Date: 8th March 2013 at 5:05pm
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I once caught an AJ Pero drumstick. I did. The Come Out And Play Tour it was.

Describing the euphoria of that moment shouldn’t be an uphill task to a committed football fan. So what’s the connection between a Twisted Sister drummer artifact and Spurs? Oh please, need I really spell it out?

*tsk’s and rolls eyes*

 Long time HH reader Astromesmo has made the most extraordinary, perhaps the most compelling football motion picture of all time.

To say Japanese fans of Vegalta Sendai are a rare breed is to say nowhere nearly enough. Have a click a look and who knows, a think.

Vegalta Sendai are home to the famed Supporter Squad – a pogoing army of flag-waving fans that turn every game into a swirling sea of golden yellow and blue. From their surreal versions of songs by Kiss, The Ramones and Twisted Sister to the blanket of European football inspired banners that hang from every rafter, they party their way round the football stadiums of Japan.

It was their determination and courage in the wake of the 2011 tsunami however, that bought them to the attention of the world’s media and football fans around the globe.

In one season of glory and as a footnote to the remarkable events of 2011. Inspired with a new promise to ‘Never stop again’ Vegalta set out to build on their success and went to battle again for their city – This time as worthy title contenders as opposed to plucky underdogs.

Get involved.

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • astromesmo March 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for taking the time out to watch the trailer and for the comments. It really has been a pleasure making this film and an honour to spend time with a group of people who have so graciously got about their business in such difficult circumstances.

    I sometimes feel that the Japanese aren’t given credit for the suffering and effort after 3/11 as people write it off with a casual ‘Well, the Japanese were always going to be like that’. A kind of odd moment where their tenacity has counted against them. Walking through some of the areas hardest hit and seeing the scale of what happened, you are left in absolutely no doubt as to the suffering and no doubt as to the effort it has taken to come out of things so positively. You feel small against the devastation and very, very insignificant and you can see how they could easily have shrunk under the power of the force they faced.

    The people of Sendai and the Fans of Vegalta especially are to be celebrated in every term of the word. I only hope I do them justice in the final piece.

    We’re hoping to be back out at the end of March and the plan is to have film ready for the end of the JLeague season in December for screenings in London, Tokyo, Sendai & Ipswich (It’s a long story… See the blog!). Hope to meet you all at one of them.

    Doug aka Astromesmo.

  • Boy Charioteer March 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I’m still confused. Is it LLL or Spurstacus going to America? :Sad:

    • Steveo1987 March 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Just ignore it BC. It’s not worth the effort.

    • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Sorry to confuse you BC. LLL is going to USA. I am not. I nicked his gravatar, but the pressure of being him and me was too great. The minky is me.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Just be yourself LLL.

    • TheCincinnatiYid March 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Don’t forget your Dumpster jersey. Will get you admitted to all the best places without question.

  • melcyid March 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    you’ll have a great time over there the yanks love arguing about the constitution ,founding fathers and 1st amendment rights etc.IF you upset anyone over there you will get sued and taken to the cleaners or get banged up for life.

    • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      If you upset anyone over there they shoot first and answer your post later, let’s hope you don’t upset anyone.

  • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    You can tell when it’s LLL writing because he waffles on tediously at length and is pointlessly argumentative whereas my posts are always brilliantly constructed, snappy one-line funnies.

    • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I’ve been hacked.

    • Steveo1987 March 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      God this is …so boring! I’m completely bored.

  • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    You can tell when it’s Spurstacus posting because he writes short sarcastic nonsense, whereas I always post stuff that is spiritually enlightening.

  • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Stop it Spurstacus. I would never use the words ruffneck bizness and ting.

    • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Yes I would. I just did, didn’t I?

    • melcyid March 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      you just did

      • Hartley March 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        He did you know or did he?

  • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I’m flying off to the US of A tomorrow on some ruffneck bizness and ting so won’t be around much to bicker, make snide remarks or even post mundane, inane chit chat over the next week. In my absence, I’ll be leaving much of my posting duties to Spurstacus, so please forward all usual hate correspondence and general abuse to him.

    • Essexian76 March 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Fcuk of then…that one’s for now, and there’s another waiting for your return-bon voyage-missing you already

    • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Oh no I’m not!

    • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Standing in for Goofy at Disneyland then, enjoy.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Mr Lionel not selected tonight, on the bench, some say it’s due to loss of form, others say he’s being saved for mid week against one of those Italian Giants who play at the San Siro, not the Giant we slew.

  • `rich g March 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    id recall the both of them, just to piss saggy chops off, fuck qpr, run like a joke, just some bellend throwing cash around, happyshopper chelsea

    • Hartley March 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thankfully ***** cannot be recalled……..EVER!

      • `rich g March 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

        ok, fair point

  • SpurredoninDublin March 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Just seen that Townsend and Jenas have both scored “screamers” for QPR.

    • DAVID March 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Looks like Spurs may yet save HR arse!

    • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Townsend volley from 25 yds, must have learnt from Baler. Even Jenas’s goal was good, into the keepers RHC.

  • Boy Charioteer March 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    WOW! ***** scores!

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Preston 10/11
    Watford 5/6
    Crystal Palace 10/11
    Northampton 4/6

    Brentford 1/1
    Norwich 7/5
    Notts Forest 5/6
    Rotherham 8/11

    Crusaders 11/8
    Glentoran 6/5
    Ballinamallard 5/6

    • LLL March 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      So now you’re betting on market towns and old jazz, pop and soul bands from the 70’s. Are these those 10p bets you were telling us about?

      • LLL March 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        I have no idea about betting. Does one not feel a little bit silly asking to make a 10p bet?

        • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

          All done online, no need for embarassment, like when you went into the Chemist for a pack of three and came out with another comb because the assistant was a lady.

      • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        Ball in a mallard, he’s making them up now.

  • TheCincinnatiYid March 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Raz, Hope you had a tenant on Wigan.

    Does this mark the start of Wigan’s climb out of the regulation zone?

    • TheCincinnatiYid March 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm


      • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Wish i had, they were 13/2, never expected them to turn Everton over, and this was deserved.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Phil Neville should be off after that tackle, dangerous play, lucky to only receive a yellow.

    • Boy Charioteer March 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I used to work with Kev Friend at Campbell Street Postal depot in Leicester. He was a postman-driver. Big Bristol city fan. One of the most decent and honourable men I ever met. Who would have thought that he would attain the giddy heights of Premiership refereeing. I wonder if he remembers us.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    2 goals in 90secs, Everton are on the rack, Wigan are buzzing. 3-0 Gomez ……..Amazing.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    2-0 Wigan super Goal, McMenamen.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Fig Roll scored it, well worth their lead.

  • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    30 mins in and Wigan are giving it a real go, Goal …..Everton 0-1 Wigan.

  • SpursSince67 March 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    HH, incredible material and many thanks for bringing it to our collective intelligence…

    To all, anyone well connected to the Club to suggest THFC gets hooked up with them as a supportative measure, maybe tour post season to raise money in Exhibition matches etc…

    Just an idea….

    Great country, visited over 20 years ago and will take the kids some day, they (being Island people) are similar to us in more ways than immediately obvious. Beautiful woman I have to to mention too.

  • ronwol196061 March 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Was reading some absolute ridiculous article from the Daily Boobameister about RM offering Modric and 30 mil for Bale.
    Its beyond stupid.

    • SpurredoninDublin March 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Yes. I was commenting about this on the Inter thread.

      I think he might be slightly more welcome than Judas by us.

      Anyway, who can forget the last time we tried to revive a defectors flagging career. He hung around here like a bad smell for years.

