Singing in the rain at the San Siro!
25 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
When Hannah O’Reilly opened her eyes for her 16th birthday on February 3, 2010, little could she have imagined that she’d be there for one of the Club’s most famous European nights less than two weeks later.
A fan for as long as she can remember, Hannah had been a regular at the Lane since her first visit with her father, Paul, back in May, 2000. “Stephen Carr scored that day and I can remember walking back down the High Road sitting on my dad’s shoulders singing ‘Stephen Carr my Lord, Stephen Carr’,” she recalled.
The pair would embrace again at the San Siro over 10 years later as Peter Crouch’s goal secured a 1-0 win in the first leg of our last 16 tie on February 15, 2010. A goalless draw at the Lane three weeks later and we were in the quarter-finals in our first taste of Champions League football.
It was no surprise that Hannah therefore replied to @SpursOfficial’s Tweet asking for your Champions League stories – and here is hers...
“I turned 16 two weeks before the game and this was a present from my mum (Dawn) and dad (Paul). I travelled out to Italy with my dad and a couple of friends.
“The first thing I remember was it was pouring down with rain. My family had been to the Milan game in November when it was nice and sunny, but it rained from the moment we arrived to the moment we left!
Below: Hannah with her father, Paul, at the San Siro
“We’d been into a bar beforehand which was packed with AC Milan fans and there we were in the corner, hiding away! I remember the amount of steps to get to the top of the San Siro. We got in, I had a Spurs scarf and a big coat. I remember the flags at the other end, a really good spectacle to look at. We were so high up the players looked like twigs!
“In the build up to the goal, all the people around us jumped up and we thought ‘it might happen, it might happen’ and when the goal went in, everyone went crazy. Everyone was jumping around. My dad grabbed me and we were celebrating a moment together that we couldn’t really believe.
Below: Hannah with, from left, Thomas O'Rourke, her dad Paul, Anthony O'Rourke, James Trueman, Kevin Trueman, Natalie Trueman and Ian Trueman with Milan's famous Duomo in the background
"It was a great surprise and such a great trip. We stayed in Turin and drove down to Milan. It was really good fun. Since then I’ve been to Benfica, Monaca and Borussia Dortmund, all great trips and I can’t wait for the Champions League this time around. I’m hoping for Barcelona!”