Caspurs Debut Bloeug…and it’s a cracker

Is this the summer of our discontent/content?

Since the arrival of a certain Mr Botchmeister, we have had to witness the decline of our once great club, Chick King Hotspurs.  Where once we revelled in the security and comfort of our annual 5th placed finish and a Ropey league berth, we now find ourselves having to suffer the indignity of being consigned to the wastelands of the Champions League, and for a third straight year at that, pfft!

Back in the real world, Poch (yes it’s Poch, not Pooch!) has overseen the transformation of our club from one that seemed happy with its lot, content with finishing 5th or 6th each year, to one that aspires to achieve. There is a renewed pride, where we can see the players now play for both the manager and the club. Is it just me, dunno, but this latest transfer window has the feeling that it’s possibly the most important so far in the Pochmeister’s tenure?

Our resurgence has in large part been down to a core of players who have largely been ever present during Poch’s time, does the club need new (quality) blood to reinvigorate and help push the team onto greater heights?  Competition is fierce, and with our rivals seemingly getting their act together and spending large sums on players, where does that leave Spurs, raising the question, how important is this summer transfer window, and how should the club proceed regarding player acquisitions?

Have we reached a tipping point, where to move the club on our esteemed Monsieur Levy will have to break the habit of a lifetime, and relinquish his vice-like grip on the purse strings…is that even possible?  If Levy really wants to the club to join Europe’s elite, then I feel his propensity to negotiate the life and soul out of a deal needs to change, he needs to show that Spurs really value a potential target, and that isn’t achieved by continually submitting low ball offers, there is a time and a place to play hard ball, just recognise when and where is appropriate tizzall.

Personally I think we’ve reached a point where the club should be actively seeking to secure players who will improve the first team, and not as a means of merely supplementing the squad. Perhaps now it’s a case of less is more, i.e  quality over quantity? Whether that is achieved by pursuing a policy of scouting the best young talent (worldwide), or signing established stars, either way, now is the time to be proactive, and to not dither over the minutiae of every deal.

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

Comments
  • Spursy 24/05/2018 at 11:50 am

    Couldn’t agree more, Cas.
    Poch has revolutionised our club. Please back him, Daniel Levy.
    Surely, him and Joe Lewis will see that it’s in their business interests to pay up for premium players. And keep the good ones, too.

    • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 12:07 pm

      Spursy! Lovely to see you here!

    • 61SpursNut 24/05/2018 at 1:02 pm

      Well, that’s a big hello from me too!

    • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 1:52 pm

      Woeup, wooooeup, Spursy is in town. Great to see you on here!

  • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 12:12 pm

    Cas, thanks very much for the bloeug.

    I honestly don’t see how Lewis (as it is he who has the ability to ‘invest’ more) and Levy won’t step up further to the plate this summer. I know the net spend has been low, but I think I’ve noticed the beginnings of new behaviour in this regard (making funds available to Poch) already.

    Paying nearly 40m for Davinson was a big outlay for a young ‘prospect’. Then being willing to buy Moura in January showed some ambition, imo. This, even balanced against the fact that we had cashed in on Walker.

    I think Levy now has enough faith in Poch to back him with targets he wants. He’s not going to be willing to pay way over the odds for players all of a sudden…but he does have previous for spending money when needed (as well as not at other times in the more distant past).

    Finally, with the gradual trusting of Poch in greater areas of the Club I think Levy will want the first season at The New Lane to be special and have a buzz about it. The stadium itself will only go so far with this. Once the first whistle blows each time, we’re going to need the crowd to be excited about what’s going on on the pitch itself.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 12:36 pm

      Indeed, I think Levy knows we’ve reached a critical crossroads in terms of retaining players, and progressing the quality of the team. Does he however think we should continue to look at players who are cheaper than our direct competitors, or look to add real quality (which won’t be cheap) to our ranks. Times have changed, even within the last 12 months, in all honesty what does £40m get you these days? I don’t have an answer for this, but it’s an interesting and relevant question.
      As for Lewis, the only way he have financially supported the club (probably too late), was to finance the stadium build himself, therefor removing the burden of having to repay the interest on the loans secured by the club, which I believe will be around £15/20m a year.

    • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 12:37 pm

      We’ve noticed a change in the net spend of late because we’ve earned well, enough to contribute a good amount from club resources to the stadium cost, and enough left over to increase wages (our wage bill has increased percentage wise more than any other club) and up the transfer spend.
      It’s very simple, the more we earn the more we can spend on transfers and wages. All this talk I hear of “win stuff then the money rolls in”, yes that’s true for sure, but ignores the cost of “winning stuff” in the first place. As I’ve repeated over and over again, it took the Chelsea and ManC owners over 1bil investment to “win stuff”.
      As far as Lewis investing his own money is concerned, that needs to be put into context;
      Liverpool’s owners have not invested any of their own money into the club.
      Arsenal’s owners have not invested any of their own money into the club.
      Manure’s owners have not invested any of their own money into the club, in fact, they held 2/3rd’s of the debt they incurred to buy the club against Manchester United.
      The only owners in the top 6 that have invested their own money into the club are the vanity projects that are Man City and Chelsea, and neither of those have in the last 3 years. And both of those are in the form of “loans” that the owners will never see a return on, unless they sell the club (and in Chelsea’s case, very doubtful Roman will ever see his investment back.

      Club owners use club resources for transfers and wages, exactly as it should be.
      The new Everton owner is the exception to the rule, having put in 80mil to clear 55mil of debt and towards transfers, and a further amount unknown at this point last summer when the Toffee’s went craxy and bought a load of shite. But to make it clear, this was a loan to the club from it’s new shareholder, not a permanent investment. And where did it get them? Has that money seen them “win stuff”? are they a better team with better potential with this investment? Or are they still struggling to top the “best of the rest” PL table?????

      • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 12:39 pm

        I often go craxy too.

        • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 12:40 pm

          Great blog Cas ;-D

          • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 12:48 pm

            This is all me above, bloody Anonymous.

            • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 12:55 pm

              I’m glad you cleared that up as I was wondering whether it was Jon who had written such insightful analcyst.

              • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 12:57 pm

                Not unless it’s about fashion accessories…

                • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 24/05/2018 at 12:57 pm

                  This.

                  For Whoever it is

            • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 12:57 pm

              I think most of us guessed that; it had the FoFty stamp all over it.

              And, as usual, I make you bang on the money. Our owners are running the club in a responsible manner. We’re seeing an increase in transfer fees and wages that is commensurate with our increase in turnover. The new stadium (and continued CL participation) will mean more money still to be invested in player acquisition and retention.

              And I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 24/05/2018 at 12:39 pm

    No arguments with any of that Cas. It IS a tipping point. And it IS a critical moment and opportunity.

    I do think if its Pochs will to stay with Tottenham then he has the cards to play (which Ive said before) with Levy as it will cost Levy a fortune to start again and he will have a tough time keeping any of the players if Poch left.

    So to me he isnt a victim or a bystander.He is at the centre of the situation and its what Poch does that will count above everything in my view

    • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 12:48 pm

      The idea that any of our players have been bought without Poch’s approval is mind blowing.
      That includes Sissoko, the N’s, Llorente etc etc.
      It’s just another great stick to bash Levy with.
      I’ve no doubt they weren’t first choice, or even second, third or fourth. That’s because, unfortunately, there are 9-10 European teams that pay more in transfers and wages than us, because they earn more revenue. That means they get first dibs over us, just like we are likely to be more successful getting a players compared to Everton, West Ham, Leicester etc.

      • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 1:01 pm

        Oi! Stop nicking my blog ideas. Player recruitment is a topic I hope to be covering at some point.

        I’d be grateful if you didn’t cover in a handful of words what it’s likely to take me a mini novella to do.

        • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 1:02 pm

          Apouels Unk ;-D

        • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 1:05 pm

          I think the crux of it is that the club employ a committee system (4 people if I recall), so has Poch got his first choice, or has it been player 1,2 or 3 on the list of possible recruits?
          We don’t know, but he certainly has an input in the decision making.

          • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 1:36 pm

            That’s certainly my understanding. And I’d also go so far as to suggest that his is the primary voice on that panel.

            • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 2:06 pm

              I’d say Poch is second to Levy, as he dictates what is financially achievable i.e. combined transfer fee and wages.

              • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 2:23 pm

                No doubt, that’s the way it has to be. Can you imagine letting these PL managers loose with the company debit card?

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 12:55 pm

      I don’t think anyone doubts Levy will back Poch, the question is to what extent. Pooh, manure, citeh et al are all willing to now spent £60/70m on one player, will Levy be prepared to match that?
      Our net spend in recent years is around £40m (Sanchez), we have had 2 seasons in the CL and a third upcoming, the earnings from that are in the region of £120+m, then factor in our domestic (tv deal) revenue of £140m a year, of which I would think £40m pa would be for player recruitment, then we should have in the region of £200m+ available for new signings.
      I say this, as Levy stated categorically that the new stadium would NOT effect the player recruitment budget.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 24/05/2018 at 1:03 pm

        The extent that Levy will back Poch is purely subjective.

        There are three parts to that equation and that is the views of all three participants. Levy,Poch and the Fans.
        and the key player is Poch
        What will be acceptable or not to Poch and will that give us a chance?

    • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 12:58 pm

      Naa. Pochettino’s a patsy. Didn’t you get the memo?

      • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 1:00 pm

        Yes, but next time Taff write it in English not Gaelic!

        • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 1:02 pm

          For sure, it will be an English-written bloeug.

  • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 1:48 pm

    Going back to my point re Chelsea and the owners investment:

    Roman has put 1.1billion into the club, all of which is a loan, and therefore a debt. He did this to make them “win stuff.”

    In the last 10 years, Chelsea have seen a net loss of around 192mil. So even though they have a higher revenue than us, win loads of shiny’s, get better sponsorship deals than us, they can’t make a consistent profit.

    Then there’s the new stadium. How much will Roman spend on this? You’d have to estimate between 500mil-1bil.
    Whether he gives them an interest free loan, or they borrow the money to fund it, that means Chelsea will have a debt of minimum 1.6bil, but probably closer to the 1.8bil mark.

    So, exactly how long do you think it will take for Roman to get his money back?
    Answer…he won’t.

    A very well run club, for sure.

    • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 2:09 pm

      And that’s apart from the boom and bust on alternate years. As you say a very well run club.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 2:09 pm

      I heard a rumour a while back that Cheatski will have follow and find the funding themselves for their new stadium.

      • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 2:21 pm

        Wouldn’t surprise me. But how easy will that be, with the club in 1.1bil debt, and a massive negative in the profit/loss column? I’d imagine he’d have to underwrite a good chunk of it, if not all.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 24/05/2018 at 2:36 pm

          Thats me…..Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 2:34 pm
          Yes exactly FoF. I do think we have to kick it up and push forward with a quality CM and keeping Eriksen and others but we are doing ok.
          If Poch needs to win things which he does then part of his job would be to push Levy to get sone better players in some positions to imprive oir lot and find appropriate players to fill the shoes of the Tonys if he and others are not staying

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 24/05/2018 at 2:36 pm

            Tobys

          • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 2:45 pm

            Agree completely Ron. Keep our best happy, and invest in a few upgrades, especially in the middle.

    • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 2:34 pm

      Yes exactly FoF. I do think we have to kick it up and push forward with a quality CM and keeping Eriksen and others but we are doing ok.
      If Poch needs to win things which he does then part of his job would be to push Levy to get sone better players in some positions to imprive oir lot and find appropriate players to fill the shoes of the Tonys if he and others are not staying.

  • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 2:02 pm

    I agree with everything above.

  • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 2:04 pm

    Nice bleougage Cas, some nice sense instead of the nonsense you get somewhere else.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 2:10 pm

      Only some?!! Pfft….

      • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 2:24 pm

        Oh go on then almost all…… Actually I’m feeling in a good mood today I’ll say everyfing 😁.

  • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 3:36 pm

    An interesting piece on the role of agents within football, not overly in-depth but certainly thought provoking.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39882054

  • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 3:44 pm

    Re the ‘we’re a properly run club’ thing, I have to diverge from some of the views on here.

    We may not like the vanity project money that has bought Chelski and Citeh’s success, but it’s filling their trophy cabinets.

    I think there’s a balance to be struck. ENIC are entitled to make money out of THFC, but we are not a hotel complex or golf club. They’re going to get a good margin if/when they sell. Uncle Joe should bankroll the stadium a bit more and free up some cash for wages/transfers.

    End. Of.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 3:53 pm

      As the loans have already been secured, the interest accrued will still need to be paid, I think the best opportunity for Lewis to have done something was to bankroll the build. Be it true or not, there was a rumour that Lewis was prepared to assist financially with the build, but wanted additional shares to compensate, this would have diluted Levy’s shares in Spurs so he apparently declined the proposal.
      Make of that (true or false) what you will.

      • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 4:08 pm

        Yes, I remember that now. I find it a big shame, but I understand Levy’s reluctance. This is the life-changing-money project for him. He could walk away with 150m-250m from any sale. Unfortunately, that has meant he’s possibly stood int he way of the extra funds which would have been taking us to a title these last few years (particularly the Leicester year). AsI say, I can see whay he would not want to dilute his shares, but that is the end result.

  • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 4:18 pm

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 4:20 pm

      Wotton Oeuf, can you delete the pic above please. 👍

  • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 4:20 pm

    • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 4:38 pm

      Great news!

  • DDDddd 24/05/2018 at 4:42 pm

    Poch signs up till 2023.
    Strange considering he’s so badly treated by Levy, maybe the bald one has taken Pochs kids hostage.

    • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 4:58 pm

      No, it was the “very real” interest from Chelsea wot dunnint.

      Ask “Gladys”. She’ll tell you.

  • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 5:52 pm

    This is the best possible news of the summer, over any transfers. He will lead us to greatness, I have no doubt.
    I especially like some of the quotes:

    “Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success.

    “This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this Club deserves.”

    “WE WILL CONTINUE TO STICK TO OUR PRINCIPLES”.

    But he’s off for sure?
    He won’t sign until he see’s serious commitment?
    He wants a 200mil war chest?
    He’s sick of the way we do business?

    Teehee. Haha. Hoho.

    Expect extended contracts for Kane, Eriksen and Verts at the very least over the coming weeks.

    It’s gonna be a good summer, especially now I take no notice of TBH’s Temple of Doom.

    • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 6:09 pm

      If this club were a stick of rock, and you were to cut that sick in half, you’d see the words “Mauricio Pochettino” struck through it.

      There was never even the slightest doubt in my mind that he would sign that contract. He is going to be our very own Alex Ferguson.

      P.S. Temple of Doom. Love it.

  • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 5:59 pm

    Anonymouse

    I’d say Poch is second to Levy, as he dictates what is financially achievable i.e. combined transfer fee and wages.

    Levy undoubtedly has the *final* word in our transfer activity (he’s the one who ultimately signs the cheques after all), but there’s little doubt in my mind that the *primary* voice (i.e. the one that dictates the sort of players we should be going for) is Pochettino’s.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 24/05/2018 at 6:22 pm

    Beat me to it FOF, yep, it’s gonna be a great summer now. Poch signing means he’s received the assurances he wanted, brilliant stuff.

  • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 6:51 pm

    My view is that Poch and Levy are now on the same page again. I think there may have been some slight concern of a divergence as evidenced by Poch’s comments about the club/Levy being brave. Looking good for the summer.

  • Sexy Beast 24/05/2018 at 8:21 pm

    St Totterings day has been postponed for five more years!
    Bloody marvelous haha!
    Hello my fellow Spurs Saddo’s

    • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 8:33 pm

      Evening SB, great to have you on the good ship Flat Oeuf.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 8:36 pm

      herzlich willkommen Herr Sexy Tier.

    • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 9:00 pm

      It’s bloody Sexy!

      • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 9:02 pm

        Of course it’s Sexy. Who the fuck are you?

        • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 9:03 pm

          I’m you.

          • McG ⚽⚽ 24/05/2018 at 9:04 pm

            Your ewe

            • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 9:07 pm

              Are ewe sure?

              • McG ⚽⚽ 24/05/2018 at 9:09 pm

                Sure whose ewe?

          • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 9:04 pm

            Oh.

            • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:18 pm

              Oeu.

              • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 9:22 pm

                D’oeu!

      • Sexy Beast 24/05/2018 at 10:31 pm
    • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:01 pm

      Wotcha Sexy Beast, glad you sorted it matey.

      • Sexy Beast 24/05/2018 at 9:14 pm

        All good on the laptop! Glad to be onboard 🙂

        • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:21 pm

          • Sexy Beast 24/05/2018 at 9:27 pm

            Uncanny.

  • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 8:51 pm

    Hmmm.
    “Mauricio signing is great news. Tell a lie, it’s a relief.”
    But I thought Botchetino was a useless good for nothing waste of space, and was merely Levy’s ventriloquist dummy?

    • SpurAndy 24/05/2018 at 9:09 pm

      Botchetino is Poch’s evil 😈 twin. Normally locked up in Levy’s dungeon but occasionally escapes to cause havoc amongst the faithless.

      • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 9:11 pm

        I never go out without my Holy Poch water.

  • It’s Me, Who Are You? 24/05/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Hello

  • Still Nil Nil 24/05/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Not really, it’s me!!!

    • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 9:50 pm

      Stilly Vanilli!

      • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:56 pm

        Except he doesn’t mime.

        • McG ⚽⚽ 24/05/2018 at 10:10 pm

          But he does rhyme..

  • Still Nil Nil 24/05/2018 at 9:46 pm

    Welcome new peeps from yonder grave yard.

    Great blog Cas.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 10:19 pm

      Fankinyu bud. 👍

  • Still Nil Nil 24/05/2018 at 9:49 pm

    Horspur’s gone all bipolar.

    Only problem is, is he from the Arctic or the Antarctic?

    • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:54 pm

      AC/DC?

  • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 9:56 pm

    A strange thing has happened to me since our Harry was made England captain. I’m actually quite interested in the World Cup.
    Imagine kicking off our new season in our new ground with our committed manager and a cluster of World Cup winners.

    • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 9:58 pm

      Oh Foe! You’ve only gone and said it!

      • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:00 pm

        Kane said it first. No fear. I think he’ll make a great captain.

        • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 10:02 pm

          Me too, not worried about that….more our ability to get over turning into statues at just the wrong moment.

          • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:10 pm

            That could quite easily happen too.

            • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 10:16 pm

              I start with the premise that that’s precisely what we’ll do, that way anything other than that will be a bonus. Appy dayz..
              PS, I like the word ‘that’, deal with it.

              • Flat Oeuf 24/05/2018 at 10:25 pm

                it or that?

                • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:26 pm

                  That’s it.

                  • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 5:53 am

                    Is it though?

  • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:14 pm

    Some nice stats on SSN.
    Poch has managed more games than any other manager for Spurs. 152 games, Rednapp 2nd with 144.
    Combined with the fact that he’s got the best points per game average at 1.95 per game.
    Pwopa consistency that.

    • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 10:18 pm

      That’s Premier league history I presume.

      • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:19 pm

        That is correct.

        • Anonymouse 24/05/2018 at 10:23 pm

          Does that mean Hoddle was just an imaginary childhood idol? He seemed so real as well… Harumph!

          • Freund or Foe 24/05/2018 at 10:25 pm

            Hod will always be god.

            • Anonymous 24/05/2018 at 11:08 pm

              Dyslexic?????

  • UnkleTaff 24/05/2018 at 11:36 pm

    Now that Pochettino has extended his contract I’d be quite worried if I were a Liverpool supporter right now as it’s only a matter of time before Madrid come a knockin’ for their manager.

    And Salah.

    • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 9:15 am

      Impossible Taff, only Spurs have their players or Manager linked to other clubs by the media.

  • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 9:37 am

    Bring in these three players and (even if Alderweireld leaves) I reckon a title challenge could be on the cards next year.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/tottenham-boss-mauricio-pochettino-wants-12592432

  • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 9:49 am

    Sorry Taff I’m not convinced. I think we need to address the fullback positions (we won’t), both Trippier and Davies lack the pace we had when we had Rose and Walker, plus it allowed us to play a back three which imo worked better for us.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 9:52 am

      Sessegnon left (wing) back, Walker-Peters right (wing) back. Sorted.

      We’re in much better shape than people seem to think we are. A major overhaul is not what’s required in my view.

      • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:10 am

        …we demonstrated last year we’re capable of competing at the very highest level. It was mostly a lack of experience that cost us. We we have another year of experience under our collective belts now, and so long as we replace the outgoing players with similar (or hopefully better) over the summer I reckon we’ll be good do go.

        Man City will obviously be the team to beat, but it is notoriously difficult to win back-to-back titles. They’re better placed than most to accomplish this, but if they do fall short of the standard they set last year I’d make us favourites to take advantage.

      • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:30 am

        That’s a very optimistic view regarding Sessegnon. He’s played a large proportion of the season as a left winger, plus we don’t know how he would perform in the PL. Also as I said, the crossroads the club now find themselves at means to get to the next level we need players that are exceptional in their positions not just good. This tallies with my point about not just supplementing the squad, but securing players capable of improving the first team.
        Whether KWP and Sessegnon are ready and good enough at this point for that who knows.

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:41 am

          Walker-Peters started twice in the league last year and picked up two MotM gongs.

          He’s ready all right.

          • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:44 am

            I am yet to be 100% convinced.

            • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:49 am

              The kid’s a star. I fancy him to take the PL by storm next season and I’ll be very surprised indeed if he doesn’t get an England call up as well.

              Serge Aurier. Pfft.

              • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:52 am

                I sincerely hope you’re right Taff, time will tell.

                • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:56 am

                  I was frustrated (as I’m sure a lot of people were) when Aurier kept getting so much game time (ahead of Walker-Peters) last year. But my guess is that Pochettino knew the lad wasn’t ready for a full season. Hopefully it’ll be different next year.

                  I know they’re both relatively unknown quantities, but the thought of what Walker-Peters on one side and Sessegnon on the other might accomplish really excites me.

                  • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:58 am

                    We need to get rid of Aurier endov.

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 11:00 am

                      On that I think it’s safe to say we are in full agreement.

                    • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 11:02 am

                      Bugger,that was a typo…

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 11:05 am

                      Can you not edit your posts?

                  • Still Nil Nil 25/05/2018 at 1:02 pm

                    Aurier got in due to his superior throw in ability.
                    Every time he takes a throw in, it looks like an invisible person is poking him with a cattle prod.

                    I hope KWP and trippier share the load next season and orio doesn’t get a look in.

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 1:14 pm

                      I’m pretty sure Aurier single-handedly managed more foul throw-ins in one game than every other team managed during the whole season.

  • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 10:30 am

    I think I saw a stat which put us as the most consistent in terms of top 4 placing over the last 3 years. Which is even more impressive in view of last season playing at Wembley. This indicates we are more than likely to maintain another push next season. To counter that is the new stadium effect which may make a difference that could be good or bad for the first season. If we could get Martial, Sessignon and De Ligt then that would be very good business and even better would be to retain Tobes and have a fit inform Rose. Then I think we would have a damn good go at it.

    • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:33 am

      Imo Rose can go. I would prefer a wingback who’s capable of crossing decent balls into the area, or spotting the correct pass at the right time, that isn’t one of Rose’s strengths.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:38 am

      Alderweireld can do one as far as I’m concerned. There surely can’t be any doubt that he’s been offered a very good contract but still it’s not enough for him.

      Sell him to the highest bidder and move on. Let’s see just how good he is when Pochettino isn’t coaching him.

      • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 10:43 am

        He had a very good season at Southampton where he worked under Koeman, which was enough to convince Spurs to sign him.

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 10:47 am

          He was good. I’m not sure he was *that* good.

          Besides, he clearly doesn’t want to play for us any more (at least not on the money we’re prepared to offer). Let’s get a deal done and reinvest that money in people who do want to play for us ASAP.

      • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 12:52 pm

        I used to think that players were as much a fan of the club as I was. Looking back maybe they were but probably not bar the odd exception. Now I see them purely as employees almost the same as a member of staff of any business. On that basis I don’t look upon them as being traitors if they want out whether it be to win stuff or to increase their bank balance. If on the other hand they use dirty tactics to secure their exit then that’s another matter and I wouldn’t want them near the club anymore. I don’t think Toby has acted badly in that regard. Admittedly he seems to have agreed a deal which he’s subsequently backed out of which is disappointing but not the greatest sin imo. He’s not made any overtures in the press so I’d have no problem in welcoming him back as I still feel he’s one of the top 3 CB’s in the PL and not someone to let go if we really want to win silverware.

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 1:02 pm

          Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I just can’t sympathise with anyone, no matter what their line of work, who decides that £100k a week isn’t enough money for their services.

          I’ve never been interested in what other people earn. So long as I’m being paid what I feel to be a fair wage (and for a job that I enjoy going) I’m happy.

          The rumours are that Alderweireld wants parity with the hideously overpaid van Dijk. If this is the case (and it’s looking like it might well be) I’d rather see him leave the club as soon as possible as this is not the sort of attitude that will take us forward.

          Frankly, I’m getting sick of the sight of him and his departure can’t come soon enough.

