Laurence Cornwall, the Chairman of the Disabled Supporters Association, was recognised as a ‘Hotspur Hero’ with a pitchside presentation given by one of his all-time heroes, Gary Mabbutt at Tottenham Hotspur's match against Newcastle.
Born in Tottenham in September, 1961, Laurence has been a Spurs fan since a young age. Laurence said 'They were fantastic years used to chat with players like
Teddy Sherringham and Graham Roberts. Always had chat with Bill
Nicholson who was such a gentleman he gave me a box of bits and pieces
of him and 1960s stuff that I will keep forever.' After his
accident and two heart attacks and loads of operation he had to learn to
cope with not walking and complete life changes. In 2010 he became
the Vice Chair of the DSA then became Chairman in 2011 and since enjoyed working with Members and the
Club. The Club regularly liaises with the DSA to discuss any problems faced by disabled fans so that actions can be put in place to resolve any issues. The DSA also has representation on the Access Forum for the Northumberland Development Project to ensure that disabled fans are engaged and involved at the planning stages as we seek to develop a world-class facility accessible to all.
Laurence said "I miss being in the stands with all my mates and all the singing but have met some great people in the disabled south stand, Shirley and her team have been fantastic a rock when your down they seem to know and always make you smile we are all one big Spurs family who look after each other. I have Spurs tattoos on my back arms legs and on my left leg thigh I have Spurs players signatures about 35 so far with more to come. I will follow Spurs forever as it is my life".
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