Saints or Sinners?

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Well, that thwump you all heard was probably the sound of us crashing back down to earth following the Chelsea and Inter results, as The Emirates proved an unhappy hunting ground for Spurs once again.
Two out of three, though – as Meatloaf once said – aint bad, especially when one of them was the most welcome mullering of Chelsea, and even the defeat to Arsenal was a step-up from last season’s woeful surrender.
And as both of the PL matches were defeats last season, it means we’re still better off now than we were after fourteen matches last year, where we followed up our glorious 4-1 strut over the Dippers by losing to Man U, one-nilling Palace at home, losing away at The Emirates, drawing at ‘home’ to the mighty West Brom and putting in another of last season’s least impressive performances at the King Power in a 2-1 defeat which could have been much, much worse.
All of which had us 7th in the table behind Burnley and Liverpool, four and five points behind Arsenal and Chelsea (who occupied fourth and third), spluttering in the wake of both clubs from Manchester, and perennially potless on 24 points.
Which, oddly enough, is exactly the same number of points we managed to gather last season in games against the same opposition we’ve faced so far this time around.
Now, of course, we’re on thirty points, fifth in the table, and not quite so far behind Chelsea and Arsenal. We’ve also cut the gap between City and ourselves from 16 to 8. Despite the popular conception that we’ve stood still or gone backwards, United are the ones who have really regressed, and only the Dippers have upped the ante, winning themselves an extra ten points than they’d managed this time last year:
Yet, like us up until the Chelsea performance, they too seem to be being tarred with the brush of not yet having clicked into gear.
Though, of course, following Sunday, there’ll be those claiming that what we did against Chelsea counts for nothing. There were some, even, claiming it counted for nothing before that – wind-up merchant Adrian Durham was wumming away early last week that Spurs beating Chelsea was nothing new and didn’t signal anything to get excited about, because, see, we beat them 5-3 at The Lane in 14/15 and then 2-0 at The Lane in 16/17, and won nada in each of those seasons. Which is fair comment, I suppose, if you’re determined to suck all the enjoyment from life. But it does mean the dumb-dumbs among us now have a stellar performance against a team that wandered into Wembley unbeaten to point at the next time someone tells us to stop enjoying ourselves because our football’s dull and we happily take a tummy-tickling anytime anyone half-decent turns up to play.
We weren’t too shabby against Inter, either, and can now head to Barca with our fate in our own hands – even if that fate does turn out to be getting slaughtered and dropping into the Ropey with Arsenal and Chelsea, at least it’s still in our own hands.
And talking of Arsenal, I drank just enough Peroni to feel oddly unbothered by what had gone on. And then, at some stage after full-time, staggered up TESCO express and bought me some more. Performance-wise, not great. Line-up wise, not great. Entertainment-wise, if we have to lose, even to Arsenal, let it be in matches like that: I love how up for it Arsenal’s players and fans are for our visits these days, because, let’s face it, there was a spell early on in the Wenger reign where it felt as if we were becoming a bit of an irrelevance to them. Not anymore. They wanted that, and wanted it badly, and could have been out of sight before the all-too-brief turn-around through Deir’s header and Kane’s penalty. After that, though, I thought we gave as good as we got for the rest of the first half and started the second half better than they did, only to pretty much evaporate as soon as they levelled again: Even though Son had a decent chance at 2-2, I just felt we were doomed to defeat as soon as they pulled level. I don’t know if it’s tiredness, tactics, Poch’s lack of in-game management and substitutions, whether they just bullied us out of it, but whatever it was, we were gone for the day. It was over: After recording three 1-1 draws in his first three matches in charge of us at The Emirates, it’s now two defeats on the trot. It would be nice to think we can do something about that in the quarter final on the 19th, but it wouldn’t shock me if an under-strength Spurs side find themselves up against Arsenal’s strongest possible side, in which case I hold out less than zero in terms of optimism and hope.
Long before we get to head to The Emirates again, though, it’s Southampton sans Sparky under the luminous arch, the fifth time Poch’s old side have come calling since Levy tempted him away almost as acrimoniously as he did Hoddle way back in 2001. It’s fair to say, as much as I love Hoddle and desperately wanted him to succeed as manager here, Poch’s tenure has seen us take greater strides towards where we all want to be: In the four seasons Hoddle was back at the club, we finished twelfth, ninth, tenth and fourteenth, although, of course, Hod was only fully responsible for the middle two campaigns: In the way it so often happens in football, Levy let Glenda go the day after a 3-1 home schooling by Saints, with James Beattie getting two of the goals.
As Hoddle rightly pointed out around the time he and Sherwood were publicly vying for the chance to take temporary charge following the Levying of AVB, the Tottenham he inherited from George Graham was a much weaker beast than the Spurs side Sherwood won control of in December 2013, both as a team and as a club. Personally, I’d have much rather have had Hoddle back for the rest of that season than Sherwood, and one of my major doubts about Poch being the right man for us was the fact Sherwood’s Spurs beat Poch’s Saints home and away that season, with Saints having led us in both matches. There was also an undercurrent of doubt from Saints fans which still have an air of validity today: Lack of in-game management, poor substitutions, disregard for cups. Still, though, even though I wouldn’t dismiss these criticisms about Poch and the Toby decision is up there with some of his strangest, I feel he’s the best manager we’ve had in my time as a match-going supporter, which dates back to Shreeves in 85, with Venables the only real challenger to that title: Poch has already matched and beaten Venables’ best league finishes with Spurs, though, and, hopefully, by the time he eventually leaves us, he’ll have learned a thing or two about playing his strongest eleven against our strongest opponents and overhauled Venables trophy-wise too.
As for his record against Saints, other than the penultimate game of the 15/16 season – where we followed the Battle of the Bridge with a tame 2-1 loss to them ahead of that spanking by Newcastle to gift Arsenal second – we’ve beaten them every time they’ve come calling, with last season’s Boxing Day 5-2 being the stand-out performance, and Kane’s hattrick enabling him to break all sorts of calendar-year scoring records.
And as for who we faced in this round of fixtures last year, it was away to Watford, where a Son leveller and a Sanchez sending off saw us hang on for a one-all draw in another subdued performance.
Obviously, the sacking of Sparky could put a slightly different skew on this one – potential caretaker manager / imminent new manager bounce – but if we want to be making top four and keeping some semblance of optimism ahead of Leicester on Saturday and Barca next week, that really can’t be allowed to happen. Other than their two-two draw against United on Saturday, they’ve lost by three goals to Liverpool and Chelsea and shipped six against City. Only a victory by three or more goals will allow the dumb-dumbs among us to confidently claim Arsenal was simply one high pressure game in too short a time-frame too many. A narrower victory, and the jury will be out. A draw or defeat will be the end of the world. Especially for me, because I’m travelling up to the game with two Saints season ticket holders: Anything less than a victory, and I’m skulking back home on my own.

