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Champions League final!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

24 May

Last game of our season and it’s the big one, Champions League final!!!!
For anyone not traveling to Madrid or London for the game, we have reserved the snug bar in O’Reilly’s. The reservation is from 19.30 but come early if you want to claim your place as the pub is sure to be absolutely packed.
COYS!!!!

Finally, Everton

12 May

Last league of an amazing season, home against Everton. We will be in O’Reilly’s to watch it but we don’t expect a big crowd as most of us seem to be away or at the game. But head for the snug bar and you are bound to find some of us.

Amsterdam Spurs Apparel

9 May

Spurs Legends night on Tuesday, Spurs being Legends by winning against Ajax in injury time on Wednesday! You’ve all been here asking for a hoody (€35), polo (€45) or T-Shirt (€17.50). If you want one drop us a line on amsterdamspurskit@gmail.com to order. Prices also + postage

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 – Mads

8 May

Name:
Mads Halborsen

Year of Birth:
1987

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

Where are you from?
Oslo, Norway

Where do you live now?
Oslo

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since I was about six years old… about that time.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Everyone [in Norway] has a Premier League team; you choose one when you’re about that age. So, you usually just look at the top of the table―many of my friends are Man Utd supporters―but I went for the team with the nicest kit!

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham v Wigan at White Hart Lane. It was a nil nil draw. The season after that Spurs beat them 9-1. Defoe scored five, I think… But I went to the nil nil draw.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Jermain Defoe. No doubt. I just love him. He has the energy and he has heart, and he has everything I look for in a good player. He had awesome long-distance shots, he had power and when he turned towards goal and he tried to score, you know it would be spectacular… and I loved him.

Who is your favourite player currently?
It’s hard to escape Son, isn’t it? He’s a happy camper and I like that! I also like Dele Alli. I bet I would hate him if I was a fan of any other club; I would’ve hated him. But that’s why I love him.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
That was against [Manchester] City. I think Spurs won 3-1. It might’ve been in season 2011/12.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I didn’t see it live, but I’m kind of torn between the header from Peter Crouch that got us into the Champions League back in 2009, was it? Against City again. That was a great one. But also the curled shot from Kane versus Arsenal. That was also a beauty! So one of those.

Final score prediction?
As long as we’re through, it doesn’t matter. But as this game progresses, a 5-5 draw would be great.

Spurs In Amsterdam – Our Guide……..

3 May

Tottenham in Amsterdam – An Update from Amsterdam Spurs

Although Tottenham lost by one goal in N17 the second leg of the Champions League is almost upon us with a chance for both a great match for either team to progress to the final in Madrid. Many people have visited Amsterdam before and have experienced the city in all it’s glory, so we will forego the tourist guide and answer the most frequent questions below. Enjoy your time in Amsterdam, stay safe and may the best team win.

We hear there is a Spurs Legends night in Amsterdam, where is this and how do I get to go?

Amsterdam Spurs are indeed hosting a Legends night on Tuesday the 7th of May at 19:30. This is a ticket only event, and tickets MUST be bought in advance and are available online here costing just €11.20.

At this event, Spurs Legends Graham Roberts and Clive Allen will be present sharing with us stories from their playing days, hosting a Q&A and of course there will be ample opportunities for photos with these two legendary Spurs ex-players. There will be a full bar in operation and it promises to be a great evening and offer a chance for you to spend the evening with Spurs and Ajax fans prior to the game.

The event will be held at Boom Chicago, Rozengracht 117, with doors opening at 19:30 for a start at 20:00.

The event is being held with charity in mind, with any profits being donated to charity. If you need any questions that night, ask one of the Amsterdam Spurs crew who will be there and very recognizable.

Can we get you a ticket to the match?

No. Please consult the Tottenham Hotspur website if you are a Spurs fan and the Ajax website if you are an Ajax fan. Tickets for this are extremely limited and should be purchased through official channels.

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Additionally, no, we can’t get you any tickets to the game (in case you were wondering still). Asking us won’t help either! 

Will there be any big screens up or Fanzones in Amsterdam?

As far as we understand at the moment there will not, and this decision has been made by the Mayor of Amsterdam. There have been some reports of big screens being placed on Museumplein but this has been confirmed as being inaccurate.

What pubs are the “Spurs” pubs for the match?

We have been in touch with most of our regular pubs, and as far as we know, there will be no designated Spurs only pubs in Amsterdam. Amsterdam has several football clubs, but for the top division (De Eredivisie and Champions League) it is a one club city so expect many of the bars to be full of locals cheering on their team to win.

However, the game is on Dutch and British television, so will be widely televised in nearly every bar that has sport on. Ex-pat pubs that we have frequented before that will certainly be showing the game include The Tara, O’Reilly’s. Please be sure to follow the advice from Spurs on the website that was updated yesterday as Rembrandtplein is now going to be very full of Ajax fans. Additionally, there will be numerous bars (as many people will be in that area anyway) in the Red Light District and near Centraal Station that will have the match on.

Around the stadium itself there is very very limited (meaning zero) options for viewing the match and it would be recommended you stay in the centre of the city to watch the game.

Where will Amsterdam Spurs be watching the game?

As previously mentioned, we will be holding no formal booking of any pub or bar. Amsterdam Spurs has many members who are Ajax Season Ticket holders, so a lot of people will be at the match itself. Some of our members will be watching in O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, however, we will not be hosting an official meetup and we will not be reserving any area of the pub for non-members of Amsterdam Spurs. This has been discussed with the management of the pub and whilst you would be welcome to watch the match there and enjoy the action, there will be many regulars visitors to the bar there who go each week so we would ask you to respect that.

Additionally, we will not be attending the match in Cocos Outback on Rembrandtplein, as they have indicated to us they will be very busy already.

How can we contact you if we have any further questions?

The best way is Twitter (twitter.com/AmsterdamSpurs) or Facebook (facebook.com/AmsterdamSpurs). The day of the match itself, we will be less likely to respond to any questions, so contact before that would be ideal.