Title Burglars

Back in 84-85, when I was a teenager enjoying my first season on the lower East Stand terraces, I never used to understand why the ‘we will follow the Tottenham’ chant rolling down off The Shelf always included the words ‘… and Leicester…’.

It’s not something I’ve ever asked anyone, but I’ve since decided it has to be related to what went down on 14th May 1977 at White Hart Lane.  Or, more to the point, who went down.

Namely, us.

As it turned out, a Spurs team including Jennings, Perryman, Hoddle and Taylor beat Leicester 2-0 with goals from Jimmy Holmes and John Pratt in front of a crowd of 26,094 that afternoon.  But it made no difference.  Despite picking up two league cups and the EUFA Cup in the early seventies – trophies obviously being the one single measure of a club on the up – and despite finishing 9th the previous season, Agent Neill had sold off a lot of our experienced players from the last days of the Nicholson era before heading back to Highbury, leaving Keith Burkinshaw to try and revitalise our fortunes.

These days, I don’t believe there’s any way Burkinshaw would have survived that first season to go on to become one of our greats.   We lost to Third Division Wrexham in the League Cup at The Lane, 8-2 away to Dave Mackay’s Derby in October, then 5-3 away to West Ham in November, and were third from bottom at the turn of the year.  We lost to Second Division Cardiff in the third round of the FA Cup, were beaten in every single match we played in February, hardly won an away match all season – conceding fifty away goals in the process – and were virtually doomed to relegation following a five-nil thrashing at Maine Road in the game before Leicester came calling.

Our only hope as we kicked off against the Foxes was for West Ham to fail to pick up any points in their last two games of the season – away to champions elect Liverpool and at home to Man United – and for us to overhaul them on goal difference.  The Hammers got a nil-nil at Anfield, though, and we were relegated for the first time since 1935, out of the top flight for the first time since push & run saw us promoted in 49-50, and in real danger of falling away from the limelight for good.

It’s enough to make even the most devout anti-Levyite look down at his Fakinel ENIC OUT t-shirt and momentarily doubt the curvature of the earth.

Maybe.

As traumatic as our last relegation must have been, it’s a more recent Leicester visit which I find the most scarring to look back on:  Wednesday 13th January 2016 and we were fourth in the league, four points behind Leicester in second, and six points behind champions elect Arsenal in first.  We’d won three and drawn one of our last four league games and Leicester were having the wobble many of us expected would signal their slide back into mid-table obscurity, having lost to Liverpool and drawn with City and Bournemouth without scoring a single goal in their preceding three league fixtures.

Although I clearly remember watching the game, I don’t remember too many details outside of two moments which still haunt me in terms of what might have been:  Kane’s shot ricocheting off an advancing Kasper Schmeichel and smacking the bar on sixty-one minutes, and the usual unpunished penalty-area argy-bargy that preceded a lot of Leicester’s goals that season as Huth rose to head a corner home in the 81st minute.

Change that result to one-nil Spurs, and who knows what might have been?

This time around, and the stakes for Leicester aren’t quite so high.  They’re currently eleventh and, on paper, not in the best run of form having only taken one point from the last twelve available.  That one point did come against Liverpool at Anfield, though, in a one-all draw they could well have won.  The fact they beat Chelsea away and Man City at home either side of Christmas Day provides further proof they’re likely to be dangerous opponents on Sunday, as does their narrow home defeat to Manchester United in their last premier league match.

As for this fixture last season, it was the 5-4 thriller which saw us three-one down on 47 minutes in what we all hoped would be our last ever league game at Wembley.  Two goals from Lamela either side of a Fuchs own-goal saw us reclaim our early lead before Vardy pegged us back in the 73rd minute ahead of Kane rounding off the scoring three minutes later.  Somehow, despite no home ground and all Poch’s best efforts to train the lads into the ground, we’d finished the season strongly enough to consign Liverpool to fourth and Chelsea to fifth.  No silverware, though, so ultimately it all counted for nothing.  Best to forget and move on.

So, moving on, following our one-nil win over a very well organised Newcastle side – and following City’s narrow win over an Everton team we spanked 2-6 – we’re back to third in a two-horse race, but now only five points off first, with a game in hand over City.  We’re nine points better off than we were this time last season, where we had just strolled all over United 2-0 at Wembley and were about to enjoy that mad 2-2 draw up at Anfield, the last league points we would drop until we had to face runaway leaders City seven matches later.

