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The season begins

Ben Davies, Michael Vorm, Eric Dier, and Yank DeAndre Yedlin become Spurs

After what has been an incredibly interesting World Cup followed by the resoundingly successful North American 3-stop tour, it's time to look forward to a new season of inevitable roller coaster rides with Tottenham Hotspur.

It would be great to open the league season, involving the short trip over to east London to play West Ham, with a win against that 'orrible lot on August 16 at 7am pacific [dates and times of all matches updated to reflects TV dictates, but not guaranteed!]. Just the tonic for our footie-jaded palates, but a draw is predicted by this site.

Our home debut is the following week Sun Aug 24, 5.30am pacific, against another London opponent and newly promoted QPR which means a return to the Lane of the legendary 'Arry and all that that entails. Win.

A massive match at the Lane rounds off the August schedule on Sun 31, 5.30am pacific, with the visit of a Suarez-free Liverpool. Loss. Suarez related fact #782 courtesy of Snapple: the human jaw can generate a force of up to 200 pounds on the molars.

BBC fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs' smashing Stateside tour

Mauricio and Cap'n America
chuffed by US tour's TV numbers

The Spurs tour in the USA got good TV ratings says cartilage free captain Spurs site.

Chicago Dire 0:2 Tottenham Hotspur
[July 26, 2014 at 5pm Pacific, live online & TV]
A somewhat routine outing for Spurs who capitalized with venom on some Chicago errors to cruise to a fairly comfortable win and another chance for the new manager, and us, to see some of the talent working its way through the ranks and more familiar squad members shaping up for the impending campaign.

Feel sorry for the Chicago fans. Very welcoming, yet seemingly in a state of depression about their club. And when you compare the turnout at Seattle, which admittedly is stupendous support, and Toronto, where there is a vibrancy and optimism about FC that is infectious, professional futbol in the Windy City looks wan and pale.

This bloke, Spuracuse, made great observations on cartilage-free captain about the way Spurs are shaping up:

"To me with this years squad is that instead of pressing high, Winning the ball back, and then passing between full backs and central defenders aimlessly until giving the ball away, we seem to be attacking at great pace as soon as the ball is won. This will lead to more dangerous, risky passes which will obviously result in lost possession. It will also lead to devastating counter attacks, which we seem to already be converting much better than last year. Lamelas graceful enthusiasm and willingness to attack with purpose and attempt those passes that unlock a defense is just what the team needs, as opposed to a player like Townsend, who has potential but every time he had the ball in space yesterday he just dribbled aimlessly before losing possession. So excited to see the player Lamela blossoms into this season. Will there be bad giveaways? Of course. To dare is to do."

Pre-match: The final fixture of this absorbing three match Stateside series as we get to see, once again, a big bunch of the Spurs squad, from star players to up 'n coming potential future first team prospects, in action.

And it's another good 'un pitting us against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois.

"It's a chance to play another game, to work more on our style and to improve again," said Spurs' Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino on the official THFC web-site.

Today's match features two teams with similar records.

The midwestern outfit takes a break from their MLS season this one. They have recently drawn with Kansas and Philadelphia, both ending 1:1. They beat Atlanta and New England. But their last match was a heavy loss at the Earthquakes in northern California. After today, Chicago take on the Whitecaps followed by Columbus and then New York.
Shameful Chicago offer cut price Fire v Spurs tix tohttp://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2014/7/23/5930007/tottenham-hotspur-friendly-chicago-fire-chelsea-ticket-discount.... Chelsea fans, then renege. Click badge for link

Spurs in turn have recently performed well in three club friendly games. They beat Toronto and drew with the Sounders. Before that, we ended our Premier League season reasonably well, beating Stoke City and Aston Villa but falling to West Ham.

Tottenham's opening game in the Premier League season kicks off mid August with a match against West Ham. Then we face QPR.

Toronto vs Tottenham Hotspur 2:3
Hardly squeaky bum time for either side as the super Spurs Norteamericano tour continues, but it's a lot more interesting than the usual run of the mill domestic or Euro based pre-season friendly warm ups.

And so to the Toronto match, which so far is turning out be an "Erik Lamela earns his spurs" story as he tucks a couple away, ably supported by Lennon and Eriksen, while Soldado, as usual, looking too peripheral as the nominal frontman.

Need to keep in mind that for Toronto this is a chore they'd rather have avoided at this moment in their busy July fixture list, and their manager, ex-Spur Ryan Nelsen, barely suppressed his frustration and concern that injuries could be sustained in a match that doesn't count competitively, albeit a sweet deal for MLS and the club's coffers from a marketing and financial perspective.

