Atlanta Spurs Supporters Club

As you should all know by now, ATL Spurs is participating in the annual Soccer in the Streets Charity Tournament on October 23. In addition to the $150 (or more) each individual player is raising, ATL Spurs will be making a donation to this worthy cause. How much you ask? Well, that’s up to you! Starting today, we’ll be selling raffle tickets at matches ($2 per ticket or 3 tickets for $5). The prize drawing will happen at the Tottenham v. Newcastle match on October 17. Tickets can be purchased with cash or via PayPal (ATL Spurs – atlantaspursclub@gmail.com). Our great prizes are pictured below.
 
Tottenham has already reached out to Supporter’s Clubs this year encouraging us to do community service, and asking us to inform them of service we’ve done. Two years ago, we were featured on the Tottenham Hotspur website for our work with Habitat for Humanity. Let’s make this year a year of service!
 
Also, we still have openings (especially for women) if you want to play! Information can be found here: ATL Spurs Soccer in the Streets.
Gold Tottenham Pin
Gold Tottenham Pin
Tottenham Padfolio and Pen
Collector’s Item: White Hart Lane Final Season year in review booklet and postcard.
One Hotspur Scarf
Tottenham Sports Bag
Custom ATL Spurs beer chalice.
Japhet Tanganga (To the tune of Rock the Casbah)

Your wingers don't like him,
Japh Tanganga!
Japh Tanganga!

Sergio Reguilon (To the tune of Hold Me Now)

Sergio, ooooh Reguilon
Stay with me
Tottenham’s your home
Have some Jamon

Giovanni Lo Celso

There’s something that the Yids want you to know,
Best in the world is Gio Lo Celso
Our Argentine,
Give the ball to Geo every time
Si Senor,
Pass the ball to Gio and he’ll score!

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (a la Roy Kent from Ted Lasso)

He’s here, he’s there,
He’s every fucking where
Hojbjerg! Hojbjerg!

Heung min Son

Who’s that Yid running down the wing?
Heung min Son the Korean king.
He won a gold medal,
No service or war,
Left foot, right foot
As long as he scores.
Hey Sonny! Hey Sonny!
Hey Sonny! Hey Sonny!

Atlanta Spurs

2021/2022 Annual General Meeting

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Manny’s Grant Park

 

Agenda

Matt Gragg, Chairman

  • Opening Remarks
  • Goals
  • Proposed Leadership Committee
  • Approval of Leadership Committee

John Belfini, Vice-Chair

  • Year in Review
  • Finance Report
  • Social Media Report

David Andy Cole, Community Outreach Officer

  • Community Outreach Proposals for 2021/2022

Beth Davis, Secretary

  • New Website Reveal
  • Design and Merchandising

Matt Gragg, Chairman

  • Supporters’ Tickets
  • Questions/Ideas/Suggestions
  • Closing Remarks

Matt Gragg, Chairman

  • Welcome to the 2021/2022 Annual General Meeting of Atlanta Spurs – Atlanta’s Official Supporter’s Club of Tottenham Hotspur, the Greatest Team on Earth
  • We appreciate everyone being here today. Having an Annual General Meeting and keeping our members up to date on what is happening with ATL Spurs is one of the requirements of being a supporter’s club.
  • ATL Spurs was founded in 2012 by a small group of fans who met while traveling to see Spurs’ exhibition games in the United States. Upon their return to Atlanta, they started meeting up at RiRa to watch games. As the group grew, we transitioned to meeting at Meehan’s, which was our home for several years. Three years ago, we found ourselves in need of a new home and after researching over 20 bars and having a half dozen trial runs, we found Manny’s Grant Park. We couldn’t ask for a better home pub, a better partner than Manny, and a better staff than they have here. We are grateful to them and all that they do for us!
  • The goals of our supporters’ club is to provide an inclusive community for local Spurs fans to meet online and in person, attract new fans to Tottenham Hotspur, provide assistance with securing match tickets, make a difference in our city through community outreach, position the club as a viable pre-season option for Spurs in the future, and above all else support the team and have fun!
  • After injecting some new blood into our leadership team over the past couple of seasons, our proposed leadership committee for 2021/2022 is:

Matt Gragg – Chairman

John Belfini – Vice Chair

Larry Green – Treasurer (absent today for health reason)

Beth Davis – Secretary

Aviva Summers – Social Media Guru (currently living in Boston)

Jordan Yoss – Merch Czar (currently coaching his son’s team)

David Andy Cole – Community Outreach

Al Albritton – At-Large

  • All those who approve this committee, say Aye!

