ATL Spurs Member Profile: Lawrence Monroe
1) How did you become a Spurs fan?
As a child growing up, we had family friends from North London that were Spurs fans. When I was about 8 years old, they gave me a classic Tottenham jersey (nothing like promoting Holsten beer before the age of 10), which I kick myself for not still owning. When US TV stations started broadcasting EPL games in bulk about 15 years ago, I wanted to pick a club to support that most others would not follow, and went back to that shirt and started my fanaticism.
2) Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?
Unfortunately not, and I won’t be able to go to one before the stadium closes this year. I have only been to England once, and saw a dreadful 0-0, QPR v Blackburn match while Spurs played in Northern England. Only positive to that trip was partying with a group of QPR fans the following weekend after they upset Chelsea.
3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?
There have been several: Paul Stalteri running the length of the field to tap in the winner against West Ham 4-3 in 2007, Bale’s last minute bomb against West Ham in 2013, and definitely winning the 2008 Carling Cup against Chelsea via Woodgate’s goal.
4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?
Robbie Keane was definitely my favorite when I got back into following Spurs … a short, fast, Irish goal scorer, basically what I wanted to be. And as much as people didn’t like his personality at times, Berbatov was pure class on the ball. From the current squad, it’s very tough to pick just one. Everyone seems to genuinely want to be a part of this revolution that is taking place. If pressed, I’d probably say Danny Rose, as he’s been so dominant on both sides of the pitch the last few seasons, when there was a time it looked like he was a liability.
5) Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Connecticut, and lived my childhood years there. I decided to attend UGA for college, and never left. As of last year, I’ve lived in Georgia longer than anywhere else, so I guess I’m official.
6) What is your professional background?
I’ve been in a variety of sales jobs since college, all based around Atlanta. I started with the Newell Rubbermaid for about 7 years, and then moved into medical device sales for a small company called Owen Mumford for the following 7 + years. About a year ago, I joined a large German manufacturer named Gerresheimer, selling glass packaging to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Fun fact: the CEO of my current company is the President of lower tier German football club FC Monchengladbach.
7) Did you play organized football/soccer?
Until about 4 years ago, yes. I played my entire life in Connecticut (played district & state with everyone’s favorite NBC Sports pundit Kyle Martino), and played on the practice squad for the UGA Women’s Team in college … one of the better scams of my life. After a few years off, I played about 9 years in the ADASL league around Atlanta until I blew out my knee a few years ago. Now it’s pretty much tennis, golf, and running that keep me active.
8) What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?
Unless you were at the Habitat build last year, you’d probably be surprised at how handy I am with a circular saw … at least Gragg was! Also interesting that the only reason I found out about ATL Spurs (or any official Supporters Club) was because I stumbled into a random bar in Ft Lauderdale the day that FtL Massive became an official club.