It doesn`t matter how much people bleat on about whether it will be or won`t be a good summer, it doesn`t matter whether the rain cascades down or the sun shines on us, the one thing that ruins summer for me is that there is no week to week involvement with Spurs. The Premiership has closed and it`s cricket, athletics or tennis. Weeks go by until you finally see the forthcoming pre-season friendly’s and then the despair turns to hope, light is at the end of the tunnel.
I`ve been a Spurs fan, going through these summer emotions, for 45 years. My boys (Ben and his twin brother Sam – the present Wales Rugby Union captain) have been indoctrinated into the same seasonal adjustment….S.A.D….not seasonal adjustment depression but Spurs adjustment depression.
Seeing Jeff Stelling on Sky Sports saying “We have news from White Hart Lane!” and the heart starts beating unnaturally as you drop your sandwich with your mouth agog waiting to see if it`s joy or misery that the sky reporter will bring you.
Sam once said to me when he was a young lad “What happens if I go off Spurs and start supporting another team ?” I whispered in his ear the honest truth “Once Spurs – always Spurs…you will know what I mean when you cross that bridge”. And I`m not surprised to see that the particular bridge in question has never been crossed. We have Wimbledon, the Test matches and the Olympics, but the summer blues won`t be over for me until the first day of the Premiership..and for all you non-loving Rugby fans, if you see the captain of Wales leading out his country against Australia this summer, just think that his heart is beating for Wales…and Spurs.
Sincere apologies for the witterings of a Spurs lover.
By Jez Warburton
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