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The Interviews – Emma Storey

The Warm Up
I’ve been following Spurs since my mum introduced me to the team for Spursiest of Cup finals in 1987. She obviously thought a comfortable win over Coventry was the perfect way to ease me into the beautiful game <sigh>.
I was so young that it took a great deal of explaining as to why we’d lost the match when our captain had scored the winning (!) goal. I guess the concept of putting the ball in the wrong net is lost on you when you’re five….
Despite that less-than-ideal introduction I’ve been hooked ever since, despite the protests of my mainly Chelsea-supporting family (I know). I was lucky enough to combine my passion with work as a sports journalist for companies like Sky, Yahoo and Reuters before moving into sports comms/PR with the International Paralympic Committee.
My current job has seen me relocate to Germany where I’ve held on to my season ticket and do my best to get back for as many games as I can. Colleagues regularly question my sanity, especially a recent humiliating trip to Burnley, but I’ll carry on for as long as I can afford it (which based on Levy’s hiking of prices in the new stadium may not be THAT much longer).
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As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero? 
Gary Lineker was the first player that I really fell in love with as a kid, although he had stiff competition from Gazza after THAT freekick. When I first starting going to games in the early nineties I also developed an unhealthy obsession with Darren Anderton. I even had one of those knock off t-shirts from one of the stalls on the High Road with his picture on the front and a fake number nine on the back!
Who is your favourite player from the current Squad? 
It’s hard to look past Harry really – his passion for the club and the way he has developed into the world-class striker he is over the past few years has just been an unbelievable joy to watch. Sonny is fast racing up the ranks though (have you ever seen a player so happy to play for us?!), and special mention to Eric Dier, who anyone following me on Twitter will know I have more than a soft spot for……
From world football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?
I’m going to buck the Messi trend and go for Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of Sancho this season in the Bundesliga (with a Dortmund-supporting boyfriend I don’t have much choice!) and he really is something special.
What is your favourite piece of Spurs memorabilia? 
I’m not a huge one for memorabilia I must admit, but I still have the first Spurs shirt I ever owned. It’s the Holsten-Adidas combo from the mid-nineties and is absolutely giant on me even now, as it was before football shirts were made for girls so I had to settle for a junior men’s one. Putting it on for the first time was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?
I’ve been really lucky with my European trips; Milan x3, Madrid x2, Barcelona, Eindhoven x2, Dortmund x3. Although not live I also have to mention watching games in the pub with Australia Spurs when I lived in Sydney – you’ve never known real pain until you watch us lose 5-0 at 4am on a Monday morning. Oh and also watching from South Korea last season when I was working at the Winter Paralympics – Korean TV actually has a little countdown clock in the top corner ahead of the game with Sonny’s face on it – they are THAT obsessed with him!
Which former player would you love to see in the current squad? 
That’s really really tough, Bale, Modric and van der Vaart all spring to mind, or maybe Klinsmann to form a deadly partnership with Harry.
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Most memorable Spurs moment? 
Again there are so many to pick from that it’s really hard. If we’re going for games that I was actually at it’s probably the 3-1 win over Inter at the Lane. I still have never heard anything like that night for atmosphere and the performance was just something out of dreamland. The 5-1 Cup semi-final win over the scum is a very close second! Also the last game at the Lane was absolutely unforgettable – making it onto the pitch at full time was the most crazy emotional moment for me (as the photo probably demonstrates!)
Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing? 
I had such high hopes for Paulinho! And given what he went on to do for Barca I still can’t work out what happened….
Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?
I know he’s not a player but can I please have Poch? Along with Sonny and Jan.
Past players/managers Crouchy, Lineker and Harry Redknapp
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Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?
It’s from my lifetime rather than overall – I think it’d be a disaster as a formation but there are some sentimental picks in there so I’m squeezing everyone in!
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Walker Mabbutt Ledley Vertonghen
Ginola Hoddle Gazza Bale
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The Interviews – Spurs Legend – Paul ‘Maxi’ Miller

Those of a certain age will remember that back in the late 70’s and early 80’s we had a group of players who were part of a very special time for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

With Keith Burkinshaw as our Manager, we had a hedonistic period of lifting Silverware including FA Cups, a UEFA Cup and were regular challengers for other Major Honours.

