Atlanta Spurs Member Profile: Larry Green, Treasurer
1) How did you become a Spurs fan?
From watching my first World Cup in 1994 on tv, I got excited about top level soccer. I knew even then that England was where it was at, but I had no way to watch it, so I’d watch the occasional USMNT match, and the World Cup. Fast Forward to 2004, and I suddenly realized that a lot of Premier League matches were available on cable/satellite here in the US. I watched that season sporadically trying to pick a team and Spurs found me. My first full season as a Spurs fan (2005/2006) thus ended in world of Lasagna-fueled disappointment, and I’d had my first true Spurs experience.
2) Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?
My only time at the Lane was a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010 when we came from 0-1 down with 15 minutes left to win 3-1. I have however seen them in person 8 additional times in other venues, with a 6-2-1 record. The one loss was the MLS all-star game last summer.
3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?
Easily the 0-1victory in the Champions League round of 16 away to Milan February 15 2011, because I was there in person for it:
4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?
Current? Dele Alli. Kane is amazing and one of our own, but Alli has that bit of edge to his game that I think you need to win silverware. I hope we can somehow keep him around for many years.
All players? Gareth Bale joined the team two years after I started following them and over the next 6 years he went from the unluckiest player on the team (two years, three managers, 25 Premier League games and 1,533 minutes before he was played in a win) to the most expensive transfer in world history and truly one of the best players in the world. If it wasn’t for him I’d still be a fan, but I don’t know if I’d be as Spurs crazed as I am today.
5) Where are you from originally?
Born in Philadelphia, but grew up in Orange County, CA.
6) What is your professional background?
I currently manage a Site Operations team for Cox Automotive. I started this career in 1997 as a system administrator for a Free-Net, got a job as a developer for another Cox company in New Orleans in 1998, and have largely been with Cox since then, in various roles (Software Engineer, Project Management, Systems Engineer, Manager).
7) Did you play organized football/soccer?
Sadly no. I had a very accurate shot and even won a county youth contest for shot accuracy, and easily qualified during AYSO tryouts. However, due to a conflict between my parents and the coach, I never actually was able to participate. Something always got in the way with other organized sports when I wanted to participate.
8) What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?
I spent the first decade of my professional life in California politics, including a year working on The Hill in DC for a member of the House of Representatives. I still know a Congressman or two, and even worked on a campaign for Arianna Huffington’s then husband Michael. I’ve seen her Rolodex (which she was still using in the 90s) and it would blow your mind.