Is the Future Bright or Dystopian Black?

I came across this article recently concerning the future of football and with the imminent move by La Liga to host one match a year in America and huge conglomerates like Amazon and Facebook beginning to jostle to get some of the action the future landscape it seems is likely to change significantly in the coming years. According to the article the £1 billion yearly turnover is more than likely by 2030 for the big boys. This would almost certainly mean the £1 million per week wage would not be far behind.
The European Superleague still rears its head from time to time. Is it inevitable or just a figmentary (is that word real or a figment of my imagination? ) tool that will only ever be used to scare UEFA?
On the advertising front the perimeter advertising, with future new technology just around the corner, will be country specific irrespective of what country your viewing the match from. For example if you’re viewing from India it will be Indian sponsors showing, viewing from the UK, UK sponsors etc. Personally I find perimeter advertising an affront to my enjoyment of the beautiful game but I can see the day when any delay in the game, say for an injury, will produce advertising graphics displayed on the pitch, as they do to show the scores in Rugby and NFL.
In terms of TV viewing I think the future is more likely to be internet based rather than supplied by the current major TV companies, Sky, BT etc. Recently a new Internet based company, Eleven TV, streamed the PGA championship (one of the Majors) for free on Facebook which was the only way UK viewers could see it. This was a freeby to encourage sign up to the service for a monthly /annual fee but inevitably that will cost in the future I suspect. I can see companies like this plus Amazon and possibly Facebook and even Google carving up the PL match rights possibly taking the majority of the rights away from Sky and BT. Of course illegal streaming will probably always be there but legally viewing from a couple of TV stations as at present looks likely to be a thing of the past.
There’s a lot more in the article here: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2662102-200-million-players-1-billion-clubs-and-the-future-of-football-business if you fancy a browse however it’s heavily opined by the infamous Ridsdale so his input should, I suggest, be taken with a pinch of salt.
So how do you see the future of the glorious game? Are you positive and see the increase in revenue, wages as a good thing or do you wish for the days when players worked in’t mines and were only allowed up for matches at weekends?

Comments
  • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 6:05 pm

    Why do you mean by perimeter advertising in this context?

  • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 6:06 pm

    * What not why.

  • Superspoz 🏆 26/08/2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Flat Oeuf 26/08/2018 at 6:16 pm

    Have I ever mentioned that I hate Chelsea?

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 26/08/2018 at 6:24 pm

      Until I hear it from Gladstone…

    • UnkleTaff 26/08/2018 at 6:28 pm

      I’ll take your hate and raise you a loathe.

      • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 6:45 pm

        I’ll add an execrate to that.

    • Fat Bertha 26/08/2018 at 6:32 pm

      • Sexy Beast 26/08/2018 at 6:45 pm

        Evil.

        • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

          Demon seed eh? The Omen got the gender wrong.

  • Fat Bertha 26/08/2018 at 6:35 pm

    Good work rAndy. I think I can speak for myself when I say that I’m sure many thoughts will be provoked by what you’ve writ.

    • merrance 28/08/2018 at 2:38 am

      I watched the rout of the mancs and the demise of Maureen at a hotel on Paradise island as the cricket club is shut for 2 weeks hols. it were reet great ter see holidays for mancs get ruined on a screen 8ft by 12 foot .the mancs were their usual gobby selves at kick off,but we outnoised them with my 2 grandsons son in law and a mate. it were reet gud it were.

  • Hartley 26/08/2018 at 6:40 pm

    He’s one of r’own. Nice article Andy, I blame Jimmy Hill for everything.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 26/08/2018 at 6:43 pm

      Chin up, it could be worse.

      • Sexy Beast 26/08/2018 at 6:46 pm

        Boom Boom, as Basil Brush would say.

  • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 6:46 pm

    In American Football NFL
    Its more of a event to go.
    Most people watch the games on TV
    There are something like 20 games a season and half of them in another state.

    Footie is going to change. Commercialism will be King.
    I cant see it going back.
    Just like their are niche restaurants and nice boutiques maybe the lower divisions will offer an opening for the retro flat cap supporter but I can’t see the Pl going back.

  • Sexy Beast 26/08/2018 at 6:46 pm

    Boom Boom, as Basil Brush would say.

  • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 6:47 pm

    The future? Highly overrated, it’ll all end in tears.

    I’m going to hop onto a passing tachyon and travel back to the good old days now.

