"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Twelve hours to go

Depending on who you believe we are buying a left winger and we are not buying a left winger. We are buying five players, we are selling five players.

Defoe is leave for £15 million and then he is staying.

Twelve hours of madness and then it is finished, until January anyway, and quite frankly I can't wait.

Lets hope we are all smiling at Midnight tonight but as it stands I'm not too confident.

Levy, please prove me WRONG!


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mido plus more to come

Mido has been officially completed subject to a work permit. He will be welcomed back by the majority of Spurs fans as long as he is in shape. His scoring ratio was quite good and adds further options to the front line. This is the signing mentioned by The Shelf as "done" last week.

The same reliable sources from FTL and COYS have spotted others on the radar. As being reported by Sky Lee looks like he is going with Chimbonda ready to come in. Malbranque is coming from Fulham to boost the left side with Routledge and Murphey going the other way. Downing though looks a no go for whatever reason. I think we were waiting for him to hand in a transfer request but he hasn't so it does not look like it is happening. We are still trying to get someone really big but personal terms willbe a stumbling block.

As always, until the players are seen holding a Spurs shirt take it all with a pinch of salt.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Toffees make it sticky for Spurs

Firstly I would like to apolgise for the above headline but I couldn't resisit. Secondly I would like an apology from someone important for the lousy performance today from Spurs. Games against Everton, especially at home, ESPECIALLY against 10 men should see a Spurs win and we never looked like we were going to do it today.

The one good point from today's match was the perfromance from the left back, Benoit, who was excellent again today. if only we could get someone decent on the left we could have an excellent partnership on that side and Jol has confirmed we have made another large bid for Downing. I feel he would link up well with Benoit and would add more to our game. Too often we leave it all to Lennon. When he is able to run with the ball the other Spurs player stand back and watch. The movement from the other players around Lennon was awful and did not create any space for him to pass or run into. Davids is worth a mention as he put in one of his best perfromances for a while. However Lee proved too weak again and Stalteri should be recalled to that position. Although he made the odd error last seaosn he is generally consistent and has a top mentality towards games. Davenport and Dawson are not working either and Ledley's return can not come quick enough. Berbatov needs a rocket up his arse and Jenas should be dropped if he contines to play like he did today.

However, the calls for Jol's sacking on the message boards just proves to show what dumb ass fans we have going to White Hart Lane. We have not had the start we had hoped for but calling to sack the manager who took us to our highest ever finish 3 games in just makes you look stupid.

Onwards and upwards I suppose.


Friday, August 25, 2006

Spurs vs Everton

Our favourite team comes to WHL tomorrow and I expect a similar result to past seasons - a Spurs win. The task will be made a little harder because Everton have nippy Johnson who could cause our slow centre backs of Dawson and Davenport a bit of trouble.

Good news came out of the club today with the signs being that Jenas and Berbatov are both fit. Jenas was much improved on Tuesday night and I expect another good display from him. I also expect an unchanged line up to the one which beat Sheffield United on Tuesday which will leave Zokora on the bench again. If Zokora does play I hope Davids is dropped which would leave Tainio on the left. Davids was good on Tuesday but moving him back out on to the left would be a mistake.


Transfer update and UEFA cup

The signing that was apprently going to be announced today has been delayed but reliable sources on FTL still claim that a left winger is in the bag and will be done before the deadline.

Spurs have been drawn against Slavia Prague with the away leg first. The home leg will be played on the 28th of September. Official travel packages will be announced on the official website in due course.


Thursday, August 24, 2006

New signing in the bag, apparently

According to reliable sources over at FTL Spurs have completed a new signing today. Strong rumors coming from the French media suggest it is highly rated Hatem Ben Arfa. if so this would prove a major coup for the club as he is very highly rated in the French league and abroad. The mystery signing is due to be announced within the next 24 hours.

Of course we may have signed no one so take it all with a pinch of salt until it is officially announced on the Spurs website.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Live from White Hart Lane

What an improvement over the Bolton game. Davids looks better in the middle. COYS!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

What can wing play and pace do?

If you dont know the answer to the above question then I suggest you watch manures game against Fulham. Lennon must stay wide right on Tuesday and we must buy a left sided player as Davids has not got the pace to play the left wing position effectively plus he drifts inside. Jenas has to buck his ideas up quickly as well or mid table here we come. COYS!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Live from Bolton

No left side in a so far poor performance. Davids just cant play on that side and it will require a dramatic improvement in the second half for us to take anything from this game. COYS!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Reid sold to Charlton

Andy Reid has been flogged to Charlton. The fee is undisclosed but is unlikely to be that close to what we paid for him. In fact it looks as though he was a chuck in by Forest in the Dawson deal and we took him just in case he turned out to be good. However he didn't. He can shoot but lacked pace for the Premiership even though we were regularly assured by the Spurs managenemt that "he was the fittest player" at the club. Lets hope not.

Anyhow, The Shelf wishes him every sucess as Charlton. Does this now mean we have a left winger lined up? Who knows! We have sold players in the past with no replacement in mind. Kanoute is the latest example of poor forward planning and Reid was one of only two left footers at the club - him and Ziegler so it will be interesting to watch the transfer market in the next 2 weeks.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Chelski = small timers

Tickets for the opening day fixture with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge have gone onsale to anyone who can buy 4 tickets each.

Chelsea, your support is pathetic.


Reasons to be optimisitc

For the second successive season Spurs have finished pre-season unbeaten and that can only bode well for the forthcoming campaign. People say that pre-season is meaninless and in a way they are right. Wins don't accumulate points and there is a large amount of squad rotation. However it must do the confidence of the players the world of good to beat quality opposition such as Sociedad. Bordeaux, Nice, Inter Milan and record a credible draw against Dortmund. It also allows the new players such as Berbatov to settle in with his new team mates. Now look back to the days of Francis and Hoddle when we would tour the Scandinavian countires picking up lousy results with lousy performances - how can that help preperations for a Premiership campaign? It hinders rather than helps and is the reason why a good pre-seaosn showing is vital for a good Premiership start.

The opening three fixtures are all winnable. Spurs should be aiming for fifth place at least and with a couple of wins this season against top four teams will see us challenge for fourth again. Not being able to beat the top four in the last two seasons makes it hard for us to close the gap for us to sneak a CL place and this must be a priority during the fourth coming campaign. It is about time we beat the scum again and is Liverpool really that much better than we are?

The transfer market has been another productive one for Spurs. Berbatov has arrived and has scored some good goals during pre-season and we have to hope this form continues on Staurday and beyond. Zokora joined after an excellent world cup and the new nippy right back looks good business. Screwing £18 million out of United was another good deal. I would have preferred Carrick to stay but once he had asked to go we had to extract the maximum fee possible for him. Now that money is buring a hole in Levy's back pocket we need to continue to strengthen. With just over 2 weeks of the transfer window to go a left winger has to be a priority and will be bad business if we leave this position under strength for another season. We may have to pay a little more than we were hoping to but if it is the difference between fourth and fifth or cup success then the outlay will be worth it.

Going back to pre-season form our first game of the season will be against Bolton, who have had a wretched few games. Fat Sam has had limited money and found it difficult to improve his side in time for the new season and thye have a stack of injuries. However, as all Spurs fans know, a trip to the Reebok is never easy and will be a tough test. Everyone wants a good start and I feel we have enough about us to see off Bolton on Saturday.

Robbie Keane is injured so I expect the line up to be Robinson in goal with Dawson and Gardner / Davenport in front of him. Beniot will be on the left with Lee on the right or vice versa. Lennon will be wide right with Zokora and Jenas central. Davids is almost certain to start on the left with Berbatov up front alongside Defoe. With only three strikers expect Barnard to be on the bench highlighting another area that could do with a bit of investment before September 1st.

See you in Bolton!


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Spurs Calendars

  • Spurs Calendars

    Search here for Tottenham and you will find a couple of calendars listing all the fixture dates. One also has a members on sale date informaton embedded into it. Works with iCal on the Mac and it may also work with Windows Calendar if any of you are unlucky enough to be running a Vista beta.

    Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been on holiday.

    Be on the look out for Mido back up the Seven Sisters Road in the next week. (FTL).