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Global Support.. the 13th Man!

A Question: Who are the people who will be putting their heart and soul in to supporting THFC this March? On match days, I always see on the Spurs official site 'Where will you be watching from'
So I thought it would be good for us, and for the club, to know just how far VS support spreads its wings!

In addition to the loyal fans who cheer at the lane, travel around the UK and Europe to support the team, It appears to me that the support is far wider reaching than I had ever imagined. Wouldn't it be great if the players were to read this, and see just how important they, as our team, are to us. It might just generate a sense of a '13th' man on the pitch if they know people were cheering from around the UK, Europe and the world, and not just in the ground on match days. It is one of the toughest months of fixtures we have seen in a long time, and a hell of a lot rides on the results, so every little helps!

I started reading VS in the summer, and joined in during October of last year. I Hail from North London, Whetstone to be precise, and moved to Dublin around 13 years ago. My father is a Spurs fan, he watched them in the 60's when he worked in London on his first spell over there! I guess the father / son support rule followed that, but I was hooked from my first real taste of glory, aged 10, watching Ricky Villa tear City apart, and Spurs lifting the trophy! I try to make a couple of trips a year to the Lane these days. This season was Newcastle and Stoke, so mixed blessings, and as many know I am holding out for Turin in May!

Since moving here I have found it frustrating how little the support was for teams outside of Man United, Liverpool and Celtic. Spurs in particular have a very small support, and I really realised this when I went to Tallaght to watch us play Shamrock Rovers. I would estimate 70% of our away support had travelled. It goes to show how hard it is here in Dublin, to have a chat about the goings on at the club, and finding somewhere with an atmosphere to watch a game, without being totally outnumbered by opposition fans.

When I joined up to VS, I really thought I would be in the minority, not living in London and regularly attending matches. Not so it seems. Obviously we are anonymous on here, but some of our tags, like mine, give a clue as to where we are. But it seems many of the less obviously named posters are not residents of N17!

I really enjoy VS, and it gives me an opportunity to vent frustration and share my joy. It makes me feel more a part of the club and fan base than I did before I Joined! I also found a lot of people have a lot in common with me outside of supporting the Spurs, whether thats having lived in the same area previously, passions for other sports and activities etc. Its what makes this Forum so unique compared to the likes of VC,VA, etc.

So, How near or far does our support stretch? Whats your story? Why do you love our great club so much to take the time to comment on here? Where will you be cheering our Spurs from this March?

Lets be the 13th man as we strive for European Glory and finishing ahead of Arsenal!

COYS!!!! (And Robbie, if your reading this.. I salute you!! Keep it up)

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Date:Thursday March 6 2014

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Great post Dublin! COYS!
James1
I'm from Millwall territory, SE London..Bermondsey. My love of Spurs all started from my father who told me about the wonderful players who graced the turf at WHL. Blanchflower, MacKay, Greaves, White, Smith, Jones, Gilzean..so many great players. It was one afternoon, I watched a match Spurs v Forest and it was then that I first clasped eyes on my hero..Hoddle. What a player..the best passer I've ever seen and the most technically gifted Englishmen. He had poise, grace and he just seem to float when he had the ball..his vision..out of this world and his shooting ability WOAH! Blimey I could go on and on but I won't. Long live the king. If I changed my name on here it would be HODGOD_10. COYS!
James1
I'm from Belfast a few miles north. I decided to become interested in football about 6 years ago (now 64 so a late starter) All the people in my cell group in church even the ladies supported teams. As a boy I was aware of Spurs and Pat Jennings is from my home town of Newry (now a city) so I choose Spurs. I have been reading VS from the start and have learnt a lot. I am now addicted to spurs and spend far too much time reading about them. My wife is finding it hard to adjust to someone whose life now revolves around weekend football and Thursday (hopefully Tues/Wed) nights. I too try to get to the lane at least once every year. My first trip was when we played Roma and we thought Berba might be staying but it was not to be. To follow Spurs has been one of the best decisions of my life and a great source of interest joy and disappointment but I wouldn't be without it. COYS
Big Ron
Great read Dublin! Sydney born and bred, I became a Spurs supporter 35 years ago aged nine, when my best mate at the time returned home from a trip back home with a Spurs jersey for me. I found out years later that although being 4th generation Aussie, my ancestors had hailed from an area of London not far from where Wembley stadium now stands. Now living in Bangkok, Thailand and watch every game. Travelled to support the boys in pre-season Hong Kong last year and again in December 2013 where unfortunately had to watch Fulham away as couldn't get a ticket for a home game. Craven Cottage at -1 degrees on a Wednesday night was a shock to the system after 35 degrees here in Thailand, but when Lewis Holtby scored the late winner, it was all worth it! Forgetting I was amongst Fulham fans (unable to get an away Spurs end ticket) I jumped to my feet and shouted with joy. Despite the odd looks, I made it out alive! COYS!
LOS Spurs
Aaaah great read Dublin! Thanks mate! Born in Lincoln, Family emigrated to sunny South Africa, My father maintained his Spurs connection despite not being able to watch them for many years on the tele. All my friends and even my brothers are glory hunters but I kept the flag high for Spurs... ( and I know who will get the lions share of the inheritance ;) ). I live now in Cape Town and travel twice a year to watch Sours religiously with my father! COYS!!!
Mix26
Spurs ffs
Mix26
I'm from sunny surrey, I try and get to games as much as poss when I can, my dad was a arsenal fan so I think going forbade bitter rivals was a great choice, I have met many a spurs fan around these parts usually from me wearing one of my jackets and someone in the street commenting
waztap
Good article Dublin. I’m guessing they’ll be some happy memories on this thread! I turned 13 in January 1960 and started going to matches with my dad, Tottenham one week and Arsenal the next. It only took a handful of games before Spurs became a life-long passion. The timing was perfect; Spurs were a few months away from the start of the ‘Double’ season. I saw all the home games for the first couple of years and then we started going to away games, so I have been to most of the major grounds several times.

Every Spurs supporter knows the ‘Double’ story (or should do) so I won’t write a book about it here! I saw all the European games that followed the Double; my special memories being Gornik and Benfica, although every game was amazing as Spurs took to the pitch in their all-white strip and heard the most deafening support you could imagine.

I was part of a crowded Tottenham Highroad on a glorious Sunday in May 1960 when a double-decker bus cruised slowly past with a happy Spurs team waving and displaying two gleaming trophies. I went to Rotterdam in 1963 to see an English club make history (Spurs 5 - Athletico Madrid 1). Absolutely awesome! I only saw one Spurs FA cup live at Wembly (1967 Spurs 2 – Chelsea1). I watched the 61 and 62 finals on the TV and tried not to destroy the house each time we scored! I also saw United beat Leicester in the 1963 FA cup final at Wembley. I saw WHU beat Munich at Wembley in the final of the Cup Winners Cup (I think that was 65).

