The Spur, Since 1999. "Spurs, a traditional transitional football club"

Surrounding league fixtures:

5: Arsenal (a) 1:1 drawn
19: West Ham United (h) 3:2 won
26: Chelsea (a) 2:1 lost

3: Swansea City (h) 5:0 won
10: Manchester United (a) 1:0 lost
14: Hull City (h) 3:0 won
18: Burnley (h) 2:1 won
28: Southampton (a) 1:4 won

1: Watford (a) 1:4 won
4: Chelsea (h)
14: West Bromwich Albion (h)
21: Manchester City (a)
31: Sunderland (a)

Originally scheduled dates. Some fixtures get moved owing to TV rescheduling.

European Champions League
Top form Lloris saves penalty but Spurs slip out of CL
FC Monaco vs Tottenham H. 2:1 [Final Score]
11.45 am US pacific, Nov 22
USA various TV & online

Verdict: Poch made the right decision to keep the main focus on the Premier league including an away match with Chelscum on the weekend. All said, a club and a manager lives or dies by its performance in the domestic league, especially one as important as the #1 sporting league in the world. No professional would do it any other way. We don't have the squad or the player experience yet to do both with what we've got. Whether we like this or not, that's the reality.

Yes, Leicester are through to the KO stages but they suck in the Prem. Their fans won't mind, but the ownership and management of THFC wouldn't go for that priority. Lucrative though this year's CL is, it's better to do finish top four in the league and, ironically, qualify for next year's Champions league. Sounds bizarre, but that's modern fitba biz.

Now, it will be interesting to see how our 2nd XI does in trying to continue in what becomes the Europa league qualification showdown. Don't get too addicted to that "adventure", but at least a chance for squad players to keep honing their skills and working together, all on the big stage.

...and now back to the real world, the Prem. Can't flaff around with these cups all day.

Second-half: So I nip out at half time and b'time I get back three goals have been scored. I thought the commercials would still be on. Still, got to see a world class reaction save to tip a point blank Glik first-timer over the top. This is one of a series of top quality saves that make the French international man of the match, no doubt.

Meanwhile nothing changed and so its goodnight from him and goodbye from us as we return right after these brief but persuasive words from our sponsors, don't go away, more reactions soon.

First-half: Since the very wobbly start the 1st half has become a scrappy back and forth with only one other major event being a Monaco player tackling Harry Kane to the ground and then unceremoniously stamping on his backside, somehow not getting even a yellow when surely it was an immediate red.

Woh. Lloris saves a Falcao penalty in the opening minutes, then moments later called to maker another lifesaving save. Spurs in disarray at the back. Never a dull moment.

Commentators noting how much Spurs desperately missing Vertonghen / Alderweireld partnership.

Pre-match: BBC Football reminds us that "Spurs could be knocked out in the group stage if they fail to win" however they give us a boost by adding "Tottenham have yet to concede a goal in their two away games in the Champions League this season."

The problem is it looks like Monaco rarely concede goals at home in the Champions League.

Going into this, Monaco are second in the French top division so there's no question they are a good side, even ahead of Paris Saint Germain on goal difference.

Odds are on them winning or at least this being a draw. On our day we have the talent to pull off a surprise, but it would be a brave person to put a lot of $ on us for this one.

Thing is, many of us are still glowing from the amazing comeback to beat West Ham at home last Saturday, combined with our point at Arsenal, so that whichever way this goes it's hard to not to remain upbeat, even if our attention is turned exclusively to domestic encounters for the rest of this season.

It does seem that clubs that don't have European football seem to have an advantage by being fresher for the Prem, Chelsea and Liverpool being cases in point, so there's a big silver lining even if we get KO'd, unless we have to go into the dreaded Europa league.

That said, to get into the knockout stages of the CL is a big deal and it's where the competition really does start to grip the imagination, so let's enjoy the Tuesday football and see what happens.

European Champions League
Spurs and Wembley don't gel
Tottenham Hotspur 0:1 B. Leverkusen
12.45 pm pacific, November 02, 2016
Fee Perpetual reporting

Can't talk much right now due to huge workload. How much? Hyoooj. But the time has come to face up to it, THFC are in a lull. After the impressive victory over Man City on Oct 2 the side has gone six ******* games without a win, they look stale, disjointed, and toothless. Yes we're still tough to beat, we still have one of the best defences, but that's about it, and it won't be enough. What's most worrying is the chemistry is missing, something is out of whack. I can't come up with the technical reasons or the solutions so for now I'll leave that to more expert analysis, and get back to you when I sift thru the material offered.

But if we can't come up with something pretty pronto then the visit to Arsenal in a few days ain't gonna be pretty.

I think losing Toby to injury was obviously a blow, but I didn't realize how much. Harry's absence actually didn't hinder for us for a while, but nobody else now seems capable of replacing him.

And we should have the squad to overcome a few injuries that inevitably occur. If not, we out of our depth and not properly prepared for what we knew would be an intense, fixture saturated campaign.

Pre-match: BBC Football reminds us that, in the away fixture to Bayer, Spurs dominated possession but the home side had better chances in the goalless draw. They also note that Moussa Sissoko is avialable for selection because his ban only applies to domestic matches.

I tuned in late for that game but it seemed, especially after the break, Spurs looked to be hanging on for dear life. Bayer were not only closing down but taking it to the highest level by cutting off any passing options, and it was really getting to the visitors who didn't seem to know how to cope.

Bayer looked a good well-coached side, surprising to see them only solidly mid-table in the Bundesliga.

Hugo Lloris was a lifesaver in that game in Germany. At the other end, the Leverkusen goalie had very little to do.

Can Spurs find goals at home, and can they shake off the hoodoo of playing at Wembley that also negatively affected Arsenal in the same venue?

New Season 2016/17 links

Season preview from Aug 6, 2016

Matchlight replays, highlights, etc.

European Champions League
Toby heads one back for Spurs just before halftime, but that's it, folks
Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 FC Monaco [Full time]
USA various 11.45a Pac. Sept 14
Mauricio Pochettino said it would be the same as playing Stoke, and I started worrying from that point on, it seemed a tad Trumpesque to be throwing down lines like that.

And it wasn't much like playing Stoke, other than one side started full steam ahead with pace and determination [Spurs this time instead of Stoke] but then fizzled after a goal against the run of play, and once a goal down became vulnerable to concede more.

Unlike Stoke, though, Tottenham did find a way back into the game, but couldn't progress further than a well taken set piece to equalize before the break.

Second half. "Obdurate" Monaco, to use the commentator's adjective, professionally shut out Tottenham Hotspur's unconvincing second half attempts to recover at least a point.

Still, it looked like a great, historic night and there were signs of good things to come from the squad that Poch has assembled. But right now they are just impressive names on a list, but with a combined effect that is less than the sum of their parts.

What a match so far at half time. Not the scoreline we wanted, but props to the lads for coming back from two down with a top shelf Toby Alderwiereld header from a Lamela corner close to half time to make it game on again for the 2nd half.

Bradley Allen on the BBC Football site: "What a fabulous 45 minutes of football! Spurs came out of the traps well but were cruelly punished for a couple of lapses in concentration. It looked tough but they showed spirit to get that goal at the end and they can go again now. The crowd will be lifted, we have some second half to look forward to."

Pre-match: Just a few hours until Spurs kick off their Champions League group E with a home match hosting Monaco.

And it's massively historical for the club to be playing Champs League fitba at [the new] Wembley Stadium in what will be a full house. Truly a night to remember and one of those milestones in the club's history.

Will be watching live and reacting right here at The Spur.

I normally find group stages of any event kinda tedious with the exception of the World Cup, but this is THFC, at Wembley, in the Champions league. Just gotta watch it, and will watch all the Spurs group stage matches this time, already planning ahead and making necessary changes in my midweek schedules.

