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Blazin' Squad

Posted on 23 April 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Four members of top pop group Blazin’ Squad will be in the crowd on Sunday, cheering us on to what we all hope will be a famous victory over Arsenal.

The quartet - Freek (also known as Ollie), Melo-D (aka Chris), Reepa (aka Stuart) and Strider (aka Mus) - have been Spurs fans all their lives and can’t wait for today’s derby clash. We caught up with three of the lads to find out a little more about their footballing background and to get their thoughts on the big match.

How did you come to support Spurs?

Ollie (left): My uncle was a big fan and he got me into it. He was brought up nearby and he used to take me along to matches when I was younger, so it stemmed from there. I used to go to Leyton Orient quite a bit as well, but chose to follow Spurs!

Stuart: My Dad has supported Spurs since he was a boy, although my Mum’s an Arsenal fan — but I went with my Dad! I’m sure there will be plenty of banter at home today! Dad used to take me to matches quite a lot when I was younger.

Chris: My Dad grew up in Tottenham and always supported the club, so it came from there really.

What is your best memory so far of supporting the club?

Ollie: I’ve got a few actually. When Stephen Carr scored that screamer against Manchester United in the 3-1 win a few years ago, that was a good game, and the comeback against Everton a couple of seasons back, when we were 2-0 down and won 3-2, that was one of my best memories. I was here when we beat Southampton 7-2, Chris Armstrong got a couple, what a game that was too!

Stuart: There was one game which sticks in the memory, the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal when we won 3-1. I only watched it on TV but remember it being so exciting.

Chris: One of the first games I went to was against Watford when we won 6-3 in the League Cup, that’s a good memory.

Who is your favourite current player and why?

Ollie: I like a few of them, Jermain Defoe’s done well since he joined, I’ve always been a fan of Stevie Carr and I like the way Stephane Dalmat plays, but if I had to pick one I’d go for Defoe, he’s on form and looks lively.

Stuart (right): Robbie Keane, he’s a quality player, you can’t beat him.

Chris: Jermain Defoe or Robbie Keane — both very skilful players, I like the way they play.

What are your hopes for the club for next season?

Ollie: We’ve got to be looking to get into Europe in the UEFA Cup and it would be nice to do the double over Arsenal as well!

Stuart: Obviously it would be quality if we got into Europe, but if we can win a trophy that would be fantastic, it’s been a few years now since we last picked up some silverware, so we’re due a trophy.

Do you play football at all?

Ollie: I used to be captain of my school team, but don’t really get to play anymore. Three of us from the band and three of Liberty X were in a team in a tournament in Belfast recently and we won, so that was enjoyable. I used to play central midfield and I do miss not playing. I try to have a kickabout every now and then to keep me fit!

Stuart: A few of the boys used to play in a team when we were younger, but I haven’t played for a while now. I played right back, right midfield, or substitute!

Chris: I try to, I’m not too good, but I try!

What are your predictions for today’s big game?

Ollie: It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m hoping for 2-0 to Spurs, that’s my optimistic prediction!

Stuart: I’ve seen us play a few times this season but haven’t seen them win yet, so hopefully that will change today. I reckon we’ll beat them 2-1 and end their unbeaten run.

Chris (left): Hopefully something like 3-2 to Spurs would be nice, what a great result that would be.

Competition Time….

We’ve got five Blazin’ Squad goodie bags to give away!! Just answer the following simple question:

Q: Who scored a stunning free-kick for us in our 1-1 draw against Arsenal in this fixture last season?

Send your answer to or via post to Blazin’ Squad Competition, 748 High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 0AP. The five winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries.