supported Tottenham by association since 1975-76, never having lived
anywhere near the ground. My Grandfather was a season ticket holder as
was my dad, so it was in the blood from an early age, but me ? I
have only ever been a member and that was a while back, during the heady
days of Gascoigne and Lineker (1990-91 as I recall).
the only visits to the Lane are for the big, final pre season friendly
to see what sort of team we will be blindly following during the coming
season. Mostly the conversation with my Dad as we left the ground
was "Oh well, there's always next year". But this time
it was different. Having just watched our Beloved Spurs outplay
and beat the Champions of Europe 2004, we left White Hart Lane with
a spring in our step (not bad for a couple of salad dodgers) and a
genuine feeling that this year it could all be so different.
reasons for not going to the alter to worship week in week out are
many fold. Cost being an important factor, I need the money for
less trivial matters, like food and electricity, plus I have a young
Daughter who prefers other pursuits of a weekend (although I will be
working on that behind my partner's back very soon. She will
captain Spurs one day!).
So it is
that I follow Spurs, like so many others, via Teletext, 5 live and when
there's nothing else on or I get up early enough on a Sunday, Match of
the Day. Most weekends I find myself out shopping or doing
something worthwhile to the money pit we lovingly call home, so I rely
rather heavily on Teletext. I have discovered that this is a very
frustrating way to watch football because it only seems to update every
other day which means that you spend a lot of time watching Tottenham
drawing nil nil with some bottom of the table struggler that every other
team in the premiership uses for scoring practice.
to spend these moments waiting for the relevant page to load with a
feeling of dread, but not anymore. This season I have found myself
rushing for the remote and punching 316 into the menu at almost every
opportunity with a sense of anticipation as to how many we have scored
since the last time I looked. OK so it's usually only one but,
hey, beggars can't be choosers and who knows how many it will be when
our team of virtual strangers really starts to gel.
is this. I am forever being criticised by other football fans
(mostly Gooners it has to be said) that I am only an armchair supporter
and not a real fan. How can this be true when, the result of Tottenham's
latest game has a direct effect on whether I enjoy the rest of my
weekend or not. I still feel "sick as a parrot" when we
lose and "over the moon" when we win.
have to continue to support Spurs from afar and put up with the taunts,
but If we keep on improving I will take it on the chin. To finish
above Arsenal will be a start and then we will see how important the
Spurs/Arsenal rivalry is to them. They claim these days to see
Manure as the enemy but deep down we know different. They'll hate
it and I'll love it and I'll be proud to say I saw it all from the
comfort of my Armchair.
all follow Tottenham"