Fan File – Another Simon

16 Feb

Name: Simon Wilson

Year of Birth: 1983

Where are you from?
Arudel, West Sussex

Where do you live now?
Bruce Grove, Tottenham

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since I was about 7 years old.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I was originally a ‘glory supporter’ in 1991, basically, when we won the cup… and that was when I was electing a team, when I lived down South. Mainly because of Gazza and Lineker. Yeah, so you could’ve called me a glory supporter back in the day but not so much now.

What was the first game you went to?
Spurs v Portsmouth (at White Hart Lane about 10 years ago or so). I didn’t start going to games until much later on. But when I was living in Bournemouth, I used to drive up and down and try to see every game and build up as many loyalty points as possible. But the second game I ever went to was the 9-1 against Wigan).

Who is your all-time favourite player?
It’s a bit of a random one, but I like Jermain Defoe. I’m a big JD fan―a massive, massive JDF fan! I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a lovely bloke as well.

Who is your favourite player currently?
Currently… I’ve got to go with Harry Kane. How can you not? He’s one of our own.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
That’s a tough one because I’ve been to a few decent games. I would say, for me, a couple of years ago, when we played Chelsea and we beat them 2-0… and you remember when Dele Alli was running along and he jumped into the crowd, well if you look closely enough, you’ll see me jump in and grab hold of Dele Alli, so yeah, that one sticks out in my mind because of the celebrations for the first goal.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Harry Kane’s one against Arsenal, when he curled it top-bins after they recovered the ball just off the by-line. Yeah, that one was on my birthday as well, so extra special.

Champions League Double Header, Dortmund and Real Madrid

12 Feb

Both our favourite clubs are playing tomorrow, Ajax host Real Madrid at the ArenA and Spurs host Dortmund at Wembley. A bunch of folks are going to both games so look out for any of our flags flying around. For those not going, we’ll be in the snug bar in O’Reilly’s, just off Dam Square, for a kick off at 21:00. We’re reliably informed that both games will be watchable from the same spot so a good place to catch them.

Fan File – John

11 Feb

Name: John Towey

Year of Birth: 1966

Where are you from?
Portland, Oregon

Where do you live now?
Portland, Oregon

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 1980

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I was living in England, in Cambridge, at the time because my father had a job over there. I had to pick a team to support, and I was watching Match of the Day one Saturday, and I was like, ah, I really like this team. There was Glenn Hoddle and Garth Crooks, too. So I just picked them. It turned out really well as it as the ’80/’81 season and they won the FA Cup. I was also a little bit of a Cambridge United fan, but everyone had their Division One team they also liked, so I picked Tottenham as mine and it just stuck.

What was the first game you went to?
Norwich City v Tottenham on Boxing Day, 1980 (I think we won 1-0 but maybe that’s just my imagination)!

(we checked, rose tinted glasses – it was 2-2 on the 27th!!)

Who is your all-time favourite player?
It has to be Glenn Hoddle.

Who is your favourite player currently?
Currently… that’s so hard to pick. But I’m going to say Christian Eriksen. Because of his creativity.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
I think it has to be versus Fulham at Wembley, this season. Just because of the overall atmosphere and everything. And we won! I’d never been to a Spurs ‘home’ game before, so that was also a big thing for me. I would’ve loved to have gone to White Hart Lane at some point, but never had the chance. Hopefully I’ll get to the new one someday…

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
If you mean live goal then it would have to be one from the Fulham match. Trippier’s free-kick.

Fan File – Simon

10 Feb

Name: Simon Joseph

Year of Birth: 1967

Where are you from?
North London

Where do you live now?
Amsterdam

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
All my life (I was born a Tottenham fan).

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I didn’t really have a choice. My grandparents (and their parents before them) had a fish & chip shop on Tottenham High Road, a few metres from the old ground, and another one down White Hart Lane on the Great Cambridge Road. My mum was born above that shop and she and my dad eventually took it over. Some of the players (and managers, including Bill Nicholson) used to come in and buy their fish & chips there and talk to my granddad about horseracing: he was a tic-tac (that’s not just a tiny peppermint sweet, but also a form of sign language that’s used to communicate the betting odds of a horse). My family made a living out of the home crowds and local residents in N17. So Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t just run in the family, it runs in our blood.

What was the first game you went to?
Spurs v Derby County in 1973 (we won 1-0 and Ralph Coates scored the goal).

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Glenn Hoddle (need I say more)?!

Who is your favourite player currently?
Dele Alli, because you never quite know what he’s going to do (and I mean that in a good way)!

What was the best (live) game you went to?
There have been a few! The 1981 FA Cup final replay stands out, as does a semi-final second leg of the League Cup at home against Chelsea in 2002 (we won that one 5-2). Beating the Gooners is always great and I was at the Lane in ’83 when we beat them 5-0. I was also at Wembley when we beat Real Madrid 3-1.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Again, there are plenty to choose from. But I’ll go for Ricky Villa’s mazy run and FA Cup winning goal against Man City in ’81. Not only was it an outstanding individual goal, but the sheer magnitude of it makes it my number one. I also remember seeing Hoddle score almost identical volleys from the edge of the box against Man Utd and against Nottingham Forest in the late ’70s (’79, I think). More recently, some of Harry Kane’s goals deserve a place on the list.

Fox Hunting – Leicester @ Wembley

7 Feb

Fox hunting this weekend. Sunday, playing Leicester at home. We’ll be in O’Reilly’s with some flags. Come down. It’s the early kick off at 14:30 but there is Six Nations the same day so be there early. Snug is booked.

Chelski

23 Jan

Thursday night is when we face Chelski for the second leg of the League Cup semi final. Or is it our reserves? Anyway, we have the snug bar in O’Reilly’s booked to witness it. See you there!

Sunday At the Cottage

17 Jan

Spurs are off to the Cottage, we’re off to O’Reilly’s. Fulham away, 17:00 on Sunday, which gives you time to have done all your Sunday stuff and then settle in for a few pints with us and watching the game. In town? Will you be hungover? Time for some hair of the dog. See you there to see how we do without any strikers, apart from John’s bestie Llorente (just joking mate….)