I started watching football way back in 2002 at the mere age of 10. Back then, as ESPN and Star Sports mostly covered the matches of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool and the rest others were just fillers, I had to make a choice between those 3 and for some reason it turned out to be Manchester United. This is an injustice done on Asian fans due to the lack of coverage. In the year 2002, English Premier League wasn’t much popular among Indians.And as a 10 year old, I had
"Dude, why Tottenham?",asked a friend of mine with an astonished look. And I was compelled to think-Hmmm, why Tottenham?
Okay, it goes something like this. It was the summer of 2006, the World Cup year. I was only 11 and being an Indian child, I grew up watching and playing cricket. Then the World Cup came around and took me completely by storm. Having enjoyed the FIFA World Cup ever so much, I was looking forward to the Barclays Premier League.
International boundaries have changed a great deal over the years and many new countries have appeared with the breakup of old ones. One of the countries affected more than most was the Soviet Union / Russia. I’ve tried to look at some of the connections with how the boundaries were at the time.
1973 /4 saw us visit the former Soviet Union to play Dinamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Cup 3rd Round. Ralph Coates scored a great with a screamer in the first half in a 1-1 draw. Back home we eased to a 5-1 win.
After the club’s formation in 1882, Spurs quickly established a reputation for playing attacking, flowing football that excited the growing number of spectators who turned up at the newly-enclosed ground on Tottenham Marshes. But there were other reasons, too, why Spurs rapidly gained a loyal following.
Football at the time was dominated by club’s from the country’s industrial powerhouses – Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa from the Midlands industrial sprawl around Birmingham. Those clubs were also from the north of the country, their power fuelled by their ability to draw support from the vast industrial working class populations of those towns. Spurs, represented something different.
Why do Tottenham Hotspur play in white shirts?
When Hotspur Football Club first played a competitive match, the famous white shirts were nowhere to be seen. Instead, the players wore a kit of all navy that had a large H emblazoned on the front – in red!
Having followed Spurs since 1970 at home and away, Martin Cloake knows the history and traditions of this great club. He is the author of several popular books about the club and, in a series of exclusive articles for India Spurs, he’ll be telling the story of just what makes Tottenham Hotspur the most unique club in world football
Why the name Hotspur?
It’s a proud boast that, in a world of Citys and Uniteds, there is only one Hotspur. But where does such a distinctive name come from? The answer can be found with the group of schoolboys who founded the club.
There is always something very special about European action under the floodlights and the days before groups and it was ‘do or die.’ Tottenham led the way and were one of the first to triumph in Europe.
As we prepare for the first European game of the season for those India Spurs readers who have experienced it live and those still dreaming of that day. feel that magic.
After a long international break,we are finally set for some Barclays Premier League action this weekend.
Good news is that almost everyone has returned without an injury except for Gylfi Sigurdsson who returned with a dead leg,but still took part in the initial training. Kyle Walker certainly didn't have his best game against Ukraine after his recent media problems.
Tottenham currently have a Argentinean manager and two players from that country registered with the club. Our most famous link goes back to 1978 but we actually have connections with the country dating from 1909.
Passionate, emotional, absorbing, full of goals and drama. Once again, fans of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur await one of the two showpiece games of their team’s season – the North London Derby – seen by some as the best rivalry in Britain. Gripping and exhausting for viewers whilst sometimes torturous for the players, the derby is a benchmark for bragging rights in North London. It is a time when heroes are discovered and villains are dispelled. It is the first game fans look out for when a season’s fixtures are announced.
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