I saw many England internationals during my teens and was at Wembley to watch every game England played in the 1966 World Cup!!! I moved to Western Australia at the end of 1968, but I took a lot of brilliant memories with me ... much more than I can recount here. I made some of my own soccer history in 1980 by becoming the State of Western Australia’s Inaugural Amateur Soccer Player of the Year (wish my dad had been alive to see that!).
Geofspurs
Im from Magherafelt Co Londonderry in Northern Ireland - travel over 2 times a season to WHL - and a Bi-annual trip to see them at Anfield as all my mates are Pool Fans !! PS don't know where i got my spurs blood as my Dad is a PALACE fan!! i remember the 84 uefa cup match when i was just a small boy and that got me hooked :) well thats my story COYS
South L/Derry Spurs
Dublin Hotspur, nice read! I was born in North London, went to school in Muswell Hill at a school called Creighton comprehensive, 'a school designed to integrate a large number of Afro-Caribbean and other ethnic minority children into the school from distant parts of the borough of Haringey in an attempt to maximise education choice and social interaction'. Well that was the Labour party plan! But the true reality was it had 3,000 kids. 50% Tottenham, 50% Gooners, We used to have 50 (plus) aside Tottenham v Gooners games on the huge playing field at lunch times, which was always an excuse for a semi friendly ruck! If Spurs beat the scum you would have to make sure you went to school with your Tottenham crew, or face getting a few slaps from those cowardly Gooner crews. This was at the height of football hooliganism in the mid 1970's. They closed the school down in the mid 80,s because it was to violent, redesigned it and now it is a nice gentrified safe school called Fortismere with 1,638 kids... I have since lived in New York, Sao Paulo, and currently work in Berlin (the Bundesliga sucks!) but still have my season ticket which is given out to my nephews, nieces and friends. Always nice to know I have a seat when I am in town, to get into Loser Levy's tiny stadium... ;)
Pele10
MY first trip to WHL was memorable to say the least ! paid 65 quid for the spurs Pool match ! only got to see the first half ! as unbeknownst to us, bringing your drink to your seat after the half time refreshments wasn't tolerated ! now having caught the 6-30 flight from belfast that morning and our first beer about 6-45, we didnt take to kindly to the stewards wanting to remove us from our seats !! having paid 65 quid as mentioned before ! well to cut a long story short myself and a mate ended up in the holding cells below WHL with about 10 coppers in the room !! only to be booted out of the ground 10 mins later with our tail between our legs :) COYS
South L/Derry Spurs
you can take the boy out of NI but you cant take NI out of the boy :)
South L/Derry Spurs
Pele, Many a fight I remember between Creighton school and Bishop Douglass, (My school) as well as Finchley Catholic, Ravenscroft, and any other school they could find to fight with! that was a tough school!
Dublin Hotspur
I cannot compete with some of the locations being mentioned. I am from far away SE London, been supporting Spurs all my life, didn't have a choice really as my dad was a fanatic, went to every game home and away. He moved to England in 1960 and once he saw the Tottenham team that was the team for him, he has all the memories which are great and these have been passed to me, Tottenham for life :).
Kong
Should be May 1961 not 1960 re Highroad (just Noticed)!
Geofspurs
I was conceived in N17, on the Tottenham Marshes, Dec 1959, at the precise moment that Blanchflower scored the opener in a 4-0 victory against Newcastle, at WHL. My Mother gave birth to me 9 months later at the precise moment that Frank Saul scored the winner in a 3-2 victory, away to Arsenal. I had no choice other than to follow the great Tottenham Hotspur FC. It was my fate. Yes, I remember it well...
MAN ON!
Good idea Dublin... I was born in the Turnpike Lane area and started going to WHL in the mid fifties with my eldest brother. Took an orange box with us on the bus. Geoffspur I'm same age as you but started earlier. lol. In my teens I had a gooner mate and we'd go week about to home games. I remember having some great times at the lane. Also saw some FA cup semis and a couple of finals (62 and 82 first game) . Had some bad times too in the 76/77 season. Relegated but bounced straight back up. I now live in Boston Lincs but I've moved around a bit during my time, only England though. Always been a Spurs fan and that's for nearly 60 years. (Next season). So as always COYS!!
longtimespur
Seriously Dublin, I'm enjoying the responses...
MAN ON!
MAN ON I used to play on the Tottenham and Hackney marshes in those days.. LOL they were always very slippery if I remember rightly. ...Geoffspur ...I've got a photo of that bus parade on my wall, unfortunately not with me in it, though I was also there. Was nearly as crushing on the pavements as it was in the ground on match days. Did you used to go to the Royal back then?
longtimespur
DAD!
MAN ON!
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha MAN ON!
Mix26
Coopsie ... Yes, I went to Molineaux a few times with my dad. The main competition for Spurs during the Double season came from Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, and Wolves (as I remember). All three were very good teams with some great players. I bet you heard a lot about Billy Wright from your dad?! Your dad was right, Wolves did have a great team and they were certainly a major force (which is why I love to see Wolves and Burnley in the PL, just wish they'd stay longer!) ... but, as you know, lots of supporters would say the same about teams from their history ... that's what makes it so great! Your dad had a good argument ... as do we! The brilliant thing is that we all have those special memories! What makes you think I would take offence?! :-)
Geofspurs
Coops, I went to College in Wolverhampton, and used to watch the wolves at Molineux every home game, just because it was footy, and the pubs didn't have sky then, (only24 years ago and no super sunday??) and I have to say they were rubbish! the best games were V West Brom and Walsall, they hated each other!
Dublin Hotspur
I was conceived at the Munich Beer Festival (or during it anyway, where my parents were partaking in Ale---at the festival would be wrong!) am I on the wrong site so Man On! LOL good post mate
Dublin Hotspur
The truth is I'm not really sure how I came to support Spurs... I was born in North London and then spent my early years living in Islington. (Gooner territory)! My Grandad was a Chelsea fan and my first experience of live football was at Stamford Bridge in the late 60's, where I would stand in the Shed with him. I was already a THFC supporter by then and it felt strange to be there, especially when Spurs were the away team. I went to school in South London and almost all the lads were Chelsea fans. I was then scouted for the Blues and played in goal for the Chelsea Youth team. (Traitor!). I love/hated it. But, something obviously impressed me about THFC as a young lad and nobody could sway me away from them. I couldn't have made a better choice. So many great, (albeit vague), memories of WHL from the early 70's on.. Here's to the future. Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
Jarrod, gotta love the kids singing along. Both my kids ( daughter 5 1/2 and son 20 months), to the dismay of my wife, completed their first sentences with the words "COME ON YOU SPURS"! The pride!!!
Dublin Hotspur
MAN ON..... SORRY but I'm not taking any blood tests lol.
longtimespur
MAN ON/longtime ... I can't believe you two don't remember me from the Lane ... I was the one wearing a blue and white scarf?! :-)
Geofspurs
MAN ON ... I wish I had your memory ... try as hard as I might, I cannot remember being conceived!
Geofspurs
I remember you Geof, as the lunatic, wearing a Viking hat and bouncing around like a demented Kangaroo every time we scored.
MAN ON!
*Viking helmet of course... Always obscuring my view.
MAN ON!
It was emotional. Noisy too.
MAN ON!
Def T.I.C. Coops!
Dublin Hotspur
Coopsie ... Flowers and Broadbent were brilliant players but I can't recall Stuart or Westcott. After my last post to you I remembered going to an away game at Wolves and we won 4-0. I looked it up and it was during the Double year so I went to some away games earlier than I thought! I remember it well because the Wolves supporters were gob-smacked by the way Spurs played. You could hear a pin drop. Probably one game your dad would not want to remember! Mind you, we weren't bad that year!
Geofspurs
Coopsie.... Flowers, Broadbent, and Slater I can remember seeing play. I think they were all internationals along with England captain Billy Wright. WHen I started going to WHL Wolves won the old Division 1 in 57/8 and 58/9 then 2nd next season and 3rd behind Wednesday the year we did the double. Relegated in 64/5. Before my football watching days at the lane they also won it in 53/4, 2nd next season, 3rd in 55/6. Hope that helps you see how good they were.
longtimespur
Coopsie, a Pele10 post without Levy being mentioned wouldn't feel right. It is his trademark now :)
Kong
James ... as I think I said somewhere on here recently, I spent most of my life in SE London ... Forest Hill, Brockley, Peckham, Waterloo, but did spend a brief period at Stoke Newington which I was too young to remember. Went to school in Ladywell and Downham. My brother and his adult children live in the folkstone area ... which is where I would have probably ended up. Me and my mates would play on 'bombsites' as kids and just thought of them as adventure playgrounds!
Geofspurs
Geofspurs, I went to Secondary School in Downham, this was in the early 90's, grew up in Catford so know SE London quite well.
Kong
Cheers Coopsie, yes our lucky charm is now 6 weeks old. She is getting ready for the match on Saturday so we better win :)
Kong
The thing is Coopsie, part of the lucky charm is her being grumpy and crying through the match lol. Its worked so far :)
Kong
Brilliant article Dublin…. a bit to compose so will do so later …. bound to ingrate some - but …. so many familiar tales!!!
Highgatespur
Diddy absolutely has to cry through the game! It's one of her magic ingredients!
Dublin Hotspur
Off topic, just found out chas and Dave are playing in a great little venue in dublin in April! I'm going!!! They will def play "ossies dream"