  • Frontwheel 2 26/08/2018 at 6:51 pm

    Being an old cunt I hate the way football is,let alone where its going to,Luckily I’ll probably be dead when it hits its most shittiest.If I were a young’n today and was as miserable a cunt as I am with age I’d take up fishing and moan about 22 fags kicking a ball of wind about.

    • stevo1987 26/08/2018 at 6:54 pm

      Wow, you got in two ‘c’ words for the price of one there.

      • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

        Fw should say the letter K instead of the letter C

      • Frontwheel 2 26/08/2018 at 7:08 pm

        Yeah,that was a bit cuntish

    • UnkleTaff 26/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

      If I had the option of going back in time and talking my eight-year-old self out of taking an interest in football I’d take it like a shot. Football sold its soul years ago and it’s only going to get worse from here on in.

      Sadly, as with all of us I suspect, the claws are in far too deep.

      • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 6:57 pm

        Start with the players demanding less. Try it.

      • Frontwheel 2 26/08/2018 at 7:15 pm

        Yep,the claws are in far too deep.I still can’t rationally explain it to myself though.

    • Hartley 26/08/2018 at 7:00 pm

      Here here, I hope I die before it gets to be it’s most Shitiest too but the rate it’s going it won’t be long and this cunt stopped smoking two years, four months and 3 days and 12 hours and 14 minutes ago, fuck.

  • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 6:54 pm

    Blanchflower played for 20 quid a week plus 4 quid for a win.
    Things change.
    They are selling millions of shirts around the world and while the manufacturing in the west has gone down its Footie and Rock and roll that’s selling. No product just the culture. They all want a piece.

    • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 7:06 pm

      I blame William the Conqueror. He transformed our country from tribal society surmounted by a chieftain (the Scottish clan was a relic of this) to a system of feudal servitude in which the people were ‘possessions’. Football fans are now more like the latter than the former, as once was maybe partly true.
      The introduction of a foreign ruling class from France, Flanders and Normandy is why the English class system has been so persistent. It really was us and them. Only three families in England can trace their roots to pre-Conquest days, the Swintons, Berkeleys and the Ardens. The rest of the gentry are invaders.

      • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 7:09 pm

        Then there was Canada.

  • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 7:08 pm

    In the Pl we are seeing fantastic games. The quality is up sensational. Look how many smaller teams look a million times better than they ever did.
    I can see fans complaining in other countries as there are less competitive teams. Now the competition and quality is up.
    We support a team in the best league in the world and soon the best teams will all be from the Pl.

    The Championship down will have that Retro feel more

  • Superspoz 🏆 26/08/2018 at 7:16 pm

    European super league anyone?

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 7:22 pm

      Not for me because we have been getting stronger than the European teams and we have more quality in our league it will just even things up as they wont let us have more teams in it

      • Superspoz 🏆 26/08/2018 at 7:35 pm

        It’s gonna happen.

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 8:35 pm

          I think there is less chance as long as our league keeps drawing the money and teams get stronger

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 7:24 pm

    I think fans could end up with two teams each.A team to watch mostly on TV and a team to take the kids to from a lower division.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 7:26 pm

    Hype is a factor in todays world.We have 24/7 footie. In the summer years ago it was hard to find anything in the papers about footie. The transfer speculation really wasnt anything. We heard about it when it was done or nearly done thats it.

  • TCY 26/08/2018 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve long thought that the domination of the big six in the PL would be the death of things in the long run. Boredom to win. So it would be good for a Leicester or an Everton to challenge on a more regular basis.

    But who knows? Our local 2d division FC Cincinnati draws SRO crowds and all their games our televised. Last night from Tampa. The universal nature of things is strong. I’ve never seen such interest. Don’t tell H Hatespur I passed a kid in a 20 Alli official jersey this morning. Not sure how the international interest will play out. Total corruption of the game I guess.

    Any one ever see Rollerball? No rule, no time limits, game starts with our corporate anthem.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 7:30 pm

    On another note will Poch play Hugo tommorow?

    • TCY 26/08/2018 at 7:31 pm

      Yes, but not as captain

      • MiT 26/08/2018 at 7:34 pm

        Good to see you 🙂

        Noticed that your moniker also represents your own initials. Nifty 🙂

        • TCY 26/08/2018 at 7:36 pm

          Glad you are here. That was a total accident. —TC(Y)

      • Sexy Beast 26/08/2018 at 7:37 pm

        Are we cursed as a club? I mean we have a Captain who just lifted the World Cup a few weeks ago and now the only winner we have in the team is likely to be demoted ffs.

