Welcome to the Second Celebrity Fan Box and another selection of ‘names’ from across the worlds of entertainment and sport where the only admission criteria is to be a lilywhite supporter. The Celeb box started in the regularly Talking Tottenham magazine and they are brought together here for the first time. Everyone included here has been identified as a Tottenham fan at some point. Please also peruse the first selection (1).
This gathering of Lilywhite’s includes Hollywood A listers Kenneth Branagh (Below) and former James Bond, Piece Brosnan. Then we have Alan Rickman. Alan a distrusted actor (and a wonderful villain) is of course also Snape in the Harry Potter series of films which brings us to Rupert Grint and of course the creator of all things Potter, JK Rowling.
Another welcome face is that of Steve McQueen who seems to have flourished in various fields but is best known as the Director of Oscar winning film ‘12 Years a Slave‘ along with fellow thespians Colin Firth, Jason Biggs and Jamie Foreman. We also have just in from Mexico the actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
Next to them we find Stephen Managan, Stephen, an atheist, was once asked if football was bigger than God, he answered: “The passion displayed on the football terraces is something of which the church must be envious.”
Stephen (below right) turns up at the Lane with his good friend and fellow actor Richard Leaf (who is married to Tasmin Grieg Stephen’s co-Star in Episodes).
The chap sitting quietly is Donny Osmond. The reason you did not recognize him as he is in disguise.
He famously turned up at Tottenham during his teen-fan days to watch us play Leicester in 1974 (we won 1-0) he wore a disguise to avoid notice.
He said at the time ‘Everyone in America has their favourite team mine is Spurs).
Below - left Piece Bronson
The half time laughs will be provided by Phil Cornwall, Bobby Davro, Bruce Forysth Kenny Lynch, Gary Olsen, Michael McIntyre, Norman Pace, Paul Merton and Leslie Philips.
Kelly O’Hara who scored the winning goal in the Women’s World Cup final for the USA is a Lilywhite. Which brings us on to footballers who might not have played for us but followed Tottenham. We have Denis Bergkamp, Roy Keane, Alex Stepney, Chris Powell (till recently Palace’s manager).
Des Walker (who scored an own goal for us in the Cup final), Matt Le Tissier (who turned down a transfer to Tottenham as his wife didn’t want to live in London, see also note 3), Dwight Yorke, John Gregory, Gareth Southgate (England Under 21 manager), Jason Roberts and Michael Thomas. Then we have our former manager Martin Jol, the only time he was sent off in his career was playing against Spurs.
Back to the arts and ballerina D’Arcy Bussell brings us some glamour, top image.
The writers this time are represented by Lord Ted Willis, Julie Welch whose portfolio includes the great ’Those Glory Days’.
Alongside her is the sports cartoonist Paul Trevillion. We have Norman Giller, top sportswriter and Spurs blogger and David Aaronovitch.
left - Alan Rickman
Sports personalities are in abundance with golfers Russell Clayton and Simon Dyson (nephew to our own Terry), Badminton has Gail Emms, Andrew Osagie, Andrew Johns and Nathan Robertson, whilst swimming provides us with Ian Thorpe, Martin Fowler and Daniel Fogg, This time its Ice Hockey and Mat Sundin along with Peter Forsberg. Tri-athlete sends us Andrew John’s whilst if you prefer tennis there is Nick Kyrgios. Basketball provides Steve Nash and GB player, Mensah Bonsu while remembering Tottenham were National Baseball Champions (2) there is Billy Bean. Ultimate fighting brings us Brad Pickett.
Music for this second collection will be provided by Matt Aitken and Mike Stock from the Stock, Aitken and Waterman combination. DJ’s Simon Mayo, Nihal, Brandon Block, Jackie Brambles. Vocals from Emma Bunton (Baby Spice to you), Jess Conrad, Graham Crabb and All Saints Shaznay Lewis, alongside them we have Coldplay’s Johnny Buckland, Big Country’s Tony Butler, Another Level’s Mark Baron, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, Anthony Costa from Blue, Fabio, Finn from Hell is for Heroes. Dennis Greaves and then the drummer Colin Jones from Circa Waves, The Klaxons and James Righton. Keeping an eye on them will be music writers Paolo Hewitt and David Hepworth. We also have the manager of the Rolling Stones, Jim Callaghan,
Over in the far corner we find the owner of Planet Hollywood, Robert Earl and Night club owner (I’m told that counts) Piers Adam. It looks like he is chatting to sports shop chain owner and Newcastle Chairman, Mike Ashley and our own former chairman, Alan Sugar.
The sandwiches for half time will be provided this time by Adam Richman.
Right - Donny Osmond back in his teen idol days
The broadcasters and media are present with the mini bus just arriving from the BBC with film buff Barry Norman, Sally Bundock and Jon Sopel from BBC World, Michael Fish, Charlotte Green, Natasha Kaplinsky, Peter Purvis (and former Doctor Who companion), Terry Wogan, Nick Knowles, Brian Walden, Peter Allen, Brian Alexander not to mention Top Gear’s Chris Evans and their antiques expert, Jonty Hearnden. While CNN’s Becky Anderson as well as Michael Brunson, Derek Jamieson, Trevor MacDonald, Claire Tomlinson, Norman Jay, Marcus Buckland, Michael Coren, Richard Littlejohn, Jeremy Thompson and the voice of Trans-World Sport Sue Carpenter all squeeze in as well.
There is a special place for the leaders of the Tottenham Sound in the 60’s music world in Dave Clark (left) and Mike Smith.
Dave is sometimes accused of being a Palace fan as his song ‘Glad all over’ is still played at the ground. He is however a Lilywhite and certainly used to be a regular in the West Stand.
Acting as bouncer on the door today is Finn Balor the WWE star from Ireland.
So there you have it another 114 crammed in, to add to the 116 in the first box, but don’t tell the Health and Safety people. I have another dozen or more names towards starting work on Box 3 so after checking both lists if you know anyone who deserves to be included do send their names into me and they will welcomed. I look forward to hearing from you.
t- Keith 16024542
f- peter shearman (old non de plume)
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Note 1 – link box 1. -http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/talking-tottenham-first-celebrity-fan-box
2 – baseball link ht35 -http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-35
3 – I try not to be negative but back in the early 80’s I worked with his sister and met him once, I just hope it was on a bad day because he acted like a real **** on that occasion.
15/1/2016 12:55:19 pm
I was shocked this morning to hear of the news regarding the passing of Alan Rickman. This on the day he is included in this collection. My thoughts are with his family. A fine actor he leaves behind a lasting legacy in films on film and stage, such as his moving performance in Truly Madly Deeply, the comic side in cancelling Christmas in Robin Hood and a deliciously evil baddie in Die Hard. Rest in peace. keith
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