Sniper’s debut


There are three distinct Spurs era’s in the lifetime of this particular blog contributor. There’s before Glenn Hoddle, during Glenn Hoddle and after Glenn Hoddle…

Before Glenn Hoddle were the days of my Spurs awakening. You see, I learned my football from my Old Man, much the same as many kids. It was all about The General in those early days. (I was too young to understand the word “Maestro” so “The General” was what it was to be). Being taken to games at Craven Cottage clasping a wooden crate to stand on, lifted over the turnstiles for free ground entry, passed overhead from where the Old Man stood, half way up the side-line terraces and down to the front to peer over the fence. From there I could observe in close-up “The General” aka Johnny Haynes playing the game at a stroll, stroking the ball around with precision. This was football the way I learned it. A debrief in the car on the way was all about Haynes, the passing, the way football should be played.

But there was Greaves. The Old Man loved ‘Greavsie.’ I would settle in front of the telly to watch England and the mood was always optimistic when Greaves was playing. I took notice. He scored. Indeed, he scored whenever I watched him on telly. The Old Man reluctantly (supposedly) took me to see Greaves at WHL. He scored. He came with Spurs to Fulham. He scored. I was now Spurs. The Old Man didn’t seem to mind, besides, Spurs played nice football. That was the era of the sixties, when Spurs were the club that would buy the best available and played the kind of football even the Old Man enjoyed (even without the benefit of Johnny Haynes). England won the World Cup ’66. Bill Nicholson. Dave MacKay, FA Cup win ’67. Spurs started to rebuild late 60’s and signed Martin Chivers to partner Greaves up front instead of Gilly. The Old Man got us tickets for the ’71 League Cup Final against Villa. Chivers scored twice. We won! The inaugural UEFA Cup in ’72, we won. In ’73 we again won the League Cup again against Norwich, but duty called and instead, I was stood in the Holte End for Villa v Fulham. (Fulham won!) In ’74 we lost the UEFA Cup Final against Feyenord. Rioting ensued, history was made and a disillusioned and affected Bill Nicholson resigned early in the following season. The end of an era…

Then came Glenn Hoddle. As one genius departs, another arrives! I was a regular at The ‘Lane by now, alternating between attending Spurs and Fulham’s third and second division home games with the Old Man. I was gushing in my praise for Hoddle. What a player! I assured the Old Man that he was a better passer of the ball than Haynes. He scoffed at the suggestion. (Even Greaves said Haynes was the finest passer of the ball ever. This sentiment was echoed by Pele and several others, so I was clearly on a loser! My defence has always been based on the fact that these footballing greats never got to play with Hoddle.) I encourage the next generation, including my son; go to YouTube and watch Hoddle highlight reels. Note the other players making runs as soon as they see the ball going to Hoddle. Look at the balance, the touch, the passing. Watch some of the goals!

Commencement of the Hoddle era saw us relegated in ’77, straight back up in ’78 then win the FA Cup in ’81 and ’82, lose in the League Cup Final of ’82 and win the UEFA Cup in ’84 all of which coincided with Keith Burkinshaw’s tenure as manager between ’76 and ’84. Hoddle also led us to an FA Cup Final loss in ’87. The England national side during this era only used him 44 times. He was not used effectively nor consistently, much to my chagrin, and was forced to watch the ball sail over his head after being punted forward from the back. A complete waste of a player who should have had the team built around him, in my view. My interest in following England has never fully recovered from this period.

Following our Cup Final loss in ’87, a certain foreign coach with an eye for a decent player coaxed Hoddle to Monaco with the lure of European football, which was denied all English clubs following the Heysel Stadium disaster. The end of the Hoddle era was upon us…

After Glenn Hoddle, many failed attempts have been made to lead us to the Promised Land. Gasgcoigne arrived. In came Alan Sugar, Venables, Lineker, FA Cup win in ‘91, the introduction of the Premier League. Ginola, Klinnsman, Redknapp. Winning a League Cup in ’99 followed by losses in two other League Cup Finals in ’02 and ’09 interspersed with a win in ’08 are all we have to show for it. ENIC took over from Alan Sugar in ’01 and we got Levy. Spurs have developed an amazing training facility and youth academy and the club are about to complete the construction and opening of a new stadium. Disregarding any architectural brochure sketches depicting folk dressed in best bib and tucker at home games or advertised back of house facilities not entirely in keeping with what we are used to at a football stadium; this new home of Tottenham Hotspur FC is going to be simply magnificent! When full, the atmosphere within the stadium bowl will most likely be incredible.