In fact, if you take our results from last season from this point on and add it to what we already have, it gives us our best ever premier league haul of 87 points, as does looking at our results last season against teams we still have to face this season.  That return would have put us second on goal-difference in 14/15, champions over Leicester by six points in 15/16, second by five in 16/17 (we actually came second by six) and second by thirteen last time around.  It almost certainly won’t be enough to see us crowned champions this season, but it would be an amazing achievement given the lack of investment, lack of a home ground, and the money and salary gap between ourselves and certain clubs we’ll find ourselves looking down on again if we do manage to harvest that many points.

Something tells me we’re going to have to play better than we did against Watford and Newcastle if we’re going to take all three points from Leicester, though.  Still without Dele and Kane, it’s not going to be easy.  But, then, I fully expected Leicester to have the better of us at The King Power in early December.  We were without Kane that day too – though he did come on in the 74th minute – but still had enough about us to dominate possession, touches, passes, and run out relatively comfortable two-nil winners.

With Liverpool having to prove their mettle against Bournemouth this afternoon following two draws and Man City having to host Chelsea, another two-niller against Leicester would be very welcome on Sunday.

It won’t see us relegated, at least.

Comments
  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:52 pm

    Anybody cheering for United?

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 8:52 pm

    Matic is uniturds new Fellaini, assaulting the opposition with elbows and stamps aplenty..

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:56 pm

      SeMatics!

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 8:53 pm

    We’re still in this..

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:55 pm

      Who is?

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:55 pm

        Oui or them or we?

  • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 8:54 pm

    So the ref sprays a white line, but is happy that United players are standing in front of it? Twat, he should have moved the free kick forward a further 10 yards for infringement. Aren’t those the rules?

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:55 pm

      Semantics!

      • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 8:57 pm

        Rules. Feet are behind the white line, or abandon spraying the damn thing at all.

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:58 pm

          It’s a foul of inches

    • 89Spurs 👁 12/02/2019 at 8:56 pm

      Another Michael Oliver, wanker!

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:57 pm

        He isnt very good with the White paint that’s all

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 8:56 pm

    Halftime entertainment is brought to by the great Herbie Hancock.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 8:57 pm

      Great man!! Top Notch!!

    • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 8:58 pm

      Hey, that’s what I almost posted yesterday instead of Flea!!

      • merrance 13/02/2019 at 4:49 am

        you should have done

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:02 pm

    Very poor game imo. Very little quality. Poor referee. Too much falling over.
    Commentators seem to be watching a different game to me, waxing lyrical about the standard of CL football.

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:03 pm

    Steve Nash in the Ripple feed

  • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 9:12 pm

    This is a rugby match.

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:15 pm

    Tuchel is another gesticulating wanker.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:17 pm

      Not that much of a wanker

      • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:18 pm

        Explain please!

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:22 pm

          He has them. Playing this half

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:17 pm

    Ooh!

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:17 pm

    Ha!

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:17 pm

    Yay!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:18 pm

    Great play by PSG last 10.mins

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:18 pm

    The less English teams in the more money the remaining teams get as the TV photos shared by less clubs.
    As long as we go through I am happy to see United out

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:19 pm

      Pot not photos

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:19 pm

      I like PSG to win in any case

    • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:21 pm

      Are you sure that’s how it works?

      • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:27 pm

        Not 100 percent sure but what I read each country gets its share of the TV money generated by their own broadcasters.
        For the PL it is shared unequally with the PL winners getting 40 percent and second getting 30 third get 20 and fourth getting just 10 percent.
        I assumed that as sides get knocked out the ones left get the remaining money.

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:20 pm

    K’nel!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:20 pm

    It’s a game of two Alves

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:24 pm

    Brillianfootie thisthalf PSG

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 12/02/2019 at 9:24 pm

    Giggidy!

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:24 pm

    *giggles*

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:25 pm

    Has Jose come back for the UCL games?
    Ha!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:25 pm

    Always like DiMaria…. CLASS!!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:28 pm

    Outstanding PSG

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:28 pm

    Wonder if Poch is watching.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:30 pm

      He needs to!

  • Northern Spur 12/02/2019 at 9:29 pm

    Ronwol196061
    Anybody cheering for United?

    Not me!!!!

