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THFC fanfile – Spencer & Melissa

13 Mar

Name: Spencer & Melissa Wolinski

Match in Amsterdam: Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham – 3 March 2019

Year of Birth: Spencer 1979; Melissa 1979

Where are you from?
Charlotte, North Carolina

Where do you live now?
Charlotte, North Carolina

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Maybe a dozen years.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
In Charlotte I have a friend who’s British, who’s actually a Liverpool supporter, but he made a joke one day about how I should be a Spurs fan because I’m Jewish. So then I looked into it and kind of thought, ‘Oh, okay. Yeah, that certainly makes sense!’ I mean, growing up, it’s never really been a cool thing to be Jewish… at all. So as soon as I saw that, saw the connection, and the whole ‘Yiddo thing’, it was absolutely meant to be! So that’s it.

What was the first game you went to?
So the first one was in New York. Not in England, but they come over to the States every few years. I think the first game was close to 10 years ago probably. They played the New York Red Bulls and that was good. I feel like it was 2-1 Spurs. I’m pretty sure we won by a goal. Robbie Keane scored… and I don’t remember the rest.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Gareth Bale. At the time when he first started playing, and he was barely playing and we lost every game when he was playing… You know, I’ve played myself all my life, and so at the time, I was playing left-back and so he was the guy who started playing here and there and he played left-back and he was pretty quick, and I said, I’m kind of digging this guy. I joked, and my friends at home joked with me that I’m like the ‘proud dad’, you know, watching him go that to what he became… I’ve just got this crazy love for the guy! Which I’m sure many other people do. It absolutely broke my heart when he left. I’ve never been more upset with when a player left somewhere. That was just awful.

Who is your favourite player currently?
Spencer: Erik Lamela. Which is controversial, I know. Again, with me playing soccer myself, I feel like I kind of relate to him, a bit. He’s not by any means the best player on the pitch! But when he’s on he’s one hundred percent, constantly. And I’ve kind of got a reputation for always having a yellow card in me… So he’s a pretty chippy player that’s usually going to get in some kind of trouble.

Melissa: Dele Ali because he’s fun to watch. He makes a little bit of trouble and I like that! And he’s pretty good.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Honestly, I have to say it was the other day – it was Saturday (Tottenham v Arsenal). Just because that was our first time catching them over here. It finished 1-1, which wasn’t three points, but I’ll take it, given the way that it started. We were hoping it would be the new stadium, but it was Wembley. So we’ll definitely be back next season for the new one.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I’d be tempted to say (David) Bentley’s against Arsenal. Bale had a handful that I like. I remember his one against City, which was the third goal that game (2013) when he chipped the keeper. Actually, Bale again in the San Siro

Can you predict the final score tonight?
1-0 Spurs (actual score: 1-0 Spurs).

THFC fanfile – Lee

5 Mar

Name: Lee Illing

Year of Birth: 1976

Match in Amsterdam: Tottenham v Arsenal – 2 March 2019

Where are you from?
Originally from Tottenham, Lordship Lane.

Where do you live now?
Leicester

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 1976. All my life! No choice, mate.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Family. Tottenham. Dad. That’s it mate, all the way. I’m a glutton for punishment!

What was the first game you went to?
Tottenham v Liverpool in 1982. We won 2-0, Steve Archibald scored both goals. I still remember it…

Who is your all-time favourite player?
If I was to go all the way back, all the way back to my favourite player when I was a kid growing up, everyone liked Glenn Hoddle… but I was probably Gary Mabbutt all the way through.

Who is your favourite player currently?
I’m going to say Winksy [Harry Winks]. I love him. I just think he’s brilliant. He’s comes through the ranks, he’s a proper player. He’s one of our own, in’ he? When he plays for England, I love him as well. I reckon he’ll get the perfect hat-trick one day, and I’ll be there. Love it!

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Best game ever? 3-1 Arsenal, ’91. Gascoigne 1, Lineker 2. I was there!

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Glenn Hoddle against Oxford [United in 1986/87], his last goal.

THFC fanfile – Mark

2 Mar

Name: Mark Todd

Year of Birth: 1992

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

Where are you from?
Graves End, Kent.

Where do you live now?
At the moment still Graves End, but next week I’m moving to London.

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
All my life.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
All my family are Tottenham fans. My granddad used to live in Tottenham when he was a boy, when he was really little kid during the war, and after that, everyone in the family supported Tottenham ever since.

What was the first game you went to?
We played Bolton at home and I was about 14, I reckon. So it was about 2006. I think we won 1-0, but I can’t remember who scored.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
I can still remember, as a kid, my dad taping Match of the Day and when we beat Wimbledon 6-2 and David Ginola in that game was absolutely fantastic. So, yeah, I think probably David Ginola is number one. As a kid, to watch him play, it was just amazing!

Who is your favourite player currently?
Son. Definitely. Because he’s stepped up since Harry Kane’s been out, so he’s doing us proud and getting us through… and we’re still in the running for the title, so definitely Son right now.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Last year for Simon’s (Wilson) birthday, we went to Tottenham v Arsenal at the Lane. When we beat them 1-0. That was a good one. I really enjoyed that one. But we missed the goal; we were too busy getting beers, so I can’t remember who scored! Just after halftime, it was.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
I like David Bentley’s free-kick, when he hit the bar and then hit the keeper on the back and went in. Was it against Wigan? We beat them by about 8 goals or whatever. I think that was a good one.

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 – Another Simon

16 Feb

Name: Simon Wilson

Year of Birth: 1983

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

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.

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.