The Warm Up
One of the reasons why ‘Footie With Dad’ came to the fold, is because of an idea centered around the close knit bond Football has helped create between my son and I.
There were unfortunate difficulties when my son was born nearly 12 years ago, the first eleven months of his life were spent in hospital with the outcome looking bleak. During many hours, days and nights spent by his bedside wishing it was me lying there and swap places, one thought kept me going through the pain and struggle of it all â€“ The thought of taking him to watch a game at my beloved White Hart Lane, holding him aloft as we celebrated a win â€“ was just a small dream that I hoped that would one day become reality all being well.
However, with my sonâ€™s condition critical, the dream and the opportunity to take him to Spurs and experience what a football match is all about seemed far out of reach as time went on.
Luckily enough, iâ€™m pleased to say, after numerous operations he became stronger and It wasnâ€™t long before he was able to come home for the first time and meet the family properly â€“ At the time I remember looking back and thinking about the dream I had for my son and I to go to the football together â€“ I knew with this good news that one day my hope of taking him to football was an immense possibility!
Seven years ago the day I had been waiting for had come to the surface â€“ I was lucky enough to take my son to his first ever football match!
As we headed into the game and the whistle blew to get the match underway, I was worried my son wouldnâ€™t like it as much as I hyped it up in my head and that he wouldnâ€™t want to go again with his old Dad!
I spent the whole match, not watching the match, but watching him â€“ Thankfully, my son really enjoyed his first game and so it was that Football with Dad was born!
As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?Â
Growing up I loved watching Hoddle.
Who is your favorite player from the current Squad?Â
I love getting a buzz when a player gets the ball and with Harry Kane you always feel he can do something, whether itâ€™s a 40 yard cross field pass or 20 year thunder drive into the top corner!
From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?
The two best players in the world are Messi and Ronaldo but for me Messi just wins it so I would go for him
What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia?
I have a signed football signed by 1984 squad which was personally given to me by Steve Perryman
last Summer I was in Los Angeles and I woke up at 3.00am in the morning to watch the 1st match of the season against Newcastle with the LA Spurs!
Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?
I would love to see Gazza back playing like he was in 1991!
Most memorable Spurs moment?
Though I watched us lift FA Cups and UEFA Cups during the 1980â€™s watching Spurs score and secure the result we needed in the camp boy in Barcelona with my son was a memory I will never forget!
Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?
There have been a lot of disappointing signings over the years but I would say because of the high expectations David Bentley was hugely disappointing
Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on â€˜Come Dine With Me?
Glenn Hoddle, Jurgen Klinsmann & David Ginola
Who would be in your all time Spurs XI ?
All Time 11 ;