Son Heung-min. Tottenham’s number 7. Spurs fans will remember the South Korean for years to come, as he became the first ever Spurs player to net a goal at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Widely regarded as the Premier League’s most underrated player, Sonny made history for Spurs in the 55th minute of their game against Palace. Following Eriksen’s pass to the Korean, Sonny shifted to ball to his left foot as he entered the Palace box. His goal-bound effort took a deflection off Palace player Milivojevic, wrong-footing the Eagles ‘keeper Guaita. The ball crept into the bottom right corner of the goal, and sparked the wild celebrations.
The home fans were in full voice, chanting the famous, “Oh when the Spurs, go marching in…” tune. The stadium was buzzing all game, on what was a momentous occasion for everyone involved with the club. The atmosphere was electric, pre-game fireworks were mesmerizing and Tottenham’s performance was spectacular. What was even more jaw-dropping to watch, was the Spurs fans in the South Stand.
This video shows the monster South Stand, which can house more than 17000 Spurs fans, bouncing and buzzing upon Son’s goal.
The fans were relentless in their celebrations, constantly cheering and chanting in a single, deafening voice, in sheer delight of Son’s goal. And when the stadium announcer shouted Son’s name for the first time ever as a goalscorer at their new home, fans responded with a reverberating cheer.
The fans were absolutely ecstatic and celebrations continued with Eriksen’s neat finish rounding off a dominant display in a 2-0 win against fellow London club Palace. The victory took Spurs to 3rd in table, a point above Arsenal who have a game in hand over Spurs.
Son has since said, “I’m the happiest man alive”. Even he couldn’t believe the atmosphere, noise and support at the new stadium. One could say that Son’s goal took the roof off the place!