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What Kane means to Spurs

skiathospurs

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Remember way back when you were young,and a generational great player was part of the reason you started supporting a side??I have seen many say Greaves,Gazza,Ardiles&Villa,for me peronally it was Perryman and Jennings,anyway we all had favourites as kids or young adults.In a team sport singling out one player for adoration especially when we have a side studded with great players eriksen,dele,hugo etc how do you make that happen?its easier if you are already a spurs fan to have say Hugo as you favourite.Here is a story of one family I know to illustrate the power of Kane.Or maybe Son if you are Korean?I admit players of your own nationality have an added draw and thats only natural.I would expect if Troy Parrott for example goes on to be Irelands next Robbie Keane with us,only natural the interest from there would be huge for them.

So,a couple who have been coming here 20 odd years and their story,I dont know them closely,they`ve come to a lot of gigs wherever I have been playing,but I know them pretty well for random people you talk to in bars every year.She is from essex,he is from Rotherham and they live Bedford-ish now,6 years ago they had a son,so I have seen him since he was just always asleep in a pushchair and now a walking,talking sentient human being.His dad is a Rotherham home&away fan,I quite envy him,none of this premier league greed,a purer type of following a club,this time last year when he was here Rotherham had just been relegated form the championship and he had been to every away game that year and they didnt win one!!,his quote of "the 90mins football just gets in the way of a good day out" has stuck with me,and surely is a lesson to some our more self entitled fans nowadays.

He contacted me in the winter,Rotherhams game away at gillingham was cancelled during that spell of snow,and he took his son,wife,in laws to see Spurs-Huddersfield at wembley.Over private messages on twitter I asked "how come you`re going to see spurs?",well his boy 6 is mad on Harry,dont ask me why he just is,and is fairly mad on tottenham too (probably from seeing me every gig in some spurs attire!!),considering he goes a lot to rotherham with his dad,has been a mascot for them (in the playoffs at wembley in May I saw a picture of them with Sam Vaulks?a player for them and I asked him last week were you on the pitch at wembley for that photo?no he was a mascot and Sam was the player he was with,he saw us and came over for the photo".So this kid has great stories/memories already with his dads team,and yet......

Back to my point,yes we know "one of our own",fucking great player,going to be a legend.but the power of Kane to lure kids into fans,thats special and takes a special quality player to have that power,on and off the pitch.We probably just concentrate on what Kane does on the pitch and dont think about this other side,its natural that we love him,we dont appreciate just like Jimmy a generation of fans especially in england will have a soft spot for Spurs for the next half a century.The fact he is drawing fans in from families who have hardcore support elsewhere,thats strong stuff.Hopefuilly his dad will be a bit gutted when after 10 years of watching rotherham,his kid goes full yid-i-o,and honestly I havent even tried (begun) anything to sway him to spurs (maybe when he`s a teenager!!).

I just thought it was a cute story to share.and completely random!!
 
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J.spurs

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Great post. I think for a lot of people, there's still a sort of Roy of the Rovers quality to Harry that kids are drawn to.

This post got me thinking...As someone who's raising a couple of players right now, one of whom is frankly very promising, it's fantastic to have players who set such examples for them. Not so much off the field stuff, which I don't really care about, but their work rate and honesty on the pitch. It's easy to demonstrate how important hard work is when their heroes are sprinting 70 yards to pressure an opposing GK to kick one into the stands, or just to force a throw-in deep in their half. Probably our most technically gifted player, Eriksen, also runs more than almost anyone in the league.

It's easy to forget with all this bullshit about the stadium delays and transfer window inactivity and posh-ass fromagerie and so on that this really is a team that plays football and goes about its business the right way. For that matter, look no further than the World Cup to see the impact this group of players (and, to be fair, a few other young players from some other clubs) can have.
 
Dorset

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I might be old fashioned, but I like to see a good role model for kids wearing the England captain's armband, there have been some dreadful bounders in that role, Terry, Rooney and even Judas - who would want their kids to grow up like those awful chaps? Harry ticks all the boxes. He has got to the number one position as an England player by hard work and professionalism. He doesn't bitch about refereeing decisions, he isn't in the headlines for getting in fisticuffs in nightclubs, he hasn't got tattoos which in my day only scallywags, sailors and some of my aunties had, and most importantly he has a nice neat hair cut.

I was watching the European athletics championship recently and that was jammed full of role models, my favourite is without doubt Dina Asher-Smith, instead of trying to look like obese "ladies of the night" and take selfies all day, young women should take a leaf out of this fine young lady's book.
 
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Don Diaz

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What a bunch of fine upstanding human beings we are, with excellent values......aren’t we!!?? Ha ha
 

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