Following the news about the South Africa tour, Tottenham Hotspur have now announced that the first friendly of the pre-season schedule will be away against Stevenage Borough on Saturday July 7, kick off 4pm.
This fixture marks the conclusion of Spurs' agreement with Stevenage to stage Reserve team fixtures at Broadhall Way. Spurs Reserves have played at Stevenage for the last six seasons - including the memorable title-winning campaign of 2005-06.
From the start of the 2007-08 season, Clive Allen’s side will play all home games at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road stadium (see more information about stadium below). A pre-season first-team friendly will take place at the home of the League One side on Wednesday August 1, kick off 8.45pm.
“We have enjoyed six terrific years at Broadhall Way and have come to this decision for practical reasons,” explained Sporting Director Damien Comolli. “We have always been well supported at our Reserve team games at Stevenage and hope that our supporters will now follow us to our new venue at Leyton Orient. We look forward to building a similarly excellent relationship with Orient. We were delighted to see Stevenage win the FA Trophy at Wembley last month and wish them every success in their bid to secure league football. Pre-season matches against Stevenage have always been enjoyable affairs and we will be taking our strongest available squad to Broadhall Way for what will be our farewell match.”
On Monday July 16 a Spurs XI side will play Dartford FC (8.45pm) while Nationwide Conference club Rushden & Diamonds will provide the opposition for Spurs XI on Tuesday July 31 at Nene Park (kick-off 8.30pm).
(All Kick Offs are Malta time)
The Matchroom Stadium, commonly known as Brisbane Road
Capacity: 9,271 (all seated)
Address: Brisbane Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NF
Main Telephone No: 0870-310-1881
Fax No: 0870-310-1882
Ticket Office: 0870-310-1883
Year Ground Opened: 1937
Pitch Size: 115 x 80
Web Site: www.leytonorient.com
The ground has seen a lot of re-development in recent years, with the construction of three new stands. Finance for this has chiefly come from the proceeds of selling part of the Brisbane Road site to a property developer. In this ground breaking development, the corners of the ground have been filled with blocks of residential apartments, which certainly gives the stadium a unique look.
At one end is the single tiered, South Stand (capacity 1,336 seats), that was opened in 1999. This stand replaced a former open terrace. An interesting feature of this covered area is that it is raised above pitch level, meaning that you have to climb a small set of steps at the front to reach the seating area.
The old Main (East) Stand, which was originally opened in 1956, has been reduced in length, but is still a fair size. This partly covered stand is now all seated after having seating installed on the former front terrace. Unfortunately, it has several supporting pillars and the roof doesn't quite cover all of the front seating. It does though have an interesting gable on its roof which has 'Leyton Orient' proudly emblazoned across it and gives a nice link to the Club's history.
Opposite is the new West Stand which was opened for the 2005/06 season. This all seated stand which has a capacity of 2,872, has an unusual look about it, as above the seating area is a tall vertical structure that houses the Club offices. It also has some corporate hospitality areas. At the very top of the stand is a fair sized viewing gallery for television cameras and press and the roof of the stand contains a lot of perspex panels to allow more light to reach the pitch.
At the North End of the ground is the most recent addition to the stadium. The North Stand was opened at the beginning of the 2007/08 season and replaced a former open terrace. This simple looking covered all seater stand, has space for 1,351 spectators and looks similar to the South Stand. The ground also has a set of four modern looking floodlight pylons.