      Right now, this is the closest I have seen us to playing as a team since the days of Burkinshaw, and we should not be offering asylum selfish refugees whose only interest is themselves. I also do not forget it was not that long ago, he was encouraging GB to join him at RM. He might as well have spat in our face as far as I am concerned.

      • Essexian76 March 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        He was asked whether he’ like to play with Bale at RM,He replied of course he would.
        Also Modric played through his tribulations and quite well to be fair , unlike Berbatoss,yet some would have no problem in having him (Berbatoss) back. I’d suggest neither would want a return to us anyway-pride before a fall and all that!

        • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

          If Modders could find the form of 2010 yes i’d have him in a heartbeat, can’t help but have doubts about upsetting the dressing room though. If he had the balls to swallow his pride and return then he would go up in my estimation.
          It’s as likely as me and Kelly Brook though i can dream, would need £45m as a sweetener though to let our Near World Class Welshman go.

          • Essexian76 March 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

            So would Kellly Brook need a 45m sweetner Raz!

            • LLL March 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

              £45m a blind fold and a pair of oven gloves.

  • ronwol196061 March 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Carlos Tevez could be incarcerated by the time we play them.How good will that be. Whil;e everyone else is diving he has been driving without a licence.He has now a get out of jail free card and is out on Bale as we speak.
    here is the article from Soccernet

    MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez faces a jail sentence after being arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified.

    Cheshire Police said Friday a 29-year-old man was arrested after he was stopped on a road in Macclesfield, in northern England, on Thursday.

    Tevez was banned from driving for six months on Jan. 16 after failing to respond to letters by police in relation to incidents where his car was recorded as speeding.

    “The man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified and has since been released on police bail,” Cheshire Police said in a statement.

    The maximum penalty for driving while disqualified in England is six months in prison.

    Britain’s Press Association reported that Tevez was allegedly at the wheel of a Porsche Cayenne when he was stopped by police near his home.

    Tevez admitted in January that he didn’t hold a proper British driver’s license but denied he was driving when his car was caught speeding on two occasions last year. His solicitor said at the time that Tevez didn’t understand some words in the letters from police, and therefore didn’t respond.

    • SpurredoninDublin March 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Hate to say it, but even if he is charged, you can bet that it will be postponed until the close season A la John Terry.

      Don’t think the “I couldn’t understand English” will wash too well though. He is entitled to have the matter explained to him in his own native language, but the onus is on him to say that he does not understand.

      Of course,there will almost certainly be Insurance offences as well.

  • BrizzleSpur March 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Trailer looks great I’ll definitely be checking this out.

    • astromesmo March 11, 2013 at 12:01 am


  • richspurs March 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

    a measure of one’s true worth is behaviour in troubled times. ask us spurs fans.

    • Essexian76 March 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Well most of them Rich, there are some noticeable exceptions you’ll observe?

  • Yidinjapan March 9, 2013 at 3:25 am

    “Go!! Let’s go Sendai
    Go!! Go!! Lets go Sendaiiiii” :Overjoy:
    It’s a great story and a roller coaster competition in the league with Hiroshima.
    I think their colors are lilywhite for some away games.
    The league was suspended for 2 months but Sendai managed to rebuild in time… remarkable!
    You are right Ron, it is the spirit if Japan!!
    Come on you lilywhites :Approve:

    • astromesmo March 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Oh yes, that hadn’t escaped my attention. All white away kit with Yellow & blue home… Like a reverse Spurs from the 1970’s! Where in Japan are you?

  • ronwol196061 March 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I have a very soft spot for Japan. I spent many years going there and have quite a few friends there.Mostly in the Kansai area. My son spent a month at a famous Sendai High School. The Tsunami was devastating to that area.
    The people of Japan are resilent.
    willtake alook at the films later

    • ronwol196061 March 9, 2013 at 12:04 am


      Its the spirit!!!!!!

    • melcyid March 9, 2013 at 12:47 am

      I’m from the Kensal rise area myself,have you ever been there Ron?

