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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.

Fanfile – Miguel & Muriel

2 Apr

Names:
Miguel and Muriel Izquierdo

Match in Amsterdam:
HT versus Borussia Dortmund 3 March 2019

Year of Birth:
1985

Where are you from?
Colombia, South America

Where do you live now?
Charlotte, North Carolina

How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?
Well, most of my friends have been Tottenham forever, but I’m a recent fan. Maybe a year or two?

Why did you start supporting Tottenham Hotspur?
Because all my friends are Spurs fans, and then Sanchez – the Colombian guy – joined Spurs, so I was like, ‘all right, I guess this is the perfect chance to join the team!’

What was the first game you went to?
Yeah, when they came to US for the summer tour, we went to a national game against Man City (it was not good; we lost 3-0 or 4-1, but it was my first official Spurs game)… and we just went to London for the derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

Who is your all-time favourite player?
Well, you know, I’m a recent Spurs fan, so all my support goes to Sanchez. He’s Colombian, so I’ve got to support him. And I actually got him to sign my jersey about two or three months ago in Tampa

Who is your favourite player currently?
Miguel: I have to say Sanchez again, yep!
Muriel: I like Son; he’s very handsome. And he’s a good player, of course!

What was the best (live) game you went to?
Oh, definitely the derby on Saturday. I mean Tottenham Arsenal, being in England for a Premier League game – it was just awesome. An amazing experience. Absolutely.

What was the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Live? Well, I’ve only ever been to two games, so I guess that penalty at that game we just went to. I mean Spurs Arsenal, at Wembley, that was just great. I mean, we went crazy!

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).