Atlanta Spurs Supporters Club

 

1. How did you become a Spurs fan

I am a 3rd generation Spurs fan and I was born in 1948, so you see how far back it goes in the family.

2. Have you been to White Hart Lane.

Many times. I lived in North London until I was 24 So I would go with my Dad, Brother or Uncle often. But I went away to boarding school from the age of 7 until 17, so in those years I only got to go to the Lane on Christmas and Easter holidays (vacation from school approx 1 month long each). Most of my summer vaction time was during the League’s summer break. But from the age of 17 to 24 never missed a home game, if I could help it. That would be 1966 to 1985 My Dad had 3 season Tickets in the West Stand, and my brother-in-law had 2 more in the row behind us.

3. What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

Pat Jenning’s famous goal. I went to Old Trafford with my late brother for the 1967 Charity Shields match. Jennings kick the ball from his box, it sailed up the other end, bounce in front of their goalie and ended up in the net. I had never seen a Goalie score a goal from one end to the other. I remember all us Spurs fans went nuts!

4. Who is your favorite Spurs player and why.

We have a great squad right now. How does one choose? I suppose Ali, because of his raw talent, and the promise of what so young a player could yet achieve.

5. Where are you from originally?

North London. My grandparents came as immigrants from Eastern Europe to the East End of London in the 1880s. One grandfather was a Turner, and the other a Cabinet Maker. They grew their businesses, so that around 1930, one grandfather had set up a furniture factory in Northumberland Park (Just down the road from The Lane), and the other open one in nearby Edmonton. So it was ordained we would be Spurs fans.

6. What is your professional background.

Back in the day from ’66 to ’85 worked in  Poplar in the East End, on the edge of the old West India Docks in a Timber Yard where we kiln dried timber (lumber). At that time I earned an Associate Degree in Wood Technology at The London School of Furniture. Came to the States in 1985, studied Photography in Boston, and then ran my own photo studio in the Boston area for over 20 years.

7. Did you play organized football/soccer?

Yes, at school from the age of 7 to 17. My brother was a terrific player, but not being as athletic as he, I preferred to play Goalie. Sad to say I let in way too many goals (not one of my life’s great achievements)

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

My son lives in Boston and follows the team avidly at the Boston Supporter’s Pub. My nephew runs a very entertaining Radio blog “The Spurs Show” and often has former Spurs players on the show as guests. They put out a new show every Tuesday.

Extra: Harold’s Nephew plays a soccer fan in comedy sketches!

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1)    How did you become a Spurs fan?

1994 I lived in Texas and had the opportunity to watch a world cup match. Germany plays in Dallas and Jurgen Klinsmann scores 2 on South Korea. One being this amazing goal. He joined Tottenham that summer. He left but I have stayed ever since.

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

Finally made it to my first match this fall. A disappointing draw with Leicester but still an amazing experience and so happy to get to see the lane before it is gone.

3)    What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

There are many but winning the league cup over Chelsea in 2008 was something special. Amazing stuff. Woodgate and Ledley were incredible if not for those pesky injuries what could have been….(honorable mentions—3-2 at the death star in 2010. Bale, VDV and Kaboul. AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro in Champions League.)

4)    Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

This is a tough one to call honestly. So many over the years. It’s hard to argue with players like Ginola and Ledley King or Gareth Bale. But for now (since I am going to live in the now and not the past) I would have to say my favorite player is Toby Alderweireld. I love his consistency and professionalism on the pitch. I hope he continues to exhibit this level of play canadian online casinos for many years for Spurs. His defending has been top notch not to mention his excellent passing out of the back.

5) Where are you from originally?

Live all over the US. But born in Port Arthur Texas and have lived in New Jersey, Houston, Dallas and now Atlanta for the past 8 years.

6) What is your professional background?

Psychology background but work in the financial sector. Worked at DFCS for a time as well.

7) Did you play organized football/soccer?

Since I was 5 absolutely. Played it all my life. Absolutely loved it. Favorite sport to play and watch. Nothing better than the beautiful game.

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

I really love film. One credit away from a film minor in college. I still go to the theater and think it is really the only way to see a film unless you have a pretty amazing theater room at home. Wish we had more art theaters in Atlanta. Severely underrepresented.

New Board Make-up (passed without objection)

  • Michael Constantinou, Chair
  • Matt Gragg, Vice-Chair
  • Larry Green, Treasurer
  • Beth Davis, Secretary
  • John Belfini, Community Outreach
  • Jordan Yoss, Design & Merchandise
  • Contact the board members at atlantaspursclub@gmail.com

Goals

  • Provide an inclusive community for local Spurs fans to meet online and in person
  • Attract new fans to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Community Outreach
  • Support the team and have fun!

