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Football Aid - bidding under way

Posted on 3 March 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).

Bidding under way!

Football Aid returns to White Hart Lane on May 10th for not one but TWO matches!

Bidding is now under way so if you want the opportunity to play on the hallowed turf here at the Lane and live the dream, visit www.footballaid.com and it could be you lining up alongside fellow supporters and two of our former players! Anyone over the age of 18 can bid for a position.

Lifelong Spurs fan Matt Selby played in the Spurs Football Aid game in May 2003 and like all those that have played in Football Aid matches, it fulfilled a life long dream of playing at White Hart Lane:

“Playing in the game served three major purposes in my eyes, we all helped contribute to fine charities, I realised my dream of playing at WHL and myself & my family (who were in attendance) paid our respects to my recently deceased father.

My father, Maurice Malcolm Selby ("Mac"), was a Spurs supporter for over 50 years, a season ticket holder for 30 years and a diabetic. He took me to my first game aged 11 in 1977 and I was immediately hooked. He bought me my first season ticket in 1979 and we watched Spurs together through good time and bad for the best part of twenty years. In today's society, fathers and sons do not always enjoy the closeness that I was lucky to share with my father. Through following Spurs we had a common love & a common bond that would never be broken.

My father succumbed to diabetes, angina and ultimately Parkinsons disease causing his visits to White Hart Lane to diminish in the mid-late nineties. His illnesses finally overcame him and he passed away peacefully in October 1999.

Football Aid gave myself and my family an opportunity to 'say a little prayer' at our 'spiritual home'. My wife, child, mother and myself now live in Florida and we all flew over especially for the Football Aid event. In all we had 12 family members & close friends in attendance - they all knew how much Spurs had always meant to me ... and to Mac. We had a few quiet words in the build up to kick off and, just before kick off, I waved to my Mum and brother in the stand, proudly kissed the badge on my chest and shouted: "This is for Mac" ... and it was.

All in all I was grateful to Football Aid for the opportunity to realise my dream, help the charity in my own small way and say goodbye to Mac at the place where we had shared our highest highs and lowest lows. Thank you Football Aid!”