Part of that hugely successful group was a no-nonsense Centre Back who made over 200 appearances for the Lilly Whites between 1977- 1987.

This week we are truly honoured to welcome Spurs Legend – Paul ‘Maxi’ Miller

As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero? 

Jimmy Greaves

Who is your favorite player from the current Squad? 

Harry Kane

From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?

Eden Hazard 

What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia

My memories 

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK? 

All over Europe

Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?

Jurgen Klinsman

Most memorable Spurs moment? 

Winning trophies with them

Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing

To many to mention!

Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?

Ardiles Clemence and Brazil which we do often together!

Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?

Jennings 

Perryman Knowles

England McKay

Ardiles Hoddle Gascoigne Jones

Greaves Klinsman

Picture From : South Dorset Spurs Legends Evening

Phil Beal, Paul ‘Maxi’ Miller & David Howells

The Interviews – Footie With Dad

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 – The thought of taking him to watch a game at my beloved White Hart Lane, holding him aloft as we celebrated a win – was just a small dream that I hoped that would one day become reality all being well.

However, with my son’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, i’m pleased to say, after numerous operations he became stronger and It wasn’t long before he was able to come home for the first time and meet the family properly – 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 – 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 – 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 wouldn’t like it as much as I hyped it up in my head and that he wouldn’t want to go again with his old Dad!

I spent the whole match, not watching the match, but watching him – 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? 

Growing up I loved watching Hoddle.

Who is your favorite player from the current Squad? 

I love getting a buzz when a player gets the ball and with Harry Kane you always feel he can do something, whether it’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

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?

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 1980’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 ‘Come Dine With Me?

Glenn Hoddle, Jurgen Klinsmann & David Ginola

Who would be in your all time Spurs XI ?

All Time 11 ;

Clemence

Mabbutt

Gough

Alderweireld

Bale

Hoddle

Gazza

Modric

Ginola

Klinsmann

Kane

Twitter: FootieWithDad@FootieWithDad

 

The Interviews – Anna

The Warm Up

There was never any doubt as to which club I was going to follow. It is in my blood as my Dad has been a total Spurs fan all his life and my Grandfather actually played at The Lane in the war league once as a “guest player”.

As soon as it was practical Dad got me a season ticket and I have been going home (and often away) ever since, although this season away ticket availability has been like gold dust.

I started my YouTube channel Spurs{XY} at the back end of 2016 mainly to record our last season at the Lane and as an attempt to give fans who can’t get to games, the chance to experience the atmosphere of being at Spurs games. I have vlogged a few away trips and also try to get to as many Spurs Ladies games as possible.

As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?

Probably Ledley simply because he was “one of our own” before we even sang that, and the first games I saw was with he and Naybet at the back. Keano comes a close second, I used to love his celebration!

I was lucky enough to meet Ledley as a signing session he had at a Spurs Ladies game last season.

Who is your favourite player from the current Squad?

Absolutely no doubt about that – Harry Kane. Actually, I feel really privileged to have been able to watch his career develop in the amazing way it has – and with him at Spurs the whole time.

From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?

That’s a no brainer – Lionel Messi. I love Barcelona as a city and Barca would be my favourite club from the continent. It will never happen, but he and Harry in the same team would rip most sides to shreds.

What is your favourite piece of Spurs memorabilia?

Again, that is easy. I have some great signed photos, flags and shirts, but my scarf with 100+ Spurs badges – some from Spurs fans around the world takes pride of place.

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?

Sadly, only in the UK. School and university studies have made trips abroad tough to arrange – Madrid later this year for the Champions League final would be good though!

Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?

My dad would probably say Dave Mackay, but from the players I have seen I guess Gareth Bale at his best would be the one that could help take us to the next level.

Most memorable Spurs moment?

Wow – tough question. The Carling Cup win at Wembley, the “taxi for Maicon” win over Inter, or the win at Wembley over Real Madrid would be the most memorable games. I would add to that Dele’s outstanding goal I saw at Palace as a fabulous moment.

I am probably going to opt for the Inter win, simply because it was at the The Lane under the lights and therefore so much more magical.

Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?

Tough question as I dislike knocking players when there are often all sorts of reasons for things not working out. Obviously today folk might pick out Janssen but one player who seemed to have the talent but never really clicked with us was Giovani Dos Santos.

Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?

Lovely question, with so many options! I think Sonny has to be there, guaranteed fun when he’s around.

Who would be in your all time Spurs XI ?

Obviously, there are the legends like Greaves, Mackay, Ossie, Glen, Gazza, Lineker but I am going to restrict this XI to players I have seen live myself. This includes the goals from the likes of Defoe and Keano, the brilliance of Berbatov, and the aggression of Edgar Davids. Surprisingly, when I look at my line-up, I also see that 6 of the XI are still current players, which I reckon speaks volumes for where we are now, and how much we have achieved under Poch.

A very fluid 4-1-3-2 that I reckon would be a pleasure to watch playing football the Spurs way.

Hugo – a Spurs world cup winner, but even more of a legend after that penalty save in the NLD.

Defenders would include Ledley, a brilliant ball playing defender who would have been the best in the world with 2 good knees, alongside Super Jan Vertonghen. At full back I would have the pace and aggression of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to provide genuine width.

Midfield is a bit spoilt for choice. I would have Dembele in there as the best and strongest I have seen at breaking up play and driving forward with the ball.

Then a trio with the graft and sweet left foot of Luka Modric, the audacity, magic and late runs into the box from Dele and the creativity and passing ability of Christian Eriksen (who just edges out Rafa Van der Vaart).

Up top the best centre forward in the world in Harry Kane, partnered by the pace and goals of Gareth Bale

Managed, of course, by Poch – “he is magic you know”.

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The Interviews – Stacey1882

The Warm Up

This week I took a trip to Dortmund to watch the mighty Tottenham Hotspur in Round 16 of the Champions League. My second away trip abroad this season which has also included PSV Eindhoven and a seat in the home end (family section just above the Ultras).

This trip would be different as on this particular occasion as I would be sat in the away end (Block 56).  Always a lively experience, involving lots of beers, songs and meeting fantastic like minded people who live and breathe Lilly White.

During the Monday night excursion to Dortmund (after traveling 13 hours across Europe) I visited the Alten Markt. A small bar on the edge of the main Square. Through the door and into the melee of Spurs songs and beers showers, a bearded Gentlemen passed me by and without hesitation I recognized him as Stace.

I’d followed his Twitter account for some time as its one of the rare sources of information on the New Stadium that offers a perspective through the eyes of the Construction Team. This account and a couple of others have stood above the fake news that have consistently dashed or dismissed our hopes of finally playing in our new home this season.  I have to admit; I’ve never been so interested in Fire Panels and Public Announcement Systems and probably never will again.

Anyway, great to meet you Stace and many others on this amazing trip.

Spurs go Marching on to the UCL Quarter Finals.

Now for the  interview …Enjoy……

As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero? 

The one and only Glenn Hoddle, nobody comes close. When he left for Monaco it took me months to get over it…

Who is your favorite player from the current Squad? 

Harry Kane, the lad has it all

From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?

Messi, what more can you say.

What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia?

Signed Jamie Defoe shirt.
Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?

Going away to watch us v Dortmund for the very first time next week…I have never had the money to watch us away.

Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?

A fit Gareth Bale..