"they can't stop them, the boys from tottenham, the boys from white hart lane"
that was the year I got hooked!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Coops mate, mucker, dude , champ all things THFC :) c'mon you know u are ! surely Pele is entitled to his little Levy Rap like everyone else is to share their opinions :) i hope i'm not talking 'nonescence' . as much as his Levy rap gets on my tits :)
South L/Derry Spurs
Loser Levy Out !! (jokin)
South L/Derry Spurs
Kong ... I went to Downham secondary boys school. I attended right through my high school years. It was great. Lots of school in the area and I used to represent the school in Athletics, gymnastics and football ... so I spent more time competing than at school ... brilliant!
Geofspurs
Kong ... KEEP DIDDY UP!!!
Geofspurs
My Grandad was die hard spurs fan born in Camden and is the reason for my love of the club and city. My dad and older sister are both die hard gooners. I work in NW2, and now live just outside the area. I go to home games and get lucky to travel sometimes, last away game was a fairly chilli night up at Newcastle. This is the best forum and you lot (sometimes) are not complete tossers, so fair play. Looking forward to all the remaining games but the next three are big ones. COYS.
SpursOne2
Diddy will be up and on top form, she won't be able to sleep with my shouting going on, usually keeps her crying too :)
Kong
Geofspurs, I went to Malory, unfortunately I wasn't the best at sports so I had to go to school.
Kong
Cheers for all the great posts guys and gals, was a bit worried it would be a lame duck, but loving hearing everyone's tales and the ensuing banter! Keep it coming, I'll be back in after I have taken my daughter to ballet! ( I know, can't wait for the little man to start little kickers in the summer!)
Dublin Hotspur
Kong ... in retrospect, I should have spent more time at school and less time 'playing', But that's not what I thought at the time! But, everything works out in the end. :-)
Geofspurs
More like back'o'the net chums!
MAN ON!
Good article Dublin, well My granpappy lived within spitting distance of spams ground but was Spurs through and through, he used to walk past their ground in his old scarf on his way to WHL he said it was the only place in the world where they played the type of football he would pay to watch, I was born in "61" and he tried to convince my mum to call me Harry !! he moved to the midlands in 1956, he took me to my first game in 68 and I was immediately hooked, my son who is now 17 in spurs through and through and I take him to the lane whenever I am home and we can get tickets (not always easy) in 88,89,90 Having been given a company car I went to every away match and many at the lane, I am now working in the UAE and they have great TV coverage here with nearly all EPL games shown live, so I see more spurs games now than I did when I was in the UK Coops as you leave your doors unlocked can I have your address as I need a new telly when I come home :)
totuae
As another Ulsterman now settled in Cheshire, my initial hook was the great Danny Blanchflower who was my country's captain. Later it was to be big Pat. The best (non family) day of my life was a game in the 90s at WHL against Southampton before which I had a VIP tour of the gound and dressing-rooms and after mixed with the players and legends in one of the corporate lounges. The worst day was the 87 cup final and losing that unbeaten record, made worse by the fact that my Coventry supporting journo kid brother was interviewing on the pitch at full time. I get MU tickets for Spurs games and the last time at WHL was away with the Manc supporters. Bitter sweet experience.
Love totty
Coops, cheers, the responses were what I was hoping for! But you know yourself, there could be someone who would de-rail it's intentions and ask for proof of where we really were and evidence of our tales! I wonder would they not join in to the intentions of the post, or if it would actually benefit them by "gelling" a bit themselves. I'm delighted to hear everyone's story! The club would be too I'm sure! True supporters from around the globe! What would they have thought when they started out on the marshes if they could see us now???
Dublin Hotspur
Can post a pic of myself in my speedo's here in the sunshine if you want proof lol that should send em running
totuae
Big Ron, love totty, s/ld/d, I had home team seats for the rovers game in tallaght in 2011, but broke security to get to the spurs corner( not difficult), took a few seats with my mates who had travelled over, and just before kick off realised big pat Jennings was sitting behind us. What a fella, we started chatting to him and he had the banter with us the whole match! Sang " kaboul is on fire" " oh when the spurs" etc with the rest of us. Took pics and had a great time! He is one of our legends!
Dublin Hotspur
I have certificated proof that I'm the bast-ard son of Jimmy Greaves. It's all in the DNA you know.
MAN ON!
Totuae, that's cruel to is in the cold climates of the west of Europe, and unless it's a moving GIF, I'm not interested! ;-)
Dublin Hotspur
Man on, was he not playing at the lane when you were conceived? Or was he just having a childhood kick about on hackney marshes at the time? Prove it, it's in the archives!!! Where's your evidence!!! You know nothing! You deluded fool!!! LOL!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Being a goalkeeper Jennings was/is my Spurs hero... You know, I don't find it at all surprising that the vast majority of ex-players that have also played for our two London rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal, have Spurs in their heart, all the way. I'm talking about the likes of Greaves, Roberts, Hoddle, Hazard and big Pat Jennings. It's in their DNA.
MAN ON!
MAN ON now I know you telling porkies, you said you were a goal keeper and anyone related to the greatest forward in our history would not be over 5'6" !!
totuae
Funnily and honestly, I am exactly 5'6... That's why I never got to be a pro, unfortunately.
MAN ON!
Dublin, Greaves was at Chelsea at that time. Spooky.
MAN ON!
So it's true!!! My mates grandfather was bill Nicholson! Beat that! They have family seats for life (just 4 seats) in the corner of east upper and north! Sat there once ! What a claim to fame! ( my mates claim to fame, not me joining my mate for a match !)
Dublin Hotspur
Not on the marshes so!
it's a good omen man on! A spurs Chelsea link! We will win on Saturday with your background and diddy kong on our side as part of the 13th man!
Dublin Hotspur
How ironic that one of Chelsea's top players of all time is a Spurs legend...
MAN ON!
Man on, you should have tried 5 aside, smaller goals!
Dublin Hotspur
I'll be at the Shed end on saturday and it'll have strange but sweet memories for me. My Grandad always accepted me being Spurs and encouraged me to carry on supporting them. He appreciated our style of play and continued to be a big fan of Greavsie even when he came to play at Spurs.
MAN ON!
I play 5-a-side now. I also avoid getting the knocks playing it.
MAN ON!
Jesus Dublin, you got me all emotional.....
MAN ON!
Many years ago I worked in Brent and our company (I was the local manager) sponsored the Brent football festival held at the old Wembley, where we invited 300 under privileged kids and gave them a half days training on the wembley pitch, our pro's for the day were Big Pat Jennings, Ian Wright (ex scum and spam) Dave Beasant, and Sir Les. We then played a sponsors game in the afternoon, which Pat stayed to watch, and gave us our medals at the end, what a great man he is, walking down the tunnel onto that pitch was amazing and sent me cold, and whilst I was honoured to have played there my best memory from the day was watching an ageing big Pat diving around the floor, with a massive smile on his face doing what he obviously loved, a true legend and gentleman.
totuae
... or stood up!
Geofspurs
Point taken Coops and thanks for tipping me off phew that could have got ugly lol
totuae
Jennings was easily the best GK I've ever seen. His first few games for us were uninspiring (ordinary at best), but once he settled in, the legend began!
Geofspurs
In fact I'm sure it was watching Greaves on the TV that got me hooked on Spurs. I never saw him play in the flesh as far as I can remember.
MAN ON!
No Gel for Pat but probably a great deal of hairspray. He was the coolest customer. Watching him play seemed to be in slow motion. He made it look so easy. Never ruffled and in complete control of his area.
MAN ON!
When you consider all the brilliant players Spurs supporters have seen across the last 60/70 years ... they compare very well with players from any other team over the same period. We have been blessed. Night all. :-)
Geofspurs
Sorry man on!
totuae, for my sins I got a bar job in the highbury ground when I was 18 through a friend! Working for letherby and Christopher! Great for the 21st birthdays etc, but got put in the players bar eventually! Murder! But I have to say, at the time the two arsenal players I hated most were Ian wright and tony Adams! Well opinions change! Of all the players, they always had time to chat to us and have the craic! Other lads were scum but those two were real peoples people! Pains me to say but 2 good things came out of arsenal in my eye, they were them! Obviously the away teams were great craic and got to meet the spurs boys for a few years! Another good lad was lee chapman! Remember he scuffed his face? Well he was at highbury just after that and I told him I would give my right one to sleep with his missus, Leslie as! He was great fun!
Dublin Hotspur
I think Pat was one of the best of all time, but I also saw Banks play many times as I used to have to go to Leicester City regularly with a family member and he was another very cool customer, quiet unassuming guy, but a demon between the posts.
totuae
Coops its "behind the bloody couch" get it right lol you are right though but maybe good articles like this will keep the haters at bay !
totuae
Coops I made the sponsorship money from mugging grannies outside the post office !! all is never what it seems lol
totuae
Dublin... It's alright. Emotional in this context, is good.
MAN ON!
As my username suggests I was brought up on spurs by my thfc obsessed dad in the early 80s when I was a v . impressionable 6 year old! Was at the 81, 82, 84, 87, 91 finals - was a great childhood to be a spurs fan! Now older and wiser, sometimes disillusioned with where sky has taken the game. Hate the PL clubs obsession with monetary rewards over glory but hey-ho will always love tottenham. Now living in bristol im strictly a "big occasion" or "new experience" match-day goer. Whether it be being amongst the magnificent away support at an away ground ive not been to, a big cup game or PL game v the top 4 teams at WHL or away trips to europe (done milan, rome and lyon in last couple years). Desperately hoping for a trip to turin in may! Great article dublin. P.s I have lived in Dublin a few years ago there is quite a strong spurs supporters club meet for games in tommy mayes top of oconnell st.
StillRickyVilla
Dublin in my mind you are forgiven for working at Highbury, because you were taking money away from them, therefore directly reducing their transfer funds, however, if you were there on game days then you missed spurs playing !!
totuae
Stillrickyvilla, tommy Mayes is the hq for the dublin supporters club, been a few times for the big games, but with young kids it's harder to justify the time( I live in stepaside) so 4 hrs vs 2 in the local? No brainer! Cheers though , and I did direct lillywhitespur if there is a match on when he/ she has their trip over in April ! Great city though mate!
Dublin Hotspur
I don't recall the exact moment I became a Spurs fan, but the earliest memories I have are of my parents, both Irish and NOT Spurs fans, calling me into the kitchen every time the 1981 FA Cup final song came on the radio. My eyes would light up and I would laugh my little nuts off at my Dad doing his Ossie Ardiles impressions. For years after, he always referred to him as 'When We Win de Cup!'

