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One issue that raised it’s nit laden, dandruff encrusted head yesterday was that of support. Specifically those who were ‘true’ fans, those who were ‘real fans’.

There is a certain type of individual that always unsolicited feels the need to make such distinctions. This type of individual usually has something missing in their own life. Usually oxygen. Sadly they’ve just enough to keep them in a drifting half existence, but not quite enough to allow the sticky toffee pudding like matter they refer to as their ‘brain’ to function at an anyway near an efficient level.

Let’s not get into defending the abused, but who the abusers think they are actually talking about. Their fantasy revolves around the premise that there are characters weaker than they are. Less committed, less efficient with their contribution, less of a man or woman than they. Heh, their premise smacks of National Socialism for a reason.

It’s my experience that fans who don’t live ‘up the road from the ground’, don’t hold season tickets are amongst the most passionate, articulate and interesting. Having been at this game for a few weeks now I have a working knowledge of of other bloggers and website people out there. The best work is done by those who do not claim to be ‘true’ fans, but just support in their own way.

So how a man in Germany, Ireland, Barbados or The USA who doesn’t get to games is somehow less of a fan than someone who goes home and away and most cup games is beyond me. Sorry, but was I in an undiagnosed coma when someone concocted a points scoring system to weed out the folks they viewed as weak and promote¬† themselves the strong?

‘True’ fans are always bores. I’ve thankfully never knowingly stood in the same room as one, but I would imagine them to be shorter than average, in need of a haircut and not that fussed about their general appearance (‘I’m not that fussed about clothes, I just use them for getting from A to B’ – Fry & Laurie).

Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing. Sometimes one man’s delight is another man’s cue to self harm, but what makes my heart sink is the notion that an opinion is devalued if it comes from someone who somehow isn’t qualified to have one just because they watched a game on a telly rather than a seat in the Paxton.

With the exception of a few folk who are upfront about their whereabouts¬† – outside of heavily moderated forums –¬† fans are frequently hesitant to mention that they are in Egypt less halfway through a debate on Lennon’s pubic artwork a booming’ what would you know about it anyway?’ is hurled at them.

The Stratford debate highlighted this. In truth it did serve to reveal the quality of some of the Anti Stratford support. As soon as anyone who couldn’t prove they lived within the M25 was suspected at joining the debate they were sneered at.

Got a season ticket? Go to lots of games? Well done you. I went to the toilet this morning and managed not to fall in. Now it’s your turn to tell us something interesting.

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147 comments

  • SPURSINCE82 says:

    wtf ? 2 minutes of my life was waisted on this site yawning …..

    If you can’t get a story…get a life!??

    • Harry Hotspur says:

      How very interesting.

    • TonySpursano says:

      The only minutes I have ever ‘waisted’ in life were those contemplating which belt to add to my apparel.

    • The V says:

      You missed yesterday’s little spat of name calling. It majestic much better reading if you had been present fir that one.

      To summarise the host was airing his fears of a loss to chelsea while sone knuckle scrapper who happened on the article was calling for unrequited support. Both were correct but monsieur grazed fingers tried to put his pint across with his two best, and only, brain cells.

      Needless to say there was a clash.

      Having said all that Spurs need the support, a lot has gone against us. Some self inflicted. It is time to support without fully and save the questions for the off season. Unless of course you believe we should attempt to tried to avoid 5th.

      Please excuse any iphone’isms.

    • Spurstacus says:

      Are you Liam?
      Are you Liam?
      Are you Liam in disguise?
      Are you Liam in disguise?

    • Spurstacus says:

      If he can’t get a story- what chance has he of getting a life?

  • aidyj says:

    agree with you hh, ive bin to 3 games this year cos i’ve been able to afford to, i watched the game in the pub yesterday and was devastated, i may have slagged u but only in jest and i never slag off my team or fellow spurs fans, but after yesterday even i’m asking questions about gomes

    • dancingbarber says:

      Yes I always been a big fan of Gomes, but yeah he needs a rest and learn to watch the ball. Step up Carlo.

    • Whitefoot says:

      You can blame tactics and other poor performances for Saturdays result, but for me Gomes is the culprit. You don’t even need to have played football before to understand how demoralising it is to play well away from home, against a top team, grab a lead, only to have it wiped out by a complete f*ck up from your keeper. It totally destroys the spirit and makes the job 10 times harder. Every keeper is allowed the odd cock up, but 4 or 5 every season?? We aspire to regularly be in the top 4, how often do we see Cech, Van der saar, Hart, even Reina make these kinds of errors? Get rid of the absolute fuckwit please.

  • dancingbarber says:

    Harry I never realised how wise you are until now. I have always been pleased that Spurs have attracted fans from all over the world. i was a little boy in Stamford Hill during the Glory days of Billy Nick, but life moves on I have lived in Bristol, Stockton, Northampton and Leicester to name a few. One thing that hasn’t changed is my allegiance to Spurs.
    I have a grandson now and in times past and now looking after the family has always been a priority, but I still consider myself a Spurs fan.

    I was happy to say a move to Stratford was OK by me if it meant travel from the Midlands would be easier. I don’t consider myself a traitor to have that view. I could say if you weren’t at the Double celebrations in 1961 you can’t be a true fan, but that is equally as crass as trying to divide us up by other methods.

    And now the delights of Europe may be off the menu for a season I’m looking forward to a chance for some attractive places like Bournemouth or Doncaster on our way to the Cup.

  • Brycie says:

    Don’t think you need to quantify how much of a fan you are the mere fact that we have been posting on the blog for so long now clearly demonstrates the passion and general interest we all have in a team steeped in history and tradition a true football institution worthy of the time and effort it takes to take 15 mins out of each day to find out what others have to say !!!

    • Spurstacus says:

      15 mins?? Call yourself a real fan? I once spent 10hrs straight refreshing the page every 10mins to find out what others where saying. Thats what you call a real fan.

  • Disco Darren says:

    I’m quite happy to be honest. I live down in Poole Dorset, always have done. I have no connection with Spurs whatsoever and didn’t start supporting them in the late eighties. It was more of a case spurs choose me than me thinking I’ll support spurs as they have bought Gazza and whoever else. This happend as I started a new job and the work force were mostly Tottenham supporters. When the 88-89 season started they didn’t ask me if I wanted to come along, they simply told me I was going. The rest was history. I’ve been to the odd game over the years, bought bits of merchandise and try and watch them online or on TV as much as possible.
    My current work colleagues support teams like Man U and Liverpool. They all know that I support Spurs and seem genuinely supprise that I hardly ever watch their team on the box, why should I, I only fall asleep every time when I try and watch some one else. when Spurs are on my missus has the good sense to watch TV in the other room, she knows how passionate I get when watching them.
    I feel Spurs is in my blood, engraved in my DNA, but does what I have stated above makes me a true Spurs fan or not?

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