The Camp Bastion – Afghanistan Official Spurs Supporters Club has been set up by Flight Lieutenant Tom Cousins, a 29-year-old Royal Air Force Logistics Officer and a lifelong Spurs fan.
Tom, who is due to deploy to Afghanistan once again at the end of November for a six-month tour of duty, believes the club will be a great way for fellow Tottenham supporters both on camp and serving in other areas to get together and watch the lads in action, despite being miles away from home and White Hart Lane.
“I’ve been away on previous tours and there are always a lot of Spurs fans out there,” said Tom. “You get to know them and see the same people when you go to watch the matches on TV, so I thought it would be good to get a supporters club up and running, to connect us all.
“Obviously we are often busy with work and do long hours, but when we can we will meet up, watch the matches and talk all things Spurs. There has been a great deal of interest already, I’ve even had one American soldier contact me on Twitter to say he wanted to join!
“Camp Bastion is the main base where most people work, but some of the guys work out in the forward operating areas and only come back every couple of weeks. I’m sure all the Spurs fans out there will enjoy getting together.
“Obviously it’s not easy out there. It’s tough on the soldiers and of course difficult for their families too. So any little thing you can do to try to improve their time out there is a good thing and that’s what I’m hoping to achieve.”
Tom’s support of the club began on the day we lost the 1987 FA Cup Final, but that defeat didn’t deter him and he has been a fan ever since.
“I was at a wedding with my granddad, who is a big Spurs fan, and we slipped off to watch the cup final against Coventry,” he revealed. “Unfortunately we lost of course, but that was it for me...I was hooked. Once I joined the military I’ve been posted all over so it’s not easy getting to games, but recently I’ve been in Oxford so that’s made it a bit easier.”
However, Tom will be at the Lane on Saturday afternoon for our match against Wigan and will be introduced to fans at half-time to talk about his new venture.
“I was completely shocked when it was suggested, I will be fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition I suppose,” he added. “I will be proud to be on the pitch at Spurs but also to represent the armed forces at the same time as we gear up for Remembrance Day across the country and at White Hart Lane too.”
Anyone interested in joining the Supporters Club can contact Tom on Twitter @AfghanSpurs. If you would like to join an existing Supporters Club or are interested in setting up one in your area please visit www.tottenhamhotspur.com/supporters-club or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.