Sorry guys, but I can only explain what I have to say through my personal journey. From the time I was about seven I seemed to spend all my time playing football. I would go to school early and play in the yard before school started. I would play at morning and afternoon recess, and at lunchtime. And I would stay back after school and play some more. My teachers told me I would have a heart attack one day because I was usually red-faced and sweating whenever I arrived (late) in class. But I loved playing. And I had absolutely no thoughts about trophies! I just wanted to do what I enjoyed and what made me happy.
In 1960 I went to my first Spurs game. It was awesome. I was hooked. I realised that I could enjoy watching football just as much as playing it. It had all of the emotional elements of both the agony and the ecstasy. I loved everything about match-day at the Lane. I was mesmerised by the atmosphere inside that wonderful stadium. And I was even more mesmerised by the way the Spurs team was plying its trade on the park. It was totally amazing and totally enjoyable. And I had absolutely no thoughts about trophies!
As it was Spurs in the sixties, I soon understood the idea of winning trophies because Spurs were winning them. I understood that trophies give more meaning to a clubs history and can be used as a tool to practice my developing ‘boasting skills’ on other supporters of less successful clubs. But I also realised that trophies, and boasting rights, were just the icing on the cake and it’s quite easy to enjoy the cake without the icing!
I admit that I do think about silverware a bit more often now. And when we play United in a few days time I will be having visions of our squad doing a lap of honour after the Cup Final. But, should that not happen …. it will still be an awesome match-day.
I like to think that most football supporters feel the same way as I do about their club. If they didn’t, most clubs would have no supporters. Don’t get me wrong, trophies are great to win. I love it when Spurs win one because it recognises the excellence of our football, and I take a great deal of pride in that. I’ve even managed to win some individual ones myself. But, to me. whether you play the game or watch the game, the most important trophy the game can provide is the unrecognised one for entertainment and enjoyment!