Lilywhite Riot!

Some would see February 2001 as a bleak twenty-eight day stretch for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Not only was it the month ENIC were confirmed as our new owners, it was also the last time we tasted a home defeat at the hands of Leeds United, with George Graham’s Tottenham going down 1-2 to David O’Leary’s ‘young boys’.

Leeds made the Champions League semi-finals that season, their rise aided by big money signings which included Rio Ferdinand for £18m and Robbie Keane for £12m, splashing out £30.75 million net at a time when you would have to tot up roughly four seasons’ worth of splurging by Sugar to match their outlay that summer alone. In that respect, ENIC did not come in promising change.

Like Newcastle around the same time (who were just re-establishing themselves under Sir Bobby Robson following Ruud Gullit’s failed reign) if someone had offered me the chance to swap Tottenham’s immediate prospects for Leeds United’s, I’d have jumped at the chance.

In all competitions, that 1-2 at The Lane was their fifth straight win over us, a run they extended the following season when we traveled to Elland Road in November 2001 and went down 2-1, a result which left us ninth and them first.

No one would have predicted that was to be their last Premier League victory over us for at least the next nineteen years, and short-term hindsight never did shed favourable light on George Graham’s decision to swap their dugout for ours, even though he led us to this FA Cup Fifth Round Replay victory over them the same season he made the switch:

Yet, for Leeds, the financial calamity of only coming fourth and missing out on a Champions League place by a single point to Liverpool at the end of the 00/01 season would be compounded at the end of the 01/02 season when Newcastle pipped them to the final CL place, meaning they could no longer sustain the lavish spending endorsed by Chairman Peter Ridsdale in their bid to live the dream.

O’Leary was sacked in the summer of 2002 and Terry Venables came in. Levy also moved in on them for the first time, snapping up Robbie Keane for a fee believed to have been between £3m and £5m less than Leeds had paid to sign him from Inter just a year or so earlier.

Keane and Venables would indirectly combine for a goal when Leeds next came to N17: In what must have been El Tel’s first managerial return to the touchline at White Hart Lane since his sacking by Sugar in May 1993, the ball went out of play for a Spurs throw in near the dugouts as half-time approached. For no apparent reason, Venables rushed to retrieve it and threw it to one of our players while Leeds players, seemingly expecting a free-kick or throw-in to be awarded to them, stood around like statues as a long throw was immediately launched to our brand spanking new Republic of Ireland international who was then free to scamper in on Paul Robinson’s goal and thump home our second in a comfortable 2-0 win.

I can’t find the footage anywhere on YouTube, but I can remember the pundits discussing it at half-time and I’m sure they showed an angle from behind the goal where you could see Venables realising what he’d done in the background and throwing his hands up in the air as the ball hits the back of the net.

It wouldn’t be the last time we would take advantage of United’s hospitality as their free-fall gathered pace, buying Paul Robinson the season they were relegated for a reasonable £2.7m, Aaron Lennon for £1.08m the following season and taking a punt on an unknown Danny Rose for £900k in the summer of 2007, by which time Leeds were owned by Ken Bates and about to play third tier football for the first time in their history.

To ram home the ramifications of ‘doing a Leeds’, they kicked off the second-leg of the Champions League Semi Final away to Valencia on 8th May 2001 with the score from the first leg at 0-0 and kicked off the 2007/08 season away to Tranmere Rovers on 11th August 2007.

After the Venables assisted 2-0 home victory, we drew 2-2 at Elland Road the following April – Venables had been sacked the previous month and hasn’t managed since, though he was involved in Steve McClaren’s disastrous England stint – and then helped ourselves to all six points through the 03/04 season, which was the season they went down.

We have played them three times since, however, drawing them in the Fourth Round of the 2009/10 FA Cup while they were still down in League One. They had already put Manchester United out at Old Trafford in the Third Round, so there really should have been no taking progress for granted. Even so:

But, phew, it turned out okay in the end:

In a season where Redknapp’s Spurs had an abundance of talent and finally grabbed 4th to earn Champions League qualification, it still sticks in my throat that we needed replays in the FA Cup to get past Leeds and Bolton and Fulham before going out tamely in a Wembley semi-final to an Avram Grant managed Portsmouth.

Not that his eventual successor Villas-Boas fared any better, managing us to a 2-1 fourth round FA Cup exit at Elland Road in 2012/13, which is the last time our paths have crossed before today.

This time around, they’re having the crazy sort of season we used to be infamous for, narrowly losing a seven goal thriller to Liverpool on the opening day, then beating Fulham 4-3, holding Manchester City to a draw and going to high-flying Aston Villa and doing them 3-0 yet following that up with back-to-back 4-1 defeats, the first at home to Leicester and the second away to Crystal Palace.

