Former Queens Park Rangers apprentice J’Neil Bennett has written his name into the history books by netting the first-ever goal at Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,062-capacity stadium.
The 17-year-old Londoner spent time in the academy system at Loftus Road before joining current club Spurs where he has continued his development.
Since moving to North London, Bennett has successfully graduated from the club’s Under-16 side to the Under-18 group where he has played most of his football for the last two seasons.
Tottenham Hotspur officially opened their newly rebuilt White Hart Lane ground for the very first time this afternoon as their Under-18s side hosted Southampton Under-18s in an Under-18 Premier League fixture. The match has been used as a ‘test event’ played in-front of a reduced crowd ahead of Spurs obtaining a safety certificate for the stadium at full capacity.
Former QPR winger Bennett was named in the starting XI for the home side and made history in scoring the first-ever goal at the stadium. The teenager was on target after just 11 minutes when he cut in from the left and curled a wonderful 18-yard strike into the far corner of the net.
Bennett’s goal was his first for Spurs’ Under-18s since he scored in the 5-2 FA Youth Cup defeat at Arsenal in January.