Of course, sometimes stuff comes along but short of an emergency or business commitment that cannot be rescheduled, I'm well in and well up for it.

I really hope we can start with a victory, given the massiveness of this football game, and I can't deny I will be choked if we don't prevail.

It's well known how our local rivals disliked playing their matches at Wembley, citing the fact the visitors are way "up for it" on such a grand stage, but this is a different club, and a different era. At least for this first match, in such a unique set of circumstances, it will be one of those "must see" occasions for the Lilywhite faithful.

Tottenham Hotlinks & Football links

BBC fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur

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

Supporter sites, message boards, podcasts

the hotspur podcast

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

Cartilage free captain has become a must-visit Spurs site

fighting cock mb 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


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


girl warns guy not to go to tottenham

Nice timing portland coach [now ex-coach]

Football ramble blog -- link updated sept 13


That match against Arsenal, also on u tube

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

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.

Tottenham Hotspur: line-up


Walker Dawson Vertonghen Rose

Paulinho Capoue Dembele

Townsend Chadli


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

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

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

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

The Beautiful Game: Remember when

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

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

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

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

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

The Spur's Premiership
Manchester City vs Spurs
Citeh desperate to bounce back or will Spurs keep flyin'?
January 21, 2017 [Season 2016/17]
Manchester City vs
Tottenham Hotspur
Various TV & online @ 9.30a US pacific
by Rob Francis

If Chelsea at home was the biggest game at WHL so far this season, Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Manchester City is indubitably the most pivotal league undertaking on enemy turf so far.

Not just because it's a visit to the country's most expensively assembled outfit, but because a win here would surely signal Spurs as bigger favorites to challenge Chelsea for this year's title than City themselves.

It would signal nothing less than a sea change for Spurs, where the goal of Top 4 is credibly replaced with, gasp, a title run itself.

And we can start seriously contemplating as realistic a finish above Arsenal, themselves in strong form, but let's not mess with fate with this line of thinking, just yet.

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The Spur's Premiership
Confirmed, THFC are on fire
Up to 2nd place, but will we end up being Spursy?
January 14, 2017 (Ssn 20016/17)
Tottenham H. 4
West Bromwich Alb. 0
WHL, London N17. RF watched.

"When Spurs play this well they render the opposition totally irrelevant," gasped The Independent. The comments section was equally bubbly, but consisted of a post enthusing about how much money you can make from home by feeding an alt-right troll based in Tokelau, and the other post congratulating Spurs on going above Tottenham. Or something. Never has such an elaborate web site been created for so few. The Independent, that is.

Couldn't make it for the 4.30am live showing in my neck of the woods but saw a lot of the game on matchlight, zipping through it for the first scan and hope to rewatch over the weekend.

It's really incredible that after decades of Spurs being really really Spursy most of the time, that in my old age [well, almost] I am watching a different animal. Not myself in the mirror, but Tottenham Hotspur actually being what we've watched Man Utd being for most of that generally barren [for us] time....

... lots of exciting and dynamic football with individual star talent combining within a framework of great collective team understanding. A management with both a vision and the talent to make it happen. Owners who are not the wealthiest in the league by a long chalk but who have contributed to make the stadium dream an emerging reality. A manager who's creating an entertaining and highly competitive footballing side.

But also a team that seems capable of grinding out results on bad days [not applicable to this game of course, Tottenham were very good], and, despite the talented stars, a side that can get results irrespective of players sidelined through injury or ineligibility on any given match day.

But I suppose these are not in themselves "core Spursyness", that's more like when we have everything going for us, but bottle it, fall apart. It's actually, on second thoughts, still too early in the season to tell if we're Spursy or not any more. But we can at least feel confident that it's less likely to happen.

That comes off as a bit mealy mouthed given the great run we're on and that we are I believe nine points or so better off than this time last season.

But the real test is whether all this is going to add up to something. There are six big clubs in the Prem right now vying for four spots, and only one can win the title [they're called Chelsea, unfortunately]. Spursy would be to fly even higher and then still not end up in the top four.... or getting to a cup final or semi-final and getting pulverized.

Well, it makes it all the more interesting that we don't really know yet.

Pre-match: West Bromwich Albion are doing quite well at eighth spot, but with our home advantage, vastly superior points and goal differential total, it's another one we absolutely should be bagging [because they're the Baggies? -- Ed.].

Spurs are building a solid winning streak and the some of the key players are hitting form at a crucial time for the club, which had been in danger of slipping too far behind the front runners. No problemo -- the Lilywhites roared back in breathtaking style crowned by beating top placed Chelsea in one of the most exciting showdowns I've ever watched as a Spurs fan. Going in, we're third in the table.

Looks like Albion have won three of their last 5 league matches. Not bad at all.

TOTTENHAM TURFIE'S PREDICTION: The electric atmosphere of the hugely hyped Chelsea match won't be there so Spurs have to psyche themselves into playing with the intensity and focus they showed in the big derby. [He forgot to make a prediction. 4:0 perhaps? -- Ed.]

The Spur's FA Cup
THFC show mettle to see FA Cup win
Good try from Villa, but Spurs prove resilient
January 08, 2017 (Ssn 2016/17)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Aston Villa 0
WHL, London N17
By Dremo Hurdle

Impossible to avoid the feeling of anti-climax after the gargantuan and epic triumph over Chelsea in the all-important league match on Wednesday.

We all know Spurs are a famous FA Cup side yet at the same time, apart from the occasional glory day it gives to a small club scalping a top flight team or other giant-killing act, the financial realities of today's professional football have reduced the domestic knock-outs to an also-ran status. It's no secret that the League Cup is already considered an irritant, while this FA Cup is still big enough to care about, but not to risk most of the top talent.

It does however allow for a much larger away support and with an historically major side like Villa, not to mention less pedigreed Plymouth and other clubs who bring legions of traveling Cup fans, they will inevitably dominate the chanting and singing, such as there was of it.

And on the plus side it is great to know that our back-up players and the fresh talent coming through the youth system can more than hold their own against what is now a decent mid-table second tier side.

But all eyes are really on our next league match involving West Bromwich Albion and this, while a nice result, came a bit too soon after beating the league leaders in a frenzied and exhausting [even for the fans] historic London derby. We all need a winter break, mate. Still, one way or the other, like the terrace song goes, Spurs are indeed on their way to Wembley.

Pre-match: Spurs vs Villa in the FA Cup live online. On my system it's on a channel called "FS1", which has an absolute slew of FA Cup cames rolling across the weekend. Who'd have thought Sutton United would ever be getting official airplay on an American sports channel? Or, on FS2, Barrow vs Rochdale. Hell, I'm quitting my job to watch all this football. Interesting times if we survive long enough to see it all unfold.

But these channels could be called something or anything else on other systems because the online delivery world is in major flux at the moment in the USA as, finally, the weight of the cord-cutters is precipitating a shake-up of the former cable TV world with media companies finally getting the message: wise up and serve the digital cordless viewer, or die. New packages, changed packages, matches advertised that don't actually appear, scads of surprise bonus matches that were never listed, things are changing on an almost weekly basis. It's like a futuristic wild west out here in hyperspace.

Taken from a league match report of our home game against Villa back in November 2015: "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."

The Spur's Premiership 2016/17
Sensational Spurs
Alli brace as THFC destroys Racists' unbeaten run
Jan 04, 2017 (Ssn 2016/17)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Blue Racists 0
White Hart Lane, London N17
US online live: various. More reactions coming up.

Tony Cascarino put it well on the radio with "this is the night the young players of Tottenham grew up", unlike our performance at the Bridge last season and at the end of the season falling apart.

This was indeed a more psychologically mature and controlled performance, but without sacrificing any energy or hunger as the home players closed down and made it first to the ball so often, visibly phasing the hated visitors.

Well gonna take a break after that superbness and catch up with some stuff but will have Five Live and then Talksport on to keep the party going, and back with more reactions soon.