We have qualified for European competitions every year since 2001, missing out only once in the 2009/10 season. We have a coach that statistically may be compared to Nicholson and Burkinshaw. I get the feeling that the after Hoddle era is about to end.

A new era is going to begin. The Pochettino era? The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium era? Maybe even the Grealish era?

All I can say is; I believe we have reasons to be cheerful 1-2-3 and now coming up….4!


Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

  • Syd 27/07/2018 at 7:44 am

    According to Sky Sports UK. Next up….
    Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur
    4:05am Sunday 29th July
    Rose Bowl
    Where’s the Rose Bowl?
    I need to calculate when the game is being played, convert into GMT, adjust for BST, then add 12 hours, work out what day it will be in New Zealand, adjust for daylight saving and come up with completely the wrong answer.
    I am guesstimating it will be 3pm on Monday arvo, in which case “Sweet!” as they say in these parts. Syd will be OK as well, about 1pm on the West Island of NZ.

    1pm for me Snipes my good man. “West Island”…I love that…. 🙂

  • Syd 27/07/2018 at 7:49 am

    Is MS here under some pseudonym. I hope so. I haven’t quite worked out some of the name changes. If Dilly was here he could do a table – old names/new names

    • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 7:57 am

      I recall seeing Mysterious Stranger posting here during the World Cup.

      • Syd 27/07/2018 at 8:03 am

        Is that you MS???? Don’t lie to me…I hurt easily

        • DAVID 27/07/2018 at 8:13 am

          No alias for MS, said he was done with the other place, not seen him on here for a couple of weeks.

          • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 8:21 am

            Not been seen here since a bit of sabre-rattling with Fatty.

            • DAVID 27/07/2018 at 8:30 am

              Alright Nut, how’s your mum and are you getting closer to moving back down Sarf ?
              Hope MS is well and we hear from him soon.

              • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 8:41 am

                T’was a silly spat over nothing at all. I hope it hasn’t put him of the place as he’s like a piece of the furniture in our midst and, frankly, I don’t think for a minute he’d be put off by something so trivial. He’s probably penning his debut blog as we speak, or just waiting for the season to start when there’ll actually be something to talk about.

                • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 8:43 am

                  That would be good.

                • DAVID 27/07/2018 at 8:43 am


                • Syd 27/07/2018 at 8:46 am

                  OMG! What have you done? 🙂

                  • Syd 27/07/2018 at 8:46 am

                    I was looking forward to my little spats

                    • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:12 am

                      You know what they say about men with little spats? Little feet.

                    • Syd 27/07/2018 at 9:23 am

                      Dam you, been looking again.

                • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 8:53 am

                  Phatty, I’m sure MS took it as banter.

                  • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:06 am

                    Me too.

                • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 27/07/2018 at 10:34 am

                  You and MS remind me of an old married couple. Most of the time you get along well then once in a while you get on each others nerves and have a little spat. 😂

  • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 8:36 am

    At least there is some amusement with other club’s transfer plans. Sarri’s mob down at the Fridge are baffled by them signing Robert Green (per the Times). As are we all…

    • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 8:41 am

      I was reading HYS on the Beeb (Yeah, I know!) and a few there were postulating (can those knuckle draggers actually do that?) that they signed Green as a home-grown to free up space for another foreigner 🤪😂🙃🤡

      I have employed a little artistic license with this account as I can’t bear to visit that thread again.

      • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 8:51 am

        YS? Embarrassingly, I don’t know what that means.

        • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 8:53 am

          I’ve edited it to HYS (Have Your Say).

          • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 8:57 am

            Years ago the first footie place I ever posted on was the Spurs thread on 606. We could reach the BBC website through the firewall at the office. Very annoyed when it was cut.

            • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:09 am

              Hahaha! You? In an office?

              • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:19 am

                Yes, I’ve done my time. I’m a vagabond. Worked in offices, labs and skoolz.

                • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:51 am

                  You old b*gger.

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 27/07/2018 at 8:51 am

        HYS? Is that Hi Yosemite Sam?

  • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 8:51 am


    Alright Nut, how’s your mum and are you getting closer to moving back down Sarf ?
    Hope MS is well and we hear from him soon.

    Mum’s struggling at the mo, especially with the heat but she’s got some good care and friends around her. Thanks for asking mate.

    Still searching for a suitable place…

    • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:00 am

      Yeah, well, Levy needs to pull his finger out and build care homes for infirm Spurs fans. Forget the fancy Lodge Danny, get Nutsford’s mum sorted!

    • DAVID 27/07/2018 at 11:45 am

      👍 Hope things work out ok on both fronts.

  • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:11 am


    I agreed with you on Holtby to be honest, and when I read up I saw your earlier post but I’m not one to apologise, sorry about that ; )

    I love you Hartley but dont take it the wrong way

    As the missionary actress said to to the experimental bishop.

    • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:20 am

      Bashing bishops again?

  • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:17 am

    If Dembele can be persuaded to give us one more season, I’m happy that we can bring Winks in to share that role as he regains full fitness, and maybe give Oakley-Booth, Skipp, and Onomah game time in CM too. Dele could also be played deeper if we want to accommodate Moura, Eriksen, Lamela, Son behind Kane, especially in matches where we are facing parked buses. Don’t really need more than one DM (Vic or Dier) in those.

  • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:17 am

    Can you imagine he blood-letting there’d be in some quarters if Spurs were to sign some old fart like Green?
    F*cking sign someone, Levy, you weird bald c*nt.
    Noooo! Not that old fart, Levy, you weird bald c*nt.

    • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:23 am

      Imagine? Just have to pop over to the dark side to see the infantile fury being vented. To a soundtrack of ‘Night on Bare Mountain’.

  • Bardamu 27/07/2018 at 9:25 am

    “Locked in talks” for Grealish the past few days, apparently. Villa holding firm for £30mill since the takeover it seems. Spurs still think a deal can be done before the end of the window.

    • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:41 am

      So that’s that then. Bentley, Berahino move over, there’s a new name in the frame.

      Move along, nothing to see here.

      • Bardamu 27/07/2018 at 9:56 am

        I’m a little disappointed this one isn’t wrapped up now, if I’m honest. I hope it doesn’t go all Ross Barkley on us. Fingers firmly crossed.

        • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 10:03 am

          We know the script Bard. I’m just blowing the dust off last summer’s copy…

        • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 10:05 am

          Yeah, signing Ross Barkley woulda been ace!

          • Caspurs 27/07/2018 at 10:07 am

            It wouldn’t have worked out, he had too many hair issues.

            • Bardamu 27/07/2018 at 10:16 am

              Coulda been a contender
              As he stares sad-eyed at the pretty bartender
              “Pour me another, be my weekend lover
              There’s nothing else for me to do, ba-ba-ba-baby
              There’s nothing else for me to do
              At the second-hand fridge…”

            • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 10:17 am

              That’s young people today for you. Men’s grooming eh? I blame Henry Cooper and Kevin Keegan and the great smell of Brut.

          • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 10:10 am

            I don’t think this is about any particular player, but the negotiating approach we all know and love…

  • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 9:34 am

    I shall be inviting a multitude of plebs to a season long event via a new bloeug shortly…

    • Sniper 27/07/2018 at 9:51 am

      Can’t be including me then
      *Wipes nose with cuff*

      • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 9:52 am

        I’ll put you on the proles back-up register.

        • Chauvelin 27/07/2018 at 9:53 am

          I’m in with the hoi polloi.

    • Fat Bertha 27/07/2018 at 9:52 am

      Fantasy that.

    • UnkleTaff 27/07/2018 at 9:54 am

      Try not to be put off too much by the high bar that was set by the World Cup sweepstake blog.

  • Flat Oeuf 27/07/2018 at 9:35 am

    New signings New Bloeug later this arvo, cobbers

    • Freund or Foe 27/07/2018 at 10:00 am


      • 61SpursNut 27/07/2018 at 10:12 am

        Slies I tell ya, ALL LIES!

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 27/07/2018 at 11:23 am

      Good man, I could chisel this post on a tablet of stone quicker than it’s taken to type this!

  • Flat Oeuf 27/07/2018 at 11:48 am
  • Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enoeuf

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