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Proud Lilywhites’ (almost) end of season awards

During our most recent “Talking Tottenham on a Wednesday night”, members had the opportunity to vote for their Players and Goals of the season so far – both for the men’s and women’s teams.

Although the seasons for both teams are currently on hold due to Covid-19, these awards serve to reflect on the hard work and scintillating performances from these players so far this season.

All 4 categories generated hot debate and the competition was strong! Proud Lilywhites members voted and these were the results…

All of the category winners have sent in a special video message for our members to watch. Click the links below to view each player’s video:

Heung-Min Son: https://twitter.com/SpursLGBT/status/1266360658054066176?s=20

Rianna Dean: https://twitter.com/SpursLGBT/status/1263517727727091718?s=20

Ash Neville: https://twitter.com/SpursLGBT/status/1263517669552205825?s=20

We wish all our players the best of luck and a very safe return to the pitch soon

COYS

Memories of a magical night in Amsterdam – By Chris Paouros

It was a rollercoaster of a day and a night. There were bumps, hits, highs and lows. I won’t be able to do it justice but wanted to set out the highlights I remember, one year on, of how those magical 24 hours unfolded—from 3pm on 8 May 2019. COYS!

A cafe that would only serve us pasta with cheese as they were ‘saving’ the food on the menu for the Ajax fans that had booked tables later to watch the game.

Being cramped on the metro surrounded by very tall, blond Ajax fans singing ‘Donnie Van der Beek, van der Beek, Donnie van der Beek’ for the whole journey and them laughing at me when I said “we’re going to do it”.

Arriving at the ground and being kettled by police as bottles were thrown.

Not caring that we were so high up, because we were here, in the Amsterdam Arena, albeit 1-0 down from the first leg in the SEMI FINAL OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

Our co-chair Chris arriving at the stadium with fellow Proud Lilywhites member Phillip

Feeling despondent at half-time, but we were still here, and stranger things had happened, but some of our fellow Spurs fans were FUMING. Fuming that the lack of investment had meant we might not be able to compete, fuming that we had to start the game without a recognised striker, fuming that years of focus on balancing the books meant we might not make it. 

Spending the last ten minutes of the game talking to the woman next to me about her job as a dog groomer and also discussing that we felt some pride in our team bringing it back to 2-2; we could go home with our heads held high

OMG! Vertonghen’s header hit the bar, that was it, that was our chance, it never happens for us does it? If only for once it would

And then…

Just when we thought the final whistle was going to blow, a punt from defence, Llorente won the ball.. a sublime flick from Dele and there was Lucas, his left foot shot slipping past the goalkeeper sending us into utter rapture

Jumping, screaming, crying and between it, seeing the entire squad running to the corner of the pitch, our corner of the pitch: “look, Harry Kane can run”; “it’s gone in, I can’t believe it’s gone in!”

It was the Ajax fans despondent now; heads hung; gutted. They’d blown it. No, we’d taken it

And we sang. We stayed in the Amsterdam Arena and sang our hearts out, even from that top tier, the players could feel us and we were all together in our delight. We’d done it, together we’d got Spurs into the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL.

They had beers, came forward so we could sing ‘their’ song, one by one we lauded and applauded them, they didn’t give up, they believed and now so could we

And then came out the man himself, the man who had instilled that belief into his team and into all of us; dressed in black, calling his coaching team to join him and bowing down to them, to us, to his team. Mauricio Pochettino.

He cried his tears of joy and we felt every one, I joined him weeping. After 40 odd years of supporting Spurs I’d never felt this and it was incredible

All the way home we sang “watching Tottenham on a Wednesday night, you play Thursday cos you’re f*****g shite”; it was only us on the Metro and we were buzzing!

And then, the trains were no longer running, we couldn’t get back, but we didn’t care! We’d work it out, we’d won!

We finally made it to the hotel and almost like we’d ordered it, Dutch TV was replaying the game and we arrived just in time to watch the second half, with 6 other Spurs fans and we were all LOVING IT!

