And that was that! – 29th May 2012

I’m finally back in the real world after my fishing trip to France, and after what seems like a season that was never gonna end, it did.

As I sat in our lodge on the Sunday afternoon watching the final 20 minutes of our season coming to an end my eyes were fixed on Garth Crooks. His squirming in his seat, the leaning forward, the halfway position between sitting and standing only to slump back into his seat when an attack ended with nothing, and with time rapidly running out both at the Lane and up North my nerves started to get the better of me, because the More Garth squirmed the more i tried to laugh it off. Then Yesssss he shouts, so i know weve scored, even before Gabby says “Oooo theres been a goal at White Hart Lane” instantly I’m not even interested in Whos scored or how they scored it because my attention has now turned straight to watching the origional monkey’s head Keown, I’m waiting for him to show me a sign, to shout Nooooo, but nothing. As much as i stare him down through the T.V with what can only be described as a Superman glare, nothing happens, not a bloody thing, “Nothing”

And that was that.. All over.. “Again”

I sat watching the live feeds coming through at the final whistle and there’s Levy in full shot on our T.V screen. Now I don’t know if you saw it but it worried me, he didn’t know what way to look? Who to turn to? Yeah he’s disappointed just like the rest of us but it wasn’t that, although he was clapping he himself looked a very worried man.

At “That” moment, right there the enormity of missing out on the Champions League just hit home. Levy had just realised he’s now in a position he really didnt want to be in. Like “where” do I raise the 30 40 50 or even 60 million quid Andre and the fans are gonna demand in order to stop this end of season after season emptiness?

Because unlike the past few seasons Levy has been lucky enough to be able to bring in decent players by using the money generated through the “sales” of some of our bigger players, not once have the Club or Owners had to raid the bank account in order to buy. Over the last 2 or 3 years Tottenham and Enic have got away with spending only money they’ve received. We have only ever replaced who’s left yet “Never added” to who was already there enhancing the side and the squad, and that’s why we’re short in depth, that’s why we as fans are constantly asking for strikers, and that’s why we keep missing out.
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Levy stood there clapping in the stand but looked more like an accused man in the dock, it was as if he felt like all 36,500 pairs of eyes in the ground were looking directly at him and asking “what now then Dan? This can’t keep happening?”

As in my previous articles I’ve said Levy Enic and the board have done a fantastic job securing the financial security of our beloved, and I’ve also said people forget that Enic are at the end of the day a business, but not just any business, an Investment company.

An investment company acquire a business or project (Tottenham Hotspur) they believe they can then increase it’s profile, customer base and turnover in order to then be able to sell on at a profit.

An investment company will happily spend large sums of money on said business or project (New training Complex and Stadium) in order to further “increase the profile and value” to be able sell on at a profit.

An investment company “does not” spend large sums of money on risks and gambles (footballers) on the hope (Champions League) that it just “might” all turn out rosy in the end.

And that’s why Levy looked worried, as this year he knows he doesn’t have anyone in our squad that could generate the large sums of cash needed. The likes of Gomes Bentley Gallas Livermore and even Kyle Naughton wouldn’t scrape together 10 to 15 million between em?
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However we all know there is someone who would?
This years premier leagues Player Of the Year

Levy knows full well the fans see Bale as a different prospect to that of Berbatov or Modric, both those players turned their backs on the Club, caused unrest and made it more than clear they wanted out, and as good as they were we all said “stuff em – get rid” however Bale to date has said nothing of the sort and because of this the fans would demand he stays.

Yet not only demand Gareth stays, but would also have the right to demand we bring in some top players that will finally enhance the side, and then be able to compete at the top level.

Levy knows the fans know this is how he’s been operating these last 2 or 3 years, and we’ve let him get on with it and stayed largely off his back. Yet because of the all the above he also knows this summer will be a big one, he will either have to sell his biggest “asset” in Bale in order to generate the required funds to improve the side OR finally dip into the bank and spend some of that hard earned profit that’s been building nicely these last few years.

Either of which any Investment Company wouldn’t like to do.