Even better than a classic old school FA Cup Final with pulsating atmosphere and just couldn't take my eyes off a single second of this almost constantly relentless hi-energy encounter.

This was a match the whole football world seemed to be watching and the players in lillywhite and midnight blue rose to the occasion in a way that reflected the glory days of Nicholson's double winning era -- not an exaggeration.

Incredible match with a glorious victory for super Spurs. Alli and all the players absolutely magnificent. Massive result of the biggest match of the season. Chelsea's shameful run of unbeaten matches was stamped out as the pride of North London go to third in the Prem after this huge result.

Kane, Alli, Dembele off to standing ovations. Edge of the seat stuff as CFC working full on to find a way to get one back.

A second brilliant goal from Dele Alli with Eriksen and Walker involved again. The Lane erupts. Alli becoming a goalscoring machine. Absolutely breathtaking clash. Pochettino officially elevated to god status.

Brilliant goal from Dele Alli, in first half stoppage time, provided by Eriksen and Walker. Great team effort capped by superb individual finishing. One-nil, and good triumphs over evil for now. Half time.

Incredibly tightly fought battle with some real opportunities with a great Eriksen shot that went narrowly wide, and later Dier heading a free-kick back into the mixer but no THFC player able to bang it in.

The future of the world was apparently on Tottenham Hotspur's shoulders, so no pressure. Not as if the galaxy is endangered by all that Chelsea FC represents.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tied. Obviously Alli's brace makes him the media Spur of the moment, but Victor Wanyama was another magnificent performer, though in fairness the whole side deserves the nod.

Pre-match: This is one of those rare occasions where the good guys and the bad guys are clearly delineated and square off. Good vs evil. Free democracy vs Trumpism. Democratic fair play vs Republicant gerrymandering. Fairly gotten gains vs Launderism. Lib Dems vs British National Front Party. USA/UK/Europe vs Russia. Modern secular liberalism vs pre-renaissance reactionist deism.

This is one of those wonderful fixtures, because in a world of shades of grey, this London derby is a good straightforward unequivocal case of 100% total good vs 100% pure evil being fought on the hallowed turf of WHL where everyone knows which is which. Pantomime cheering and booing. Opioid addled zombies with royal blue insignia making alt-right salutes getting herded around on the busy high road as trash of all kinds rains down on their pot bellies and swastika emblazoned scalps. It's got it all and so much more.

By the way, since they just got convicted, who can forget the delightful group of Chelscummers caught on video chanting "We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it" on the Paris metro? If anyone is surprised that Chelsea supporters could do this, you've never been anywhere near a match involving this vile club. Try a visit to West Ham and Millwall while you're at it, too.

Of course in the real world good doesn't always triumph. On the contrary, the human race is rapidly going down the tubes. But a triumph on Wednesday is a small blow, an albiet dimly lit and flickering lamp, a small but strengthening ray of hope that maybe, just maybe, that lamp will ultimately illuminate the path to the pure land.

The Spur's Premiership 2016/17
Spurs whack wobbly Watford
Lilywhites more than keeping up with rivals
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 (Ssn 2016/17)
Watford 1
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Vicarage Rd, Watford

Another one-four win to add to the Saints victory is perhaps the most satisfying result of the season because we have just seen Spurs not bottle it, not be Spursy, at a pivotal juncture in their season when they just had to win, both from a points tally and a psychological perspective.

Kane and Trippier and Kane and Alli combining to become dynamic duos to create goals for which the injury ravaged home side simply had no answer, except at the end when it was much too late.

Pre-match: Insanely early time for west coast Americans but hopefully werf it.

Really interesting to see the BBC Football article on "2016 champions are..." which shows the Lilywhites boasting a fourth place behind Man Utd at #3, Liverpool #2, and Chelscum as champions. We ended up two points ahead of fifth placed Arsenal and Citeh in sixth spot.

That actually really makes me feel good. Especially as a 2016 table places Watters second to bottom [after Palace]. Nothing against them, but it shows their hey day seems to be over, whilst we are the up and up.

That 2016 overview also shows we had the meanest defence and the third highest possession rate of any prem side. Cool.

So anyway onward and upward, we hope, and looking forward to the match.

BBC Football also points out that Watford have a massive injury crisis that could leave them fielding almost their B team with only couple of regulars still fit and kicking.

Meanwhile we get who, in my opinion, is perhaps our most valuable player back in action: Toby Alderweireld.

Son Hueng-min was our hero last season in this fixture and there's really every reason to be optimistic about our chances in the short geographical trip from the north-east to north-west outer London sprawl.

The bit from the Beeb I really love: "Tottenham have earned 71 points from 37 games in 2016, which is their highest tally in a calendar year since the Premier League began."

The problem is the rivals around us are generally doing extremely well, too, with the exception of somewhat stuttering Man City. But their traditional rivals United and Liverpool are on fire and there's too many clubs vying for the top four spots. It's brutal up there.

The Spur's Premiership
Spurs gallop to victory
Potentially stern test fails to materialize
December 28, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17)
Southampton 1
Tottenham Hotspur 4
St Mary's
ONLINE: Various incl. Sling TV

Poch set to swoop for Zaha

Only got to catch the last ten minutes after playing tennis so looking forward to seeing the replay -- they showed Alli's header already and his brace obviously massive for the club making him man of the match.

It was always gonna be tough for the home side after getting someone sent off early in the 2nd half for last man fouling in the box and allegedly denying a goalscoring opportunity. Regarding that penalty and red card controversy I'd have to see it again but until then it looked like the Saints player lost his balance in making the contact that upset Alli's shot so that makes the ref's decision harsh, but it must have been a tough call. But if the ref dallies making such a critical call then he's already got a serious credibility problem.

Finally they showed all the highlights and some great goals, and lots of headers, with Alli in particular showing bravery, talent, amazing fitness and quick reaction, especially to be so assertive in the air.

2:5 shots on goal in Tottenham's favor as Spurs trailed to an early goal but bounced back with the sending off being pivotal as would be expected.

What a terrific result which keeps us right behind the Arsenal and still in the fight for a top 4 place, despite how good Utd, Liverpool, and Chelsea look, with City also grinding out results even when they're not on form, and Arsenal getting their win too.

Pre-match: No question that Southampton away are a tougher proposition than Hull and Burnley at home yet an away win on the south coast is so essential with the other top clubs all on a roll.

It's all about creating chances and putting them away. Thank you and goodnight.

Both sides are winning games, but Spurs have been struggling away. Saints are strong on their patch but they're the type of side that, at home, like to surge forward and that should allow THFC space to respond with creativity and expansiveness if the visitors choose, or can.

If we lose there's a gap opening up as the top four start to seriously break out from the pack, with the pack itself now only offering two credible contenders: Spurs, the great unfinished project, and the impressively performing Red Devils.

Rob F will be watching.

The Spur's Premiership
2:1 Final Score
Spurs beat Burnley
December 18, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17), Rob F. to watch
Tottenham H. vs

Hard fought win apparently, highlighting the lack of sufficient firepower up front. Zaha in the window just what the doctor ordered.

Feed died so had to settle for a technicolor quality view of Man City beating Arsenal so not a total disaster, especially as it ended up with a THFC win and Gooner loss.

About to show the goals from around the grounds and the City feed showed the last few minutes of action at the Lane. Next time it's on that US channel I will have a guaranteed fully functioning feed so overall life is good.

Now having to listen to too many people babbling away, how many players need to be interviewed instead of showing the Spurs goals? Thankfully Arsene nowhere to be seen. Oh wait, they hunted him down for his excuses. "Bad decisions. I look at the goals, both offside. 2nd one is 5 yards offside. What I can I do? We have to look at ourselves." Okay. I'm looking. Not necessarily a pretty sight, but howz about the day's goals?