We tried to go to bed at around 4am and spent the next hour watching the players broadcast live on Insta and messaging each other from adjacent rooms. Sleep? No chance, it was TOO EXCITING!

Chris & Phillip still could not believe what they had just seen

So to the train home.. and a message from the BBC asking if I’d talk to the lunchtime news about how it felt being a Spurs fan today. Would I? OF COURSE! This was the day, the day we could really celebrate as Spurs fans. So I stood in a square in Brussels and was ‘live’ on TV. I couldn’t contain my joy, I was crackling with excitement, like we all were.

What a 24 hours

COYS

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Let’s start the weekend together

Like all Spurs fans, we’re looking forward to today’s clash against Chelsea. However, unlike all other Spurs fans, we’re also approaching the game with an impending fear of dread at the prospect of hearing the ‘Chelsea Rent Boy’ chant.

Let’s not kid ourselves that the ‘rent boy’ chant is somehow not homophobic.  If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be sung, and as with the antisemitic and racist chants and noises – they’re sung precisely to be insulting and hateful.  It’s also exposing a new generation of young fans to words and terms that provoke questions they shouldn’t have to ask.

The chant has been heard at grounds this season and whilst we are certain that the majority of fans don’t sing this with any intent to make LGBTQ+ fans, feel uncomfortable, ostracised or demeaned, the impact it has on us shouldn’t be underestimated as the term has been used over many years to victimise young gay men; it’s disappointing to hear it chanted when Chelsea play. We hope we won’t hear it on Sunday.

We’re Spurs, and should be better.

We know from our great work with our Club that they are completely supportive of the Proud Lilywhites and our global LGBTQ+ fan base.  They are committed to ensuring our stadium is a safe and inclusive environment for all fans and won’t tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour. We’re proud to be part of a club that fights all forms of discrimination – on and off the pitch, and the support we get from fellow fans echoes this.

We all love this game and we want to win matches and trophies, but we want to do it with style. Homophobic language, when unchallenged, can have consequences: together, we have to be the change we want to see. Making change, fan by fan if necessary, is why we’re here and we won’t rest until we’ve done it.

Should you hear or experience anything you consider to be unacceptable, or that goes against the Spurs Respects ethos you can report it to the Club following the guidance below:

Should you witness behaviour that is abusive or discriminative then please report it immediately either via a steward or by messaging confidentially on 07537 404821. These messages are received directly by the safety team at the match and enable the Club to take immediate action. 

You can also use the Kick it Out app and we would also appreciate it if you could contact us through our contact form HERE so that we can continue to work with the Club to eradicate homophobia in our amazing Club.

We all want the team to do well and keep up their spirits during this tough period, so let’s start the weekend together.

Beavertown Brewery and Tottenham Hotspur LGBT+ supporter association launch limited edition Gamma Ray for Pride In London

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The Tottenham Hotspur LGBT+ supporter association, the Proud Lilywhites, and Official Craft Beer Supplier at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Beavertown Brewery, have just announced a pioneering partnership launching in the run up to Pride In London!

The Tottenham based craft beer brewery is producing a limited-edition Proud Lilywhite branded can of their much-loved Gamma Ray beer which will be sold through venues in Central London over Pride in London weekend (6th/7th July).

Beavertown, which has a micro-brewery inside the new Tottenham stadium, is going to be donating proceeds from the beer to LGBT+ charity Just Like Us to support their amazing youth empowerment and mentoring projects across the UK.

This is the first of a number of collaborations between the award winning LGBT+ football supporters’ group and Beavertown Brewery.

Commenting on partnership Proud Lilywhite co-chairs, Chris Paouros and Simon Gray, said:

“We are very excited to launch our first Pride product with Beavertown.  As passionate Spurs fans it’s great to be able to work with a local business and even better to see how we can join forces to benefit a grass roots LGBT+ charity.

