Spurs. An Obsession?

Over the years of AA we (or should I say “I”) are often accused of being “obsessed” by Spurs. Is it true?

Judge for yourself.

Firstly, I was born in North London, equidistant from AFC and THFC. Most of my friends were Spurs, my father was Spurs, thankfully my Uncles had more sense, though one had a season ticket at Chelsea 😦

Before girls and music football was everything, break time at school, after school, all weekend we played or talked about football. It was always Arsenal vs Spurs in the park, playground, wherever. It mattered and it mattered big time. Was I obsessed – certainly. We all were.

I expect this is different for those born away from North London but it seems the principle remains; it is almost impossible to love Arsenal and have anything but begrudging respect for Spurs.

Let me ask you this, which is the first result you look for after Arsenal’s? For a select and deluded few, it will be United, perhaps Chelsea, but for the vast majority it is Spurs. If we lose the only thing which eases the pain is if Spurs lose. It has been so for as long as I remember.

If you happen to support Spurs and read this Arsenal blog, tell me it is not the same in reverse for you?

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Just think back to when we won the League at White Hart Lane in 2004, Spurs fans celebrated as Keane scored a dodgy penalty to get a draw. It was more important than the realisation that we had become Champions at their ground (for the second time :_D )

For 20 years there was little rivalry thanks to the descent of the Lillywhites into mediocrity, this was good and bad because IMO we need a NL challenge to enliven the season. Their temporary improvement also brings another team into the fight for a Top 4 place. 75 points may no longer be enough.

IMO we are very interested in Spurs, they are our noisy neighbours, it has been thus for  almost 100 years. Obsessed … No.

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Written by Big Raddy

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78 Responses to Spurs. An Obsession?

  1. S-P says:

    Nothing wrong with feeling the rivalry. Shouldn’t allow it to cloud a semblance of objectivity, though.

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    Good morning Raddy,

    I am100% obsessed with my distaste for Tottenham. I was born on Avenell Road 2 years before WW11 and the first family discussions I remember were about The War and Arsenal.

    My maternal grandfather watched Arsenal’s first game at Highbury and never missed a game until his health denied him the opportunity to keep attending. So I have obvious reasons to be obsessed with Arsenal (and I’m proud to be so) but back to the subject.

    My distaste for Spurs started in the school play grounds when the kids split into the two camps – and never the twain should meet, arguments turned into fights that turned into brawls that resulted in suspensions. It was a badge of honour among your peers if you got suspended.

    Going to games involving Spurs was always an adventure and the levels of dislike were extremely intense so fights were frequent and not very pretty. Living 3,500 miles away my distaste has lessened but it will never disappear completely and it becomes intense at game time.

    As far as I’m concerned the two words (them) and respect should never appear in the same sentence.

  3. Zee says:

    Good Afternoon, Matelots, 🙂

    I was born approximately 4,500 miles away, and first lived in Chelsea, London at about age 4. First visit to watch football was with my father – to see Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    My father said I will take you to Chelsea to see how football should not be played – then I will take you to Highbury to watch the Arsenal and you will love the Gunners, without question.

    He was right!

    I am sure being born in North London brings with it a special allegiance, but distance is not a key factor, if I am anything to go by, and there are many fans from all over the world who are devoted Arsenal fans.

    Good Post.

  4. chas mobile says:

    Excellent, BR.

    You can always tell the Johnny-come-lately Arse fans. They give the spuds far too much credit. Even if they actually won something, I still wouldn’t acknowledge it. ☺

    This is the effect being spat at by them as a child walking with his old man along Tottenham High Road wearing red and white scarves, has on an impressionable youngster.

    Friends who support neither of us have remarked on the difference when attending both grounds. If you struggle to swipe your ticket at Arsenal you’ll be helped immediately.
    At SHL, you’ll be snarled at for holding up the queue by blokes with less hair on their heads than on their fat forearms which drag towards the floor.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Objectivity????

    My love of football is all about passion.

    The day I become objective is the day I stop being a Gooner.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Kick off is at 7:30 am here which will deprive me of my usual game time beverage.

  7. Aaron says:

    Not me at 430am Pacific Time, West Coast. But, my beverage will be coffee, a bit of raw cream and honey.
    Can’t wait….

  8. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Imagine you are going skiing, In Italy before the first run, one imbibes a Bombardino, which is an espresso coffee with a shot of brandy or cognac. Sure to get the heart beating for kick-off.

    Aaron. I will down a glass of California Pinot Noir just for you. The second will be for GN5, the 3rd for Fred etc etc

  9. chas says:

    We’re on the train just after 8am.
    So Ant’s first beer will be……………………….just after 8am. 🙂

  10. Aaron says:

    Enjoyed the last two days posts!

    Elicits a different kind of response, instead of the normal banter about what’s wrong with the club or Arsene’s team selection, transfer problems or what have you.

    Someone please put in a picture of the Arsenals trophy cabinet for good measure.

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    where are you located Aaron?

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay Raddy, I’ve changed my mind and I will have a wee dram of a nice 12 year old Glenlivet to warm up my cockles before the game.

  13. fred1266 says:

    G5 save some some for me, for when I visit next week

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. You will have to go to Canada to share it with GN5.

    Whisky is cheaper in UK 😀

    Be sure to go to Piebury Corner for an English pie and mash when you visit the Emirates. Or if you are lucky enough to meet Rasp and Peaches, persuade them to take you for a kebab

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Aaron. Will do for tomorrow (cabinet) It was in my plans

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  21. Big Raddy says:

    5.40 Is there a player in the world (apart from Messi) who could score that goal?

  22. chas says:

    BR
    Probably not.

