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THFC fanfile – Nebraska Jonas

25 Feb

Name: Jonas Steele

Year of Birth: 1976

Where are you from?
Lincoln, Nebraska

Match in Amsterdam: Burnley v Tottenham – 23 February 2019

Where do you live now?
Lincoln, Nebraska

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
For about 6 or 7 years probably. Since they started playing in the US.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Well, in the States they didn’t play many games, and then they starting playing a lot of matches here. So I wanted to pick a team. I saw them playing and their style of play made me like Tottenham and choose them as my team.

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham v Leicester, 2015. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick!

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Clint Dempsey, the American

Who is your favourite player currently?
I like Harry, Harry Kane. It’s hard not to like him; he works so hard.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
It has to be the Leicester game. We had great seats. We were fourth row, right behind the goal. Really close to the action… and it was my first game at the old ground.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
In that game probably. Like live? The best live goal? Well, at that match it was the best because Harry scored a penalty kick and we were so close to it, we could watch the run up and everything. It was so great, you know.

THFC fanfile – John

11 Feb

Name: John Towey

Year of Birth: 1966

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

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.

THFC fanfile – 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.