Large numbers of fans from across the world have donated so far to gain access to the film. They include supporters from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Europe and the Far East, as well as North London.
“The response has been tremendous and the feedback we’re getting about the film is amazing. Some official supporters groups tell us they’re now organising screenings, to coincide with the start of the new season,” enthused Flo Codjoe, Exposure’s Development Officer.
Promoted solely through social media, in a novel spin on ‘crowd funding’, Memory Lane was produced by Spurs fans and local residents at Memory Lane Pictures, with support from The Fighting Cock Spurs fan podcast, and additional contributions and input from young people at Exposure.
With the stadium at White Hart Lane to be demolished by next year, Memory Lane is a timely exploration into the rich history of Spurs’ home in North London. Featuring interviews with historians, die-hard supporters and football legends, archive photographs, and rare colour footage from the early 1960s, Memory Lane is the story of the world famous football club as seen by the fans.
The film also traces the evolution of Tottenham itself, an area that has seen its share of troubles, but is also incredibly diverse and welcoming – Spurs was the first English club to play a black outfield player in Division One – and home to a community incredibly proud of their local heritage.
Above all, Memory Lane highlights where it all began: with a bunch of young lads, looking for something to keep themselves busy in the winter months. The drive of these young people encapsulates the character of the club today.
As writer Adam Powley puts it: “The DNA of the club – it’s there from the start. These young kids, quite bold, quite ambitious… they had something about them.”
Thanks to everyone involved in the making of Memory Lane, and to all the fans who’ve donated so far… COYS!
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