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:31 pm

      👍

  • Hartley 12/02/2019 at 9:30 pm

    Yanited used all their seasons luck up against us, they’re fucked now.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:31 pm

      Good fuck them

      • Hartley 12/02/2019 at 9:33 pm

        Lingard out, Martial out, Yanited as good as out.

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:36 pm

          Brilliant stuff PSG

  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:31 pm

    I’m not sure if I ever remember another centre forward as fast as I’ve just seem Mbappe run through two defenders, incredible speed!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:32 pm

    Love this footie…

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:37 pm

    Manure.
    Total crap.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:37 pm

      Going to concede again soon

  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:37 pm

    Someone somewhere will start up the Pooch to Utd drum beat again.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:37 pm

      Poch wouldn’t be good for them

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:37 pm

      You just did!

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:38 pm

      He needs players to mold not moldy players

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:38 pm

      Yurp. But if he’s watching he’ll want nothing to do with this shower.

      • J'HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 9:41 pm

        Shower = shit show

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:40 pm

    PSG will score soon

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:40 pm

    Carrick is mouth breathing.

    • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:47 pm

      Trying to drum up some of that Kane spirit?

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:41 pm

    Lulaughku coming on

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:43 pm

    No plan B.
    Ole lost in the size of it.

  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:44 pm

    They can concentrate on the FA Cup now seeing as trophies are what Man Utd are all about, I can’t help wondering if Ole had a few key injuries would he save his best sides for the top four chase over the Cup?

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:44 pm

      Top 4.

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:46 pm

      Top 4

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:47 pm

      The club will tell him…its not up to Ole.

      • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:47 pm

        Alex in his ear.

        • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:49 pm

          Crikey, he musta shrunk with age then!

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:48 pm

    Apparently Man U players get something like a 30percent pay cut if they are not in the CL.
    The basic contract assumes they will be in it.
    I think our players on the other hand get a bonus for qualifying for the CL

    • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:49 pm

      Really? Crikey.

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:48 pm

    There goes the best striker in the PL!

  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:49 pm

    The step up in class tonight has proved to much for Utd whilst Ole Gunner stood on the side line with his hands in his pockets looking rather lost, fabulous!

    Oh and the silence is deafening!

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

    Fergie wife… ‘and you’ve met this young chap at Tottenham? “

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Pogba should be off.

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Red for that. Pft

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Oh it’s not Pogba. Must be for chatting back

  • Hartley 12/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Pogba out for second leg.

  • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Misses next leg. Tee hee.

  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    Correct decision, finally. Or is it? Yes.

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    GONBA!!

  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    This tie is over.

  • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    I hope I’m at least this satisfied tomorrow night.

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    That was confusing. No way should that be a red card.
    Much as I am glad to see United struggle I still don’t like poor officials

    • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      He got two yellows

    • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      It was a deserved red, he led with his studs up, it was a least a yellow.

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:56 pm

      What? It was filthy!

    • Hartley 12/02/2019 at 9:56 pm

      He drives a Mercedes Benz

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

    Fuck United

    • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:56 pm

      In the face!

    • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, they did.

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:57 pm

        👍👍👍👍👍👍

      • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 9:59 pm

        This might be good for Liverpool sat if they score first.

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:58 pm

    United fans needed a reality check!
    They were on the anti Jose pill

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 9:58 pm

    Hairdryer needed!

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 9:59 pm

      They’ll get a blow wave.

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 9:59 pm

    When PSG turned it on it was real class.

    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

      Manure were poor.

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:01 pm

        Yes no flow..

        • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

          Or creativity…

          • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:04 pm

            None

            • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

              No flow…postrate.

              • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:06 pm

                I know…it was the joke!

                • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:06 pm

                  Piss on that

                  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:07 pm

                    Urine-ted

    • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 10:01 pm

      Yerp. We’ve been lucky to have played against what I’d consider the best teams in Europe over the past few years, Barca, RM and Juve, and done pretty bloody well. I’d like a crack at PSG.

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

        Our tackling is hard.. They won’t like it one bit

  • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

    Well, that was a most enjoyable second half.
    Theatre of Dreams? Pffft!

    United’s form has been somewhat of a mirage consisting of froth being blown up Solskjaer’s arse by a subservient media.

  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

    Cliche: “It was a reality check for yanited…”

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 12/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

      It was a reality check for the press.

      • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:04 pm

        What are Talkshite gonna talk shite about now?

        • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

          I don’t usually take Durham’s bait, but he got to me the other day. After all that “29 players ahead of Son for Player of the year” nonsense, he dedicated about half an hour to chowing down on Raheem Sterling’s ass. Wanker.

          • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

            I refuse to listen to the myopic cock.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

      I said that when it wasn’t in fashion

    • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

      The hype that’s been built up over the last few months has been worth it to see the fall.

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

        Pogba should provide it. He can’t be worth 150 mil surely…..

      • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:07 pm

        The only team of note they’ve played so far are us, we may have lost but we battered them, and would’ve won were it not for their keeper.

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:07 pm

          We came out too passive ffs

          • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:09 pm

            Oh shut up, that’s nonsense.

            • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:10 pm

              You fucking shut up

              • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:10 pm

                No you shut arp!

                • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

                  No you

                  • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

                    You!

                    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

                      I came here for a civilized conversation

                • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

                  You’ve obviously come here for an argument!

                  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

                    This is a Gentleman’s club you know + Spursy

                    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:15 pm

                      I fucking came here for some enjoyable banter and fucking got abuse!

                    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

                      Banter not Batter
                      -#Me too

                    • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:17 pm

                      Pistols at dawn?

            • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:10 pm

              Oi!

              • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

                What!

                • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

                  Are you calling me a “what”?

              • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

                Kids!

                • Caspurs 12/02/2019 at 10:12 pm

                  Wotcha gonna do grandad..

                  • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:14 pm

                    You’ve seen SB’s vid no doubt?

                    • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:15 pm

                      The old boxer?

                  • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:14 pm

                    Said like a true blue Chelsea fan!

                    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

                      No the spanking one!

                    • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:18 pm

                      Enjoy that did you??

                    • Bruxie 12/02/2019 at 10:20 pm

                      Nope…but I did send it to a chelscum ST holder next door!

  • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

    Now, how will the pundits write that display up? My betting is that it will be explained away by the injuries to Martial and Lingard, and the evil, nasty, naughty referee.

    You can bet if Spurs lose like that tomorrow we will be ‘bottlers’, a weak squad suffering because we failed to buy in two windows, naive, no pedigree etc.

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:09 pm

      Half our fans you know who said the same thing

      • Freund or Foe 12/02/2019 at 10:12 pm

        The half empty half.

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

          👍😊

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 10:12 pm

      Our boys have to earn the right to get a fair press coverage.
      Until they are serial winners they will always be mocked.
      Poch will be using that to motivate them.

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

        100%

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

        In the early 60’s we were the presses favourites

  • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:20 pm

    Caspurs
    I refuse to listen to the myopic cock.

    That’s a great name for t’othersite!

    • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:49 pm

      It works on several levels.

  • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 10:20 pm

    I enjoyed the bit in Pochettino’s book about our first CL group game disappointments.
    He said he and the coaches worked on a warm up routine that was very down key compared to normal because he wanted them to be calm (usually the warm ups have some motivation builders). The expectations were that the players would be hyped and full of adrenaline and would need to be calmed down before the game started playing He was very taken aback by the following lack of effort and energy.
    I know he has learned from it but our first three games this season weren’t very encouraging.
    Hopefully we come out with a good balance between energy/ aggression and control/ discipline

    • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:23 pm

      This last time is exactly what we nerd.. We did come out with energy it’s true Leicester matched us but we came out on the front foot
      I hope we do vrs Borussia.
      I think it will be a ding doing battle

      • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:23 pm

        Need

        • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 10:26 pm

          A ding doing battle.
          That will be interesting to watch!

          • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:34 pm

            Yep

      • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 10:33 pm

        No problem, even though I am a nerd I got over it. I haven’t gotten over the ding dong thing however. 😬

        • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:35 pm

          Are you looking for an argument?

          • Ronwol196061 12/02/2019 at 10:35 pm

            Let me give you Caspurs number

            • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:44 pm
          • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 10:36 pm

            Nah, I am anti argument, I normally tell myself to f*ck off.

          • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 10:40 pm

            Nah, I am anti argument. I normally tell myself to f*ck off.

            • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:41 pm

              You tell yourself to f*ck off? Haven’t you got a wife to give you a mouthful?

              • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:42 pm

                I that wasn’t meant in any salacious way!!

                • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 10:45 pm

                  Hehehehe

                  • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 10:48 pm

                    Phew! 😓

                • Sexy Beast 12/02/2019 at 10:46 pm

                  I’m sure HD will see the funny side of that, made me laugh!

