Never Mind The B*llocks

24th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Tales from the 1882

The 501 coach from Exeter to Heathrow pulled into its destination at 16:15 on a sunny Thursday afternoon in September, the 13th to precise. I stretched my lanky limbs and began to remove my kneecaps from my eye sockets, where they had been wedged for last 5 hours because the seats on the bus do not really accommodate my frame. A loud beep from a nearby car alerted me to the presence of my Father, and just so I knew it was him and not some other 50 year old, who looks like me, but fatter, older and with a... Read more »

23rd September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Our Bovine Public

I was told just recently that it wasn’t a writers job to be liked, but to challenge the way people think. That said, it seems that while the majority of our clubs fan base have spent the best part of the start of the season pointing fingers at one another, passing around ‘the blame’ quicker than Danielle Lloyd through the Spurs dressing room, the real issues have been cast to one side, ignored. We have a new coaching staff, style of play, shuffled squad and attitude about the way we progress; yet expectations aren’t being properly managed. Tottenham Hotspur Football... Read more »

20th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Prose for Days Yonder

Thursday 13 September 2012 will stay with me until dementia erodes away the last pieces of my conscious mind. It is the day that my rebirth as a football fan was complete; It is the day that this game found its way back into my heart. The day many of us will forever remember as the birth of the 1882 movement. To really understand the context of my rebirth as a football fan, we need to go back to a rainy day in July two summers ago. I woke up that day, opening the paper I saw a picture of... Read more »

20th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Time to Get Serious

When Arjen Robben fluffed his penalty deep into extra time at the Allianz Arena, the “nightmare” of the Europa League became a reality. Trips to far flung corners of Europe, a lack of Saturday 3pm kickoffs and perhaps worst of all, ITV4 or Channel 5 commentary. But then something occurred to me: Why don’t we go out and win the bloody thing? Where’s the shame in lifting the Europa League cup? The Europa League is the amalgamation of the Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA cup, which in order to appeal to the masses has taken on a Champions League... Read more »

19th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Lilywhite & Blue – Interview with author Jeff Maysh

If you listened to last week’s podcast you probably noticed that we conducted an interview with journalist, author, and proper Spurs fan Jeff Maysh. (If you want to hear it again scroll to the bottom of this page.) A couple of seasons ago Jeff put together a book, Lilywhite & Blue, that chronicles the history of our famous jersey. Well now an updated version is available for £5.99 on the iPad. If you’ve ever worn a Spurs shirt, this book is for you. Lilywhite & Blue is a visual history of every glorious shirt design since the team was founded. For this unique project,... Read more »

18th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Being a member of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

I’ve been thinking about what my membership in Tottenham Hotspur Football Club actually means in light of all of the recent discussions regarding “supporters” and “fans” and “consumers” and other identifiers that have been thrown around recently. I’m not from London, or even the United Kingdom. I have never lived full time in London at any point in my life. Obviously, I cannot attend first team matches at White Hart Lane every weekend like I would love to. But with the growth of the Premier League into an international phenomenon and the internet and television, I’m far from alone in... Read more »

17th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Sex appeal

Every match day I go through the ups and downs with the team. I celebrate goals like a mad person and I rue the goals scored against us. I sing with the supporters from my living room. I watched Bayern München crush our last hopes of Champions League football. I drank myself into a stupor just like everybody else that night. I paid a subscription to Charlton Athletic to listen to a feed of the Spurs youth game that TFC attended and sang along in my office here in California. How much more do I have to do to prove... Read more »

17th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

The Levy Files. Dossier 15: Why he Picked AVB.

“I couldn’t help myself officer. You see after having the Premier League back and then taken away so soon, well the temptation took over me.” “Now now son, we know what you did, just tell us what you saw.” “I didn’t see anything!! Honestly.” I was lying as best as I could. The truth was I saw everything. Earlier. After a summer where the country toasted new heroes and the glory of sport was apparently rediscovered, the return of the Premier League pushed me over the edge. The nonsense, the banal booing, the over/underpriced players and the shiny new kits... Read more »