I'm off to YouTube that song, great article Dubs, some really great responses (not looking at you MAN ON) and thanks for making me recall something I haven't thought of in ages!
SpursEagle
Coops, I did post the other day my thoughts on a certain person and a certain chav being one and the same! Many had the same opinion, and as someone said" when a troll has your back, something is up" or something like that! No proof, but it's in the archives! Lol, sorry, can't remember the thread even to big up the poster! Make yourself known dammit!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Here goes, I grew up in a different country every two years of my life up to age of 10 as my dad used to work for the UN…
The relationship with THFC began in school in north London, when a mate at school asked if I was Chelsea or Spurs … as Spurs had lost 1-0 the weekend before I chose Spurs!

Thereafter I began the journey… After convincing parents that I'd look after myself and wouldn't become a thug was finally attending my first game vs Ipswich (1-1 draw) taking the long winding route of bus 102 to Edmonton

It was only 5p for the entry!

As time went on I realised I was probably the only Asian in the crowd of 30,000! Being in an area majority with red shirts I was used to being in the minority…
Notwithstanding the violence and racial jibes my love for Spurs grew and grew and survived with me being in a boarding school in Wolverhampton, Malta and uni in Manchester!
Used to get into sooooo much trouble 'running away' to London to see Spurs play whenever there were no games at school….
whenever returning to London making the compulsory trip to N17 to walking around and visiting Warmington House, who remembers Eadie?

Besides the racists slurs coming my way (esp. from WHam and Millwall) from fellow Spurs I was not deterred from this road!

Have been very fortunate in travelling to four corners of the world - really disliked the presence of the red shirt with a devil on it everywhere… so took the white one with a cockerel on it… coached quite a few kids and introduced the magic of Spurs to them over the years - met up with a few over the years - different colour shirts with different badges on tho … never mind. Did manage to keep two of the nephews on the straight and narrow but lost one to the goners - he lives in stokey!

Have seen Spurs all over the world on the telly - it was so difficult those days… besides european cities, others have included Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, SA, Ghana, kenya, Libya,Malta, India Bangladesh Sri Lanka Burma, Indonesia Aus, china HK, NZ and NPG - everyone knew of manure but after talking to me they knew of Tot-ten-ham!!!
Saw Jol's last match in Melbourne @645 am I think!

I loved every minute of Spurs association despite all the tribulations social, personal and Spurs having a downturn over the years - the love for Spurs is still strong as ever… it's great to be hearing of other stories on this forum… great!

Sorry for taking so long

lastly my team of my favourites… Erik the viking, Kinnear, Knowles, Roberts, Mabs, Perryman Hoddle Gazza Ossie Bale Archibald

COYS!!!