Most memorable Spurs moment?

Seeing Tony Parks save the penalty in the 1984 & watching Graham Roberts lift the UEFA cup final.

Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?

Jason Cundy, the man was rubbish, never played & just talks cack…

Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?

Dele, Dier & Hugo as I know we would have some great food & plenty of drink lol

Who would be in your all time Spurs XI ?

  • 1. Pat Jennings
  • 2. Kyle Walker
  • 3. Ledley King
  • 4. Jan Vertonghen
  • 5. Danny Rose
  • 6. Danny Blanchflower
  • 7. Paul Gascoigne
  • 8. Glenn Hoddle
  • 9. John White
  • 10. Harry Kane
  • 11. Jimmy Greaves
Extra Time
Team Changes 
My team does not work… Gazza out, Glenn & Danny in the middle. John White on the left, and add Terry Dyson in front of Kyle Walker
Special Moments
Also another moment for me was Ricky Villas goal V City in the FA Cup final.

Follow Stace1882 via Twitter #Stac@Stacey1882 

The Interviews – Josh – Punjabi Spurs

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

Enjoy………..

The Warm Up

Josh here, grew up in Stoke on Trent and fell in love with Tottenham and been a fan since 1987.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Hugo Lloris

Ledley King

Danny Blanchflower

Gary Mabbutt

David Ginola

Glenn Hoddle

Dave MacKay

Paul Gascoigne

Jurgen Klinsmann

Harry Kane

Jimmy Greaves

Manager: Bill Nicholson

Assist Manager: Keith Burkinshaw

Attacking Coach: Ossie Ardiles

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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!

COYS!!!

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The Y Word – A Personal View

Credit: Martin – South Dorset Spurs

The Y Word – A personal view

Recently I was listening to Chelsea fan David Baddiel on Desert Island Disks and he spoke about the need to mock others as a valid response. This is really useful when you can’t get involved in a discussion.

I grew up within the sound of White Hart Lane on match days and so could never have been part of any other fan base. I am also a Jew which means my formative years were quite strange. I became used to regularly being called ‘Jew Boy’ or having halfpennies thrown at my feet to see if I would collect them. Us Jews ate school lunches at a separate table as we had kosher food and we were paraded in at the end of assembly after the religious observance bit. I got used to being unusual and found ways to cope or ignore it. Then in the 70’s I started going to WHL and became aware of the Yiddos chant. Initially I thought ‘here we go again’ and then realised that a whole crowd was mocking the opposing fans and welcoming me! I felt completely at home and saw this as such a mature response. It was like saying ‘We’ve got Jewish fans, so what’. The gay community have done a similar thing by reclaiming the words Queer or Gay which are rarely used as a term of ridicule these days.

Of course most if not all clubs have diverse fans but I can’t recall any other supporters celebrating this.

I did have a discussion with a Jewish Chelsea fan, we were both part of the same youth organisation, who publicly objects to the use of the Y word and can be found on You Tube expressing his opinion. I tried to explain how I felt about the Y word and that I had never found a Spurs fan, Jewish or otherwise who objects to the chant of Yiddos. I also suggested that the anti-Semitic chants by his club was much more of a concern and perhaps he chose the wrong team to support.

It is obvious to me that the battle is pretty much won. The only anti-Jewish chants we get are so vile that it is clear that they, not us, have a real problem.

Perhaps though it is time that we developed an additional chant to celebrate to diversity of support our team enjoy and I have an offering. This does require some explanation which goes against the grain for a chant but its a starter for others to contribute to.

To appreciate it you have to know that a suffix of ‘im’ (male) and ‘ot’ (female) are normal in Hebrew and occasionally used in English. Cherubim and Kibbutzim are examples. Tottenhim could be male spurs fans and Tottenhot,  female spurs fans. I do need to check if the women are happy being referred to at ‘hot’.