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  24. VP of Oz says:

    Growing up with Croatian heritage and being taught only the one sided views of the balkan conflict, the spurs conflict was a perfect fit.

    Very excited about the game. I believe AW has a point to prove and will do it in style.

    Another great post BR

  25. The team that came 7th 😂😂

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  27. fatgingergooner says:

    Lacazette to score more than Kane and Arsenal to win.

  28. Aaron says:

    GunnerN5,
    California- the Bay Area or Santa Cruz.

    Chas- I always look forward to what you place on here!
    Prop to Big Raddy for the post.

  29. fred1266 says:

    Rasp peaches it is date at piebury corner

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Quite a big day ahead

    Ahem, sort of a ps to Erik’s posts, and thank you for them, but haven’t Spurs only finished above us like once like evvvvvver?

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooops, aplogies, the “like once like evvvvvver” will only make sense if you are English and have a teenage daughter, and anyway it is spelt evvvvvvaaaa

  32. Eddie says:

    oh didit, stop trying to be trendy
    A lovely man on a dating site wrote to me and signed ‘Sooners xx’. That was enough for me, eff off, next one please

    I am nervous as hell. I really truly cannot deal with another humiliation. We have to win, end of

  33. Eddie says:

    mourinho is right, his player jones received 6 injections before an international friendly and limped off after 50mins crockjed. Shocking

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Fair point Eddie although if it helps, I only try to be trendy on here 🙂

    Today is simple Eddie, we need two goals minimum, so I suggest we play at least one striker 🙂

    Create loads of chances, take some of them

  35. Eddie says:

    our one striker against their Errikson, Alli and ugly Kane? I suspect it might not be enough

    I love you because you are sooo ‘old school’ type of guy 🙂 Leave the sooners and laters to half wits trying to be amusing

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    Mate of mine did online dating but refused to go on a paid site

    Is it true that the quality resides on paid sites, while the boilers and pervs are on the free ones?

  37. LB says:

    Such a delicate turn of phrase.

  38. Monkey glands says:

    The site I use is actually called “Boilers & Pervs”.
    It does what it says on the tin.

  39. Eddie says:

    no micky, there is no rule. I use a paid ‘Elite Mature Singles’ and still get semi naked photos from 75 year olds 🙂 And offers from Spurs supporters when I made it absolutely clear that only Gunners may reply.

    I know of 2 couples that met online and are very happy, but I don’t think happiness suits me very well. I prefer the angry me

    Now, football. Predicting the result: 1 all.

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Lovely to read a bit of Didit 😀

    Excited for today.

    Should the post be strident and aggressive or passive and a bit “like whatever” (see, I can be modern-ish)

  41. Monkey glands says:

    I thought Elite Mature Singles were those posh cheese slices you get in Waitrose.

  42. Monkey glands says:

    Subtlely mocking, I reckon.

  43. Big Raddy says:

    I wish I had the skills to be subtlety mocking.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Glands @ 8:20 ha ha ha

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Hope we get some Ant and Dec today. Always good entertainment.

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik

    Re the tone of the post

    I’d go “like whatever” but still mention the fur on the male spur fan’s palms or on the female version’s face

  47. Monkey glands says:

  48. Ant says:

    Ant and Duck are on our way..
    We are Ron’s 22

  49. Ant says:

    Such lovely boys!

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  55. Ant says:

    Hello Fred.. Hows the Barbadian Barbarian?

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  57. Monkey glands says:

    Or the Trinidadian Typhoon?

    I heard Peaches and Rasp are excited about your date at Piebury Corner.

  58. Ant says:

    Do you do tobogganing Fred like in that film?

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Need a title for the post that will get past WordPress

  60. fatgingergooner says:

    I fancy us to put in a massive performance today and get the points, as long as the ref doesn’t ruin it!

  61. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy for the last 2 posts, and tomorrows intended post as I will not have time to comment in advance.

    So much to agree with in many of the comments in the Arsenal vs Spurs debate. All I would say is that in my opinion the permanent shift of power hasn’t happened, but at the moment they are the better team. They are a team that is functioning as a team better rather than necessarily being better man for man on paper.

    I feel we should use this as a kick up the jacksy because I feel our club have sat on their laurels in the last few years and we could have been so much more and so much better. What we have had over them recently is that we can pay more in wages and have greater squad depth but this could easily level out once they are in the new stadium so anyone assuming that we will always be superior is both arrogant and dangerous.

    This time it could be different and the balance may well shift if we don’t pull our finger out.

    As to the natural rivalry I am somewhere in between but Chas’ experience does sound a bit horrible.

  62. fred1266 says:

    Peach and Rasp- which player is the jerk chicken pie at pie bury shop

  63. Monkey glands says:

    Furry Palms at home

  64. Ant says:

    That’s a short one Gooner B!

  65. Ant says:

    How I wish I was arrogant and dangerous…

  66. Ant says:

    Sounds like Eddie and Micky are getting on like a house on fire

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    The Pat Rice Scotch Egg Collection 🙂

    Wow, they look so damn good

  68. Ant says:

    How’s the weather in Guyana?

  69. Big Raddy says:

    I will add GB ‘s post to the new one.

    There is a New Post

  70. fred1266 says:

    Hi Ants am Trinidadian in case you was wondering

  71. fred1266 says:

    Not sure what film us Ants

    Have you ever been to Tobago

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