“URGENT MESSAGE” CALLING PHIL CORNWELL”

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URGENT MESSAGE CALLING PHIL CORNWELL
Phil,
PLEASE tell us that your AvB has negotiated a deal with Wigan chief Dave Whelan to supply him with 11 Snub-nose Beretta’s maybe even a sub machine gun, and that the Merchandice is already being shipped?

Because after today’s win at Stoke we’re right back in it, but now we have to pray that Wigan can find “another Miricle” and turn over the Ars in the week.
Wigan “Need” a win just as much as “WE” need them to win, so a tiny intervention by the way of some small arms fire must be the order of the day as we can’t afford for them to lose! So get the win and Leave the rest up to us at the weekend at the lane, and with our fans in “Full battle mode” I wouldn’t bet against us.
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C’mon Wigan HotSpur we’re right behind you, “Don’t” mess it up, Otherwise our Champions League hopes a definitely “Over” and if that happens D-Day could well be looming?

That’s right, D-Day, DANIEL DAY!
Because the way I see it if we don’t qualify for the Champions League this could well be the “biggest summer” for the Clubs board in recent history.

Anybody that follows my articles will already know that I have mixed feelings regarding Mr Levy the board and Enic, not that i think they do a bad job because they don’t, to be honest I’ve said time and again they’ve done a fantastic job in helping to turn round our fortunes. We’ve no apparent debt, we’ve got a tremendous brand new state of the art training centre and the construction work around White Hart Lane is under way. We’ve also got some pretty decent players too, So why the mixed feeling then?

As i see it to own and run a football Club is nothing but a ball ache, you invest in a Club and are told by the fans “Me” included to “SPEND” yet if you don’t spend you’re accused of not having a clue about football, yet spend and and fans can still say you’ve either bought cheaply or bought the wrong, so as the owner of a football Club what do you get? Because if all turns to Cockerell shit you’re guaranteed to get it an earful, but even if you get it right you’ll get very little praise.
So again, “what” do you as the owner get out of this?

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People can easily forget the costs involved in running a Club, Levy and his team have to be a very very good businessmen, their job is to promote the Club and also negotiate and secure the best sponsorships deals too, and they do, get this, we’ve got 2 different shirt sponsors, one for League games Aurasma and Investec for European games. Now that’s great business. They also manage to get other Clubs to pay top price when we’re selling players too, even if the player is out of form or favour. All pretty impressive stuff but all necessary in order to run a Club and balance the books.

So, for the 3rd and final time “What” do they get out of it?

ENIC
Was formally known as “English National Investment Company” that’s right “Investment Company” not The billionaire’s hobby company or The Russian’s Play thing company but an investment company, a business. Now I’m not gonna criticise them for running the Club like a business because simply put like it or not in modern football “we Are a business” and for ENIC their business is buying into other companies in order to then make a profit, and that’s business, so I except that. But it’s the words “investment Company” and the nature of their business that bothers me. We’ve all noticed that over the last 3 or 4 seasons we as a Club have spent less on incoming transfers than what we’ve banked from outgoing transfers, and of course that “IS” good business practice, to make more money than you spend, Yet I’m now convinced the actual level of investment we as fans of a Tottenham ask for in order for us to become real contenders will “not” come.
As long as we’re fighting for 3rd 4th and even 5th the Club will continue to be attractive to sponsors, so continue to make money. As long as we don’t fall away to 6th 7th and beyond the Investment Company need “Not” spend large sums of already banked cash on players in order to try to fight for the very same 3rd or 4th places we are already trying to compete for.
Yes qualifying for Champions League will generate even more money, but no more so than they may need to spend just to get us there in the first place. However the problem being to spend 30 40 even 50 million pounds on a striker or 2, and or a world-class midfield maestro still doesn’t “guarantee” we’d reach the CL, and even then get through to the knockout stages. All in all why would a “Investment Company” who’s sole purpose is to make money spend large amounts of money on a what they would consider as a “risk”? They wouldn’t, that’s not what investment groups do, they spend the money they make on things that “will” make even more money, such as a State of the art training centre, a brand new stadium that comes with housing Hotels even supermarkets. Both these projects when finished along with a football team competing within the top 5 of the biggest League in world football will be even more attractive to prospective and future buyers of the Club. ENIC will then be able to sell the Club for far more than they paid for it.