Comments
  • merrance 06/12/2018 at 12:29 pm

    they bet paid whatever so they play whatever

  • merrance 06/12/2018 at 12:29 pm

    get

  • HD 🇺🇸 06/12/2018 at 12:47 pm

    I stopped trying to over analyze our winning performances a long time ago. If we win I come away a happy camper.

    • merrance 06/12/2018 at 12:54 pm

      WISDOM

      • Ronwol196061 06/12/2018 at 1:11 pm

        Norman (conquests)

    • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 1:11 pm

      Well, that may be good for mental health.
      😀
      Interviewer: “Well Danny, what is the secret to the Spurs winning every match so far this season?”

      Danny Blanchflower: “Most probably because in each match we have scored more goals than our opponents.”

      • Ronwol196061 06/12/2018 at 1:13 pm

        Danny was profound
        Our team today is Lost and proFound

    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 1:24 pm

      Agree mate. Woulda coulda wasn’t.

  • Sheldy 06/12/2018 at 1:14 pm

    The protests in France are bad enough to cause some of the football games to be canceled.
    Seems interesting to me that Trump is vilified for pulling out of the Paris agreement because he didn’t want the USA paying an oversized amount and then seeing other countries not live up to their end of the bargain. The French protests were due to fuel tax hikes “required” to hep France reach its targets. Sure enough the French government backed down at the first sign of trouble and effectively proved Trump right.
    Sorry about the little bit of politics.

    • Ronwol196061 06/12/2018 at 1:22 pm

      Trump has banned football in America

      • Ronwol196061 06/12/2018 at 1:23 pm

        That’s all I have to say about politics

    • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 2:03 pm

      I can’t remember who said it many years ago, but comparing Britain and France he said (paraphrased): “we (the UK) are called bad Europeans because we insist on scrutinising and arguing about every agreement before signing. The French are called good Europeans because they sign up to anything; they then totally ignore them.”

  • Shelfy 06/12/2018 at 1:26 pm

    Seems all Danny Rose says to the press these days is negative. Professional players should not comment about a poor atmosphere. Should be thanking those that show up!

    • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 2:33 pm

      I’m more concerned that Trippier’s comeback lasted about 80 minutes before he hobbled off. Not a happy sight.

      • HD 🇺🇸 06/12/2018 at 2:39 pm

        According to Poch this is most likely a slow healing longer term injury and will have to managed carefully. He says he had the same injury at age 19, so he knows from which he speaks.

        • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 2:41 pm

          Yep, no return date for Kieran. Just what we didnt need.

  • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 2:40 pm

    Our 16th match looks every inch a draw. Leicester away with Barca 3 days later and several first teamers unavailable is going to see a fairly weakened team on Saturday night.

    I’ve just looked at physioroom and Trippier is back in (dated yesterday and no return date) with his groin injury. So, Aurier rides again…

    • UnkleTaff 06/12/2018 at 3:08 pm

      If Pochettino continues to overlook Walker-Peters in favour of the hapless Serge Aurier I shall be most displeased.

      • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 3:12 pm

        Shame. Why be displeased when you can be furious?

        • UnkleTaff 06/12/2018 at 3:16 pm

          I like to have something to work up to. If I start off at ‘furious’ I’m limited as to where I can go from there.

          I know there’s a few on here who aren’t as convinced of Walker-Peters’s qualities as I am, but he’s not done a lot wrong so far (two MotM performances already in his fledgling career to date) and Aurier is so f*cking useless it beggars belief he gets anywhere near the subs bench let alone the first team.

          • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 3:20 pm

            Well at least you’re furious about Aurier ;-D

            • UnkleTaff 06/12/2018 at 3:22 pm

              Oh that’s positively mild when it comes to my feelings about Aurier…

              • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 3:41 pm

                Barring the Arse game, I have to say that I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in his performances, though he’s still not up to scratch. I think it’s a real problem position for us, I don’t think Trips is good enough defensively, but would we bring another right back in with those two and KWP waiting in the wings? Trips would certainly have some sell on value, but I doubt we’d get the Aurier investment back.

                • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 06/12/2018 at 3:50 pm

                  I think we’re weaker now than in the days of Walker and the in form Rose. That was the best in the PL at the time. KWP has potential but I’m not sure he can be really top class. I’d like to see him get some game time as it’s the only way to find out.

                  • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 3:58 pm

                    I conker, but sadly Levy doesn’t listen to my recommendations, I can’t think why..

                    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 4:04 pm

                      It’s a Kent thang.

                    • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:23 pm

                      Doesn’t he know it woz us lot in Kent wot wun the war?!

          • HD 🇺🇸 06/12/2018 at 3:49 pm

            It might be Walker-Peters time against Leicester. Poch could then save Serge for Barca simply because of the experience factor. Or with a healthy Sissoko, Winks and Skipp, forget Aurier altogether and play Dier or Toby out right. They both have covered there in the past.
            .

  • UnkleTaff 06/12/2018 at 3:50 pm

    That’s because, as with Sissoko, the bar was set so ridiculously low to start with.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 06/12/2018 at 4:07 pm

    The only thing I can think about KWP, who I agree has looked good when called upon, is that Poch must have doubts for some reason. KWP rarely plays or even makes the bench. An attitude problem maybe? It’s a weird one.

    • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 4:16 pm

      It’s a head scratcher. Pochettino only seems to want to use KWP in the left back position, which isn’t his natural foot. So we can only judge the young man on his performances there. I’d guess that Kieran Trippier would look pretty rubbish at left back.

      • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:21 pm

        He doesn’t look that great at right back to be fair. ; -)

  • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 4:19 pm

    GKN might get on the bench for Leicester, so at least FoF will be chuffed… 😉

    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 4:31 pm

      Excellent news! When did he sign for Leicester, and how much did we get?

  • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:35 pm

    A couple of dates for peeps (Nut, Bruxie et al) to potentially be aware of:

    Edit: Apparently the second date is the 6th, not the 9th.
    Naturally unconfirmed, but the chap correctly called the latest orientation event.

    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 4:42 pm

      That’s so wrong. How can they play cricket in this weather?

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 06/12/2018 at 4:48 pm

        I’m stumped?

        • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 4:49 pm

          How’s that?

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 06/12/2018 at 4:50 pm

            I think it’s over.

            • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:51 pm

              Phew…

              • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 4:52 pm

                You crease me up!

              • Wasdanspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:53 pm

                This just isn’t cricket

                • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 4:55 pm

                  Load of Bails

                  • Sexy Beast 06/12/2018 at 5:23 pm

                    It’s Not Out of the qustion hat Manure indoors could be the first game, i’d struggle to make that i’m thinking right now but it is five weeks away.

                    • Sexy Beast 06/12/2018 at 5:24 pm

                      *that

      • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 4:49 pm

        They have all weather artificial glow in the dark stumps these days.

    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 4:54 pm

      That would be a rather bloody nice way to get going in our new digs. 10 home (and I mean home) games out of the last 17 of the season.

      • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 5:09 pm

        Sounds useful. But three of the seven aways must be Citeh, Pooh and Cheatski? Is that correct?

        • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 5:11 pm

          Yep, but we gotta play’em sometime.

          • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 5:16 pm

            As always, you cut to the heart of the matter. Sometimes timing matters though. Hopefully Barca will view our CL game as meaningless to them as an example.

            • Shelfy 06/12/2018 at 5:21 pm

              I don’t think Barca ever roll over at home and let the opposition tickle their tummy.
              Even if they have a sprinkling of reserves and youth they will be good players who will want to showcase themselves.
              It won’t be easy

            • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 5:23 pm

              ‘matter’ is so last week, I now post mainly ‘negative fluid’ comments.

  • Merrance 06/12/2018 at 4:54 pm

    Cricket gets on my wicket

    • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 4:57 pm

      I couldn’t give a toss about Lacrosse.

    • Sexy Beast 06/12/2018 at 5:05 pm

      22 Men in white trousers, what’s that all about??

      • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 5:06 pm

        You’d fit right in mate. They could find you a spot at silly leg.

        • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 5:11 pm

          After his accident he’s a long leg and a short leg.

          • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 5:15 pm

            From the sounds of it, he’s lucky he hasn’t got a leg stump.

    • Chauvelin 06/12/2018 at 5:14 pm

      This again? Why didn’t we snap him up when the asking price was about 10-12 million. We were linked.

      • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 5:19 pm

        I don’t see this as anything other than an agent trying to get a better wage deal from Roma.
        He’s played in 38 Serie A games this season and last, scoring 9 goals and 4 assists. An attacking midfielder/winger should be last on the wishlist, we’ve got plenty of options.

        • Matt 06/12/2018 at 5:24 pm

          One area we don’t need more depth is AMs. We’ve got 5, excluding Harry, all quality. Creative mid + left footed CB to understudy Verts please Santa.