      • ronwol6061 March 9, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Kensal lies? all lies all lies

    • astromesmo March 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      When was your son in Sendai? Amazing coincidence! Looking at most of it you’d never know anything had happened but when yo get to the coast, areas are completely devastated. It’s a grey, not very exciting city – A bit like Birmingham in terms of size but strangely the place seems to have come alive a bit after 3/11. There’s a genuine pride in the city among the people and they want to put it back on the map, with the club firmly leading the way as the centre of the community. Of all the places I’ve been to in Japan (My wife is Japanese) I’d say that people of Sendai were probably the most straight speaking, funny and friendly I’ve encountered.

  • Razspur March 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Seems Bruxie was confused as to my intentions after listing 12 selections tonight, all is explained on the chalkboard thread.

    • Bruxie March 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I wasn’t confused.

      Just hopeful.

      Gave Skybet another £2.

      As usual.

    • melcyid March 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

      which one of you 2 is impersonating the other,or are you 2 sides of the same coin?

    • LLL March 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

      ‘I would take 37 points now and walk away. I’d take my chances.
      ‘Whether it is going to be enough I’m not sure but if someone said you can have 37 points I think you’d have to be a fool not to take it.

      What the crikey-fack is he talking about? Does he really believe there are people handing out points and fools turning them down and others – non-fools – taking them and walking away?

      • Razspur March 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        He was speaking Phil O’ Sofically.

  • LLL March 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Not all carpenters are banana throwing oiks.

    • Suprstacus March 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Yes I agree.

      • LLL March 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

        What gives man?

        • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

          Yeah dude, what’s the deal here?

    • Boy Charioteer March 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Er..This is really confusing. I remember in “The Prisoner” with Patrick Mcgoohan they swapped No. 6’s brain with another number and they assumed each other’s identities. You haven’t been placed in any machines with suspicious electrodes sticking out have you?

      • LLL March 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        No I haven’t.

        • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          Me neither.

          • LLL March 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm


            • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm


              • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm


                • LLL March 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm


                  • Spurstacus March 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm


  • Urbane Sturgeon March 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm!

    First I thought it was a bit sad, then I found myself laughing quite hard.

    This possibly sums up arse*** right now better than anything.

    If this boy is actually a Spud incognito, he’s a genius.

  • Urbane Sturgeon March 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    A man has been charged with throwing a banana on to the pitch at last Sunday’s North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal. Thomas Flint, 23, a carpenter, of Brantwood Gardens, Enfield, North London, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on April 12, Scotland Yard said. He is charged with throwing a missile on to the playing area, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Flint, who is understood to be an Arsenal fan, is on bail.

    Arsenal said on their official website that if the individual charged was found guilty, he would also receive a stadium ban from Arsenal Football Club.

    • Hartley March 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      He will also receive a stadium ban from Arseanal Football Club? Lucky blighter….. :Tounge-Out:

    • Razspur March 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Couldn’t we just put him in the stocks like they used to do and throw rotten Eggs and Fruit at him.

    • Chrispurs March 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I never thought, that the search for the culprit would bear fruit; how wrong I was!

    • Steveo1987 March 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      So they finally caught him. He was bound to slip up in the end.

      • Boy Charioteer March 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        I think he should be skinned alive.

        • Hartley March 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

          I wonder if the peelers caught him all by themselves or one of their bent cops got someone to split on him….

  • SpurredoninDublin March 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    This is a film I am looking forward to.

    I have the greatest admiration for the Japanese and had the privilege of going there seven times in the past 25 years. One particular point that I remember abut them as football fans is that they will go to the match with a carrier bag, and as soon as they are in the stadium they take the shirts out of the bags and put them on. End of game, back into the bags. It’s difficult to believe that there will ever be trouble between Japanese fans.