Don’t forget, it isn’t ENIC buying in players, or paying the players their vast wages, it isn’t ENIC funding the training Centre or New stadium, it’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, along with yet more sponsors, investments and even local government. ENIC have put in very little since their original purchase of the Club yet would have taken dividends, wages even possibly share options and all rightly so, as after all they are the owners.

So why do I say D-Day could be looming for Levy and ENIC?
Well, over the last few seasons we’ve brought in new players with money generated through the sale of others, take last season as an example BIG names such as Modric and VDV went for BIG money, amongst others also going out. Who we brought in was paid for by those sales, however this summer we don’t have any 20 or 30 million pound players in our squad to sell except of course the newly crowned Player of the year Bale, we also have Verts and Lloris but surely we’re not looking to sell any of them on? Now people will say if we offload the likes of Bentley, Gomes, Livermore, Parker and maybe 1 or 2 others that could bring in some cash for transfers, but to be honest as good as Levy is at selling high there isn’t a huge amount of money to be made there, certainly not the sort of money required to bring in GOOD players, besides our already weak squad then becomes even weaker and smaller if we do sell on players so squad players would need to be replaced, before we can even think of adding the so-called better players needed for us to go to the next level.

Despite a great 2nd Half against the Chavski, despite Adebayor having the best 70 minutes he’s EVER played (what a Goal, and WHAT a touch to set up Sigs by the way) despite our fans giving it their all and a great job they did too, out singing “The Pikeys” time and time again, and despite the touch-line effort by both AvB and The Fraund, it IS now out of our hands if we make CL or not. We need snookers, well we need a Wigan Cup final winning performance to help us out!
Personally I don’t give a Shite about the CL, I’ve always said it’s a crap format, I’ve always said to have teams finish 3rd and 4th go in the CHAMPIONS League never made sense to me, and to even have sides then get knocked out yet their failure is rewarded with “Ahhhh you got knocked out – have a go in the Europa then” makes it a bit naff for me, but I understand it’s importance because players wanna play in it so you have to try to get there.

And there it is folks, D-day
After sacking Martin Jol and Harry then bringing in AvB if Levy and ENIC are serious about Spurs as a “football Club” they have some big decisions coming their way in the summer. Will they sell Bale in order to raise some spending money? We doubt it, well, we hope not. So will they then dip into the bank account to bring us the 2 or 3 “ADDITIONAL” Good players we need, not just replacements for those who may leave?
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Or will they continue with their recent form of being just the “Investment Company” and spend none of our money, or none of their own, because if the board don’t improve the squad by adding the better quality players that we need and just go into the new season with everything crossed, fingers, toes, shoe laces the lot, then this time I think we’ll start to see a big change within the attitude of the fans towards them.

So then ENIC, Mr Levy and the board, unless one of you can produce miracles and get us into that last CL spot you’ll have to find some money to spend, otherwise the fans will start turning and D-Day could well be approaching!!

Q & A with Ex-Spurs Players & Celebrity fans – DARREN ANDERTON

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They walked out to the tune of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” they heard the roar of the faithful, they graced the White Hart Lane turf, their team mates were our heroes, and every single one of them pulled on that famous white shirt. They will “always” be part of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, so they will always be part of us. Me, you, friends, family, the rich and the famous, all of us, The Fans.

We’d love to know more about our Players, to know more about their time at our club, we’d even love to know their thoughts on the current Tottenham too.
We also love a Celebrity, but a Celebrity Spurs fan “wow”
the thought of them cheering on our team, singing our songs, and when it comes to Spurs their just like us, only famous. They have the same dreams, and fears, they’ve bought the shirts, sat in the cold, the rain, they’ve moaned and groaned, but they’ve also jumped up and down when we’ve won.

This Q&A page is dedicated to everyone that has either played for or supported Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

This Q&A is with
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Darren was born in 1972, in Southampton, but he started his career down the road at their rivals Portsmouth. He played 62 games for them scoring 7 times. He then signed for us in 1992 and over the next 12 years appeared in our midfield 358 times scoring 34 goals, some being absolute crackers too. Darren was in the side that won the Worthington Cup at Wembley in 1999 and again in the 2002 side but this time finishing a runner-up losing out to Blackburn at the Millennium stadium. It was also during his time with us he made his England debut in 1994, He scored 7 times for England and made 30 appearances. Darren eventually left us in 2004 and over the next 4 years played for Birmingham, Wolves and Bournemouth.
He retired in 2008 and even scored in his final game for Bournemouth.

