|From the late 70's to the
late 80's eighties I was an avid follower of British wrestling.
When it was taken off the television at the end of the eighties it
almost died as an entertainment form in Britain. It is currently
resurgent using faded stars from WWF/E yesteryear. You will be
quite rightly asking, what has this got to do with our beloved Spurs or
even football in general. Well. The reason that American
wrestling has thrived, where ours has failed is a concept called Heat.
A performer does not succeed due to his own talent in the States.
He is judged on how much heat or to put it in laymen's terms. How
much of a reaction do they incite?
The concept of heat is now catching on in
Britain. Finished has-been journalists or young never-have-been
journalists have begun to realise that they don't have to be any good,
they just have to be controversial. Anyone, who has endured the
Saturday papers on the way to a match, will know that the truth never
gets in the way of a good story.
During last summer. It was my
pleasure to join 35000 Spurs fans in honouring Bill Nicholson. I
had never before at WHL experienced the level of affection and
admiration that was showered on this Spurs legend. It reminded us
all that Spurs invented push and run football, it was us that made the
game something to meditate on. How gutted was I when reading the
match reports, that Spurs fans were slated for a couple of innocuous
chants about a centre half who had left. The warm feeling from the
previous evening had vanished. It was replaced by a sense of injustice.
These hacks who should have been writing about a truly unique manager
with a unique talent. But that just doesn't sell. As a side
note, I found the chanting about the said centre half, wholly
appropriate. It highlighted the contrast between a true Spurs fan
and a self serving careerist mummies boy. The second loudest cheer
going to Gary Mabbutt was also very apt.
Anyway back to the point of the
article. If heat really does sell then spurs fans are a marketing
dream. Why is it that we feel we need to constantly defend ourselves
? We are Tottenham, super Tottenham. The innovators of push
and run football. We are the team who brought Ardiles and Villa
when South American players in the English league were unheard of.
We were the first team to win the Double in the modern era. We
have had England's most creative midfielders, playing their best
football in our team. We have no need to justify or apologise for
supporting this club.
The truth is football is popular because
we made it so. Everybody knows it, they're just afraid to admit
This brings me to my second irksome
subject. The 'Guvnor'. Heard of him ? Well you shouldn't
have. This hospital radio reject, failure of a pundit should
have been ushered quietly out of Teletext's back door long ago. He
would have too, had we not started replying to his posts, thus giving
the impression he has something valid to say. I never even looked
at his page. Then he began talking through his backside, saying
anything he knew would wind people up. Now I can't help looking to
see what drivel he has come out with this time. And at who has
been goaded into responding, thus extending the stay of this talentless
The above point also applies to football
phone ins. Everyone lets stop paying these peoples wages.
Let's just be satisfied that we are Tottenham. As the song goes
'And if you know your history........'
The final and most disturbing
point. There is has a top-level government enquiry, investigating
whether Spurs fans helped a certain S.Cumball get selected for the World
Cup finals. The above centre half was doing a fine Job of ruining
his career and going the same way as Neil 'pay me what I'm worth'
Ruddock, Paul ' show me the way to go home' Stewart and Vinny 'too good
for Spurs' Samways. i.e. down through the divisions. All of
a sudden there was November 17th and he could do no wrong.
The enquiry concluded that Spurs fans
were merely venting their justified hurt at being deceived over a period
of years. The enquiry reminded the Spurs fans not to waste their
breath. They have two centre halves in King and Gardner who will
be England mainstays for years to come. The enquiry concluded that
the inclusion of the average centre half was down to the press, Sky
Andrew and Dennis Bergkamp, who long after Campbell had become a non-story
were involved in long interviews telling us about Campbell's bottle.
Bottle !!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
.............. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
Liverpool's' Marcus Babbel will return to
the playing squad this summer after battling an illness that at one
point made him so weak, he couldn't lift his eyelids. We all wish
him well. Did he have bottle? Of course not, he never stalled on a
contract for two years; before demanding ridiculous wages, he knew very
well the club wouldn't pay.
Our beloved former skipper, who led by
example over two decades, despite having diabetes and suffering a career
threatening injury. Did he have bottle ? Clearly not.
He never led the top clubs in Europe a merry dance, knowing all along he
had no intention of leaving London.
Do these players get the column inches
Campbell gets ? No way. They're simply not news worthy.
If Campbell deserves a medal for bravery. So surely does private
Pike from Dad's Army. He too was a big sissy who refused to join a
proper team because his mum wouldn't let him stray too far from her
Is there any hope for rational,
intelligent football journalism ? I think so. It is the duty
of every Spurs fan. When we purchase the newspapers, we should in
front of the shop assistant. Tear off the back pages and any pages
containing 'John Sadler gives it to you straight (from the arse)' and
any of his ilk. And leave them on the counter. Maybe this
will show that nobody buys papers to read the thoughts of these
so-called experts. We just want to know what's on the telly.
Come on you Spurs!!!!!