The life of a Spurs fan abroad

Love for one’s club is an indescribable sensation that links each and every Tottenham Hotspur fan from every far-flung corner of the globe. An inexorable love of the lilywhite that will drive any impassioned supporter to extreme lengths to stay connected with the team they adore. In this piece, one Melbourne-based fan gives his account of the lengths he must go for the love of the shirt!

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Adoring fans at a pre-season fixture

Last weekend I woke up at 3:15 am for the Man City game; yet another moment in a long line of fixtures broadcast between the period of 11 pm and 3 am. Alas, despite the difficulties that these time differences present, I still find myself waking up every week to watch the lads play (granted with a little less enthusiasm on this occasion than usual, but that comes with the territory).

Most fans match days consist of watching the game at home or at the pub with a few mates during the day or into the evening. Meanwhile, my day consists of just regular duties, such as cooking and cleaning; it’s of a late night that my match day starts and it usually consists of me hastily surfing the web, trying to find a reliable stream. Once that’s done, all I have to do is sneak out of bed (avoiding the girlfriend who doesn’t quite understand my night time hobby), before it’s time to watch the game, which I will spend silently celebrating or silently yelling at the television (depending on the run of the play, of course).

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Sydney FC are set  to play Spurs later this year

The biggest struggle of match day, which I’m finding more and more difficult, is the task of simply staying awake during the game. Yet, I keep doing it- despite the alcohol-less hangover that will inevitably be in accompaniment. People always ask me why I do it and why I continue putting myself through such late nights, ‘just’ for a game. Every time the reasons are always the same, because no matter what effect staying up so late on match day has on me, just being able to watch the game, talk with fellow supporters on Reddit and the overall experience of being involved in the general excitement that comes on match day is all worth it, even if it’s in my lounge room seventeen thousand kilometres away from the action. It’s an indescribable feeling being able to feel that close to the club that I love very much and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Well, except a game at the lane maybe.

Come this May, Tottenham are coming to Australia to take on Sydney FC and I’ll inevitably make the pilgrimage to experience Spurs up close and personal for the first time in my life (but hopefully not the last). This game isn’t considered to be very important to many people; it’s just a friendly in the warm up to what will hopefully be another big season for the Lilywhites. To me, however, it’s the closest I can get to the club that I love and it will be the perfect opportunity to show just how important the time spent, up late on my weekends, watching Spurs is to me. It’s not just a game, it’s a huge part of my lifestyle and it’s who I am.


Written by Sam Carter

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