There's nothing more satisfying as a sports fan than knowing you were there from the start.

Being able to proclaim to the bandwagoners and hangers-on that you were a supporter of a team, club or nation before their reign of supremacy in their chosen code, back in the days of toil and heartbreak.

As a long-time Tottenham Hotspur football fan, many years of being told of the team's "small club mentality" was almost paid of by a Champions League final appearance this year. While Spurs still search for that elusive big time trophy, it's nice to know the years of

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