Amsterdam Spurs AGM

9 Jul

It’s that time, time for an Annual General Meeting. We are planning this on the 28th of September, 90 mins before the game against the Southampton match. Currently this means we will be meeting at 14:30 on that day – subject to fixture change.

Please email us with any topics you’d like covered.

Today We Said Goodbye to One of Our Own……… RIP Statto

29 Jun

Today we said a sad goodbye to one of our own. Steve(n) Statto Murray. A number of us were in attendance, and we represented Statto’s Amsterdam Spurs and Spurs in the best way we could. Some words were said by us, and they are below. RIP buddy, we’ll see you in the next round of the cup. The pub is booked……

Good afternoon everyone,

We are here today, mindful of the sense of loss that is attached to this gathering.

That being said, we wanted to propose a different perspective for the day.

With us are family, colleagues and close friends, some of whom are indeed closer friends of Steve than perhaps we were, but WE might well be standing out today due to our inconspicuous attire ……..

Before I talk about Steve, we wanted to introduce ourselves:

We are John, James, Simon, Yannick, Liam, Charlotte and I, Dominic. We’re all part of what is Steve’s local football supporters club. Our purpose is to get behind our  favorite team from London, the mighty Tottenham Hotspur.

I knew Steve personally for about the past five years and have spent the majority of that time with him sharing one of his favorite pastimes……….     watching Tottenham play. Steven, better known to us as Steve, was a well known member of our club, Amsterdam Spurs.

We gather regularly in Amsterdam to watch our team play, something that was important in Steve’s life. As a Spurs fan, you become familiar with hope mixed with a healthy dose of pessimism. In fact, we always hoped that when watching with Steve, he would predict a Spurs loss, as more often that not, it resulted in a Spurs win!

Either way, he spent a lot of time with us experiencing the emotional roller coaster of, “The Beautiful Game”, he truly relished every minute of it.

If you were though an unprepared member of our football watching group, you could be walking a tightrope if you turned up without wearing something representative of the club. 

From across the table he would bait you, in a friendly way you understand, with comments such as..

“Where are your colors? “

Today Steve, the last time we encounter you, at least in this half of the match, it is our sincere hope that you are satisfied by the showing of club colors, in your honor.

Oddly though, these were not always to be his club colors.

He must have told us 100 times he should have been a West Ham fan………….but considered himself too rebellious. Regardless of how his Spurs loyalty came to be, I am glad that he got to see this last year of football, as indeed it’s probably been one of the best since the early 60’s.

Steve’s connection with us goes back much further than the last couple of years, with our Club Chairman commenting that Steve was really just the third member.

He was a foundation of our group of friends here in Amsterdam.

It took a while for our team to get to the heady heights we’ve just reached. In the end we lost the match in question, but the last Spurs game that Steve got to watch, was with John, Simon and I. It was the Champions League Final.

If you’re going to go out on your shield – that’s the way to do it.

On our journey to this match, maybe just 8 weeks ago, we organized something in Amsterdam as a group. Our supporters club lined up an event in Amsterdam where we hired a theatre and had two of the old Spurs Legends, a guy called Graham Roberts and another called Clive Allen

 …. you can look them up on Google if you don’t know who they are……

 They are players of the past……..  who visited us to entertain us with a speaking event telling tales of their time at Tottenham. It was the night before the game here in Amsterdam, Spurs were going to play Ajax just a few kilometres from where we are now

When we announced our event, one of the first tickets sold, was sold to Steve. On the night itself, these two legends told stories of their past, the goals they had scored, and the rivalries that they had had. I remember glancing across and catching a view of Steve, smiling, mesmerized by the significance that this night had for him.

Having hired these old greats of the game and the venue, with the other club members, the point of the evening where we opened up the floor to questions was upon us.  At this point, Steve stood up.

He didnt have a microphone, nobody could hear him start his questions……. But a microphone was eventually delivered. There Steve was, talking to his idols.

He then proceeded to ask questions they didn’t have answers for, and playfully he argued with these guys on how many goals they had both scored in a particular season. The idols were asked a question, they looked at each other…….

They got the answer wrong. Steve of course, knew the answer without having to even think about it.

He was in his element and leading the way. His knowledge of club and game was second to none.

It was at this point we knew the nickname we had given him of Statto the statman, was a crown he fully deserved to wear.

Although we know Steve struggled recently with his demons, I know that looking back on the experiences he had with us was something that brought joy and fun, to both him and us.

Even in this facet of his life, he was an educator, as we all know of course he was a teacher in his day job. He regularly baffled us with little known and facts and trivia.

He would ask us things like, ‘what was the crowd attendance in the match of Tottenham v Arsenal in 1968’, or, ‘what was the score of Grimsby vs Preston in 1973’. He’d then offer us guesses and if he felt generous, cryptic clues, before telling us triumphantly, the match in question ended…0-0.

