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Another gold struck Spurs fan

Posted on 28 September 2000  - 12:00

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Aussie swim superstar Ian Thorpe isn't the only Olympic hero from a golden pond who is a Spurs fan.

British rower Tim Foster, who collected gold together with record-breaker Steve Redgrave in Saturday's historic coxless fours, says the great love of his life, outside of rowing and his girlfriend (a former cox whom he once saved from drowning in crocodile-infested river in Brazil) is Tottenham.

"I'm a massive, massive fan of the club. I first went to see them as a kid in 1977 and I've been going to White Hart Lane as regularly as I can ever since."

Twelve hours after receiving his medal from the Princess Royal, Foster was on the phone to friends in London seeking the Spurs result. "I was very disappointed to hear they had only drawn 0-0 at home to Manchester City. They're obviously missing me!"

Foster says his boyhood hero was Glenn Hoddle. "But I really began to get excited about Spurs in the Ardiles-Villa era. Great days, great players. That was such a fantastic time. So much flair, which is what I love. Then came Gary Lineker, Gazza and Chris Waddle. I loved them all. More recently I was a great fan of David Ginola, one of my favourites.

"Of the present team I'm big on Sol Campbell. If ever he were to leave we would lose the rock of the team. Unfortunately he can't play everywhere. I've missed watching them since I’ve been out here in Australia for the Games and I'm desperate to see a match when I get back next week. Can't wait.

"I had a season ticket for many years but the only thing that stopped me getting one this season was that I knew I was going to be away so much because of the Olympics. I've missed five games already since I've been away.

"But I'll be getting another one next season, especially as I'm moving back to London from Oxford. And I'll certainly be catching up with all the news about them when I get back. They certainly look as if they could do with my support right now."

Foster reveals that he has had a long-time yearning to wear the Spurs shirt. In my dreams I play for them. I only wish I had been good enough as a footballer to play for them. But I have to make to do with pretending. I pretend that I do. Mind you, had I really played for Spurs I doubt I'd be an Olympic gold medalist now!

" I'm not sure what I would have preferred!"