2nd June 2012

Everyone Looks World Class on YouTube

Well the the transfer window has finally opened and transfer gossip and ITK is currently gearing up, before switching in to overdrive in the middle of August. As usual Tottenham have already been linked with dozens of players. While most of the players are familiar names (Kaka, Pato, Huntelaar, Lassana Diarra etc), every now and again an unfamiliar name crops up. These days it is easy to find out about these curious foreign superstars. Forum members will spend hours poring over the football oracles that are the Football Manager database and YouTube. “I’ve checked him on the FM database and... Read more »

1st June 2012

Drama of the Drum

Whatever your view is on the drum, whether it is a nuisance with its constant assault on the ears, or a symbol of support for the club, the executive branch of White Hart Lane does what it does because they have the portentous view that they own you. Joe Lewis of ENIC International, the Board of Directors, and Daniel Levy sit around the table measuring what you, the supporter, are are willing do. Burn your tickets in protest? Convince numbers to boycott? The front office conduct themselves in a manner that even if Spurs supporters where able to mount any... Read more »

30th May 2012

Tottenham and the missing £40M

You’re probably expecting this article to a be a lengthy breakdown about the amount of TV revenue, sponsorship, merchandise and prize money lost from being unceremoniously dumped out of our well earned Champions League place? It’s not. That breakdown can be found in great detail elsewhere. There is another way to generate that amount of money, and Levy has been trying to generate it for the last few seasons – cut the deadwood. Now before anyone says a thing, this is obviously easier said than done. There are players that we have been trying to shift for 2 or 3... Read more »

25th May 2012

Winning The Beautiful Game at all costs

From the smouldering remains of my hopes and expectations I look at Chelsea’s success this season, and what my eyes see are the change in tactics that Chelsea employed in the latter stages of the season, probably as a direct result of their new management. Some have piped up to state that Chelsea’s tournament wins in the later stages of the season, when Chelsea have faced teams with superior attacking capability, are down to planned defensive line ups. Frequently, all eleven players could be found well behind the halfway line during tournament games where a win was required to progress.... Read more »

24th May 2012

We’re Spurs

So here’s the thing, the latter part of our season has led us to the cusp of Champions’ League qualification and while we can point fingers at who is ‘to blame’ [Harry, the players or Chelsea], ultimately our London neighbours saw us relegated to the Europa League doing the very thing we should have done marginally more of, winning matches at all costs. Of course, we’re Spurs and we blew it, like we blew every other chance for silverware this season, by a) going out on pens to Stoke, b) losing AT HOME to (!) PAOK, c) getting slaughtered by... Read more »

23rd May 2012

The ‘Y’ Debate

Well, firstly, I suppose that I should present the credentials that make me qualified to pass judgement on the subject of whether or not it is permissible for Spurs fans to use the word “Yid” in reference to themselves or Spurs players. I am Jewish, not only through birth, but through practise as well and, in addition, I have been a Spurs fan for over 40 years. (I am old enough to have lived through a Tottenham championship year; albeit I was only 3 months old when Danny Blanchflower was awarded the trophy.) I left England over 30 years ago... Read more »

22nd May 2012

The Revolution will not be Televised

I’ve always had a romantic ideal of how football should be. I don’t mean the game itself, as much as I do the match day experience. Maybe I’m pining for an era of football that I never got to experience; before all-seater stadiums, before the ‘prawn sandwich’ brigade and most of all before television, and more specifically Sky, strangled the last bit of life out of the game as it once was, and repackaged it as the sanitised, family friendly product it is today. As someone who didn’t start going to Spurs until the mid 90s, I never got to... Read more »

22nd May 2012

The Matches That Define Our Season

After a roller coaster 2011/11 that saw the club enter its first Champions League, the media and fans alike had high expectations for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011/12. It started poorly, and after a run of one league defeat in 19, the team was rocked by a heartbreaking away defeat to Manchester City, Harry Redknapp’s court case, and then the speculation over his future considering the England vacancy. All of this culminated in a terrible run of form, seeing us win only two league games between February and May, and after a fourth place finish, the inevitable heartbreak continued as qualification... Read more »