Avid football fans, Emma and Patrick Nottage, from Audenshaw, are hosting a charitable football event on Sunday 27th June with Spurs legends at Cheadle Town FC.
Proceeds will also be shared with the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation, a charity set up in memory of the former Tottenham player who died two years ago, aged 49.
The couple met when die-hard Spurs fan Patrick, originally from north London, accidentally sent a text message to a wrong number belonging to Emma, starting a romance that stipulated it must involve his favourite football team. The duo also set up the North West Spurs Official Supporters Club which boasts 730 members.
Tottenham are Patrick's first love. He eats, sleeps and breathes Spurs and when we met 18 years ago said I'd have to live with it and it'd be a roller-coaster. I had a soft spot for Liverpool back then, but he told me I'd need to follow a proper team. I'm now a hard-core Spurs fan and we go to most games but never speak during a match. Emma Nottage, Organiser
Patrick, a delivery driver, is chairman of the supporters branch and Emma is secretary, a role that involved organising a coach to the Champions League final in Madrid in 2019.
The next big fixture is Tottenham’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday 25th April, in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley.
“We don’t get much grief from City or United fans, even though we’re in Manchester, and hopefully they’ll turn up at our charity game to support two worthy causes.
“We wanted to help St Ann’s because the hospice is local to Cheadle Town, Park Road, who kindly offered us use of their ground.
“We’re not sure yet which Spurs legends will be playing against our supporters club. It depends who’s available on the day, but the club have promised the club mascot Chirpy will also be there.”
Unsurprisingly, daughter Chloe (17) and sons Kyle (14) and Ollie (9) have all been brought up in the Tottenham tradition.