          • ronwol196061 25/05/2018 at 1:07 pm

            I can understand why a player wants top money. Most people do too so why shoukdnt most footballers ?
            Is it selfish to think if your family over your fans?

          • Still Nil Nil 25/05/2018 at 1:07 pm

            I am in total agreement about the obscene wages paid in the premier league.

            But I will stop short of crucifying Toby purely for the fact that this is all speculation and that nobody knows if he has actually demanded any of what’s been said.

            There does seem to be an issue internally but to slaughter the guy without knowing the facts is premature.

            Toby is a quality player and very worthy of a berth in spurs squad.

            He hadn’t behaved like rose.

            He’s been very dignified in public.

            But none of us knows what’s happened behind closed doors.

            • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 1:16 pm

              I know. I’m just railing against the “he must be kept at all costs” mentality.

              All will be revealed in the coming weeks no doubt. Hopefully before the World Cup which I just know you’re particularly looking forward to…

            • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 1:26 pm

              Yerp, all guess work to know exactly what’s going on, Nilster.
              Have read in various places that his agent and his dad haven’t helped things, moved goalposts etc etc, but you are correct, Tobes has shown nothing but commitment to Spurs publicly.
              Whatever happens, think we just need to deal with it as swiftly as possible.

              • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 1:27 pm

                Grrrrrr!!!!!

                • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:23 pm

                  What’s happening there FoF, does it keep logging you out?

                  • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 2:40 pm

                    I keep forgetting to put my deets in before posting, but yes, every time I navigate away or refresh it logs me out.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:42 pm

                      Are you on the WordPress app or the WordPress website?

                    • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 2:45 pm

                      I’m on the website.
                      Not sure if it does it on my phone/pad too, I’m on my work laptop.

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:47 pm

                      That’s weird. I’m on my laptop and the only issue I’ve experienced so far is not being able to see the “Like” button (which I can live without). I’ve not experienced any logging in or logging out issues at all.

                      I’m using Chrome, if that helps.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:47 pm

                      ….because if you ‘follow’ the blog from the invite I have (just) re-sent you, you shouldnt have any problems. I’ve got the settings on the lowest possible denominator (ie People are not ‘required’ to input their name and email address before posting), so I think it’s a question of being logged in to the app or website before posting or possibly accepting the invite to ‘follow’ the bloeug….

                      I think.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:48 pm

                      I’ve removed the ‘Like’ button as that was what was creating all the wobble on the page when scrolling.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:49 pm

                      I use Chrome on my desktop too for the porpoises of this site

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:49 pm

                      When did you remove the ‘Like’ button? The reason I ask is that I had an email notification earlier today that (as strange as it seems) someone liked one of my posts.

                    • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 2:50 pm

                      You.an still ‘like’ if you open the bloeug in the app.

                    • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 2:51 pm

                      Thanks Flatty, but I’ve just entered through your link, and still have to put deets in.

                    • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 2:52 pm

                      Refreshed and deets gone again.

                    • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 2:52 pm

                      I’m using chrome too.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:53 pm

                      But are you logged in to the website with your foeorfreund deets? Not on my blog, but on the actual WordPress website?

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:53 pm

                      I’ve bookmarked the site and access it that way and my details are always present.

                      Is it a permissions thing, perhaps? Does FoFty have admin status?

                    • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 2:54 pm

                      Yes, logged into wordpress website.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:54 pm

                      FoFfy? Admin status? Are you sure? Fakinel.

                    • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 2:55 pm

                      Don’t do it, I’ll cause havoc.

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:56 pm

                      FoFfy, I’ve just changed you to Subscriber…see if that works. Thing is, SpurAndy and others all had the same status as you before and haven’t had this problem…

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:57 pm

                      If not, Admin is next…panic in the boardroom!

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:58 pm

                      Oh, shit. Me and my big mouth…

                    • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:06 pm

                      Nah, still opens with no deets in the “post a comment” box.
                      Don’t worry too much, I’ll check in later with my phone/pad and see if it makes any difference.

                  • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 2:57 pm

                    It was me doing the liking Taff. Only access this site on my phone and I get notifications if someone tries to my post. If I open the notification it automatically opens in the app and there’s the like button. Otherwise I view the site in Chrome on my phone and never have to rein put my deets. Although tbh I normally keep the site open and don’t close it down.

                    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:58 pm

                      I know it was you, rAndy. I just didn’t want to name and shame, that’s all…

                      😉

                    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 2:58 pm

                      Yup, the Like button appears if you tap Notifications in the App

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 11:05 am

      Last season’s home record was our third best this century, bettered only by the last WHL (freak) season and another one a few years ago where we managed just one point more than we did last year.

      From a purely sporting perspective Wembley was an unqualified success.

      And the the experience of playing there for a year will stand us in much better stead for the new stadium than somewhere like Milton Keynes would have done.

  • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 12:07 pm

    So here we are on the eve of the big game, who will prevail? I have to say I think it’s Fulham’s to lose.

    • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 12:36 pm

      Fulham are the better footballing side but Villa have an awful lot of experience. From a football point of view I’d prefer Fulham but appreciate that might put the sale of Sessignon under threat. Sessignon is a good prospect but like Cas I think we need a couple of ready to go players if we’re going to challenge for the title next year.

      • ronwol196061 25/05/2018 at 1:03 pm

        It would be great if Onomah came on ,had a great game and knocked Fulham off

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 1:04 pm

          I still have (relatively) high hopes for him, but this upcoming season might be just too soon for him unfortunately.

          • ronwol196061 25/05/2018 at 1:09 pm

            If he helps knock out Sessegnon it helps himself and us both ways.
            Im not sure if he will make it but love to see him as a CM in the future. He did play well fir England in that position

          • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 4:11 pm

            I don’t, he’s had his chance both with us and Villa and not shown enough.

            • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:28 pm

              Says who? Here’s a report card from the end of April.

              https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/josh-onomah-aston-villa-spurs-14574280

              Very complimentary on the whole. He lost his way a bit in February but generally speaking it looks like the loan has been a success. He’s always struck me as a confidence player. Once he truly believes in himself I think he has all the attributes to be a success at PL level.

              He’s certainly fared more successfully than Harry Kane did during most (if not all) of his loan spells.

              • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 4:38 pm

                Ignore that Caspurs bloke, he’s just a WUM.

                • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:40 pm

                  Razspurs.

                  Or is that just a bit below the belt?

