SPURS COMMUNITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
It seems to be a bit hectic at Spurs Lodge as we arrive. The reception is full of cameras and a team from the magazine Zoo are also milling around waiting for the players to arrive back from their morning swim. It appears though that everyone is here to see the same person. Having invited us in, Peter Secchi informs us that Zoo are there to present Dimitar Berbatov with ‘the hero of the year award’ and by the sounds of things this is far from his first award he’s received in the last few weeks.
Yet today is obviously a different matter because we are dealing with the fabulously important Spurs Community Player of the Year award. The members of the site had their say, Berbs was of course victorious, and the club invited us to send some esteemed representatives of the site to present the award. Having failed in our search for esteemed representatives, we had to make do with Kaye (LadieK), Jack (Flatters) and myself (TSH86).
We’re initially ushered into the canteen to avoid the mass of cameras in reception and, whilst joining a few of the younger players in ignoring Sky Sports News reporting on some Polish goalie that Arsenal have signed, we see Hossam Ghaly wander through. A decision is taken not to approach him to discuss the Blackburn game and we are soon invited outside to see some of the players arriving back from their swim.
After catching a quick photo with Robbo we then go round the back of the lodge to wait and stalk some of the players. Lee Young Pyo is there, worryingly on crutches and with a fairly substantial brace on his leg. The fact that he’s largely walking without his crutches however and seems to just have them for show makes us feel a little better.
Martin Jol and Damien Comolli then saunter back from the training pitch deep in discussion over something obviously highly important. Mind you they could have been talking about what to have for lunch…our powers of investigative journalism are somewhat limited.
Then the players start to filter out of the lodge and head for home. Michael Dawson is even more smiley than normal as he emerges, perhaps not surprising for someone who’s just signed a new five year contract. Standing next to him I can’t help but feel that my chances of playing at centre back may be somewhat on the wane considering we’re the same age and he’s about 4ft taller than me.
Fortunately the likes of Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon follow Daws out, so it’s not all about the big guys and everyone is happy to stop for photos and give us autographs. In my excitement I ask Pascal Chimbonda for an interview rather than an autograph and then further embarrassment is heaped on as Didier Zokora mocks me for not being able to get the lid off the pen.
I soldier manfully on however and we also speak to Robbie Keane, Danny Murphy, Radek Cerny, Teemu Tainio, Chris Hughton and Clive Allen. Clive in particular seems to be in a jolly mood and he soon seeks out Adel Taraabt, no doubt dispensing much wisdom to the youngster.
Then it’s the main event. Dimitar Berbatov walks out of the lodge looking for all the world as if he’s about to go to a fashion show in *fashion experts insert place where fashion shows should be*. Beside me Kaye seems to be swooning uncontrollably as Dimi walks over to greet us.
Fortunately we all hold it together though and are able to present him with the SC Player of the Year Award which he accepts very gracefully. He then proceeds to sign autographs for all of us as well as posing for photos, not showing any sign of a player who is getting bored with the adulation he’s receiving at Spurs.
Almost as if Dimi has been holding back the rain until he’s finished (yes he’s that good), it begins to pour down as he walks away and reluctantly we leave Spurs Lodge. On behalf of the three of us I’d like to thank Peter Secchi for making us feel welcome at the Lodge, and on behalf of Spurs Community I’d like to thank the club for inviting us up there to present the award. Also a big thank-you to everybody who donated money towards the trophy...it is greatly appreciated. Finally on behalf of everyone connected with Tottenham I’d like to thank Dimitar Berbatov for being so fantastic this season, and I’m sure you will all join me in hoping the 2007 Spurs Community Player of the Year is around next season to defend his title.
By Daniel Humphrey (Talkshowhost86)
SC Player of the Year Awards 2007 - The Results
1: Dimitar Berbatov with 500 votes
2: Michael Dawson with 189 votes
3: Robbie Keane with 30 votes
There are more photos of our day out at the lodge in Spurs Chat here...