They seek him here, they see…oh, there he is.

Chauvelin’s long-awaited debut:

LEST WE FORGET…

I have taken it upon myself to remind everyone that this is October 2018, and we are fast approaching a very important anniversary.

Yes, ’twas on 26 October 2008 that Mr Harold Redknapp was appointed Tottenham manager. I write now as although that date of the month is still some days away, we have just played our eighth league match. Scarred upon our collective memories ten years ago Juande Ramos had received the right royal order of the boot after his eighth game, because Spurs had collected just 2 miserable points out of a possible 24, our worst ever start to a season. We had lost to Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Villa, Portsmouth, Hull and Stoke (you may notice that all of these clubs have hit the skids since, some in a big way, the Curse of the Cockerel strikes!) and drew with Chelsea and Norwich. The final league match for Ramos against Stoke was a real nightmare; Bale and Dawson both saw red, Stoke had received 2 penalties, and a sickening collision between Gomes and Corluka led to Vedran being stretchered off on oxygen. Spurs were rooted at the foot of the table and the joke doing the rounds was ‘what’s the difference between Spurs and a triangle? A triangle has three points.’ Ho blooming ho.

However, out of the gloom came a most unlikely saviour. Daniel Levy turned to that right diamond geezer ‘Arry Redknapp, the darling of the tabloids, to rescue the lilywhites in their hour of need. Even though ‘Arry only spoke to the players briefly (Clive Allen and Alex Ingelthorpe were in charge for one match) and watched on from the stands, Spurs immediately broke their duck with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. Welcome relief from the incessant sarcasm and more importantly, a possible new start? The sudden dismissal of Martin Jol the year before and the arrival of Ramos had a mixed reception because Jol was a popular figure who had been denied achieving a top four finish only by the ‘lasagnegate’ incident. The news of his sacking breaking during a match was seen as very disrespectful. Despite winning the League Cup our form was patchy at best during Juande’s reign, and Redknapp’s appointment meant that the continental experiment with having a coach overseen by a director of football was over – for the time being at least. Redknapp insisted on being a proper manager, the Boss. Comolli was shown the door as well. Uncertainty was over, there was an old style gaffer back in sole charge. The immediate effect of the new man was dramatic and surprising. After the Bolton win we faced the old enemy at their new palace of varieties, Arsenal. Back then they were still a potent force, a challenger for titles. You couldn’t make the timing up and as if to prove this was being scripted by Hollywood, Spurs came away with an amazing 4-4 draw after two late, late goals. ‘arry had arrived in style, and if anyone was in any doubt that this man could change our fortunes, we then beat eventual runners-up Liverpool at home, and City away. We climbed the table to finish a respectable eighth. Spurs were genuinely on the up, and we’ve been getting better ever since, in my humble opinion. Ten years ago, eh? Seems more like a hundred.

FIN.

Author: Flat Oeuf

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

Comments
  • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:00 pm

    I fancy a right good sci-fi film tonight. Any thoughts?

    • SpurAndy πŸ₯§πŸ’ 12/10/2018 at 11:03 pm

      The Martian?

      • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:13 pm

        Pfft. Hated that film and hated Damon in it. Thanks, though.

        • SpurAndy πŸ₯§πŸ’ 12/10/2018 at 11:15 pm

          Nay prob, thought it was reasonable but enjoyed the recent Blade Runner more.

          • Caspurs 12/10/2018 at 11:18 pm

            Personally I thought the new blade runner was a case of style over substance.

            • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:05 am

              It was a massive disappointment.

          • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:20 pm

            Tried again the other day. Can’t seem to finish it. Keep getting distracted.

    • Chauvelin 12/10/2018 at 11:04 pm

      Have you seen Arrival?

      • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:14 pm

        Ooof. Hated that film and everyone in it. Thanks, though.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 12/10/2018 at 11:12 pm

      I think that’s a great idea.

      • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:15 pm

        #metoo

    • Merrance 13/10/2018 at 5:15 am

      My favourite martian

  • Chauvelin 12/10/2018 at 11:06 pm

    I’m chaffeur for the evening waiting for son No.2 at Gloucester Railway Station. He has been delayed leaving London (as is usual). Bloody ‘Great Western’ indeed …

    • Chauvelin 12/10/2018 at 11:16 pm

      Go to station carpark ticket machine as they are red hot here. Out of order. Go into station speak to guy in GWR sweat shirt. “Is there another ticket machine for carpark?” Stares at me. I repeat query. More stares, he calls another man over who saves hands. “No speak English”. Fakinel.