John Belfini, Vice-Chair

  • Year in Review: The 2020/2021 season took place during an international pandemic. We sacked Jose Mourino near the end of the season and under interim manager Ryan Mason finished 7th in the Premier League. We made it to round 16 in Europa League, the fifth round in the FA Cup, and the finals in the EFL Cup. We’ve started the 2021/2022 season off right by hiring new manager Nuno Santo and defeating Arsenal in the pre-season MIND Games. This year we’ll be competing in both the Premier League and the Europa Conference League.
  • Here is our Finance Report, on behalf of Larry Green:

We don’t charge a membership fee at ATL Spurs because we want to be fully inclusive and wouldn’t want a membership fee to preclude someone from joining our ranks. Instead, we use the proceeds from our merch sales to pay club dues, expenses, and raise money for activities (i.e. if Spurs ever come to ATL, we’re going to need some cash). Currently, ATL Spurs sits in the black at just under $3K. Our reserves allowed us to be able to donate to the Feeding Texas fund during their crisis this past winter, and to the Leyton Orient Shirt fund, which was officially supported by Tottenham Hotspur, and to the Manny’s Grant Park Employee Relief fund at the beginning of Quarantine. We are down a few hundred dollars from last year, which is unusual, but that is to be expected given the pandemic’s impact on our ability to generate and sell merch.

  • Here is our Social Media Impact Report, on behalf of Aviva Summers:

Twitter: 2,731 followers, 159 new this year, 620Ktweet impressions, 7,614 profile visits, and 473 mentions.

Instagram: 573 Followers

Facebook: 852 members, which is almost double what we had last year.

Original Graphics: the farewell graphics made by Aviva for Toby and Coco reached well over 200K people with 72 and 62 shares, respectively

David Andy Cole, Community Outreach

  • We fell off the community outreach wagon for the 2020/2021 season due to the pandemic. However, we plan to make up for it this year!
  • Proposed activities include: Soccer in the Streets, Free99Fridge, Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Community Food Bank, etc.
  • Information about how you can participate will be posted on our website and our social media channels as they arise. We encourage everyone to participate as much as possible. Let’s see if we can get ATL Spurs back on the Tottenham Hotspur website!
  • Introduce the Soccer in the Streets event, give details, ask for players/fundraisers, mention we’ll be doing a raffle in September.

Beth Davis, Secretary

  • This year, I’m delighted to announce the debut of the new ATL Spurs Website! This new sleek look will be a great place for newcomers and those not on Facebook to learn about ATL Spurs, find out about watch parties, and get to know us as a group. Look for exciting new content in the coming months. We can’t thank Robert Lee and his team at Lesix Agency for their amazing pro bono work on behalf of ATL Spurs.

Beth Gives Merch Report for Jordan:

  • We still have a good many “Atlanta Spurs and a Smile” t-shirts left in our inventory. You can get them from me at the pub or from our online store (link on website and on FB page).
  • More merch will be coming this year – possible ideas are scarves, new shirts, a re-run of our ATL Spurs hoodies, etc. If you have merch ideas, reach out and let Jordan or any board member know.
  • ATL Spurs is looking for a member who is computer savvy and would be willing to make an electronic poster or graphic for our matches. Or even a plug-and-play template that Aviva could use for the season. If anyone is interested, let us know! On that note, if any of our member have skills, talents, or connections that they’d be willing to lend to ATL Spurs, let us know. We’re always looking for good new partnerships!

Matt Gragg, Chairman

  • And to end with a bit of good news, Tottenham is back to offering an avenue to match tickets to supporter’s clubs. We’ll put a pinned post with request deadlines/procedures on our FB page.
  • Now that you’ve heard our yearly report, do you have any question?
  • Thank you for being here today and for being an member of ATL Spurs! Find a board member during the match for your free ATL Spurs sticker, courtesy of At-Large board member Al Albritton!

Fellow ATL Spurs –

Y’all have done an admirable job thus far in donating toys for our Toys for Tots toy drive. This Saturday is the last day of our toy collection. I’d LOVE to see the box overflowing. Please bring a toy this Saturday to the Tottenham v. Stoke City game. Help ATL Spurs give back!

 

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ATL Spurs is teaming up with Toys for Tots for a holiday toy drive and you can help!
Starting at the NLD, bring a new, unwrapped toy to any ATL Spurs Watch Party at Meehan’s Atlantic Station and get a raffle ticket. The more toys you bring, the more tickets you get!  Toys will be accepted through December 9th. The raffle drawing will occur at the half v. Stoke City.
Help us help our community! ATL Spurs gives back!
ATL Spurs with our homeowner, Catherine
ATL Spurs with our homeowner, Catherine

This past Saturday, ATL Spurs spent a day with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity on one of their builds.
We started the misty morning meeting Catherine, the future homeowner. She told us about her children, a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, and about how her little girl is very much looking forward to having her own room. Catherine is a bright, cheerful young woman, and has worked on every aspect of her home. On this particular Saturday, she hopped right up on the roof to get started. Her warm smile could be seen beaming across the lot all day.

