Hall of Fame

Spurs Canada – Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Mark Sandler

Mark grew up in South Africa in a household of Spurs supporters, and without a TV, he listened attentively to the Spurs radio broadcasts on the crackling BBC feed.

As a child, he would put on his Spurs kit and kick the football against the wall pretending he was Jimmy Greaves putting the ball in the back of the net!

Travelling to White Hart Lane from South Africa was an adventure that provided many fond memories for Mark.  The ten minute connection flights were always a concern, but the atmosphere and the match day experience was well worth the risk of a missed flight.

Mark has been involved with the board of Spurs Canada over the last decade. He has held many board positions including: President, Director at Large and has been our Treasurer for the last three years.

Mark is very involved in the Toronto chapter and was an integral part of the Spurs summer tour of 2014.

He has been thrilled to see the growth of Spurs Canada membership across Canada over the course of his involvement as a volunteer.

 

James “Jim” Arlow

James was an original member of the Spurs Canada board in 2000.  A group of THFC supporters got together over a few pints at the Duke of Gloucester in Toronto and started the Spurs Canada supporters club. Over the years Jim has been involved as a Member at Large or the “Social Secretary” as he calls it. He’s been the liaison between Spurs Canada and our partner establishments like the Duke and Scallywags.

As a child, Jim’s first live match experience, was in 1969 where he watched his beloved Spurs away at Loftus road versus Queens Park Rangers. He saw Jimmy Greaves score and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

He witnessed his first Spurs Cup victory in 1971 at Wembley where he watched Martin Chivers score two as Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-nil. Jim has also been in attendance at other cup victories in 1973, 1999, and 2008. He was thrilled to be in attendance in 1972 where Spurs lifted the EUFA cup with a win over Wolverhampton.

Jim has been and continues to be an integral part of Spurs Canada. His devotion and participation in the summer tour of 2014 was one of the reasons we had such a successful event. He is passionate about meeting Spurs Supporters Clubs members in Canada and abroad, and recent favourite Spurs memories include, North American away trips to Baltimore and New York City.

Martin Wills

Martin became a member of Spurs Canada in 2004 after his daughter saw someone wearing a Spurs Canada T Shirt on the subway. She informed her dad that there was a supporters club in Canada and the rest is history!

A life-long supporter of Spurs, Martin saw his first match at White Hart Lane as a young lad (a victory for Spurs) in 1951 versus West Brom.

Martin has wonderful memories watching players such as: Ted Ditchburn, Alf Ramsey, Harry Clarke, Ron Burgess, Bill Nicholson, Len Duquemin, George Robb (The school teacher), Cliff Jones, Terry Medwin, Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Ron Henry, Tommy Hammer, Maurice Norman, Mike England, Pat Jennings, Bill Brown and Alan Mullery.

The best match Martin witnessed was in 1956 at the Lane versus Manchester United’s Busby Babes- Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne. A two-all draw where Martin believes our Tommy Harmer was the man of the match with his excellent distribution of the ball.

Martin has held many positions on the board of Spurs Canada including: Membership Director, Secretary, Web Master, and President.