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19th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Lilywhite & Blue – Interview with author Jeff Maysh

If you listened to last week’s podcast you probably noticed that we conducted an interview with journalist, author, and proper Spurs fan Jeff Maysh. (If you want to hear it again scroll to the bottom of this page.) A couple of seasons ago Jeff put together a book, Lilywhite & Blue, that chronicles the history of our famous jersey. Well now an updated version is available for £5.99 on the iPad. If you’ve ever worn a Spurs shirt, this book is for you. Lilywhite & Blue is a visual history of every glorious shirt design since the team was founded. For this unique project,... Read more »

18th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Being a member of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

I’ve been thinking about what my membership in Tottenham Hotspur Football Club actually means in light of all of the recent discussions regarding “supporters” and “fans” and “consumers” and other identifiers that have been thrown around recently. I’m not from London, or even the United Kingdom. I have never lived full time in London at any point in my life. Obviously, I cannot attend first team matches at White Hart Lane every weekend like I would love to. But with the growth of the Premier League into an international phenomenon and the internet and television, I’m far from alone in... Read more »

17th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Sex appeal

Every match day I go through the ups and downs with the team. I celebrate goals like a mad person and I rue the goals scored against us. I sing with the supporters from my living room. I watched Bayern München crush our last hopes of Champions League football. I drank myself into a stupor just like everybody else that night. I paid a subscription to Charlton Athletic to listen to a feed of the Spurs youth game that TFC attended and sang along in my office here in California. How much more do I have to do to prove... Read more »

17th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

The Levy Files. Dossier 15: Why he Picked AVB.

“I couldn’t help myself officer. You see after having the Premier League back and then taken away so soon, well the temptation took over me.” “Now now son, we know what you did, just tell us what you saw.” “I didn’t see anything!! Honestly.” I was lying as best as I could. The truth was I saw everything. Earlier. After a summer where the country toasted new heroes and the glory of sport was apparently rediscovered, the return of the Premier League pushed me over the edge. The nonsense, the banal booing, the over/underpriced players and the shiny new kits... Read more »

13th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

The Bale Identity

The world is full of brain-busting mysteries; What is the Bermuda Triangle? Does Bigfoot really exist? Why would anyone pay 20 million for Jordan Henderson? but none of the aforementioned phenomena boggle the mind like what exactly is Gareth Bale’s best position? Is it left-wing, right-wing, left back or maybe page 73 of the Kama Sutra Christmas edition? Here we will explore the pros and cons of each position the Welsh Wizard could potentially occupy this season. Left-wing Tried and tested, Bale’s speed and skill has made many a mug of even the best full-backs. A deft piece of control... Read more »

13th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

1882 – The Past and Future of Tottenham Hotspur

Like 10,000 others, I will be attending White Hart Lane on Thursday night to see our Academy side take on the prodigious talents of Barcelona’s illustrious La Masia development centre. But really the result of the game holds no importance to the home faithful, and you can be assured not a single boo will be heard. Instead the night will be a celebration – a pledge of allegiance to the shirt, and all it represents. Perhaps fittingly, this celebration takes place at youth level and even more apt is the name, 1882, because this game takes place within a week... Read more »

12th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Full Disclosure

It’s only natural human instinct to reject things we don’t understand. For immediate illustration of the inherent truth of this pop-sociology catchphrase, look to the chorus of boos that followed Andre Villas-Boas and his Tottenham side back into the dressing rooms at White Hart Lane last week, after the squad failed for the third occasion in a row to hold their nerve in the dying minutes of a game and prevent an unfavourable result. It seems fairly obvious to me that a large section of his most vocal abusers in the home sections at the Lane don’t trust AVB because... Read more »

11th September 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

1882 – An Admission

I need to say sorry and ask for your acceptance… My name is Dave and I am 39 – I have two kids, a dog, and a love of Spurs. Unlike most supporters I can’t give a romantic story around why I love the club – most of my friends were West Ham fans. I was just always… Spurs. As I said most of my mates at school were West Ham and as such the crowd often dragged me to Upton Park… it did nothing for me intellectually nor spiritually. Every now and again I could drag them to Spurs... Read more »