Highgatespur
Spurs eagle, I posted earlier, Chas and Dave are touring and I've just booked to see them in Dublin! Just to hear "Ossies Dream"!! great stuff! where your folks from in Irleand?
Dublin Hotspur
My Dad played for Arsenal..the shame of it I know but I had to get it off my chest. He was part of the youth set up and was destined for great things. A certain Mr Norman Hunter in a reserve game popped his knee cap from a tackle behind the knee. Friends and family swear he would have played for England he was that good..It was meant to be. I COULD HAVE BEEN A GOONER! COYS!
James1
Highgate, amazing post!!! wolverhampton is another thing we have in common! I'm gonna put the kids to bed and be back for a chat mate! need to read that one again and digest it before I even start to discuss it! Amazing stories from everyone! its one of those days I wish every VS member was online to tell the tale, and I hope to god the team read this!!!
Dublin Hotspur
DIRTY DIRTY LEEDS - didn't like that team one bit!!! Hope your dad's knee is alright now James1! Once a Spur always a Spur!!! We all got something to hide!
Highgatespur
James, its Like AA on here today, thats an acceptable post! sure Man on played for Chelsea! I had a trial for Barnet schoolboys and tripped on my laces in front of goal! some striker! the rest is history!!
Dublin Hotspur
I feel your pain Robbie!!!!
Dublin Hotspur
ManOn! Wow a conversion from Chelski ?!! Did you go the WHL relegation battle of 1975 - 2-0 to Spurs - Stevie P and Alfie Conn? It was murder !!! Geof - that Wolves history is quite awesome - always heard about it from the Wolves fans!

Btw how would they have coped with EL matches then ? LOL

Highgatespur
Highgatespur: No conversion. I was Spurs from the off..... I went to most home matches in the 70's and usually to all the away games in and around London. It's not a match I remember seeing live.
MAN ON!
Great, great post, Highgate. The passion oozes from every word. Respect.
Love totty
My sons nAme is Alfie, mine is con! Shows my dads and my passion
Dublin Hotspur
Hahaha (shouldn't laugh really) my dad had one other bad accident when his keeper didn't call for the ball and collided with my dads knee..you guessed it popped out again. So gone from a high standard to good to giving up football altogether. I think he was about 28 when he gave up the game. Then about 10 years later in the pub one Sunday he sat on the bar stall and thinking the foot stall was there; put all his weight on one leg, breaking his fib, tib, ankle, smashed his eye on the juke box and lost his front teeth. I think the evil football gods wanted to make sure ;) COYS!
James1
"Hunter bites yer legs". I have a photo of Mackay squaring up to Bremner from those Leeds days. (Venables in the background).
MAN ON!
James. It'll always get those gooners! Lol
Dublin Hotspur
My favourites - Jennings, Carr, Beal, King, Knowles, Mullery Hoddle, Mackay, Gascoigne,Greaves, Klinsman. Subs too numerous to mention.
Love totty
Hmmmm Dublin hmmmmmm
worked for the Goons!!! And you like …. another hmmmmmm!!!

As much I like the way he talks I cannot forget the amount of joy he took in scoring against us and the delight he took mocking us!!
I know….

Glad you stuck to your guns tho!
I have refused, so far, to go to any conferences held at the Emptycrates!!!
COYS

Highgatespur
Can anyone explain why our Cyril only got one cap for England? He was immaculate.
Love totty
Thanks Love totty - my parents would have said too much!!! Oh for the love of Spurs!!!
Interesting team - thought about Carr, Beal as well..subs ? too difficult!

Only kidding ManOn!! Think we've got the same would have loved to have seen Mackay play = went all gaga when I met him about 15 years ago!

Brilliant Dublin, Alfie Conn - on bliss - those runs!!! Gazza of the 70s!!!

James1 - sounds too painful!!! All the best to your dad!

COYS!

Highgatespur
Love totty, 'Nice One' Cyril only one cap because well ahead of his time and probably also, Terry Cooper or someone ?
Highgatespur
Highgate, I remember Chelsea at home 1975, massive pitch invasion. All us lot singing bye bye Chelsea, Chelsea bye bye, Bay city rollers LOL.
Thats Entertainment
Great post Dublin, a lovely read. I was born within earshot of WHL at North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton to Irish Immigrants who settled in the Angel Edmonton in the late 60's. In those days I'm led to believe that a lot of working class men who liked their football went to Spurs one week and Arsenal the next. As my father tells it the Spurs team of that era including Greaves, Mackay Blacnflower amongst others was infinitely more interesting than what was on offer in N7. But he never pushed me one way or another and let me make up my own mind. My first matches were in the 1974/5 season where if you look at the table both sides were very poor and in relegation trouble that year. Arsenals double side of 1971 had broken up and we were in the post Bill Nick era and dodged a bullet that season with late wins over Chelsea (who went down instead) and an under strength Leeds who were preparing to play Bayern Munich in the European Cup Final. So after a couple of trips to both grounds I may my choice. I've often wondered why, but never, ever regretted it. Sure, they've won more, had more glory for want of a better word. But my love for Spurs will never diminish. They have caused me more aggro and tears than any relationship with a woman and unlike them I've never been able to say goodbye. I moan, criticise, throw remotes across the room in frustration, scream, both at matches and the TV but that's what a true love is. The moments of joy are always worth so much more than the pain.
Paxton Chris
Cyril died at an early age.. Under 50 I think. Our best left back in my memory. I liked Hughton as well. (Sod Ashley Cole).
MAN ON!
TE - you got it!!! The swaying of the crowd at Park Lane - I was in the middle of PL that day! Ace memory!!! One of the best yet scariest days!

"Thank you for the days …." Can we repeat the feat on Saturday?
Gotta keep the faith - the focus on Saturday is on overdrive now!

COYS

Highgatespur
Cyril scored in that Leeds match, I'm sure, Paxton Chris.
MAN ON!
I thought Danny Thomas could have been one of our great right backs. COYS!
James1
Highgate, do you remember in those days you could walk around the ground, I used to watch from the Shelf most games, happy days.
Thats Entertainment
Paxton Chris - never a truer word said "unlike them I've never been able to say goodbye" - so much pain, the grief and yet we are still here!! I was there at the evening game.

Man On! Cyril score two that night - Hoddlesque free kick and penalty - got grounded for a week for being so late!

Another great night under the lights at the famous home of the Spurs!

Highgatespur
Highgate, wheres your family from? i'll be back in a bit! fascinated with your story! BTW, IW and TA were best of a bad bunch, but seeing them week in week out I got to know them, they knew I was a lilywhite so the banter was top dollar!they were good days, and it was a good job for a young fella, lots of skirt around always too!!
Dublin Hotspur
Highgatespur, your memory is much better than mine. I find it difficult to remember individual matches, even from last season and, regardless of wether I was there or not.
MAN ON!
Paxton, my old housemate used to work in the A&E there in NM hospital. I used to drink in the Pimms Park pub across the green! where are the folks from in Ireland?
Dublin Hotspur
*whether*
MAN ON!
I remember one incident from that game Highgate and it still makes me laugh to this day. We were winning 3-1 I think and pretty comfortable, Leeds obviously wanted to avoid injuries so were not going full tilt. Then Alfie Conn ( younger readers look him up!) took the ball to the corner flag and sat on it, taking the pi**. Now, Leeds were the team then. Giles, Bremner, Hunter et all. And they didn't like this upstart ridiculing them so they got so wound up they started to play and pulled one back. As I recall it was pretty hairy for a while til we got the 4th and were safe from the drop. But it was a memorable evening for those of us that were lucky enough to be there.
Paxton Chris
TE Yup sure do! Those days I used to get there for the ground to open at 1!(I used miss the BBC/ITV previews!
Always used to be one of the first in the ground!
Funny how things change
I ended up in the Shelf from 80-81;

I distinctively remember walking from Park Lane to the Paxton and then under the West Stand calling for Terry Neill's sacking in a 2-2 draw with Norwich - one of the best days of THFC - GH - the God- made his debut! Funniest thing I remember protesting after every goal we conceded and cheering after every goal we scored!!!

