THFC fanfile – Spencer & Melissa

13 Mar

Name: Spencer & Melissa Wolinski

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

Year of Birth: Spencer 1979; Melissa 1979

Where are you from?
Charlotte, North Carolina

Where do you live now?
Charlotte, North Carolina

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Maybe a dozen years.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
In Charlotte I have a friend who’s British, who’s actually a Liverpool supporter, but he made a joke one day about how I should be a Spurs fan because I’m Jewish. So then I looked into it and kind of thought, ‘Oh, okay. Yeah, that certainly makes sense!’ I mean, growing up, it’s never really been a cool thing to be Jewish… at all. So as soon as I saw that, saw the connection, and the whole ‘Yiddo thing’, it was absolutely meant to be! So that’s it.

What was the first game you went to?
So the first one was in New York. Not in England, but they come over to the States every few years. I think the first game was close to 10 years ago probably. They played the New York Red Bulls and that was good. I feel like it was 2-1 Spurs. I’m pretty sure we won by a goal. Robbie Keane scored… and I don’t remember the rest.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Gareth Bale. At the time when he first started playing, and he was barely playing and we lost every game when he was playing… You know, I’ve played myself all my life, and so at the time, I was playing left-back and so he was the guy who started playing here and there and he played left-back and he was pretty quick, and I said, I’m kind of digging this guy. I joked, and my friends at home joked with me that I’m like the ‘proud dad’, you know, watching him go that to what he became… I’ve just got this crazy love for the guy! Which I’m sure many other people do. It absolutely broke my heart when he left. I’ve never been more upset with when a player left somewhere. That was just awful.

Who is your favourite player currently?
Spencer: Erik Lamela. Which is controversial, I know. Again, with me playing soccer myself, I feel like I kind of relate to him, a bit. He’s not by any means the best player on the pitch! But when he’s on he’s one hundred percent, constantly. And I’ve kind of got a reputation for always having a yellow card in me… So he’s a pretty chippy player that’s usually going to get in some kind of trouble.

Melissa: Dele Ali because he’s fun to watch. He makes a little bit of trouble and I like that! And he’s pretty good.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Honestly, I have to say it was the other day – it was Saturday (Tottenham v Arsenal). Just because that was our first time catching them over here. It finished 1-1, which wasn’t three points, but I’ll take it, given the way that it started. We were hoping it would be the new stadium, but it was Wembley. So we’ll definitely be back next season for the new one.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I’d be tempted to say (David) Bentley’s against Arsenal. Bale had a handful that I like. I remember his one against City, which was the third goal that game (2013) when he chipped the keeper. Actually, Bale again in the San Siro

Can you predict the final score tonight?
1-0 Spurs (actual score: 1-0 Spurs).

Southampton away

8 Mar

It’s back to the league on Saturday after the dizzy Dortmund highs. A win at Southampton would put us a big step closer to a top four spot. Because of the 🏉 rugby, we will watch in the Tara on Rokin this time. See you there at around 15.45.

THFC fanfile – Jay

5 Mar

Name: Jay Latima

Year of Birth: 1976

Match in Amsterdam:Burnley v Tottenham – 23 February 2019

Where are you from?
Lincoln, Nebraska

Where do you live now?
Lincoln, Nebraska

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 1993.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I was stuck in Gatwick Airport for two days and an older man told me all about his love for Spurs. So I committed to him and start supporting Spurs. And now in the US every match is on telly since 2010.

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham v Leicester at White Hart Lane. It was 4-3 in 2015.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Jürgen Klinsmann. You know when I started supporting Spurs, I went to the ’94 World Cup and saw Jürgen Klinsmann for Germany versus South Korea and just thought, ‘that’s my boy!’

Who is your favourite player currently?
Sonny because he makes you smile, just like Spurs!

What was the best (live) game you went to?
The best live game was probably the Leicester game. But the other live game that I went to was against Southampton in 2017 and I’ve also seen Spurs versus a Major League Soccer All-star game in Denver Colorado. It was a friendly match and I think the All-stars won 2-1, but Harry Kane hit a screamer from 25 yards!

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I think Harry’s screamer in the All-star game.

THFC fanfile – Lee

5 Mar

Name: Lee Illing

Year of Birth: 1976

Match in Amsterdam: Tottenham v Arsenal – 2 March 2019

Where are you from?
Originally from Tottenham, Lordship Lane.

Where do you live now?
Leicester

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 1976. All my life! No choice, mate.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Family. Tottenham. Dad. That’s it mate, all the way. I’m a glutton for punishment!

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham v Liverpool in 1982. We won 2-0, Steve Archibald scored both goals. I still remember it…

Who is your all-time favourite player?
If I was to go all the way back, all the way back to my favourite player when I was a kid growing up, everyone liked Glenn Hoddle… but I was probably Gary Mabbutt all the way through.

Who is your favourite player currently?
I’m going to say Winksy [Harry Winks]. I love him. I just think he’s brilliant. He’s comes through the ranks, he’s a proper player. He’s one of our own, in’ he? When he plays for England, I love him as well. I reckon he’ll get the perfect hat-trick one day, and I’ll be there. Love it!

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Best game ever? 3-1 Arsenal, ’91. Gascoigne 1, Lineker 2. I was there!

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Glenn Hoddle against Oxford [United in 1986/87], his last goal.

Dortmund in CL

4 Mar

It’s another Champions League evening this Tuesday and we are away to Dortmund. For those not going to the game there should be a great night in O’Reilly’s. In the snug bar from around 20.30.

THFC fanfile – Mark

2 Mar

Name: Mark Todd

Year of Birth: 1992

Match in Amsterdam: Tottenham v Leicester City – 10 February 2019

Where are you from?
Graves End, Kent.

Where do you live now?
At the moment still Graves End, but next week I’m moving to London.

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
All my life.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
All my family are Tottenham fans. My granddad used to live in Tottenham when he was a boy, when he was really little kid during the war, and after that, everyone in the family supported Tottenham ever since.

What was the first game you went to?
We played Bolton at home and I was about 14, I reckon. So it was about 2006. I think we won 1-0, but I can’t remember who scored.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
I can still remember, as a kid, my dad taping Match of the Day and when we beat Wimbledon 6-2 and David Ginola in that game was absolutely fantastic. So, yeah, I think probably David Ginola is number one. As a kid, to watch him play, it was just amazing!

Who is your favourite player currently?
Son. Definitely. Because he’s stepped up since Harry Kane’s been out, so he’s doing us proud and getting us through… and we’re still in the running for the title, so definitely Son right now.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Last year for Simon’s (Wilson) birthday, we went to Tottenham v Arsenal at the Lane. When we beat them 1-0. That was a good one. I really enjoyed that one. But we missed the goal; we were too busy getting beers, so I can’t remember who scored! Just after halftime, it was.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I like David Bentley’s free-kick, when he hit the bar and then hit the keeper on the back and went in. Was it against Wigan? We beat them by about 8 goals or whatever. I think that was a good one.

North London Derby

1 Mar

It’s the big one – North London Derby. We’ll be in O’Reilly’s on Paleisstraat and some of us at Wembley. See you there … or indeed there…

‘Remember it’s the early kick off.