8 – Support – Blue & White Army – Steve Nash
Spurs supporters form a broad church, from mothers and sons to hardcore travelling fans who go to every game, to people from Clapton and the Caribbean, from North London and Norway, and from global celebrities to those born within yards of The Lane. We talked to a cross-section of them in the Opus about their love for Tottenham Hotspur.
Steve Nash, NBA Most Valuable Player 2005, 2006 and NBA All Star 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“My dad’s from Tottenham. My mum and him met in Tottenham and moved to South Africa, where my dad ended up playing first division football. I was born in Johannesburg. My parents loved the weather, the beauty, but they didn’t want me to grow up with apartheid. So we ended up in Canada, but I grew up in a British household, and I was born into Spurs. I grew up hearing about the Double team. One of my oldest memories is of the 1981 Cup Final against Manchester City - waking up at 5am and watching the game with my dad with my Spurs kit on. On the rare occasion we’d go there during the season my dad would always take me to the Lane. I first went in the early 1980s. Glenn Hoddle was my hero, and I loved Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles. That was my first team and it was a good one. They played in such an attractive style - it made a big impression.”
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We continue our series featuring some of the many highlights of the epic Tottenham Hotspur Opus - the biggest and best book ever written and produced about the Club.