I’ve been following Spurs for close to six decades now and I have to say that this is the worst period of being a THFC supporter throughout this time. Football is all about winning, winning silverware. It’s about the accumulation of trophies, the more the merrier. This cannot be stressed enough so I’ll say it again; football is all about winning trophies! To serious-minded supporters of any club this is blatantly obvious and shouldn’t need to be stated in the first place.
The harsh reality is that THFC has not won a trophy during the current decade and it is simply not acceptable! To say the club is declining would have to be a gross understatement. How any club can continue to operate when its trophy cabinet is not being rejuvenated on a regular basis is beyond me. What is there left to look forward to?
I have to laugh when supporters of this once great but rapidly stagnating club, talk about such topics as; players, tactics, opponents, stadiums, transfers, managers, owners, facilities, parking habits, the media, gossip, etc. What a complete waste of time and energy that has to be. Other supporters mention games or players from bygone days as if that has any relevance or interest. What is the sense of that? How can any of those things be as satisfying as the ability to deftly reach into your wallet, pull out a photo of a glittering trophy, and flash it around for all and sundry to enjoy? That’s all that matters. That’s what makes the game great!
I have a photo of the 60/61 team posing in front of two beautiful trophies. I watched that team win those trophies. I no longer recognise the people sitting behind the silverware in the photo but those two trophies never fade from memory. The games themselves meant little and were just the means to an end. I remember none of them but, despite the passage of time, I still receive great joy from looking at that photo, hour after hour, and admiring the craftsmanship that went into the creation of those trophies.
Some disheartened supporters, desperate to put a positive spin on a hopeless situation, point to last season’s second place finish in the PL as if it was some kind of achievement. But did that put another photo in the wallet for us to enjoy? No doubt, when this season finishes trophy-less, yet more supporters will mention the fact that we finished in top place of our CL group and made mincemeat of the European champions at the same time …. like that has any meaning! Where is the photo? I would gladly lose every game of the season if it meant collecting a trophy at the end of it!
The thought occurs to me that if I had been supporting our red neighbours I would probably have needed a much bigger wallet and could have had so many more silverware photos to give me joy and comfort in my hours of darkness and throughout the bleak trophy-less years that lay ahead. Hindsight always comes late! The sad reality is that, with the absence of silverware, I am doomed to a future where the only enjoyment has to come through watching a game of football instead of developing my photograph collection. And, for me, that is not an option! Anyone got an application form for a Manchester City season ticket?