Tag: Tottenham Hotspur

The 2012 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Since they last won the FA Cup in 1991, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the competition on six occasions and lost every time. It is, perhaps, possible that this has has effect on the inner psychology of a club. Something close to indefinable, in the furrowed brows of the supporters when the final comes into view, in the words of journalists and the quietened mutterings of the club’s office staff, a self-perpetuating and self-defeating cloud that hangs over the entire institution. Considering the winners of the quarter-final ties in this year’s competition, there was no “easy” tie for Spurs to look forward to at Wembley this weekend. But Chelsea hold a special hex over Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for twenty-two years. This was the draw that Spurs didn’t want. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, professional football has been taken to a new peak in terms of the physical fitness and the technical ability of players, and at the top end of the professional game all of those taking part are magnificent athletes, so to what extent this infinitesimally small psychological effect might influence a club is a question that might be unanswerable. Tottenham Hotspur used to be the holders of the record for the most number of FA Cup wins, but those days are long gone. Over the last couple...

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Match Of The Week: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Ah, the local derby. That one time in the year when we are permitted to drop many of the vestiges of being civilised people and devolve back to our cave-dwelling, territorial roots. It’s a day for eyes to twitch, the rational to become irrational, for the stories of injustices of days gone by to be reheated and passed on to new generations. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have lived alongside each other for as long as the game has flourished in London and, while neither side is likely to win the Premier League this season, tensions at The Emirates Stadium are as high as ever. For once, it is Spurs that go into this match in the ascendency. Although they have been less than impressive away from White Hart Lane over the last couple of months, they remain comfortable in third place in the table, while Arsenal remain an increasingly distant spot on the horizon, with recent defeats in the FA Cup and Champions League having all but ended any chances of ending their recent mini-drought of trophy wins in recent years. While Harry Redknapp is being talked up as the next England manager, Arsene Wenger is under the sort of pressure that frequently results in a manager’s departure from a club. It has been a topsy-turvy sort of season in that respect. If the nerves of Arsenal supporters are...

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Match Of The Week: Liverpool 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The weather has not been a friend to football supporters of late. The cold snap did for a majority of matches scheduled below the Premier League, and this evening, an hour before kick-off at Anfield, there is a possibility that it might strike again, with a thick fog over Liverpool. The fog clears in time for kick-off, though a lack of clarity will turn out to be a common feature of the evening. The top of the table has the feeling of being a house built on shaky foundations. No team is in outstanding form and it feels as if, although there is more than a third of the season left to play, the questions of who will win this year’s title and which four teams will make up next year’s Champions League places doesn’t at the time of writing feel a great deal more decided than it did in August. After eleven minutes, a cat gets on the pitch and play is held up for a couple of minutes while players stand around with that familiar, slightly befuddled expression that passes across the face of the professional footballer that isn’t a football match, a training session or the opportunity of a fight outside a night club at three o’clock in the morning. It’s one of the rare highlights of an otherwise indistinguished half. Perhaps the absence of Harry...

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Spurs Supporters Dare To Dream

At White Hart Lane last night, Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton by two goals to nil. There was nothing particularly unusual about this result – apart from the fact that Spurs have occasionally struggled to break Everton down in recent years – but this was a result that may just prove to be one of the most important of manager Harry Redknapp’s season.┬áIt left the Premier League table with a look that it hasn’t had for a considerable amount of time. Spurs, having now caught up with the games in hand that they have had for a few weeks now, are now eight points clear of Chelsea, nine points above Arsenal in fifth place, are level with Manchester United and are just three points behind Manchester City, who continue to top the Premier League table. As such, we might well argue that last night’s result was as important for the club symbolically as it was in terms of the three points that it delivered. Anything but a win against an Everton team which continues to flounder in mid-table with more excitement manifesting itself off the pitch than on it would have been treated as a sign of some sort of fundamental weakness, a sign of a team beginning to run out of steam. As things ended up, however, one of the solid themes to have emerged in the first couple...

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“Foy” Not “Hoy”

Yesterday hadn’t, if we are completely honest, been Chris Foy’s greatest afternoon as a Premier League referee. His performance during the match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur left a little to be desired and will have left those in North London of a blue and white persuasion rather scratching their heads. After the match, the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was predictably incandescent in his press interviews, inducing the now almost traditional conspiracy theories that managers raise when their teams have a couple of refereeing decisions go against them and they lose (rule one of this particular trope: it is a sign of male weakness to admit that there were two teams on the pitch and that the other team were also being refereed by the same man). So far, then, so depressingly, grindingly normal for a Premier League weekend. Spurs’ outrage, however, continued into today, though, with heaps of abuse being hurled at Chris Hoy via the realm of the the swivel-eyed, Twitter. There is, as the more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed, a small problem with this – whilst Chris Foy is a Premier League referee who is, apparently, biased in favour of Stoke City and against Tottenham Hotspur, Chris Hoy is an Olympic cyclist and has never, as far as we know, refereed a Premier League football match. Hoy reacted to the completely unwarranted abuse...

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