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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.

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)

Fanfile – Tom

9 Apr

Name:
Tom W

Year of Birth:
1984

Match in Amsterdam:
A regular visitor.

Where are you from?
Winterswijk, Gelderland

Where do you live now?
Amsterdam

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Since 30 October 2011.

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
I’d always wanted to visit some matches in England since I was very young. And it was kind of randomly back then that it was a Spurs match that was my first English match to visit. I wanted to experience the pure atmosphere at an English game, and I preferred to travel to London. I wanted to visit a Premier League match and Arsenal I didn’t like already back then, and same for Chelsea and for West Ham I was neutral. So I just gave it a try at Tottenham… but at the same time it was as though I’d got infected with some kind of virus!

What was the first game you went to?
It was on 30 October 2011, a home game against QPR (Queens Park Rangers) at White Hart Lane. The score was 3-1 Spurs. I think Bale scored twice and Van der Vaart got the other.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
All time is hard to say, seeing as I’ve only followed Spurs since 2011, but I would say Kane.

Who is your favourite player currently?
For this moment, maybe Son. I mean, I’m quite impressed by the way he performs. All the effort he puts in for Spurs, so many games, he’s always there, he never complains about what he needs to do, about which position. You know, he really sacrifices himself for the team, and that’s something that I can really appreciate.

What was the best (live) game you went to?
That was against Arsenal. In February 2015. This was my first and so far only north London derby. I went there with a friend of mine – to White Hart Land – and we won 2-1. So at half-time it was one nil Arsenal (I think Ozil scored) and in the second half, Kane scored twice… I think once in the 65 minute, the equaliser, and then just before the end of the game, the winning header! And he ran to the East Stand, where I was sitting and celebrated. So, yeah, this is definitely the best match I’ve ever been to in a stadium.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Live? Probably Kane’s header against Arsenal.