Highgatespur
Dublin, they are both Dubliners. Foxrock and Shankhill. Moved here in the 60's and still remain to this day. We've moved around a bit but mostly in Enfield, wichmore hill and I'm back in Edmonton now. 10 mins from WHL. Been going almost 40 years and had a season ticket for 30 +. Seen a lot of changes, good and bad, and believe me compared to some teams I've seen this current Spurs are Barca like in comparison. So quit moaning everyone! Lol. Win or lose in the grand scheme of things is irrelevant. We make our choices to be a supporter and we are stuck with it, good or bad. Sure, they drive you made sometimes but that's the life of a football fan. Mostly disappointment punctuated by fleeting moments of joy. When they happen, make the most and enjoy them.
Paxton Chris
Sorry Dublin and Highgatespur..just seen your posts..thanks chaps. Metal plates and cold whether don't go well..at least I can get a weather summary from the old man..;) COYS!
James1
ManOn! I can recall some obscure things but not of some of more recent stuff…as it turned out I can remember most things of Spurs - except for the dark Sugar years I think… people like Durie et al!!! Btw in one of my 'A'level English essays in the actual exam, I recounted my trip to Forest for Ossie's and Ricky's debut… the marker must have been a yiddo - got a 'A'!!!

COYS!
Highgatespur
Paxton, I'm D18, near fox rock, and My Gran lived in Shankill, just at the top of Quinns Road, by Bradys Pub! Was in Winchmore Hill at Xmas after the stoke game!!
Dublin Hotspur
Highgatespur, It's more moments in matches that I remember.... It was just coincidence that I was in Nottingham for that match, on a family holiday. But, I can remember that whole day very well.
MAN ON!
Paxton Chris BINGO i do remember that - Bremner running up to him and wagging the finger…. It did look precarious for a while… Alfie Conn Alfie Conn Alfie Alfie Alfie Conn… I think he was the precursor to Gazza… loved the guy he was another before his time! Love your last post Paxton - we seem to share the same profile!!! Share the same thoughts about the team… could just imagine if we went under in 1975 before Burkinshaw's entry? in the Klinsmann's year - Dread the thought… Great last sentence!!! COYS!!
Highgatespur
Dublin, haven't been for a few years now but I remember a pub called The Magic Carpet in Foxrock, wonder if it's still there? My father a grandfather flew back after a few too many pints of Guinness in there many a time!
Paxton Chris
I might just start an Ossie and Ricky style ticker-tape welcome for when Lamela returns.... Not much of a show if it's just me though.
MAN ON!
Born and raised in Malaysia now residing in Melbourne, I was in my teens during our club's FA Cup glory years in the early 80's. Even at that young age, I was getting up a 2 am watching the games with my father. That was special. Just the style of play with Hoddle marshalling the midfield with Ardiles plus the likes of Archibald and Crooks up front just got me hooked....forever.
Madaboutspurs
ManOn! We have to !!! remember those days of ripped up papers in plastic bags?!!! I'm sure there will be some H+S objections!! It was great!!

Another magic night under the lights at WHL… Jurgen's home debut v Everton and another overhead kick at the Paxton End!!! That's what we call GLORY!!!
Highgatespur
I missed the 60's so have to rely on stories from older supporters and reading/watching old footage. But it's important to avail yourself of knowledge because it's the era that defined our club and left us with a legacy and traditions that need to be continued by everyone, whether it be chairmen, manager, coaches and players. Sure, you always play to win. But not at any cost. We expect and demand, rightly in my opinion, to be entertained. That's why this year has been so flat. We don't mind losing leads, late goals against. Dominating matches, but not winning.We've always been that way, it's in Tottenham's DNA. But in return we want Goals, Flair, Excitement, Edge of the seat Stuff, an anticipation of going to games that isn't there at the moment. Tim, if you're reading this, please can we try and have a go. Please!
Paxton Chris
Paxton, the Magic Carpet in Cornelscourt is still going strong!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Paxton, I would really like the Spurs to get smart and play to win and get the winning habit.
We sometimes let ourselves done and we do have to move with the times… like get the players first to play the exciting way yet have the characters like Mackay, Roberts and Perryman say in the team…

Most of all I'd like to be top4 as it'll get the dosh in to make further progress with the club and players.
I do think it's a bit late in the day to get the players in the way we'd like them to this season but to play smartly this month and get the confidence to finish the season in the grand old style and flourish

Just a dream ? nah we can do it!!!

the 60s were great but I bet between 1951 and 1960 there were heartaches and tears until the style was re-established with the right players?

Highgatespur
Dublin, just saw your post - My family are from Bangladesh although we have lived abroad most of our lives… but do often visit the place - they have a Red scousers and manure branch would you believe it!!!
Highgatespur
Dublin -- Folks are crazy Corkonians! And that's class you going to the Chas n Dave gig! Tell em I was asking for them when you put in that request! ;D

Gotta say there are some unbelievable stories here (Highgate, you, sir, have a Life of Pi-esque life! I salute you fellow Yiddo), not just about people's lives, but also the memories of different eras. I'm kinda jealous of Highgate, Paxton, MAN ON and others who got to see the players that, for whatever reason, caught my eye as a little nipper and started my love affair.

I did get to see, what was a stellar midfield of Hoddle, Waddle and Ardiles, with supporting roles from Hazard, Galvin (I always chuckle at that member here ... Galvin's Shinpads! Great name!), but somehow feel I was too young to really appreciate just how good they were. And it just goes to show how good we have it now, in comparison to the dark days of the Nineties.

A few of you were posting your greatest Spurs team, and that got me thinking of my all-time 11 from my life as a Spur. It's bloody hard, but here goes.

GK Lloris -- Special mention to Clemence and Thorstvedt

RB Carr -- Just pips Chrissy Hughton CB King -- No brainer CB Vertonghen -- Massive competition for this place, but the thought of a Ledley/Jan partnership had me drooling, so gotta obey the drool. LB Bale -- Bear with me on this one LM Ginola -- As this is a fantasy team, I'm going for fantasy football, so imagine the skid marked y-fronts belonging to the opposition's right side when faced with these two! CM Hoddle CM Gazza -- Tried so damn hard to get Ossie in here!! RM Waddle -- If Ginola and Bale are quiet, I reckon Carr and Waddle could wreak some havoc. CF Sheringham -- Just pips Berbatov CF Lineker -- Just pips Klinsmann (I just don't think Jurgen's heart was really in it.)

I reckon that's a damn good side. we'd probably ship a few goals, but in the truest tradition of the club, we'd score a hell of a lot more!

Here's to a parked the bus, the delivery van, the private jet and the laundry basket win on Saturday! COYS
SpursEagle
Damn, forgot to do line breaks in the team!

GK Lloris -- Special mention to Clemence and Thorstvedt RB Carr -- Just pips Chrissy Hughton

CB King -- No brainer

CB Vertonghen -- Massive competition for this place, but the thought of a Ledley/Jan partnership had me drooling, so gotta obey the drool.

LB Bale -- Bear with me on this one

LM Ginola -- As this is a fantasy team, I'm going for fantasy football, so imagine the skid marked y-fronts belonging to the opposition's right side when faced with these two!

CM Hoddle

CM Gazza -- Tried so damn hard to get Ossie in here!!

