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Supporter sites, message boards, podcasts

Just started listening to an episode of the hotspur podcast and it's already one I will listen to first

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

Cartilage free captain has become a must-visit Spurs site

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tottenhamhotspurs.tv forum

Glory glory forum

not 606 spurs message board, new link as of 2015

big soccer spurs US based message board

TV & radio

BBC radio five live homepage, audio, BBC radio five live podcasts

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 oct 2014

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

Alan Gilzean along with Big Match music

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 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
Opener: Everton on Aug 13
November is derby month v Arsenal, WHU, CFC

August

13: Everton (a)

20: Crystal Palace (h)

27: Liverpool (h)

September

10: Stoke City (a)

17: Sunderland (h)

24: Middlesbrough (a)

October

1: Manchester City (h)

15: West Bromwich Albion (a)

22: Bournemouth (a)

29: Leicester City (h)

November

5: Arsenal (a)

19: West Ham United (h)

26: Chelsea (a)

December

3: Swansea City (h)

10: Manchester United (a)

14: Hull City (h)

17: Burnley (h)

26: Southampton (a)

31: Watford (a)

January

2: Chelsea (h)

14: West Bromwich Albion (h)

21: Manchester City (a)

31: Sunderland (a)

February

4: Middlesbrough (h)

11: Liverpool (a)

25: Stoke City (h)

March

4: Everton (h)

11: Crystal Palace (a)

18: Southampton (h)

April

1: Burnley (a)

4: Swansea City (a)

8: Watford (h)

15: Bournemouth (h)

22: Leicester City (a)

29: Arsenal (h)

May

6: West Ham United (a)

13: Manchester United (h)

21: Hull City (a)


The Spur's Premiership
#2 finish but Spurs AWOL
No new era of finishing above Arsenal
Sun, May 15, 2016 (Ssn 2015/16)
Newcastle United 5
Tottenham Hotspur 1
NUFC fan's forum

Second Half: The commentator on my stream called THFC's performance "totally unprofessional." And it was. You thought the first half was bad! 5:1 final score and it barely tells the story of how diabolical that moribund performance was.

"Spurs finished third in a two horse race." -- Robbie Savage, Five Live

But credit and major props to Mauricio Pochettino whose post match interview didn't look elsewhere, such as the naff penalty decision which came at a critical juncture of the match, for excuses. He called it like we saw it. No attempt to hide or deflect. And in truth, there's a lot to look forward to, notwithstanding this almost bizarre last day of the season.

On the counter argument, Tony Islip on a Talksport post wrote: "Poch asked for it when he said that he didn't care about Arsenal, he just wanted to win the league - and as that became more and more unlikely his team just seemed to give up - spineless as usual..."

Interestingly, many Newcastle fans are far from happy with this result, too. If their players could play like this, putting themselves in the shop window, why didn't they show this when the club desperately needed it in recent games when instead they rolled over?

Well, the answer is, because they you can't play Spurs every week. On other weeks, you'll play sides who actually give a toss.

Now it's a fake penalty for Newcastle. We've been robbed. Outrageous.

Things change. We get one back and NUFC go a man down. At least we're back in with a chance now, especially as Chadli is on, who has devasted Newcastle several times before. Do it again, boyo, and you'll have the freedom of the borough of Haringey, for what that's worth.

First Half: It's hard to believe that Tottenham are the team with something to play for, finishing above "local" rivals, and Newcastle are already relegated.

The first half was both embarrassing and depressing. Harry Kane forlornly stuck up front with teammates completely mentally absent from the proceedings. Newcastle have been abject all season, we're making them look like Barcelona.
"As usual,
Spurs fold
under pressure,
&... Arsenal
turn it on
when the prize
is beyond
them."
-- ibby129

Although finishing top four is still a great achievement, virtually all the upbeat feel of the season has dissipated in a deeply troubling end of season run that would see us as next season's Aston Villa. How can we have fallen so utterly flat after the great fight shown up to and including the visit to Stamford Bridge?

Unbelievable to see what we've become since then. "We really are a parody of ourselves aren't we? The first season in how many years that we don't show signs of being 'Spursey' and we end up finishing the season THE most spectacularly 'Spursey' fashion ever." -- balesleftfoot, ggmb

I know what's it's like to bottle it playing competitive sport because it does happen to a lot of human beings in those situations, myself included on more than one occasion, something just takes over psychologically and you lose it, the talent and fire you normally have, but why does it happen to Spurs and not, say, to Arsenal on the final day?

Or to Leicester when they saw that they could actually win the title? Or that they still went to Chelsea and fought for a draw when it didn't alter their title claim, already sewn-up. The difference between winners and also-rans [losers, say it -- Ed.] is as much psychological as anything to do with effort and talent. Spurs has a problem with this. It's happened again.

Positive spin. I remember us getting beaten I think conceding seven goals up there, wasn't it Gerry Francis as manager? But even then, it wasn't like this.

Check back for more reactions if any of us can bear to stay with this.

Pre-match: Remember the glory days of 2013/14 when we beat Newcastle on their manor by four goals to nil? Obviously we don't have Tim Sherwood as gaffer any more so we may have to set our sights a little lower, like a draw at least, to finally establish the first St. Arse-whole-day as being on May 15th.

Spurs fans out-sang the home "support" as Spurs went on a goal spree including and an absolute b-e-a-u-t from Nacer Chadli.



The Spur's Premiership
Saints sink Spurs as City/AFC deadlock
Man City 2:2 Arsenal [Final]
May 08, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Southampton 2
Various online
White Hart Lane. By Rob Francis.

CITY 2 ARSENAL 2

UPDATE: It's all over. A 2:2 draw so now Spurs cannot afford to lose at Newcastle, need at least a draw, assuming Arsenal do Villa. Hopefully Defoe and Sunderland win their Wednesday home game against the Toffees to ensure Newcastle are relegated before we visit them.

It's in our hands so there's nobody else to blame. If we can't even get a point against a hugely mediocre side like the current Geordies we don't derserve this golden opportunity, still served up on a sliver platter, that still invites us to finish above Arsenal.

Newcastle are one of our current bogey teams so............ the story continues.

UPDATE: Giroux having the game of his life and feeds Sanchez for a disastrous equalizer. Feeling sick.

UPDATE: Kick-ass solo effort and pinpoint near-post daisycutter from Kevin De Bruyne puts City ahead early doors 2nd half. Kahm on you luvverly Citeh. "Norf London is ours." Truth is City are all over the shop in defense and their shirt pulling could lead to an AFC spot kick at any moment.

City have shown up big time and Aguero nails #1. Blue Moon, you saw Spurs standing alone, without a care of your own...." Hang on, now they've fallen apart..... Giroux equalizes. First half normalizes after that opening spell, the game could peter out to a draw, meaning we'll need a point at Newcastle since AFC will beat Villa.

SPURS 1 SAINTS 2

Commemorating the original White Hart Lane will be a plate inscribed thereupon "Here stoodeth the worlde's most reliable bottle factorie."

The psychological barrier cannot be breached as Spurs collapse once again, and now it's up to Manchester City to beat Arsenal to keep us firmly in the driver's seat and effectively ensure that we finally finish above the auld enemy.

It was so one sided in terms of possession it's hard to fathom. Then again, Leicester City didn't give a toss about possession all season and sailed away with the championship crown.

Goons will be up for it and City's pampered superstars have long ago mentally left for the beaches of the world's most upscale resorts. Yes, City need to keep United at bay for even more reasons than we have to stay above Arsenal, but not that many imported players really seem to be bothered by that sort of thing.

City's stars are not playing for the departing manager and don't seem to feel any particular loyalty to the Citizens, so no guarantee there's gonna be any real sense of urgency at their place in the upcoming coupla hours.

And the notion that because Newcastle couldn't beat Villa therefore they can't beat us is insane to anyone who's followed the Lilywhites for even just a few seasons.

Imagine if we'd had Defoe to partner up front with Kane. Treble in the bag?

Pre-match: In last season's corresponding match a Saints fan on the Guardian complemented THFC prior to the game with: "Compared to [when] Mauricio Pochettino [was managing] Southampton, it feels like goals can and will come from anywhere, and there isn't a struggle to break sides down."

I would argue that the title should be awarded to the side with the best goal difference. Well, for this season anyway.

Anyway, interesting how that momentum has kept going on an upward trajectory since then, though we lost the plot at Chelsea and it's up to Spurs to show, not that we're just as hard as anyone else, including the wind-up thugs in CFC blue, but as cool as cucumbers when it comes to staying focused and organized against a decent Southampton outfit who, going into this, are nine points better than the Stamford Bridge crew [although 13 points less than us].

The battle to stay above Arsenal could go to the final match next Sunday May 15th at Newcastle, whose fight to avoid relegation is now in crisis mode at the time of writing, thanks in great part to Jermain Defoe's amazing performances for Sunderland, including scoring in their win over Chelsea.

Meanwhile Arsenal are at meandering Man City and then finish with a freebie win at home to Villa who've completely collapsed. So we can't count on AFC stuttering, 6 points likely for them.

In this context Spurs-Saints is arguably our biggest match of the season. Whereas winning the league was always a seriously long shot, the chance to claim 2nd spot and finish above Arsenal, a crucial psychological barrier that is now on a plate for the lads, and the club, if they can avoid the dreaded bottling it syndrome.

To allow the Pride of London title to slip away at this juncture would be such a massive disappointment after this scintillating season it must not, cannot, happen.

Hence this really is our Cup Final. Both sides will be well up for it, and both have the talent to claim the day. Should be fantastic. I'll get up ridiculously early.



Title run over, season still in play

Spurs squander 2 goal lead
May 02, 2016 (Ssn 2015/16)
Racists 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
National Front Bridge
US TV/online live: various.

Congratulations to Leicester City as Spurs' title run, never truly on the cards but it made for a nice media story, came to an embattled end as ugly scenes erupted at the old "shedquarters" of the National Front otherwise known as Stamford Bridge [notorious breeding ground of mosquitoes and almost as many fascists.]

Spurs reminded viewers that the "art" of the crunching tackle is not dead. Way, way too pumped up Tottenham. Luckily Clattenberg must have read The Spurs' match preview and did everything in his power not to send anyone off, otherwise it might have been a case of the French international keeper single-handedly trying to defy ten or eleven blue meanies.

The fact is that we got a point and we are still, if we stay calm and don't lose the plot, on track for a Champions League spot and finish above the scum -- that's a successful season, especially when you throw in a manager who's committed to staying and building on a great year of developing one of the best squads in the nation and, second only to The Foxes, the most up-n-coming club in England.

In summary, let's not forget this has been a brilliant campaign and the fact that CFC celebrated as if they'd won the league themselves just by drawing at home with us, that's a measure of how far Tottenham Hotspur has come since Poch's amazing reign began.

Pre-match: I'm still haunted by the horrific refereeing of this corresponding fixture a couple of years back when the referee single handedly engineered THFC's downfall at Stamford Bridge, and we ended up getting tonked. If anybody was still left doubting that the Prem refs are in the pocket of the richest clubs, that match dispelled any lingering doubts. A ref loathe to book any Chelsea player but quick with yellows and a red for THFC, and yet again Chelsea had the ref available to break down any visitor that might look like getting a point.

Anyone who had seen their home match to Albion a short while before already knew how heavily the deck is stacked thru corrupt or easily influenced officialdom in favor of the mafia or oil backed laundering operations.

It's a free country that this can still be said, but the reason it can be said is that knowing it, and telling people, doesn't change anything. The one per cent are in total control and don't feel their position can be threatened any more.

That rant over, and having become one of the big clubs and experienced favourable refereeing decisions this season, I would love to see this match not be affected either way by diabolical officialdom. Get out of the way, stop the corruption, and may the best team win. How effing unreasonable is that? Donald Trump / Ted Cruz answer: very unreasonable. The wealthiest must always win.

Did I mention recently I rather dislike Chelsea? It stems back to the time the "Carefree Wherever We May Be" Chelscummers decided to "take" the Park Lane terrace, precipitating all manner of mayhem breaking loose, causing the match to be stopped until the warring factions were cleared off the pitch.

