When You're Not Young Anymore

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When you're a kid, it's obviously the norm to be watching us play....and all the players on the pitch to be older than you .

I do though recollect the first time watching us, when a Spurs player out there was actually younger than me.
After all those years of cheering on your heroes, it felt sort of weird for a while.

Anyway - it was at home to Citeh in Feb '82
The player being Ally Dick.

Anybody remember when to first happened to them and who the player was?
 

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Well for me most significant was the 05/06 season when a bunch of first team players turned up younger than me.

Huddlestone, Lennon, Routledge - some other youngsters.
Definitely didn't feel weird. Was so hyped to see Huddlestone pinging balls around, and Lennon bombing past players. Bit of a renaissance for Spurs then really.
 

JohnH

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Not so much younger but I remember feeling slightly bemused when I realised that Brad Friedel was the same age as me!
 
To be honest, what gets me more is when a player younger than me retires.
Or seeing a player retire I remember breaking through as a fresh faced 21 year old.

Fuck, watching highlights of Nadal vs Federer from something like 2006 yesterday made me feel really old - and made them look it too 😫
 

Rocket

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It's that point in life when you realise, no matter how hard you try, or how good you thought you were, you're just never going to make it as a professional footballer.
 
When you're a kid, it's obviously the norm to be watching us play....and all the players on the pitch to be older than you .

I do though recollect the first time watching us, when a Spurs player out there was actually younger than me.
After all those years of cheering on your heroes, it felt sort of weird for a while.

Anyway - it was at home to Citeh in Feb '82
The player being Ally Dick.

Anybody remember when to first happened to them and who the player was?
Interesting thought. For me it wasn't about that one specific moment. It's more in stages that creeps up on you. Though there's often that a, or a few, moment(s), where you realise that fuck me I'm old, when it dawns on you that you've moved to looking at footballers in another way.

As a child, they're all giants and gods among men.

As a teen, realising that they're just look everyone else. Some are brilliant people and some right twats.

As a 20s adult, probably the closest I've come to what you describe. Suddenly realising they're not your elders but peers (age-wise) was a strange sensation.

As a 30s adult, seeing others live the dream while you're pushing middle-age category is bloody depressing at first.
 

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chubbs

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One day you wake up and realise that Poch could be your son. Then you look in the mirror.

 
Ally Dick in 1982!!!!!
Apologies Pete just read the whole of your post! We were at the same game then! What made it so memorable was that he was at the time the youngest player in Spurs history (still 16)
 
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VirginiaSpur

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He'll always be Lo Chelso to me
Nah, it's the day you realize that the newest batch of pornstars weren't even alive when you first started jerkin' it.

Oh, this is supposed to be Spurs related.
 
When the first XI's combined age is still 2 years younger than you, then you KNOW you're old!

For me, it was the moment I realised I was 5 years older than AVB when he was our manager!
:avbfacepalm::avbshit::avbnaa::avbhumph:
 
The feeling that i am getting older is made worse when a player comes into the team very young. And then they retire in their 30s. Really brings it home. Even though i am older than the players i still worship them. I am childish re my football. Mainly by collecting things. Brings me enjoyment so i will carry on how i am.
 

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