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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.

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

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.

Fanfile – Steve (Statto)

19 Apr

Name:
Steve Murray

Year of Birth:
1956

Match in Amsterdam:
Regular visitor.

Where are you from?
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Where do you live now?
Amsterdam

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
That would be about 50 years.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Difficult to answer. Just because they were the big club in the 1960s. My whole family were West Ham and maybe I just wanted to be a bit different! Tottenham Hotspur. Nice name. Jimmy Greaves, big player. So it wasn’t very logical, but there you go.

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, 27 March 1967. We won 2-0. Mullery and Gilzean. Attendance 46,9017.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
That’s so difficult to answer… such a difficult question. Can I give more than one player? So obviously Jimmy Greaves… but honourable mentions for Martin Chivers, Steve Perryman, Ledley King and Osvaldo Ardiles. Those would be my top five.

Who is your favourite player currently?
Harry Kane.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Well I did see them play against Nottingham Forest, quarter-finals of the FA Cup, 13 February 1970 and we beat them 2-1. Gilzean and Chivers scored, 46,000.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
That’s another difficult one. I’ve never really thought about that. Possibly Ricky Villa when he made his debut away at Nottingham Forest, 1979 and he dummied, and he beat, Shilton from about 10 yards out. Yeah, that was a great goal.

Fanfile – Alex

19 Apr

Name:
Alex Downham

Year of Birth:
1987

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

Where are you from?
Stratford-upon-Avon

Where do you live now?
Nottingham

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Thirty-one years give or take. So since birth.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
My dad was a Spurs fan and he forced me to be a Spurs fan! It was either that or Villa, and I don’t want to be a Villa fan… because no one likes Villa.

What was the first game you went to?
Against Newcastle United at home. It must’ve been about ’96 or ’97; I think… we lost 2-1. Klinsmann was playing and Sheringham and Anderton. And I’ll always remember the Portuguese winger, Jose Dominguez.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Ledley King. He was just a hard-nut, wasn’t he? You know, no training, he could just play… and the tackles he made were amazing.

Who is your favourite player currently?
I’ve got a really soft spot for Erik Lamela. I don’t know why?! So Harry Kane, consistently. But I really do like Lamela; he just likes a tackle, doesn’t he?

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Probably, but not for a good reason, when we lost 4-1 to Villa! And I just remember my dad turning around and saying “This is what it’s like being a Spurs fan.” I’ll always remember that. That would’ve been a about ’98 or ’99, I think. Darren Huckleby got a couple, I remember.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I can’t remember who scored it, but I remember in that same game one of us got like a proper good free-kick.

Final score prediction?
2-0 City (actual score: 1-0 Tottenham)