Community Outreach

  • Our new Community Outreach Officer is planning a number of events for ATL Spurs this season
  • Tentative plans include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Angel Tree, among others
  • If you have ideas for community outreach, please be in touch with John.

Design and Merchandise

  • This year we introduce the new ATL Spurs Logo!
  • T-shirts were available this week for pre-order, but if you missed the deadline, a variety of sizes and colors will be for sale throughout the year at matches.
  • Additional items (scarves, new shirts, etc) will be available later in the year
  • If there is merchandise you’d like to see, please contact Jordan.

Trip to White Hart Lane

  • Because there will be high demand coupled with reduced capacity at White Hart Lane this year, the club cannot guarantee a large group of tickets.
  • This means that a group trip will be difficult, but we are exploring some additional options. Keep an eye out here for more information as it becomes available.
  • However, you can still try for tickets through the club as in previous years, if you are a Bronze or Lilywhite member.

Home Bar

  • Meehan’s @ Atlantic Station will be our home bar for the fourth year running
  • We plan to put up more decorations, to increase the homey feel of the pub. If you have anything you’d like to donate to decorate the bar, please let a board member know.
  • We’ll host watch parties at Meehan’s for both Champion’s and Premiere League games.

Website

  • We’ll be working this year to have a more active and dynamic website.
  • Changes will include: regularly updated calendar, member profiles, Spurs songs/chants, member submitted photos/videos from trips to the Lane and our home pub, articles about ATL Spurs community outreach, etc.
  • To that end, please send any photos/videos you take during the season to atlantaspursclub+content@gmail.com for inclusion on the website.

Chants

  • During the meeting, we received a question about the possibility of having someone lead chants at watch parties at Meehan’s.
  • We’ll be including more chants on the website, so that members can become more familiar with them.
  • If anyone wishes to volunteer to lead the chants, let us know.

Give-Away

  • Lastly, those who attended the AGM walked away with this limited edition vinyl decal!
  • Thank you for giving us a couple hours of your time on a non-game Saturday and COYS!!

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A couple of exciting pieces of news…

First and foremost, we now have our own web store and it’s open for business! The site maintains a live inventory, so if you’re still in need of an ATL Spurs shirt, click on over to grab your size (hopefully in your preferred color choice).

https://squareup.com/store/ATLSpurs/

Second, we’re now offering the ATL Spurs shirts in kids sizes. The shirts are offered in the same American Apparel 50/50 shirts as the adult sizes, and available in both White and Navy. The corresponding size chart can be found on the new store. The kids shirts will cost $15 and ONLY be available on a preorder basis. We will not be printing any shirts over and above what’s preordered. The preorder period will remain open until November 6.

Operators are standing by. Not really.

ATL Spurs 3_rev fontAt today’s Annual General Meeting, the brand new ATL Spurs’ logo was unveiled! We are now happy to offer ATL Spurs t-shirts! Please pre-order your t-shirt(s)  by Thursday, July 28th.  This will net you a shirt by the opening game!

We’re offering white, navy, and heather grey shirts in both men’s and women’s cuts. We’ll soon be offering children’s/youth’s shirts. Keep an eye out here for more information.

Although you don’t have to pre-order to buy a shirt, pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee we’ll have your size in stock. And at just $20, these shirts are a steal!

 

We’re very excited to announce the release of a new ATL Spurs scarf! The scarf commemorates the final season at White Hart Lane and follows the color palette of this year’s home shirt. Scarves will be $20 each, and are available at games and our online store.

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ATL Spurs posing with our new flag in front of the house we helped build.
ATL Spurs posing with our new flag in front of the house we helped build.

This past Saturday, ten ATL Spurs’ members put in a few community outreach hours with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

To start the day, we were introduced to the delightful future homeowner, learned about her work with MS patients, and heard about her vivacious eight-year-old son.  Thanks to Atlanta Habitat, her own hard work, and the work of community volunteers, her family will move into their very first home early in 2017.

With projects including interior painting, base trim installation, soffit fitting, and exterior painting, boredom was nowhere to be found. As a group, we worked hard and had fun doing it. A few of us even learned new skills – like how to use a nail gun!

Shawn and Beth learning about base trim
Shawn and Beth learning about base trim
Lawrence cutting soffit
Lawrence cutting soffit
Michael giving John directions.
Michael giving John directions.

The atmosphere on the build site was one of teamwork and comradery. We walked away at the end of the day with full hearts. 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!!

ATL Spurs at the end of the work day
ATL Spurs at the end of the work day
Matt securing Michael's ladder. Note the suave harness.
Matt securing Michael’s ladder. Note the suave harness.
Michael and John goofing off on the roof
Michael and John goofing off on the roof
John took a moment to work on his modeling career.
John took a moment to work on his modeling career.
Ladies and gentlemen...our chairman.
Ladies and gentlemen…our chairman.
That's either a really good story...or I'm really bossy.
That’s either a really good story…or I’m really bossy.

