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)
Written by Dublin Hotspur