Anyway THFC still unbeaten at home halfway thru the season. Down to Southampton next.

"Goals from the Lane coming up next, right after the break". Great that we get music instead of lame commercials for the online break via Sling. Quite pleasant if repetitive instrumental. Now they're back but with more interviews, now it's someone who isn't a player, manager, or any of the TV team. Generic person with opinions.

Finally the brief Spurs highlights with Sissoko, Alli, and Rose all showing the talent we know they have. Nothing quite like that third goal by Southampton at Bournemouth, though.

Merseyside derby tomorrow. Stick it to 'em, Toffees.

Spurs 3, Hull 0
Wed, December 14, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 3:0 Hull City [Premier league]

A feed that was surprisingly difficult to hold meant that Palace vs Man Utd was on way more than the Spurs vs Hull match, but so be it when you're on the run.

So it was only after the Palace game was over that I got to admire the outstanding sequence of passes [later read on The Guardian it was 30. Is that a record number of passes leading to a goal for Spurs in the Prem? Anyway, really the treat of the match was watching the playback of this sequence and the classy assist and finish. Endless passing if it's not leading anywhere can get frustrating, but when it culminates in the all important first Eriksen goal in a match like this, it's exhilarating to see and makes the players involved look like geniuses.

Eventually, well into the second half, Spurs surged ahead to clinch the deal - it's a Christian Eriksen brace. He's bang in form again. And Wanyama makes it three, with Eriksen the provider, his shot coming back off the post from his free-kick. Thanks to the lousy feed I actually thought he'd scored a hat trick for a while: yes it was that unusually bad. Russians must be busy.

All the "big" sides winning now including Man Utd with a great 2nd goal, and the ref has been incredibly favorable to [amazingly enough] their opponents Palace, currrently 1:2 there at Selhurst Park. So what's so unpredictable about the Prem, eh? No upsets whatsoever.

Pre-match: Amazing comeback by Everton after trailing Arsenal on Monday night, and things got really cazy with end to end stuff in stoppage time. Good match to watch and such a useful result for EFC and THFC, as long as the Toffees don't get too good, and like us they're still unbeaten in the league at home [but their away form sucks].

Now it's time for the icing on the cake, to vanquish hella beatable Hull, the visitors going into this second from bottom of the table with by far the worst goal difference of all.

But we face a familiar problem, several ex-Spurs could feature including Michael Dawson and they tend to cause problems. On the other hand, Swansea ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdson, who was in form coming into the Spurs game recently at the Lane, made surprisingly little impact as The Swans were soundly sunk.

Press says Dembele was inured against ManUre.

This in theory is just the fixture you want after a grueling November and December so far playing some of the giants, and big local derbies, and actually not coming out of it too bad, in fact doing at least as well as last season so far.

But the loss to United was a sobering reality check and everyone will be on edge to secure a rare victory, especially as the Yorkshire visitors are massively suspect in defence, especially away from home.

But it's one of those no-win deals for the players. If they win it won't be hailed as winning a cup final, even though every league game these days kinda is one, and if they lose... the expectant fans probably won't be, uh, very nice to them. "The amount you ******* get paid!? 'Ave some ******* pride in the shirt" and all that.

Apparently in all contests Spurs have won only 3 of 13 matches. I knew winning was proving difficult, but that really is alarming.

Well with two home matches: Hull today and Burnley on Saturday, this is obviously a massive opportunity to rejoin the top mob. Now though, the minor effort of actually securing six precious points.

The Spur's Premiership
United hit form for Spurs visit
Reality check for Lilywhites at OT
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17) 6:15am US pacific
Manchester United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Old Trafford
Rob Francis watched

I gotta hand it to Mourinho -- I was wrong. He may be the right person for United. They only waited for this game to kick in, and in the process made Spurs look decidedly second best. What looks on paper like a narrow one-nil home victory was in fact a clinical outmaneuvering. I dread to think of life without Alderweireld.

I can only recall one real chance for us, when Wanyama failed to convert. Other than that, United closed us down, meanwhile playing a convincing passing game with an understanding, cohesion, energy and penetration that by contrast was glaringly lacking in Poch's crew.

It was a definite reality check for me and I think for the THFC players, too. Sissoko may still have latent potential but he's not even on the same planet as some of their recent signings, like Mkhitaryan for example.

All a bit sad, but just saw Liverpool only managed a home draw with West Ham, and yesterday even City looked Spursy, so we roll on to try to gain points from more beatable teams like Hull and Burnley, both on the menu in the next several days.

Saw Zaha for Palace score that goal yesterday against Hull and that's the kind of flair player we could have afforded, was once available for us to nab, and would've made the difference for us in games where we look pedestrian. Not just the goal, but look at the pinpoint cross he provided for another of Palace's goals. Sublime.

Pre-match: tactical arena. Manchester United are emerging as our main rivals, along with Liverpool, for the fourth place spot that is realistically our best possible outcome for the league season.

Chelsea and Man City have world class squads assembled with the kind of dosh that no other club in England can even come close to. Moreover, much as it hurts to admit, Wenger has done a great job on a more limited budget to create an Arsenal side that, if not world class, does what it needs to do, often with impressive individual and collective skill.

Us, Man Utd, and Liverpool do not quite fit into that top tier, so we have to fight it out for the other Champions league spot. United have spent shedloads but they aren't the finished product, many of their big ticket names have not made the grade, and Mouri at the helm is not who they need. Liverpool are on an upward trajectory with a talented manager but don't have the consistency. The same applies to us, plus [Harry excepted] we don't have the firepower up front.

Prior to the weekend prem fixtures West Brom and Everton are only one point shy of Man Utd and Stoke only two points behind the Red Devils, but it would be a shock if any ot those three emerged as genuine contenders for the top four, not least because Stoke are already 11 points off the fourth club's current tally with WBA and the Toffees ten behind.

Meanwhile we are six points to the good of our Sunday hosts with a whopping 11 goal difference advantage.

That goal difference must be a huge concern for United. To be only +3 with 14 games played is close to disastrous for such a recently massive club.

It'll be great to see Toby Alderweireld back in premiership action, and for United it seems Carrick and Valencia were rested on Thursday presumably to feature against us.

Most pundits on the web who make predictions seem to have this one down as a draw, which is the safe bet that I think I'll go for this time. Second thoughts, actually not, Spurs win, all the way.

Wed, December 7, 2016
Happy Spursdays
are back again
Farewell Champs league. Hello Cleveland! Europa anyway.
Tottenham Hotspur 3:1 CSKA
11.45a pacific
by Syd "The Kid"

Just as many are getting cold feet about a hard Brexit, Tottenham opted for a soft landing into the Europa league rather than bid a fond "up yours" to the Continent.

That means the club's league season just got tougher when it could have got a whole lot more do-able.

It seems "you can take the Europa league out of Spurs, but you can't take Spurs out of the Europa League."

In north-east London they've even renamed the fifth day of the week Spursday because instead of having fun and enjoying life we'll pretend to be studying with fascination the curious tactics of the likes of FC Qarabag and playing in countries that might change dictators or even their names between take-off and landing.

Bring it on. And in the meantime, instead of storming into the top four, we'll land right back in the spot that gets rewarded with, you guessed it, the Europa league next year. Again. Brill. And apparently we've broken the new Wembley jinx too. All this in one day, while I was playing tennis. Need a lie down. From the tennis.

Check back for build-up to the season's biggest encounter so far - Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur happening on Sunday at 6:15am US Pacific time.

The Spur's Premiership
Spurs sink sorry Swans 5:0
Kane & Eriksen braces & Son-sational hooked volley has Bradley singing possible swan song

Tottenham Hotspur 5
Swansea City 0
Dec 3, 2016. US online: Sling Blue.
Rob Francis watched

Late Everton penalty a big favour to Spurs as Man United, arguably our biggest rival for the fourth spot after Liverpool, take only one point at Goodison Park.

