Over the next week or two we are conducting interviews with overseas Spurs fans from around the world. We want to understand the level of support outside of England , and what it’s like to be a Tottenham fan living abroad.

The response so far has been amazing, with many fans interested in taking part. The hard part has been choosing just one fan from each region, despite the level of willing participants. Today though, we are breaking the rules to allow two interviews from Dublin Spurs members.

The Irish charm has worked it’s magic on me, and how could I turn them down just day’s after St Patrick’s Day?

So first up we meet with Spurs Fanatic, Neil, from Dublin

 

OK, so tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Neil Mahony. I’m originally from Dublin, now living back in Dublin after 20 years in Manchester. I’ve got some great stories about being a Spurs fan in Manchester!
 

Are you part of any supporters club, and if so, tell us a bit about it?

Yes. Myself, my Dad, my brother Derek and my sister-in-law Mags all joined Dublin Spurs Supporter’s Club about 5 years ago. I think it’s probably quite a typical fan club. You know – meets in a pub, people from all walks of life, kids to granddads – all united by our love for Tottenham Hotspur. We’ve got our own merchandise – t-shirts and scarves with our special Dublin Spurs logo. It’s a great family atmosphere too. We try to keep the bad language to a minimum – hard when watching Spurs sometimes!

How many members do you have? And do you meet often?

 There are over 150 fully paid up members but we welcome visitors from all over the world who don’t have to be members – once you’re a Spurs fan you are welcome. We meet for every single game. Early kick-offs, Sunday afternoons, cold wet Wednesdays: if there’s a game on there are always supporters there. Obviously the numbers vary greatly depending on the opposition.
 

Where do you watch games? And how many people meet to watch?

 We meet in the upstairs room of Tom Maye’s pub on Dorset Street in Dublin City centre. It’s known as the Spurs Lodge and is decorated with a massive collection of jerseys, scarves, posters and programs. All donated by members and visitors from around the world. There are even life-sized cut-outs of Harry and Deadly Ledley! 
 

Why Tottenham? How, and why did you end up following Spurs?

 It’s all because of my Dad. He started supporting after listening to the exotically named “Tottenham Hotspur” playing against Leeds on the radio in 1958. He’d never heard of them before but the commentator made it sound like they played really exciting football. They won the game and that season they beat teams 4-1, 5-1, 6-2 and 7-1. By the time they did the double in 1960/61 my Dad was a fan for life.

Then in May 1981 there was the 100th FA Cup Final. That final, that reply, and that goal. I was 8 years old and my Mam and Dad went to Wembley so I watched at home with my three older brothers. I’ll never forget it. Hutchison’s goal for City, and then his OG making it 1-1. My parents stayed in London for the replay as it was scheduled to be on the following Tuesday. But the game was postponed due to heavy fog (Yes! An hour before kick-off!) and then finally happened on the Thursday. Who can forget it? That goal. That glorious moment in history. Galvin’s pass. Villa’s dribble. Ossie’s Dream. My life was changed forever. When the goal went in, one of my brothers somehow managed to pull the light fitting out of the ceiling in our living room and to this day nobody has ever owned up to it! Naturally, as we won, we didn’t get in trouble. That was it for me. For all of us actually. Spurs for life. 
 

Would you say that Spurs were a big club in terms of support/fan base in Ireland?

They are now, certainly compared to when I was a kid. Everyone was either Man Utd, or Liverpool in my class. I think my family were the only Spurs fans in the whole school! But these days I see Spurs hats and scarves everywhere when I’m walking down the street. I think Gareth Bale and that Champion’s League run put Spurs on the next level for a lot of people. 
 

Is Tottenham’s profile growing in Ireland?

Yes definitely. Players like Eriksen and Kane have made youngsters want to support Spurs more than ever. We’re more like heroes now than we ever were. And I think Pochettino’s philosophy of not “buying” a trophy and winning one when we deserve it has rung true with a lot of people sick of the recent oil-money pouring into the game. I think people want to put their faith in something other than riches. 
 

Do you get to attend many live games?

 I went to quite a few when I lived in Manchester. I saw Spurs at Anfield, the Reebok, and of course The Lane. And I was at Old Trafford when we won there for the first time in 14 years – Clint Dempsey! But I have a child of my own now so my money goes somewhere else. My brother Derek and his wife Mags are season ticket holders so they’re in Wembley all the time. Dublin Spurs members also go to at least one home game a season as a club. There’s 25 going to the Leicester game!
 

Do you have any sort of relationship with the club, and/or other supporters groups? And if so, tell us a bit about that relationship

 Dublin Spurs is linked to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust. And we pick another Irish supporters group to visit each year. We travel to their club for a game and have drinks and good chats about Spurs, the season etc. There’s also a charity night every year. This year we had Mickey Hazard and Ossie Ardiles over for the Legend’s Night in and of the Cillian Kenny Trust. It was an amazing night!

 

Do you get many English Spurs fans visit your area? And if so, what is their response/reaction on seeing the local support?

Yeah we get supporters from all over the world. It’s great to see their faces when they walk into the Lodge – it’s a pretty impressive looking clubhouse! I think most people are used to Spurs being an international club now – I saw a Spurs jersey in Nairobi and I wasn’t surprised in the least. 

