Tag: Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League Review: Tottenham Hotspur’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

At the very top end of professional football, there is no such thing as a “bad” player. The days of the chain-smoking, heavy drinking footballer with a paunch and a bookmaker’s pen behind his ear have probably gone (although the latter of these character traits has likely only moved on to mobile phone apps), and when we talk of the attributes of players we probably focus too much on the physical and not enough on the psychological. This, we might well argue, is why Tottenham Hotspur’s apparent Wembley hex is important. Prior to the Premier League’s debut the national...

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Video of the Day: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, May 1977

The New Premier League season starts this weekend, so we’re going to spend the week looking at old match-ups from the top flight of significance but which have become forgotten about in the mists of time, kicking off with this match from the very end of the 1976/77 season. They might not have won the league or the FA Cup during this decade, but Spurs hadn’t exactly had a completely unsuccessful decade to this point. They’d won the League Cup in 1971 & 1973, the UEFA Cup in 1972 and finished losing finalists to Feyenoord in 1974. At the...

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Tottenham Hotspur: Goodbye To The Lane

There was a neat personal symmetry to Tottenham Hotspur’s farewell afternoon to what is already the “old” White Hart Lane. My first-ever trip there was my first-ever football match. 10th November 1973. Then, as now, it was Spurs v Manchester United. Then, as now, Spurs went two-up. Then, as now, United pulled one back. Then, as now, it finished 2-1. So, while Sky Sports were doubtless desperate to for referee Jonathan Moss to award a penalty when Dele Alli was tripped as he entered the penalty area with stoppage-time about up last Sunday, I was pleased that the next...

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Tottenham Hotspur: My Eyes Have Seen The Glory

Accidents of birth can be the strangest of things. My father has been a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur since 1946, and from the first flat that I called home in Lower Edmonton we could see the White Hart Lane floodlights from the living room window when a night match was on. However, due to the complications of being born to an older mother in the early 1970s, I was born in a long-forgotten annex of the the Royal Free Hospital in Liverpool Road, a short distance from The Angel, Islington, the heart of Arsenal territory. Perhaps this explains why...

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Video of the Day: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United, September 1985

So farewell then, Newcastle United. Sunderland’s comfortable win against an abject Everton at The Stadium of Light last night meant that Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur is broadly irrelevant from a Newcastle perspective, though they may still take a final sliver of schandenfreude this weekend should they manage to snatch a win against a suddenly – but not, if we’re honest with ourselves, completely unexpectedly – exhausted looking Tottenham Hotspur at St James Park. Spurs need a point to guarantee second place (unless Arsenal can run up a six goal win against fellow plummetees Aston Villa, which doesn’t sound...

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