      • Frontwheel 2 13/10/2018 at 1:28 am

        Nationalisation will sort it all out.keep the red flag flying high.

  • Fatty B 12/10/2018 at 11:18 pm

    Looking like this is the kiddie for tonight:
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/await_further_instructions/

    • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:10 am

      Shame you didn’t like Arrival and Martian.

      Have you watched Moon? I loved it.

      Looper, now there’s a barrel load of nonsense which doesn’t even stick to its own frame of reference. I have never ever watched a film which infuriated me so much as that pile of toss. Never dabble with time travel stories unless you’ve got a professor of logic on hand to point out all the mistaken thinking.

    • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:19 am

      That film looks more like a horror fest.

      Source Code was excellent btw.

  • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:23 am

    I was going to suggest modern remakes of the Quatermass stories are long overdue, but then thought better of it. Probably be ruined.

  • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:26 am

    I watched half an hour of Ghost in the Shell then gave up.

    • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:33 am

      I preferred ‘The Beyond’ which also centres around a woman being physically enhanced to endure a gruelling space flight into the unknown.

      • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:39 am

        I also recently watched a British sci fi film ‘The Machine’ which had some good ideas some of which I could well imagine happening for real; but they struggled to develop them to a satisfying ending. Although there was a decent twist.

        • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 12:48 am

          To give you a flavour, a highly secure MOD base is treating very badly war wounded squaddies by giving them experimental artificial implants…

          • Fatty B 13/10/2018 at 1:15 am

            Seen them all but The Beyond. May revisit Source Code. Await Further Instructions is like a Chanel 4 Charlie Brooker dystopian TV worship thing. 4-10.

  • Frontwheel 2 13/10/2018 at 1:29 am

    Debbie does Venus ?

    • HD πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 13/10/2018 at 1:43 am

      Uranus from hell?

      • Fatty B 13/10/2018 at 1:56 am

        It is at the moment thanks to a visit from an angry Farmer Giles.

    • Fatty B 13/10/2018 at 1:47 am

      Venus Williams?

      • Merrance 13/10/2018 at 3:15 pm

        Hbday rotund one x

  • GDawg 13/10/2018 at 8:55 am

    Fatty B
    I fancy a right good sci-fi film tonight. Any thoughts?

    Go back to two standout sci do sequels of the 80s or 90s, Star Trek II Wrath of Khan or Aliens

  • foeorfreund 13/10/2018 at 9:30 am

    Extinction isn’t bad, Fatster. Not all that challenging, but worth a watch.

    • Caspurs 13/10/2018 at 10:04 am

      Annihilation gets a good IMDB score.

      • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 10:06 am

        Really? I’m surprised. The effects are very good but it’s a bit emotionless.

        • Caspurs 13/10/2018 at 10:09 am

          Dunno, I haven’t seen it.

          • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 10:12 am

            It’s not bad but it’s a spectacle rather than a story. However, Natalie Portman… Makes up for a lot….

        • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 10:09 am

          Another film with Benedict Wong. He has become the default Chinese actor.
          “We need an Asian/Chinese looking actor: call Benedict Wong.”

          • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 10:20 am

            Sunshine
            Code 46
            Moon
            Prometheus
            The Martian
            Doctor Strange
            Infinity Wars
            Annilihation

    • SpurAndy πŸ₯§πŸ’ 13/10/2018 at 10:51 am

      Watched Extinction recently, wasn’t impressed,soz FoFty. The lead guy had about as much emotion as Rees-Mogg.

  • Sexy Beast 13/10/2018 at 9:35 am

    So Sky and BT Sport have decided to swerve our home fixtures against Burnley Dec 15th and Bournemouth on Boxing day whilst the Chelsea home game Nov 24th (which is a 5.30pm ko so i assume is on BT Sport) is advertised as (at the moment) at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium…..
    Does Levy have an early Christmas present for us fans??

    • Sexy Beast 13/10/2018 at 9:38 am

      Six weeks today…………..

      • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 10:04 am

        Shirley some mistake? Shouldn’t that be The New White Hart Lane? Accept no substitutes.

  • UnkleTaff 13/10/2018 at 10:27 am

    Fatty B

    I fancy a right good sci-fi film tonight. Any thoughts?

    This is well worth a look:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485947/?ref_=nv_sr_1

  • Fatty B 13/10/2018 at 10:46 am

    Thanks, Chums. Out and about at the mo. Will check back in later.

  • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 10:52 am

    Watched the Peru/Chile friendly (well half of it) last night.
    Chile a few years ago were really good,now Peru are better
    They play fantastic passing footie and one player plays plays in Sao Paulo is Cueto. Really Excellent!

  • SpurAndy πŸ₯§πŸ’ 13/10/2018 at 10:59 am

    Absolutely nothing new in this report except one thing, the word ‘copacetic’. I’d like to thank Barrett for bringing it to my attention.
    https://hotspurhq.com/2018/10/12/tottenhams-new-stadium-beginning-of-something-special/

    • Sexy Beast 13/10/2018 at 11:25 am

      Almost already out of the Champions League? Who write this guff?
      After 23 games we will have played 13 away 10 at home, stay on the coat tails of the top side and we will be in with a shout………

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/10/2018 at 11:29 am

        He means this season’s competition. A flaw in his argument is that we will probably end up in the Ropey if we don’t make it through the group.

  • Bruxie 13/10/2018 at 11:18 am

    Man Citeh ticket arrived today.

    29th October.

    For those of you who have met before and others who would like to meet – I’ve set up a WhatsApp group to make arrangements to meet again.
    Flat Oeuf has my mobile number – for you to give me yours – so that I can send you the invitation to join.
    It’s not a discussion group! Merely a vehicle for making meeting arrangements without going online where others can see them.

    McG, Fatty, Cas, rAndy, FoF, Harts, Unc, Chauv, – are you listening?😎
    Email me for my number – with your Oeuf handle; or get my mobile number from The Oeufmeister and let’s do it!
    Flatster, Beast, Nutster and I are already on it.

    You’ll need WhatsApp on your ‘phone.

    • SpurAndy πŸ₯§πŸ’ 13/10/2018 at 11:22 am

      Cheers Bruxie, I’ll email mine shortly.

    • Chauvelin 13/10/2018 at 11:23 am

      I thought WhatsApp was just for political conspirators or terrorist cells…

      • Sexy Beast 13/10/2018 at 11:25 am

        Er stop watching CNN! lol

      • Bruxie 13/10/2018 at 11:26 am

        And your point is..?
        We regularly bring down governments. We’re the not-so-silent minority!

    • Bruxie 13/10/2018 at 11:24 am

      And how could I forget Northern Spur!

      • Bruxie 13/10/2018 at 11:27 am

        He’s already on it. And in Spain.
        Ola!

  • foeorfreund 13/10/2018 at 11:38 am

    New blog, anyone? Ready and waiting, I’ll publish at 12 if I don’t get any objections.

    • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:39 am

      Its a Cinderella blog!!

  • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:39 am
    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/10/2018 at 11:44 am

      Fab pics, but it’s a bit anoying with the page refreshing for every gallery pic though.

      • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:46 am

        Yerp!
        But the stadium does look awesome and powerful

  • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:43 am
    • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:52 am

      I havent really watched a lot of Oliver Skipp he has looked took.
      I took a look at these clips and his decision making is really good,he plays with a flex,he thinks ahead..very good

      • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:54 am

        Flex in Ronglish – Not one dimensional

  • foeorfreund 13/10/2018 at 11:43 am

    Bruxie

    Man Citeh ticket arrived today.

    29th October.

    For those of you who have met before and others who would like to meet – I’ve set up a WhatsApp group to make arrangements to meet again.
    Flat Oeuf has my mobile number – for you to give me yours – so that I can send you the invitation to join.
    It’s not a discussion group! Merely a vehicle for making meeting arrangements without going online where others can see them.

    McG, Fatty, Cas, rAndy, FoF, Harts, Unc, Chauv, – are you listening?😎
    Email me for my number – with your Oeuf handle; or get my mobile number from The Oeufmeister and let’s do it!
    Flatster, Beast, Nutster and I are already on it.

    You’ll need WhatsApp on your β€˜phone.

    Can one of you fine chaps who are already on the Whatssapp group please share my number with the Bruxmeister.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/10/2018 at 11:45 am

      I’m on the case, Foeuf.

      • foeorfreund 13/10/2018 at 11:46 am

        Danke Shaun.

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/10/2018 at 11:49 am

          Could’n’a dunnit wivout ‘im.

          • Ronwol1960-61πŸ•Žβš½πŸŽ·πŸŽ₯ 13/10/2018 at 11:53 am

            Is this a U Dunnit flick?

  • foeorfreund 13/10/2018 at 12:01 pm

    Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enoeuf….
    https://flatoeuf.com/quiz-time/

  • Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enoeuf

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