But no doubt his players played like their overriding concern is not getting injured, and not burning themselves out.

Spurs replaced the entire outfield side for the 2nd half with: Walker, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Holtby, Carroll, Ceballos, Townsend, Falque, Kane, only to concede.

I had to bail in the 66th minute with Toronto having pulled one back. After I left for a meeting it seems the Canadians went on to equalize but Andros Townsend nabbed a winner.

I was not surprised to see it continued to be a game of two halves. The first Spurs line-up was in total control. The second version struggled but just about survived thanks to the first half's two goal lead.

It was another entertaining match and this has been a stand-out tour of North America so far, let's hope the remaining Chicago game lives up to the other two.

Seattle Sounders vs Tottenham Hotspur 3:3
Fun match to watch. Keep 'em coming, Spurs.

Entertaining start to THFC's American tour with a string of Tottenham Hotspur players combining to eventually feed the ball to underrated 24 year old German midfielder Lewis Holtby who puts the visitors ahead with a superb early goal rivaling the best of the recent World Cup.

Great support from both the approximately 53,000 home fans and around 2,000 traveling or local Lilywhites, as Seattle, spearheaded by ex-Spur Clint Dempsey, responded quickly to going behind with constant pressure on the Londoners' goal, with Brad Friedel called into action numerous times.

The artificial turf tends to scare off prima-donna stars, which may partially explain why ThFC's galaxy of World Cup representatives were notably absent.

Spurs would have a hard time in the upcoming Prem by relinquishing possession way too often.

Michael Dawson, who gives away a lot of penalties, was punished for an infringement that would not, in a 'real' match, have merited such a harsh refereeing response, resulting in a successful Sounders spot-kick to equalize.

If Tottenham's opening goal was quality teamwork, the first Sounders goal from open play was a long range stunner from Osvaldo Alonso, the goal of the match.

Roberto Soldado makes it 2:2 from the penalty spot.

The third host goal came from a wide cross out of the reach of Spurs defenders but guided in by Seattle.

Spanish winger Iago Falque Silva, on as a sub, scored the game's third penalty to level at three apiece.

Spur of the Moment: Cristian Cebellos, attacking midfielder who came through the Barcelona youth system, looked like a potential gem.

Fun match, way better than the usual pre-season friendlies, and if the ones in Toronto and Chicago are as good, this North American tour will be a terrific springboard from which to leap into the main course: the upcoming 2014/5 Premier league campaign, now close enough to touch.

TOTTENHAM TURFIE RECKONS: Green light for the new big stadium - well chuffed. Now buy some top players like wot goons and blue meanies 'ave done.


Tottenham Hotspur: line-up


Lloris

Walker Dawson Vertonghen Rose

Paulinho Capoue Dembele

Townsend Chadli

Soldado


Pride of London
as vs. Swansea [H] season 13/14


Glory days: Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed two spells at Spurs in the 1990s

'Tottenham is a way of life and I didn't know that until I got there,' he said. 'I signed my first contract and thought, "It's cool to be in London". And then after two weeks I said to myself "Oh my gosh, what is this here?"

'The supporters are very special. They live and breathe for that club. You go to White Hart Lane and there are 36,000 people singing. It's not just one section. It's the whole stadium singing. You go there and think "Wow".'


The Beautiful Game: Remember when

"Yer havin' a laff......."

"if you get the chance to go to Arsenal, you go. But the deal fell through and Tottenham came in." -- Michael Carrick

Ah the good old days. From a 60's edition of the Daily Mail: "A police officer kicked a man so hard in the face that the sole of his boot came off, it was claimed in Leeds County Court. The man, Mr John Marshall, was accussed of criminal damage to a police boot."

"I don't think Manchester city is a big enough job for Sam Allardyce. There is no club in this area - other than United - who are on the same footing as Bolton." -- Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside

"When you're watching tv and your replacement scores three, that's Zamora!" -- CP, GMB, Fulham vs Wolves prem 2011/12 season.



The Spur's Premiership
When Spurs met Harry [and Glenn]
If there's one home match you gotta win......
Sunday is derby day at the Lane
Tottenham Hotspur vs
QPR
Pre-match
live: various online & tv, 5am pacific

If there's one home match you gotta win it's when QPR hit the borough. Last time they were in the Prem they truly sucked away from home.

I have always had a soft spot for Rangers as when I lived in south-east England and Spurs were playing away on a Saturday and I couldn't travel, I would sometimes hang out in the Loft and watch the Hoops. Being on the central line of the tube the ground is incredibly convenient to get to.