Since then they’ve narrowly beaten Everton and Burnley, put five past Newcastle and West Brom and gone down 2-6 to arch rivals Manchester United. West Ham and Chelsea have beaten them too.

Their only goalless game was against Arsenal, and any time I’ve seen them they’ve tended to look three passes away from conceding or scoring, so if we get it right we could be in for the sort of field-day we enjoyed against Southampton and Manchester United, and if we get it wrong we could be in for the sort of humiliation we last witnessed away to Sheffield United.

My feeling is we’re more likely to get this one right than wrong. As depressing as it is to align our favored style with other low possession teams, Palace only needed 35% possession and Leicester 32% to rack up four apiece against them, and United only had 41% possession in that 6-2 Old Trafford thumping, so maybe there’s a reason why Mourinho’s head-to-head against Bielsa reads played four, won four, 15 for and two against. The way Pochettino’s mentor sets his teams up to actually try and play football is the managerial equivalent of a Jose Mourinho dream.

We also have the advantage of not having played since last Sunday, whereas this will be Leeds’ third game in the same amount of days. Given that Bielsa often comes in for the same sort of criticism Pochettino used to in terms of burning his players out and demanding too much, there’s a good chance our mid-week rest could work in our favour more against Leeds than any other Premier League team.

Either way, I’m really looking forwards to this one. I was too young to remember the infamous seventies Leeds teams so have never had the hatred for them many football fans have, and during the periods I’ve seen most of my live football – the eighties and the last ten years – they’ve been in the lower divisions so I’ve no personal experience of standing in the pouring rain watching them rip us apart, or running down Tottenham High Road with bricks smuggled down from Yorkshire being lobbed at my head. Hindsight and nostalgia have given me a bit of a soft-spot for the Howard Wilkinson team which won the last First Division, Gordon Strachan being one of my favourite non-Spurs players of all time, Gary Speed and Gary McAllister hardly being tough on the eye, plus the fact they’d only been promoted a couple of seasons before, weren’t put together through massively excessive spending, pipped Manchester United to the title and then nearly got relegated the following season. If Tottenham aren’t going to be champions in a particular season, what’s not to like about any of that?

Their own Amazon Prime documentary – Take Us Home: Leeds United – has also endeared them to me. The first season focuses on the season before last, where they looked favourites to win automatic promotion but ended up in the playoffs and lost to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the semis after being two goals to the good at one stage of the first half. I remember watching that game on TV and it was such a Tottenham-like performance I couldn’t help but feel empathy for them. The fact Bielsa stuck with them, sold £27m worth of players to comply with FFP, yet still found a way to overcome that play-off heartbreak and guide them back to the Premier League for the first time in sixteen seasons all while playing attractive, attacking football just seems so impressive to me.

I obviously want them to get stuffed today, though, with lots of lovely space for Ndombele, Kane and Son to cavort in during the 7.2 minutes of possession we enjoy, four nil up within ten minutes having had two shots on target then shutting up shop for the rest of the game, Mourinho lording it over Bielsa in the after-match press-conference, joyfully stating that the 1.3% possession we had through the second-half is truly the way football by adults is meant to be played.

Come on you Spurs!

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SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

WOOOT

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Straight down the middle

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

No better PK taker anywhere

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

16 straight.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Come on Harold.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

YAY!

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Lucky penalty

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

I respectfully disagree.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Pen

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Grrreat!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Penalty.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Bergwijn is doing my nut in.

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

You’re not the only one.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Thanks Wassy. We think so, had a cough but I think it was due to trying to stuff too many cream crackers down the throat.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Bergwijn knows how to do that.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Doherty almost cost us there. Wake up !

foeorfreund
Admin
1 year ago

I do hope that we maintain our relationship with Amazon. They can teach us a thing or two about distribution.

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1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

It would be nice to know our passes will arrive (without fail) the next day..

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago

More spuffage from Bergwijn. Needs to improve his passing and shooting.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

ManU absolutely shredded this lot last week.

foeorfreund
Admin
1 year ago

Better.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Give Bielsa credit, his footie style is fun to watch.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Yes perhaps we should of swopped one Argentine manager for another

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1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

It’s a bit like watching the Poch team v JM’s team.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

A sign I m getting older the Leeds goal keeper looks about12

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago

Sloppy from Bergwijn, coulda got Son in there.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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1 year ago

I’ll take a draw now.

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago

Good to see Son back on the left today.

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago

Positives so far: We’re still in this..

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

This is going to be a battle. Leeds are relentless.

foeorfreund
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1 year ago

If anyone has a better stream than Reddit’s then I would be most grateful for dem links.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Was going to have a punt on both teams to score but its 40 /85 on .

