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WORLD CUP DIARY

Posted on 8 June 2002  - 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).

Spurs fan Eddie Cooney continues his World Cup diary with his observations on the location, supporter relations, transport, stadiums and finding reasonably priced beer...

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF Tokyo - humid, hot and a medium rise New York. Not as congested as I thought, but busy all the same. The Japanese are incredibly (almost disconcertingly) polite and have taken to the English fans famously. They just want to be photographed with us and they are really keen to see us go on.

What has really surprised me is the camaraderie between all the fans. Everyone has respect for their fellow supporters who have travelled all this way to cheer on their side.

My initial fears about the police have been totally unfounded. They have maintained a very high presence without being intimidating. You do get the feeling that if something was to happen you would be very well protected.

The underground system here is clean, efficient and a joy to travel on. It only took us 45 minutes door to door - were staying in the Shinagawa District which is a bit like Edgware Road.

Siatama - what a stadium! Get this, the seat had arms and cup holders like you get in cinema seats for your beer! And you could even buy a Beer. Us long suffering English fans have never heard of such luxury - still at least you can get a nice cold smoke filled coffee twenty minutes after half time if you really try hard.

The game. A draw.

If you try hard enough you can get a beer out here for £4. We've tried hard enough and have managed to get drunk with Mexicans, Croats, Japanese, Swedes, Germans, Tunisians and even Arsenal fans.

The welcoming hand has been extended and lets hope we can continue to shake it without Squeezing it too hard.