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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, April 4

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Recapping firsts.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Hey, Hoddlers!

I don’t know if you heard, but Tottenham has a new stadium. You want to talk a little about it?

Ramble of the Day

There were a lot of firsts yesterday. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted its first match, saw its first goal scored by Son Heung-min, and saw its first home victory. There were another number of unique firsts along the way, so let’s collectively list them. As the format sets me up, I’ll get started:

  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted its first hailstorm, rainstorm, and possibly snowstorm on Wednesday.
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted its first concert, as Lanya Matthews, Wynne Jones, a youth choir from the Gladesmore Community School, and the official Tottenham Hotspur marching band (!) took to the pitch before the players did.
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted its first fireworks show. Let’s take a quick look at a great photograph before we continue:
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
  • The first player to go down on the pitch with a possible injury at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was Kieran Trippier.
  • The first yellow card handed out at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium went to Dele.
  • An entry, courtesy of The New York Times’ Rory Smith:
  • Andros Townsend was the first ex-Spurs player to play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw its first secret and swift entrance and exit, as Spurs owner Joe Lewis actually made an appearance at the stadium despite the fact that he’d probably get in trouble after evading taxes in the U.K. (I’m obviously just speculating.)

That’s about all I’ve got, so I’ll turn it to you now.

tl;dr: A lot of firsts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Links of the Day

The jury could not reach a verdict in the trial former police chief superintendent David Duckenfield in relation to conduct during the Hillsborough disaster.

The FA will create a board overseeing the development of professional and semi-professional women’s football.

Ipswich Town will have sensory packs for disabled supporters starting next season.

Pelé is in the hospital with a urinary infection in Paris, with a spokesman saying the situation is “under control.”

Inter Milan and Inter Miami are in the middle of a trademark dispute.

Today’s longer read: Joe Golby on the creepy Euro 2020 mascot, Skillzy, for VICE