Hotspur Seat – Matt Earl
Matt Earl – January 2020
How long have you supported spurs? Tell us about the first game you saw…
I’ve been a spurs supporter all my life – 25 years and counting! It all began with my Dad, who was a Gordon Banks fan, but living in Kent and with him playing in Stoke it was impossible to get the shirt. His parents bought him an England shirt, which in the days before sponsorship was also the same shirt used by Spurs. The support began there and was passed down a generation.
Who is your all-time favourite player? Who is your current favourite?
My all-time favourite player is probably Gareth Bale. In my opinion, the most talented Spurs player that I have seen live. One game in particular was a Europa League game at home to Lyon, being in the stands as the last kick of each half was a free kick into the top corner to win 2-1. Amongst the current team, I have a particular soft spot of Harry Winks. He wears the shirt with such immense pride whilst taking it all in his stride and plays with true grit and determination.
What is your most memorable Spurs-supporting moment?
The most memorable Spurs supporting moment has to be the Moura third goal! My local pub to this day still has light fittings missing after being broken during the pandemonium from the Spurs fans celebrating it! (Photo used is from that iconic CL final day)
Why did you join the Proud Lilywhites?
I joined the Proud Lilywhites to show solidarity to the LGBT+ fans within football. A voice to prove that it’s OK to support who you want on and off the pitch!
And finally, what would you want to see the Proud Lilywhites achieve in the next year?
I would love to see the Proud Lilywhites continue to grow and be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with all the players at Lane. Seeing the Proud Lilywhites represented on the pitch more often than not!
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