Darren was a very popular player amongst the Spurs fans, and the club clearly recognised that as he was INDUCTED INTO THE TOTTENHAM HALL OF FAME!
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Here is his Q&A

Q1
Darren, what team did you support as a boy? and did you go to watch them play? if so do you remember going to your first game, Who was it against, and did they win?

A.
I supported Southampton, and my first game was against Manchester City at the Dell, we won 4-1

Q2
When did you sign for Spurs and at what age?

A.
I singed for Spurs in 1992 when I was 20.

Q3
Today’s players often get wonderful perks and gifts when signing, did you get anything special when you signed?

A.
Yes, I got a BMW which was nice!!

Q4
Who did you make your Spurs debut against and did we win?

A.
My debut was away to Southampton, where i was constantly booed by the Saints fans as I’d previously played for Portsmouth, which felt strange as I supported the Saints as a boy. The game was poor and it finished 0-0. I also has stitches in my head from a flying Francis Benali elbow.

Q5
Darren, your first goal for Spurs, who did you score it against? and again did we win?

A.
My first goal for Spurs was against Brentford in the League Cup during a 4-2 win, My first League goal was also in a 4-2 win but this time against Southampton.

Q6
Which Spurs players did you enjoy playing alongside most? and who did you consider to be the most influential in the squad?

A.
Teddy (Sherringham) for both answers.

Q7
Darren, when you were playing could you hear the fans singing? And was there a particular song or chant you liked?

A.
There wasn’t a particular favourite but I loved running out at the Lane to the anthem.

Q8
You played in some big games but what’s the most memorable game you played in?

A.
The most memorable game was the 5-1 Semi Final win at the Lane against Chelsea. Everything we did came off and it was a great performance.

Q9
Darren, do you still own any of your Spurs shirts and if so are they pride of place or wrapped up and tucked away only coming out on special occasions?

A.
I still have most of my shirts, most of them are framed and hung up.

Q10
Since your time with us, what Spurs players over the last few years have excited you the most?

A.
Gareth Bale, Modric and Huddlestone is class.

Q11
Who in the current squad is your favourite player?

A.
Bale is World Class and Defoe is top quality.

Q12
Darren, he’s still new to the job but how’s AVB doing in his first season?

A.
I think he’s done really well and fingers crossed we can make it into the top 4.

And finally Darren we come to our last question, Q13

Q13.
Do you think we need to strengthen in the summer? if so in what areas? who would you like to see us go for?

A.
We need a couple of extra strikers. Lewandowski would be nice!!

As always I would like to thank Darren for taking part in this Q&A, and I hope everyone will enjoy seeing the answers as much as I have. I particularly liked the answers to Q4 Q5 and Q8.

Darren once again,
Thank you

You can also follow Darren on his Twitter

“WHO’S NEXT UP ON MY Q&A ?”

Q&A with Ex-Spurs Players and Celebrity fans – PAUL COYTE

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They walked out to the tune of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” they heard the roar of the faithful, they graced the White Hart Lane turf, their team mates were our heroes, and every single one of them pulled on that famous white shirt. They will “always” be part of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, so they will always be part of us. Me, you, friends, family, the rich and the famous, all of us, The Fans.

We’d love to know more about our Players, to know more about their time at our club, we’d even love to know their thoughts on the current Tottenham too.
We also love a Celebrity, but a Celebrity Spurs fan “wow”
the thought of them cheering on our team, singing our songs, and when it comes Spurs their just like us, only famous. They have the same dreams, and fears, they’ve bought the shirts, sat in the cold, the rain, they’ve moaned and groaned, but they’ve also jumped up and down when we’ve won.

This Q & A page is dedicated to everyone that has either played for or supported Tottenham Hotspur

A Q&A With
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Paul has been a voice on our radio’s for many years now and is currently the Drivetime host on Gold, if you love the Oldies, Classic hits from bands such as The Beatles The Rolling Stones and any “Real” music, then you really should be listening in between 4-8pm on weekdays. Paul’s also the man with the Mic down at White Hart Lane and has been so for a about 9 years now, we see him on the pitch introducing and interviewing all things Spurs at half time. If your lucky enough to go behind the scenes on match days for some hospitality you’ll also find Paul there entertaining.

Here’s Paul’s Questions & Answers
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Q1.
Paul, do you remember going to your first ever Spurs game? and if so who did we play and do you remember the score?

A.
it was 14th February 1976 at home to QPR, just before my 9th birthday. We lost 3-0 and I cried when I got home

Q2.
What was you first ever Spurs kit?

A.
When I was a kid it was just the plain white and blue but when the new Admiral kit came out when I was 11 I waited for Cullens in Romford to open so I could buy it with the pocket money I’d saved. I still have it and my 7 year old daughter wore it when we had an open training day at WHL recently.

Q3.
Paul, what is your favourite Spurs kit of all time?

A.
Admiral yellow away kit 1978.

Q4.
What’s your most memorable Spurs game?

A.
There are 2, both at Wembley. 1981 FA Cup Final replay and the 1991 Semi Final.

Q5.
Who would be your top 5 Spurs players ever? and use 1 word to describe each of them.

A.
Pat Jennings – Safest
Glenn Hoddle – Majestic
Paul Gascoigne – Brilliant
Jimmy Greaves – Prolific
Dave Mackay – Leader

Paul's all time Top 5 Spurs Players

Paul’s all time Top 5 Spurs Players

Q6.
Paul, have you been to any away games? and if so what one was the best one and why?

A.
Loads,
But the best away game I’m struggling with? but I’ll go with The Emirates, season before last. 2-0 down won 3-2.

Q7.
How do you travel to games at White Hart Lane? bus, train, drive or do you get a lift?

A.
I Drive in and get to the ground about 4 hours before kick off.

Q8.
Do you have any Pre match rituals, such as wearing lucky underpants or items of clothing? Or do you have to go to a particular pub or food outlet before the game?

A.
I’m usually rushing around corporate lounges before the game so no time for pre match rituals. I totally avoid the superstitious stuff unlike some ex players like Martin Peters who will never cross anyone on the stairs!

Q9.
Paul, what’s your favourite Spurs song or chant?

A.
Nothing tops a good COYS for me
Come On You Spurs

Q10.
Who’s your favourite current Spurs player?

A.
Has to be Gareth Bale. I wonder why?!

Q11.
Is there a young Spur you’re keeping an eye on?

A.
Although he’s broken through already, I think young Tom Carroll has a great future.

Q12.
Paul, how’s AVB done in his first season?

A.
I think he’s done great. So much pressure to start with and a hard act to follow. I said from day one that we must give him time and I believe he’s delivering for us. A very nice man too and extremely intelligent.

Paul we’ve come to our final question Q13.

Q13.
Do you think we need to strengthen in the summer? if so in what areas? and who would you like to see us go for?

A.
I’d love to see another striker in the summer. Another Greaves or Klinnsman’s not too much to ask for is it??

Paul I’d like to say a massive thanks for taking part in this Q&A session, and as ever I hope everybody enjoys the answers as much I have.
I particularly like his answers to Q1 Q5 Q8 and Q12.

Thanks again

Also, don’t forget you can catch Paul on his Radio show where you can hear an endless supply of true classics, on Gold.

“NEXT UP ON MY Q&A IS ANOTHER OF OUR EX-PLAYERS”

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BALE-DINIHO “WHO FANCY’S JOINING HIM?


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So everyone’s either writing about him, reading about him, talking about him or tweeting about him, and why not? The fact is our very own Bale-Diniho being voted both the PFA & young PFA player of the year is “massive”
OK it don’t mean we’ll now automatically qualify for the Champions League because of it, but what it does mean is the profile of the Club will have been raised too.

GARETH BALE'S FLYING HIGH

GARETH BALE’S FLYING HIGH

For Gareth it’s a fantastic achievement, “wow” think about, you’ve just been named PLAYER of the YEAR, The BEST player in the biggest league in “WORLD” football, how must he be feeling? He’s on top of the world, and of course he’s not one of those players who’s a one season wonder either, with his pace and shooting ability he’s “always” gonna be able to do something special.
He’s gonna be around for a few years yet, and don’t be surprised if he becomes the first ever player to win the award 3 times, coz I won’t be!