        • TCY 26/08/2018 at 7:44 pm

          Let’s hope not. Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle were both notorious booze hounds and the Babe a gash hound to boot. Many of our ancestral Spurs legends were not exactly Boy Scout material.

          When Pres. Lincoln was told US Grant was a juicer, he told the complainers to find out his favorite label and send each of the generals a case. Methinks this was not the first time Hugo was out sampling the London waters of an evening.

          • Sexy Beast 26/08/2018 at 7:50 pm

            He lives in East Finchley, has he not heard of Uber, mini cabs or black Taxi’s? Jesus wept!

            • TCY 26/08/2018 at 8:00 pm

              East Finchley sounds nice—Peter Sellers, George Michael, Gracie Fields and Jerry Springer before he came to the USA and was elected Mayor of Cincinnati. We could all catch a film at The Phoenix. Hugo needs to learn to stay home at night.

  • MiT 26/08/2018 at 7:33 pm

    Very nice read, Andy.

    I am a patron of the old ways, and am resistant to too much technology, especially when the technology is only there for the easy button. Two examples: we have fewer and fewer induvuduals who can drive a manual transmission anymore, yet driving with a manual is much of what keeps us in tune with our machine. Now we have auto txm and no gauges. Another example is texting. Generations are now being raised with no skill for face to face relationship or diplomacy, and stunted emotional growth due to having no understanding of real humanity as opposed to virtual.

    Thus, to your questions, it’s all doomed, but they will wait until our generation is too old to have any more effect.

    Cheers, all, Happy Sunday.

    • MiT 26/08/2018 at 7:37 pm

      Induvuduals… heh 🙂

      Texting gives me irritable vowel syndrome.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 8:31 pm

      Looxury! I didnt have a phone at home when I was 17 -18 so I walked a mile or two away on a sunday to see if my friend was in and then we both walked another few miles to see if my other friend before we got together with a bunch of mates. It was simple but limiting. But I know what you mean.When the bloke invented the wheel there must have been a bunch of people that were dead against it.

      • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 8:44 pm

        My dad had the first phone in our road. The neighbours would knock on the door and ask to use it, and I used to run messages up and down the street if they got a return call.

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 26/08/2018 at 8:53 pm

        When I started work at 16 in the bank I’d never used a phone in my life, parents or mates never had one. After 6 months there occurred, even after all this time, one of the most embarrassing moments of my simple existence. My supervisor thought I should phone a customer to get used to using a phone. It was the old round dialling jobby. I picked it up and tried to dial, hands shaking. Couldn’t get it to work so turned to my supervisor, nice lady, and said I thought it was broken. She never raised as much as an eyebrow and quietly said, try turning the dial the other way. Nearly died on the spot.

  • Matt 26/08/2018 at 8:28 pm

    It’s easy to forget that footy coverage was a bit crap. Pitches were too and kicking the sh@t out of good players meant Vinny Jones was viewed as a good thing. Blogs like this didn’t exist. Stadiums were generally a bit kak: It’ll be a masssive business but it’ll still be footy; only better!

    And we should play Hugo as Captain. He was an idiot but loyalty cuts both ways; he could have joined some tasty clubs. I think Poch values that.

    And we’ll beat MUFC .

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 26/08/2018 at 8:34 pm

      Im kind of with that regarding Hugo. I mean he should take responsibility and change that way and here is his chance and Poch should at least mention that but keep him in the team and keep his captaincy

    • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 8:48 pm

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 26/08/2018 at 8:37 pm

    Evening peeps, having read the blog again realised that it wasn’t really too well thought out but it came after a call to arms for some new content so was a best endeavours. Nevertheless, as always, appreciate the comments good or bad. It’s just a means to get the conversation started, as if it were really necessary :-).

    • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks rAndy.

    • Matt 26/08/2018 at 8:55 pm

      Enjoyed it Andy. Thanks.

    • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 9:02 pm

      I think the article was good and even thought it was a thought provoking article.
      I mean we all see great changes in everything around us.. Some good and some bad but I can’t believe that the little tea place in the east stand selling stale cheese sandwiches anyone would really want back. These are dreams for people of times that weren’t.
      My dad talked about the war and he was in the Ardennes etc and this and that. But was it good. Really?

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 26/08/2018 at 9:10 pm

        Good point Ron, I’m in my 60’s but I don’t consider things were better years ago or in my youth, other than my health/fitness. Things such as living standards, opportunities to enjoy life are far better nowadays and that’s not just because I’ve retired.

        • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 9:29 pm

          Having survived a hairy tube journey (Seven Sisters to East Putney – through the heartland of their home turf) with running battles with Chelsea fans back in the mid 70s, things are much much better in some respects such as hooliganism, but with hyper commercialism, much much worse in others.

        • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 10:17 pm

          I agree.. We lived in the East End originally. Not too many had phones in the mid sixties. My dad didn’t have a car. I got one(it was an F registration I think) must have been 18 or 19
          We had a little bit of money but not a lot.
          But I always looked to the future and it was good. Yes had its dips. Life’s not perfect but I like progress.
          We are living longer. 71 now but my grandparents that survived till their sixties struggled more as older people and I think it’s better now.
          Tottenham was great in the 60’s
          Now we on the border of greatness. We will be?
          There are no guarantees.
          But positivity works better than negativity.

  • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 8:38 pm

    Ronwol1960-61
    I think fans could end up with two teams each.A team to watch mostly on TV and a team to take the kids to from a lower division.

    A fantasy team and a real team.

    Spurs and ….? Newport County since Cheltenham Town wear red. Can’t support a team in red and even England are a stretch.

    • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 8:57 pm

      Infact a premier team could help support a smaller team and the whole feeling there could develop into a more earthy situation etc. Even wear similar colours etc

  • Chauvelin 26/08/2018 at 10:09 pm

    The Interwebby is a mixed blessing. I’ve just discovered Music-Map which allows me to discover many other artists from an initial starting point.
    Which is nice.

  • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:19 pm

    With virtual reality well on its way we will all have the opportunity do be whatever we want to be. Football star , Rockstar, Porn Star, take a trip to the North Star. Be the ref in a North London Derby, or race in the Kentucky Derby. All for a subscription of $199.95. Bargain.

    • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:20 pm

      Bloody thought provoking yes R Andy. Well played.

    • Ronwol196061 26/08/2018 at 10:35 pm

      I wanna be Me
      I wanna be Me
      Who could I be?

      You could be Harry Kane you stupid bastard!

  • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:42 pm

    Hahaha. You could replace Harry Kane, now that’s somethings.

    • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:45 pm

      How much time would you spend practising with the goggles in the house ?

      • Ronwol196061 27/08/2018 at 12:51 am

        Gave it everyfing I ad Ant, everyfing.
        couldnt see a fucking fing

        • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 2:02 am

          Did you put the goggles on the right way round Ronnie ? 😉

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 26/08/2018 at 10:50 pm

      Hi ant. Hope your boy had a great day.

      • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:52 pm

        Hi Nuts. He did cheers mate.

  • AntSpurs 26/08/2018 at 10:50 pm

    Fancy going out for a kickabout, no thanks I’m playing a WC final tonight and when that’s done I’m off skiing in the alps. Cheers anyways

    • Syd 27/08/2018 at 1:27 am

      Hey Ant, how’s the lovely fam?

      • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 2:00 am

        All great thanks Syds, having a few more round later to enjoy the Utd rampage. Hows the Aussies no1 celebrity couple and top man Dele Hali? Btw do you have any bambinos?

        • Syd 27/08/2018 at 2:08 am

          My partner has an 18 year old girl and she comes with all the trimmings of a girl that age. I have loved her since she was 12. we see her every second week but she a BF now so really much in that time as well.
          Sounds like your place is going to be the place to be.

          • Syd 27/08/2018 at 2:10 am

            ‘not really much in that time’ .. sorry

            • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 2:17 am

              Yeah they’re a top bunch so will be a good larf whatever the weather. Was hoping to go out and shoot some pool afterwards as it’s been a while, but quite a few are Utd and may not fancy it , if it’s a rout, which I think is on the cards. You watching the game ? Or you working ?

              • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 2:17 am

                Is Hali doing alright ?

                • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 3:14 am

                  Catch up with ya laters Syd’s, bed times calling, big up to you and yours 😘

                  • Syd 27/08/2018 at 4:01 am

                    Thanks mate and you.

              • Syd 27/08/2018 at 5:49 am

                Doesn’t matter if I was working Ant, I’d still be watching the mighty Spurs, screaming, swearing and waving my arms around like a lunatic whilst the missus is upstairs listening to calming music

  • Syd 27/08/2018 at 1:26 am

    Great article and thought provoking. You nastard (that’s like a nasty bastard)!

