And as the players left the pitch, it all came to an abrupt end and the fans slowly started to file out of Goodison Park. For me, it was the end of a journey. A journey that started with a League Cup fourth round win over Brighton and Hove Albion and ended yesterday at Goodison Park. The end of a journey that contained many highs but also many lows. Some of those highs include the 4-0 win over Newcastle in the League Cup Quarter Final, the last 30 minutes of which was a succession of “Spurs are on their Wembley” and “Que Sera Sera,” possibly my two favorite Tottenham chants. The highs also include the 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day when it seemed that nothing could possibly go wrong and I felt like I was living in dreamland for the next three days. Another high would be the stunning comeback against fierce rivals West Ham where Harry Kane equalized at the death after initially missing his penalty as I sat immediately next to the heartbroken travelling Hammer faithful. The lows include heavy defeats at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, a home defeat against Aston Villa, a drab scoreless draw at home against Crystal Palace and the farcical pitch invasions that marred the Europa League group stage match against Partizan Belgrade. Many Spurs supporters will see this season as a disappointment after such promise mid season and will likely only remember the season for reaching a League Cup Final and for the dazzling performances put on by Harry Kane, but for me this season will always be special because I was fortunate to be able to attend so many matches and be a part of some really special atmospheres.
There is not a better feeling in all of sports than winning away from home and being able to comfortably celebrate with my own set of fans. I absolutely love the “us against the world” mentality that is a pivotal part of the away day experience. I love the experience of going to a different stadium in a different city and still being able to cheer on my team fervidly. If my team wins (which only happened twice in five attempts), it is the greatest feeling to be able to walk out of the ground with my head held up high and a huge smile on my face after singing my heart out for the team I love. An away day with your favorite team, whichever one that may be is a highly recommended experience that will turn a casual fan into a hardcore one almost instantly. The passion that supporters in away ends exhibit is contagious. For the average fan who watched on TV, this end of season match that had little had stake will probably be forgotten as soon as the new season rolls around but for me this was one of the most memorable and special days of my life. I got to see a beautiful city that I had never been to before and I got to watch my favorite team win away from home in an iconic stadium, what could be better?
Unfortunately, I will be moving back to the United States where I will start University in August so I won’t be able to follow my beloved Tottenham as closely as I could this year. Thankfully I will be attending University in Boston, where the Boston Spurs Supporters Club is very prominent and well organized so I look forward to joining them next year and hopefully creating some more special memories.
I would like to thank every single Tottenham Hotspur supporter I met at matches throughout the season. You were all amazing. It was incredible to hear recollections of matches from the 1970s like it was yesterday and how long some of the supporters have been regularly coming to White Hart Lane (some for as long as 50 years). It was amazing to be a part of some of the most passionate supporters in England, who follow their team through thick and thin, win lose or draw. Coming to these matches and talking with fellow supporters has given me a whole new perspective on what it’s like to be a sports fan, there is more to sports than winning games and championships.
I would also like to thank World Soccer Talk for publishing my articles throughout the season. Four-and-a-half years ago I wrote my first article for World Soccer Talk aged just 14. That article was titled “How I fell in love with Tottenham Hotspur,” a hastily written piece written entirely on emotion after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane in December, 2010. I’ve since written seventeen pieces for World Soccer Talk and I’ve enjoyed writing every single one of them. I would also like to thank my parents for supporting me both financially and emotionally during my Gap Year and being supportive of my football adventures. If it weren’t for you I would not have been able to experience any of this. Finally, I’d like to thank anyone who has read any of my articles on World Soccer Talk, I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. And one final thing… Come on you Spurs!
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