Okay back after having to leave early and Spurs managed a fifth after I blew the scene. Not bad.

Had to dash before the end but at four goals up with minutes to play I think I can leave it for you guys to steer it over the line. Back soon.

Pre-match: I've been hoping Swansea's American manager Bob Bradley can get the Welsh side out of their relegation mire, partly because it's interesting as a US based THFC fan to see him having a pop in the Prem, but also because The Swans are still a partially supporter owned and run club [though apparently this has diminished over recent years]. They have also tried to play decent football since making it to the top flight, at least in their matches that I've caught online or on TV.

But all of that goodwill is suspended for this one match, even though a City defeat will pile more pressure onto the beleaguered Yankee gaffer.

If memory serves we've tended to eke out narrow wins over them at the Lane in recent years, and one likes to think that, this time, a win at home will be easier to come by, given the gulf between us in the table. The Jacks sold out their reduced away allocation of 2,000 for Saturday's match.

In what was one of the most entertaining Prem matches I've ever seen they beat Palace 5:4 at home last weekend.

I totally agree with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino that the Lilywhites were too quick to sell Gylfi Sigurdson. He's been great with The Swans both in terms of footballing ability but also for his knack of rallying teammates into coherent action. We ourselves are missing that kind of reliably galvanizing, motivating player.

But even if Gylfi rises to the occasion for the visitors, Spurs boast a toweringly successful record against the south Wales side and it would be an upset even if THFC were held to a draw at the Lane for this encounter.

It's gotta be three points in the bag. It may be a crucial clash in Bradley's quest to survive in the Prem, but we really need the full points in matches like this to stand any hope of keeping in touch with the front runners at the top of the table.

Swansea fans site.

Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 [Full time]
Quality strikes from Eriksen & Pedro, Moses open goal
Nov 26, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17)
Blue Racists 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1
National Front Bridge
US TV/online live: various. 9.30am LA/SF/Satl/Vanc

All in all a creditable performance but the slightly higher quality of the Russian oil brigands' acquisitions and the travails of our European commitments combined to permit the home side to weather Tottenham's lively start and steer the game safely home, denying a decent performance by the visitors any ultimate reward.

Great away support despite the loss of the unbeaten run. Probably one of the hardest tests CFC have faced in the league and a lot to be optimistic about as Lilywhites.

Second half: Holy Moses, Spurs defence has fallen apart from the get-go at the start of the 2nd half. An easy score for the Nigerian international with all the space in the world in front of goal, as did Alonso moments later but somehow managed to miss the gaping target.

The Moses goal shows the drawback of losing possession when your wing backs are way up front. Wimmer did well to track back in time but Son had a chance to sprint over and block Moses yet never sprang into action. Even if he he had, CFC had yet another unmarked player in that wide open space to the right of the Spurs goal.

The cricket score we feared could be unleashed as Spurs suddenly looking fatigued from the midweek European exit [turned out it never did become one-sided and, as mentioned above, that reflects well on THFC]. But talking of high scores, howz about that Swansea vs Palace game that I watched earlier to see how American manager Bob Bradley was getting on. Must have aged him and Alan Pardew by five years apiece, especially the defending, but great fun to watch.

First half: I think everyone was surprised as to how confident a heretofore struggling Spurs side looked as they totally dominated the first half until the late Pedro equalizer that more than matched the stunning Eriksen strike from much earlier around the 11th minute.

We all know CFC have the talent to win games with moments of world class individualism but it's also exciting to see Spurs both so confident and playing some very fluid, pressing, high energy stuff. But too many long hopeful Tottenham shots since the Eriksen wondergoal suggests that Chelsea don't mind giving up possession so long as Spurs don't work their way into "Pedro positions" too often.

The Spur's Premiership
Amazing comeback wins fierce derby
Incredible late Kane brace stuns Hammers

& you..."
Nov 19, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
West Ham Utd 2
White Hart Lane. Rob F watched

Second half: A late Poch substitution proved inspired as Son Heung-min created two goals, including the penalty winner, that announces Harry Kane's back with a vengeance, just in time to save this game for Spurs and go to Chelsea with a win at our backs.

Amazing finish to this match which West Ham led twice up to the final minutes when Spurs turned the match on its head.

Mindbending to think Eriksen wasn't taken off and some width brought on but nonetheless Harry Winks stabs us level after Janssen's shot is blocked and rebounds from a Rose cross. And guess what, it came from a left sided attack. That's what they get paid the big bucks to figure out, eh.
Kane wins it
from the spot
for Spurs.

Danny Rose carded so he's out for the Chelscum trip.

Dele Alli ready to come on. Now maybe WHU will have some praying to do. Then again, maybe not. Janssen's totally unnecessary wrestling and grabbing an opponent. Ugh! Visitors score from the spot. Gets replaced by Dele Alli.

First half: Deathly uncreative Spurs being easily snuffed out by West Ham in the first half. WHU manager Slaven Bilic has totally sussed out Tottenham's predictability with the line-up and formation they've served up. Nice on paper, hopelessly easy to foil in practice.

Spurs trying to go down the right and running into impenetrable traffic.

Eriksen, the only player with any space under the tactical circumstances of the two formations, is blowing it bigtime, giving the ball away. In addition, while the visitors scored from a beautifully taken and executed corner, Christian is still kicking corners to their near post defender, a 0% chance of creating a goal from a corner unless by complete luck.

As the commentators are saying, Spurs have to change because this is is horrible stuff. Soldado or whatever his name is, Janssen excuse me, and Kane both up front is a disaster, partly because under this system they're getting no service.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tied. Harry Winks for a superb starting debut, even when we were awful first half, he was outstanding throughout. But now it's the two Harrys because of the way Kane ultimately stole the show.

League match
Spoils even again at Arsenal
Spurs stem the slump
Arsenal 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Nov 6, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17)
US: Live online & TV

Moaning Sharky gooner has a moan. Dedicated to a great footballer Lukas Josef "We need a loud stadium, we have a big battle tonight!" Podolski.

It says a lot for the current THFC side that we can go away to face an in-form Arsenal on the back of our own very unconvincing and disjointed Prem draws and a Euro loss, and only be denied victory by a blatant offside goal for the hated home entity.

Brilliant to see Harry Kane back, bit rusty but already confidently converting the spot kick to give the Lilywhites a deserved point whilst denying their title rivals two in the process.

However Kyle Walker was injured and at the time of writing not yet sure how seriously. Gulp.

Please check for more reactions.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Mousa Dembele is one of those keys players that you really notice the difference when he's around. Along with Alderweireld, Kane, Alli, and Walker it's unthinkable if any of those were not at the club.
Next: Spurs vs West Ham on Sat, Nov 19 [9.30am US Pacific]
The Spur

Pre-match: In the corresponding fixture last season the north London derby finished one all.

We lost the aerial battle and that proved costly, but 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.

"Long ball over the top [from Danny Rose] and Kane keeps his composure," bellowed the commentator as Kane gave THFC a 0:1 lead at Ars, with Spurs shading it over the impostors who only had one proper chance at a goal. [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!

League match
...and the draws go marching on
Janssen from the spot, Musa equalizes for Leicester
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17)
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Leicester City 1
by Rob Francis

In the end another highly watchable draw just like the nil-nil at Bournemouth, but the Cockerals really needed a win as the string of draws continues. There was definitely pressure to beat the champions today and plenty of intent by the home side but it didn't produce anything beyond the first-half penalty.

The penalty from Janssen [the player who was fouled] sure helped, taking THFC into the half-time break one up. Janssen is a team player, despite no goals in open play as yet, always looking for the best team option in decision making, not overly hung-up on trying to score from situations where a lay-off to a teammate would be a better option.