And………. if you ever needed someone on your pub quiz team, he wasn’t bad at that either.

We’re not going to touch on his other positive influences such as being a teacher and examiner here in Amsterdam, bringing education to young adults for many years. We’re not going to talk about the fact he had more DVDs than a video rental shop…………. or that he was passionate about listening to his music.

We can only talk about his influence on us and our club. It has been said that in a world full of Uniteds, Rovers and Cities, there is only one Hotspur.

In our world of club members, there are many Stuarts, Simons, Yannicks, Charlottes, James’, Toms, Dominics, Johns. Liams and Robs, but there was only one Statto

Champions League final!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

24 May

Last game of our season and it’s the big one, Champions League final!!!!
For anyone not traveling to Madrid or London for the game, we have reserved the snug bar in O’Reilly’s. The reservation is from 19.30 but come early if you want to claim your place as the pub is sure to be absolutely packed.
COYS!!!!

Finally, Everton

12 May

Last league of an amazing season, home against Everton. We will be in O’Reilly’s to watch it but we don’t expect a big crowd as most of us seem to be away or at the game. But head for the snug bar and you are bound to find some of us.

Amsterdam Spurs Apparel

9 May

Spurs Legends night on Tuesday, Spurs being Legends by winning against Ajax in injury time on Wednesday! You’ve all been here asking for a hoody (€35), polo (€45) or T-Shirt (€17.50). If you want one drop us a line on amsterdamspurskit@gmail.com to order. Prices also + postage

Fanfile – Graham

8 May

Name:
Graham Spice

Match in Amsterdam:
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur – 3 March 2019

Year of Birth:
1971

Where are you from?
I was born in Enfield, north London.

Where do you live now?
Hampshire, near Farnborough.

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Pretty much since I was a kid.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I was first taken [to a match] by my granddad. He was a steward at the time; he’s been a life-long fan himself, and he was a councillor in the area as well. So I’ve got photographs of my family, of my grandparents and my mum, holding the cups from the double-winning season. With the open-top bus. And there’s a Pathé news reel of the players arriving back at the Town Hall, and my granddad is in that video. So it’s a real family thing – there was no escape from it! My dad’s not a big fan but it was always my grandparents.

What was the first game you went to?
I think it was against Bolton? I was a long time ago! But I remember we won and it was 3-2, I think? That would’ve been mid-’70s. I don’t remember who scored; I was really young.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Hoddle. He could just do anything with a ball. He was a magician. He lives near me actually. He lives in Finchampstead, quite close to me.

Who is your favourite player currently?
I can’t not love Son. But actually, this season, I think Sissoko has been amazing! Because it’s one of those great stories of, you know, having been so bad and he’s been brilliant this season, and we’ve really relied on him a lot. And I think his drive in midfield has saved us a lot this season. I’ve got a lot of time for him, I really have.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
That would be the Inter Milan Champions League game at White Hart Lane. We won 3-1. Probably closely followed by the Real Madrid game last season [also 3-1], and both the Dortmund games at Wembley! But, the Inter game, because it was at White Hart Lane. I think Pavlyuchenko got one, Crouch and Van der Vaart.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Mostly because I’ve got a really terrible memory, so this season, probably Son’s goal against Chelsea when he basically went past about three of them, cut inside and then scored with his left. That was amazing!

Final score prediction?
We’ll probably lose 1-0. I’m ever the optimist!

Fanfile – Andrea

8 May
Andrea Hodgkinson 💚

Name:
Andrea Hodgkinson

Year of Birth:
In the 1970s

Match in Amsterdam:
Tottenham v Manchester City (Champions League quarter-final, first leg)

Where are you from?
Leicestershire

Where do you live now?
Nottingham

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
About 35 years.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Because my mum was born in the East End [of London], and her brothers were either West Ham or Spurs. So I grew up with these uncles, and Spurs were the team that me and my brothers decided to support. We’ve been supporting them since we were children.

What was the first game you went to?
It was against Derby. I can’t remember what year it was but I know it was Derby County and we won 3-1. At the Lane.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Paul Gascoigne. Because he’s cheeky, he’s funny and he was an amazing player. And he’s a good bloke!

Who is your favourite player currently?
It’s difficult because there are so many good players. It’s either Dele Alli or Son. They’re my two favourites. They’re just magical, they love the club, and they’re fantastic players.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
I think Champions League against Inter Milan. At home. We needed to draw to go through and I think it was 0-0, but the atmosphere was just amazing; the Lane was rockin’!

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Oh my god, I’ve got no idea! Erm, probably the one that Gazza scored against Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup. That was amazing. Was that ’91?

Final score prediction?
On the night? I think it’s going to be 3-3 and we’re going to go through.