Tag: Tottenham Hotspur

Stop The Clocks: Spurs, Harry Redknapp, The Media & The Fans

Candles may have been lit, and there may even have been hushed talk of a silent vigil outside of White Hart Lane. Meanwhile, on social media platforms such as Twitter men – grown men – threw around comments which indicated that many of them had jumped straight to the second stage of the Kübler-Ross Model five stages of grief – anger – having scarcely had the opportunity to feel the transient and illusory feeling of denial. Yes, the confirmation that Harry Redknapp is leaving Tottenham Hotspur hit some sections of the British press hard. Just a few short weeks ago, Redknapp was in line for the England job, and all was right with the world. Perhaps they’d all fly out to Poland together, laughing and joking about the size of each others’ duty free bills. Once there, the only thing that would flow more readily than the nice bottles of red would be the media-friendly quotations. The air of bonhomie would mean that a scapegoat might have to be found after the inevitable disappointment but hey, there would be two dozen players to choose from and if no-one stood out for this task then the whole thing could be marked down as a transitional period and forgotten about. But then they stepped in. The bloody FA, with their suits and their blazers, their ties and their badges. Their meetings and press conferences. Their damned criteria for selecting a new...

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Match Of The Past: Tottenham Hotspur

There may not have been any league championships for Tottenham Hotspur since 1961, but the club has had its fair share of excitement in both cup competitions and the league since then. This evening, we have six matches from Europe, the FA Cup, the First Division and the Second Division. First up, we’re going back to 1972 and a semi-final of the UEFA Cup against Milan. Within a couple of seasons, though, Spurs were struggling in the league but they were still capable of winning some of the big matches, and our second match comes from the 1973/74 season and is a North London derby match against Arsenal. Relegation to the Second Division for the first time since 1950 followed in 1977, and Spurs supporters spent a year in the wilderness before betting promoted back. We have one match from that season, an unlikely looking league encounter away to Mansfield Town. Having got back to the First Division, Spurs won the FA Cup in 1981 and the following year sought to repeat the feat. In the quarter-finals of the 1982 FA Cup, they faced a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea. Spurs went on to win the FA Cup that year and two years later they won through to the final of the UEFA Cup, where they had to play Anderlecht over two legs. Our final video...

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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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