At the start of the 17/18 Season , the wrecking ball was doing its work on the old White Hart Lane and Spurs had moved to Wembley Stadium.
With their beloved LT’s & The Gilpin Bell many miles away in North London, it was time for the SDS to find a new venue for pre-match food, drinks and socials.
Thanks to some sterling work by our Chair (Tony Baylis) via Twittersphere, SDS managed to hook up with a group based at the Novotel, Wembley Way called ‘Punjabi Spurs‘.
Our match day experience would never to be the same again.
At the fore front of the group was a Gentleman who requires little introduction and whose enthusiasm for football and the mighty Lilly Whites knows no bounds.
This week we welcome our great friend and fantastic host Josh – Punjabi Spurs
The Warm Up
Josh here, grew up in Stoke on Trent and fell in love with Tottenham and been a fan since 1987.
As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?
Loved Gazza, Klinsmann and Ginola! Idolised all three, just pure class.
Who is your favorite player from the current Squad?
It was Dembele until a month ago, now I’d have to say Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, both ooze class.
From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?
Messi…we once had Maradona in a Spurs shirt, it’s only right we had Messi wearing the famous Lilywhite jersey as well.
What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia?
I took a gangway sign from the South Stand after the Finale game against United and managed to take some soil when I ran on the pitch…it’s in a pot at home!
Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?
Turkey, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal during European cup competitions.
Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?
Danny Blanchflower, knows how to captain and lead a team to glory!
Most memorable Spurs moment?
5-1 vs Woolwich in the Cup Semi Final. Greatest game ever witnessed for me. I must have jumped three rows every time we scored. Nobody in the South Lower was near their seat they were meant to be at by the time the fifth went in. It was carnage! Best ever. It was also the first time I saw all four stands including Paxton and West Stand on their feet singing for the last ten minutes…the song obviously being “Que Sera Sera”
Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?
Harsh question as I feel it’s never the players fault for being signed by the club so we shouldn’t give them grief for not being good enough, especially as we demand quality football. But the biggest disappointments for me were Judas for obvious reasons and Hossam Ghaly…simply because he threw our shirt! They both didn’t deserve the beautiful Lilywhite jersey!
Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?
Bill Nicholson, Keith Burkinshaw and Mauricio Pochettino…All three just ooze class. I’d use the opportunity to learn what the club means to them and how they made it their own in their own respective eras. And hopefully give Bill Nic and Keith an opportunity to pass on a few tricks to Poch to get us over the line for some trophies! 🙂
Who would be in your all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?
I have to go for a 3-4-3 because for me we we’ve had some of the greatest attacking players ever, I’d go all out attack.
Manager: Bill Nicholson
Assist Manager: Keith Burkinshaw
Attacking Coach: Ossie Ardiles
There are several players there I’ve not seen play, but they are what makes our club so great “and if, you know, your history, it’s enough to make your heart go wooooooh”
We’ve had some great keepers over the years like Big Pat, but as a kid I loved Erik Thorsvedt. Erik was going to be my pick but I think Hugo has to take the spot, he’s been unbelievable for us and will surely be a life long legend.
The defence could have had a few more in like Steve Perryman etc, but Ledley, what can I say, just the best I’ve seen, best English defender of his time FACT! He had to be there. Mabbsy because again he was quality and a compliment to the club. Moved Blanchflower back in defence and I’d make him captain as I think he’d lead us to glory!
Midfield…untouchable! Just look at it. No way you’re getting past Dave MacKay. Ginola and Gazza running at you, swapping sides when they want and just destroying anyone and everyone. And just to finish it off, God! Hoddle, one the most gifted players ever to pull the strings on the pitch.
Strikers…Who is stopping these boys??? Klinsmann world class! World Cup winner, one of the best ever. Greavesy…our all time greatest goal scorer, also a World Cup winner. And now Harry…who will finish up as our greatest goal scorer and England’s all time goal scorer for sure.
Coaching staff: Manager has to be Bill Nic, Mr Tottenham Hotspur himself. The General to assist him as he’s our second most successful manager and I have to have Ossie as an attacking coach, just to remind the boys they’re all allowed to attack when they want! 😉
Thanks for the chance to talk Spurs, huge love to the SDS family. Can’t thank you all enough for the love you give and for looking after me. See you at the next game!