          • foeorfreund 06/12/2018 at 5:26 pm

            I think we need another striker who will never get a game. I’m bored of Llorente already, we need fresh unhappy benchwarmers.

            • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 5:29 pm

              We need a deep lying midfielder to replace Dembele, I’ve informed Levy as to who we should recruit, but all I get is silence…

  • Shelfy 06/12/2018 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t think Barca ever roll over at home and let the opposition tickle their tummy.
    Even if they have a sprinkling of reserves and youth they will be good players who will want to showcase themselves.
    It won’t be easy

    • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 5:24 pm

      We certainly won’t be favourites, it’ll be a tuffy.

      • Matt 06/12/2018 at 5:27 pm

        We need to big guns. I want to see Sissoko in midfield and Guy Butters back at CB. Maybe Tranazzani too if we can find him.

        • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 5:31 pm

          Sissoko’s on the bench for this one, Hoddle will win it ferrous.

          • Hartley 06/12/2018 at 5:51 pm

            Gazza will be leaving the Betty Ford clinic on Monday afternoon and flying straight to Barcelona under armed guard.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 06/12/2018 at 7:49 pm

    Just catching up on today’s headlines. Why hasn’t Danny Rose figured out he needs to STFU?

    • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 8:01 pm

      The club assure me they are managing the situation with drugs, they just haven’t worked out the correct dosage yet.

      • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 9:48 pm

        You’ve got some verve 😃

    • Sexy Beast 06/12/2018 at 9:37 pm

      To be fair he is saying as he and everyone else is seeing it.

  • Fatty B 06/12/2018 at 8:25 pm

    Tennis is a menace.

    • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 8:56 pm

      My love for hockey is rocky.

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 06/12/2018 at 9:04 pm

        I can’t quoit get into quoits.

      • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 9:47 pm

        The Dutch have some top totty playing the hockey.

    • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 9:45 pm

      Tonsil tennis in Venice, what a premise.

  • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 9:06 pm

    I couldn’t give a fart about darts.

    • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 9:46 pm

      Not too bad hactually, loadsa tarts at the darts

      • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 9:59 pm

        Nice one Ant.

        • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:04 pm

          Anytime 89 🍻

          • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 10:05 pm

            With you 🍺

      • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:12 pm

        I’m going to the darts in a few weeks. I’m not really going for the darts.

        • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:20 pm

          I know why your going to the darts, it’s the blouses isn’t it.

          • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:24 pm

            Damn right. Cleavage everywhere.

            • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 10:26 pm

              Three in a bed?

              • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:27 pm

                You get everything for a pair in this game.

        • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:26 pm

          Double tops – You’ll be in your element FoF. My granpops used to play a bit. One his trophies he won at The Mitre pub off Caledonian Road was scribbled with – (couldn’t pronounce his Spanish name Agustin). Andy ‘eyecandy’ Diaz.

          • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:31 pm

            Are you coming on Tuesday dude?

            • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:36 pm

              I hope so mate .Getting the long finger at the moment getting paid. If not I might get the baclava out and do a bit of selling …or rent meself out.

              • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:38 pm

                I hear ya. Expensive time of year too. Hope you can make it.

                • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:43 pm

                  Cheers, really looking forward to meeting yous all’s, dealing with bah humbug tight wads unforts. 👊

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 06/12/2018 at 10:01 pm

      My tiddly winks.

      • 89Spurs 👁 06/12/2018 at 10:02 pm

        Perv!

  • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:11 pm

    Ooh, ten past ten, dinner time me thinks..

    • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:14 pm

      Mine’s a cookin’

      • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:18 pm

        Mmmm.

        • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:20 pm

          Steak and yidney?

          • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:21 pm

            Not tonight Josephine.

            • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:26 pm

              Pesto chicken. Spiced sweet potato wedges.

              • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:31 pm

                Luverly juberly.

                • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:34 pm

                  It’s the last day of my 90 day plan thingy tomorrow. I’ve just bought a spicy Italian Schiacciata Salami pizza to celebrate. It will be demolished.

                  • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:37 pm

                    Well done mate, just in time to put the weight back on over crimbo.

                    • Freund or Foe 06/12/2018 at 10:40 pm

                      Toblerone time.

                    • Caspurs 06/12/2018 at 10:47 pm

                      I haven’t left mushroom, but I’m sure I’ll manage a few plain choccy biscwits, and an organic hot chocolate for bed time. : )

  • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:32 pm

    Washed down with a drop of Rose.

  • AntSpurs 06/12/2018 at 10:32 pm

    Or Rosey Lea

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 12:10 am

    Just got back from a recording of ‘Mark Steele’s In Town’, the Radio Four comedy. This recorded episode is all about the rural idyll that is the Forest of Dean, and all the mental things about the place. It gets broadcast sometime in January.

    • Frontwheel2 07/12/2018 at 12:41 am

      Swingers behind every faking tree

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 12:49 am

        In fact, that was a hot topic of conversation.
        Having a ‘Fern Ticket’ means going off to have a shag in the forest undergrowth and is a well known saying in the Forest. To the effect that there is now a pub called The Fern Ticket in Cinderford.

        • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 12:53 am

          If you happen to recall Dennis Potter’s semi-autobiographical story “The Singing Detective” which related to his childhood in the Forest, the protagonist saw his mother committing adultery in the ferns and long grass.

          • Frontwheel2 07/12/2018 at 12:57 am

            The harlot

            • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 12:59 am

              Here is Alison Steadman (the mother) enjoying her Fern Ticket…

  • Syd 07/12/2018 at 1:05 am

    foeorfreund
    Shame. Why be displeased when you can be furious?

    FoFy, don’t leave furious in the closet, it’s a great and useful emotion I find.

  • Syd 07/12/2018 at 1:17 am

    HALIBUT UPDATE:
    For all his friends on here Tim has provided the following:
    “scans show the 2 main tumours on my liver are still growing. Right lung and central mediastinal area stable. They are surprised I am still here with the tumours on my liver the way they are….hey ho we soldier on”.

    Personally I am not surprised he is still here “There’s only one Piece of Halibut…..only one piece of Haaalllliiiibbbbuutt”

    He does apologise for not posting but it comes down to the energy levels….he states he misses us greatly.

    • HD 🇺🇸 07/12/2018 at 2:31 am

      Much appreciated Syd. Give Halibut a hearty hello from us. Thx.

  • AntSpurs 07/12/2018 at 2:05 am

    Fackin ‘ell Syd what a guy? That’s what I’m talking about . That’s some thriller in Manilla right there. In the face of being knocked everyway and sideways Halos swinging big hands left and rights and smiling too. What a top guy Hali , is and what a great friend you are Syd. Getting all emosh now. Keep swinging lads and hope to see you both sometime soon. Luv yas.
    😘😘

    • AntSpurs 07/12/2018 at 3:06 am

      There was only ever going to be one winner and that’s Mohammed Hali 👊💥

  • AntSpurs 07/12/2018 at 2:14 am

    There’s only one Dele Hali, There’s only one Dele Hali
    With Syd in the wings
    We Oeufers all sing
    Hali’s the captain of our team
    There only oooooone Dele Hali

    • Syd 07/12/2018 at 4:44 am

      Brilliant buddy…It will lift his spirits I am sure…I hope one day he can come back and say hello to all. He knows we miss him. He has a wonderful family too who me and the indoors had a chance to meet.

  • AntSpurs 07/12/2018 at 2:17 am

    Excuse the question mark !!!!!!!

  • merrance 07/12/2018 at 4:12 am

    Antsy one of our own,Poet Lorenteate
    Keep on keeping on Hali

  • Syd 07/12/2018 at 4:39 am

    Ant, I am sending him a message now to tell him he has a new song….great stuff

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the update Syd, Hal is one hell of an inspiring guy. Wishing him the all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

  • 89Spurs 👁 07/12/2018 at 8:24 am

    Best wishes to Hal for Xmas and the New Year, all the very best from all here with 89.

  • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 8:37 am

    Nice one Sydney.
    All the best Hal, hope you enjoy the festive period x

    • Syd 07/12/2018 at 10:04 am

      Thanks guys…Hal will love all the comments and in his situation anything that lifts your spirits may help

  • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 8:41 am

    A member of West Ham’s newly-formed official supporters’ board marched with the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners.

    Now there’s a surprise.

  • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 8:47 am

    Thisisfootball’s opinion on the speculation that Manure will offer 40mil to snare Poch…

    “Can Tottenham even afford to reject a £40million compensation fee for Pochettino, given their need to meet the rising costs of their new stadium?”

    Incredible. These chaps should need a pen license.

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:17 am

      40 million? Pffft, that wouldn’t even buy Uncle Joe a decent David Hockney these days…

  • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:20 am

    Thanks Syd, it’s bloody marvellous to hear about our indomitable Hali man, what a guy! Have a great festive time with family and friends bud, you’re always in our thoughts.

  • DAVID 07/12/2018 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for the updates Syd, Hal really is an inspiration to us all.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 07/12/2018 at 12:36 pm

    Syd 07/12/2018 at 1:17 am

    HALIBUT UPDATE:
    For all his friends on here Tim has provided the following:
    “scans show the 2 main tumours on my liver are still growing. Right lung and central mediastinal area stable. They are surprised I am still here with the tumours on my liver the way they are….hey ho we soldier on”.

    Personally I am not surprised he is still here “There’s only one Piece of Halibut…..only one piece of Haaalllliiiibbbbuutt”

    He does apologise for not posting but it comes down to the energy levels….he states he misses us greatly.

    Thanks Syd.
    Hal you are a helluva fighter mate. Its probably those Monty Python skits that are keeping you on top of it keep it up mate

  • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the update Syd, and there’s me moaning about a scratch on my knee!
    Keep fighing Hal and i wish you all the luck in the world!

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 07/12/2018 at 12:55 pm

    As much as I question some of Pochs tactics at times,it would be a disaster if he left. First anyone else half decent would want a ton of money to spend and thats not going to happen. Our players would leave and we would be left with scraps in a dynamic doghouse.
    I dont think that Poch is running anywhere,at least right now,but he should be upped in wages big time and get a piece of the pie too to secure that. Losing Poch would cost a fortune

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 1:30 pm

      I don’t think wages alone are an issue. He must looking at a first trophy as his primary goal. He wants to achieve success for his managerial CV. Three consecutive top three finishes in the hardest league is outstanding but he will want to be holding up a nice shiny pot to show he is a winner. I think he needs to see a pathway to doing that with Spurs.

