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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 »

13th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

The Bale Identity

The world is full of brain-busting mysteries; What is the Bermuda Triangle? Does Bigfoot really exist? Why would anyone pay 20 million for Jordan Henderson? but none of the aforementioned phenomena boggle the mind like what exactly is Gareth Bale’s best position? Is it left-wing, right-wing, left back or maybe page 73 of the Kama Sutra Christmas edition? Here we will explore the pros and cons of each position the Welsh Wizard could potentially occupy this season. Left-wing Tried and tested, Bale’s speed and skill has made many a mug of even the best full-backs. A deft piece of control... Read more »

13th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

1882 – The Past and Future of Tottenham Hotspur

Like 10,000 others, I will be attending White Hart Lane on Thursday night to see our Academy side take on the prodigious talents of Barcelona’s illustrious La Masia development centre. But really the result of the game holds no importance to the home faithful, and you can be assured not a single boo will be heard. Instead the night will be a celebration – a pledge of allegiance to the shirt, and all it represents. Perhaps fittingly, this celebration takes place at youth level and even more apt is the name, 1882, because this game takes place within a week... Read more »