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WORLD CUP DIARY

Posted on 2 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 has swapped Tottenham for Tokyo this summer after embarking on a trip of a lifetime to watch the World Cup Finals.

And the 36-year-old East Stand Upper season ticket holder will be keeping us up-to-date with developments in the Far East with his special World Cup Diary.

Eddie, a member of the England fan club organisation Englandfans, will be following his country throughout the tournament and, should they make an early exit, he still has tickets for games in every round including the showpiece Final in Yokohama on June 30.

His diary promises to be a genuine fans' eye view of the world's greatest sporting event as he explores the culture of Japan and South Korea while following his first passion of football.

So make sure you keep up to date with Eddie's World Cup diary - a Spurs fans' first-hand perspective of football's premier tournament - only on www.spurs.co.uk

Read Eddie's opening entry below...


FEELING A BIT light-headed, nauseous and giddy and I'm in eager anticipation of the World Cup. I'm lucky enough to actually be going to Japan although my travelling companion, Dino, is a West Ham fan and he's constantly referring to 'seventh heaven'!

We both travelled to Munich for the Germany game but this is our first World Cup tournament, and we don't quite know what to expect. We have been to meetings organised by Englandfans (England fan club membership organisation) where representatives of the Japanese press have attended, and they are more than worried about hooliganism. Apparently there were scare stories running in the Japanese press regarding England supporters in February and March, but since then it's moved on to reports of hooligan element of other country's followers.

It does worry me a bit that the police are not used to England supporters and may overreact to mannerisms and fan culture. I really want to enjoy and take in the culture of the Japanese people and hopefully take something meaningful from the experience. I only hope that we are welcomed with the same open mindedness that we are travelling with and that the idiot element of the watchers - you can't call them fans - stays well away.

It's going to be a long tournament, not for England probably, but I'm staying for the month, and the rucksack has been packed with the obligatory England and Spurs shirts.