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Why is it always Spurs?

6 years ago

It is fitting that it is Spurs who come to visit this Sunday as the fans’ plan for a boycott comes around. It seems that it is the team from Seven Sisters Road who come along for these key games every time.

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I remember standing on the Gallowgate in 1993 as the Lilywhites came to St James to launch our new dawn into the Premiership. They were there again on the day that Budgie told me “it’s over son” as we drew 1-1 in 1996. And now 19 years later (damn I’m old) they return to see the locals revolt.

That day in 1996 seems like only yesterday as I stood in a near empty stadium (I was working there that day) looking out onto a sun soaked pitch full of hope and anticipation.

It was a season where St James was a true fortress, graced by fantastic players in every position (for those younger readers we had once of the best defences in Premier League history despite what the pundits may tell you these days). Our dreams were interrupted but not shattered that day.

We always lived with hope, but never necessarily belief. It was the hope and dreams though that fuelled that glorious experience of supporting The Entertainers.

It is not just about the success though. Even watching Malcolm Allen hit the post, or a lumbering young Spurs defender called Campbell bundle into him was enough to thrill the crowd on that day. We had a unity, an excitement and (despite a pretty shoddy line up) a faith that everyone was doing all they could to get three points.

Now in 2015 we have lost hope and have no dreams. As has been repeated multiple times in these pages of late, the heart and soul of the club has gone and we are now simply a football team.

We no longer feel the players are fighting for the badge or even three points. It is not the club which we fell in love with.

Sunday will not change anything, but it is fitting that it could yet again be the start and the end of something for NUFC.


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