Kane, Greaves, Hoddle and Ginola among top goals at White Hart Lane

Kane, Greaves, Hoddle and Ginola among top goals at White Hart Lane

Kane, Greaves, Hoddle and Ginola among top goals at White Hart Lane

13-05-2017, 08:24

Tottenham will say farewell to White Hart Lane, their home since 1899, on Sunday when they host Manchester United in the last match at the old stadium.

Ranking Tottenham's 10 greatest goals in 118 years at the Lane is a difficult and entirely subjective task, but ESPN FC had a go:

Sometimes the finish is irrelevant and a goal is special for what has come before. Pavlyuchenko's tap-in against Inter Milan was unremarkable in itself, but it owed everything to the breathtaking pace and poise of Gareth Bale.

That night is remembered as Bale's coming of age, when the unassuming Welsh winger stirred a sleeping European giant and shredded reputations. Bale had already embarrassed Maicon -- until then considered the world's best right-back -- to create Tottenham's first goal, when he set off running with the ball from inside his own half. So great was his athletic authority over Inter, he simply kicked the ball past his nearest opponent and sprinted clear before delivering the perfect cross for Pavlyuchenko.

There was a time when everything good about Tottenham was about Ginola, a player with his own catalogue of great goals.

Ginola had rattled the woodwork twice in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Leeds -- both brilliant runs and shots -- before Leeds centre-half Jonathan Woodgate scooped a cross into the air. Time seemed to stand still as Ginola set himself, taking two steps before whacking a glorious volley into the bottom corner from 30 yards with his wrong foot.

There are those who consider skill -- turns, tricks and flicks -- to be the most beautiful part of the game and others for whom ferocious strikes into the top corner are the pinnacle. Sigurdsson's goal against Hull City unites both camps.

The Icelander's sharp drag-back took two Hull City defenders out of the game before he unleashed an unstoppable first-time rocket into the top corner from 35 yards. Two perfect touches. Spurs went on to win an otherwise unremarkable League Cup tie on penalties.

Sixty-five yards, four touches, one impudent feint, one kiss to the crowd. For more than a decade, Hod was God at White Hart Lane, and many of his 110 goals for Tottenham were stunners in the old stadium. One of his best, though, was his last. Hoddle collected the ball in his own half and ghosted through the stranded Oxford defence, 2-1 down at the time.

It takes a gifted player to leave an opponent on the turf without touching the ball, but Hoddle's dummy felled goalkeeper Peter Hucker and Hoddle rolled the ball into an empty goal. It was Ghod's last goal in his last appearance at the Lane. "If I'd written a book about all my years at the Lane, then that is how I would have finished the final chapter," Hoddle has said.

If Spurs had gone on to win this game, the belief and momentum might have been enough to carry them to last season's title, and perhaps Kane's strike would have become one of the most iconic goals in the history of the Premier League.

As it is, it is simply a superb standalone goal from Tottenham's current talisman. Kane picked up Dele Alli's back-heel, nearly on the corner flag, and drove inside before curling the ball into the far corner from the side of the box. White Hart Lane has rarely, if ever, gone so ballistic, and for 14 glorious minutes the Spurs faithful believed Kane had inspired them to another big win before 10-man Arsenal made it 2-2.

Tottenham's greatest goal scorer remains the most prolific league scorer in the history of Europe's five top leagues, and perhaps Greaves' finest goal in a Spurs shirt came in a 5-1 win against reigning champions Manchester United.

Spurs' third goal was both a tantalising demonstration of their famous push-and-run style and Greaves' individual quality. Collecting Dave Mackay's pass midway inside United's half and with his back to goal, Greaves turned an opponent and charged toward goal. In what seemed to be one swift movement, his acceleration took him away from three United defenders and left goalkeeper Pat Dunne sprawling in the dirt, allowing Greaves to tap into an empty net.

The anticipation in White Hart Lane ahead of Klinsmann's home debut gave the occasion a once-in-a-generation feel, and he did not disappoint. The German talisman had scored a thumping header on his full debut at Sheffield four days earlier, celebrating with an iconic and ironic dive, and Spurs fans were desperate to see a repeat. What Klinsmann delivered was confirmation that Tottenham had a special player.

Darren Anderton's cross pinballed around the penalty box, falling to Klinsmann, who showcased his technique by executing a perfect scissor-kick into the top corner. Cue another dive celebration, this time with the entire Spurs team.

On one of the least spectacular occasions, one of the most spectacular goals. Greek side Asteras Tripolis were the visitors in the Europa League group stage for a night of unexpected and unfettered entertainment, illuminated by Lamela's audacious finish. The Argentine wrapped his left foot around the back of his right leg to score a "Rabona" that brought a half-empty White Hart Lane to its feet. Everyone that is, except Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, who remained determinedly unimpressed.

It was a mark of the goal's quality that Harry Kane scored a hat trick, went in goal after Hugo Lloris was sent off and fumbled a tame free kick into the net but was still overshadowed by Lamela. Spurs won 5-1.

There are memorable debuts and then there are, occasionally, debuts that a player will always be remembered for. Rose's Premier League bow for Tottenham falls into the latter category. Rose is the best left-back in England now, but no matter what he achieves, he will never score a better goal than the opener in Tottenham's 2-1 win over their fiercest rivals.

Before the game, manager Harry Redknapp had to stop himself mid-sentence from revealing Rose's main attribute in a TV interview, and afterward the Spurs manager said he had been about to talk up the 19-year-old's dynamite left foot. So it proved as Rose met Manuel Almunia's punch with a stinging volley from 30 yards that flew into the net. Few players, particularly a teenage debutant, would have even considered shooting. "A goal in a million," conceded bemused Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The goal that, more than any other, summed up Hoddle's style is also the one he rates as his best -- above even his more famous turn-and-chip at Watford -- a majestic scissor-kick against Manchester United in the League Cup. Both man and ball seemed to float in the air after Ossie Ardiles returned a pass to Hoddle that was just too high. The playmaker displayed his flawless technique to adjust his body and volley the ball past Gary Bailey in the Manchester United goal. Spurs won 2-1, but United won the return leg 3-1 at Old Trafford to progress.

Hoddle scored a similar goal against Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane, again evoking Marco van Basten's legendary volley for Holland, but, Hoddle has said, the one against United "edges it."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.