The next batch of your personal reflections on season 2004-5 starting with a Spurs gathering in Australia...
The highlight of the season for many of us in Australia was the OzSpurs National Convention. This year it was held in Melbourne on the last weekend of April (a long weekend). We came from all over this vast country to renew friendships, make many more and to watch the game versus a*****l.
After many had committed to the weekend, the powers-that-be changed the game from Sunday to Monday! That snookered almost all of the interstate boys, who had to return home on the Monday, one because it was his wife's wedding anniversary!
That apart, we enjoyed an amazing weekend packed with laughter, drink, and great company. Our base was a pub in the centre of Melbourne. Quite what the locals made of our presence, we don't know, but we treated them to a Spurs sing-song where every 'delegate' had to stand up and give the rest a Spurs chant, song or ditty. A classic night.
We even had our own 5-a-side tournament at an amazing venue, the pits at the Formula One track! Teams from Sydney (2), Perth, and Melbourne (with a couple of chaps from Adelaide thrown into the mix!) put on a great display with loads of skill, determination and not a small amount of 'champagne football'.
Our parent team would have been proud! Pubs and restaurants around Melbourne were treated to large groups of OzSpurs cheerfully extolling the virtues of the best football team in the world. A fantastic weekend.
What a season. Nearly got into the UEFA cup but fell at the final hurdle, Jermaine Defoe has signed a new contract, which is vital if we want to go forward. And it’s all down to one man a certain Mr Jol. What a job he has done, I say give him manager of the year. He’s brought back the will to win in the team and the great attacking which always hasn’t been present. The backline is as confident and organised I’ve seen in a long time, and there is still room for improvement which shows we are moving in the right direction. But the performance of the season has to be the 5-1 thrashing against Southampton, what a performance they turned out, Defoe was scoring for fun, Kanoute was awesome with his skill and so was Keane on the other side I thought we were going to go on and score another 8 or 9 the way we were playing.
Let’s hope for some more performances like that next season and some European football to go along with it which we deserve
Manchester United away
I started the day with my cousin who is a Man United fan. We were discussing the game and she was predicting 3-0, 4-0 results to United! I didn't say anything, but I was quietly confident that we would get a result. During the whole game the spurs fans were showing great support, Mendes goal caused mayhem it was great to be involved even though it didn't count.
Meeting up with my cousin after the game seeing her laughing quoting "we saw it go over the line from the third tier" wasn't good. Yes we all knew it was a goal but there was one great thing I took from "being there" and being part of the whole season. Spurs may not be in the top 3-4 in the league at the end of the season but assessing our support home and away you would be lead to believe we were.
Bet the Man United players would have loved to completed their season with a lap of honour like our boys received!
Come on you spurs!
From Leighton Buzzard
My story is one of disappointment. Having seen us smash Aston Villa out of sight, with some of the best football we played all season. I was really looking forward to the Boro game, although this is one of my least favourite grounds. We set off full of enthusiasm, the weather was good and we were in high spirits.
On reaching the ground we found a good parking space, within walking distance of the Riverside. We had to walk over a rough piece of ground, but that was no problem.
My seat was in the front row but that was ok. Then it started to rain. The match did not go our way. Boro scored a deflected goal (we never seem to get any luck there). And we did not play to the best of our ability.
Worse was to follow, when the match finished, we got out of the ground, and the hail stones came down. I have never known them so big. The rough piece of ground was now a bit of a quagmire, and we were covered in mud. We had to drive all the way home to Cheshunt, soaking wet, cheesed off because of the result, and knowing we had to have a minor miracle to qualify for Europe.
But I will be back for my 61st season, because if we were to win every match, it would be too boring, and not the Spurs way.
My favouite saying is: You can fall in love with a different woman every day of your life, but you can only love one football team, it is a life long commitment. And one I would not it change for anything.