Chairman Emeritus – Rob Ahlers

7 Oct

As discussed in the AGM recently, it has been decided by those attending that Rob Ahlers has been nominated as Chairman Emeritus. Rob has been instrumental for many years in running Amsterdam Spurs before, as a personal decision, he decided to step down in summer 2019. Rob in fact has membership number 1, at least at one point, being a youthful Spurs supporting young man in Amsterdam (some time ago now) as you can see in the picture below.

Whilst he has passed the baton of his many roles within Amsterdam Spurs to the new committee members, everyone would like to thank him for this hard work and dedication in his efforts to make it what is today. He formed links with the club itself, created the blog this is now being posted on, sorted out many a request for visitors to find out where we’re watching the game, tickets for members who needed help, and been the right kind of guy to have a pint with.

Thanks Rob, see you for a game soon in the pub or at White Hart Lane – From All at Amsterdam Spurs.

Squawk Squawk Seagulls

3 Oct

Brighton away this weekend, and, we’ll be in Regular and Jack ( Vijzelstraat 37 ) for the match. Kick off 13:30 on Saturday, we’ll be there a bit before, probably we’ll be upstairs. Commentary in English and of course live.

Bayern Munich @ WHL for the Champions League

30 Sep

We’ll be in Regular and Jack, the new bar we are trying out as an alternative sometimes. 21:00 kick off for the game against Bayern Munich and we’ll be there a bit earlier.

Fanfile – SF Brian

26 Sep

Name:
Brian Davies

Match visiting:
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – 14 September 2019

Year of Birth:
1985

Where are you from?
Colusa, California

Where do you live now?
San Mateo, California (near San Francisco)

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
About six or seven years now.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
In about 2013, NBC, which is an American TV station, started airing all English Premier League games. For free… all of them! So I started watching and I was single back in the day, just living on my couch and I would fall asleep on Friday night, wake up on Saturday morning and all the Premier League games would be on. So I started watching, decided to start following a team and the team I eventually chose was Tottenham.

As an American fan, I didn’t want to pick a front-runner—you know, some team who was always going to be top of the league and winning everything, because that felt kind of hollow. I wanted a team that had history, a team that meant something to people and to an area. Not just an upstart, recently promoted team or something like that.

It wasn’t just something I decided upon instantly. I was looking for a team who didn’t just have history, but also had success. So reading about Tottenham winning the double in ’60/61 and their FA cup history wasn’t recent enough that it meant people followed them just because of that success. Tottenham have always been up there but they’re not really flashy or anything.

What was the first game you went to?
You know, I’m really disappointed because I’ve actually never been to the traditional White Hart Lane. I know that Tottenham have been out to California, but they’ve only ever been to Los Angeles, which is 10 hours away! It’s my dream to go to a live game.

But I’m part of San Francisco Spurs and I remember the first game I went to watch with SF Spurs. It was actually against QPR. It was in 2014, an away game and we won… and I remember that game well because I made friends with an Irishman who was working behind the bar and is still a great friend of mine! I think we won 2-0 (actual score 2-1).

Who is your all-time favourite player?
I want to Harry Kane but that’s too recent, so I think if I’m going to pick all time, it’s going to be Teddy Sheringham. I’ve watched old games and old highlights and Sheringham is the embodiment of that Tottenham style—the free-flowing, fast-paced goals, the idea of rather winning 5-4 then 1-0. That was Sheringham for me.

Who is your favourite player currently?
I want to say Kane because of what he means to the game… but I love Lamela. I love him for the ‘underdog-ness’—that he was bought to be Gareth Bale’s replacement and he was never going to be that. But he never flinched and I love that about him.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
It was the NLD at White Hart Lane when Kane scored that curler from the left-hand side of the box. The bar where I was watching it just immediately lost its mind! And it was the most passionate sports moment that I can ever remember.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
It was Victor Wanyama’s thunder-buster from about 45 yards out against Liverpool. That goal was just an incredible thing and I can’t believe it doesn’t get played over and over again.

Fanfile – Jana

26 Sep

Name:
Jana

Match visiting:
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – 14 September 2019

Year of Birth:
1966

Where are you from?
Gryllefjord, Norway

Where do you live now?
Oslo, Norway.

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 1976

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I was 10 years old and was watching a game on a Saturday, and I think what I liked was the clean, white kit they were wearing. And Glenn Hoddle was kind of nice, but I was only 10 years old. I think it was also because my brothers were Arsenal supporters, so it was because of that as well. And I’ve never liked red!

What was the first game you went to?
I really don’t remember because it was in the ’80s… maybe ’87 and it was away, against Liverpool. I was visiting a friend who lived there. I can’t remember the score (we were kind of wasted)!

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Glenn Hoddle. Because he was my first football hero. You know, I had a poster and he was really cute and I was in love with him. If I was a bit younger, I may have said Erik Thorsvedt because he’s Norwegian.

Who is your favourite player currently?
That’s really hard because I like the players who never really do good things. Like Lamela, who’s had his problems and was out for a long time… and his brother died. I feel sorry him and I like him because I feel sorry for him. But I would say Son… or Lucas. It’s difficult! There are so many.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
I don’t know. It’s difficult. I can’t say. But for atmosphere, it was the first game I went to at the new White Hart Lane. It was against West Ham and we lost 1-0, but it was my first game there… I was with several friends from Norway and from Germany and from America, and it was just really great to be there. It was like the old White Hart Lane only so much bigger and better!

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I don’t remember these things so well. The trouble is, when a game is over, it’s over. But I think Son’s second goals today! It was like a crazy goal because it looked impossible. So goals like that!

Can you predict the final score?
I’m a bit of a pessimist. I think Tottenham will play a lot slower in the second half and maybe make the score 4-2. I’m sorry.

The interview took place at half-time with Tottenham 4-0 up.

Amsterdam Spurs AGM and Southampton and Scarves and Other Things (probably)

26 Sep

This Saturday we will have our Annual General Meeting in O’Reilly’s Irish pub at 15:00. All members are welcome, but we’ve only booked the snug due to the people who have RSVP’d.

a) If you want to vote on any items as per the agenda that will be sent and cannot attend, please tell the committee if you would like to proxy your vote to someone. An email must be sent on this as a point of record

b) Agenda will be sent by Saturday morning of the agenda topics to all members on our membership list via email. Submission of agenda items is now closed and anything else can be taken in the Any Other Business section of the meeting

c) The meeting will be an hour or less with follow ups planned as necessary

d) Actions will be captured an written down and distributed afterwards

e) A sign-in sheet will be there – please fill it in.

f) Visitors welcome to watch the match afterwards with us, and even, if there is space, be in the AGM, but, you can’t vote.

Following the meeting we will distribute the scarves to people who have ordered them and who show up. Please let amsterdamspurskit@gmail.com know if you are attending and will definitely be picking up your scarf.

Following that we may actually decide it’s time to watch Spurs play football. It’s on Ziggo so will be on – with kickoff at 16:00 local time

Colchester Away – Change of Plan

24 Sep

Due to technical reasons with the bar tonight we’ll be in Satellite Sports Cafe on Leidseplein instead. See you there.