RM Waddle -- If Ginola and Bale are quiet, I reckon Carr and Waddle could wreak some havoc.

CF Sheringham -- Just pips Berbatov

CF Lineker -- Just pips Klinsmann (I just don't think Jurgen's heart was really in it.)

Hope that's better!
SpursEagle
I really hate that you can't preview a post here! lol Just the one oopsie that time. Anyway, take care all!
SpursEagle
Well done SpursEagle - ooooh the differences shows when we started watching the mighty Spurs - My arguments were regarding Carr, Galvin…. that's why I left the subs bench alone - too many pulls to the heart!
I reckon some folks here and out in the land of Spurs are going argue the comment about Klinsmann's commitment - remember he came back to us to save us - scored 4 goals at selhurst!!! WOW!!

Thanks for the great post! Take care
Highgatespur
James ... I'm proud of you, mate; to have risen above such a disadvantaged upbringing! Mind you, it's a pity about your dads football career. :-)
Geofspurs
Coopsie/Highgate ... Re Wolves. The biggest compliment I can give Wolves (and Burnley), to be honest, is that I was always worried when we played them ... and you know how good we were at the time!
Geofspurs
MAN ON ... the most brilliant photo ever ... Bremner was tough, but he thought he was going to die that day. When Mackay passes on he will take part of me with him!
Geofspurs
James ... that is really tragic about you dad. The Gods of football were certainly unfair. Hope your dad found other interests to be passionate about, apart from you and the rest of the family.
Geofspurs
Love totty ... Nice one Cyril! Your favourites brought back some more memories. Beal was such a good footballer, did all the basics well, was always reliable, and seemed to be such a sensible young guy.
Geofspurs
Got to say that I really feel sorry for all those legends of 'back then'! They gave everything for their sport, made so many people happy, but got such little financial reward for their commitment. Todays 'stars' simply have no idea what they owe to them ... and to Jimmy Hill and company!
Geofspurs
Highgate ... As you can see, I've started a new day while you're all asleep and am reading through the thread and posting as I go. I should have known there'd be a 'nice one Cyril' comment. lol
Geofspurs
Paxton ... the first game I ever saw was Charlton at home to Walsall. I was about twelve and went with a mate. Then, as I said in an earlier post, my dad took me to Spurs one week and Arsenal the next ... just as you say. Arsenal are a small part of the reason I am a Spurs supporter because, at that time, they were so bad! And we were so good. Hate to think what would have happened if it had been the other way round! Life choices are much to do with timing! As to the rest of your post ... Ditto!
Geofspurs
MAN ON ... I’m with you on that ... I can remember the Spurs of the 60’s and the games much clearer than the Spurs of last season! It’s an age thing and, to be honest, when it comes to football I’d rather remember the 60’s than last year anyway. lol
Geofspurs
Highgate ... Re the shelf. I did the same thing with my dad in the early 60's. We'd get to the ground early and make straight for the shelf, right behind the goal. I loved the ground in those days, and the ability to walk right around it if you so wished!
Geofspurs
Hey guys, sorry about all the posts but I’m catching up on what you’ve said while I was dreaming of GLORY! Anyway, I enjoy talking to myself; it;s something you do more as you get older .. and it makes a change to have an intelligent conversation! Lol

I missed a lot of the Spurs years between 74 and 90 because I was working in a remote area in the north of WA. But, gradually, technology improved and I was able to start watching games again. It’s awesome now because I can watch every PL game live, so guess who’s a happy chappy!

This was a great read guys ... thanks Dublin. :-)
Geofspurs
I'm from noosa on the Sunshine Coast of queensland Australia. For me it was jurgen klinsman and the holsten sponsor and classic kit that got me hooked. Kinda liked Armstrong for a season but also the way that the old badge looked it was still in my view so much better then the original. I have the Latin "to dare is to do" tattooed on my chest what can I say, it was actually inspiring and reflects who I am and why I'm silly enough to follow the mighty spurs all these years. I don't care what we say we are great fans through and through, it's levy and enic which causes us all to squabble such a great deterent isn't it. Football clubs run like bad governments who bend over to there sugar daddy corporation owners, while us sheep are left broke, depressed and questioning our sanity week in week out
tysonb311
Many great responses that have been enjoyable reading. I forgot to mention in my earlier post of being a Spurs supporter here in Thailand, my two Thai nieces aged 3 and 5. Living in a small village in the north of Thailand, they get some confused looks as they run around in their full Spurs kit. This being a land where Man U and Liverpool are followed religiously for no reason other than they have the best media promotions. When we head up to visit the family in the village, my nieces love to sit up and watch Spurs, and indeed the first fluent English phrase they mastered was "Come on you Spurs!" - much to the dismay of their Man U supporting Dad. :)
LOS Spurs
Cheers Geof. I think my Dad took it hard as he was a talent. He even taught some player from Crystal Palace how to slide tackle, win the ball and get up in one fluid movement. Again dad said nothing..all came from his brothers and friends. He hobbie is golf and enjoyed playing that but has stopped playing because of his leg. Still, he manages walking to the pub. I think thats his 2nd home. He enjoys the banter with his old mates. COYS!
James1
James ... Sounds like your dad took after Mackay with his slide-tackling. He’d probably be red-carded in every game these days! lol
Geofspurs
Yes you're right Geof. Not a mans game anymore. So you was quite talented back in the day. What position did you play? COYS!
James1
StillRickyVilla, You have by far the best user name on this site! So I was 100% sure you were going to tell us all you were born and raised in Buenos Aires, played as a youngster for Quilmes, Atlético Tucumán and Racing Club, before moving to London to become one of my all time Tottenham hero's! ;-)
Pele10
Striker but I enjoyed Modric's role too ... but not quite as good! lol
Geofspurs
coopsie ... Re T Smith, bureaucracy gone mad! That is terrible!!
Geofspurs
Coopsie, thanks mate for kudos - none expected. I guess when you love something so much nothing deters - even being spat at with a lurgi at Paxton at WHL by some fellow Spurs - but there you go! A lot of good memories than the bad ones. Needless to say my parents and family thought I was mad to be following football, let alone Spurs. Things have got a lot better.

'That' picture has been signed by Dave Mackay and is on the wall - his feelings of the incident he uses resonated with me so much! It was a privilege to have dinner with him some 15 years ago!

The indoor market is just about operating - there is a fight on by the locals to stop it being converted to a mini mall!! Bargains everywhere now especially with the 99p shops!!

