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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.