The lads over at The Fighting Cock podcast are organizing an away day to the FA Youth Cup game Charlton Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur. They want to give our academy youngsters a feel of what it’s like to one day play for a buzzing crowd at White Hart Lane. What better way to do this than in the style of one of the most famous phenomena in Southern European and Latin American football, the Ultras. Total Tottenham would like to support this great project, called Tottenham Ultras.
We’re here for the atmosphere
First of all let’s clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding Ultra fans before anyone gets the wrong idea what this is all about.
The dictionary’s definition of the noun ultra is very black and white and might scare people off:
2. an extremist, as in politics, religion, fashion, etc.
However, to understand the linguistic subtleties of the language the term Ultras originate from, Italian, we should look at the following definition and its origin:
a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “on the far side of, beyond.” In relation to the base to which it is prefixed, ultra- has the senses “located beyond, on the far side of” (ultramontane; ultraviolet ), “carrying to the furthest degree possible, on the fringe of” (ultraleft; ultramodern), “extremely” (ultralight); nouns to which it is added denote, in general, objects, properties, phenomena, etc., that surpass customary norms, or instruments designed to produce or deal with such things (ultramicroscope; ultrasound; ultrastructure).
< Latin ultra (adv. and preposition) on the far side (of), beyond, derivative of *ult ( e ) r- located beyond.
While it might be on the far side or be on the verge of surpassing the norm it becomes clear that violence, which is so often associated with the Ultras, is by no means inherent to the definition of the word ultra. The following description of Ultras further proves that the intentions of these supporters is not of a violent nature but is clearly founded upon the belief that their passionate and vocal support will strengthen their team’s spirit and performance on the pitch.
Ultras are a type of sports fans renowned for their fanatical and elaborate displays of “support”. They are predominantly European and followers of football teams. The behavioural tendency of ultras groups includes the use of flares (primarily in tifo choreography), chanting/singing in large groups and the displaying of banners at football stadiums, all of which are designed to create an atmosphere which they believe encourages their own team and intimidates opposing players and supporters.
Tottenham Ultras project explained
Although we fully support this great initiative we will let the mastermind of the project, The Fighting Cock’s very own Flav, explain what this is all about:
16 February 2012 – Charlton Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur FA Youth Cup – £5 on the door. 7pm KO. WEST STAND LOWER ONLY
Meet between 4:30pm and 6:00pm at Barrowboy and Banker next to London Bridge Station.
We’ve done Botswana.
Now we’re planning something a little closer to home.
On the 16th February 2012 Tottenham’s youth side take on Charlton at the Valley in the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup. We want them to have a taste of what it might feel like to play for the Spurs first team. We want our young developing players to feel some of the passion that, we, Tottenham’s magnificent supporters can generate as a way of spurring them on to greater things for our illustrious club.
We want you to join The Fighting Cock in creating an atmosphere on this night that these players will never ever forget. We want to create something that will go down in Tottenham folklore. And all you have to do is turn up and sing your heart out. Bring flags, scarves, anything you can swing around!
We’re going to be contacting the club about tickets etc. All you need to do is spread the word, round up your mates, and join us at The Bridge Bar pub in London Bridge station from 4:30pm before setting off at 6pm to head for the Valley to let the yids out.
For one night be one of the #tottenhamultras
The whole evening will be recorded and made into a short film to be released through The Fighting Cock website.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/337470912941933/
Our 2 cents
Needless to say we think it’s great that fellow Tottenham supporters show this kind of passion to go out and show the kids what our club and our supporters are all about. Unconditional love and passion for the shirt. We really hope that members and visitors of our website join the Tottenham Ultras movement during this FA Youth Cup game.
Let’s make this an unforgettable evening for our academy youngsters and do our club proud by creating an atmosphere which normally makes our own hallowed turf, White Hart Lane, one of the loudest and most intimidating grounds in the country. The Tottenham Ultras project could be a groundbreaking new movement among Spurs supporters so let’s make this a brilliant first start.
Total Tottenham will be in attendance as well courtesy of our junior editor Jamie. He will do live reports via our Twitter page @TotalTottenham. Afterwards we will have a full report with pictures of the meet, views on the match and much more.
Come on you Spurs! Forza Tottenham Ultras!