                  😉

                  • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 5:39 pm

                    That constitutes violent conduct! It’s gotta be worth at least a 6 blog ban.

  • Still Nil Nil 25/05/2018 at 2:37 pm

    UnkleTaff
    I know. I’m just railing against the “he must be kept at all costs” mentality.
    All will be revealed in the coming weeks no doubt. Hopefully before the World Cup which I just know you’re particularly looking forward to…

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    You know me too well Kev!!!

    • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 2:53 pm

      I’ve got that sneaky feeling we’re gonna win it this time. 🤦‍♂️

      • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 2:56 pm

        Build the team around Dier, Alli and Kane and we might just do that.

        I genuinely think we’ll go a lot further than a lot of people seem to think, Southgate’s not such the doofus he’s made out to be.*

        * I reserve the right to withdraw this statement if his insistence on picking Sterling for every game ultimately costs us.

        • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:05 pm

          Er, Taff. Is this one of *those* predictions?

          • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:06 pm

            *Those* predictions only work on the other place…

  • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:06 pm

    foeorfreund

    Don’t do it, I’ll cause havoc.

    It’s done. You’re Idi Admin.

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 3:11 pm

    Test

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:12 pm

    Nope.

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 3:12 pm

    Weird. Very weird.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:15 pm

      Which version of Windows are you running? I’m on version 7. That *might* be a factor.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 25/05/2018 at 5:39 pm

      You need to apply some science..

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 3:16 pm

    Nope.
    So I’m on the WordPress site, have access to all the tabs down the left hand side (view site, stats, plan, store, manage etc), but when I click on the “view site”, it brings the site up in a box, but no deets in the “post a comment” box.
    I’m on Windows 10, Unk.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:18 pm

      Which begs the question, what version of Windows are other PC users on? I doubt if it’s a factor but it’d be useful to rule it out if it isn’t.

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 3:17 pm

    So I’m logged in now….

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:18 pm

    Just refreshed the whole wordpress page, checked that I’m still logged in to that, but deets go missing from the site again.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:21 pm

      You don’t have a Gravatar image attached. Something else to try, perhaps?

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 3:18 pm

    So now I’m admin, can I start putting expenses receipts in? ;-D

    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:34 pm

      Sure, please submit them to Jon in Accounts.

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:31 pm

    Test

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:32 pm

    Even weirder. Now I can’t even post a comment unless I’m anonymous. Just keeps on giving me an error.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 25/05/2018 at 5:42 pm

      Did somebody say something??

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:36 pm

    So not getting this.
    I’ve just added an image to my gravatar account, which is now showing up on the wordpress page (top right hand corner), but isn’t showing in the “post a comment” box, and when I put my deets in the post a comment box, I can’t post anything and instead get an “error”.

    • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:37 pm

      That is very odd

      🎼🎼I just don’t think I understand🎼🎼🎼

      • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:38 pm

        If you want to walk through it later when we’re both at our desks? I’m out right now.

        • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 4:12 pm

          walk through it whilst at a desk, very quare..

  • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:38 pm

    Me neither.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:38 pm

      Gravatar alert!

      • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:39 pm

        Test

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:39 pm

          No Gravatar alert!

  • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:39 pm

    test

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:41 pm

      Is there a conflict with the foe or freund vs Freund or Foe details?

      Maybe it might be an idea to delete your account entirely and create a totally new one?

  • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:42 pm

    This is mind boggling.
    So when I put “Freund or Foe” into the “post a comment box”, the posts show my gravatar, even though “Freund or Foe” isn’t in any way linked to my gravatar or wordpress account, but the image in the “post a comment” box is still as it would be if I were anonymous (so that Mincraft looking thing.
    foeorfreund, which is my registered name for both gravatar and wordpress, isn’t working at all.

    • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:45 pm

      Sounds like there’s a conflict to me. I’d try deleting your account(s) and registering a new one.

      • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:47 pm

        I’ll try that, thanks Unk.

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:48 pm

          Do please keep us informed.

          🙂

  • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 3:45 pm

    And the deets still disappear whenever I navigate away or refresh.

  • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 3:47 pm

    Well one thing’s for sure … Cas will be delighted with the number of comments his bloeug has managed to generate.

    • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 3:47 pm

      I’m admin now, I’ll delete the lot.

      • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 4:14 pm

        Teehee….

    • Caspurs 25/05/2018 at 4:15 pm

      I’m sure you’re keeping a note of it Taff. 😘

  • Flat Oeuf 25/05/2018 at 3:52 pm

    Freund or Foe

    This is mind boggling.
    So when I put “Freund or Foe” into the “post a comment box”, the posts show my gravatar, even though “Freund or Foe” isn’t in any way linked to my gravatar or wordpress account, but the image in the “post a comment” box is still as it would be if I were anonymous (so that Mincraft looking thing.
    foeorfreund, which is my registered name for both gravatar and wordpress, isn’t working at all.

    I didn’t really like Foe or Freund much anyway.

    • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 4:00 pm

      Me neouther.

  • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 4:03 pm

    Hi

  • foeorfreund 25/05/2018 at 4:04 pm

    Bi

  • Desperately Seeking Susan 25/05/2018 at 4:04 pm

    Why?

  • Temple of Doom 25/05/2018 at 4:05 pm

    Sigh.

  • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:37 pm

    Here’s another view of Onomah’s time at Villa last year:

    https://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2018/4/5/17203744/tottenham-hotspur-loan-update-josh-onomah-aston-villa

    Way too early to be writing him off in my view.

  • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:38 pm

    Harry Maguire, anyone? It’ll be interesting to see how he fares at the World Cup but here’s a player who seems to be improving all the time to me.

    • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 4:45 pm

      Nope, we’re trying to improve the team Taff, not tread water…

      • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:49 pm

        https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/leicester-city-end-season-awards-1523718

        …and this in a team that has both Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez.

        I like Maguire. But if Leicester do sell him I suspect he’ll go for more than we’re prepared to pay.

        • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 4:51 pm

          So do you still think Levy will be strict with the purse strings then Taff?

          • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:57 pm

            I don’t think Levy will adopt a “pay anything” approach, but I don’t think he’ll shy away from paying big money for a player that it’s deemed is worth it either.

            £50m for Ryan Sessegnon, for example, might be at the top end of what we’re willing to pay (and I can see us paying it if the coach really wants him), but if Fulham quote us something stupid like £75m then we’ll (quite rightly) walk away.

      • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 4:50 pm

        • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 4:50 pm

          Anybody want a peanut?

          • McG ⚽⚽ 25/05/2018 at 5:45 pm

            I’d like a Hazel.

  • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 5:36 pm

    After careful deliberation, no accounting skills, and based solely on lack of scientific data, I have drawn up a preliminary list of who we should sign:
    Sergej Milinković-Savić
    Ryan Sessegnon
    Kieran Tierney
    James Maddison
    Matthijs de Ligt

    I think it’s doable….

    • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 5:44 pm

      After careful deliberation, no accounting skills, and based solely on anecdotal evidence, I have drawn up a list of who we should definitely not sign:
      Ross Barkley
      Harry Maguire
      Said Berahino
      And anyone else Taff recommends…
      Endov!

      • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 5:56 pm

        Is that no accounting (numerical) skills or no accounting (for any) skills (in picking players)?

  • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 6:04 pm

    First one = numerical
    Second one = As it’s Taff, definitely the latter…

    • SpurAndy 25/05/2018 at 6:16 pm

      I wouldn’t hold Berahino against Taff, everybody is entitled to one mistake.

      • Anonymouse 25/05/2018 at 6:21 pm

        I don’t hold Berahino against a Taff, that’s a burden he’ll have to carry himself for the rest of his life… 😉

  • UnkleTaff 25/05/2018 at 11:20 pm

    FAO FoFfy and Flatty:

    I’ve just had a quick look at the other place (as a quick look is all I’m able to stomach these days). It seems that some of them are having problems posting as well, so maybe there’s a WordPress issue at play.

    • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 11:25 pm

      I read that as well. I also noticed he’s now got a ‘I’m not a spammer’ box you have to tick.

    • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 11:27 pm

      I also read Raz’s bizarre moment written the third person, that bloke is seriously odd (to put it mildly).

      • Anonymous 25/05/2018 at 11:27 pm

        *comment

      • JonSpur 26/05/2018 at 12:24 am

        JonSpur thinks that too.

        • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:38 am

          I asked a friend to ask SpurAndy and he also conkers.

    • Freund or Foe 25/05/2018 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks Unk.

      • JonSpur 26/05/2018 at 12:31 am

        That pic of Davey Moyest reminds me of two things: ① Excema and ② Athletes foot. Hang on… or was it ① Thrush and ② Jock itch? Whatever it is it’s red raw and itchy.

        • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:41 am

          Reminds me of my glue sniffing/inhaling Lynx through a sock days.

  • JonSpur 26/05/2018 at 12:55 am

    Chums, I’m in the last 4 weeks or so of me course and I have loads of work to do and exams to sit, so don’t despair if you don’t see me here posting deep philosophical insights into the ludicrous world of professional football.

    I’m written an article on the status of The Club as I see it which I hope to publish on this bleoug at some point. I reproduce a first draft here for initial peer appraisal:

    Everything is somewhere on the ‘satisfactory’ to ‘outstanding’ continuum.

    Btw, it looks like Aristotle’s looking for a new home again. Anyone? Thought not.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/05/2018 at 1:54 am

      I dont think Aristotle is so bad.
      I dont agree with his view but he has a view and he does back it up with facts and his feeling about things.
      Sometimes he talks down to the masses and that doesnt win him too many friends but he has a viewpoint.
      He was frustrated with Tottenham after they dumped Jol. I wasnt a fan of Jol but I havent been happy with too many managers though I did like Redknapp as it was at least exciting even if I didnt really believe in him.

      • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:35 am

        Seems a bit of a split personality, moments of lucidity then madness. You never know which one will turn up.

    • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:29 am

      We’ll keep the candle burning Jon, to guide you back home. Good revising and examing mate.

    • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:41 am

      Good man Jon. Hope it all goes well.

  • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 9:05 am

    Chance of lightning forecast for the south east. I do hope so, I luvva bitter lightning. ⚡️

    • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:25 am

      I do except when I’m playing golf ⛳. Never good to conduct lightening with a metal bat.

    • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 10:33 am

      Hopefully if it does materialise it stays in the south east as I have a pointless bowls cup match to play this afternoon (group stages, only winners go through: winners already decided) which I’m really looking forward to.

      • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:37 am

        Club game Taff, or wider opposition?

        • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 10:40 am

          Club game. We’re a second division outfit and we were drawn in a group that had a first division team in it that’s beaten everyone else (us included) so far. Had the top two gone through there would be something resting on today’s game, but unfortunately…

          • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:44 am

            Real shame but as you know silverware is the only think that matters so if I were you I’d just give up the game now…….

            • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 10:48 am

              I’d like to see how far we progress in the WBA Carmarthenshire Open doubles tournament first, if you don’t mind.

              http://www.ccba.moonfruit.com/wba-pairs-b/4594250410

              We’re through to the third round having beaten last year’s semi-finalists on Monday.

              • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 10:49 am

                Crikey Taff, how many competitions are you chaps in?

                • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 10:55 am

                  There’s the league (which hasn’t properly started yet, the Carruthers Cup (last game today) the DJ Jones two rink and the Vet(eran)s league (which I’m not technically eligible for (although I do play now and again if they’re short on numbers)). They’re all club competitions.

                  The WBA tournaments are open to individual entries. I entered this year with a partner mainly for the experience but we surprised ourselves by actually winning a game.

                  • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 10:59 am

                    If my calculations are correct Taff, your playing bowls 8 days a week…

                    • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 11:00 am

                      That’s about right.

              • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:50 am

                Good on West Bromwich Albion for sponsoring.

      • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 10:44 am

        It’s only for the south of England as far as I’m aware Taff, your continued bowling escapades should be fine.

    • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:43 am

      I’m due to play tomorrow at Aybridge. I’ve only played twice this year, so really looking forward to it. No doubt it’ll piss down right up until the 19th.

      • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 10:48 am

        Think it might be about dodging the thunderstorms. I’m playing at my local golf centre https://www.golfkingdom.net/cranfield-golf-club
        Just go for the range but they’ve offered a free round on their Masters course, obvs to drum up business. Have to be a member to play normally which is over £1k a year, too expensive for me. Hopefully should get a full round in.

        • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 12:45 pm

          Enjoy rAndy!

          I’m still planning some golfin for the North American invasion II later in the year, if yer up fur it.

          • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 12:48 pm

            Love to fofty. Enjoy your golf tomoz, hope the thunder stays away.

  • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 10:57 am

    Ah, looks like things could get a tad interesting for golfing…

    • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 11:28 am

      Already had to cancel once, 2 weeks ago! 😱

      • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 11:29 am

        Hold on that’s tomorrow, phew. Should be OK for today.

        • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 11:41 am

          Yeah that was for FoF, worth checking today as well, but I think you should be ok. 👍

    • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Cas. Thunder, lots of tree’s, swinging metal stick in the air. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 11:06 am

    My spider senses are telling me the wrong team will prevail this eve.. : (

  • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 12:52 pm

    China PR 0 – 0 Myanmar, 11 mins in.

    • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 1:47 pm

      My Oh My…its a shock!!

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/05/2018 at 1:48 pm

    Anonwol

    • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 1:59 pm

      MorninWol.

      • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 4:22 pm

        Morning stroll wol
        No viagra just in Niagara
        Went on the boat
        Stayed afloat
        Feeling a bit nackera

        Been in Canada since 69
        Never went in the boat
        Last night had a bet
        today got wet
        now all set for Real time

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/05/2018 at 4:25 pm

          Tyranosaurus Wol
          no name at all
          give me the ball
          I talk only with my feet

  • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 3:07 pm

    I’m orf tut shop, anyone want anyfink?

    • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 5:38 pm

      I’ll have a tut please seeing as you’re offering

      King Tut

  • Ononmahmouse 26/05/2018 at 6:54 pm

    Arrrggggghhh….

  • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 6:56 pm

    John Terry: Loser.

    Breathe it in. Feels good.

    • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 7:12 pm

      Last I saw him he was wearing a Fulham shirt and try to get in on the victory photos.

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 7:57 pm

        He would though, wouldn’t he though?

  • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 8:30 pm

    Oh my, Mcnanananaman really is one helluva biased so and so..

    • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:31 pm

      He’s an utter Twonk

  • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:30 pm

    I’m not really a Liverpool hater but I really hope Real win this.

    • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:33 pm

      Yep 100%.

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:36 pm

        “Football fans everywhere cried when Mo’ Salad had to go off”

        Er, nope

        • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 8:37 pm

          Is there a game on tonight?

          • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:42 pm

            Yes, John Terry lost

            Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

            • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 8:43 pm

              *giggle*

  • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 8:38 pm

    Anyone else think that Ramos knew exactly what he was doing when he ‘tangled’ with Salah?

    • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 8:41 pm

      I didn’t see it but I’d have to yes, and well done him! 😛
      The dirty cheating facker.

    • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:41 pm

      Yup 100%

    • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:44 pm

      Nope.

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:47 pm

        Really? He’s a super-experienced defender. I’m sure he knows that if he hooks the arm as they go down and makes sure he lands on it he’s got a good chance of causing an injury to arm or shoulder.

        • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 8:49 pm

          Yup. He clearly dragged him to the ground in a way that the referee couldn’t see.

        • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:50 pm

          I would agree If he had pinned/held his arm as they fell to the ground but he didn’t . I know Ramos is a master of the dark arts,but I think it was more of an unfortunate tangle.

          • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:54 pm

            VAR required.

            Taff?

          • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 8:55 pm

            They practise that every day on the training ground.

  • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:47 pm

    Are you ready to order sir?
    Yes, I think I’ll have the salad
    Sorry sir the salad is off

    • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 8:50 pm

      It looked a bit limp to be fair.

  • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 8:51 pm

    Luka Modric still oozes class.

    • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:53 pm

      £27m? We was mugged! I always thought he was worth far more, he’s been the best midfielder in his position in the world for many years.

      • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 9:48 pm

        And then some.

  • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 8:58 pm

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Brilliant!

  • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 9:08 pm

    And that’s why we want him back.

  • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 9:10 pm

    • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 9:12 pm

      Oi, you been filming me!

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 9:13 pm

        I had to look behind the sofa

        • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 9:14 pm

          😁

          • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 9:15 pm

            Found him!

  • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 9:11 pm

    WOW!!

  • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:12 pm

    I didn’t even see it and I was stunned!

    • Anonymouse 26/05/2018 at 9:15 pm

      It’ll be coming to a tv near you in 2024…

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 9:16 pm

        Teletext should have a replay.

  • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:29 pm

    Nice.

  • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:30 pm

    They’re a ropey team without Salad.

  • SpurAndy 26/05/2018 at 9:32 pm

    I actually feel a bit sorry for the keeper. He might not get over that.

  • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 9:32 pm

  • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:33 pm

  • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 9:40 pm

    Okay, Gareth. You’ve had your fun. Time to come home now.

    • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:43 pm

      Indeed, it’s his best chance of a fourth consecutive CL winners medal.

    • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 9:43 pm

      “Very disappointed not to start the game…thought I deserved it…”

      • 61SpursNut 26/05/2018 at 9:48 pm

        Oooh, that’s resignation speak.

  • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 9:44 pm

    Klopp’s refusal to address his goalkeeping situation has ultimately cost him football’s biggest prize.

    Man City would have strolled through that match if they’d been playing in it.

  • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 9:48 pm

    Maybe I’m reading too much into Bales post-match comments, but for me he’s basically just said he wants to return to the Premier League.

    If there’s any possible way that we can get him back we just have to go for it.

    • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 9:59 pm

      It was all in Welsh,Taff!!!!

      RightO Boyo!!!

  • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:00 pm

    Just got home to see tge result

    No Mo Mo !!!

    • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:03 pm

      I’ve just finished decorating my boys room and looked at my phone. Fanbloodytastic. I can feel the scousesquirm from here.

      • UnkleTaff 26/05/2018 at 10:05 pm

        Seriously? You mean you haven’t yet seen Bale’s first goal?

        Do yourself a favour and Google it. It really was something else.

        • Anonymous 26/05/2018 at 10:06 pm

          Simply jaw dropping!

        • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:07 pm

          Just seen it. Rather bloody special.

        • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:09 pm

          Im still watching Nayims goal

  • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:00 pm

    No Am Mo!!!

  • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:01 pm

    One man didnt go to Mo!!!

  • Freund or Foe 26/05/2018 at 10:05 pm

    For a while I wasn’t convinced that Bale was the most necessary signing. Now I’m desperate for monkey.

    • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:07 pm

      We cant get him on the chimp now

      • Flat Oeuf 26/05/2018 at 10:08 pm

        Bonobo we won’t

        • ronwol196061 26/05/2018 at 10:10 pm

          He’s dutch
          Orangetang

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