With projects including cutting and installing siding, caulking, roofing, and interior framing, there were plenty of tasks to go around. It was an exciting day of hard work, laughter, and new friends. The atmosphere on the build site was one of teamwork and comraderie.

Thanks to Atlanta Habitat, her own hard work, and the work of community volunteers, Catherine and her family will move into their very first home in early December. As for your fellow ATL Spurs, we walked away at the end of the day with full hearts. Our few hours of hard work pays big toward Catherine’s house. She pays a 30-year, zero-interest mortgage as an Atlanta Habitat homeowner, and our work helps to reduce the cost of building her house. That makes her mortgage affordable and all of us proud! In fact, it was such a wonderful experience, that ATL Spurs will definitely be doing it again.  I hope more of you can join us next time, because we truly got more than we gave out of this service project. COYS!!

 

John on the roof
John on the roof
Matt hanging siding
Matt hanging siding
Shawn supervising
Shawn supervising
Leaving our Mark under the shingles
Leaving our Mark under the shingles
Andrew ribbing a Gooner who did roofwork next to him all day
Andrew ribbing a Gooner who did roofwork next to him all day

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1)    How did you become a Spurs fan?

I found out about Spurs through a literature teacher at the school where I also teach. He grew up in North London and was a lifelong Spurs fan. He and I talked soccer from time to time particularly around the 2006 World Cup. At the time, I knew very little about the Premier League and had never watched it before. The only teams from the Premier League I knew anything about were the ones that played in the Champions League because I watched a lot of Champions League games back then and still do. When he told me about Spurs, I had to do an internet search to figure out who they were. I had never heard of the team. Well, one thing led to another and the next thing you know I was following the team and even watching an occasional game. My interest in the team really grew from there. And of course, it got really intense when I found out about this group in September of 2012 and started meeting other fans and watching the games at RiRa.

2)    Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?

No. I have never had that opportunity. But, I do look forward to seeing the team play a match in the future in the new stadium. I am planning on making that a goal.

3)    What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

Well, I did not see it live on TV but my favorite moment was Peter Crouch’s goal in May of 2010 against Manchester City. That goal clinched the Champions League spot for Spurs for the next year. It was memorable for me because I had some kind of faculty meeting that day and when it was finally over, I practically ran to my car and started driving home so I could listen to the game on satellite radio. I was about half way home when Crouch headed it into the net. I almost drove off the road I was so excited and happy about that goal.

4)    Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

Without question it is Gareth Bale. He was just becoming a top player for Spurs as I was really getting into the team. It always seemed like he was going to do something exciting with the ball whenever he touched it. Another reason for choosing Gareth Bale is that the first year for the Atlanta Spurs group also happened to be his last year with the team. He was amazing that year which unfortunately that led to the transfer to Real Madrid. I am not a fan of Real Madrid but I will watch them if I know he is playing. I am still disappointed that he transferred from Spurs but I still want him to do well although preferably in another league until he makes his return to Spurs after the new stadium is built. Yes, I know that is a pipe dream but who says my following of this team and its players has to always be rational?

5)    Where are you from originally?

I was born right here in Atlanta. I have lived in Georgia my whole life although not always in Atlanta.

6)    What is your professional background?

I have been a high school history teacher for the past 17 years. I teach A.P. World History and A.P. U.S. History at Lithonia High School where I have been for the past 12 years. I also taught 5 years in Thomasville, Georgia. In addition to teaching, I have also coached the golf team at both high schools for a total of 10 years. The last 3 years, I have been the assistant boys soccer coach and JV boys head coach at Lithonia High School.

7)    Did you play organized football/soccer?

I played soccer when I was a kid but never organized. I played organized football and baseball every year up until high school. I also played a bunch of other sports like golf, tennis and basketball. I never played in a soccer league but I grew up in a neighborhood where we were constantly playing sports or doing stuff outside all the time. Soccer was just one of the many sports I played in the neighborhood and at school. By the time I got to college, I met this guy from Brazil who taught me quite a bit about the game and my interest in following the sport as a fan started from there.

8)    What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?

