Back of the shed! Spurs shrine in Hornchurch wins games room competition

PUBLISHED: 15:56 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 30 November 2016

Darron is congratulated by Andy Beresford, managing director of Home Leisure Direct, for winning the competition

Darron is congratulated by Andy Beresford, managing director of Home Leisure Direct, for winning the competition


A Spurs mad football fan has won a games room of the year competition for converting his garden shed into a shrine to Tottenham Hotspur.

Darron Stump, 43, from Hornchurch, certainly captured the public’s imagination when he received the most votes for his entry into the games room of the year 2016 competition, run by Home Leisure Direct.

The games room took Darron four years to create, with the help of his wife and two daughters, and comes complete with a pool table, bar and is decorated with Spurs memorabilia along the walls.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Darron. “It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get it looking just how I want it to, but this recognition is a great reward for all the hard work and expense.

“I’ve supported Tottenham all my life and collected Spurs memorabilia over the years.

“It’s always been in my loft, but no one ever sees it, so I’ve always had a vision of building a games room so that I can put it out for people to enjoy it and so that other people can as well.”

“It was finished two to three years ago and was a combined effort from me and my wife Jane, which went right from digging out the foundations, through to putting in the finishing touches and hanging the pictures on the wall.”

The Tottenham faithful managed to keep the project secret from his friends until the room was completed - with a few of them shedding a few tears when the first saw it.

“It was a case of saving up here and then and getting it finished bit by bit. We went one year without doing any work on it, as we didn’t have the funds to carry on.

“But when it was finished and people stepped foot in the place we actually had one or two tears as people just thought it was a shed at the end of the garden.”

Darron, who received a £4,000 pinball machine as a prize, said the room was a great place for the family to enjoy football together as his daughter Chloe is disabled making it difficult for them to go to matches.

“Our daughter Chloe is unfortunately wheelchair bound, which makes it very difficult for the four of us to go out visiting friends and family, but a lot of them are very understanding and come to visit us, which sees us end up in here.

“Chloe loves the lights and the noise of the games room, I’m sure she’ll love the pinball machine, and it’s a great safe and convenient space for us to socialise in.

I love my family and Spurs very much so the games room is absolutely ideal for our situation. I’d also like to thank every single person that voted for me, it’s very much appreciated by me and the family.”

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