For those on the other three sides of the ground it was entertainment nonetheless. They were looking for a result, whether delivered by the players, or failing that, by the self-appointed Carefree Shed travelers or what the Daily Mail had branded "the Park Lane mob" based on a Tottenham official's desire to have said supporters permanently removed from White Hart Lane.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs throstled
Draw practically gifts title to Foxes
April 25, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
Tottenham H. 1
West Bromwich Alb. 1
Live online various.

Had to miss this one as life inevitably draws on my talents to solve numerous challenges when I'd rather be watching Spurs.

Still this is one that would have been frustrating to witness. Yet the Guardian points out what was also well noticeable up at Stoke, the Lilywhite army has well and truly found its voice and, even more exciting was that, in this match apparently, they stayed strongly behind the team even though it was not the outcome craved by the vociferous ranks.

It's an indication of the shift in the balance of power in north London that after the game I noticed some wags had concluded that Tottenham had "done an Arsenal".

Meanwhile the impossible dream is about to come true for Thai-controlled Leicester City and I've admitted before that I had a good laugh when they announced Claudio Ranieri as their manager, it seemed the act of relegation certs trying to let people know they actually existed in the top flight, if only for one more brief season.

But then again I'd never have expected Spurs to be the only team technically capable of challenging them for the title.

I still view this season as a freak aberration the likes of which comes along once in a lifetime. I hope I'm wrong and that the supposedly greater equality the sides have as a result of the performance rights deals leads to a more even playing field, but I doubt it.

As for Spurs, as long as we can finish on a high note, helping to minimize the possibility of having our emerging superstars poached by clubs deemed more viable ongoing bets, that'll do for me now.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs Exceptional
Foxes & AFC stumble, Spurs fans raucous
Mon., April 18, 2016 (Ssn 2015/16)
Stoke City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Stoke-upon-Trent, England
US live TV and online: various, 12n Pacific.

Wow. what a win.

The beautiful feed from Eriksen setting up Alli for the second goal was the kind of phenomenal piece of play that we're seeing frequently from Spurs especially in the latter part of this season, perhaps even outdoing Kane's first. Then Harry's brace, coming just seconds after the Alli sensation, surely sealed the deal in a convincing statement that Spurs can take Leicester to the wire.

Allie scores again as Spurs romp to victory, with Stoke "now a broken team" according to the commnetator.

Pre-match: Very favourable results for us on Sunday. Most excellent to see Palace stymie Arsenal and restrict them to only a point at home, only two points from six league games for them I seem to remember one of the pundits saying. Great stuff.

And of course Leicester held at home, but they're still 8 pts ahead as of Sunday's results. Seemed like a match brimming with action and weirdness which unfortunately I missed, although miserable refereeing decisions do get me down and is one reason why I won't spend much $ on the Prem, the standard of officiating is so low it takes most of the enjoyment out of watching and creates overall a mediocre product. Sad.
"Tottenham's
gonna do 'em
again"

We can win on Monday even though Stoke is a tough place to go to. We could theoretically close the gap and if we win at the Brit then the match against Chelsea could become the match of the century for our club. Did I get a marketing job, Sky?

See you tomorrow night, or lunchtime for those of us on the west coast of No Am.

Well, Nam Hua as they say in Qi Gong.


The Spur's Premiership 2015/16
Five stunning Spurs minutes net 3 glory glory goals
Foxes closing in on title but THFC don't give up
April 10, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Manchester United 0
FINAL SCORE @ White Hart Lane, London N17

Congrats to Leicester City on firming their grip on the Prem championship title following their win over Sunderland earlier in the day, but at least we're keeping them from increasing the gap, at least for this week.

In a five minute second half blitz the like of which has rarely been seen, even by this dynamic incarnation of Tottenham Hotspur, the home side tore the Red Devils apart and produced three memorable and exhilarating goals that propelled the Lilywhite legions into a collective ecstasy trip.

And all just as I was thinking this was about to peter out into a nil-nil quid pro pro with the occasional notable save by Hugo Lloris to give us a rather tokenistic point that would have effectively sealed the crown for the Foxes.

Perhaps Poch can give Man Utd's incoming manager some tips on how to survive the rigours of trench warfare in the Europa League next season, because, as the Spurs fans pointed out, "Champions league, yer 'aving a larf."

Man Utd forgot the time difference and showed up at the Lane seriously late using the usual lame excuse of north London traffic. They still reckon they're a big club and that the world waits for their every move, and that Harry Kane has all but signed along the dotted line for them.

Of course the game should have started and if they choose not to have players present then we get to score as many goals as possible until they're ready to come on. Even Erik Lamela could have scored one with that much time and space on his hands.

Talking of which, Erik Lamela had a great chance to put us ahead earlier in the first half. In fairness to him, he was active and making space for others and himself, helping make things happen, though the visitors overall were the stronger side first half. No score at the break.

Lloris saves the day in the 62nd minute from a point blanker from Martial.

Then Eriksen and Dele change it all. Great cross from the Dane and Allie makes no mistake driving into the Paxton End goal.
Next up: away to Stoke City on Monday April 18th [12 noon Pacific]

But wait, there's more. Call right now and we'll give you the towering header of the week courtesy Toby AlderW from a Lamela free kick, and then the Argentine himself bags the third with a devastating first timer into the 'ole onion bag. Wot a goal.

Van Gaal getting sacked in the morning. Well, end of the season. Thrashing couldn't happen to a more deserving victim. Not him. United.

"The main headline here is the Spurs resolve," says Martin Tyler.

"We want four, we want four, Come on Tottenham, show 'em the door", as the home side wipes the floor. Or, to borrow a line from the 70's terrace era "the great Man United got battered to ****."

Three nil up I can finally relax and enjoy the last ten minutes. Rarely have I seen the United midfield and defense look so vulnerable as in this second half.

And the talk of Kane and Poch being lured away by United. Why? Why would they want to go to an inferior side who are a shadow of what ManUre once were. They have the chance to make THFC the "new United" if you like, it would be risky going to Old Trafford which is becoming, since Fergie retired, a graveyard for managers and players alike.

Spurs v Manchester Utd. Always one of the big 'uns of the season. And this, after a dodgy start, was magnificent from Spurs, especially six minutes in which the Red Devils were unceremoniously dismantled.

Pre-match: Highlights and goals from the 2013 league encounter at the Lane here including Sandro's absolute wonder-goal. Stroll aboard.

Arsenal dropped points at West Ham in the 3-3 draw there. This is a chance for us to keep a safety gap between us and them. As an aside, great to see Chelsea lost at Swansea. Gylfi Sig on fire.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs pinch point at Anfield
THFC fans will roar on Saints at Foxes
April 02, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
Liverpool 1
Tottenham H. 1
Anfield, Liverpool. Rob Francis watched.
US Live Video: Live online [various] & TV

Second half: Liverpool had the magician and a great interplay to go ahead. Can spurs find any magic of their own? They seem tentative and lacking any creative spark, interspersed with being in mild panic in response to Liverpool's momentum.

Yes they can,in the form of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane. A great cutback from the goal-line by the dashing Dane finds Harry Kane and "one of our own" pulls one out of the top draw, finding the space with a two-touch laser that once again this campaign could only leave us open jawed. Twenty-second Prem goal for Kane this season. He's a Prem goalscoring record breaker.

Very tense stuff as the Reds probe for a winner and Spurs looking to counter but leaving themselves a bit suspect at the back. In the end, it's a point.

Nacer Chadli on fire at the minute in both defense and at the front. Moussa Dembele and Toby AlderW both quality players, too. Alli not having it so good today.

First half: First half saw Liverpool the better side, more incisive, creating more chances, and only denied by the goalkeeping of Hugo Lloris.

Spurs getting into problems trying to play out from the back, and creating very little to trouble the 'Pool defense.

We're gonna need to either nick it with a lot of luck to boot, or do summat different 2nd half.

Pre-match: After the boring international break, which gave many of us a chance to catch up with life, it's back to real football and real drama.

And it doesn't come more real than Spurs having to get something at Anfield whilst our rivals near the top have doddles.

No disrespect to Watford, but their visit to Arsenal, despite the gooners having lost against lower sides with some regularity, is a lost cause.

A revived and lethal Chelsea are laughing all the way to the points bank with a visit to hopeless, shambolic Villa.

West Ham have been given a joke fixture home to freefalling Cripple Palace. April fools one day late.

Even the "globetrotters on tranquilizers" Man City are likely to persevere at plucky but seriously outgunned Bournemouth.

Saints are bouncing back but they would be thrilled to even scrape a point at Leicester.

I fancied Everton to find their form and be more than the sum of their parts, but it hasn't happened and they will find ManUre too much at Old Trafford.

So fate has dealt our rivals an easy hand, while we are away at Anfield. So basically it's up to us. This is the where the rubber hits the road.

This is where we find out if we're really going to cut it, or whether it's back to a multi horse race to squeeze into the top four.

If we can be as dynamic on the park as I am with mixed metaphors, should be no problema.

BBC's Steve Wilson refers to this encounter as the most crucial visit to Anfield that Tottenham have had in 43 years.

He is looking for Spurs to keep their sights set high: "to settle for mere local superiority now would be a real disappointment when the prospect of only a third title win has seldom seemed so tantalising since their 1961 success."

I've been pretty good at predicting results this season when I've taken the plunge but I'm not confident about calling this one. I'm gonna say 1:1 but that's almost an opt out prediction. However a point there would not be a disaster if there are more of those famous upsets, so familiar in this campaign, going against the teams around us in the table.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs 3:0 Bournemouth
Final score. Spurs digest Cherries.
"My heart says a
3-2 win, while
my head says a
1-0 win to Spurs."
-- South End blog
Tottenham Hotspur vs
AFC Bournemouth
Sun, March 20, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
THFC must win as AFC and Foxes win on Sat
US TV & online: Live.

Frustrating, the Spurs-B'm'f stream not working, so I have the dubious pleasure of watching Marcus Rashford scoring for United against Citeh. Obviously I'm gonna keep trying to get a stream for the big game at WHL. Meanwhile looks like Harry's already got a brace, first assisted by Walker, second by Alli. Wait for me! Hang about, maybe I'll jinx it if I start watching..... wait 'til we get a third. Gottit.

OK got the feed. Lamela spurns a great opportunity to get a third. And remember, Bournemouth have been on fire recently, they are not a bad team, at least not until they met us. They don't like us, we are their nemesis team.

Spurs 3 up, Eriksen seals the comfortable victory for Spurs with a tap-in.

Rarely is a game this easy. Spurs had 63% of the possession, but it was even more emphatic than that.

Standout move: great assist by Dele Alli for the 2nd [which is not to belittle the first goal, or third fot that matter]. What's so cool is that the Kane-Alli duo are not just a flash in the pan partnership, this is the real thing, just like the Greaves-Gilzean link-up of yesteryear that was so inspiring to witness.

"We was very calm. We played very well," observed Kane in the post match interview, north-east London grammar notwithstanding. "Leicester keep winning points, but so do we."

Indeed, it's Leicester's to lose now. But if they slip up, it seems credible that THFC will be ready to receive gifts. Guardian: "For now Spurs are within five points of the top with seven games to go."

Not606 poster: "Sounds like an apology from the AFC Bournemouth fans, 'We've come from League 2, we've come from League 2, AFC Bournemouth, we've come from League 2!'"

On a different game, blown away by seeing Saints come back from two down to beat 'Pool 3:2. Props, guys.


The Spur's Europa League
Spurs bow out to focus on Prem
Three goal deficit spells dead rubber
Agg: 1:5 (Ssn 2015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Borussia Dortmund 2
USA: live on tv and internet

Yes it's all academic today and the real focus is on the title race for the Premier league crown, or coming second, or at the very least getting into the Euro champs.

Try to refrain from sneaking over to the Man Utd v Liverpool game to watch the rags getting humiliated.

So who's next in the league? It's home to Bournemouth this upcoming Sunday March 20th at 8am pacific. That's also the day of the Manchester derby with City hosting, while Liverpool travel to Saints.

By that time of course we'll know the Saturday results to find out how Leicester did at Palace, Arsenal at Everton, and what's turned out to be a massive London derby as Chelsea host West Ham, with both clubs ascending the table in strong form.

It's curtains with this Euro League malarkey and thankfully odds are we'll not have to bother with it unless we get demoted from the Champions League. So back again next season. Hello Quarabag, you rock!


Alli & Kane combine for Spurs brace

AVFC's Holte End
mulls life
in freefall
Sun, March 13, 2016
Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur [Premier] 0:2
Final score

Even before this game, most supporters were very forgiving of Poch for playing effectively a B team against Dortmund earlier in the week, but it gave rise to two comments under the Guardian match report that I've fused together to create the post award of the week: "It's worth reflecting on the fact that Villa, for all their relegation-bound woefulness, did manage to give Spurs at least a bit of a match today. As the report says, they could've easily taken the lead. Imagine if Pochettino had rested players today and Spurs had lost, particularly if the first team also lost on Thurs - this thread would be a trainwreck. Or like the famous battlefield scene in Gone With the Wind, but with the camera pulling back just to see thousands of Spurs fans shrugging their shoulders and going 'oh well we made to the middle of March before it all went wrong, haven't made it this far for a few years!'". Thanks JJff1972 and pH1974, but do get better usernames.

Of course the opposing goalkeeper changes from his usual disastrous self to having the game of his life when Spurs come a knockin', but that didn't stop Harry Kane from finding a way through, courtesy of a quickly taken free kick by Dele Alli that beautifully set up the Spurs striker to swoop forward with the ball and kerang it into the Villa goal with a lethal left foot.

This kind of quick thinking is such a contrast to previous incarnations of recent THFC approaches which too often left us as the slugs against nimbler opponents, one of many refreshing improvements to occur at Spurs under the guidance of our current Argentine manager, who himself is on the cusp of attaining legendary status despite the club's whimpering imminent dismissal from the Europa league.

Seconds into the 2nd half and the cushion that THFC fans craved, and whaddayaknow, it was our midfielder from the east Midlands supplying the broken nosed wonder yet again.

This time Erik Lamela must take credit too because he simply let the ball run past him as it crossed the face of the goal as if he knew it had Kane's name on it, Harry's 19th Prem goal of the season.

Probably it was the fatigue of the insane fixture congestion [even with player rotation] or simply complacency, but several Tottenham players switched off in the final fifteen minutes allowing Villa, who never gave up despite dropping their shoulders, two plum chances to even the score. But luck, as well as skill, not to mention recent refereeing decisions, are all allying with the wonderful Tottenham Hotspur experience that just keeps getting better, despite the blips.

Still hot on Leicester's heels. Arsenal knocked out of the Cup. Another great day, unless you're a Villa fan.

Pre-match: Spurs typically go into freefall about this time of the season, or so the stereotype would have us believe. Guess we'll find out.

This is a case of job to do, get job done for THFC, a case of getting back onto an even keel after being battered by Borussia, wibbled by West Ham, and, er, held by Arsenal.

We've been amazingly fortunate that teams around us have also faltered at the same time, so our loss of form has not been disastrous. Until we get beat by Villa that is. Or even draw. Gotta be a win. Surely.

And how about a song for Erik Lamela first suggested back in 2013. That's him in the middle with Verts on the left.


The Spur's Europa League
Dortmund 3, Spurs 0
Final score
March 10, 2016, 10am Pacific (Ssn 2015/16)
Borussia Dortmund 3
Tottenham Hotspur 0
USA: live on tv and internet

Easy to see why Dortmund are on an impressive run and as the 2nd half unfolded it was no surprise that THFC ended up three down, with the Europa League all over for north London.

The chances of nicking it at the Lane are remote, an away goal at the end, which could have happened but for some outrageous reffing blindness to two clear Spurs penalties, would have given us a glimmer, but 'twas not to be.

"Tottenham have been awful," said sidekick commentator Robbie Savage on the internet feed.

Frankly it's curtains, and there's gonna be some mega moaning about the manager's line-up choices, but hey, the Premier League is God and for people who think otherwise, living in denial is going to be painful.


Kane scored
a wonder goal
but the lead
didn't last
in the 2:2 draw
All square at 2:2
Spurs glimpse a promised but elusive land

Another golden opportunity to go top of the Premier league with an on-field one man advantage but Sanchez denied that outcome.

But the result keeps Spurs three points above AFC and helped to stabilize after the disappearing act at West Ham.

But it felt like a defeat to allow AFC that chance, it was as if the Lilywhites were individually in glory hunting mode, seeking the personal glory of creating or scoring another goal, rather than stopping them equalizing. That's a dangerous and unnecessary mind-set that cost us what would have been a sea-change victory.

But the fatigue that showed thru at West Ham was evident again. Still, a draw was a fairr result all things considered, and as Claudio would say about the Foxes: "step by step."

The Spur is experiencing issues uploading currently, hence the truncated reaction to such a massive fixture. Moved to a new upload program, so should be back to normal soon.

Pre-match: "Spurs are the real thing" crowed the match day commentator last season in this corresponding fixture, as Spurs won 2-1 after falling a goal behind and being one down at the break. We had finally gelled under Poch and what better way to kick in than against Arsenal at the Lane.

The Guardian describes this year's version of that game as "a shuddering collision that, for the first time in a very long time, has title implications for both clubs."

That media outlet gives THFC the big Up but it looks like it tries to dismiss the lacklustre display at Upton Park as merely an irritating spoiler of the validity of its theme, being: Spurs are the on the up, Arsenal in crisis.

Love it to be true. We shall see.


The Spur's Premiership 20015/16
Spurs no-show at Boleyn
Looked awful on MOTD but Swans sink Arsenal
March 2, 2016 (Ssn 2015/16)
West Ham Utd 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
USA live online & tv, various

Watching Match o' the Day it looked like Lasagnagate all over again. Horrible. Luckily the program got a lot better -- with the following games highlighting both Arsenal and Manchester City's meek and unsuccessful attempts not to lose.

This site has talked constantly about the inability and unwillingness to challenge in the air on defensive set pieces and it was an early corner that showed up this flaw yet again. Until we get that fixed, we cannot truly compete at the top level.

Tottenham looked really really lame. Hammers knew how to neutralize us and their central players snuffed out our corresponding players with alarming ease.

We have to do way better than that to get anything from Arsenal, who will also be ready to rebound and have the ability to do serious damage on the day.

Is this the usual end of the season capitulation? I think we've got more going for us than previous seasons, but there's a lot missing still. We bottled it. Luckily for us, so did our nearest competitors.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs vs Swans
Super Sunday showdown

Tottenham Hotspur 2
Swansea 1
Feb 28, 2016
Full-time result.

Only got to tune in to find Spurs trailing by a goal. But this time I proved to be the lucky charm.

Within a few minutes of watching we had equalized and then went on to win the match in style.

It does feel kinda weird, surreal perhaps is the word, that we're now the kind of side that goes on to prevail like this. The ones that bounce back and end up triumphant.

Of course nobody supporting THFC is going to complain about the new un-Spursy Spurs incarnation, but we're pulling off results that we've had to endure watching United, CFC, City, and Arsenal achieve regularly over many recent years, and just wishing it was us.

I really hope we don't start taking these amazing outcomes for granted. Savour every moment, every turned-around result.

Portlander, poster on Guardian reader comments: ""Was multi-tasking so didn't get to watch all of the match, but the bits I saw were wave upon wave of Spurs attacks. I was definitely a little anxious but it seemed impossible to believe we WOULDN'T score. Very happy to see the Arsenal result. And kudos to Leicester for grinding out the result yesterday and keeping up the pace.

One (of many) things that keeps me hopeful when we fall behind is that we seem to have so many goal-scorers, so it's not like the opposition can close down one or two of our players and neutralize us.

Our recent sequence of goal-scorers, against Swansea, Fiorentina, Man City, Watford, Norwich: - Rose - Chadli - Mason - Lamela - Trippier (forced the Fiorentina OG) - Chadli - Kane - Eriksen - Trippier - Alli - Kane

COYS!"

Swansea fans site.


Thurs, Feb 25, 2016
Spurs
4:1
on agg.
Spurs in Euro glory win
Tottenham Hotspur 3:0 vs Fiorentina [Europa]
FINAL SCORE, 2nd leg
Spur go thru

It's all over. What a win.

An incredible way to bounce back from the FA Cup disappointment against Palace, and without Kane or Dembele.

Spurs were playing at high tempo and moving the ball around with authority. Even Lamela scored. Against one of the top Italian sides currently.

All of this begs the question, however, of how we are going to perform in the upcoming home stretch of the premier league.

If we can play like this against such a highly rated outfit, it augurs well, and struggling Swansea is the next test at 6am pacific time, premier league at the Lane.

Roll on.


The Spur's FA Cup
Vorm saw
another go by

Revenge for Palace in the Cup
THFC spread too thin to realize treble dream
February 21, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Crystal Palace 1
White Hart La. N17
Rob Francis

Massively superior in possession but snuffed out time and time again by Palace in the midfield and defense, Spurs lacked creativity in breaking down the defense.

Perhaps the Lilywhites, with more talented players than those representing Cheltenham Town, could rehearse this set piece maneuver with a better outcome than the Gloucestershire side. Anything's worth a try when the bus has been parked.

In the pre-match I talked about overwork from way too many fixtures being an issue that could come home to roost and it was clearly one of the factors. Palace identified that weakness and threw in choke-hold defending in the middle at the back, blocking out any home offensive efforts.

Add to that a visiting side seemingly tireless, fast in possession, brashly confident in their approach, and pumped up by the vociferous ranks of the Eagles army, and Spurs looked mostly at a loss as to how to cope. The home side started with a bang but the fireworks proved to be cheap quick-fizzling knock-offs from a dodgy import-export co.

Palace made no secret prior to the match that their significantly greater preparation time for this Cup clash could provide them the foundation for a "surprise" victory, and even revive their crumbling league fortunes.

They made it very difficult for Spurs to play through the middle, and when an opponent achieves that effectively, it leaves the current Lilywhite incarnation, as Glenn Hoddle would put it, scratching their collective heads.

The treble dream is over, but with the advantage that maybe Spurs can now make the most of what's left on the menu, with finally the Europa league asserting itself as worthy of a spotlight, under which THFC, partly at the cost of the FA Cup, are in a good position to progress.

Stultifyingly boring though the Europa league group stages are, pepping it up with a Champions league spot as the star prize does give it a boost for those cursed to weather through it.

PRE-MATCH: FA Cup action and here we go again. If we're not playing Leicester in some league or cup game or another, then it's gotta be Palace.

How many times do we have to kick their Palarse this season?

The media is salivating at the thought of Adebayor scoring against his old club at White Hart Lane, and who knows, it might well happen. ["This is what we pay you the big bucks to write." -- Ed]. But I reckon even that would not stop Spurs winning. It's what we do. And we do do it well.

The Togo striker has said "It's going to be hard because Spurs are at the top of their game and playing well at the moment. For me, I am going out there to help Crystal Palace to make the next round."

We got a decent result in Italy during the week and of course a great win over Man City on their patch in the league, so confidence is not lacking at the Lane. But overwork from way too many fixtures is an issue that could come home to roost.

Yahoo Sports notes "Alan Pardew's Palace make the trip to White Hart Lane in a rut having failed to win in their past nine league matches."


Thurs, Feb 18, 2016
Vital
away goal
for THFC
Final: One apiece
Fiorentina 1:1 Tottenham Hotspur [Europa]
FINAL SCORE
Second leg this upcoming Thurs

Unfortunately only able to tune in as the PA announce was saying "thank-you and have a safe journey home" [in English, not Italian.] Fortunately, this is a good result for Spurs.

Late save by Vorm and a narrowly missed header by Gonzalo, apparently the home side's best effort to go ahead, saved Spurs from losing a big advantage going back to the 2nd leg in London.

Saw the highlights showing Tottenham getting a penalty when Davies was felled, with Chadli netting, and a deflected equalizer for the Italians that Vorm should really have saved, if we're honest.


The Spur's Premiership
Cockerels are a-crowin'
Dodgy THFC pen, blockbuster equalizer, then wonder combo from Lamela & Eriksen
Feb 14, 2016 [Season 2015/16]
Manchester City 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Various online
by Rob Francis

Forget the "lions" being mentioned to describe the new Spurs, it was the true blue Cockerels who crowed today, and but for Leicester only two points above us with inferior goal difference, the male cocks would rule the roost.

"To come away with a victory is a good feeling, but there's still a long way to go," said Kane.

Even that calm headed response from King Harry represented a subtle shift in what the players now believe is possible for their currently devastatingly efficient side.

Pressed on that perceived shift in what's possible for the Lilywhites, the Spurs super striker maintained his grounded stance with his response to the interviewer: "It's up to you to decide."

Thierry Henry noted what I've mentioned many times in these reactions, that you can see by the way the team celebrates goals and wins together that this is a unified group who've truly been inspired by, and are totally confident in, both their manager and the Tottenham Hotspur leadership in general.

It's weird to be a Spurs fan and gushing like this. No wonder Citeh are a schizophrenic bunch, those perennial fall guys turned into footie's version of the Harlem Globetrotters only the script doesn't guarantee them constant success.

Yes, the penalty was bull [notice how we are getting the blatantly dodgy calls all of a sudden] but as has been pointed out, it actually brought City to life, and they came back with a vengeance.

But these days Spurs can hold their ground, helped by some world class keeping as usual by Lloris, and then we showed some build-up magic of our own, in the form of superb combination play between Lamela [I groaned when he was brought on -- good thing it's Poch not me running the show] and Eriksen to provide the winner, as the Dane celebrated his birthday in style, along with the jubilant travelling Lilywhites in the away corner.

"We are very young and this type of game is very important for the future," said Mauricio Pochettino, every bit as low key as Kane. "We have a very clear plan."

No kidding. The closing down, the confidence in their passing and possession game, the cool headedness, the bursting counters. Henry said it well: they look in control. Even timorous old me..... I'm a believer.


The Spur's Premiership 20015/16
Spurs trippin' on Kieran tap-in
Kane, Dembele, Alli, Trippier combine for goal lead
February 06, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Watford 0
by Rob Francis
Final Result.

Abinav Dutta in the Guardian comments section: "If I was not a Spurs fan, I would have quite emphatically hollered 'Bring On City', trying my best to make it sound like a war cry, but since I am, I shall not."

Dele Alli coming on allowed him to be the assist passer, culminating from a great THFC team build-up movement that finally pierced the Watford bus.

Pre-match: A win home to Watford will cement our place in the top three and serve notice on the teams around us that we have arrived not only as serious Top 4 candidates, but possibly even..... hey, top two.
Away to
City next
Sunday

Goal.com writes: "Spurs defeated struggling Norwich City 3-0 away on Tuesday but are likely to encounter a tougher test in the visit of Watford, which earned a gritty 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Vicarage Road a day later.

"Tottenham is getting used to life without Jan Vertonghen after the Belgian center back, a key part of its strong form throughout 2015-16, suffered a medial knee ligament strain late last month that will keep him out for up to eight weeks.

"Rising star Dele Alli has been undergoing tests to determine the cause of recent dizziness, which saw the scorer of the opening goal withdrawn after the first half at Carrow Road, although Pochettino is hopeful the 19-year-old will feature this weekend."

David McG. on thfc-blog: "Recognised Strikers aren't so prevalent in today's game and if we bought a striker there's nothing to say he'd do a better job than Chadli, Son, Njie."

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford in the Premier league.

Mouth watering encounter. Should be a cracker.

SPUR OF THE MOMENT: "Davies motm for me, he was excellent." -- No Kane No Gain, Moderator, Not606 forum


The Spur's Premiership
Sergio plays Spurs like a violin
Yet positive signs for Poch's project despite defeat
October 18, 2014 [Season 2014/15]
Manchester City 4
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Various online
by Rob Francis

"If anything should be taken away from this match, it's that Sergio Aguero is very good at his job, while Jonathan Moss is not." -- cartilagefreecaptain report excerpt

Even before the game, Pochettino said that "when Aguero plays it is like classical music in my head. It's like Mozart. Seriously." Dude you're so right, and as if in response to our manager's praise, Manchester City's sensational striker raised the tempo up an octave and twiddled up the volume too, but all Spurs fans could hear by the end was the sound of scratchy violins as tears were shed.

Back over to the cartilage site and interesting to see the view of a City fan: "To me, this is what Pochettino's system looked like against us (City) last year when he was with So'ton. It gave us no end of fits. That press is troublesome and will win some games (maybe against us in the return leg). This team looked good aside from some mistakes that I don't think you'll be repeating every week." Of course, more than one Spur countered with how we do make the same mistakes every week, and can think of new ones if needed.

Another game ruined by horrific refereeing. What some people will do for a brand new townhouse with a Gulf view. The final straw was Fazio's red card, and after that the conclusion is: I coulda used an extra hour's sleep. 4:45am a tad too early.

But if we play like we did going forward we should do well in future games.

But please, time for the Soldado league heave-ho. Give him the Euro slots, and Spurs to continue the quest for an ever elusive goal-scoring striker and a way to get the ball to him.

Soldado's body language and timid approach to the penalty shows a man who seems to know his time has come and gone in the top English league. I hope he somehow finds a way back, like Lamela he's a natural, but the writing's on the wall. Another Rebrov "shoulda coulda but didn'a" as they say in Dundee.

As usual Aguero took the piss, a class above the mere mortals around him, with four goals and man o' the match.

But there were signs of continued improvement under our new Argentine manager. The score doesn't reflect the improvements made since we were last walloped at the Etihad. The forward movement, the increasing understanding between the players, and the sense that our players like playing for Poch and believe in him.

Greece next, and then Newcastle. The Geordies will be a great chance to see how we do against the near bottom of the table opposition in contrast to the second toughest away match of the season that we faced today.

Reasons to be quietly confident. But we could really use a Sergio up front. In our dreams.

"Progress was made by Spurs on three counts today at The Etihad Stadium. Firstly, they kept a clean sheet for longer than the 14 seconds they lasted last year. Secondly, they reduced the losing margin by half. It was a six goal difference last year, and just three this time. Thirdly, they scored a goal. You could add other factors too, because we did manage a number of decent attacks; quickly equalised the first goal, and remained in the game right up until Roberto Soldado took a poor penalty." -- spurs odyssey

Pre-match: This is arguably the second toughest league fixture of the season, second only to Chelsea away. Nobody but the most delusional expects a win, what fans are looking for is a sign that we can at least compete respectably with the Big Oil soaked titans. Oh, and start driving electric cars.
Early start for
north american
fans

Spurs got hit for six in the corresponding fixture played on Nov 24th last year, and our sub-header asked "Tottenham need points, and goals, but how?". Here's how it went down:

I predicted that based on their wealth and assembling two world class teams that Manchester City and Chelsea would be title favourites, but there were two other developments that I didn't see coming: Arsenal being transformed from also-rans into a third contender, and, with The Great Experiment of AVB's high line such a simpering fizzle of a philosophy, Spurs unable to score goals in open play, no matter who they buy or play up front.

If someone wanted to argue against my case that $$$ ultimately decides everything, Tottenham Hotspur would be the only exhibit they'd need [the caveat being that THFC is the exception to the rule.]

When even our most reliable players have howler days, you suspect it's not going to be pretty. But the whole team is looking confused. Just keep passing and hoping Gareth Bale will somehow reappear on the field.

With AVB's experiment seemingly in deep trouble, could this herald a full blown crisis, including financial, for Spurs? After all, what would Soldado's sale value be these days?

If, and it's still a big if, but if AVB and Spurs part company within the next year or so, where is the money going to come from to bring in new players to get us back on course if we are tumbling down the table? Will Joe Lewis continue to pour in the dosh if this experiment fails?

When you look at Soldado's counterpart at City, Aguero, who was sublime, the gulf is enormous.

For Spurs on the field it's about how the supply line works, or doesn't. City's strikers are fed by well oiled defensive and midfield ranks oozing purpose and cohesion.

Spurs have a lot of possession at times but it rarely adds up to anything. The Lilywhites seldom get behind the opposition.

Where are the goals going to come from, apart from the occasional penalty?

Pre-match: "I wish AVB would stop messing around with Lamela and start playing him. I know he's young and still getting to grips with English football but enough is enough. He is the missing link in my opinion and a guy that can score and create. Start the bloody guy AVB!" -- eskimo, fighting cmb

Casting the mind back to our match at the Lane last season. For over an hour Tottenham Hotspur trailed and the chance of a way back seemed slim, until Clint Dempsey capitalized on a sublime centre from Gareth Bale.

Spurs sealed a triumphant victory when Gareth Bale dazzled the crowd with a typical jaw-dropper of a goal, fed by sub Tom Huddlestone who had been singing along with the City fans' rendition of Blue Moon a bit earlier.

That seems a long time ago, even though it was months not years, but our saviours of that day are no longer on the payroll.

Hudd was onto something. Life, if not the moon, looks a lot bluer for us than it does for them as we face a daunting task on Sunday at the City fortress.

But Jermain Defoe is still with us. In that same match he came on to score a sensational go-ahead goal that shows what he is capable of -- a crackerjack striker's finish.

Amazing how times change and the script for that day seems hopelessly irrelevant and remote from our predicament today. Still, thought I'd mention it anyway -- along with a cup of cha it gets the juices flowing.

Will the potentially mighty Lilywhites let our loathed rivals for a top 4 spot know: game still on for a place in the Euro Champs league?

The Daily Mail rates the Spurs new boys:

Erik Lamela (GBP30m, Roma). A slow but steady improvement (albeit in the Europa League) for a player who has struggled to adapt to a new language and culture in England. He did cost 26m, but the jury's still out on the 21-year-old. 2/5

Christian Eriksen (GBP11.5m, Ajax). Exploded onto the scene and it seemed Spurs had found their No 10, but has faded since and now faces six weeks out with an ankle injury. 3/5
Anyone thinking 'we're at home it'll be sweet' are ******* deluded. Spurs are a very tough nut to crack and this will be a tough game. If we arent 'at it' they'll do us.
  
stoned rose, m/city blue moon mb

Vlad Chiriches (GBP8.5m, Steaua Bucharest). A centre-back comfortable with the ball at his feet who certainly does not lack confidence. His performances have pushed Jan Vertonghen out to left-back, although that perhaps says more about the lack of cover at full-back rather than the Romanian's talent. 4/5

Etienne Capoue (GBP8.6m, Toulouse). Another who started very brightly before succumbing to injury. 3/5

Roberto Soldado (GBP26m, Valencia). Can obviously hit a penalty, but has struggled at times in Spurs' 4-2-3-1 system. Arguably he has not had the service he deserves, however. 3/5

Nacer Chadli (GBP6m, FC Twente). An underwhelming start. Lacks the pace of Townsend or Lennon on the wing and usually seems to be carrying a knock. 1/5

Paulinho (GBP17m, Corinthians). Has settled in to the Premier League and feels like first choice in one of the two defensive midfield positions. 4/5" -- DM

Check back 'coz the build-up has just begun.

By the way, great post about 1882: "Modern football has paralysed so many fans with this winning at all costs mentality that people turn up to games worrying so much about top four blah, blah that they forget to enjoy themselves and support the team.

And that, my friends, is what 1882 is all about. Enjoying going to games and getting behind your team. Shaking off your fear."

As another poster put it: "Football, historically, was a game of support. The Lane should be a place for the 12th man."

That's one reason I don't mind not getting to that many games, living mostly on a different continent.

When I now get back to an English league stadium or ground I am usually surrounded by people shouting angry abuse at their own players and manager. That's a massive change from when I stood on the terraces.

I did not like this change from [blindly sometimes admittedly] loyal crowd to grumpy individually voiced consumers.

We all have criticisms of our club and team at any given time, but fan derives from fanatic, and supporters are named so because traditionally they have supported.

"If we can make the new Park Lane like the home end at Dortmund (which it looks to have been designed to be like) it will be awesome. Let's not make the same mistake Woolwich did by spreading their already quiet fans around their new library (however maybe that's what the clubs really want... silent, rich fans who pay [GBP] 70 a ticket and come and go home nice and quietly)" -- parklanespurs, fighting cmb


The Spur's Premiership 20015/16
Up to 3rd place and above goons
Within 100 seconds Spurs one up, Kane nabs two
Tues, Feb 2, 2014 (Ssn 2013/14)
Norwich City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Live online various
by Rob Francis

Rebound tap-in from Dele Alli and a generously awarded penalty [remember, we're a big club now] against ex-Spur Seb Bassong gives Kane the chance to put us two up, and so it stood with the Lilywhites dominating before I had to duck out at half-time owing to other commitments.

But t'rific to see we got a third and so up to third place, great also to see super Saints secured a draw at Arsenal denying Woolwich two points and putting them below us.

Life is good, amigos.

Pre-match: Spurs have won their last three competitive matches, thrashing Colchester and easing past Leicester in the Cup, plus a Prem win at Selhurst Park to ground the Eagles, whilst by comparison needy Norwich have lost all theirs, including a battering at the hands of Bournemouth, sides they need to be beating to stand any chance of survival.

Will former Spur and still popular Chris Hughton continue as manager if Norwich lose this or get a few more bad results? The question is being asked. Hope he turns 'em around, but after losing to us, of course.

For me, Norwich is one of those places in England I would enjoy living in despite the awful English weather, and I like the idea of East Anglia being represented in the top flight, but against Spurs of course, there's only team to support and my confidence is such that, whilst hardly a revolutionary prediction, I'll say a win on the road [even if Arsenal fly there these days - environmental wreckers that they are].

BBC Football notes: "Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury worries ahead of the visit to Carrow Road. Dele Alli is set to be among those back in the starting XI after not featuring in the FA Cup win at Colchester."

Well, Jan Vertonghen is out but as Sky points out Kevin Wimmer did a good job against Colchester so a big chance for him to prove himself beyond the Cup and in the world's biggest league.

Sky does remind us "Toby Alderweireld is in line to return for Tottenham Hotspur".


The Spur's FA Cup
1:4 & now Palace at home
Chance for Spurs to excel in this fave of comps
January 30, 2016
Colchester Utd 1
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Community Stadium, 4:45am Pacific time

A chance for Spurs to really go places in this season's FA Cup. Like Colchester.

Their star is apparently midfielder Alex Gilbey who is a target of other bigger lower division clubs.

With massive games coming up, the question is how Poch lines up the players given that this is THFC's traditional competition in which to excel, which is more theory than reality in recent decades, but nonetheless..........

It's an early watch for those of us West Coast types, but werf it anyway.


The Spur's Premiership
Alli luyah!
THFC bounce back with 3 great goals, 2 of 'em "worldies"
January 23, 2016
Crystal Palace 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Selhurst Park
Online: various

Well again I had to take off from watching the game at 1:1 and, as usual, Spurs win when I'm not witnessing the action. That could make me a hated man, because I do want to watch "live" when I can. The good news, in that respect, is that I've had to leave during the last two matches, so if it becomes a regular thing, the future is bright for the 'Whites.

What I missed seemed to be, from watching MOTD, a phenomenal finale from a shining Spurs, with Dele Alli absolutely outstanding: including a flick, turn, and volley goal that within hours had the entire online soccer world raving about it. A bit later he hit the bar with a shaver that would have rivaled what's already surely the actual goal of the season. Glad MOTD let me catch both him, Chadli, Aldy, Son, and many others putting in a great display to win 1:3. Watching those highlights again, just wow. And those goals, dude.... [and Christian's even been practicing corners].

Going back to the equalizer, it was so textbook and they made it look so easy, but you gotta credit Nacer Chadli for popping up the perfect ball for Harry "Hotspur" Kane to rise up and head it in.

If you like to see deep defending, Palace is your ticket, based on this. But they break out, "counter" is the word I was looking for, very effectively, with Zaha among others demanding either class saves from Lloris or stout, at times frantic, defending from Spurs.

But we won it and showed some great play. It's good to watch these days. Talented players performing as a team with high morale, strong sense of camaraderie [gotta credit Poch in great part for this], and clicking big time as a team, not just a collection of individual talents.

But I'm still seeing an unwillingness to challenge for aerial balls in front of our goalmouth. Since Palace also suffered from this, not willing to go up with Kane for example for the equalizing goal, and the fact we were in goal-scoring mode, it didn't cost us points this time. But it has in previous games.

Pre-match: Crucial showdown of London's two surprise packages. This is a ground that even Roberto Soldado scored at back in 2013, so if he can do it, anyone can.

Of course, Palace have improved since then.

But they've lost their scoring touch and this is a chance for Spurs to earn another win and if they do, it will be the signal that, yes, we are the real deal.

In that match, in which Soldado scored, it was top notch professional goalkeeping by El Hugo Lloris that prevented a late Palace equalizer as the south Londoners never gave up on trying to get level, and it's a good opportunity to reflect on just how much the French international stopper has meant to Tottenham's rising fortunes.


The Spur's FA Cup
We're gonna win the Cup
Spurs finally fell Foxes at 4th attempt
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
Leicester City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2
by Rob Francis

OK sorry I had to dash out when we were two up but with the game still in progress, having not updated the second goal so it looked like I ****** up.

Many long hours later here I am back in the office to put everything to rights.

Well we had to meet them four times this season before finally putting them to the sword, and it came at a heavy price with five potential league points dropped against them and too many man hours on the turf.

But, at the end of the day, Spurs go marching on amid chants of the "Spurs are on their way to Wembley" anthem. Tottenham's gonna do it again? Not arf.

Pre-match: Here we go gain. Too much Leicester goin' on, bro, and way too many fixtures.

The Beeb reminds us that "Spurs have not lost away from home in domestic competitions since the opening day of the season (W4, D5), when they were beaten at Old Trafford."

Sounds good until they add: "Leicester have lost just once in their last 14 home matches in all competitions (W9, D4)."

Obviously would be nice to get a win against them this season, and in the FA Cup, "our Cup", would add some serious extra zing to the season to complement our solid league standing so far in the all important Prem, but more wear and tear on an overstretched squad, with Harry Kane and others, who give everything each game, beginning to show signs that they are, in the end, talented humans and not machines.

Check back as The Spur reacts live to the unfolding Cup clash. Check back as The Spur reacts live to the unfolding Cup clash.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs scuttle Sunderland
Match reactions soon
January 16, 2016 (Ssn 2015/6)
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Sunderland 1
White Hart Lane
US Online: various

Had to miss this one. Reactions on the way. Had to miss this one. Reactions on the way.

Just good to see Eriksen scored a brace because the team has stuttered in alignment with his loss of form recently, and with him and Dembele in top gear the difference in the side is profound. These are arguably two of the absolute key players in the current side along with Lloris and Kane of course.

Next up Leicester in the FA Cup replay this Wednesday, Jan 20th 11:45am Pacific time.

Then in the league it's a fascinating encounter on the menu as Spurs cross town to deepest south-east London for an away showdown with Crystal Palace this Saturday, Jan 23 at 7am Pacific time.


The Spur's Premier league
Where are the Spurs air heads?
Unmarked Huth heads winner
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Leicester City 1
London. Final Score.

2nd half: Amazing second half of action, goal attempts, and top shelf saves, but the Spurs weakness that this site has pointed out multiple times this season -- a horrific failure to defend aerial threats, both from open play but even more so from set pieces. Free header to Robert Huth and he gratefully took it.

First half: Missed the opening 20 mins but apparently THFC started well. Since watching, Spurs wobbly but nil-nil.
Coming up next
Sunderland (H) Jan 16
  
The Spur

Two draws so far this season, away in the league, home in the Cup. Is this the day to break the deadlock? Not so far at the time of writing.

Leicester feel confident they can grab a road win with two strikers on show, Vardy and Okazaki, plus frequent goalscorer and goal-maker Riyad Mahrez.

End of the first half 0:0.


The Spur's FA Cup
Late Kane penalty keeps Spurs in the Cup
Leicester again on Wednesday in the Prem
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 (Ssn 20015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Leicester City 2
White Hart Lane, London, N17.

Massive possession for Tottenham Hotspur in the first half but it all ended even at the break at one all.

Japanese international striker Shinji Okazaki's sheer determination, skillful weaving and dribbling, a fortunate rebound and some help from the post, combined to give Leicester City the lead early in the second half.

The Lilywhites struggled to make an impact as they tried to find a way to threaten, mostly reduced to desperate and unsuccessful long range shots.

But for a highly debatable decision by the ref to give a very late spot kick to Spurs it seemed the 2016 FA Cup was history for the home side. But give it he did, and Harry Kane, on as a sub, powered Spurs back into contention with a replay at King Power to add to the fixture congestion.

Pre-match: Back to back home matches hosting the Foxes. Spurs pried out a point at Leicester in the league courtesy of a point blank range goal from Dele Alli, whose 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.

But now it's the FA Cup, with the home league match to follow.

Of the crowd when we played them at their place, The Spur wrote: "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."

Will the two tribes be able to inject some atmosphere into the Lane as well? They deserve an award if so.

Prior to the season it seemed to be a ridiculous mismatch when Claudio Ranieri and Leicester hooked up. I have to say I thought it was an odd combination, too. Did the Thai owners really know what they were doing?

Apparently the answer is yes, because although it's early days, the East Midland outfit are still flying high.

Check back as The Spur reacts live [internet willing] to the unfolding Cup clash. Check back as The Spur reacts live [internet willing] to the unfolding Cup clash.


Sun, Jan 03, 2016
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur [Prem] 1:1
Goodison Park, LIVE online various -- 8am Pacific

Two terrific goals and at 1:1 at half time this match was destined to end as a tie between these two "draw specialists" as the commentator mentioned.

Aaron Lennon moved inside from his usual wing position to play the role of ex-Spur haunting his former side by dispatching one of best goals of the season.

In reply, Dele Alli conjured a superb finish for a highly deserved equalizer which started as a great multi-pass build-up by the Lilywhites, then a long ball to the new Spurs star, emergent from the Milton Keynes footballing ladder, who gave another demonstration of his myriad talents with a controlled and masterful Kane-like goal to seal a wonderful Tottenham passage of play.

Everton are not a top side, but they are a very good side with a lot of talent, and Spurs should not be too concerned about gaining "only" a point at Goodison Park. It was mighty hard work for both sides, but plenty of action and entertainment including frenetic end to end stuff approaching the conclusion as both sides felt confident they could be the ones to nick it, but a draw was writ large and the result seemed fair.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs 'Free' style at the Lane
Watford vs Spurs match reactions later today, pacific time
Dec 26, 2014 (Ssn 2015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Norwich City 0
Online USA: various
by Rob Francis

If Harry Kane's second goal was a dinger, Tom Carroll's was a sight to behold, and along with the opening goal from the penalty spot, it was finally time for a rendition of "we're gonna score again, it's free or four again" for those 70's era fans watching from around the globe. And it could indeed have been four, five, or even six-nil with Erik Lamela in position for a brace on a day more inclined to reward his flourishing talent.

And Dele Alli was magnificent.

In short, it was one of those love glee jubbly occasions at White Hart Lane with THFC in Xmas party mood on a Boxing Day to remember for north London's white and navy blue army.

As for the Canaries, were they singing their swan song on the way to the second tier? Well they might survive, if United elect to join Chelsea in the championship, as they seem to be bent on.

Pre-match: The BBC Football previewer asked the big question as to which Spurs side will show up: ""The side so fluent in victory at Southampton and so capable of finishing in the top three? Or the team that threw away home points against Newcastle?"

Going into this the Canaries are twelve points shy of Spurs and they seem to be entering a brutal 3 way fight with more fancied Swansea and a revived Newcastle as to who will join Sunderland and Villa in being relegated.

Just as the East Anglians looked like tanking out of the league, they came up with a big win against the wobbly Red Devils at Old Trafford.

But unless they consolidate that with at least a point against us, they remain, let's be honest, prime relegation contenders.

They really need to get something at the Lane in their situation, and we know that we can go very 'Spursy' against desperado relegation battlers.

I've called most of the THFC results correctly recently, but this one is tough even when it shouldn't be. I'm still going for the win. I really think we've turned the corner and can either grind out results or turn on the magic to get points.

I don't think the home loss to the Geordies represents a lack of professionalism or inability to get the job done. Even Arsenal and Manchester City lose matches they should cruise through, from time to time. Ande even Leicester can be held to a draw by teams like....... well.... us.

Gottas love The Guardian's blunt take: "Tottenham should provide a sterner test than Louis van Gaal's insipid Manchester United." Hah. We the best, boyo!

Check back for more.


The Spur's Premiership 2015/16
Thank you Dele much
AWOL start turns into comprehensive victory
December 19, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Southampton 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2
St Mary's
Scorers: Harry Kane 40', Dele Alli 43'

An alarmingly sluggish start by Spurs transformed into a "just get the job done" type of road win that puts to rest any accusation that Tottenham's recent unbeaten run was an overblown testament to their claim to be among the very top Premiership sides.

Thanks to the post-match interview with Harry Kane when the commentator spoilt part of the upcoming MOTD for me by saying that United lost, it is nonetheless exciting to have cracked that oft elusive barrier that effectively denotes the divide between serious contender and wannabe.
Upcoming:
Norwich (H) Sat, Dec 26th, 7am pacific
Watford (A) Mond, Dec 28th, 7am
  
Fixtures

How long it lasts remains to be seen, but I think most Spurs fans would say it could go either way. We can beat Man City, admittedly without their two brightest stars, but also lose at home to a bottom of the table side.

Are we the Spurs that started this game, or the Spurs that finally knows how to grind out points on a regular basis? The third choice, a team that wins with flair and style more often than not, is also on the cards. So interesting times ahead.

Brilliant goals from Kane, involving a very determined move that had Spurs players risk getting their legs broken to create it, and from Dele Alli who has been dodgy of late, but clearly demonstrated once again why he is evolving into a rare English produced gem. A cooly taken goal from a Kyle Walker supplied opportunity that left us grateful to be able to relax and enjoy the rest of the show.

But most opponents are going to show a lot more than Saints did today.

Norwich next. They'll be in confident mood, but just because they beat Man U doesn't mean anything coming up against a big club.

Pre-match: BBC's Lawro predicts a 2:1 win for home side Saints, but I'm sticking my neck out with the reverse scoreline: 1:2 to Spurs.

Of course, this is always a very significant fixture for Spurs whilst Mauricio Pochettino is at the helm because of what John Motson calls his "profound influence" for both clubs, and his success at Southampton, after coming over from Espana, is what caught the eye of the north London giants.

The wheels haven't completely fallen off the Saints' bandwagon recently, but they're in a lull and they need to turn things round with equal urgency as us because neither club can afford to go into a prolonged winter downhill slide.

Gamingtips.org.uk notes: "Ronald Koeman has stressed the importance of keeping criticism behind closed doors, despite Southampton's recent poor form.

"Tottenham will be without Ryan Mason and Clinton Njie. A late decision will be made on Dembele's fitness."

Check back for the build-up for Tottenham Hotspur's visit to the south coast, and we'll take a butcher's at what the other sites reckon about this one. Stay tuned and merry hols to one and all. Don't forget The Spur's Xmas card, preferably with gift.


Sun, December 13, 2015
Spurs 1
Newcastle 2
Full time
Dier heads Spurs ahead, then the big collapse
Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 Newcastle [Prem]
8am pacific
WHL, N17

Dier from a corner puts us ahead. This is a new Spurs. We can grind 'em out [we hope] and break down bus parkers. Or so we thought.

But Euro burn-out reared its ugly head. Spurs looked tired and mentally sluggish. It's affected a lot of other sides too, look no further than Liverpool, Chelsea, and the two Manc outfits. Somehow Arsenal seem relatively immune, but they've wobbled too.

Unfortunately, for the second tier Euro league, it ain't worth it. Now we've got to win it or we've wasted another season.

Palace, free of the Euro stone around their necks, comprehensively dismantled Newcastle at home.

It's not the end of the world. Spurs will bounce back, the talent is still there, and Poch is still building a very decent side. But the reality is you need two squads to be in Europe and remain competitive and fresh enough for domestic success.

Erik Lamela continues the transformation from expensive Bale-funded flop to one of the league's most fluent players currently.

Tempo is down in the second half, concern that Spurs may be taking a breather, grueling calendar 'n all that, which could cost if the Geordies kick into gear.

The injection of Hueng-Min Sun to the mild waving of several Korean flags could pep us up and add some fizz. On that topic, notice how similar the Korean flag and the Pepsi logo are?

Danny Rose does his Hugo Lloris impression and plucks the ball out of the air, conceding a free kick which leads to Mitrovic poking in a scrambled ball, again showing Tottenham's vulnerability from crosses close into the goalmouth. Gotta work on that, but seems nobody else is noticing. Really must watch those match playback videos. Gotta mark the back end opponent. Basic stuff.

Spurs defense is usually good in other respects, but we don't have players who are literally up for it when it comes to those aerial threats.

As the clock runs down it's the home fans desperate for the final whistle. We're grateful for a point against one of the worst teams in the league.

Perez seals the victory for Newcastle from the tightest of angles. Uhnbeaten run is over.


The Spur's Premiership
Albion fight back
Windswept, scrappy & WBA snapping like terriers
December 5, 2015 (Ssn 20015/16)
West Bromwich Alb. 1
Tottenham H. 1
Rob Francis reacting

The strong unfriendly wind gusts pummeled the players and for long stretches it was both sides battling unsuccessfully to control the ball interspersed with efforts at passing movement that quickly broke down, sending the players scurrying back in the direction they had just come from. Back and forth, on and on, major huffing but for all the puffing the wind still blew them all away.

In those conditions it's hard to really evaluate much of anything. Just that Spurs held on to gain their record equalling winning streak, but only thanks to a miracle save from Hugo Lloris and some stout defending, but even that was error prone.

Albion were the expected handful, snapping and closing down like speed freak terriers. They rattled Spurs, both sides showing strong and at times brutal physical commitment, but for all that, unable to do more than share the spoils.

Cartilage Free Captain online fanzine described the match as limp and the result as disappointing, but was more positive about the Spurs goal: "Tottenham opened up their scoring in the 15th minute with a beautiful goal. Toby Alderweireld put in a stunning long-range pass over the West Brom back line. It found Dele Alli in the box between two defenders, and he one-touched the ball past Boaz Myhill."

Yinzer posted on The fighting Cock: "I think people's expectations for results in individual games are a little out of whack. The Premier League has changed pretty significantly over the past few years because of the TV money. All these mid-table clubs have improved a lot and they are nicking more points. I'll bet the League winner and the fourth place finisher end with a lower point total than we are used to.

"Point being that we (like the other top six sides) can't expect to beat all these "shit" teams anymore. Although we were bad today, we got a point. Disappointed with our play, but in the new Prem, I'll take the result."

MAN OF THE MATCH: Like Pat Jennings of old, Hugo Lloris mixes great awareness and lightning sharp reflexes to pull off world class saves that leave you in awe as a spectator.

Pre-match: Very recently we were watching how well Albion did at home to Arsenal, coming from behind to win 2:1. They may not be a top notch side but they're usually no pushover, as one would expect with Tony Pulis as gaffer, and look set to be mid-table mavens rather than relegation battlers by season's end.

Wasn't it a couple of years or so ago at The Hawthorns when Spurs, under Tim Sherwood's brief tenure, bounced back from three down and a missed Ade penalty to nick a point, which felt like a happy ending for the Londoners?

Quite a game that. It was before Harry Kane had risen to certified stardom and people were wondering if he was going to make it, but he scored a great goal, Tottenham's second, from an Aaron Lennon cross.

It was another sign that Kane was on his way up, and in the corresponding fixture a year later -- last season -- he scored twice in a 3-0 THFC victory.

The BBC's Lawro thinks Tottenham's unbeaten 13 game run will come to an end. I think we'll get at least a point out of this, I'm feeling more confident than usual. Also, WBA's home form isn't particularly good. The London Evening Standard shows 86% of online voters favor Spurs as more likely to win at the time of writing this article [I don't recall an option to vote for a draw].

Well, we can predict all we want, let's just hope the sold out allocation of 2,771 traveling Spurs supporters have something solid to celebrate following the trip to the West Midlands.

BBC Football: " Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli will return to the side after missing the draw with Chelsea through suspension. However, fellow midfielder Ryan Mason has been ruled out for around two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury."


The Spur's Premiership 20015/16
Thirteen unbeaten
THFC more threatening but both sides settle for a point
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Chelsea 0
White Hart Lane
US online internet access: various

Not much in it. Times have changed when CFC are having to really work to make an impact, one decent away chance that I can recall in the first half, whereas we've threatened with some great opportunities. But could go either way, one slip up at the back, or a successful counter, and they could nick it. Half way thru. Worrying that we're picking up unnecessary yellows.

Lamela coming on could make the difference one way or t'other. No reason to understand why Chelsea are so far down he table. They are not the unit they once were, but the talent is there with the right manager!

Second half, Son and Lamela combining to fashion some dangerous moves including one of the few goalscoring opportunities so far in the 2nd half.

Both sides a bit more concerned about not losing than winning. But 68th minute Lloris finally called upon to produce a world class save from Hazard.

Sky promoting upcoming Rochdale vs Bury as a perhaps a finer example of football excitement than Spurs passing the ball in their own half with Chelsea watching.

Even had time to start steaming some whole grain Indian imported rice and the Spurs back four were still passing it around, eventually passing to a midfielder who couldn't control and it went into touch.

Pedro doing his Row Z routine from the Bobby Zamora school of shooting. Chelsea looking perhaps to do the Costa routine and trying to get a yellow carded Spur sent off.

Sky pumping "Action women of Britain" or something, coming up soon.

No sign of why CFC are so bad away from home this season other than a lack of team spirit and even a confidence issue. But they seem to have a good shape and can be very quick on the counter.

As for Spurs, definitely showing signs of fatigue from the ends of the earth Europa league traveling, so no disgrace to cancel out a well organized but somewhat indifferent Chelsea outfit.

Noticed that on most one on ones Spurs wanted it more than CFC. The Blues stars don't look like they've abandoned Mourinho, apart from Costa, but they don't seem particularly motivated to give 100%. Just to do enough to contain Spurs and have a few pops now and then.

Even the crowd was amazingly unatmospheric for such a traditionally big game. In a way I can't fault them, Spurs fans craving at least a point and to keep the unbeaten run going, but aware that the visitors could kick in at any moment, and Chelsea's normally arrogant smug racists a lot humbler and subdued this time around -- not used to being the also-rans. Coming up for THFC: away to WBA, Newcastle [h], Southampton [a], Norwich [h], Watford [a]. COYS -- we can accelerate.

Pre-match. Check back for all the reactions fit to print in historically one of the Lane's three most intense home derbies along with West Ham and Arsenal.

Singapore Times: "Pace the key factor against Chelsea but Euro trip may test endurance of Pochettino's side."

Bleacher Report: "The Blues' dominant 3-0 home victory at the start of December gave way to a 5-3 New Year's Day mauling by a Harry Kane-inspired Spurs. Two months later, in the Capital One Cup final, Jose Mourinho's men responded by shutting their neighbours down from the off. Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa secured the trophy."
In the premier league era, this is the best team we have ever had.  
dustin, thtvmb

"Riding high in the Premier League table, Sunday will provide Tottenham a further chance to provide a significant boost to their title chances, with the added bonus of dealing a another blow to Chelsea's traumatic season. Seemingly implausible at the start of the campaign, Tottenham will go into the clash at White Hart Lane 10 points above a club that have long reigned over them in London."

International Business Times: "Tottenham have only finished above Chelsea once in the past 20 years, and even then Chelsea's victory in the Champions League that season cost Spurs a rare place in Europe's premier competition. The gulf between the clubs really grew when Roman Abramovich began pouring his billions into Chelsea in 2003, a fact made all the more painful for Tottenham fans because the Russian oligarch had also expressed an interest in buying their club."

BBC Football "Tottenham are without midfielder Dele Alli, who serves a ban for accumulating five bookings. Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose are set to return after being rested on Thursday, when Spurs beat Qarabag in Azerbaijan."

Check back for all the reactions fit to print in historically one of the Lane's three most intense home derbies along with West Ham and Arsenal.

Massive fixture.


Europa League:
Spurs go thru to knockout stages....
"Har-reeeeeee Kay-Kay-Kane, he's gone and done it again, Har-reeeeeee Kay-Kay-Kane, he's gone and done it again"
FK Quarabag vs Tottenham H. 0:1 [Final Score]
It's Thanksgiving Day in the USA, and let's give thanks to all the people, Levy down to the tea-person, and especially the hardcore supporters who travel to the ends of the earth for games likes this, who have made our undying allegiance to this club worth a lit bit of happiness down the road, actually, now!







The Spur's Premiership
Harry's a hot Spur
4:1 final. Emphatic and resounding for Spurs

"ee'eck
we're
roobish"
Nov 22, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Tottenham Hotspur 4
West Ham Utd 1
White Hart Lane. RF reacting.

Harry Kane with a typical top shelf sharpshooter's brilliant turn and fire. No surprise that the on-fire Dembele and Alli were part of the build-up, but "one of our own" has truly rediscovered his amazing touch and deserves the major credit for this "goal of the THFC season" contender.

Although their style is very different, we have a modern day Jimmy Greaves playing for Tottenham Hotspur. Let's trust we can keep him from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

And then Toby Alderweireld makes it two with a sensational flying header into the Park Lane goal from a pinpoint Eriksen corner.
We try

Even Harry's human, fluffing that one-on-one which would've sunk West Ham even before the break, but 'twas not to be. Also not to be: any talk of him being a one season wonder. So now we just wanna hear the chant ring out at the final whistle at the Lane: "Two nil and we didn't eff it up!"

Wow. This is the Spurs we've waited for for decades. It's here. We've arrived. The future is now, 'n all that. Tottenham fans have attained the Pure Land. OK, calm down. Minor issue of the second half.

Second half and 50th minute sees Harry nab his eighth league of the season, another nice finish and provided by Alli.
Total shambles and this could end up being embarrassing.  
noble man, KUMB mb

As I write with half an hour to go, Spurs three up, and this is party time for the Spurs players who look they're really having fun, and getting paid handsomely to do so. And when Kyle Walker put the boot in, literally, to put Spurs four up, he was clearly having a great time, even if he did lose his concentration moments later to allow the visitors a consolation goal. Great feed by Son, too.

All in all, an absolutely brilliant and stellar experience for everyone who follows the fortunes of THFC.

Pre-match: Absolutely brilliant stuff watching Albion beat Arsenal 2:1 after being a goal down and then bouncing back, only for the goons to have a chance of equalizing right near the end but fluffing the spot kick. It's the only result I know about because I want to watch Match of the Day 2 on Sunday, having had to work on Saturday.

So Sunday is quite the day: Spurs v Hammers in the morning Cali time and then all the other match highlights on, as I say, MOTD2, in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, back to the matter in hand, It's always been a big 'un because the two clubs traditionally vie for a large chunk of fan support from the overlapping territories of north-east London and adjacent suburban Essex county.

Yahoo UK: "Late goals from Danny Rose and Harry Kane salvaged a point the last time Tottenham hosted West Ham at White Hart Lane and the Hammers will be inspired by previous away wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City already this season."

"Erik Lamela's one-game suspension for Spurs will be offset by the expected return of Son Heung-min to the starting line-up."


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs held but ascendant
Harry puts hot Spurs ahead, but THFC loses aerial battle
Arsenal 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Nov 8, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
DH filling in for RF

We couldn't defend in the air. That's the only thing that let us down. Where's Mike England when you need him?

Other than that, we showed that we've arrived, thanks to Poch and everyone who helped build this team, and we can not only give anyone a run for their money, but outplay them.

We did this after playing three stacked games with barely a breather between them. And it's the second consecutive time we've drawn 1:1 with them on their patch meaning: advantage Spurs.

RF back to update late tonight, meanwhile DH doing my best impersonation."Long ball over the top [from Danny Rose] and Kane keeps his composure," bellows the commentator as Kane gives THFC a 0:1 lead at Ars, with Spurs shading it over the impostors who only had one proper chance at a goal, but with them, that can all change on a dime. [This was the first half].

AFC started very lively and looked like it could be a siege, but gradually Spurs were thinking hang about, we can do this lot!

Back for the 2nd half. Watching on the run. Alternating between Cric visuals and T'sport audio.
Next: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
Sun, Nov 22 [8am pacific time]

  
The Spur

Pre-match: We drew one all there in the corresponding fixture last season in late September of last year, and The Spur's headline was "Point made, Poch".

It was a good way to start the day of sporting action the led on to the Ryder Cup. Surely most THFC supporters were chuffed with the away point.

The Spur said of that game: "our new manager really does seem to have the ability to gel this team and start to get the best out of the individual players, and not to shy away from mixing in new talent with the established ones, even in one of the biggest games of the campaign."

After the wobbly first phase of the first half, I thought we might get torn apart defensively and midfield after the break, but it was impressive how the likes of Eric Dier and Ryan Mason handled a big occasion like this. It didn't phase them. They not only coped, but played like they deserved to be there.

Chadli scored for Spurs, followed by a stellar save from Lloris foiling Mertesacker's shot. Arsenal equalize via Chamberlain. Lamela involved in both goals.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Hugo Lloris was MOM in last season's corresponding fixture. Towering aerial confidence, single-minded bravery, a superb shot stop, all frustrated the home side no end.


Thurs, Nov 5, 2015
Anderlecht:
wot, their happy
faces again?
Dembele is the winning strike
Tottenham Hotspur vs Anderlecht 2:1 [Europa]
USA online various

It was on its way to being one of those "why are we in this?" moods when the Moose not only changed the outcome but served up a bloody brilliant strike.

Turned a bit of a flop of of a game into a celebration, and a high note on which to play the game that really matters: at Arsenal on Sunday.

Pre-match: Crazy crazy schedule with Arsenal coming up just a few days later. This is insane.

Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon. Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon.

Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon. Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur pre-match coming up. Match kicks off Sunday, Nov 8, 8am Pacific Time  
The Spur

Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon. Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon.

Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon. Please check back for reactions of Anderlecht at home, and then build up to Arsenal away, all coming soon.


The Spur's Premiership
Lamela and Kane foil Villa comeback
Spurs suddenly getting "bigged up" from media, but two shaky opponents
November 02, 2015 (Ssn 2014/15)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Aston Villa 1
WHL, London N17
By Dremo Hurdle

A seeming walkover 2:0 lead to the Tottenham could so easily have, all of a sudden, gone pear shaped when Villa finally rallied, got a soft one back, and started laying siege. It was, shall we say, uncomfortable for the home side who had been cruising until then.

But then a beautiful combination in the form of Erik Lamela playing into an unmarked Harry Kane who made his goal look so easy, when in reality it was an awkward feed from the Argentine, played too far behind the Spurs striker, who nonetheless dispatched with authority into the Paxton goal to the huge relief of the faithful, and to the utter glee of the duo of themselves.

Indeed, the whole team celebrated as one -- you can see these lads are now playing for each other, and for the gaffer, with an almost "us against the world" sense of defiant camaraderie.

Maybe that description is a bit over the top considering we only beat the bottom team at home, and we've had a couple of accommodating opponents in the last two league games. Few other sides will let us romp with such joyous abandon.

Are the misfits fitting together? Is the emphasis on youth and giving younger or fringe players the chance to prove themselves on the big stage, an idea spawned by, yes, Tim Sherwood, paying dividends?

We've certainly unearthed a bargain-priced gem in Dele Alli, and that goal of his, THFC's second of the game, was very cooly taken. Rather brilliant.

Pre-match: Won't be updating during or immediately after the match owing to work commitments but check back soon for all the reactions fit to print.

In the corresponding match two seasons ago, one which ensured Tottenham Hotspur's re-entry into the Europa league, Tim Sherwood ended his reign as club gaffer on a solidly high note, showing humour and passion in equal measure, and above all a more relaxed bloke than when he took over.

He had done what he could under the circumstances and, for all the gasping for air inevitable when someone jumps into the managerial deep end from the end of a pirate's plank, with no-one on board willing to lend a hand, he earned his honorary Spurs, plus the doff of a Tottenham beanie hat.

With the ship righted Spurs continued to progress after his [as it turned out] temporary tenure phased out with season's end, soon to herald the era of the Poch.

Since then of course Sherwood came to and got bumped from Villa. For what it's worth, I don't think he can be held responsible for Villa's awful situation at the bottom of the league -- seems like good players were sold from under him, and the club is in a mess from top down.

But that's for the grand ol' brummie club to sort out -- we've been there and done that, and somehow survived.

It's obviously a match we should win and that I don't have to hide behind the couch to watch, which is good because the movers just took it out to the van.

Should be interesting. Check back for more build-up.


The Spur's Premiership 2015/16
Five-one to Spurs, Full time
Borm'f in disarray as Harry nabs hattrick
"AFCB's South End
blog predicts
a 1-1 draw"
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 (Ssn 20015/16)
AFC Bournemouth 1
Tottenham Hotspur 5
South coast of Inglaterra
US TV & online: Live.

Well we won't get more a more generous opposition this season, I doubt. Matt Richie put the home-side ahead in the first minute and the Euro-skeptics brandished their fountain pens in glee with tales of how burned out we looked, but the Cherries effectively gifted us three goals back, appreciatively accepted by Kane, Dembele, and Lamela.

Second half and the feed goes kaput, so watching United vs City's nil-niller. Beeb describes goal #4: "Christian Eriksen floats over a delicious cross into the box and Kane shows his predatory instincts to slide the ball home from close range."

BBC tracker again [feed still AWOL]: "Artur Boruc can't hold a header at goal by Toby Alderweireld and he drops it at the feet of Kane, who gobbles up the chance to complete his treble."

"Just when you expect Spurs to let you down they WOW you out," gushes Dragonfish.

Got the feed back, but on 23 minute delay. Seriously. Still, with the tracker and the delayed stream, not too bad, coz the United-City stalemate was getting a bit naff.

"Down with the Chelsea, yer goin' down with the Chelsea, down with the Chelsea," crowed the Spurs fans followed by the Eriksen -sen -sen chant.

Pre-match: Michael Owen: "The Cherries have found the back of the net in their last seven PL games but I expect Spurs to have too much for Eddie Howe's side who have had more than their share of injuries." [courtesy Beeb c/o AFCB South End blog].

The Prem is back after the boring Euro finals qualifier internationals and the lame ass Euro thingy. The Prem - as real is it gets!

AFCB are an unknown quantity but they have done better than expected. They seemed certs to get pummeled from day one, but turns out got off to a right ol' rama-lama-ding-dong dawn to their day in "the only league that mattersTM". Only recently has the reality of what they've got themselves into begun to sink in and, although only 6 pts behind Spurs, are fourth from bottom. Being thrashed by Manchester City in their previous league game was the reality check that ended their honeymoon.

Our goal is to make that early dawn even more false! Much respect to them, but we desperately need a win down on the retirement coast.

"Vincent Tan, Vincent Tan, loves his red and eats his spam, ooh ah ooh ah aye...."

OK, the above Cardiff City song has nowt to do with this match but I couldn't help a quick burst of that Welsh "near classic".

The hope for the home side is that injuries and a chronic failure to ignite in the goalscoring department, including Kane being so off-form, have raised question marks about the north London visitors, who have gone a bit stale recently.

Tottenham's defeat at Anderlecht also indicated a side that's overstretched and lacking freshness or inspiration.

BBC's Lawro: "Tottenham are well-organised defensively and they should have too much for Bournemouth."

Hotspurhq webzine reminds us that Pochettino won manager of last month and that's a sure kiss of death for the following. Funny how that happens so often.


Thurs, Oct 22, 2015
Anderlecht:
nicht slecht
Europa league: love it or leave it?
Anderlecht vs Tottenham Hotspur 2:1 [Europa]
USA online various

Maybe The Spur's mention of striker Stefano Okaka as Anderlecht star watch, adding that he was useless in The Europa, tempted Fate to bite back.

Poch is a great actor and looked like he really was furious. Everyone else breathed a sigh of relief. Down to third and maybe we can bow out of this making it look like we really tried.

The days of the second tier European club competition being worthwhile are over. The world is moving on. And clubs like Spurs are getting left behind, overstretched and unable to stretch to the kind of multi-million roster to cover the myriad competitions that must be tackled every campaign.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur pre-match coming up. Match kicks off Sunday 6:05am Pacific Time  
The Spur

There will be some who disagree, but we are better off out of this. The League is now the only thing that matters in the modern English business of professional association football. Do well in the Prem, and the European Champions league will come a kockin' [Or even knockin' -- Ed.]. Do oh-kay, and you end up getting Quarabagged.

And that's as painful as it sounds.

Pre-match: It's very hard not to be cynical or negative about the Europa League. Mounting injuries and burn-out only add to the doubts about taking this thing seriously.

But I do watch it, only this time other commitments mean catching it when I get home after the fact, watching this on Foxsoccer online replay mode.

Anderlecht star watch? Striker Stefano Okaka. Good thing for us is that, so far anyway, he's bombed in the Europa league, despite knocking 'em in for fun in the league.

Bleacher Report: THFC "have the equal-best defence in England but their floundering attack has proven an Achilles heel.

Spurs sit atop Group J after two matches and can all but eliminate their Belgian rivals with a win. Alternatively, should Anderlecht find a way to win, the group could be gridlocked with three games to play."

BBC: "They take on an Anderlecht side who are without a win in their last five European matches, but secured a convincing 4-0 win at Waregem in the league last time out."

Sportsmole: "The Belgian club are still searching for their first three points of the group."


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs clip Klopp
Eriksen and Kane combine for great chance in otherwise stalemate
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 (Ssn 20015/16)
Tottenham H. 0
Liverpool 0
by Rob Francis
USA: various online and TV, 4:45am pacific

Klopp already tightened up the Liverpool defence and the first thing that jumped out was how quickly they closed Tottenham down, snuffing out almost everything the home side tried to conjure.

Very few chances in a result that suits both sides so it was almost inevitable. Spurs needed to stem the tide of a string of defeats to the Reds, and Pool needed to get Klopp's era off to a respectable and acceptable start.

So, no surprise, a 0:0 draw and a big anti-climax after all the hype. But a result that works for both regimes, although Poch will make a bigger showing of disappointment, with Juergen clearly enjoying his new job and looking tanned and relaxed. Cool for them, I suppose.

A decent result in the end for THFC but an expensive day out for the crowd to see a paucity of shots in a game big on hype, hustle, and closing down, but starved of stand-out quality.

It was a day to avoid a defeat, not to gain a glorious victory, and the motto seemed to be, for all of Klopp's talk about being free to make mistakes in the quest for glory: "Not to dare is to gain a point."

Pre-match: Gegenpressing, a Guardian look at the style we might see Klopp develop with Liverpool.

Guardian: "It will be fascinating to see how the German lines up his team against in-form opponents, with Thursday's loss of Danny Ings to a season-ending injury likely to have affected his plans late on. Regardless, expect a positive start from the men in red."

Back in August of last year Spurs lost at home to Liverpool in the league by three unanswered goals.

Spurs rarely had any kind of grip on the game, despite having far more possession. When they did try to come forward, there were few options against the visitors who had everything covered.

Livepool moved the ball around with speed, accuracy, and purpose, and every forward sweep contained a threat.

This was in sharp contrast to the rampant Lilywhite optimism that preceded the match.

Well, this time Liverpool have a new manager and the media are all over Jurgen Klopp's first time in charge which unfolds at the Lane.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs fight back to take a point
Eriksen bouncing back, now can Harry?
8am pacific time, online
October 4, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Swansea City 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Rob Frantic reacted

First Spurs match I missed viewing "live" online this season, and according to the Guardian I missed "an absorbing spectacle, Tottenham probing away and Swansea generally content to wait their moment before countering."

I did see the goals and brief highlights on the online international sports news and it's great to see Eriksen regaining his skills, especially from dead balls, after his bout with injury. When Kane rediscovers his form, this dynamic duo could get dangerous especially with the likes of Son added to the mix.

Despite this slight anti-climax after beating Citeh to be honest I'm more upbeat about the beloved Lilywhites than I've been in ages. The chemistry is happening.

Tottenham had more possession, and we had 11 on target shots compared with a measly 2 for Swans, one which went in. They needed Harry Kane's own goal to make up the numbers, so you could argue they were very lucky lads on this occasion.

But many Spurs fans online have pointed out that Harry Kane looks burned out. Poch is getting obsessed with the Europa league, and since the Prem is also the world's most love glee jubbly everything at this point in history, Harry's getting seriously overworked.

Pre-match: To be honest, I can't remember much of last seasons's league visit to Swansea, a 1:2 win, I might have been working, but I did enjoy the season before last at the Swans, an excellent 1:3 win for Spurs as Tim Sherwood's reign went from strength to strength, with a brace from Adebayor.

But that was then and this is now. Tim single handedly revived Adebayor's Spurs career after he had been shunned by AVB, but after a truly impressive bounce-back during Tim's short tenure, Manny's star faded, along with Tim's own current woes as he now scratches his head for a way to avoid relegation bossing Aston Villa.

Well, one thing for me ain't changed -- I'm out and about missing this match live on the i/net and a work meeting is one of the culprits [the joys of being self-employed]. However, I think it's the first match of the season I won't be seeing real-time online, so not a bad life, eh.

So reactions will be witheringly late for this one, pop pickers. But do check back because react I surely will, and also include global reactions to boot.

Bleacher Report: "Heung-Min Son is out after suffering a foot injury against Manchester City."

Cartilage free captain: "The Swans currently sit in 12th place in the table with nine points, in the midst of an up and down season. Swansea have been led by their strong defense, which has only allowed one home goal in the league thus far this season. The centerback duo of Ashley Williams and Federico Fernandez have been strong in front of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. In attack, the trio of Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Ayew, and Gylfi Sigurdsson have led the Swans while Jonjo Shelvey has emerged the main distributor from midfield."

Planet Swans

Swansea blog pierre91 was a good read for previous encounters but seems it dried up many moons ago.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs rampant as Kane kicks in
Dazzling goals from super Spurs including Lamela
September 26, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Manchester City 1
Various online 4:45am
White Hart Lane, London N17. Rob Frantic watched.

It just keeps getting better. Erik Lamela pays back a large chunk of his fee with some sublime vision and footwork culminating in Tottenham's fourth, yes fourth, goal as Spurs are now actually running riot over City. Not to forget Erik's chance to shine was created by superb build-up work from the lively Clinton N'Jie.

Very very impressive, albeit with the offside rule temporarily suspended when Spurs were in possession almost throughout the entirely of the game, although Lamela's crowning goal, and did I mention the fourth for THFC, proved to be onside as well as brilliant.

Well if Eric Dier impressed with a first timer into the net, Harry Kane came up with his own version, and after a 12 hrs 28 mins wait, the drought is over. Props to Eriksen for a terrific free kick, and it was the rebound that Kane so perfectly poached.

Finally a chance to put the kettle on 'coz it's still very early morning here on the west coast of N America. We've got a cushion against the table toppers and I can relax and enjoy the moment.

Gotta say that with so many of their stars injured, City are not their usual threatening selves despite controlling a lot of the first half and going a goal up.

Incredible. Spurs score from a corner as Toby rises to the occasion. From behind, the Lilywhites are in front. Amazing.

A dazzling Eric Dier low first time strike as the ball ricoched out to him near the edge of the box gave Spurs the vital equalizer seconds before the half-time whistle and setting us up nicely for a final 45 on even terms.

It's gonna be a tough second half to get a point out of this but the fact that we're giving them a game is itself refreshing and bodes well for the development of Poch's project.

Pre-match: Recent previous encounters against City revealed a difference in class, talent, and teamwork between the two sides that was wider than a sky blue mile of the Moon River.

BBC Football: "Tottenham defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will return after being rested for the League Cup defeat against Arsenal. Ryan Mason should be available again after a knee injury but Nabil Bentaleb remains on the sidelines."

They also rub in that "City have beaten Spurs eight times in the last nine meetings". Ouch.

Rantsport: "The best in the league versus the perennial strivers who are finally starting to wake up. Can Spurs be the next West Ham or are they just another footnote in the steady march to City's league dominance?"

The build-up never stops, in fact sometimes it never starts, here at The mighty Spur.

You know what? Let's ******* those *******. Give fitba back to the masses!


The Spur's League Cup
Flamini nabs the winner
Spurs fail to find 2nd equalizer
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Arsenal 2

Wed, Sept 23, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Full-time

First half: Well I've got spoilt with good streams in the past but I'm on the move and right now the stream is buffering so much it's barely watchable. Anyway, half time.

All the results at half time pretty predictable so far, the bigger clubs beating the smaller with the predictable exception of Liverpool who suffered a Carlisle equalizer by Derek Asamoah. Remember that name? The dude specializes in giant-baiting. Good for him. [Later on it transpired that Newcastle got knocked out at home to Sheffield Wednesday].

Second half: Way better stream and way better looking for Spurs, who equalize around 57th min. Own goal. And now Kane's getting his old skills back with a great effort cleared off the line around the 66th minute.

Son, who scored the winner against Palace, comes on as a sub to strong applause.

Have to admit, that Flamini goal was amazing, latching onto a high arcing deflection into the area. Really disappointing though as Spurs were kicking into gear, but where was the hunger in defence to stop an opponent simply barreling in like that and owning the floating ball.


The Spur's Premiership
A Mason Ace
"We are staying up, say we are staying up!"
Sun, Sept 13, 2015 (Ssn 2015/16)
Sunderland 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Rob Francis reacts

Instant reaction
An absolutely top shelf build-up by a string of switched-on Spurs men created the much awaited moment when north London blue finally found a way to win a league fixture.

Ryan Mason accepted his teammates' terrific supply line and slotted in the only goal of a high energy encounter, as both sides, especially Sunderland it has to be said, with ex-spur Jermain Defoe a live spark hitting the post and creating lots of problems for Tottenham's defence, surged forward at every opportunity.

In the end, it was a case of who would make the conversion -- it always looked like one goal would do the trick -- and on this occasion, it was us.
Upcoming fixtures:

Thurs, Sept 17: Spurs v FK Quarabag 12n
Sun, Sept 20: Spurs v Palace 5:30am

Daily Mail: "The visitors pinned much of their hope on Heung-Min Son, the most expensive Asian player in history and someone Mauricio Pochettino no doubt believed would combine effectively with Harry Kane on his debut. But the Son did not shine at the Stadium of Light.

"The one moment of inspiration came in the form of an Erik Lamela pass that invited Mason to finish a move he started. It was a fine finish and courageous too, given how heavily he was caught by Costel Pantilimon after chipping the advancing Sunderland goalkeeper. He departed the game triumphant but on a stretcher, nursing what looked like a nasty ankle injury."

Preview
We usually do well against Sunderland and we really need a win to get this season out of the doldrums. They don't have a win either. It's too early for this, but it does have a bit of a relegation fight atmosphere about it.

It's a very early morning kick-off Pacific time but I'll be there, well here anyway, with me home made brekkers and pot of Trader Joe's Irish tea.

I'n mot exactly quaking in my boots over Fabio Borini's potential return debut for Sunderland, but since it's us, he could pick up a debutante hat trick.

Spurs created chances against Everton but aren't putting them away, nothing new there.

In our report from two seasons ago on this corresponding fixture, the visit to the Black Cats, Sunderland supporter 'oh vinoir' posted on the Guardian comments: "The Spurs away support was immense today. That's as loud and passionate an away team support I've seen in a while." Let's hope our fans have something to make a noise about.

Sky Football: "South Korean forward Heung-Min Son could make his Tottenham debut this weekend, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino."

Goal.com: "At the Stadium of Light, the hosts are without a victory in their last five PL meetings with Spurs, (D2 L3)."

Spurs Odyssey: " We played this fixture on the same date last year. (Sunderland 2 Spurs 2) It was Saturday last year, but will be played on Sunday lunch-time this week. The referee last year was Craig Pawson, and he will be in charge this week. Two of his supporting officials will also be the same as last year.

That's as far as we want the deja vu to go, because Spurs frittered away two points. A year ago, Adebayor was first choice, and Harry Kane was on the bench."


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.

Pre-match:

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 Eriksen. Four Four Two rated him Asia's #1 player last Spring.


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
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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.


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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.


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