The shirt btw I think was the one used in 1992-3 -could be wrong though!
That thing about Tommy smith is so gross beyond words - so much or the "friendly derby" and there being no malice between the two sets of supported! Baloney!!! COYS!!
Highgatespur
Dublin, good article, and brilliant posts from all yiddos... As some on here may remember my first game was when my uncle took me (a young lad) to Highbury..as we used to live just off Blackstock Road. The family moved to Stamford Hill, and when i saw the white shirts of Spurs, legendary players in my first WHL game, I was hooked. I was then a regular standing on the East Stand shelf, watching my team over the years. in particular Hoddle who has the tottenham cockerel motif on his heart. Now i have a season ticket in the stand above where we used to be.. when i look down from row 1, memories come back in mind.....standing in the crowd of fans...getting pushed down the steps when the players were attacking Paxton Road end / scored and we had to be pushing back into our positions on the steps.... great atmosphere and friendliness.. Now...Every time i see old player cliff jones we always have a chat, about spurs.. tells me about Bill Nick etc... Cliff is a very nice man...
Block D Spurs
Great stuff Block D - I remember those surges - amazing how we ended up in the same spot as we returned!!! Spent days of 1980s and '90s on the shelf - now in family stand- great spot -the ground's full of memories!!!
Highgatespur
First time posting, though I've enjoyed reading here since last summer..........sorry if it posts twice, not sure what I'm doing!........Thanks for a great topic, Dublin! My story with Spurs: ....Born about 10 miles as the crow flies from WHL, as a 10 year-old first went to a reserve game at the end of the double-season and was completely hooked, saw all the home games for the next 4 seasons, was scouted at 13 and played one glorious year there as a 13 year-old trained by Roger Hoy and one unforgettable day Terry Venables!......I was at school in Turkey Street (up the road) and was made to play rugby (ugh!) on that field behind the Park Lane stand which the school owned - talk about torture!.....Greavsie was without doubt my main man.....I recall standing about 4 feet back behind the Paxton Road goal with that unique smell of linament and tobacco-smoke in the air and watching his pre-game ritual of chipping the ball from the six-yard box onto the junction of bar and post and have it return exactly to his foot where he'd repeat the process until he missed, usually a dozen or so times later.......anyone else remember that?.......Him and Gilly were unbelievable.....the first time Pat Jennings played I could see him shaking with nerves until he did that 'one- handed catch' trick and we all went berserk!.......Definitely spoiled me for life as to the kind of football I love to watch and I hope we'll get back to it soon....stopped going to the Lane when all that hooliganism-*****e started..........Moved to the US and we started to get football on telly here about 15 years ago, so I was re- switched onto it and Spurs then.....now we get fantastic coverage of just about all the games and my 14 year old son - ( we run a small restaurant and Bill Nick's daughter was in a couple of summers ago and struck up a conversation with us when she saw the shirt he was wearing!!) - is a yiddo like his old man! COYS!
Brown-Baker-Henry
IWAN, My advice, get to the Lane, have a pint in the bricklayers arms, go to the ground and SING YOUR HEART OUT!
Dublin Hotspur
Welcome Brown, and thanks for the story! Bill nicks daughter must be my mates mother or aunt! what a great post mate for a first time! join in more! its good to talk!! where in the US are ya?
Dublin Hotspur
Brown, I remember similar thing with Gazza et al trying to hit us in the crowd in the kick about - I got hit once!!! Great memory - field behind Park Lane - never thought there was one there! It's built up there now - I hear there is a brand new super duper market behind the Paxton now! LOL. I love the US used to go to Virginia a lot in the days well before the EPL coverage!! Bill Nick's daughter was so composed at her father' memorial at WHL

COYS

Highgatespur
Thanks, Dublin!....I grew up in an Irish home in Enfield West (Cavan folks) and live in the NE US in New Hampshire....Bill Nick's girl said they lived up the road from me in Oakwood! COYS...just off for a weekly Skype session with my best mate from Dublin who's in Toronto..
Brown-Baker-Henry
Wow Iwan - you picked a fine game to attend WHL for the first time- enjoy your stay and the fantastic win the players have in store for us!!!!

I sit in the North Stand - where are you sitting ?

COYS!!!

Highgatespur
Find out where he's from in Dublin mate! Oakwood was the next stop on the tube from me on the Picadilly line! Bill Nick was my pals Grandad! some claim to fame! never told me tip we were on a stag last year in Newcastle at 2.30 in the morning!!
Ive always wanted to go to New England BTW! done pretty much everywhere else! Its my kind of place, wild seas, storms, seasonal weather, proper sea food, well thats what I hear anyway! have a great weekend, and hold up the spurs support your end of the pond!!
BTW, Cavan, you know what they say….. Tight!! Enfield has changed now!
Dublin Hotspur
Just noticed the article Dublin, brilliant. Me. Muswell Hill, N10 Supported Finchley Football Club until I was old enough and tall enough to see a game at WHL. Used to walk to Ally Pally and get the bus to WHL.l Now live in Gloucestershire and see about one game a month, some of them away games. Hanlon’s corner North Dublin used to be one of my stomping grounds.
matt hoten
Dublin...my mate's from Terenure......New England's well in order but bloody cold.....have to say, re this topic:...Gareth Bale brought a TON of new Spurs fans into the fold from over here, loads of kids at my 'erberts school for instance, and it's rumoured that the tv head honcho is a yiddo, which is just as well 'cos all the in-studio blokes are Gooners!
Brown-Baker-Henry
Highgate, that's brill that you saw the Bill Nick memorial and were so impressed with her....special genes, eh?......Maybe my geography's off as to the location of the playing field, thought it was that end.....definitely looked up at one end of the stadium...the school was St. Ignatius originally up the road in Stamford Hill, and 'association football' was deemed too lowly a sport for it's over-blown ego.....plonkers!....That must've been fun with Gazza, et al.......The European nights in the early years were atmospherically amazing...we didn't get many night games then and the sound coming from those darkened terraces was almost spooky, but exhilarating!....Isn't Virginia great?...We go though there every year on our way to my sister-in-law in SC, always want to stop longer..
Brown-Baker-Henry
BBH ... Welcome, Mate. That’s a great name you have! Are you by any chance related to Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Jones, White, Smith, Allen, and Dyson? :-)
Geofspurs
Ta, Geoff...well funny!.....Did you ever see the Mike Leigh film 'Secret and Lies' (set in Enfield)?....There's a great scene in it where two blokes our age are crying into their pints, well *****ed.....and one of starts, quietly: "Brown...Baker...Henry" and the other bloke joins in: "Blanchflower, Norman, McKay" and they sombrely go through the rest of the team like a religious chant....too funny!...
Brown-Baker-Henry
BBH, Terenure! Posh Boy so! Rugby Head?? LOL. thats not too fat from me, just over the mountain!
Dublin Hotspur
Hey Matt, Muswell hill, just up the road on the 134 bus from Whetstone! Used to work in the Phoenix at Ally Pally as a young fella, and drank in the spoons! Hanlons Corner! Cabra or Phibsboro? never could figure it out! depends which side of the road you go down! see a fella was murdered in there a while back!
Dublin Hotspur
Gonna look that Movie up!
Maybe one day it will be "Lloris - Vertonghen - Kaboul"
Dublin Hotspur
Great stuff Dublin ad all. Recently joined and posted as some may know, and have the Spurs bug since 1973 as an 11 year old, watching The Big Match here in Oz. Even if Spurs weren't successful the style of play and attacking flair has always been evident. Better to try and fail than never try at all. COYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melbourne Spur
BBH ... I think I chant it in my sleep. Blanchflower once said how amazing it was that so many people could rattle off that team in seconds.
Geofspurs
BBH - classic I blame the hour of the post for missing it!! My own version is … Aleksic, Perryman, Hughton Miller, Roberts, Hoddle, Ardiles,Villa, Galvin, Archibald, Crooks

I know it pales into insignificance but we coulda, woulda and shoulda!!!

COYS!!!
Highgatespur
Dublin, Hanlons Old Cabra Road but Phibsboro just short walk away. The Phoenix, was that the bar at the end of the Palace, originally called the Panorama bar, you might have served me a pint at one time
matt hoten
That's the one Matt,Quite possibly did, although I spent more time chatting to the ladies than actually serving, LOL! we used to sell the Cask Cider that Cider loves so much, and some great ales, it was about 1989/90 and again in 92 after my time in Sri Lanka! used to be a great spot for the bands and Karaoke, or just a hot summers day looking over the city!! I know Hanlons well, just couldn't decide on its location!
Dublin Hotspur
 

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