If Bale is to stay with us, and who knows for how long? but if he wants to stay other players, good players, might want to come and play alongside him? Players from all over Europe will today know Gareth Bale has just won the Premier League’s “Player of the Year” they will probably now also know it’s the 2nd time he’s won it in 3 years “and” they will definitely know he plays for Tottenham Hotspur.
These players will probably be seeing his long-range goals on their T.V’s today, they will be seeing his amazing runs from one end of the pitch to the other and banging it in, or swinging in a cross in a million for someone to run onto and smash into the net. Most of these players will be saying to their team mates “Yeah Bale won it” “Did you see that goal he scored? or Jesus he’s fast did you see that run” all the while they’ll know he plays for Spurs, and then if they look a little deeper they’ll see a different picture to what we see.


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At the moment we’re all worried about finishing in the Champions League spot, but they won’t know that, the points tally is close and on paper we’re up there with the better sides in the division, so they might look a little closer still and what they’ll see looks very good.

Because what they’ll see is the French Captain & No1 Hugo Lloris in our goal, they’ll see the SuperVan at the back, they’ll recognise names like Sandro Lennon Defoe and Adebayor, they’ll see us up top fighting for a Champions League spot. All in all they’ll see Tottenham Hotspur as a Club worth considering joining if Levy & Co come knocking.

Now, I’m not saying Messi Ronaldo and alike suddenly wanna start playing for Spurs, but what I am saying is decent players, players making names for themselves and players who currently play for “good” “big clubs” who might fancy coming to the Premier League will now see Spurs as a Club well worth looking at, just like Lloris and Vertonghen did.

So as massive as this is for our Bale-Diniho, and as great as it is for us Spurs fans who can officially and quite rightly so brag “we’ve” got the best player in the league in our side, this could also be “MASSIVE” for Tottenham Hotspur too.

So “WHO” fancy’s joining him then?

COYS

PFA PLAYER & YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2012-13

PFA PLAYER & YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2012-13

Who’d be a Spurs fan? “ME”

Seriously though who’d be a Spurs fan?
Sometimes I almost feel like I’ve been conned, yeah conned into the belief that Spurs are a bigger and better Club than we actually are?
I hear fans from other Clubs and even people like that Big mouth Adrian Durham on TalkSport calling us deluded? Saying things like “Who do these Spurs fans think they are?” “Where do they get this idea from that they should be challenging for trophy’s and Champions League places?”

Well, I tell ya where.
When I was growing up and watching my first Spurs games in the early 80’s I was watching a club that seemed to have the lot, a nice stadium that could hold 47,000 people, big crowds, stunning silky kits and some fantastic players. I saw us win many more games than we’d lose. We would play Wednesdays and Win, then play Saturdays and Win again. We had the likes of Clemence Miller Roberts, there was Perryman Houghton and Thomas, Hoddle Hazard Galvin and Falco, even Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks. These players could have played in “any” team we see in the Premier league today and you know what else? I’ve not even mentioned Ricky Villa or Osvaldo Ardiles yet, and what about Tony Parks Ali Dick John Lacy Gary Stevens and Gary Mabbutt, every single one of them for me did a job and did it fantastically well. They all knew the role they’d been given, they all played their part in helping us win 2 F.A Cups a U.E.F.A Cup, go to league cup finals and regularly finished in the Top 3 4 or 5, we were a true glamour Club with a glamorous past and glamorous fans, everybody loved Tottenham Hotspur, our history, our great players from the 60’s, Jimmy Greaves Danny Blanchfower Dave Mackay and John White, these were real Super star Footballers. Then in recent times we had the likes of Waddle, Linker and Gazza, Sherringham Klinsmann and Ginola true world-class players, we’ve also had the “King” and now have a prince trying to become the next King, Bale. So when the likes of Adrian Big Mouth Durham and these fans from other clubs call us deluded and then question “what right” do Spurs fans have to think they should be challenging for these honours, I’ll simply say “Just take a bloody look”
We’re a Huge Club with a Huge past, we’ve had Star after Star after Star wear our famous Shirt, we’ve a fan base that “never fades” and we have a team that is always right on the edge of being very good!
The question these people ask shouldn’t be “Why” do Spurs fans think they should be challenging, the question they should be asking is “When” will Spurs be challenging again?

Take today for instance, Wigan away, no disrespect to them as their hardly a big draw, yet 5,000 Spurs fans made their way up north to support our boys.

Great support - 4800 fans travelled to Wigan

Great support – 4800 fans travelled to Wigan


Why? Because we’re a big club with a big support, and we’re desperately trying to finish in the Champions League places so we can mix it up with Europe’s big boys. This year just like the last is proving to be a tough run in after again being in a commanding position. Again it’s gonna go right to the wire. Yes if we don’t make it we could say we blew it, again, and yes people will say we bottled it or choked, again, but the truth is as I’ve already said we “are” right of the edge of being very good. As frustrated as we feel and as disappointed as we are we’ve still only lost 2 League games since Mid December, that’s right 2 League games since December, Liverpool away and Fulham at home, and any team in the division would be pleased with that, yet where we’ve let ourselves down is the amount of games we’ve drawn. We’ve struggled to pick up the wins against the teams we should be beating. That’s not down to bottle or choking, it’s down to one very simple little fact “the lack of Strength in our squad”

I’ve been saying for a few seasons now that the board are brining in players as “replacements” for those that leave, NOT adding to what we already have.
Take last summer, we bring in Midfielders Gylfi and Dembele but all they have done is replace Modric and VDV, surely we should have replaced them with players of equal ability then added another as an addition to help improve the overall squad strength and depth? take our full backs, BAE on left but who’s his replacement or addition? And Walker on the right again who’s his replacement or addition? Then finally with have the same old up front problems, Adey had a great season last but was always gonna be a gamble? Defoe is famous for fading towards the middle to end of the season and we already knew we’d lost VDV’s goals as well as his midfield skill, so who did we bring in? Know one?
The Boards reluctance to add and improve the squad is the soul reason we’re missing out on Champions League football regularly, remember when we did qualify we had a strong bench, Huddlestone Dawson Bentley Pav Palcios all players that “Could” come on and do a job, all decent bench players complimenting the starting 11. No disrespect to young Tom Carroll as we all know he’s gonna be a star but surely it’s wrong for us to look at him on our bench and ask for him to be the one that comes on to save the day? Give the boy a chance for gods sake!

Whether we qualify for the Champions League or not the lack of squad depth has been the down fall of Martin Jol Harry and has not helped AVB either. I don’t expect us to go out and spend £150,000,000 on 5 players but I do expect us to bring in “some” quality to improve our starting 11 as well as our scouting resource’s going abroad to find that unknown gem like a Michu. Talking of which, I don’t know how true but I heard that our very own Steve Archibald did in fact recommend Michu to Spurs but we turned him down? And after his 4 goal demolition of Real Madrid Steve then tweeted he also offered Lewandowski to us for “under” 5 million before he went to Dortmund??
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My question then is this
If we can’t afford to buy these £20mill strikers, and don’t want to try these unknown strikers, then “WHO” the hell are we actually looking for??
Frazier Campbell? Louis Saha? Adebayor?

As upset and frustrated as we’re all probably feeling, if and it is an if” but if the board and Mr Levy can see what the rest of us can see then open up that cheque book in the summer to improve our team “and” our squad then I really believe we “can” be that very good team who can challenge for trophy’s and also become my team of the 80’s again.

Q&A with Ex-Spurs Players and Celebrity fans – ANTONY COSTA

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They walked out to the tune of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” they heard the roar of the faithful, they graced the White Hart Lane turf, their team mates were our heroes, and every single one of them pulled on that famous white shirt. They will “always” be part of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, so they will always be part of us. Me, you, friends, family, the rich and the famous, all of us, The Fans.

We’d love to know more about our Players, to know more about their time at our club, we’d even love to know their thoughts on the current Tottenham too.
We also love a Celebrity, but a Celebrity Spurs fan “wow”
the thought of them cheering on our team, singing our songs, and when it comes Spurs their just like us, only famous. They have the same dreams, and fears, they’ve bought the shirts, sat in the cold, the rain, they’ve moaned and groaned, but they’ve also jumped up and down when we’ve won.

