Each 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.
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.
Supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion have historically been the target of homophobic chanting and abuse by fans of other teams due to the fact that Brighton has a large LGBT population.
The Football Association has highlighted this as an issue and written to every club in the top four divisions concerning this matter.
Like every club, Spurs have a strong following among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and as the first LGBT supporters association set up in conjunction with a Premier League Club, we are Proud to be part of a club that fights discrimination on and off the pitch. We welcome the support we have received from our fellow Spurs fans since our launch and we would like you to extend that support and join us in welcoming Brighton to White Hart Lane.
Should you experience anything you consider to be offensive, you can report this to the Club by texting the Control Room on the following number: 07537 404821. You can also use the Kick it Out app and we would also appreciate it if you could contact us via our website at http://www.proudlilywhites.uk so that we can understand the full extent of what happens.
We hope you enjoy the game.
We are delighted to announce that England and GB Hockey player, Olympian and Spurs fan, Helen Richardson-Walsh has agreed to become our Patron.
“As a Proud Spurs fan I am delighted to become the Proud Lilywhites Patron. The work they have done so far in challenging homophobia in football is great and I look forward to being part of the growing LGBT fan group movement.”
Helen, a lifelong Spurs fan, became the youngest female hockey player to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games in 2000. Since then she has played over 250 times for her country, winning numerous medals on the world stage and along the way picking up some highly prestigious personal accolades.
In 2012 Helen added an Olympic bronze medal to her collection meaning she can boast an impressive career by winning a medal in every major hockey tournament including a World Cup bronze, six European medals and three Commonwealth Games medals. 2009 was an excellent year for Helen being nominated for the World Player of the Year; she was included in the World All Stars Team and she won the UK Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year.
One of Helen’s most valued achievements has come away from the pitch; aged just 23 she battled back from a career threatening injury, which left her sidelined to two years and defying consultants who said she’d never play for GB again. Helen is currently recovery from double back surgery but still has Rio 2016 firmly in her sights.
INTERNATIONAL MEDALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Olympic Games Bronze Medal (2012)
- World Cup Bronze Medal (2010)
- Champions Trophy Silver Medal (2012) and Bronze Medal (2010)
- Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (2002) and 2 Bronze Medals (2006, 2010)
- European Silver Medals (1998 (Indoor), 2013) and 5 Bronze Medals (1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
- World League Bronze Medal (2013)
- Champions Challenge Gold Medal (2001) and Bronze Medal (2007)
- Total Medals = 17
- Twice voted UK Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year (2009 & 2010)
- World Player of the Year Nominee (2009)
- British Olympic Association Hockey Athlete of the Year (2010)
- Three times voted in the FIH All Stars Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
DOMESTIC TROPHIES AND ACHEIVEMENTS:
- 6 Times National Premier League Champions (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013)
- European Cup Club Championship, Gold, Silver x 2 and Bronze (2009, 2002, 2007 and 2006)
- HA Cup Winners (2005)
- 2 Times Indoor Premier League Champions (2013 & 2014)
- 249 Great Britain and England Caps
- Olympic Games (2000, 2008 & 2012)
- 3 World Cups (2002, 2006 & 2010)
- 3 Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006 & 2010)
- 6 European Championships (1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
- 4 Champions Trophies (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
- 1 World League (2013)
- 1 Indoor European Cup
We look forward to welcoming Helen to Proud Lilywhites and working closely together. Thanks Helen!