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girl warns guy not to go to tottenham

Canada's version of the park lane boys re-added yet again in oct 2014

Nice timing portland coach [now ex-coach]

Football ramble blog -- link updated sept 13


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.

Spurs' smashing Stateside tour

The Spurs tour in the USA got good TV ratings says cartilage free captain Spurs site.
Mauricio and Cap'n America
chuffed by US tour's TV numbers

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 to 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


Walker Dawson Vertonghen Rose

Paulinho Capoue Dembele

Townsend Chadli


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 2015/16
Lots of intent but Spurs & EFC inseperable
Next: Sunderland (a), Sun Sept 13, 5.30am pacific
August 29, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Everton 0
WHL, London N17
9am pacific time

Not a first half to warrant a pub yarn decades from now. Needs a moment of magic from someone to break what is set to be a lower mid-table stalemate between two competent but uninspiring journeymen outfits.

Picked up in the second half and props to the supporters who got behind the team, but no win in sight despite some encouraging signs.

Tim Howard in Everton's goal was by far the busiest keeper.

Spurs are building towards a team with shape and intent, but the finishing must be there to augment a solidifying defense and a midfield growing in purpose, especially when injured players return, and new ones slot in.


Daily Mail: "Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen remains sidelined with a knee injury."

Sky Sports: "Mauricio Pochettino's side led at Leicester last week, only to be pegged back, leaving them with just two points from their first three games. Everton, meanwhile, will be hoping to recover from their 2-0 home defeat by league leaders Manchester City last Sunday."

Check back for more stuff as Spurs take on Everton with the home side looking for that elusive first win of the season.

Time to put the kettle on and witness, at the convenient pacific coast time of 9am, the blue half of north London take on the blue section of Merseyside.

Meanwhile Spurs hope Son Heung Min will sharpen up our cutting edge in what seems a Lamela replacement, and could form a titanic Tottenham trio combining with Harry Kane and Christian Ericksen. Four Four Two rated him Asia's #1 player last Spring.

The Spur's Premiership 2015/16
Foxes & Lilywhites battle out a score draw
Alli puts Spurs ahead for a few seconds
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 (Ssn 20015/16)
Leicester City 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
King Power, Leicester. Full-time result.

The positive spin is that Spurs are the only club this season to pry a point out of Leicester, and we have a player who can score a goal, albeit at point blank range, in Dele Alli, but his positioning and reading of the move was just what we desperately needed. You could see the jubilation and relief of the entire team, even though the glee lasted but seconds before Leicester leveled.

And West Ham lost at home to Bor'muf, quite the thriller at 3:4.

The talk of the first half is about the penalty shout not given to the home side when Verts pulled the shirt of the Fox in the box.

Usual Spurs story, lots of possession but the opponents happy to let them pass away without creating anything.

Spurs need a playmaker as much as my lawn needs a Rainmaker.

Second half and Lamela's mispasses causing problems for his teammates, forcing Dier to take one for the team and receive a yellow card.

Leicester supporters are like Palace's core fans, singing non-stop from beginning to end. With several thousand travelling Lilywhites, the atmosphere is the best of the season so far.

A combination of Kane to Chadli to Alli who heads Spurs ahead, but seconds later City are level. Can we buy that Mahrez off Leicester? What a left footed power-golasso.

Pre-match: Prior to the season most people thought it screamingly funny that what seemed a ridiculous mismatch of Claudio Ranieri and Leicester had actually happened. I have to say I thought it a bit of an odd combination, too.

But though it's early days, the East Midland outfit are flying high. Will the cockerals' feathers be ruffled by the sharp teeth of the Foxes? Like little red riding hood, could we wind up potential chicken feed for the furry phenoms in royal blue?

Could it be 'king hell at the King Power on Saturday? 'Kin hope not!

Where there's Erik Lamela, there's a way. Aye?

The Spur's Premiership 20015/16
Spurs squander two-nil lead
Solidly superior Spurs school Stoke in 1st half, then fall apart
Aug 15, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Stoke City 2
White Hart Lane, London N17
Full time result. 2:2.