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1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

I thought the odds would be worse than that, go ferret D. 👍

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1 year ago

For those who suffer from BT sport allergies..
https://buffstreams.tv/live-tottenham-hotspur

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Good man

foeorfreund
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Do I have to watch it with no clothes on?

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Boy, you took a chance on skinning the forehead of Mr. Lucky.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

If I did that at my age my Depends would give me more distance.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Or there is this one if ⬆️ BRINGS YOU OUT IN HIVES..
https://buffstreams.tv/watch-tottenham-hotspur-vs-leeds-united-stream-2

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

How will score our first goal of 2O21 will we score

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Sorry need my glasses I ment who will score our first goal of 2O21 olr will we play for a O O

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Apparently Lanzini is in that photo too but has subsequently tested negative .

Chauveljn
1 year ago

A belated Happy New Year peeps.

Just to say, today is 50 years to the day (2 Jan 1971) remembering the Ibrox Disaster. 66 fans killed, during the crowd crush at the Rangers v Celtic derby. Sad memory.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

There’s a moving article on the beeb of that tragedy, for those who aren’t aware of it.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/B0cJMZS3B1/Fiveboys

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Ta.

foeorfreund
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1 year ago

Nice work Wasso. Bloody BT sport, so I’ll be shouting at the stream quality for the next few hours. I suppose at the very least, I don’t have to listen to Martin Tyler.

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Thanks mate, feeling about the same, definitely no worse. 👍👍👍

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Fingers crossed for the fofties 🤞

foeorfreund
Admin
1 year ago

rAppreciate that rAndster.

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

👍 👍 👍 👍

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I’m hoping foray double (FoF) negative.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yes, hope all turns out well for the FOFS.

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

Danke David

foeorfreund
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1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Fanks Funks

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Hang in there Fofster, both of you, but judging by your avatar you look somewhat flacid and palsied, 😜

foeorfreund
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1 year ago

🤣 🤣 🤣 Vitamin D deficiency I reckon!! 👍👍👍👍👍

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

COYFoFs!

foeorfreund
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1 year ago

Nice one Nuts x

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago

My love for the beautiful is not being enhanced.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Leeds, Bielsa are attacking maniacs. We will have to absorb and counter. Might end up 6-5.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Another classy chapter from the book of Dan. Cheers! Oh, and Leeds, the word sounds like an STD. “Oh shit, I’ve got Leeds!”

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

So LC possibly over his injury and picked up COVID-19 eh. He really is Darren Anderton!!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Burnley against Fulham tomorrow has been called off.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago

Gedson Fernandes, I’ve heard of him, who is he again lads?

Ufluckinplic
Ufluckinplic
1 year ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

He’ll be on to take any pens.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Whoopsie

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DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

It was such a big pig he decided to throw a party!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Team

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SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Spurs on Lamela, Lo Celso, Reguilon: “We’re extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with family and friends together at Xmas particularly as we know the sacrifices everybody around the country made to stay safe over the festive period.

The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff about the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and set an example. The matter will be dealt with internally.”

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

It’s a stunning combination of stupidity and arrogance.
I’m sure there are plenty of family gatherings going on up and down the country that break the current rules but most people realise it’s probably best not to publish photos of them.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

My Christmas was exchanging gifts with my family, bundled and masked while standing in my parents driveway. Same later at my wife’s sister’s house.

Fookin’ jerks

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

I’d fine them min of £500k each and give it to charities.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

F*ckwits…

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Just seen on Twitter :

Duncan Castles @DuncanCastles

Understand that Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso have tested positive for COVID. 
Tottenham Hotspur have not asked the Premier League to postpone today’s match against Leeds United. 

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

No way! How could that possibly have happened?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Not that Castles is reliable though.

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1 year ago

The Three EL STOOPIDOH’s!!!!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Anti-Growth Coalition..
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Nice Christmas bubble there.

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DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Reggie standing behind Lamela, guess he won’t be Available today

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

And is that Kane or Son in the santa outfit ?

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1 year ago

Morning peeps, having had a whole week orf, I’ve managed to do some pwoper analysis of todays encounter (head 2 head, recent form, home or away…), so without any further ado my conclusion is (drum roll..), this game will go one of three ways.

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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I had hung, drawn or quartered,

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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Yurp, I made a concerted effort to keep a healthy reserve of Kitchenalia on standby.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Hands/face/space?

Ufluckinplic
Ufluckinplic
1 year ago

Happy New Year all, let’s hope 2021 is an improvement on last year. Actually have a good kick off time this side of the world for a change. Need maximum points with this run of games as this season is likely to be the most open. Can’t see this being a draw so we need to start fast and deal with their pressing and take advantage of their dodgy defence. But have to say feeling a bit nervous for today.