                  • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 10:51 pm

                    Me too! 😂

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 10:59 pm

    I’m doing my bit lads. Completely gorged on pan au chocolates and red wine. Stuffed . Schnitzel for breakfast, battered, fried and smothered in chicken supreme topped with a poached egg, sonny side up. The Becks is half done too.

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:00 pm

    Pain

    • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:03 pm

      Take a big dump, you’ll be OK.

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:05 pm

    Shall I wait till tomorrow for the shisters.

  • UnkleTaff 12/02/2019 at 11:10 pm

    So David Moyes remains the only United manager to win a CL knockout game since the 2010-11 season…

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 11:12 pm

      And Harry Redshnapps is the only Spurs manager to do likewise in a similar timeframe…
      Let’s hope that changes tomorrow

      • HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:13 pm

        Shelfy, it will, especially if you are with the good luck charm Ronwol.

  • UnkleTaff 12/02/2019 at 11:24 pm

    More than a bit concerned that a combination of the bubble finally bursting and the probable absence of both Lingard and Martial that Liverpool will waltz away from Old Trafford with all three points.

    And if that happens Molde will almost certainly getting their manager back.

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 11:37 pm

      Yeah, next up Chelsea in the FA cup then Liverpool in the league. Could get ugly quickly.

      • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 11:46 pm

        Luck runs out eventually. It should have at Wembley, but he’s used it all up in those 12 de Gea saves that day.

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:25 pm

    So utd, have fuck all to say in this cup too. Poch and the lads are gonna take us all the way ! was chatting to one of my boys coaches today (utd fan) lovely guy , who played in the same school team with Harry Winks at Cavendish secondary in hemel. Winks was in the year above and he said they played a semi final together , winks was on another planet , pinging balls about first time and vision that was on completely another level. Best hes seen .

    • UnkleTaff 12/02/2019 at 11:27 pm

      I don’t understand a lot of the comments regarding Winks on here as he already looks a complete footballer to me. One of the first names on the team sheet already as far as I’m concerned.

      • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:28 pm

        Absolutely 100%.

      • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 11:31 pm

        Certainly one of the easiest names to spell.

        But no, he is industrious, covers the ground, picks up the ball from defence, brings it out and links play with Eriksen, then goes forward. Not quite box to box but I think he holds back under orders.

        • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 11:32 pm

          Just be careful spelling his name, change one vowel at your peril.
          The sad thing about winks is his dodgy ankle. By the sounds of what Poch says it may never be 100%

          • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:37 pm

            Hahaha

          • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 11:41 pm

            His name must have made him a fighter at school. 🐯

            • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:46 pm

              Yeah I dare anyone to call him tiddly winks now

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:30 pm

    Hes fantastic , his stats in CL are right at the top. 94% passing accuracy and a huge number of passes within that. Was with spurs as an 8 yr old and whilst being very academic, only wanted play for spurs. Perfect

    • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:33 pm

      To really appreciate what he does, watch his movement off of the ball.

      • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:43 pm

        Indeed hes so comfortable on it. If he loses it see what he does when he gets it back.

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:32 pm

    That home game against Madrid which was on me birthday, with Dier he was tremendous

    • Shelfy 12/02/2019 at 11:35 pm

      Dier is incredibly under-rated in my opinion. His tactical brain is excellent, he is always well positioned, he is quick for a big guy, good in the air, strong and competitive. Now and then he produced passes that are excellent.
      Between him Winks, Sissoko and Wanyama we have a good quartet to choose from

      • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 11:39 pm

        As an oldie, he puts me in mind of Steve Perryman for characteristics about tenacity, spirit, ball winning, snapping at players. I think he’s a better ball player than Stevie.

      • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:40 pm

        Two of the four have to play. Winks and one of the other three.

  • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:39 pm

    I agree totally shelfs. I’m still a little troubled about our lack of midfield. (Ahem)

    • Chauvelin 12/02/2019 at 11:43 pm

      Sissoko and Winks to give them hell. Dunno if Wanyama or Dier could possibly come into a high tempo game just yet.