Talking of which, an unselfish pass from Jamie Vardy found onrushing Ahmed Musa who was prepared to sacrifice his health to charge in and bundle the ball over the line, flying over the defenders in the process to wind up injured from an uncontrolled landing, but stayed on the pitch hobbling around.

The Spur's League Cup
Liverpool 2:1 Spurs full time
THFC little trouble to LFC @ Anfield
October 25, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17)
Liverpool 2
Tottenham H. 1
Anfield, Liverpool. Bron Kitis to watch.
US Live Video: Live online [various] & TV

Second half, way better than the first, saw Sturridge nab a second and the ref decided to make it a bit more interesting by awarding a penalty for a foul on Erik Lamela, which Janssen buries and precipitates some strong vocal support for the visitors now back in the game.

Sturridge hits the bar looking for his hat trick.

In the end Spurs 2nd XI didn't have the guile or the wherewithal to make any real dent in Liverpool's shape and intention.

Well the first half could explain why the football ratings are plunging, or why the league cup's lifespan has run its course. One to balance your cheque book by.

Spurs look about as likely to score as a cow hitting a banjo with a barn door. There's been noticeable possession but little beyond that.

I'll take it back if Janssen scores a hat trick in the second half. He's getting no service. He's unsuccessfully playing two roles, one deep and one up front.

Pre-match: Just what we need to clutter the fixture list, a league cup match on a Tuesday night in a run down neighborhood somewhere west of Manchester.

The sheer volume of matches cascading off the fixture list means that even a match-up between two of the nation's top sides, both historically and right now, barely makes the radar.

But it's a trophy, albeit the least prestigious. It's a chance for both sides to give their back-up squad players a chance to shine, and both sides will have plenty of potential talent on the field, Sissoko notwithstanding.

Serious props to the Lilywhites who will actually be schlepping all the way up there to back the side: they truly are the real fans, not that the rest of us are unreal, but let's face it, only the hardcore, equipped with the time to spend, and the wealth these days, are up for this level of allegiance.

It's too late for Bobby Soldado, but Janssen still has a chance to make this Cup his own.

Trippier - Carter-Vickers - Wimmer - Davies
Dier - Winks
Onomah - Carroll - Nkoudou

The Spur's Premiership
Bournemouth 0:0 Spurs
Full time
"Spurs remain
the only unbeaten
team in the Prem."
AFC Bournemouth 0
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17)
Spurs fight off Cherries marauding confidence
US TV & online: Yes

Bournemouth are the first side to deny Spurs a league goal this season, but THFC's unbeaten run continues. Unfortunately draws, even away, aren't enough for a club with title winning aspirations.

Actually a very absorbing nil-nil draw that zipped by, with Bournemouth so much better than last season's corresponding fixture.

Pre-match: View from the Up the Cherries forum anticipating the Cockerels visit to Bournemouth's Dean Court "Vitality stadium":

"October 2015 not good memories for us Cherries fans, AFCB conceded 10 goals in two 5-1 consecutive defeats. The first one was away against Manchester City, the second was at Dean Court against Spurs, with Harry Kane finishing with a hat-trick. One year on and Spurs are our visitors to Dean Court, this time they visit a week on from our 6-1 home win against Hull City, with our players on a high and playing with a lot of confidence.

Amongst Spurs summer signings are Victor Wanyama from Saints, Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille. Also Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United and Pau Lopez on loan from Espanyol.

Spurs have had a good start to the season and remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. They are the only team to beat Man City so far. They have won five games and drawn three, two of those wins and draws have been away from home. They have been without Harry Kane since he was injured late on in the game against Sunderland in September. Spurs are at the moment in third place in the league with 18 points.

AFCB have taken 7 points out of a possible 9 in their last three games, 6 of those points were at home, where they have also won their last three home games, including beating Everton. The Cherries are in 11th place 7 points behind Saturday's opponents Spurs.

We have only met Spurs on three occasions before in competitive competitions, last season in our two games in the Premier League where they beat us 5-1 at Dean Court and the game at White Hart Lane which finished 3-0 in their favour. The only other time was that famous 3-1 home victory for the Cherries in the 5th round of the FA Cup back in 1957.

AFCB Team News
Eddie Howe mentioned after the Hull game the three players' names that had come back from International duty with injuries and were not available for selection. It seems Lewis Cook and Brad Smith are the more serious concerns and Max Gradel has a hamstring injury, but not thought to be serious. Harry Arter left the ground on crutches after the Hull game.

AFCB Player To Watch
More than one to choose from with the form the team are in, but Junior Stanislas is in really good form and playing with real confidence as his penalty and the way he finished for his second goal against Hull City showed. Jack Wilshere will want to put one over against the 'old enemy' as well, so will be interesting to watch.

Spurs Team News
Danny Rose a doubt for the Bournemouth game after he was spotted leaving the Bayer Arena with a protective boot, according to a London paper. Toby Alderweireld was stretchered off 15 minutes into the second-half at WBA and will be a big doubt for Saturday. Harry Kane is back in training but will not feature at Dean Court according to what the Spurs manager told a national newspaper. Kyle Walker was rested for Spurs Champions League game on Tuesday but should return to face the Cherries.

Spurs Player To Watch
Delle Alli, he scored Spurs only goal against WBA last week, he could have had a hat-trick except for a great goalkeeping display by Ben Foster, he also scored in the previous game against Manchester City. The other Spurs player who has made an impact and leading scorer at the moment is the South Korean Son Heung-min.

The Spur's Premiership
Albion tough to break down
Toby injured, awaiting seriousness
Oct 15, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17)
West Bromwich Alb. 1
Tottenham H. 1
Match highlights

Most people would take a point on the road but all the other title contenders who played today won, apart from Man City being held to a draw thanks to a stupendous penalty saving brace from the Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Along with Albion's stopper Ben Foster those two must be the best in the league right now -- and they'll both probably be busy this winter.

Shock as Spurs fell behind with the game running out but a late Alli equalizer.

Spurs still the only unbeaten team in the Prem, but being unbeaten if it ends up with too many draws does of course mean sliding down the table. But an away point against a mid-table rated side leaves me completely neutral feeling, not happy, not disappointed.

Bournemouth next on Saturday [Oct 22, 4.30am Pacific] and it will be interesting going to their place where the Cherries destroyed Hull today by a whopping six goals to one.

BBC Football: "Would you believe it, it's former Tottenham player Nacer Chadli who is alert and swipes in the rebound." Yes, it's entirely believable.

The big and unfortunate news of the match was what looked like a serious injury to Toby Alderweireld.

Under manager Tony Pulis the Albion don't seem to play pretty football but they do what needs to be done [stay in the Prem and try to bludgeon up the table]. Gaps in their terraces shows not everyone's on board with this approach but it's business, eh lads. Prefer to watch Wolves or the Blue Noses? Probably not. Villa? Nooooo....

The Spur's Premiership
City own goal, Alli adds
Lilywhites the only 100% club in Prem
October 2, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Manchester City 0
Various online incl Sling
White Hart Lane, London N17. Rob Frantic watching.

Erik Lamela blows a penalty but sensational Spurs manage to keep a clean sheet and foil a very talented quick and smooth passing Manchester City. Both sides played some high quality stuff amid the frenetic pace which was mesmerizing to witness. Spurs ended up with seven shots on goal to six for the visitors.

The Lane exploded as Erik Lamela [involved in build-up to both goals], H-m Son, and Dele Alli combine to create goal number two with the English international steering the ball into the Park Lane goal as THFC go two up, great assist by Son, and Spurs guide home the first half to maintain that lead in what the commentators called "a breathless first 45 minutes" and it really was incredibly high energy top quality stuff.

Earlier, an own goal from Kolarov trying to defend a cross around 10 mins in. Spurs on fire, after almost conceding a very early goal.

Is Dele Alli the most valuable player in the world currently? That's not hyperbole. Did I mention Wanyama? Who picks up a yellow as soon as I say that. H-m Son was also outstanding and received a standing ovation when he was subbed.