    I have thought for a long time, not only football but all major sports are now so subject to the dollar that soon we will be heading down the asia route where clubs are owned and named after companies and as such those companies especially if in the same industry will spend endless amounts to be No. 1. For instance Samsung Spurs which would make you all squirm…First of all ‘Samsung Stadium’ then……..
    In Australia our biggest supplier of pay TV is Foxtel. They are running out of top notch sports to fill the airwaves, so we get a lot of repeats and what’s worse they are now promoting our physical sports like Australian Rules (Aussie Rules or AFL as we call it), rugby union and cricket being played by the softer gender. It’s horrible but the TV shorts and marketing make it seem we are getting good value for money, however in reality it’s horrible (from a sports lovers perspective).
    Marketing and the dollar is where we are sadly heading, nothing is more important and for the best example…I give you……….LINGERIE FOOTBALL IN AMERICA/CANADA.
    That’s not even about Sport anymore…but that will sell so we meet in the board rooms and wait for executives to come up with ideas on how to purge those most sacred sports into the shape of a ‘$’.

    • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 2:49 am

      Yeah, it gets sickening in Aussie. The KFC replay, the MacDonalds slo-mo, the (insert betting company or fast food shithouse) interview/VAR/decision etc.

      • Syd 27/08/2018 at 4:03 am

        Nothing worse than the cricket going to The Bunker to find out if there is a wicket or not and seeing a big bucket of KFC. It’s just ridiculous

        • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:08 am

          Big bucket of KFC? Mmmmmm.

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:10 am

      Lingerie Soccer? Mmmm, gibber, drool…

  • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 2:46 am

    Lovely post rAndy.
    It takes me back (it seems to happen more by the day!) to the days of the occasional board along the touchline advertising Old Holborn, or Bovril.
    And the half-time score boards you would get around the half way line that cross referenced to each game in the match day programme…
    It will all end up with a European super league. The top (wealthiest) twenty clubs around England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France all playing each other through a season. Then ruined by top eight play-offs home and away, quarter and semi finals etc.
    If the Yanks get their shit together (and cheque books out) we end up with a World League. And home and away fixtures all over. Players on half a million a match.
    It all gets a bit depressing and I hope I don’t live to see it.
    Bring back the days of football on mud, in the snow, of Ronnie Radford, giant killing, Grandstand all day Saturdays, Eddie Waring and deserted streets on cup final days or England v Scotland.
    *SIGH*

    • Hartley 27/08/2018 at 11:06 am

      🔼 This

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:08 am

      Jumpers for goalposts.

  • Syd 27/08/2018 at 4:32 am

    Ronwol1960-61
    On another note will Poch play Hugo tommorow?

    I think he should. But I don’t believe he will

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 9:21 am

    I note that a number of media outlets are making the most of our recent run of poor results at Old Trafford.

    What I suspect most of them won’t be doing is pointing out that since Utd’s last win at White Hart Lane (back in March 2012) we’ve actually managed to win twice at Old Trafford (in September 2012 and again January 2014).

    Let’s see if they ‘remember’ this fact for the return fixture.

    • Danspurs 27/08/2018 at 9:27 am

      Good points, Unk. It always makes me feel like I’ve slipped into an alternative reality whenever I dwell on the fact Sherwood was the manager for one of those. Until I remember it was against moyes.

  • Danspurs 27/08/2018 at 9:32 am

    Great article Andy. Thanks for posting. I think Ron’s points up above about the prem attracting too much money to temp teams to leave it make a lot of sense. I wonder if we’ll end up with the big prem teams having a European squad and a prem squad. Shudder. Only saving grace is that we’re in that bracket again. Thank God for Enic 😂

  • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:04 am

    8pm kick off? WTF man? That’s ridiculous.

  • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:05 am

    Lloris to play as captain.

  • Hartley 27/08/2018 at 11:10 am

    There will be a Hartley at the theatre of yawns tonight but it won’t be this one and it won’t be in the away end. My daughter got hold of a ticket from a Yanited fan, if you watch it on TV you can’t miss her, she’s got blonde hair.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:13 am

      Is she the one wearing a wristwatch?

      • Hartley 27/08/2018 at 11:14 am

        Yes, and the earrings.

  • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:12 am

    Can’t find a stream for South Korea’s game this morning. Anyone know what he score is so far?

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:13 am
      • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:14 am

        *ignore*

        • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:16 am

          *Always do anyway*

          • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:21 am

            Except on this occasion?

            • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:25 am

              😑

        • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:20 am

          Uzbeks ahead 3-2 now, half an hour to go.

      • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:17 am

        Cheers! It’s PAL but it’s a picture. Two all, Uzbekistan just got a deflected equaliser.

        • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:30 am

          Dreadful game, two inept teams.

          • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:32 am

            Thanks for the commentary.

            • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:37 am

              Equaliser! Good goal. S. Korea deserve to win this.

              It’s unreal to see the two sets of fans, in Malaysia, being serenaded by a mariachi band in sombreros.

              • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:42 am

                Son nearly scored a wonder goal, just curled past the far post by about an inch.

  • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 11:18 am

    We have soo got to smash utd!!

  • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:18 am

    Holy schmoly!
    Some prison movie on telly with Arnie Schwartz, Sam Neil, Sly Stallone, Vinnie Jones.
    Think I shall give it a miss and retire to my pit.

    • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 11:20 am

      I know the one, it’s so shit that it’s actually watchable.

      • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:26 am

        A bit like Brentford then.

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 27/08/2018 at 11:21 am

    Fat Bertha

    Lingerie Soccer? Mmmm, gibber, drool…

    It’s only a matter of time.
    https://youtu.be/AfkKjATCu4E

    • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:29 am

      I already watch lingerie athletics

    • Sniper 27/08/2018 at 11:32 am

      I think I saw Hartley’s girl in that clip. He didn’t say she is a linebacker!

      • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 11:48 am

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 11:35 am

    3-3

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 11:56 am

      Extra time. Don’t know if I can take 30 more minutes of this stuff. If South Korea had defenders they might have a chance.

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:00 pm

        Pance, innit?

        • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 12:22 pm

          Certainly is. The winners will be the side who made least errors.

          • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 12:23 pm

            Ah. The stream died…

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:26 pm

              You lucky bastard.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:28 pm

      I didn’t realise these were u23 squads. Explains a lot.

  • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 12:17 pm

    Monday, Monday! Damn I like Monday’s, ‘specially when we kick the stink out of Manure! COYS!!

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 12:26 pm

      It’s a bank holiday in the UK.

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:31 pm

    Penalty to South Korea!

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:31 pm

    PENALTY TO KOREA.

    • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:32 pm

      Sonny’s not taking it.

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:32 pm

        4-3

        • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:33 pm

          ‘Keeper should have saved that.

          Shame, eh.

          • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:35 pm

            Gutted! 😛

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:32 pm

    Get in!

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:33 pm

      Off the gloves.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 12:39 pm

    Huzzah!

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:41 pm

    The way it’s shaping up South Korea could be meeting either North Korea or Japan in the final.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:03 pm

      North Korea. Just fancy.

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 12:45 pm

    …and you really wouldn’t want to be putting your mortgage on any of those South Korean players — Sonny included — winning a 50/50 challenge.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 12:58 pm

      Absolutely not.

  • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:02 pm

    ‘Hwang Ui-jo scored a hat-trick for South Korea U23 in the match. While Hwang Hee-Chan was the hero for Tottenham scoring the winner in the 117th minute.’

    https://www.101greatgoals.com/news/major-relief-tottenham-son-heung-min/

    Who knew Spurs had TWO South Koreans?

    Great journalism. 😕

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 1:03 pm

    That’s actually not a bad result for Korea, given that up until today Uzbekistan had won all their games so far in the tournament without conceding a single goal.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:05 pm

      The Uzbeks brought it on themselves by trying to see out the last half hour instead of playing.

      • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:05 pm

        I meant of the second half once they took that deflected lead.

  • Caspurs 27/08/2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hartley

    There will be a Hartley at the theatre of yawns tonight but it won’t be this one and it won’t be in the away end. My daughter got hold of a ticket from a Yanited fan, if you watch it on TV you can’t miss her, she’s got blonde hair.

    We’ll be expecting a match report.

    • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 1:12 pm

      I will also do my best to get you one Cas, from the comfort of my man cave. 😬

      • Caspurs 27/08/2018 at 1:17 pm

        Everyone seems to have a man cave except me. I think it’s time to empty the shed and furnish it with a wireless and deck chair.

        • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:23 pm

          Nor me. The missus allows me to have a small cardboard box of my own which isn’t crammed full of her stuff. Everywhere else you look in the house is occupied.

          • Caspurs 27/08/2018 at 1:24 pm

            Nonsense, you have an entire forest.

            • stevo1987 27/08/2018 at 2:34 pm

              I have the dining room which we don’t dine in. It’s my work office (I work from home) and my music room. Guitars (on the wall) and piano. My missus thinks I live in there. Which I sort of do to an extent.I don’t watch much telly so why she is vegging out to Game of Thongs I’m in here er… there. It’s also where I watch footy. Only Spurs games though. I don’t tend to watch others these days.

              • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 2:46 pm

                Some guys have all the luck (excepting being knocked over by a bus).

                • stevo1987 27/08/2018 at 2:50 pm

                  Did I ever tell you about that? 🙂

                  • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 2:53 pm

                    Did you ever.

  • Caspurs 27/08/2018 at 1:14 pm

    Noice bloeug r’Andy, I’m still processing the profundity of… 👍

  • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:43 pm

    Really enjoying ‘The Wrong Arm of The Law’. Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries plus many other well known faces.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 1:48 pm

      Bernard Cribbins, Dick Emery, John Le Mesurier.

      • Hartley 27/08/2018 at 2:34 pm

        Golden age of British film comedy, look at the crap we have these days, Jack Whitehall and James Corden to name but two

        • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 2:39 pm

          Saw Terry Thomas’s son the other day. He’s disappointingly un-caddish looking.

  • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 2:34 pm

    This is worth a gander if you want to hear the audio of a referee making a big call during a big game with the use of VAR. I found it quite interesting how manny different things they must have to process during a pivotal moment:

    https://twitter.com/paracelsus/status/1033775569341702145?s=21

  • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 2:44 pm

    Blimey.
    Positivity on the other site.
    He won’t get many comments for that.
    Yes he will.
    No he won’t.

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 2:45 pm

      Are you able to post there?

      • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 2:46 pm

        Don’t even try after I was banned.

        • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 2:48 pm

          He sent an email remember!

          • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 2:52 pm

            Oh, yeah.

            • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 2:55 pm

              You mean you forgot that?
              Or was that an “oh, yeah” with an inflection?
              😍

              • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 3:21 pm

                I can still hardly believe what happened.

                • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 3:24 pm

                  Good.
                  It was all a bad dream!

                  And then we all woke up!
                  😀

  • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 2:54 pm

    Sat here listening to Jeff Beck – “Who Else”.
    Calm.
    Need to stay relaxed until Neville & Carragher wind me up at 19:00.

    This guy (Beck) is so good he puts all others in their place.
    Everything.
    Just total mastery of the guitar.

    • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 3:08 pm

      If you have time, check out Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s.
      Wonderful.
      Bass player is a young lady who really compliments his playing.
      Real magnetism between them.
      Imelda May joins them for some mean vocals.
      And a few others.
      And the audience is made up of admiring legends.

  • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 3:07 pm

    we’re going to lose tonight aren’t we.. 🙁

    • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 3:09 pm

      Not on your Nelly.

    • Hartley 27/08/2018 at 3:16 pm

      I think we’ll win tonight but they’ll get a penalty (they usually do) if Hugo doesn’t play we may even save it

    • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 4:44 pm

      Nope, I’m not having it. We’re going to lose. I said the same thing vs Chelsea.

  • Bruxie 27/08/2018 at 3:14 pm

    If we win tonight and do the bizz at Watford this could be a time to remember.

    L’pooh at Wemblane and we are cooking on gas.

    Shame about the interlull…but it’s the same for others.

    Who’s talking about “no transfers” now?

  • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 3:15 pm

    Jose , can you handle this?
    Pogba, can you handle this?
    De Gea, can you handle this?
    I don’t think you can handle this!

    Barely move, we’ve arrived,
    Lookin’ sexy, lookin’ fly,
    Baddest straight striker , Lloris inside,
    DJ, jam tonight,
    Spotted me a tender thang,
    There you are, come on baby,
    You don’t wanna dance with us!

    You gotta do much better if you gone dance with us tonight,
    You gotta work your jelly if you gone dance with us tonight,
    Read our Tripps carefully you’ll like what you see,
    Move, groove, prove you can hang with with Dele,
    By the looks got you shook up and scared of 0-3
    Hook up your seat belt, it’s time for takeoff…

    Can you handle, handle,

    I don’t think you ready for this jelly,
    I don’t think you ready for this jelly,
    I don’t think you ready for this,
    ‘Cause our Poch is too bootylicious for you babes.

    Yooooooou Spuuuuuuurs !!!

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 3:20 pm

      BeyAntce

      • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 5:47 pm

        Let’s rock dis ting Fat Boy Slims 👊

  • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 4:23 pm

    Sonny and the prospect of national service:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45277281

    • UnkleTaff 27/08/2018 at 4:24 pm

      From the comments section:

      “Son is likely to win more medals with the South Korean army.”

