Away travelling (abroad) with Tottenham, we are back!

Away travelling (abroad) with Tottenham, we are back!

Ever since the lockdown, we couldn’t wait until we reentered our stadiums (back to some sort of normality). At the beginning of this season, we were finally allowed back into the stadium, including to away games. Now UEFA has said that we can travel abroad; visiting fans will now be allowed to attend matches in time for the first round of European club fixtures next week.

We sealed our passage through to the group stage of the Conference League after overcoming Pacos De Ferriera 3-1 on aggregate in the play-offs. Now we face Rennes from Ligue 1, Vitesse from the Eredivisie and Slovenian side NS Mura. Countries I can’t wait to visit.

Tottenham did expect UEFA to remove our ban on travelling supporters from next week. However, they did warn that local restrictions and travel obligations might still operate depending on the country/region we enter.

Thoughts

This is brilliant news for somebody like me who has been travelling home and away since the 60s and abroad since the 90s. The last game abroad I went to was Leipzig (March 2020), and even though we lost that game, it turned out a brilliant day with friends, all enjoying a brilliant atmosphere. Germany is one of my favourite countries to visit.

Tottenham have a proud history in Europe. We were the first British club to ever win a European trophy (European Cup winners’ cup) in the 60s. In the 70s and eighties, we captured the UEFA Cup: 1971/1972 & 1983/1984 and a few years ago, we got to the Champions League Final. And when the team plays in Europe, the tradition usually is (but not always) we play in all white.

I’ve applied for my ticket for Rennes next week and looking forward to it. The last time I went abroad was to Germany and, yes, against Leipzig, as I said. The bigger question is, what will the ticket take up be? My only criticism is that it is such a narrow window to get sorted out for travel (with COVID documentation and all that) that I do have concerns. It is exactly a week away. Fingers crossed.

Usually, when we travel abroad, I prefer to go with Tottenham charted flights; however, I’ve had to make my own way to European games when there were no charter flights. Greece was the last country I had to find my own way there. This time I will also have to find my own way to France. But it is all part of the Tottenham Adventures abroad journey. COYS!

Stay safe, Glenn

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