This Q & A page is dedicated to everyone that has either played for or supported Tottenham Hotspur

I hope that this will be one of many CELEBRITY SPURS fan Q&A sessions for my blog.

A Q&A With
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Antony is the all round entertainer, appearing on our TV screens in programmes such as Grange Hill and Casualty, amongst others. He also did a stint in the Jungle on “I’m a celebrity….Get me out of here” and has also performed on stage in the West End Musical “Blood Brothers” but of course Antony is best known for his time in one of our most the popular bands BLUE.

Here’s Antony’s Q&A

Antony with one of his idols David Ginola

Antony with one of his idols David Ginola

Q1.
Antony, do you remember going to your first ever Spurs game? and if so who did we play?

A.
The first game I properly remember was against Watford at White Hart Lane, in the F.A Cup, it was in 1993 (I think?)

Q2.
What was you first ever Spurs kit?

A.
My first kit was the one from the 1981 season. It was to big for me, as my Dad bought it the minute I was born.

Q3.
Ant, what is your favourite Spurs kit of all time?

A.
I have a soft spot for the Holsten White kit, the year Klinsmann was there. I loved that kit.

Q4.
What’s your most memorable Spurs game?

A.
There’s been a few but it’s probably the Reading game when we beat them 6-4, but to be honest there’s been loads.

Q5.
Who would be your top 5 Spurs players ever? and use 1 word to describe each of them.

A.
5 Teddy Sheringham, 4 Glenn Hoddle, 3 Jurgen Klinsmann, 2 David Ginola, 1 Gazza.
All of them Absolute “Class”

Antony's Top 5 Spurs players of all time "CLASS"

Antony’s Top 5 Spurs players of all time “CLASS” – Imagine them together “WOW”

Q6.
Antony have you been to any away games? and if so what one was the best one and why?

A.
The best away game for me was Birhmingham in the 02-03 season, I got picture of me with all the Spurs fans behind me.. Great buzz

Q7.
How do you travel to games at White Hart Lane? bus, train, drive or do you get a lift?

A.
Most of the time I’ll travel to WHL on the train.

Q8.
Do you have any Pre match rituals, such as wearing lucky underpants or items of clothing? Or do you have to go to a particular pub or food outlet before the game?

A.
I always go to the Bill Nic pub, great banter and the owner is also a pal of mine.

Q9.
Antony what’s your favourite Spurs song or chant?

A.
That has to be “Ohh When The Spurs Go Marching in”

Q10.
Who’s your favourite current Spurs player?

A.
There’s two, it has to be Bale and Vertonghen.

Q11.
Is there a young Spur you’re keeping an eye on?

A.
I do like the look of Tom Carroll, he can pass the ball and seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

Q12.
Ant how’s AVB done in his first season?

A.
I think he’s done well with the squad we have, injuries Etc, We’re crying out for a striker for next season but that all depends on where we end up on the last day of the season, Please god we finish in the top 4!!! We can judge properly then I think.

Antony, we’ve come to our final question Q13.

Q13.
In part You’ve already covered this one, but again in what position should we strengthen in the summer? and who would you like to see us go for?

A.
As I said we need a striker and I like the look of Lewandowski of Dortmund, he knows where the goal is, and a creative midfielder too, maybe Mouthino.

“COYS”

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Antony for taking part in this Q&A session, and I hope everybody enjoys his answers as much I have.
I particularly like his answers to Q2 Q5 and Q6. Also if you haven’t already done so make sure you check out Antony on his Podcast “Ohh when the Spurs”
It’s a great show with some great guests http://ohhwhenthespurs.podbean.com/
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And finally, I’d like to wish Ant and the rest of the Blue boys all the best with their new single “Hurt Lovers” and the new album “Roulette”

To follow Antony & Blue Here's their OFFICIAL SITE http://www.officialblue.com/

To follow Antony & Blue Here’s their OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.officialblue.com/

“COMING UP NEXT ON THE Q&A IS
RADIO PRESENTER & MATCH DAY MC FOR TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR”
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