      🙂

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 4:55 pm

      I’m waiting for Arsenal fans to start a petition requesting South Korea to call up Son before the North London Derby.

  • Ronwol196061 27/08/2018 at 5:04 pm

    Bruxie
    If you have time, check out Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s.
    Wonderful.
    Bass player is a young lady who really compliments his playing.
    Real magnetism between them.
    Imelda May joins them for some mean vocals.
    And a few others.
    And the audience is made up of admiring legends.

    Jeff’s A Tottenham supporter I think
    Years ago on the telly in a concert I’m sure he shouted Up The Spurs

  • Ronwol196061 27/08/2018 at 5:11 pm

    Today is the real acid test of Pochs rennassaince of being a serious warrior and how much they trust in his words

    • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 5:28 pm

      Nah, it’s just another 3 points.

  • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 5:30 pm

    Will be working later right up until kick off but if someone fancies popping up a ‘We’re Live’ bloeug with the team and bench when announced, that would be nice…

    • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 5:38 pm

      We’re live!
      Here’s the team.
      *
      ***
      ****
      ***
      #COYS

      You’re welcome.

      • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 5:39 pm

        Seriously, someone do it. Love a we’re live blog

      • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 5:39 pm

        You got the formation wrong. You’re fired.

        • Superspoz 🏆 27/08/2018 at 5:40 pm

          Feck

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 5:39 pm

      I shall take the mantle.

      • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 6:09 pm

        • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 6:09 pm

          Wait! That makes me The Queen!

          • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 6:13 pm

            Normal service has been resumed.

            • Flat Oeuf 27/08/2018 at 6:30 pm

              And you a clown…

  • McG ⚽⚽ 27/08/2018 at 6:03 pm

    So, United tonight & champions league draw on Thurs, interesting week!!

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 6:04 pm

      And Eriksen sold to Barca too! Big week…

      • McG ⚽⚽ 27/08/2018 at 6:05 pm

        Heh!! When’s the ropey draw? lol

        • Sexy Beast 27/08/2018 at 6:38 pm

          Hang on, i’ll just text my Gooner/Chelshit mates………

  • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 6:45 pm

    BAM!!! 💥💥💥

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 6:51 pm

      BAM???

      • Sexy Beast 27/08/2018 at 6:52 pm

        Thank you Mam?

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 6:52 pm

        Pebbles.

        • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 6:53 pm

          Bamm-Bamm Rubble.

        • Sexy Beast 27/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

          My motor’s a bit Fred Flintstone right now!

      • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 6:55 pm

        Bring An Manure! 😁

  • Sexy Beast 27/08/2018 at 6:53 pm

    How we feeling punks? Do you feel lucky?

    • Sexy Beast 27/08/2018 at 6:55 pm
    • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

      A punk calling a punk a punk? 😂

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 6:56 pm

      Never!
      Expect parked bus and ball knocked long to Lukaku and probably Fellaini looking to win by the the one goal.

      • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 6:58 pm

        Mourinho to squeeze the life out of the game.

        • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 6:59 pm

          You can count on that. 3.2.1.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 27/08/2018 at 7:00 pm

    • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:01 pm

      Debut for Danny Rose. Very interesting.

      • SeattleSpursGuy 27/08/2018 at 7:03 pm

        Toby over Sanchez. Even more interesting.

    • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 7:02 pm

      Rose?! The two want aways (allegedly) in our plans or in the shop window.

  • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:03 pm

    Listening to Mourinho, tw*t!

  • SeattleSpursGuy 27/08/2018 at 7:04 pm

    Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Fred; Pogba; Lingard; Lukaku.

    • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 7:05 pm

      *snifferz*

      • Fat Bertha 27/08/2018 at 7:05 pm

        *sniggerz*

        • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:06 pm

          Guffaw then 😬

      • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:06 pm

        Bless you.

  • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:04 pm

    Who be Captain Spur?

    • HD 🇺🇸 27/08/2018 at 7:05 pm

      Hugo. Surprise!

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 27/08/2018 at 7:05 pm
  • Chauvelin 27/08/2018 at 7:23 pm

    HD
    BAM!!!

    And BAM backwards is Mab.

    Poor Gary Mabbutt had surgery recently after a rat ate some of his foot off. His diabetes means he had no feeling and was unaware he was being chewed.

    Poor sod.

  • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 9:26 pm

    Oh when the spurs ….go maaaarching in …COYMMMMFFFS! Wet heeeey!!😘😘😘😘😘😜

    • AntSpurs 27/08/2018 at 9:43 pm

      Yooooooooooo

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