0 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: Fireworks and tears as Spurs return home

Some fans were in tears. One former player called it a "different sense of beauty". And the scorer of the first competitive goal at the magnificent £1bn stadium said he was "the happiest guy in the world".

It may have been ready six months late but it's fair to say Tottenham Hotspur Stadium made a spectacular impression on all those present for Spurs' 2-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday.

A giant golden cockerel, illuminated in the night sky, looked down from that stand as Gladesmore Community School choir performed "Everybody Dreams", which was written as an anthem of hope for the area's young people after the Tottenham riots in 2011.

As the teams lined up, award-winning tenor and Spurs' fan Wynne Evans and former Gladesmore student Lanya Matthews delivered a rousing rendition of "Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur" before a spectacular firework display whipped around the roof of the stadium.

Spurs Ladies commentator and broadcaster Lucy Jones tweeted before kick-off: "No matter who you support, this is special for any club. Tears rolling down my face."

'Emotional and wonderful'

There were many former Tottenham players present for the occasion, including BBC Sport's Garth Crooks.

"As the fans leave, the stadium takes on a different sense of beauty," said Crooks, who made more than 100 league appearances for the club, after goals by Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen earned Spurs a victory that took them above Arsenal into third in the Premier League.

"As the atmosphere started to build before kick off, it was very exciting and then there was one moment when 17,000 people to our right started to sing in unison. It was emotional and it was a wonderful occasion and it's important that Spurs won."

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