    For all their qualities, the thing I like best about them is their dignity. I recall seeing newsreels of the Tsunami and families taking shelter in a school. All there was in the way of food was a riceball wrapped in seaweed (weight about 6 ounces) and these were shared one between two adults. They queued patiently, and respectfully, said their “thank yous” and waited for the next mea, though nobody knew when that might arrive.l. Compare that to the scenes of the Pakistani floods the previous year, where lorries were mobbed and looted, and even the looters were looted as they grabbed 20kg sacks of rice with no intention of sharing.

    The country has been in an economic slump since 1990, and there has been a sharp increase in homelessness, particularly among the elderly, But for all that, you will never see a beggar in Japan. Even the homeless will get themselves a living from recycling cans etc.

    There are not many races that you can that if there was a crisis or disaster tomorrow, you can say, would not riot or complain that the world owes them a living, but you can always rely on the Japanese to behave in the knowledge, “We are all in this together”.

    • Yachtsman March 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Why say races? We are all of one race, the human race. I would reword what you said along these lines: there are not many societies/nations/peoples… The rest of your sentence needs an adjustment or two, like copy editing?

      On another topic, it’s quite a thrill to come back after many months out of range (and viewing) to find the lads have really raised their game.Those back passes (too many for my taste) excepted, we are looking fluid and fearsome – we are so close, just a centre forward[deliberate] away from the complete package.

      • SpurredoninDublin March 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Why? Because they are a race with many characteristics that distinguish them from others in East Asia.

        Never expected that I would see my effusive compliments about them turned into a subject for the politically correct pedants. Not that I care. I will start to care when the Japanese get offended by my words.

        • LLL March 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          There was nearly a riot once when me and some (imaginary) friends were expelled from the egg and spoon race. But seriously, the only race I have any respect for is the 100m.

          • Essexian76 March 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

            Steve Race was a pretty decent broadcaster-respect!

            • Hartley March 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm

              Roy Race was a world class (imaginary) footballer….

              • Essexian76 March 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

                You think?

                • Hartley March 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

                  Not very often, how about you?

    • astromesmo March 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      “One particular point that I remember abut them as football fans is that they will go to the match with a carrier bag, and as soon as they are in the stadium they take the shirts out of the bags and put them on.”

      So funny you picked up on this and it’s in the story at the moment. It cracked my DoP up on match day. He volunteered to ride the subway for an hour or two before kick-off to get some shots of the pre-match atmos. When he came back, he said that it was like a Monday morning commute. Everyone sat reading the paper or a manga and then quietly got up and shuffled off the train and into the stadium.

      Once inside the ground though, they were maniacs.

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  • bobbity March 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Looks quality. Then I said that about Kaboul when we signed him. So anyway..

    • `rich g March 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      well you were right then you silly cad

  • emspurs March 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Looks brilliant!

    Also their own kickstarter project on the go that needs cash!

    Go there and help out.

    • emspurs March 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Oh balls. Just realized that was in the original post. And here I thought it was just for emphasis. Where are underlined links when you need them?

    • astromesmo March 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      God bless you. ‘Give us yer money’ as Bob Geldoff said. In my defence, sartorially, I do insist on a tie every now and then though.

  • Razspur March 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    We complain about the Traffic, the Weather or a Train being late when we should embrace each and every day. Medals and Trophies though nice don’t make a Man, how he deals with adversity is the real measure of a Man. These supporters are showing Japan and the World renewed Hope and shared Optimism for the future through Football.

    • astromesmo March 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      We visited Minamisanriku, a town where over half the inhabitants were killed in a few devastating minutes. You stand underneath the skeleton of a three storey building and then read that the water washed over the top of it and you feel incredibly insignificant. It’s no underestimation to say that it changes you.

      I don’t think I’ve cursed a bit of bad luck in all seriousness since.

  • spurstough March 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    5 reasons why, the transfer tavern, football fancast and caught offside are absolute shite!

    • theboyhotspur March 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      You seem ‘beat up’?

  • chivermetimbers March 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I caught Clive Burr’s drumstick once……