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23rd January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Let’s Talk About Yids

Forgive me for rehashing old news. I need to get this off my chest. When Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert called for an end to the use of the word “Yid” by Tottenham supporters, Spurs supporters’ reactions ranged from mild annoyance to outrage. Herbert’s claims particularly frustrated me. This isn’t merely an academic question: for me, being a Yid is intensely personal, and at the root of why I’m Tottenham till I die. I’m American, and I didn’t discover my passion for football until a few years ago. The beautiful game won me over, and I began looking... Read more »

22nd January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Another Window of Discontent?

Much like Christmas, the fuss and build-up to the Transfer Window ‘slamming shut’ on Deadline Day starts earlier every year, and football supporters up and down the country eagerly write their wish-lists. But for fans of Tottenham Hotspur, the January window has not always brought them the presents they’ve been after. Will this year be different? I wouldn’t be so sure. There is little doubt among Spurs fans that new faces are required. Not because we’re in desperate need of strengthening the first XI, but down to a burning desire to add the depth to the squad that will be... Read more »

21st January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Classless Gary Neville and the Ignoble Knight

“Maybe I’m just being cynical,” said Gary Neville, in his post-match analysis on Sky Sports. Aside from the unparalleled ecstasy of seeing Spurs snatch a more than deserved equaliser in the last minute of added time, this comment by Neville is what struck me most about yesterday’s proceedings. Neville was referring to the clear one-on-one chance Clint Dempsey had been given against the United goalkeeper. Neville claimed that, in Dempsey’s boots, he’d have gone down when challenged by Evra, securing both a penalty and a sending off and so maximising Spurs’s chances of winning the game. His co-analyst, ex-Spurs player... Read more »

21st January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

A Dempsey Induced Euphoria

With time running out and Tottenham Hotspur fruitlessly pressing and probing at the Manchester United defence, it was all too familiar for some at White Hart Lane. This was a script we had seen many times before, and one that never improves with time. Man Utd are the epitome of the term: “Play bad but get three points.” A gentleman who had sat next to me silently for most of the game, suddenly perked up on 80 minutes: “Jason!!” He shouted to the chap three rows in front. “See ya mate, I’m off maybe see you next time?” “You off... Read more »

21st January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Bale-in or Bale-out?

If you haven’t heard that Gareth Bale has been linked with moves to La Liga over the past 3 years, then you need to get out of your cave and listen up. The Spanish newspaper Marca have linked him frequently with Real Madrid and believe he, quite insistently, he is the next Cristiano Ronaldo and he will be in a Madrid shirt in the summer. As much as I dislike the idea of the Welsh winger leaving, it looks an inevitability. The transfer fee has been oscillating constantly since he stormed into our first team in the latter half of... Read more »

17th January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Time to Act

I hate Arsenal, but for the first time in my life I feel sorry for their fans. Their club, much like ours, is holding them hostage and demanding a ransom that for many has long since been unpayable. All football fans, from the League Two upwards are paying ticket prices that are unreasonable as they are offensive. It’s easy to blame football players because they’re paid an enormous amount for what they do, and to be fair, very few people on this planet can play at that level. It’s easy to blame the Premier League for creating a brand that... Read more »

16th January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Daniel Levy & Tottenham Pharmaceuticals Co

The Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is starting to make a habit of upsetting people. With the end of the season approaching, the Spurs supremo looks set to add pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline to his list of enemies as he prepares to conquer the legal drug world. In recent months the Spurs chairman has upset Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon president and Sir Alex Ferguson shadow chairman of the Referees Association, due to his tough negotiating and habit of leaving finger prints all over transfers. Levy’s next controversial financially based move however, is a foray into the drug manufacturing market. After the... Read more »

14th January 2013 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Dominating Mousa Dembélé by Stephane M’bia

For a long time the feeling that Tottenham’s defects are genetic has been haunting me. There is something in the make up of our club that when certain tests present themselves our biological make-up prevents us from prospering. On Saturday we once again faced a test that we pretty much failed. As Andre Villas-Boas stated before the game, it was weekend to create some space, or reduce some with those teams around us. Fortunately, results went our way which meant that our quest for 4th is still on track, but 2nd and 3rd is starting to look slightly beyond us.... Read more »