Articles

3rd May 2012

Should he stay or should he go?

The question of who should succeed Fabio Capello as England manager has been a taboo subject for Spurs fans over the past few months. The minute Harry Redknapp was labelled favourite to step up to International Duty was the minute Tottenham’s season nosedived. Our 2011-2012 Premier League campaign had got off to a flying start. Forgetting those two abysmal opening games against the Manchester clubs, Tottenham went on to face 23 games emerging with only 2 loses. We were 3rd in the League, inches away from mounting a real Title Challenge, and you’d have been hard pressed to recall a... Read more »

30th April 2012

Worst case scenario

Labeling Spurs’ close to the season as a disaster — which has involved pissing away a sizable third-place gap and free-falling all the way to our current position of fifth — would be a massive understatement. What a difference a few months of bad form can make. Back in January, I was filling this space with ideas on how Spurs should bolster their ranks in the summer to strengthen the squad ahead of our next Champions League campaign. Now, we’re staring headlong into another season in the perpetual wasteland that is the Europa League and facing the prospects of having... Read more »

26th April 2012

Should I be feeling guilty?

As I sit in front of the laptop, concentrating, frantically and bravely fighting the battle between index finger and LiveJasmine pop-ups, something strange is happening in my head & heart, which, for once, has nothing to do with the questionable material on my internet browser. No, this is something else. For many years, I’ve hoped, willed and wished for nothing more than for Tottenham Hotspur to be successful. Having put up with the blinkered, glory-hunting, drivel spouted by Woolwich & later from the West London plastics, there were times over the years where I shamelessly ached to be in the... Read more »

25th April 2012

The Referee’s a Pentium Quad-core Processor…

Back in 2009, a certain blogger on a Tottenham Hotspur site suggested that Football as an industry lags behind its competitors – if you can call American Football, tennis, cricket and both the rugbys ‘competition’ – in that they all have the benefit of some form of technology to assist the officiating members with their job. The piece was probably inspired by some form of injustice that occurred in a Spurs game, though the author denies this (“Video Referees: The Time Has Come“, have a look for yourself). Once again we find ourselves in the almost post-apocalyptic meltdown that follows... Read more »

19th April 2012

Coming Home

My love for Spurs was passed down to me from my Dad. When I started school at about 4 or 5 I got into football, like most boys that age do. Around this time my Grandad (on my Mum’s side) came round with an old West Ham kit that he’d got from a charity shop for me. A few days later this mysteriously went missing and my old man, who was working nights at the time, came home one morning with a new Spurs kit to take it’s place. In the next few years my obsession grew, until my first... Read more »

19th April 2012

Success is temporary, class is forever

One of the main things I love about Tottenham football club is the aura of class it has. Or maybe it’s not just class, perhaps ‘pride’ is a more appropriate word. We are proud of our history, proud of the way we play football, we try to do things our own way (some might call it stubborn but I prefer ‘proud’) and proud of our support. It starts with our logo, the cockerel standing in defiance of every problem that it may face, keeping its head up high as if it was saying to the world: “Come have a go... Read more »

16th April 2012

At times like this…

At times like this it is opportune to reflect upon a number of things. Many have spoken about the phantom goal, a few have pointed out we were in the ascendancy before our opponents went one-up yesterday and could have taken the lead and others have focused upon the choices made by the manager in addressing the deficit. We will all go through a range of emotions over the coming day or two and how we arrive at the end is not universally the same but arrive at the same place we will. At times like this I remember why... Read more »

12th April 2012

Thank you Harry Redknapp – A retrospective

If Harry Redknapp was to leave tomorrow for the England job, I don’t think a single Spurs fan would begrudge him for it. If he leaves now, or in the summer, or even next summer, he will be a hero in my books. He’s given me my first good memories of Spurs, bar the rare exception, and for that I could not thank him enough. It started in October 2008 with two of the best memories I have as a Spurs fan – the last minute winner by Super Pav vs Liverpool and that 4-4 at the Emirates. These two... Read more »