potts

Beneath steadily descending rain, Spurs’ current manager Mauricio Pochettino and his players joined them on the pitch after a video showing famous moments from the club’s history, narrated by British actor and Spurs fan Kenneth Branagh, was played on the stadium’s two big screens.

Ginola tweeted: “Farewell, goodbye White Hart Lane. Even the heavens are shedding a tear. There will always be a White Hart Lane.”

A local choir, the London Community Gospel Choir, sang club anthem “Oh When the Spurs Go Marching In”, with fans joining in as they waved blue and white flags above their heads.

As the ceremony ended, the sun belatedly broke through the clouds and a rainbow appeared over the stadium.

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