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My first game...Part 1

Posted on 17 June 2003  - 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).

Thanks for a great response to our 'My first game...' feature where we asked for your memories of your first Spurs game. Here is the first batch of your recollections...

Send your memories to us by e-mailing themHERE and please remember to include your name...

We'll publish as many of your stories as we can this week.

From Peter Baskin: I was 8 years old when my dad took me to the opening game of the 1956-7 season against Leeds. I stood behind the goal at Paxton Road on a wooden crate. The main memory of my first match was everyone behind the goal ducking when the ball flew over the bar after a shot from John Charles (pictured right). We won the game and I was hooked by the atmosphere. I kept going back to the Lane as I got older. I believe that football is the religion of the people - what else makes or ruins your week for most of the year?

From John Taylor: I don't remember the result as I was 5 years old, but it was against Crystal Palace in 1979. My main memory was crawling on my hands and knees with my brother through the turnstile as my dad paid for one adult! My dad would grab milk crates from on top of the toilets inside the stand and put us at the front standing on them, struggling still to see above the ad boards while he stood at the back in front of the shelf with his mates. It was a great era after that to grow up watching spurs, although I did not have a choice about who I supported I would have chosen Spurs anyway.

From Paul Hugill: My first game at the Lane was v Nottingham Forest in the 1990/91 season two weeks before the cup final between the same teams. I don't really remember too much about the game except that the score was 1-1, but I remember how I fell in love with the place straight away. I was so excited about seeing Gary Lineker and Gazza that it didn't really matter what the score was. I still get the same feeling now, even as a grown man!

From David Allsop, London: Spurs v Southampton 1981. Southampton were top of the league and had Kevin Keegan playing for them. I was 6 and my Dad took me onto the terraces behind the goal in the Park Lane end. I can just remember the noise of 40,000-plus people, the singing and waving my FA Cup winners 1981 flag. Spurs won 3-2 with a hat-trick from Graham Roberts (pictured left). That was it for me, I was hooked!

Matt Watson, West Byfleet, Surrey: It was on my 8th birthday, April 3rd 1985 v Everton at White Hart Lane. It was labelled the title decider and Everton won 2-1 and they went on to win the title and we ended up finishing third behind them and Liverpool. I can't remember who scored for Everton, think Andy Gray got at least one, but Graham Roberts hit a net buster from about 25 yards or so my Dad told me! I never saw the goal until a programme called Match of the 80's was on BBC1 presented by Dennis Waterman and they showed it then, took over 10 years for me to see it, but it was well worth the wait. I don't remember much about the actual game, just remember the crowd and the atmosphere and wanting to go back for more, must of worked as I am now a season ticket holder in the Paxton Road end.