On the evening before the main fixture, the respective youth teams played a friendly match. This took place at Jugendstadion Kurtekotten, a stadium forming part of Bayer Leverkusen's training facilities, a couple of miles away from the main stadium. The Pieman was privileged to attend.
This venue is floodlit and there is a partly covered terrace running the length of one side of the pitch. Refreshments are available in the main club building which also houses the changing facilities. On a bitterly cold evening, a decent match ensued with the German youngsters taking the honours 3-1. A dozen or so Spurs fans took in this match including the Official Club Statistician.
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