Lots of other Spurs would too, in fact we had our own chanting section below the home and away fans who would be partitioned by two lines of police up at the back of that atmospheric and steep terrace.

The roof seemed low and reached way down towards the goal, so to have three sets of supporters singing and bellowing chants in there made a sometimes spine-tingling cacophony.

But back to the present and this one is at the Lane not at Loftus Road, and despite ex-Spurs Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle teaming up to try to keep Rangers in the top flight [which they will, the club has the bucks to buy its way to safety and this time will spend more wisely], this should be an absolute banker for the men in white.


Thurs, August 21, 2014
Pride of Cyprus
Euro campaign kicks off with 1:2 win
AEL Limassol vs Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 [Europa] First leg
by guest reactor Ibola Hatt

The great thing about this is not so much winning in the Europa league, which some view as a potentially harmful distraction that costs the club dearly in its all important Premier league endeavours, as it was to see that Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela have demonstrable talent and could really brighten up Tottenham's future if their expeditionary performances could be translated domestically.

Dembele was also praised by Mauricio Pochettino.

It's also really heartening that we don't fall apart when trailing these days, eventually coming back confidently in response to going a goal down and being initially, as The Guardian put it, "visibly shell-shocked" by the Cypriot goal against the run of play.

One thing I've always associated the "big clubs" with, like ManUre in their hey day or Arsenal, Chelsea, and City many times in the league over the years, is that they consistently bounce back to win if they go behind.

BBC Football: "Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, in charge of the club in a European match for the first time, will no doubt be a relieved man after his side were outplayed in large periods by last season's runners-up in the Cypriot league."

Daily Fail: "For Kane, the winner was just reward for a bustling performance, when for long periods he seemed like the only player with the will to haul Spurs out of trouble after Adrian Sardinero had put AEL ahead in the first half.

"But much credit should also go to Erik Lamela, who did not come on until the 72nd minute and gave Tottenham another dimension at a time when the Cypriot team were wilting slightly."


Spot the Hammers fan above the
pile celebrating THFC's goal
thus hastening
Big Sam's hoped for exit.
Earlier, another WHU fan ran on to
take a Spurs free kick at goal.
One of our better shots!

The Spur's Premiership
Spurs Dier triumph
THFC given mountain to climb, reach summit
Sat, August 16, 2014, 7am Pacific (Ssn 2014/15)
West Ham Utd 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
USA: live on tv and internet

The pressure is back. Kyle Naughton was hit point blank by a Nolan shot in his penalty area in the 28th minute, and astoundingly the ref not only awarded a penalty but sent him off.

Justice was served when Mark Noble oblingingly bottled the penalty, but the odds are now stacked heavily against the Lilywhites.

Two hours of potential enjoyment in danger of being shattered every single time, every single match.

The traveling faithful let Chris Foy know in no uncertain terms what their assessment of him is, he should have overruled the psycho linesman, and that barrage of outrage went on against the 'orrible little man in black until he redeemed himself later in the game.

Unfortunately this doesn't mask the fact that Spurs were shambolic even before the phony red card [Singapore betting ring give us a wave], and actually improved for a spell after the decision, only to be run ragged by the home side once again until the half-time whistle.

This isn't so much hanging on as waiting for the man with the pistol to put us out of our misery.

Welcome to Spurs, Poch. You've got it all to do after the break. Can we endure a match where the sole object is to try to salvage a point? Are Palace minus Pulis at Arsenal?

Second half and Spurs seem transformed. Sleepy dreams of distant Aruba beaches replaced by a burning desire to pass the ball incisively and actually create some danger in the Hammers' goalmouth.

Holtby and Townsend on, the latter making an immediate impact including forcing a good save from the WHU keeper, Lamela and Lennon off. To make matters better, a foul on Adebayor earns Collins a second yellow and WHU themselves down to ten men. Spurs are back in biz, and gaining the upper hand for the first time, beyed on by the away support.

Then the magic moment, great burst of Tottenham interplay and 20yr old Eric Dier, on his debut, turns this match around with a brilliantly executed winner from a perfect thru-ball supplied by Harry Kane, who had replaced Adebayor.

The Cheltenham born lad rushed over to bury himself among the ecstatic Lilywhite legions behind the goal only to be barred by burly Boleyn bouncers, buried instead by celebrating teammates and an over exuberant Spurs fan.

Welcome to another season, Tottenham Hotspur.

WHU may have had 18:10 advantage on goal attempts but there's only one that matters in the end.