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 1:35 pm

        Spurs are close, so close. We are just looking foe a sprinkle of fairy dust. Like Ferguson got Eric Cantona to spark their team to new heights.

        Who will be our Cantona?

        • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 2:39 pm

          Rabiot/N’Domlele

  • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 1:44 pm

    We have our talisman. He’s one of our own.
    We have a great squad and even though it could be improved here and there we are not carrying so called dead wood like we used to. (I say that based on the actual 25 man CL squad rules as we obviously are carrying a couple of players who aren’t playing)
    We really need guys like Dembele and Toby to either commit to staying or leave quickly so we can get good replacements and we need guys like Wanyama and Rose to be fully fit.
    Even Harry’s backup, who is is a good player is probably leaving at the end of the season we could potentially get a little upgrade there
    The squad is good enough to win something! prioritisingvis the key

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 1:53 pm

      If we drop out of the CL would Pochettino at last prioritse the domestic cups? I think this season he would see another top four finish as being the sole priority for the financial future of Spurs. The income generated would be incredibly valuable because of the stadium costs. I think only a CL campaign would be a higher priority this season if we can reach the knock out stage.

      • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 2:07 pm

        If we don’t get what we need from the Barca game we will know a week later if he thinks it is worth going for the league cup. Since we are further on in that we must have a better chance of winning it than the FA cup. Hence a bad CL result might mean he goes for it against arsenal

        • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 2:19 pm

          The advantage of the League Cup is it doesn’t get in the way of the season run in. All over by February 24th.

  • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 2:37 pm

    No Vardy on Saturday. That’s nice.

    • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 2:41 pm

      A slice of luck much needed.

      • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 2:43 pm

        Speshley with Foyth and Sanchez out. Only the slow old chaps left.

        • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 2:45 pm

          Foyth out? Is he injured, or are you thinking of Verts?

          • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 2:45 pm

            Hamstring. Nothing serious.

            • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 2:46 pm

              Lamela should be back for Barca.

          • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 2:48 pm

            Verts was out for the Soton game (red card) back available sat.

            • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 3:37 pm

              👍

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 2:46 pm
    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 3:06 pm

      Wouldn’t it be nice to play a match and not have another sodding injury.

      Our attrition rate this season hasn’t been kind.

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 3:12 pm

    Toby, Verts, Davies (?), KWP.

    I assume Rose and Aurier will be playing at the Nou Camp.

  • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 3:56 pm

    Poch on transfer speculation in Jan said we already have too many players.
    I expect that if Dembele actually leaves then Foyth will be promoted into the CL squad and there would still be no room for a new foreign signing. Jansen is not taking up a space and I think GKN isn’t either. So even if three overseas players leave it won’t free up enough space.
    Has to be an English lad or overseas players leaving en mass

    • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 4:01 pm

      Yes.
      Interestingly, Simon Jordan reckons Zaha will leave Palace at the end of the season. He is a man in the know when it comes to Palace and Zaha.
      I can see us reigniting our interest in him, though as said before, it’s not a position that we really need to strengthen. But it could give us more squad flexibility as he is home grown, but we’d probably have to sell one of our existing AM’s. I’d swap Zaha for maybe Moura or Lamela, but none of the others.

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 4:10 pm

        Is Zaha better than Lamela? I know he’ll cost a record fee for us being home grown.

        • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 4:16 pm

          Harry McGuire would be on my shopping list. Left sided English CB. Would also be expensive.
          English backup keeper for when Vorm leaves and our squad would be more flexible

          • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 4:26 pm

            Moving on ‘Two goals’ Vorm seems eminently sensible.

          • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 4:29 pm

            Heaton.
            Burnley.
            Cheap after they are relegated.

        • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 4:18 pm

          I reckon he could be, yes. Love Lamela, and we’ve seen his best recently, but reckon Zaha is more creative.

          • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 4:25 pm

            All I know is that Palace seem toothless when he’s not available. But can’t say I’ve watched much of him play.

            If Pochettino says he’s the guy, that’s good enough.

      • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 5:29 pm

        I’d take Zaha ove George Kev N’cludo in the squad……….sorry Fofty lol

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 4:15 pm

    Hasenpfeffer is nothing. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been chosen as Angela Merkel’s successor as CDU party leader.

  • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 4:32 pm

    It’s bloody Friday and I’m waiting to hear from Spurs if I have a lucky ticket for the South Stand familiarisation event.
    A delay as per usual?

    • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 4:43 pm

      They must be on O2!

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 4:49 pm

        I just got one!

        • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 4:52 pm

          Barsteward.
          Premium ticket eh?
          Us plebs have to wait!

          If it’s as slow as an FA Cup draw we’ll be here ’til midnight!

          • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 5:08 pm

            Unsuccessful.

            Bollox.

            I hate Spurs sometimes.

            Not often. Only sometimes.

            • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 5:16 pm

              Sorry to hear that!

              • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 5:21 pm

                Anyone sits in my seat before me…I’ll have ’em!

                • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 5:22 pm

                  Especially West Stand sittydowners!

                • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 5:30 pm

                  Don’t tell Nutty your seat number and row! hahahaha

                • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 5:35 pm

                  Yeah but you don’t/won’t sit in it so what’s the big deal?

                  • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 5:56 pm

                    Ha!
                    Stand up if you hate…Arsenal.

        • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 5:13 pm

          Nice Nutstar!!
          We obvs expect a full report.

          • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 5:34 pm

            Will the Nuster come all the way from newcastle for a two hour peek? (and to hunt down Bruxie’s seat) lol

            • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 5:38 pm

              I get the impression he’d come from the Andromeda galaxy for a two hour peek ;-D

              • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 5:42 pm

                Via a trans warp conduit

                • foeorfreund 07/12/2018 at 5:43 pm

                  Does that stop at WHL, or Tottenham Hale?

                  • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 5:53 pm

                    Everyone knows it stops at Northumberland Park, well I thought it was everyone..

              • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 5:44 pm

                I travelIed at Warp 10 and am now everywhere at all times.

                • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 5:46 pm

                  Then you will evolve rapidly into some kind of lizard and return to the water.

                  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 5:57 pm

                    Bravo! As demostrated in perhaps the worst Voyager episode. I believe the owners may have declared this episode as non-canon.

                    • Bruxie 07/12/2018 at 5:59 pm

                      Canon?
                      Gooners!

                    • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 5:59 pm

                      They’ve all regressed at some point, haven’t they?

  • UnkleTaff 07/12/2018 at 6:07 pm

    This won’t mean much to most of you, but I’ve just learned that I’m due to make my debut as a third for the Llanelli Merit team tomorrow.

    Bring it on.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 6:08 pm

      Marvellous … I think.

    • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:10 pm

      You’re right, it doesn’t. Enjoy. 👍

    • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:11 pm

      Please tell me you’re not leaving the dogs unattended?

      • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:12 pm

        No, his motorbike will be there.

      • UnkleTaff 07/12/2018 at 6:13 pm

        They’re used to it by now.

        • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:17 pm

          Hope you kick ass 👍

          • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:23 pm

            The bowls, not the dogs 😁

    • SeattleSpursGuy 07/12/2018 at 6:12 pm

      Google was my friend here.

  • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:25 pm

    Bruxie

    It’s bloody Friday and I’m waiting to hear from Spurs if I have a lucky ticket for the South Stand familiarisation event.
    A delay as per usual?

    Tuff luck Bruxie. : (

    61 Spurs Nut

    I just got one!


    I can assure you I am in no way jealous, not even a little bit…
    Congrats dude, you deserve it. 👍

    • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:27 pm

      Good to have Oeuf eyes on the ground. It’s like we’ll all be there.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:33 pm

        I’ve heard of something called Periscope that enables live streaming?

        • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:36 pm

          Periscope? I’ve heard that’s substandard.

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:39 pm

            It’s long and hard and has seamen at one end.

            • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:40 pm

              Oh Andy?!! 😱😱😱

            • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:40 pm

              rAndrew!!!!

              • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:41 pm

                Sorry guys but it’s Friday, gotta let it out!

                • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:41 pm

                  I’m furious.

                  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:42 pm

                    I was but I couldn’t maintain it.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:44 pm

    Wot time peeps getting to the meet on Tuesday?

    • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:47 pm

      It’s my day orf, so I can get there reasonably early, maybe 5-5.30 after I do school pickup.
      If this is earlier than anyone else can get there, I’ll be coming later.

    • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:48 pm

      Fairly early, bout 6ish as I’m thinking of visiting our new bijou dwelling.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:51 pm

        6ish sounds good 👍.

    • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 6:51 pm

      I’ll be getting there at 6ish.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:53 pm

        Anybody know numbers?

        • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 6:54 pm

          Any number in particular?

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 07/12/2018 at 6:54 pm

            Prefer a Fibonacci.

      • HD 🇺🇸 07/12/2018 at 7:10 pm

        I’m not going to be able to make it. Damn it. ☹️

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 7:13 pm

          And just a few strides across the pond for you. What gives, man?!

        • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 7:23 pm

          I hope you have a reasonable excuse.

    • SeattleSpursGuy 07/12/2018 at 7:14 pm

      I’m a bit Jelly 🙁

      • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 7:23 pm

        One day, SSG. We’ll all be tugeva.

        • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 7:34 pm
  • Fatty B 07/12/2018 at 7:33 pm

    Evening girlz.

    • Freund or Foe 07/12/2018 at 7:38 pm

      Yay! Fats Commuter!

  • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 8:18 pm

    Pick me up at 7 for dinner? Uh no I have to stay in and wash my hair.

    • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 8:20 pm

      That won’t take long!

      • Shelfy 07/12/2018 at 8:27 pm

        Shush. Don’t tell! Don’t want Bertha picking me up at seven.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 07/12/2018 at 9:05 pm

    No surprise given our injuries to defenders but Oliver Skipp did not feature at all in today’s U-23 match with Everton. Expect him on the bench Saturday.

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 9:48 pm

      And a few might be pleased to see KWP as well.

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 9:44 pm

    61 Spurs Nut 🌰
    I travelIed at Warp 10 and am now everywhere at all times.

    You need the Heart of Gold Infinite Improbability Drive to pass through every point in the universe simultaneously.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 9:50 pm

      Trek and THHGTTG, the ultimate crossover series.