Ufluckinplic
Ufluckinplic
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Not to bad, we’ll find out in the next few days if they continue the current lockdown. Soon be celebrating our first anniversary of COVID soon. Can’t remember the last time we went out without maks!

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Nice scribbles Dan!
We have got to get back to winning ways, starting today, West Ham are only just behind us and even the gooners are closing the gap with what looks like a good run of games to come.
Leeds are very entertaining to watch going forward but naive defensively, let’s hope we can take full advantage.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Lived in Leeds for 14 years in the 70s & 80s.

Went to loads of games at (B)Ellend Rd during their glory Revie days…

Always in the Kop end and never saw Spurs there. Good job…maniacs!

Nice read for later WasDan…Thank you again.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

I lived in Harrrogate for 18 months while I was working in Leeds. Not much evidence of maniacs there. Except the tea rooms of course, where they were proper hard.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

Rock Cakes!

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
1 year ago

Another great pre-match intro, thanks Dan. Happy new year everyone and COYS.

MiT
MiT
1 year ago

Good morning, Oeufers.

Took this from NoCal Hotspur Supporter’s Club. It is a bit juvenile, but it certainly made me laugh in a few places as well. I assume Kyle Walker had another orgy party over the holiday.

Twas the night before Christmas, at Kyle Walker’s House
No sign of his kids, or of Annie, his spouse.
The strippers were naked, except for their hair
They were covered in glitter, and were all shaved down there.
The lads were all giddy, they were ready to burst
They lined up the strippers, the best to the worst.
With Gabe in his hoodie, and Ederson in his cap,
While Kyle was in the bathroom, having a crap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
Kyle ran from the loo to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The lights were turned off, the party was stopped.
“SHHH”, said Kyle, “I think it’s the cops !” 
When what to his wondering eyes should appear, 
It was coach Pep smiling, holding a beer.
Behind him was Sterling, so lively and quick
Who was wearing no trousers, and was holding his dick.
Bringing up the rear was the rest of the squad
Aguero was with them, and he gave Kyle a nod.
Kyle called the strippers, “Hey Porsche, Mercedes !”
“Hey Angel, and Crystal, and all of you ladies !” 
“I’ve called my whole squad, and the gang is all here.”
“They are all horny lads, and only half are queer !”
Some paired with girls, others brother on brother.
Kevin De Bruyne even brought his own mother.
On the housetop they partied, and up in the attic.
Riyad Mahrez was hyper, and John Stones was ecstatic.
Sterling was in the corner, all by himself
Jacking his jimmy like a half-crazed elf.
As Kyle drew in his head, and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Covid came with a bound.
Covid was invisible, from his head to his feet
He set off to work, lots of people to greet !
Kyle heard the noise, but he could see nothing.
Suddenly Gabe was wheezing, and Ederson was coughing.
Covid’s eyes how they twinkled, his dimples so merry
He spread here and there like a quick, evil fairy.
He sprinkled dust here, and he sprinkled dust there
Sprinkled dust on Pep’s head, where there used to be hair.
Covid spit on his fingers, and drooled through his teeth
And his fog, it encircled the lads like a wreath.
He fingered Kyle’s tongue, and licked Foden’s belly,
And he laughed at Raheem for looking so silly.
He was skinny and ugly, a nasty young beast,
And he laughed as the rate of infection increased.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Across the whole house his evil fog spread.
He spoke not a word, but finished his work.
He felt bad for laughing, and gave Sterling a jerk.
And sticking his finger all the way up his nose, 
He thanked Kyle Walker, and up the chimney he rose.
He caught a good wind, and off Covid went.
Hoping for another likely fool at Stoke on Trent.
One thing could be heard from that disease-ridden stalker,
“Never again will there be another dumbass like Walker !”

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago
Reply to  MiT

🤣
That paints him in a more favourable light than expected.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Great read Dan. I don’t share your optimism today but my fingers are crossed!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago

Marvellous. Funny enough I dreamed of 1.3% possession last night and got banged up for 17 years.

Today’s programme cover:

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Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago

Orange jump suit or the grey and black striped number? 😂

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I’m not fussy. I’d make an Arsenal kit look good ffs. Not that I’m going there, you understand?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I’m sure heehaw’ll get over it.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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1 year ago

Great stuff Danno, like you I feel Leeds play in the prefect style for us to exploit. We sit back for 90 minutes and defend while they throw everything at us and then we nick a goal at the end to win it. Looking forward to it.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago

FOLLOW THE lillyWHITE RABBIT
COYS

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Nicely put into words, you are rather good at this Danno!

TCY
TCY
1 year ago

Well done Wassy. COYS. I’m more convinced by the Bielsabub history contra José than by our own Spursy ridden history against Leeds.

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