The Hot Seat – Emily Macaulay

Emily Macaulay Buckingham PalaceEach month we’re going to be diving in to the minds of some of our members and getting to know them a little better.

Think of it as part awkward segment on Live and Kicking (remember that?) and part Metro interview.

This month we’re excited to introduce Emily Macaulay, who was bestowed with an MBE in this years new years honours list for services to Equality and Diversity.


Hi Emily!

So, how long have you supported Spurs and which game was your first at White Hart Lane? I have supported Tottenham since birth.  There is a photo of me in my cot at hospital, less than an hour after being born, with a ‘Tottenham Ted’ in with me.  I still have him.

I can’t remember what my first game was but I recall my Dad (also a lifelong Spurs supporter and now season ticket holder) taking me through the turnstiles with him onto the Shelf Side terraces in the 1986/87 season.

Who is you all-time favourite player and who do you favour in the current squad? I always tend to like our good but slightly peripheral players rather than the big name ones.  Erik Thorsvedt was a huge favourite of mine and I loved meeting him at the Training Ground once.

Sadly Lloris is probably the only player currently that I get excited by.  I enjoy the consistency of his game and almost all the time I feel comfortable knowing he is at the back.  This is a luxury compared to some previous goalkeepers!

What is your most memorable Spurs-supporting moment? On the 9 April 1993 I was at White Hart Lane (albeit in a restricted view seat) and saw Tottenham beat Norwich City 5-1.  The scoreline was exciting but the key moment in the match was the goal scored by Nayim…from almost on the goaline he bent the ball into the net from an “impossible” angle.  It was all the talk at school the next day and I’d seen it live.

What do you most like about supporting Spurs? The sense of family.  I wrote a blog piece about this recently.  You certainly can’t be under the age of 40 and support Tottenham for the glory and bragging rights.  But from the earliest memories I have to my experience now at the Lane, and outside, there is a sense of family – a common purpose and values and history.  I love it.

Why did you join Proud Lilywhites? It is simply the right thing to do and I would urge anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation to do similarly.  We all look for role models, people that we identify with in positions that inspire and motivate us.  For me, as a gay supporter of a Premiership football club, I believe we have a responsibility to change the culture that surrounds football that means those gay players feel unable or unwilling to ‘come out’.  We need them to be the next generations’ role models, and I believe being part of a supporters club that has the ear of the Club is a way to help this happen.

Finally what would you want to see the Proud Lilywhites achieve in the next year? I think the important thing for a group like this is to take time establishing itself.  It can be easy to try and do too much in the first rush of enthusiasm and then find a year or so on that ebbs away and there’s no sustainability left behind.

On a more practical note I think it’d be great to have the players warm up once a month (or even just once a year) in a Proud Lilywhites t-shirt.  They do racism and cancer so why not sexual orientation.  I understand the commercial conflict surrounding Rainbow Laces, and it was great to see some players wear them – but they can demonstrate their commitment to eliminating discrimination in other ways too.

Any final thoughts? Yes, I hope to meet you and the others in the not too distant future at one of the pre-game socials.
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