  • J’HD 🇺🇸 12/02/2019 at 11:44 pm

    Here is my tomorrow team:
    Lloris
    Aurier, Toby, Sanchez, Jan
    Dier, Winks
    Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura
    Son

    • AntSpurs 12/02/2019 at 11:47 pm

      Perfect

    • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 12:07 am

      I’d have Sissoko playing in a two man unit with Aurier, covering the right, interchanging back and forth.
      No Trippier, no Davies.

    • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 12:38 am

      Not sure about Sissoko in that position, his final ball isn’t good enough, plus we’d be losing his ability to break the lines from deep with his runs.

      • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:47 am

        Disallowed can go from CM out wide. Died drops back into CB when WB push forward , son slips out wide and Lucas moves through he middle, the formation is fluid

        • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:48 am

          Disallowed yeah , sissoko shouldn’t be allowed

        • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 12:49 am

          Lucas is shit through the middle, he’d be better on the wing like he was against Inter away.

          • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:52 am

            ID keep him there mainly too but he was great down the middle against utd when he scored 2

            • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 12:54 am

              That was one game, he’s been useless through the middle since. On the wing he gives us an outlet to create attacks, plus it gives him the space to run at people which is what he does best.

              • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:54 am

                True we have options tis all

                • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 12:56 am

                  Yep, they can and probably will interchange positions, but he’s most effective when in space and running with the ball.

                  • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:58 am

                    I’m also not adverse to monster Llorente with son and Jan out wide

                    • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 1:02 am

                      I think Jan needs to be careful in being too far up field, as he’ll be up against Jason Sancho, and you don’t want to leave too much space behind our fullbacks for him to exploit.

          • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 12:52 am

            Yes he isnt striker type, Son is

            • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 12:54 am

              Son is also great on the left

    • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 12:39 am

      I like Rose he is our best back

      • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 12:40 am

        He’s injured.

        • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 12:49 am

          Oh

        • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 12:50 am

          He is better than Trippier and Davies even injured

  • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 12:11 am

    I hope Lamela makes the bench. We need his fight and attitude in the dressing room.

    • J’HD 🇺🇸 13/02/2019 at 12:34 am

      For me, Lucas and Lamela are interchangeable, one starts, one comes off the bench. I really don’t care which one is in which position.

      • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 12:51 am

        You are right HD… They are both on and off their game its the best thing try one then the ither

  • merrance 13/02/2019 at 5:38 am

    for those of you that like brass

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/02/2019 at 8:32 am

    BRUXIE!
    Happy birthday ol’ chum.

    • Bruxie 13/02/2019 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! See you later. I’ll buy you a cider!

      • mystic arnold 13/02/2019 at 9:50 am

        Yeh HAPPY BIRTHDAY

        • J’HD 🇺🇸 13/02/2019 at 11:59 am

          MA, shame on me, belated Happy Birthday!

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 13/02/2019 at 10:05 am

        Happy birthday Bruxie, welcome to the old gits club!

    • Sexy Beast 13/02/2019 at 10:14 am

      Happy Birthday Bruxie, see you later 🙂

    • J’HD 🇺🇸 13/02/2019 at 11:58 am

      Happiest of Birthdays Bruxster! 💥🎂

  • Elyid 13/02/2019 at 10:23 am

    Feliz cumpleanos Bruxie

  • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 10:41 am

    Just perusing the Bundesliga table to see how Dortmumd were doing, and noticed Hamburg weren’t listed. On checking, discovered that they got relegated last season for the first time ever. They’d been ever present in the top flight since 1919 when the League started after WW1.

  • Bruxie 13/02/2019 at 10:41 am

    Thanks, chaps!

    • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 10:42 am

      Happy birthday. Same date as the wife’s sister.

  • Caspurs 13/02/2019 at 11:01 am

    Happyy burfday Bruxie, have a bloomin fantastic day bud. 🎂🎁

  • C 13/02/2019 at 11:07 am

    Many happy returns Bruxie.

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 11:09 am

    Happy Birthday Bruxie!!!
    The gift?
    We all know that one?
    Wots White and Navy and has a chicken on its crest. Yesterday is history, tommorow a mystery and today a win

  • Cavey 13/02/2019 at 11:11 am

    Many happy returns Bruxie

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 11:35 am

    https://youtu.be/XQnlTyXFWS0

    Some great West Coast jazz funk

    • merrance 13/02/2019 at 3:27 pm

      Always there,loved this track since ronwol laws wrote it.Hope for you yet looks like you are weaned off the rubettes. Did you used to frequent Ronwol Scotts

      • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:59 pm

        See further down Mel

  • Shelfy 13/02/2019 at 11:57 am

    Happy Birthday Bruxie!

