Houdini: I'm one of the 'Ol 'Farts' that remembers the Typhoo Tea team photos - but must have been c. 1962/3-ish (still have them somewhere). Think they did them over a couple of seasons. They must have drunk a lot of tea in our house (and the neighbours also contributed to the vouchers) as after getting Spurs, we collected just about the whole lot. My younger bro initially followed my enthusiasm for Spurs, but when it was his turn to choose a team photo to send for and we'd already got Spurs, he wanted to know who he could send for. Even then he wasn't allowed Arse, so was told Wolves are 'colourful in gold and black'. He sent away for their photo, Spurs lost a fan and to this day he still follows the Molyneux mob.
Since about '77 for me......... Favourite memory for me was going to Mila Alecsik (sorry for spelling) house (who lived in street behind parents) after F.A. cup win and being given his medal to hold. Everyone laughing at this stary eyed kid who wouldn't take his eyes of off it!
30yrs old and born and bred in the midlands to Wolves(father) and Villa(mother) fan parents, but been a Spurs fan since late 80's, sometime just before the 91 cup win. All due to a family of Spurs fans relocated to the midlands, who convinced me Spurs were the way to go. I didn't really support any team up until then, just used to say I supported England and Lineaker was my favourite player, think him being at the lane was the clincher to convert me to be a Spurs fan. Can't exactly say I've support a non local team all this time to glory hunt, but I wouldn't change for anything.
Secretly, I do keep an eye on Wolves results, years of peer prssure I think from my father, like chinese water torture, I'd never tell him he partly succeeded though, and it's only a casual interest, Spurs will always be my number one team.
Firstly that the Liverpool fans are a model we should work towards. Not unreasonably have they been named the worst fans in Europe by UEFA due to the disturbances they cause - even amongst themselves. Too often they get away with trouble that other clubs would face bans for or worse we all pay for what they did eg the 80's ban.
Good post mate, but slightly disagree with this bit. Forget about the morons, I think our stella loving friend was referring to the positive side of their support. Anfield on a big European night is a stunning sight, it's a fortress and definitely something we should aim to match. The Lane has been about as good at times though!
Anyone who doubts the Tottenham Hotspur spirit obviously wasn't at the Sevilla game last season. Even though we were 2 down and needing 4 goals to stay in the competition I've never ever heard louder singing and cheering at the lane. It was a spirit that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and it almost pulled us back into the tie...
It seems there's a few of us who started supporting on cup final day 91. We're all glory hunters! (haha)
Not many gooners in my family. It was either us or QPR or follow the herd and support Liverpool.
Since I moved to England in 77.... My Uncle brain-washed me with storys of the all conquering Spurs!!!.......Now for some really disturbing news:evil: ......... I moved to Australia about 6 years ago and 2 weeks ago Rang my Aunt back in England......Raving on about my boys becaming staunch Tottenham fans..... and it was all thanks to my uncle:bowdown: .....She then told me that my Uncle was so dissaponted over the last few years that he now Supports the Arse!!!!!!!! How THE F@@K COULD HE......:bang: :bang: Needless to say we do not talk any more......and I will not tell my kids about this cowardly act of abbandonment.....( May be this should be the subject for a new thread...if I can ever get to start one)!!!!!
I started watching in Easter 59/60, just in time to go and see 2 cup finals on the trot at the tender age of 10 and 11.
Great memories include the noisy floodlit home european games of the early 60's and Alfie Conn sitting on the ball when we beat Leeds to stay up...........
I now live abroad and watch games (with others) via Braodband....hoping to make a pilgramage to WHL this summer for teh Everton game......
Finally my 13 year old son, who started off 4 years ago supporting MANURE, has finally seen the light and has become a Spurs Fan on his own initative --- how heartwarming!!!
My Dad followed Spurs all over the country in the late 40's and early 50's and I was born born and bred in Tottenham in 56, used to listen to the cheers of the crowd on Saturdays and I remember my uncle going on about this great player Tommy Harmer who was full of tricks and a wizard with the ball.
When I was about 7 I used to go to the ground and play football up against the wall at the park lane while the games were going on, I'm sure there used to be engineering firms in the stand back then.
In them days they used to open the gates mid way through the second half ready to let people out so I used to go in then, never saw much because it was terraces and I was only waste high but the noise and atmosphere was fantastic.
After that I started going to games with a box I think it was a tanner at the boys entrance in the East Stand, oh Christ I'm welling up here,... I guess that means I've been a supporter for over fifty years.
When you think about it this country has changed beyond belief in the last 50 years (100 years) a whole army of bulldozers has wiped it clean and built it up again but against it all Football goe's on, like the heart beat of the generations it carries us on filling us with both pride and despair, like the people that follow it Football has been attacked, abused and villified by the powers that be in this country and yet it goes on, we go on, the Spurs go on, a very rare thing, a constant in our lives from the cradle to the grave.
Sorry guys came over a bit shakespeare at the end there but hey who's got more poetry in their soul than a football fan.
24 years. An uncle and mates tried to get me supporting the Hammers, I was never too convinced and saw them play against Spurs (can't remember the result) and have been a Spurs supporter ever since!
Good post by the way. The support or lack of it can have a big difference on the players which is why we should try and be positive. Criticism is one thing but booing and negativity for its own sake is not 'support' IMHO. All for this One Hostpur idea.
Fortunately I had no choice but to support Spurs...whole family being Spurs fans. First home game was against Notts County April 1982 - won 3-1 galvin. villa, archibald. But liek a lot of us on here it was also on the back of watching hoddle...the first Spurs goal i ever properly remember watching is the free kick off tommy hutchisons shoulder for the equaliser in 81 cup final.