wondered why Tottenham fans are called... 'YIDS?' ::
When you first start going to White Hart Lane your first
job is to learn the words to the songs that everyone else knows
except you. One song or chant! that you won't fail to hear starts
before the game as you walk down Tottenham high road. You'll
hear it in pubs for your pre match drink up, You'll also hear
it at five minutes to three when the team comes out onto the
pitch and it will more than likely continue throughout the game.
I'm talking about the chant "Yidos! or Yids!".
Most away fans try and wind us up by calling us "Yids"
thinking it will get on our nerves but in fact to most fans
in the ground it's quite a normal name to be referred to and
we even call ourselves it. The reason being is that Tottenham
has quite a large Jewish community. The language spoken by Jewish
people is in fact "Yiddish" A cockney rhyming slang
of a Jewish person is also to call them a "Yid". This
is now a nickname associated with Tottenham Hotspur and I'm
sure you'll be aware that 35,000 Spurs fans week in week do
not get upset and in fact accept the term of being called a
Yid! You can actually see Tottenham fans making a song and dance
of the latest chant "Who? Who? Who Let the Yids Out??"
Even so this still has a controversial affect. I mean within
the stands of the stadium no one means it in an insulting or
derogatory way but as a way to encourage our team to victory.
Unfortunately if you use the same context in a street or some
bone head hurls this abuse at a Jewish person the reaction is
not the same and a great deal of offence could be taken. The
fact that it was our Saarf London trespassing neighbours who
aimed this chant at us in the 1970's. We showed that is was
only water falling of a ducks back and instead of taking offence
found our new nickname. So! now all you Ch*lsea and (W)Pest
'am fans that come to the Lane thinking you are insulting us
with your chants! Next time look carefully at the Tottenham
fans and you might find us singing along with you!!!
[source: Spurs fansite]