This June marks 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in New York which sparked the LGBT+ rights movement and we couldn’t be more proud of the journey we have been on with Tottenham Hotspur over the last 5 years, but our fight is far from over. We know there is still work to do to ensure that football, sport and wider society can truly embrace people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

We hope that this campaign will not only emphasise the work there is to do,  but will also support a fantastic charity whose vision is a world where all LGBT+ young people live awesome lives.”

While Logan Plant, founder of Beavertown Brewery added:

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support Proud Lilywhites. Craft beer and football are often seen as exclusive communities, but that’s just not the case. Proud Lilywhites are truly living up to the Spurs motto ‘to dare is to do’ as they’re breaking the mould by pioneering an inclusive space for LGBT+ fans and tackling adversity head on. At Beavertown we strongly believe in breaking down barriers, one can at a time, which is why we’re proud to be collaborating with such an important association who we feel align with our own principles. The Pride edition of our Gamma Ray APA is just the beginning of an exciting partnership with Proud Lilywhites, and we’re delighted that the proceeds will be supporting LGBT+ youth charity Just Like Us, who champion equality in schools and universities using a network of LGBT+ role models.”

Finally, Tim Ramsey, chief executive of Just Like Us said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Beavertown and Proud Lilywhites this Pride. As people gear up to celebrate Pride this year, Beavertown Brewery is sending an amazing message of support to the LGBT+ community. It’s also hard to think of a better way to raise awareness and money to support our work to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia than with a pride edition of Gamma Ray! “

Look out for the Proud Lilywhites with members of Beavertown team marching in the Pride In London parade on the afternoon of 6th July.

For information on stockists and more details of the partnership follow @SpursLGBT

For press information please email info@proudlilywhites.uk

Notes to editors:

Proud Lilywhites is the official LGBT+ Supporters Association of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.  Formed in 2014, it has grown to over 400 members globally and is an integral part of the Spurs fan base. Proud Lilywhites pride themselves on campaigning for further equality in football, both directly as Spurs fans and as a founding member of the Pride in Football alliance.  The Proud Lilywhites have run numerous equality workshops with foundation and Club staff and are also key contributors to the Kick It Out Raise Your Game programme, Football V Homophobia and Rainbow Laces campaigns.

In 2018 Proud Lilywhites won the Fans for Diversity Supporter Group of the Year award in recognition of their continued work and commitment to ensuring football is everyones game.

www.proudlilywhites.uk

Beavertown is dedicated to crafting high quality, innovative beers like Gamma Ray APA or Neck Oil SIPA that appeal to the thirsty masses, as well as more experimental brews from their Tempus Project. From brewing to branding, they believe in creativity in everything they do. Their famous Gamma Man is hard to miss and even harder to forget. At Beavertown, they believe beer is more than just a beer, it’s an inclusive experience; so they host a weekly Saturday taproom to give people the chance to taste their carefully crafted beer in its natural habitat, their own Tottenham brewery. Now seven years old, Beavertown began life on a 650L kit in a BBQ joint in Haggerston, currently brewing in 5500L batches producing around 9,000,000 pints a year with a new brewery opening in March 2020 capable of 90,000,000 pints! The official craft beer of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (and how they came to meet the Proud Lilywhites), you can enjoy a crisp pint of your favourite Beavertown brew in their new taproom and microbrewery inside the stadium – the first of its kind. www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk

Just Like Us (JLU) is the LGBT+ charity for young people working for a world where LGBT+ young people live awesome lives. Our mission is to empower young people to be the champions of LGBT+ equality at school and work. To do that, we run three programmes. Our Ambassador Programme trains LGBT+ young people to give talks and workshops in schools that use their own stories to champion LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice School Diversity Week is our annual initiative to empower teachers and pupils across the country to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate LGBT+ equality in education. Our Pride Groups programme trains teachers to support pupils to run pupil-lead LGBT+ and Ally groups in schools Just Like Us has worked with over 30,000 pupils through our Ambassador Programme and will reach a further 1,000,000 school students and teachers in School Diversity Week 2019.  www.justlikeus.org

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