When I was in college, I went to this little college in South Georgia called ABAC. I went there mainly because they had a golf team and I was invited to play on it. Anyway, that did not work out as planned and that is a whole other story. One of the things I did when I was there was attempt to ride a bull in a rodeo. A good friend of mine that actually grew up on a farm around cows, bet me that I wouldn’t do it. So, we both paid our money to enter this rodeo but before the actual event, we went to a nearby town where they had practice bulls to ride. I rode a couple of times on these young bulls and everything went fine. When the actual rodeo happened, I found out that I had drawn one of the meaner and hardest bucking bulls they had in the pen. When the gate opened, the bull jumped a couple of times and I was quickly slammed to the ground. The bull turned and tried to go after me but fortunately the rodeo clowns saved me from even more of a beating. Needless to say, I never did that again.

We’re pleased to announce we’re rolling out a new shirt design!

This year’s shirt will be a multi-colored print that pays homage to WHL with the main chest graphic being a distressed rendering of cockerel and shield previously located above the halfway line. The circular ATL Spurs logo will also be located on the left sleeve.

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Shirts are $20/each like last year, and if you intend to purchase one/any, we would certainly suggest pre-ordering to be certain that your size/color will be available. We intend to have the pre-order open until Monday, 9/18, and expect to have shirts back by the middle of October.

The webstore has been reopened:
https://squareup.com/store/ATLSpurs/

Shirt options will be as follows:

MEN’S/UNISEX:
Color options: “Vintage Royal” (heathered royal) and “Smoke” (light grey)

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These shirts fit a little different than last year’s…they’re a smidge fuller across the chest and slightly shorter.

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WOMEN’S:
Only available in “Heather”

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1) How did you become a Spurs fan?

My introduction to the sport came about after I had watched the majority of the 2010 World Cup. International matches were pretty much my only real exposure to football. Then playing FIFA with my buddies in high school helped me learn the rules. Out of chance one day, I flipped the channel to the second half of the 2010/11 Champions League first leg against Inter and saw that famous hat-trick by a certain Welshman. There after, I started following the team fairly casually. And then like many others, I fired up Wikipedia and YouTube and did some research on the club. I knew I wanted to support a club I could grow with, and I somehow just gravitated toward Spurs’ motto “To Dare is to Do”. It just felt like an ethos that superseded sport. For me, I was mesmerized by the flamboyant style of play and quality of the moments the club had rather than the amount of silverware collected. So then the day I signed my life away and became a supporter was when I saw the Assou-Ekotto wonder goal (of all people) against Everton on TV a couple seasons later. And I haven’t looked back since.

(Random aside: sometimes, I like to think about little superstitious ways of how clubs align with a person’s fate of following them. For example, my birthday is only a few hours to the day after which Tottenham Hotspur was founded, with my Chinese zodiac being a cockerel. Coincidence, perhaps?)

2) Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?

I was fortunate enough to have received the last ever tour of the Lane by Mark Falco and Micky Hazard leading up to the finale. I was at The Bricklayers Pub across the street actually when I met a season-ticket holder that snuck me into the last closing minutes of the match. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

Ah there are so many to choose from! But for whatever reason, I think one of the ones that resonated with me the most was the crowd shushing celebration from Nacer Chadli’s goal vs. the scum at the Emirates back in 2014 (a little nod to Van Der Vaart’s, I always assumed). One of the most worthwhile yellow cards in recent memory, and I’m sure the Dolphin will always be a legend in many Spurs fans’ books for it.

4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

On the current squad, I’ll say Christian Eriksen. Apart from his clever technical ability and tendency to pick out an assist, his anticipation on where to position himself off the ball is so understated. All-time though, it’s gotta be Gareth Bale sheerly on the reason that he was the first figure to captivate my attention toward the club. What a player.

5) Where are you from originally?

I usually tell people I’m from Atlampa, Florgia since I was raised in both Atlanta and Tampa, respectively.

6) What is your professional background?

I’m pretty fresh out of college, with degrees in both advertising and sport/event management. I currently work as a digital media estimator at Global Team Blue, an agency that handles the advertising for Ford Motors. One of the cool parts of my job is actually getting to watch parts of the occasional Premier League match (among other programs), to sort out ad placements in our media plans.

7) Did you play organized football/soccer?

I played four seasons of intramural during my time at Florida State University (Go Noles!), usually as a wide player and goalkeeper. I was also a volunteer coach for the U-12 boys for the Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur youth academy (surprising that one of the academies was nearby!).

8)  What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?

My first and only time I’ve visited London a few months ago, I stayed at an Airbnb in the Chelsea area for two weeks. At dinner, I got to talking about how I supported Spurs, which was met with much banter because the host was a proud Blues fan. And then by some irony, she mentioned that she was still good friends with Judas himself, Sol Campbell (even showing me recent photos as evidence). That same night, Chelsea went on to clinch the title. Safe to say, it wasn’t my finest moment.