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:16 pm

        I’m currently watching the end of Preacher Season Three. I’m surprised the US makers haven’t been hunted down and burned for blasphemy, but I’ve enjoyed it as really off the wall.

        Any idea when Season Two of Discovery is due?

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:25 pm

          January 17th on Netflix.

          • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:29 pm

            Yay!!

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:30 pm

              So say we all!

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:31 pm

              Can’t wait for the return of the hairy Klingons.

              • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:35 pm

                They’ve got uglier with every passing series. Very true to my life at least.

                • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:38 pm

                  So as times passed, the more blue you’ve become? How very odd,

                  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:39 pm

                    And wears funny gold hats.

                    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:42 pm

                      My funny gold hat is on the shelf. Only put it on for special occasions.

                    • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:43 pm

                      Your birthday?

                    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:49 pm

                      That’s when i was awarded my funny gold hat.

                    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 11:01 pm

                      Will we see you next Tuesday in that hat?

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:17 pm

        I think there’s a place on Star Trek for the Vogons.

        • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:18 pm

          Although they’d fit in well to Star Wars as well.

      • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:18 pm

        Slartibartfast, what a great name.

        • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:19 pm

          ‘All the crinkly bits’ of the fjords.

          • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:24 pm

            In full:
            Pity, that was one of mine. Won an award you know. Lovely crinkly edges. I was most upset to hear about its destruction.

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:26 pm

              I remember listening to it on the radio back in the day.

              • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:31 pm

                Same here… second year in student digs huddled round my mate’s radio laughing our heads off.

                • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 10:34 pm

                  It eased the tension of our struggle to get back to division one somewhat.

                  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:36 pm

                    Never in doubt, he lied. Bloody Bolton.

                    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:37 pm

                      They won Div 2 but went straight back down, heh.

            • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:39 pm

              Remember John le Mesurier as the Wise Old Bird, leader of the Avians? Don’t think they appeared in the books.

              • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:42 pm

                Nope. But I never hear the radio series.

                • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:44 pm

                  They lived at the top of a colossal statue of ‘Arthur Dent Flinging the Nutri-matic Cup’.

                  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:45 pm

                    If you’d like more info please ask.

                    • Caspurs 07/12/2018 at 10:52 pm

                      Haha, just found the whole original radio series, that’s me sorted.

                    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:57 pm

                      Bang on! You’ll find the radio series contains stuff not in the books, and some variations!

                    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 11:00 pm

                      Gonna look it up again.

                    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 11:02 pm

                      I’ve looked it up. Gonna have to watch it now 😀

                  • Fatty B 07/12/2018 at 11:31 pm

                    Great website, Cas.

    • merrance 07/12/2018 at 11:37 pm

      Its just a quantum leap

  • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 10:55 pm

    Tomorrow we’ll see all top five teams in action. And ManUre – tee hee! Can’t be many Saturdays when that happens. I have a feeling that points will be dropped by Pooh, Cheatski and Citeh will draw, as will Arse. Yanited and Spurs wins.

    • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 11:11 pm

      Would be great for the league if Chelsea won, did i just say that?

    • Sexy Beast 07/12/2018 at 11:12 pm

      I expect Citeh will expose their defensive weakness much like we did.

      • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 11:44 pm

        I’m hoping for a rough old struggle.

  • Matt 07/12/2018 at 11:15 pm

    Tottenham edged closer to their first silverware in over 200 years tonight. Harry Redknapp eased into the last 4 of “I’m a celebrity “. Spurs fans will be crossing their fingers their erstwhile manager can keep his nerve to lift the coveted celebrity crown. COYS!!

    • Fatty B 07/12/2018 at 11:27 pm

      Let’s hope no-one whispers that a job hosting X Factor is available.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 07/12/2018 at 11:29 pm

      He’ll get distracted by an offer from Strictly.

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 11:45 pm

      Redknapp has eased into who?

  • Ronwol196061 07/12/2018 at 11:37 pm

    Shelfy
    We have our talisman. He’s one of our own.
    We have a great squad and even though it could be improved here and there we are not carrying so called dead wood like we used to. (I say that based on the actual 25 man CL squad rules as we obviously are carrying a couple of players who aren’t playing)
    We really need guys like Dembele and Toby to either commit to staying or leave quickly so we can get good replacements and we need guys like Wanyama and Rose to be fully fit.
    Even Harry’s backup, who is is a good player is probably leaving at the end of the season we could potentially get a little upgrade there
    The squad is good enough to win something! prioritisingvis the key

    Kane is great but he isn’t a Talisman per se. Cantona was. He owned the field. Kane is fantastic but isn’t a messiah, Cantona was. Ronaldo is. Messi is. Blanchflower was. Greaves was.
    Maybe Kane will be

    • Chauvelin 07/12/2018 at 11:48 pm

      We’re talking about someone who can add to what we’ve got already. Kane is arguably at the peak of his powers as is Eriksen, and we need more. Someone alongside Winks and Dier. Much as he is playing better, it isn’t going to be Sissoko.

  • Syd 08/12/2018 at 2:39 am

    Sexy Beast
    Rabiot/N’Domlele

    Both?????

  • Flat Oeuf 08/12/2018 at 8:24 am
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