In fact the whole side was outstanding, including Lloris who, when called upon make a critical save in the latter part of the game, rose to the occasion to deny Kelechi Iheanacho, just one reason why Spurs have the league's best defensive record. We sometimes don't fully appreciate the professionalism of our amazing and seemingly consistently high performing defenders because there's so much talent in the spotlight in midfield currently.

City really moving forward smoothly now, with Aguero in great form this is the biggest threat in the league right now. Can Spurs keep up their own stellar start? Both sides playing some top shelf passing movements.

Pre-match: Prior to the weekend's premier action Spurs stood 2nd and just one place shy of City and I've long argued that after six rounds played you can start judging the table as reflective of who's got what it takes, and who will likely be facing a hard road for the duration.

Indeed several major online sources are treating this is as if it's a battle between the two likeliest candidates for the throne, but that's a step too far this early and I do get worried when we're not just on the radar but being beckoned out to the center stage spotlight, as BBC Football notes "there is so much to look forward to here as the Premier League's only remaining unbeaten sides go head-to-head at White Hart Lane."

The Guardian is upbeat about Spurs going into this, but also asks: "will Pep Guardiola's side simply play around them and take advantage of the space further up the pitch?" In a different article it says: "It is about balance. This season, City have the Premier League's sharpest attack and Tottenham the most solid defence -- the outcome of Sunday's contest, and perhaps of this title race, will be determined by which side strikes the best balance between the two."

I think a challenge for us is to be without Harry Kane for this, despite faring very well without him so far, it's not a one-man band that's for sure, but City's man of the moment John Stones is fresh and rested and could be a key foil to frustrating our efforts to get a result. On the plus side for us, the other current City hero and handful Kevin de Bruyne won't be featuring.

Poch does remind us that we're up against a staggeringly wealthy City with resources far beyond even a well run and well backed club like THFC, and the fact that we're being considered as almost on a par with them prior to even a ball being kicked is a fantastic reflection on the club we support. Bring it on, as they say.

In the corresponding fixture last season The Spur's headline was "Spurs rampant as Kane kicks in" as some dazzling Lilywhite goals put paid to Manchester City in one of the euphoric moments of the campaign.

The Spur's Premiership
Son strikes two top shelf goals
Son always shines on TV
Sept 24, 2016 [Season 2016/17]
Middlesbrough 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Various online
by Rob Francis

Only caught the tail-end of this one due to battery unavailability, but a cool brace by Son Heung-Min was enough to do the trick, with Boro getting one back, in what looked like a frenetic blood 'n thunder affair, had me reaching to sip my first cup of coffee even tho' it needed to cool down. Still, a singed tongue is a small sacrifice to witness the last twelve minutes or so of another Lilywhite victory.

To say that some of Boro's tackling was agricultural by the end would be an understatement, the one that could have broken Lamela's leg [good nutmeg Erik] was a Monsanto special.

Reports say Spurs dominated, Son, Alli, Eriksen getting plaudits on Sky, but Boro branded as rudderless, tho' had their moments. Downing cross found Gibson who apparently "wanted it more" [uh oh] than Sissoko and got one back.

Okay off to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sling. Wow. Man Utd come good, finally, trouncing the Foxes, so Chelsea become the new Man Utd, the fall guys of the moment, as the Pensioners get buried by AFC.

Just watching the first half of the Boro vs Spurs game on Matchighlight and holy schciatt that's a stupendous second goal from Son, probably the Spurs goal of the season so far unless I forgot something even better, unlikely though.

No wonder they say the Son always shines on TV. Up next, what has become the biggest Prem showdown of the season so far because it's table topping Citeh visiting the mighty #2 placed Tottenham Hotspur. 'Spect.

Pre-match: Looks like Middlesbrough lie thirteenth in the table prior to any of this round's matches being played, so a decent but not stellar start to their Prem return, and their successes turn out to be results against teams destined for relegation fights. Against Everton and Palace they lost.

BBC Football: "Harry Kane's ankle injury will bring an end to his run of 71 consecutive league starts for Tottenham." Predicted to be out a coupla months.
That is one thing I will say about the Tottenham fans, they do give you time, a chance to find your feet.
Darren Bent on V Janssen's open play goals quest

Pressure on hard working Vincent Janssen up front but as Poch points out it's team cohesion, not just reliance on a new striker, that really matters.

Looks like Moussa Sissoko will get a run out, interesting to see how he progresses. Great hopes for him, and on the other flank Son will hopefully shine.

Centrally Wanyama and Winks, the big double double U [W], and Alli look to power the engine room.

Good chance Dembele will be rested, many fans have commented about he needs to be saved for a whopping whammy of big fixtures following right on from this, including Putin's red & blue army CSKA away, and the massive Prem clash with Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

The Spur's Premiership
Bit of a grinder but THFC go fourth
Narrow win at a high price if Kane's injury serious
Sept 18, 2016 (Ssn 2016/7) 8.30a
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Sunderland 0
White Hart Lane
US Online: various

Two thirds thru the game we got the goal that we all craved, a Walker cross played back by Alli to set up Kane with a sitter that he duly obliged. Massive relief.

All good then, but not so fast, as Harry Kane gets stretchered into the medical room.

Meanwhile up to third place and above both Arsenal and Chelsea [plus Hammers go into the relegation zone]. And ManUre lost at Watford. Quite an action packed Prem weekend, even if little of it was on show at the Lane.
Up next: Spurs vs Gillingham, FA Cup R3  
Wed, Sept 21, 2016, 12n Pacific

But what a struggle against a team possibly even worse than Stoke, not to be disrespectful, and hope they remain dominant in Tyne-Tees, but Defoe for example totally stranded up front.

First half: It's all Spurs, bar a Defoe effort for the vistors blocked by Lloris, but so far worrying signs that the bus will remain well and truly parked. Who has the ignition key to remove the vehicle from in front of the goalmouth? The match wilting somewhat deep into the first half.

Early on Kane seemed certain with a close-up redirection but Sunderland's keeper in good form.

39th minute a great chance with Son unleashing a low nearpost sizzler bouncing off the post, and moments later a strong nifty Dembele shot tipped over by the keeper.

44th minute a rare Sunderland break with their #20 Pienaar plum in front of the goal with the best chance of the half, Lloris stranded but Kyle Walker clearing off the line. A reminder of how quickly this could go pear-shaped if Spurs, despite creating some genuine opportunities, along with some hopeful distance shots, don't make something count.

Pre-match: Last season in the corresponding fixture in Jan 2016 The Spur's headline read "Spurs scuttle Sunderland" as the Lilywhites cruised to a 4:1 triumph over the Black Cats. It went summat like this:

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.

The Spur's Premiership
Four nil again at Stoke
Magic on the road
Sat., Sept 10, 2016 (Ssn 2016/17)
Stoke City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Stoke-on-Trent. Goals
US live TV and online: various, 7am

"It's happened again," chanted the Spurs away end. Yes, a repeat scoreline from last season and just as impressive, even though last season's corresponding fixture was a hard act to follow. But did they 'eck live up to it.

This time an Eriksen-Son combo created the first two goals, with the Korean's second an absolute peach, and even Harry Kane broke his seasonal duck with a nicely taken two-touch tap-in for the final clincher, this time with Son the provider.

Don't let's forget Alli's, THFC's third, from a typically dynamic counter attack that showcased the best of Tottenham teamwork and individual flair. Yes, we're really saying this about Spurs these days.

An impressive performance, actually "perfect" according to the feed commentator, from the visitors and a great way for Cockerels fans to start [pacific time] a weekend.

The only damper was the stolen Arsenal win over Saints, with a stoppage time penalty for a foul that never was. Outrageous, robbing Southampton, and giving the home side two extra points they never deserved. Loathsome lot. That said, the Hammers got trounced at their new home stadium by rampant Watford, so it's not all bad with the other results. Still scratching the head over how a player as talented as Payet ended up with the Irons and not, say, Man City.