History of the Club

  • We will celebrate our fifth year as an official Spurs Supporters Club this March.

Goals of the Club

  • Provide an inclusive community for local Spurs fans to meet online and in person
  • Attract new fans to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Provide assistance to members with securing match tickets (EPL and Summer tour)
  • Community Outreach
  • Support the team and have fun!

Proposed Leadership Committee

  • Chairman – Michael Constantinou
  • Vice-chair – Matt Gragg
  • Treasurer – Larry Green
  • Secretary & Community Outreach – Beth Davis
  • Design & Merchandising – Jordan Yoss
  • Ambassador-at-large – John Belfini

Note: Leadership committee was unanimously approved

Financial Report

  • ATL Spurs have approx. $1600 in the kitty
  • Because we do not have a membership fee, all ATL Spurs funds are raised through merchandise
  • Money in the ATL Spurs kitty is used for up-front costs for merchandise, club necessities like our two new flags, purchasing raffle prizes, charitable donations, Spurs supporters’ club dues, and THST dues
  • Last year’s charitable donations totaled $500
  • ATL Spurs books are open to all members. For detailed information, please contact Larry

Design and Merchandising

  • Last year’s t-shirts and scarves, featuring our new ATL Spurs logo, proved popular
  • We have a very small remaining inventory of scarves and shirts. We will have them at all games and they are available on our website at https://squareup.com/store/ATLSpurs/
  • We did a limited pre-order only run of kids’ shirts this year. Any future kids’ shirts would be done on an on-demand basis.
  • A bar flag and travel flag were commissioned this year. The bar flag hangs in Meehan’s and the travel flag has been seen in Orlando and Nashville.
  • A new shirt will be released this fall
  • If you have ideas for merchandise that you’d like to see offered, please contact Jordan

Community Outreach

  • Last November, ATL Spurs participated in a Habitat for Humanity build
  • Last May, ATL Spurs participated in fundraising for, and donated to, Soccer in the Streets
  • This year, we are looking to repeat both of those activities, in addition to some new opportunities
  • If you have ideas for community outreach projects, please contact Beth

2017/2018 Match Tickets

  • Michael provided a brief overview of the ticketing procedures at Wembley
  • Supporters Club sections were discussed

Meehan’s

  • This is our fifth season at Meehan’s
  • We continue to have a great relationship.
  • They open early for our matches, which we continue to appreciate
  • They have upgraded their tech, which should help with streaming next year

Other Business

  • We would like to update our website this year. If we have any club members who are web designers, please be in touch with a member of the board
  • We will release information when it is available on ATL Spurs engagement with Atlanta United – both for the ATL Spurs block of seats at Atlanta United, etc
  • Harold Summers offered his services as a photographer for any official ATL Spurs needs (events, merchandise photos, etc)
  • Next year’s meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook, for those who cannot attend
  • Lloyd’s Soccer in John’s Creek is carrying Tottenham gear

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Tomorrow 👀 #coys #thfc @harrykane @mannysgrantpark ...

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First game of the season baby!!!!!!
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Atlanta spurs is committed to the inclusion and recognition of all members regardless of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status. #equality #coys ...

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Courtesy of our friends at Mannys and Guinness, when you buy a pint of Guinness this Sunday, you get to keep a collectors edition glass (while supplies last)! Guinness wants us to beat the plastics. Can’t wait to see everyone for a massive match for top four placing! 🍺🍺🍺🍺COYS! @mannysgrantpark @guinnessus #guinness #atlspurs #coys #thfc ...

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First game at our new home pub!!! #atlspurs #coys #thfc @mannysgrantpark @harrywinks @spursofficial ...

After an exhaustive search evaluating pubs all over Metro Atlanta which also saw us hosting trial games at a number of potential venues, we are happy to finally announce that Atlanta Spurs has a new permanent home... Manny’s Grant Park!

The ownership and staff at Manny’s are super excited to partner with us to make Manny’s the go to destination for Spurs matches in Atlanta. We now look forward to decorating our new home, settling in, and getting back to the business of watching Spurs together.
This period of temporary homelessness has coincided with a downturn in fortunes on the field so we hope the opposite is now true and we look forward to seeing everybody this weekend to celebrate the start of better times ahead.
COYS!! #atlspurs @mannysgrantpark
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International break finally over!!!!! #atlspurs ...

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Wishing all our Jewish friends a sweet new year! 🍎🍯 #Coys #atlspurs #roshhashana #shanahtovah ...

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