Writer: Mr M
Date:Thursday August 22 2013
I'm a Spurs fan. I have been for about thirty-seven years.
There have been moments of uncontained joy during that time, there have been periods of crushing despair. Players have come and players have gone but the Club has remained. However, this summer felt slightly different.
I have seen a number of players wear the shirt over the years. Some great players. Glenn Hoddle. Paul Gascoigne. Gary Lineker. Jurgen Klinsmann. And more, more than anyone else, Chris Waddle.
As a kid, he was the man I spent endless hour upon hour trying to emulate. The stepover. The shimmy. The curl. The accuracy.
Waddle was insuperable. A man who, in my mind, had become a legend. No player would ever supplant him in my mind. How could they? He had ascended to Olympus. He was a god.
But even gods can fall and over the last two or three years a player has come to the fore that refused to yield. Gareth Bale came with supreme power, pace and panache, and was soon climbing past other luminaries. Sheringham, Ossie and Modric all gave way. Then the real big guns started to fall. Gascoigne. Hoddle. Klinsmann. Still, he accelerated.
About halfway through last season he reached Chris Waddle at the pinnacle, paused for a moment to smile and nod, then blistered onwards. Upwards.
Gareth Bale is the best Spurs player I've ever seen in a Spurs shirt. He may be the best player anyone's seen in a Spurs shirt.
And he's about to leave.
We knew this day was going to come, we all knew he was going to leave. Yet, we had wistfully hoped for maybe one more year? Just an opportunity to say goodbye? It felt like splitting up. Splitting up with the most beautiful girl in the world.
But we've had a summer to get used to it and our incredible chairman has been using the funds to pre-emptively make some tremendous signings. We have brought in three or four world-class players.
Yes, Gareth Bale must go and his Spurs career will die when he puts pen to paper for Real Madrid. But his passing will see a thousand lilywhite roses bloom in the very spot he left.
His passing might have taken a good club and turned it into a great one.
GB11, thank you.
Written by Mr M
Date:Thursday August 22 2013
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