This month, we introduce a new feature on the ATL Spurs website – Member Profiles. We’re starting with our Chairman, Michael Constantinou. Look for regular posts. And if you’d like to be featured, please let us know at atlantaspursclub@gmail.com

 

13936714_10209839689299977_1935995603_n1) How did you become a Spurs fan?

Growing up a mile away from White Hart Lane all of my friends and family were Tottenham supporters so there really wasn’t much to think about. I also grew up at a time when the team was quite successful seeing us win back to back FA Cups in 1981/82 and the UEFA Cup in 1984 all by the age of ten so being a Spurs supporter was a no brainer really.

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

Yes, many. I was a season ticket holder before I moved to America and while that was predominantly during the 90’s when we were consistently a mid-table team, I was fortunate enough to see some great players play for us such as Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, David Ginola and a young Ledley King breaking into the team. I also try to catch a game whenever I’m back in London.

3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

That’s a tough one as there have been so many. I would say Gazza’s free-kick in the 1991 FA Cup Semi-Final was probably right up there for a number of reasons. The goal itself was spectacular and still stands as one of our greatest ever goals but aside from that it was against that lot down the road in a special North London Derby – the first FA Cup Semi-Final to be played at Wembley, which up to that point was reserved for the showpiece final. Living in North London at the age of seventeen, my entire circle of friends consisted of Spurs and Arsenal fans. It’s always good to get one over on our fiercest rivals but to beat them in a semi-final at Wembley and then go on to win the cup was very special.

4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

That’s another hard question as we have so many good players in this current team but my favorite player has to be Harry Kane. An obvious reason would be because of the amount of goals he scores and his importance to the team but more than that, he truly “gets it”. He’s been a supporter like us and knows how it feels to want to win so badly. You get the feeling with so many of today’s players that it’s just a job to them and they don’t really feel for the club but with Harry you know that’s not the case. You can see it in how hard he tries and how he celebrates his goals. He’s one of our own!

5) Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in North London although both of my parents are from Cyprus so I’m Greek Cypriot.

6) What is your professional background?

I’m an IT Project Manager. I currently work for Intercontinental Hotels Group.

7) Did you play organized football/soccer?

I wish 🙂

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

That I’m a really great guy? No? Ok. When I was younger, I appeared in a music video for disco/pop group Boney M. They were moderately popular in Europe in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I never got to see the video back then and for many years I wondered what came of it but through the marvels of modern technology it can be found on YouTube and has almost 2 million hits! I’m the kid in the blazer eating ice cream at 3:32

https://youtu.be/WqWxVoEH-o8

Enjoy!

John Belfini and Chirpy at White Hart Lane

1)    How did you become a Spurs fan?

Haha, it’s kind of an odd story. After watching the 2012 Euro’s soccer/football grabbed my attention. The NHL went on strike and I needed another sports fix when the NFL wasn’t on. I started watching games from all over the world on sketchy streams and found the BPL most accessible and zoned in on the league. While watching different games I decided to needed to support one team in particular so started looking at the clubs and while looking through the names the club that caught my eye was Tottenham Hotspur. “What the heck is Tottenham or a Hotspur?” Started reading about the club and its history and grew attached from there. I can’t even grasp being connected to another club.

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

I’ve been to two, last year actually! I saw Spurs play Palace on a perfectly sunny day in London where Son scored his first goal in the Premier league I believe. The other game was The NLD in a League Cup fixture, where we unfortunately lost 2-1. There was definitely a special feeling being there for the first time.

3)    What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

I’m fairly new to the club but I think it has to be beating Chelsea 5-3 on New Years Day, two seasons ago. I couldn’t believe what was happening and the bar went absolutely crazy. That was the last time Chelsea was beaten that season and I think it was due to that beat down.

4)    Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

This is a tough one but I think it has to be Gareth Bale. Watching him exploding down the pitch without any fear what so ever was just incredible to watch. He was the player that made sure Europe had our attention. The growth since his departure has been immense and I think he was a major cause of that growth.

5)    Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from New York, New York! All my teams are blue, oddly enough. Giants, Rangers, Yankees (don’t hate me.)

6)    What is your professional background?

Working for the man.

7)    Did you play organized football/soccer?

I have not played since I was little, but I am working on my technique to change that haha.

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

I was obsessed with the band Anberlin from 2008 until the disbanded in 2014. I own multiple copies of every CD, I have purchased all their albums digitally, I have 15 posters, dog tags, cozies, hats, 7 hoodies, and 55 shirts (yes really.) I saw them in concert around 5 different states 15 times and went to their last 5 shows. I still try to support their new projects too haha.

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.

 

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