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NO SURPRISES to see two familiar faces turn up at the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday

Posted on 28 July 2009  - 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).

NO SURPRISES to see two familiar faces turn up at the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday.

Mark Rose, from Essex and Christopher Cheek, from Slough - left and right in the picture below - follow Spurs everywhere.

And I mean everywhere...

They were at Aldershot last week, Wembley over the weekend and now China as they maintain their record of missing just one game in the last eight years, including friendlies. That game is last season's first friendly against Tavernes in Spain last summer.

"Money's the most difficult thing but we just save up," said Mark. "I work in admin in a hospital and I fit all my holiday around following Spurs."

Christopher added: "I work through different agencies, so it's not too bad for me. If I have work on the horizon and there is a game at the same time I just think that money's not everything and go to the game instead!"

Great to see them in China.

Mark Rose, Christopher Cheek

LOVELY tale from Harry Redknapp as he recalled the last time he took part in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

That was with Portsmouth in 2007 when the tournament was staged in Hong Kong. Pompey beat Liverpool in the final.

"I remember turning up at the airport and it was crazy," said Harry. "There were thousands of fans there - but they all had Liverpool shirts on. I don't even think they noticed us turn up!"


SPOKE to Steve Perryman just before flying out to China for an interview that will appear in the September issue of hotspur magazine.

Our legendary former captain and record appearance maker recalls his debut against Sunderland in 1969 and a moment early in the game when he left a backpass short and Pat Jennings was forced to make a fine save.

Taking the near post at the corner, Steve, just 17 at the time, heard a familiar, deep voice behind him. "By the way lad," Pat said. "We're kicking the other way..."

Look out for the interview in hotspur...

SPEAKING of hotspur, it would appear our official club magazine is reaching all corners of the globe.

If proof were needed, we were greeted by a local fan with the July issue and Heurelho Gomes cover at Beijing Airport when we landed in China on Tuesday.

ONE of the many perks of this job is being able to get the inside view from pitchside when the squad trains at the Lodge and travels away.

That means we're sometimes treated to an impromtu masterclass from Robbie Keane in keeping the ball up - just like at the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday.