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girl warns guy not to go to tottenham

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

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Football ramble blog -- link updated sept 13


That match against Arsenal, also on u tube

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

Links to Official Spurs USA Supporters Clubs:

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

Los Angeles: LA Spurs

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

Spurs' smashing Stateside tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today's match features two teams with similar records.

The midwestern outfit takes a break from their MLS season this one. They have recently drawn with Kansas and Philadelphia, both ending 1:1. They beat Atlanta and New England. But their last match was a heavy loss at the Earthquakes in northern California. After today, Chicago take on the Whitecaps followed by Columbus and then New York.
Shameful Chicago offer cut price Fire v Spurs tix to Chelsea fans, then renege. Click badge for link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tottenham Hotspur: line-up


Walker Dawson Vertonghen Rose

Paulinho Capoue Dembele

Townsend Chadli


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

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

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

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

The Beautiful Game: Remember when

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

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

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

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

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

Thurs, Oct 1, 2015
Final: One apiece
AS Monaco 1:1 Tottenham Hotspur [Europa]
10 am pacific
Reactions soon

Our second foray of the campaign into the wacky world of this season's Europa League sees Spurs denied an away victory, thanks to a Lamela goal, denied by a relatively late Monaco equalizer.

"Fair result...poor second half from us...too many backwards passes. Considering it was our first team I hoped for a little better, but a draw away is good. If we can beat them at the Lane we should win the group." -- Justin, FC forum

"Pochettino is a peculiar brand of manager who on the one hand says Kane is tired and yet plays him from the start in this game. You can only ask so much of players." - whatathruball, shelfside spurs forum

Check back for more reactions.

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)

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 2015/6
Son shines at the Lane
Spurs pass Palace test on Super Son Day
Sept 20, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Crystal Palace 0
White Hart La. N17
Online: various

Well we asked if Heung-Min Son was going to be a Europa and League Cup kind of guy who would perhaps "do a Soldado" where the promise wouldn't translate to the all-important league grind: turns out us doubters were hugely relieved to witness his skills making the difference in a stiff test for Spurs against high-flying London neighbors and visitors, Crystal Palace.

Talking of local neighbors, it's Arsenal in the League Cup on Wednesday.

In this match THFC keeper Hugo Lloris had little to do, but when called, was on his game, especially the top shelf denial of Eagles midfielder Bakary Sako.

Along with Son himself, let's also mention that Lamela created the scoring move, feeding Eriksen who in turn supplied the rising Korean star.

PRE-MATCH: Are Palace really now better than Spurs, or will the prior pecking order be restored as early season anomalies sort themselves out? That's really one of the main strands that will thread through this mouth-watering capital city encounter.
Should an attacking trio of Eriksen-Son-Lamela be known as Erik ErikSon?"  
human being in croydon, not 606 forum

Tottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace early doors Sunday morning pacific time. Check back for build-up and your reactions across the sites, forums, and chat rooms around the globe as this crucial north-east versus south-east London derby unfolds in all its glory.

Tottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace early doors Sunday morning pacific time. Check back for build-up and your reactions across the sites, forums, and chat rooms around the globe as this crucial north-east versus south-east London derby unfolds in all its glory.

Thurs, Sept 17, 2015
FK Quarabag:
massive club
Nice one, Son. Make that two.
Tottenham Hotspur vs FK Quarabag [Europa] 3:1
Final score

Our first foray into the wacky world of this season's Europe League, that bizarre contest that is designed to keep wannabes like THFC out of the top four of the far more important domestic league.

One realizes that the Europa is now a potential passport to the Champions League. But ironically, even the Champions League has, as of this season, clearly been itself relegated to second spot after the now almighty Premiership, as the English clubs are starting to play second string players and keeping the stars for the weekend premiership games. The world is changing.

Watching this on Foxsoccer online replay mode, and after going one down at home, Korean Heung-Min Son wins his Spurs with a brace to put THFC two-one ahead.
"Alli was very good, Carroll showed some nice bits and pieces and Son put his chances away nicely."  
please not poll, not 606 forum

Poch is clearly taking the Europa seriously, fielding a strong team, which is baffling with all hands needed on deck for what is proving to be a grueling league campaign. So all the more embarrassing to go a goal down.

Luckily the Son arose this time and now the question is, will he "do a Soldado" and shine only in the minor competitions, proving a dud in the league, or is this a sign that he can indeed flourish on the biggest stage?

Meanwhile, great to see Kane and Lamela combining to score the third as the Lane breathed a mild sigh of relief, mostly grateful that Lamela's confidence should be further boosted. He had a good game at Sunderland but until this goal was ineffectual up until now.

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."

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." "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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stoke being kept mostly well under wraps so far.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur.

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