Eric Dier nods Spurs ahead from a corner kick after a well worked THFC move that warms the cockerals of every Lilywhite watching around the world.

First half saw Spurs looking good overall, despite a lot of build-ups getting bogged down on the right hand side under the West Stand as the Londoners press towards the Park Lane goal. Somebody wide on the other side and a sweeping long range switch could create a world of problems for the visitors if only Spurs had that extra dynamism and creativity.

Stoke being kept mostly well under wraps so far.

Surprised to hear the boos apparently for a warming up Peter Crouch who served Spurs well during his time at Tottenham, but the commentators later said the stick was for Charlie Adam not the giraffe.

Walker on the yellow card looks like a problem brewing -- will Spurs let this win slip away as the Potters gradually starting to play together and realizing they've probably been overrating the opposition so far.

Or maybe not.... gooool as Kane and Davies combine brilliantly to feed Nacer Chadli for a second just in front of the half-time whistle.

What threw Stoke it seems is Kane dropping back to become a provider and Davies bombing forward. And using the left side for a change.

That's dynamic, Spurs. We wanted dynamic. Maybe Poch really is a genius, just didn't want people to know too soon.

What the **** happened in the second half? Kane being replaced by Lamela seemed to be part of the sea change. Mark Hughes made some good decisions too because Stoke were a different and much better side in the second half.

Full time. Man U. 1, Spurs 0
Not much in it, but for an own goal
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 (Ssn 20015/16), 4:45am pacific time
Manchester United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Check back for more build up

Tottenham's timid approach to the transfer market leaves us looking just slightly second best to the hosts at the half-time break.

Not much in it between the two sides, but the Rags have the added few percentage points advantage in individual quality and midfield acumen.

It's unfortunate really because the United goalkeeper appears vulnerable and there for the beating.

There's still everything to play for in the second half. We've had spells of dominance in the opening forty-five and it could go either way second half.

In the end Walker's own goal is the difference. Full time.

Spurs end on a high at Goodison
Harry crowns superlative season with another stellar goal
Fighting Foxes finally felled, suspect Spurs still soft

Fitting that another quality goal from Harry Kane wins it for Spurs one-nil, who played well, at Everton's Goodison Park, while I must admit to being sucked in at half-time by the relegation struggle games as Newcastle [home to Hammers] and Hull [home to ManUre] vied to stay in the Premier league. In the end, as predicted by this site, Hull lost the fight. But Kane's headed winner from a breathtakingly well placed cross from Eric Dier is the kind of final goal of the season that you usually only dream of, and it's amazing how an away win and a sequence of play like that suddenly makes an often frustrating season seem peaches and cream, boding well, all of a sudden, for next season.

Meanwhile Liverpool remained hell-bent on avoiding the Europa League by capitulating 6:1 their match at Stoke, but they seem unaware that no matter how hard they try, they are doomed, like us, to play in that distracting contest, designed it seems to prevent any wanna-be clubs from challenging the top four.

Back to THFC, and poster Bergmattson on the Fighting Cock forum echoed many Lilywhites' sentiments: "5th and a cup final in his first year. With the youngest starting XI in the league." Boom. Boom. Thank-you and goodnight! See you on the promenade.

Amazingly, Spurs rallied impressively after a sluggish start to consign Hull to a 2:0 defeat leaving the visitors a need to win their final match against Man Utd to have a chance of avoiding relegation, which I reckon makes them the team most likely to join QPR and Burnley for the drop.

Liverpool "accidentally" lost home to Palace so the Europa league "battle" [whether to get in it, or whether battling to stay out of it, is a whole other story] whimpers on.

Either Spurs are deliberately trying to avoid the punishment of a Europa league spot, and I can't blame anyone for that course of action, or we really do have serious problems for next season, but the whimpering capitulation at Stoke pointed to one of those two scenarios.

BBC fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur.

World Soccer Talk fixture list for US times of UK football shedule and official outlets.