And so, to be chanted responsively

Tottenhim, Tottenhot

Totten-gay, Totten-not

Totten-black, Totten-white

Arsenal,   and I can’t think of a rhyme with white, any offers?

Proud Yiddo Martin

The Interviews – Ashley Porter

The Warm Up

 I’m Ashley, I’m the vice-chair of Lancashire Spurs supporters’ club, and a We Are Tottenham TV fangirl. I’ve only been a Spurs fan since 2011, when I was roped into watching the football and then fell in love with the game and the club. 

As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero? 

I was 19 when I started watching football, so I’d say my first Spurs hero was Gareth Bale. 

Who is your favorite player from the current Squad? 

It’s got to be Kane, hasn’t it? I’m obsessed! But other than Harry, I’m a huge fan of Son at the moment. He’s magnificent and always has a smile on his face. 

From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?

If you’d asked me a while ago I would have said Neymar but his diving annoys me, so how about a glorious return for Gareth Bale?! 

What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia? 

Tough one, as I’ve mainly been a fan on my own and haven’t really had many people to share it with or the chance to collect much memorabilia. I like keeping my tickets though. 

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK? 

Just Barcelona so far, but I’m heading out to Dortmund in a couple of weeks! 

Which former player would you love to see in the current squad? 

I think Modric could really do wonders for us in midfield.

Most memorable Spurs moment? 

The first Champions League game I attended, which was Real Madrid at home in 2017 and we won 3-1. My first European away trip to Barcelona in December 2018 was also very memorable! 

Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing? 

Soldado and Paulinho were a bit disappointing. I feel bad saying that though! 

Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?

Son, Rose and Dele. I think they’d be a laugh. 

Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?

I’m just going to pick players who’ve played for us while I’ve been watching to make it easier.

.. Lloris – Rose, Vertonghen, King, Walker – Bale, Modric, Dembele, Eriksen – Kane, Defoe. 

The Interviews – Ben Daniel – We Are Tottenham TV

This week SDS had the opportunity to catch up with one of the true pioneers of the football VLOG.

Well known for recording the experience of attending football matches with their Grandad. Their natural ability to project the story, accompanied by an infectious enthusiasm for all things Lillywhite , has quickly turned ‘We Are Tottenham TV’ into a hugely successful You Tube sensation with their own channel followed by thousands of loyal fans.

This week we welcome one half of the successful WATTV duo – Ben Daniel

Enjoy…

The Warm Up

My names Ben Daniel, co creator of WeAreTottenhamTV. I’ve been going to Tottenham since my dad brainwashed me when I was 7 years old in 1996. Completely fell in love with the club after I first stepped foot into WHL.

As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?

As a youngster my hero was David Ginola. To win double player of the year in 1999, the year Man Utd won the treble says it all.

Who is your favorite player from the current Squad?

That’s a difficult one as we have a squad full of a stars now but if I had to pick one it would have to be Harry Kane, need I say more?

From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?

If I had the chance to pick one player in the world to sign for Tottenham it would have to be Mbappe. One of the worlds best players at 19 and will for sure go on to be the worlds best.

What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia?

My favourite piece of spurs memorabilia is the stacks and stacks of spurs programmes that have been passed through from my family some dating back to the 50’s!

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?

I’ve watched Spurs live all over Europe like places including France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Holland

Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?

It’s got to be Gareth Bale, I was extremely gutted when he left

Most memorable Spurs moment?

The 2 that really stick out for me was beating Chelsea in 2008 Cup final and the scenes after we beat City in the champions league play off in 2010

Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?

Oh god we’ve had many over the years but I think Sergei Rebrov or Helder Postiga have got to be up there.

Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?

Haha I think I would have to pick Sonny, Dele and Aurier

Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?

