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Tottenham Hotspur's Ghosts of Christmas Past
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Harry Redknapp and Rafael van der Vaart, two influential figures in Tottenham Hotspur's recent past who left the club this past year.

Full disclosure: despite its title, this article has almost nothing to with Christmas and is sadly not a clever parody of Tottenham Hotspur done in the style of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

It is a semi-shameless attempt to make the most of one of many cliches that abound this time of year and only loosely relates to "ghosts of Christmas past" in that it is a look back at some of the notable names that left White Hart Lane in 2012.

But in the best holiday spirit, it is an attempt to reminisce on three individuals in particular—Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Harry Redknapp—who, despite the contentious respective departures of the latter two, made a significant impact on the club in recent times.

With 2013 just days away there will be plenty of opportunity to look at Tottenham's present and future, but for now we take a trip down memory lane...

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