 

How would you describe Tottenham’s season so far? Are you happy with performances?

 Well it’s been a bit up and down hasn’t it? In the Champion’s League we were absolutely amazing. The Dortmund and Real games in particular. But then we’ve had some bad league hangovers too. Arsenal, Leicester and Watford away and West Ham and West Brom at home. We just weren’t good enough in those games. But we’re still looking good for top 4 and in the FA Cup semi-final so we’ve got to be positive.
 

Which player has stood out for you the most this year?

DEMBELE! Ever since he stopped playing crab football and realised that forward is always best, he has been outstanding. And of course Sonny has been amazing. He’s got the best attitude of any player in the Premiership. 
 

Are there any specific Tottenham players that are admired or particularly popular in Ireland?

 Definitely the Irish players – Chris Hughton, Tony Galvin, Stephen Carr, and Robbie Keane. Oh and Pat Jennings! 

How do you feel about the management of Tottenham since Mauricio Pochettino took over?

 He’s been fantastic. His attitude and his footballing philosophy are exactly what we needed after the uncertainty of AVB. If we can keep him I think we’ll win the Premiership by 2020. I think Mauricio is a realist. He knows that hard work and dedication to his philosophy are key, but he also realises that in the modern game you can’t compete without spending money. 
 

How do you think that the new stadium will affect the club?

I think it will be great. The Wembley adventure has shown that it’s the fans that make a home atmosphere and once we establish which is the Park Lane and which is the Shelf Side in the new place it will be a fortress!
 

What would you like to see from Tottenham going forward, for the rest of this season and beyond?

This season I’d love us to win the FA Cup and we need top 4, or preferably top 3. In the next few seasons we need to be challenging for the title – and then the Champion’s League. But ultimately I want us to keep playing the way we play. After all, the game is about glory. 
 

And finally, is there anything you would like to add?

I’d like to congratulate my sister-in-law Mags for making such great changes to Dublin Spurs since she became chairperson. And to thank her for giving me her ticket to Old Trafford for that historic 3-2 victory!
COME ON YOU SPURS!

 

Next up we meet with Rodney Kenny, a passionate Tottenham supporter, also from Dublin.

 

OK to start off, tell us your name, where you are from, and where you are currently based?

Rodney Kenny, 49 years young, Dublin, Ireland. Still in Dublin .

 

Are you part of any supporters club, and if so, tell us a bit about it? 

Yes Dublin Spurs. The best Spurs supporters Club around. We have an amazing committee and Chairperson. We have our own Dublin Spurs Logo and Merchandise. All spurs fans are welcome whether paid up members or not. We attract a lot of Foreign Spurs visitors and one day David Howells and some friends of his randomly called in for a game. That was amazing. A true gent, and a true Yid.

Where do you watch games? And how many people meet to watch?  

We meet for every game at the Spurs Lodge Upstairs in Tom Mayes Pub in Dublin City Centre. We can have anything between 20 and 100 at times.

 

Why Tottenham? How and why did you end up following Spurs?

 My Father lived and worked in London in the early 60’s and went to see all the London Teams. Thankfully he settled on Tottenham as his club and passed it on to me. He brought me to see the 1981 FA cup final at Wembley when I was 12. He couldn’t stretch it to the replay for me, but he went back over.

 

Would you say that Spurs were a big club (in terms of support/fan base) in your part of the world?

Compared to the clubs like Liverpool and Man Utd, because of the Irish Link with those cities, I would say not as big a following as those but, a Big Club absolutely. Our fan base is growing here in recent years with more and more young Kids choosing Tottenham since Bale, and now Kane.

Do you get to attend many live games?

Not as much as I’d like. Maybe twice a year.

 

Do you get many English Spurs fans visit your area? And if so, what is their response/reaction on seeing the local support?

At most games in The Lodge we have English spurs fans visit and I think they are surprised at how passionate we are about our Club .

 

How would you describe Tottenham’s season so far? Are you happy with performances?

We are playing every game away from home and still in the hunt for the FA Cup and a 2nd place finish in the Premier League. I would have bitten your hand off for an FA cup and Top four finish at the start of this season and fingers crossed we take both. When we play well we are a joy to watch.

 

Which players have stood out for you the most this year?

Harry & Sonny of Course, Christian, Dembele, Davies, Jan, and Sanchez. Lamela just keeps getting better and better since his long layoff.    

Are there any specific Tottenham players that are admired, or particularly popular in Ireland?

Harry Kane and Sonny

 

How do you feel about the management of Tottenham since Mauricio Pochettino took over?

Moving steadily in the right direction. In Poch we trust. The odd time I would like him to make a substitution a little earlier than he does but hey what do I know? Generally he gets it spot on.

 

How do you think that the new stadium will affect the club?

Hugely Positive. The fact that we are still on the same site for me was a huge plus. We are still at home. Watch us Rise.

 

What would you like to see from Tottenham going forward, for the rest of this season and beyond?

FA Cup winners and League Runners Up for this season. Winning The Premier League in the next 3 to 5 years, and as many trophies as possible. Ultimately Champions League Winners.  

And finally, anything you would like to add?

Keep doing what we are doing. Keep Pochettino and the spine of the team happy, and the sky’s the limit. Can’t smile without you! COYS! YID Army!

 

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