Four years ago today Ryan Mason scored his first ever goal for Tottenham Hotspur. A number of lucky Tottenham fans were able to be there that night when Mason curled a peach from 30-yards to equalise against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and it’s a moment the fans will never forget.
4 years ago today! What a feeling pic.twitter.com/giCOFM2o4Q
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) 24 September 2018
Mason was always one of football’s good guys and anyone who knew him will remember him for being a classy professional both on and off the pitch. The midfielder was lucky enough to represent his childhood club, wear the famous number 8 shirt, previously donned by the likes of Jimmy Greaves, Steve Perryman and Tim Sherwood, and play on the biggest stage as he received one England cap during his career.
The end of Ryan Mason’s playing days came in a horrible way as the 27-year-old was forced into an early retirement when he suffered a fractured skull when competing for a header against Gary Cahill for Hull City against Chelsea. The midfielder was out for over a year whilst he went through his recovery but eventually, his career had to succumb to his injury and he hung up his boots. The Spurs fans, though, are desperate to see him back at Hotspur Way and would love him to join as a coach in the future.
You can read The Lilywhites’ messages for Mason here:
You helped me fall back in love with Spurs, Ryan – you’ll always have a place in every fans’ heart
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) 24 September 2018
Come back home and coach our youngsters Mase x
— LP (@Verttonghen) 24 September 2018
Superb strike, Ryan! Watching you rise through the ranks meant so much to us fans. Hopefully we see you back home coaching at Hotspur Way soon. #OneOfOurOwn
— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) 24 September 2018
Was great watching you, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane coming through the ranks, means more to us fans than you probably realise.
— stu rice & peas (@inremotepart) September 24, 2018
One of our own, love you mate
— David Harley (@Dharley_1984) 24 September 2018
I was there behind the goal with one of my sons and what you don’t see on the clip is the moment you saw the ball go in you looked down and clenched both fists to your chest. #purejoy we loved that goal
— Mark Levene (@LeveneMark) 24 September 2018
— Jon Mannings (@jonthfc) 24 September 2018
Tottenham fans will never forget Mason, and whilst things didn’t end the way he would have liked, he will always be considered a legend by Tottenham fans.