  • J’HD 🇺🇸 13/02/2019 at 12:01 pm

    I am quite excited about today’s match. I’m hooked on a feeling, a good one. COYS!

  • McG ⚽⚽ 13/02/2019 at 12:07 pm

    Yeah Happy Bruxday!!

    If Rose is fit enough for the bench, surely you’d think he could make the starting 11?? Seems strange.

  • foeorfreund 13/02/2019 at 12:23 pm

    Happiest of birthiest days, Brux. Hope our boys can make it a good day for you.
    Tottenham have never won on my birthday, but being in June, they’ve never lost either.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 13/02/2019 at 1:12 pm
      • foeorfreund 13/02/2019 at 1:19 pm

        Great work G!
        So I was wrong…..

        1941 We beat Fulham 2-1 at home in our final Football League South match of the season. Ralph Ward converts a penalty while future England striker Ivor Broadis, playing for us as a guest, also scores.

        1947 A 1-1 draw with Barnsley in the Second Division at the Lane. Our goal comes from a Ronnie Dix penalty in a game that saw Ernie ‘Alphabet’ Jones make his Spurs debut.

        • McG ⚽⚽ 13/02/2019 at 1:56 pm

          So they’ve never once lost on your birthday!!

  • cavey 13/02/2019 at 1:14 pm

    Lloris was mt MOTM on Sunday. He was simply the reason we got the three points. Hope that performance gives him the extra confidence needed in the CL. He was a bit wobbly after his conviction for DD. This would benefit the back 3/4 confidence as well.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 13/02/2019 at 1:16 pm

    I’m hoping Lamela gets the nod tonight, can see this one requiring a bit of graft…

  • Fatty B 13/02/2019 at 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday Mr Bruxington.

    • foeorfreund 13/02/2019 at 2:03 pm

      Up to Bruxington, one, two, five
      Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 2:45 pm

    Trivia :Between the Jennings years and the Lloris Era… How many quality goalies have we had?

    • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:10 pm

      Ray Clemence would be one, although he was in his twilight years.

      • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:11 pm

        I liked Thorsvedt.

        • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:13 pm

          Ian Walker started well but didn’t mature, plateaued early not quite top class.

          • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:15 pm

            Paul Robinson just sort of fell to pieces after his England catastrophe.

      • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:12 pm

        I did like Gomes before he became a jester

      • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:13 pm

        I really can’t remember too many that impressed

        • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:28 pm

          Then there was Neil Sullivan.

    • foeorfreund 13/02/2019 at 3:29 pm

      Really liked Tony Parks, though he didn’t get to play much.
      Bobby Mimms was by far the worst of the bunch.

      • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 3:33 pm

        Brad was great, kasey Keller pulled out some amazing stops but was prone to mistakes as Gomes

        • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 3:34 pm

          Hans Segers,Carlo Cudicini. As Glos mentioned Thorstvedt was my fave , other than clemence

      • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:33 pm

        Milija Aleksic was goalie in our FA cup team 1981. But really still a stopgap.

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:14 pm

    It’s pure Looxury now!

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 13/02/2019 at 3:18 pm

    And a happy belated birthday to Mystic!

  • AntSpurs 13/02/2019 at 3:30 pm

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Bruxie – (happy birthday in German I think). May the beer and footy taste even sweeter , full of flow (Ronwol style- no Bruxie stylie) and this year be an even better one. COYB.

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:38 pm

    Mel Wasn’t into jazz back then Mel but did go there a couple of times. Like a whole lot if different kinds on music today including Jazz. There is so much quality in each genre to listen to.
    Went to two concerts that were great this year. Jill Scott was fantastic and Chris Botti one of the best ever.
    I like Jill Scott when she sings jazz hop hop. Chris Botti sound is pure

  • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:42 pm

    One question:
    Where is Syd and all the Aussies and NZ’s gone to?

    • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:45 pm

      Along with some others

      • Chauvelin 13/02/2019 at 3:50 pm
        • Ronwol196061 13/02/2019 at 3:58 pm

          You’ve been to the local boot sale again Chauve

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 13/02/2019 at 4:11 pm
  • 89Spurs 👁 13/02/2019 at 4:31 pm

    Happy birthday Bruxie, have a couple for me. Good luck!

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