But hey, back to how good the Lilywhites were, because this was good stuff, admittedly against a woeful Stoke side who looked rudderless with a defense that allowed the Londoners to romp around almost at will. It won't be this easy against many others.

Harry Kane said it spot-on in post-match interview line to the effect that "It's a tough place to come to, but we played so well it didn't seem like that."

And in fairness Stoke did start well and it took a little while for Spurs to take control. Once Stoke needed to chase the game, they gave Spurs the kind of space that gets you punished.

Pre-match: Spurs thrashed Stoke four-zilch in the corresponding match-up last season. Here's how it went:

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 commentator.

The Spur's Premiership
Vorm saves Spurs blushes
Draw, just like corresponding fixture last season
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 (Ssn 20016/17)
Tottenham H. 1
Liverpool 1
White Hart Lane, London N17
USA: various online [incl. Sling] & TV, 4:30am pacific

Had to watch on the MOTD highlights and the instant reaction being THFC's Dutch goalkeeping back-up choice Michael Vorm was man of the match, but the early miracle save he made showed just how horribly exposed we are at the back sometimes.

On the plus side we saw again the new resilience Spurs have shown under Poch. Just because THFC go one-nil down, doesn't mean they're gonna lose the match. But in this case the home side benefited from a controversial offside call that nullified a second Liverpool "goal" that would have been a bridge too far.

That said, the earlier penalty decision against Lamela seemed harsh but then again Erik's decision making was poor in that moment.

You can see how much Liverpool's potential has increased since Klopp made his debut as their manager at WHL last season. This was a much more impressive showing by them.

With all the other "big" clubs plus Leicester winning, this seems a lot like two points dropped for both sides as opposed to a point gratefully and mutually accepted in the corresponding fixture last season.

Would we have more effective with Janssen on from the start?

One thing's for sure, another hideously ill-timed international break hurts Spurs more than most other clubs.

I won't go so far as to question whether the era of nation representing football squads is over, or should be, but the international calendar needs to be seriously looked at, especially as a winter break, looming larger as a possibility for the English league's mid season, will leave even less space to fit in all the club commitments.

Most people care more about their clubs than country, and since bucks call the shots, the international scene is threatened. In particular, irritation with meaningless "friendlies" is bubbling over into open hostility.

Pre-match: "It will be a game of two halves, the lads will give 110% and at the end of the day football will be the real winner." -- 90291 spur

The Spur's Premiership
Victor Wanyama scores on home debut
August 20, 2016, Sat 7am Pac.
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Crystal Palace 0
White Hart Lane (goal video)
Online: various

Alli's second half introduction brought life to the Tottenham side but it's the towering header from Kane, meeting an 83rd minute corner-kick, to find Victor Wanyama plum in front of goal and buries it, the double-header that provided the breakthrough.

It was also a fitting reposte to a bout of visitor time-wasting that incensed the home supporters and resulted in most of the five minutes of added time being awarded. That said, Palace almost shut Spurs out and are likely to improve on their dismal start to the new campaign as their new signings bed in.

Meanwhile our new stars seem well on their way to shining, albeit Janssen doing his best Soldado impressions whenever shooting. "Viva Bobby Jan!"

First half, that won't attract new fans to the game, saw Spurs with two realistic opportunities while Vorm in the home goal had little to do.

Will this match come to life? Will THFC ever find a way to break down supposedly lesser opponents? Will Kane/Janssen work as a dual spearhead or do we only go one up front in future with Alli playing behind Harry in a supply role?

Poch points to the overworked Spurs players heavily involved in international summer play as the reason the Lilywhites seem underpar at the minute.

Pre-match: Turns out the turnaround was too tight for Christian Benteke to play, even though he technically became a Palace player on the same day as the fixture.

Palace's Holmesdale singing section are no doubt already practicing the terrace song for him but it'll have to wait for Tuesday's League Cup fixture at home to Blackpool for them.

So it's THFC's opening home fixture of the brand new season, 7am USA West Coast time, following a 1:1 draw at Everton last Sat.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Heung-min Son scored the only goal [69th minute] to nab all three points at home to Crystal Palace. The South Korean joined goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as joint men of the match for the home side, with Vertonghen and Lamela not far behind for their contributions.

Meanwhile the main Palace chat forum, one of the most active sporting club message boards in the world, has expanded to dimensions whereby the stunning pro-Brexit vote, which sucker-punched Britain's Sterling currency value, is one of the dominant talking points for their fans these days.

Nevertheless, some of the Eagles forum posters took the time to vote on who would win this upcoming match at the Lane and, at the time of writing this, a whopping 81% of their voting supporters felt Tottenham would prevail.

Even with Benteke pronounced a non-starter for this one, there's still the Andros equation: we have a habit of witnessing ex-Spurs come back to hurt us, and Townsend is this game's candidate.

A win would be great since the Lilywhites finished in tatters last season despite securing third place ["third in a two horse race" as the pundits described it] and the club really needs an outcome loosely called, in the trade, a "win".

It would be nice to see Spurs going into battle with two forwards, now that we have more than one.

Spurs secure point at Goodison
Season kicks off with 1:1 opening result
Everton 1, Spurs 1
Sat, Aug 13, 7a PT, US Live TV+online incl. Sling blue

The good news is that Spurs had the resilience, tenacity, and skill to bounce back when things weren't clicking and a goal down at Everton to secure a decent point on the road against a side with a brand new and highly rated ex-Saint manager Ronald Koeman.

In-form Erik Lamela equalized with a header from a delicious cross from Walker at a critical juncture as Spurs were really struggling to make superiority translate into that desperately needed goal.

Plus the new signings looked a fine fit, including Dutch forward Vincent Janssen whose debut as a sub helped tip the balance towards the visitors.

Decent start which won't set the world afire, but then that's not the requirement just yet, either for the world or for Tottenham Hotspur.

Match day Spur of the moment: Toby Alderweireld. Solid game, top defender who can play midfield roles at will.

More reactions on the way.

PRE-MATCH: Goodison Park is the place where it begins again on Aug 13 in a season that's unlikely to be anything like its predecessor, with THFC's position in the grand scheme of things about as unpredictable as it's ever been.

Other clubs have been spending some serious bucks whilst our own transactions have made almost no waves in the media, but are generally viewed as the least we could do to keep some momentum going after a solid season where we ultimately fell off the cliff. Luckily our manager was as stunned as us by the awful collapse, especially the embarrassment of the thrashing at Newcastle [who, in about an hour after this post, kick off their division two season opener at Fulham], and he mentioned how frustrating it was that everbody was gone before any sort of post-mortem could take place, leaving him [and us] in limbo. Like, WTF happened, and how do we rectify it?

As a rare champions league competitor perhaps the club should have taken more advantage of its current cache, but with limited and overpriced talent available, it's basically City, Utd, and Chelsea spending the bulk of the dough, with Arsenal as usual making some deft moves that should keep them in the top 4.

That leaves the others with, in effect, a closed shop, and the crazy unpredictability of last season is unlikely to upset the apple cart again, despite the largely mythical notion of a more level playing field.

Spurs had a grueling season "warm-up" by, as the BBC noted, "traveling furthest with 22,468 miles, including a trip to Australia, followed by Chelsea's 14,345 miles."

Before that, the club had many players in the European Championship, including for England alone Walker, Dier, Ali, Kane, and Rose. Then the Olympics with, for example, Son for South Korea.

Check back for more as we count down the remaining days to the season opener.

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
-- 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.


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.


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.

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 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


Swansea fans site.

Thurs, Feb 25, 2016
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
away goal
for THFC
Final: One apiece
Fiorentina 1:1 Tottenham Hotspur [Europa]
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 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