I’m going to give you a in my life time starting 11

Lloris – rose vertonghen king walker – ginola modric Dembele Bale – Kane Sheringham

The Interviews – Richard ‘ Crackers’ Cracknell

Last year at one of South Dorset Spurs Legends Evenings I had the honour to meet the great Osvaldo Ardiles & Ricardo Villa. Two of my all time Spurs heroes and many of the reasons why I and many starting supporting the club as a child.
Hosting the evening was a Gentleman who many of us follow via Social Media. His quick wit and one liners posted on Twitter have brought a smile to many a fan and firmly cemented his position as a legend in his own right.
We welcome – Mr Richard ‘Crackers’ Cracknell
enjoy……
The Warm Up
I’m Richard Cracknell aka Crackers
I’m 49 and retired
I went to my first Spurs game in 1976, so I’ve seen some ups and downs.  Literally the downs,  as my first season was the relegation year!!
I,  along with Kayv Ant Costa and Adam Smith host the monthly podcast ‘ohh when the Spurs’ which is anything but monthly!!!
I also host football Q&A evenings around the UK and Ireland. These are great fun to do and I’ve got to meet and become friends with many retired footballers.
As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?
Glenn Hoddle and Graham Roberts
Glenn could do things with a football that literally defied physics. If he was in his pomp today,  he would be a £150m + player (just trying to relate his ability to today’s football world)
Graham Roberts was absolute nails. But he was so much more than that and was a very clever cultured defender that could play too.  Always loved players that went out and would literally spill blood for the team.
Who is your favorite player from the current Squad?
Spurs in modern times,  have always been a team with a sprinkling of one or two great players amongst a team of good to ok players. This current squad is very different. The collective spirit makes us what we are,  and no one player makes us. So I’m gonna go a little off piste here and pick Mauricio Pochettino as my star man of this team.  He is the absolute glue that makes us. These are great times at Spurs, cherish them.
From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?
He’s not been too long retired so I’m gonna sneak him in and say Ronaldinho. Knowing how we’ve always been suckers for one of those players that get you off your seat ala Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola then Ronaldinho would have been an absolute icon at Spurs.
What is your favorite piece of Spurs memorabilia? 
I’m really not one for memorabilia.  I do have some bits and pieces that I’ve given to my two sons for their bedrooms. My memories of meeting and interviews with some of Spurs greatest players are the things I cherish.

Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK? 
Germany Italy Spain Belgium Portugal France Holland
..  Probably some more that I’ve forgotten!!
Which former player would you love to see in the current squad? 
Glenn Hoddle every day of the week and twice on a Sunday.
Most memorable Spurs moment? 
Wow…  That’s so tough to pick. Watching football is so much more than just going to watching football.  The last day of the Lane and walking down the High Road and going through the turnstiles with my Dad one last time was pretty special,  bringing 40 years of going to White Hart Lane together,  to an end.  I came out the lane afterwards in floods of tears and my dad being my dad said “glad to see the back of it,  seen some right old shit in there down the years” Lol lol lol
Also loved the night we beat Inter Milan at the lane when Bale wasn’t just great,  he was terrifying. The atmosphere just before kick off could have powered a city for a month.
Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?
 I’ve never answered this when asked, and not changing that now. I don’t think any player ever sets out to be terrible or not try. Sometimes we buy square peg players that are asked to play round hole roles,  or they just don’t settle at the club
Which Spurs players (3) would you chose to join you if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?
I’ve been massively privileged to sit and have dinner with loads of Spurs players from our past,  so I’ll go with three who I think would be good company.
Peter Crouch,  as I’d imagine he’d be a good laugh
Mauricio Pochettino,  he seems to be cut from a different cloth to the usual football man
Jermaine Jenas..again, he seems to have something about him as a person that would be good company at dinner.
Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?
Not massively balanced but hey, they’re not gonna actually play!!!
Jennings GK
Perryman RB
Knowles LB
King and Roberts CB
Hoddle Gascoigne Blanchflower Ardiles MF
Greaves and Kane FW
Sorry Rasiak…  You’ve only made the bench!!!!!
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