It's hard to gauge where we're at from this opening game because, from the sending off onward, it was all too far off the beaten track of a "normal" game to really draw any conclusions.

Back to the Lane for the home opener vs Rangers to learn more.

Pre-match: Fans are hoping Spurs stay on a roll as far as gaffers' track records with the club are concerned, as the BBC notes: "Tim Sherwood (59%) recorded the highest winning percentage of any Tottenham Hotspur manager in Premier League history." Can Mauricio beat that?

The season before last Spurs were actually winning games against West Ham, I think we did the double over them.

But we had Gareth Bale back then, with his high-speed runs and deadly left foot, and he scored a brace at the Boleyn Ground in that amazing encounter in February of 2013.

As so often, he proved the key ingredient in the victory, his second goal being the one that sank the Hammers as Spurs left east London with a 2:3 triumph. This despite WHU coming out of the traps in full flight, inspired by the tribute to Bobby Moore taking place that day.

But with Bale gone, our ability to get anything off the Claret & Blues has since vanished.

Will our new manager be able to turn it around? This one has draw written all over it.

What are the pundits saying before this one?

BBC Football: "Mauricio Pochettino is Spurs' 10th manager in 12 years and is charged with cracking the top four while reproducing the stylish football that so caught the eye in his time at Southampton.

"On paper he has a stronger squad at his disposal and his challenge is to get much more from the likes of Soldado, Lamela and Chadli."

"The only goal Tottenham scored in the opening 15 minutes of a league game last season came in the final match of the season against Aston Villa."

The Guardian highlights an official announcement by WHUFC about the crowd:

"West Ham United would like to thank all supporters who have purchased a ticket for Saturday's season opening London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.

"The Hammers enjoyed three memorable wins against Spurs last season, with the resultant press coverage of each game rightly focusing on the action on the pitch. Saturday's game is likely to be an immensely passionate affair and, as ever, we know both sets of fans will be providing plenty of vocal support for their team.

"Any inappropriate behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the club."


The World Cup, Brazil
Germany Uber Alles
Teutonic Titans tear up South America
July 2014

Well it was a truly absorbing World Cup and man am I glad that attacking and entertaining Germany beat boring cynical Argentina. Watching the 'ave-a-go teams like Deutschland, USA, and Costa Rica playing like national heroes for their causes contributed greatly to the rip roaring success of an amazing World Cup 2014.

Once again we see what great strides Germany have made over the years whilst England flounders to ever new depths of ineptitude.

It all seems to be part of the German footballing vision. Clubs answerable and largely run by their fans, a league which sees itself as integral to its national team's success, and a system of coaching and nurturing domestic talent that leaves England in the dust.

And finally Statesiders can see that fitba isn't about hooligans rampaging through the streets and professional players rolling around in faked agony.

Although 'soccer' has a long way to go to get anywhere close to NFL in the public psyche, my experience traveling around northern and central California is that the profile of the beautiful game has risen dramatically even since the last World Cup, and Brazil 2014 was another significant, perhaps the most profound ever, upward bump for the sport in the national consciousness.

Jermaine Jones levels for USA against Portugal in World Cup 2014.


Tottenham Hotlinks & Football links

Supporter sites, message boards, podcasts

The long running and consistently readable spurs odyssey by longtime loyal Lilywhite

Cartalage free captain has become a must-visit Spurs site

fighting cock mb [also has podcast]

tottenhamhotspurs.tv forum

The Spurs show podcast

Glory glory forum

not 606 spurs message board

TV & radio

BBC radio five live

BBC radio london with frequent Spurs match commentaries

Talksport

General footie

At a glance premier league fixtures and results

All time worst goalkeeper

football grounds guide great ground and stadia site

Britain's most atmospheric derby is in glasgow

Misc.

girl warns guy not to go to tottenham

Canada's version of the park lane boys re-added yet again in nov 2013

Nice timing portland coach [now ex-coach]

Football ramble blog -- link updated sept 13

Clips

That match against Arsenal, also on u tube

Spurs v Man City 1969 classic footage shows glimpses of the magic of greaves & gilzean, and pat jennings, despite the loss to manchester city

Links to Official Spurs USA Supporters Clubs:

New York City: New York Spurs Supporters Club meet regularly to watch games. Ian Harris at the helm.

Los Angeles: LA Spurs

These official Spurs supporters clubs took over from CAATS, part of The Spur. The CAATS page still exists and will stay on the web for posterity but The Spur -- this page -- is where future updates will occur from this US based Spurs webzine.