So Far – Yet So NEAR Part 2 – 13th November 2013

Aside

PART 2
Booooo – Booooo

That sound can be heard ringing out down at the Lane these days almost as often as “C’mon On You Spurs”
The last couple of seasons have certainly been a bit strange down there that’s for sure. I’ve always been proud the way our home support always sung at games, and the amount of noise that 36,000 people could generate was more than a match for anyone, yet over recent seasons somethings changed ? i don’t know if it’s a new type of fan that’s suddenly appeared on the scene and they think Boo-ing is actually a translation for “ohh When The Spurs” ? or that the modern-day fan has been taught a lesson in reverse psychology and that Boo-ing will actually give the players a nice little gentle tap on the backside thus enhancing their performance ? Or is it as some media types would have us believe that fans of Tottenham Hotspur have always been moaners ? Could it even be that the expectations of Spurs fans are just far to high and unrealistic ? Or simply put, is it that Spurs fans think our performances of late just aren’t good enough ??
Either way, you will NEVER hear me Boo, I did it once, and ONLY once. Back in the late 80’s, we wasn’t having a great time as a club.
David Pleat had inherited what was a very good team, and they played some truly great football yet we’d already started to lose true Spurs legends, TROPHY winning legends like Graham Roberts, Pleat didn’t like him so simply moved him on, Steve Perryman was now 35 so he moved too, yet in Pleats 1 and only full season 86-87 we finished 3rd in the League. We also lost in the Semi Final of the League Cup to the shit up the road, and of course lost to Coventry City 3-2 in the F.A Cup final. Clive Allen played as a loan striker and scored that incredible tally 49 Goals in 1 season.
Then in the summer of 87 we started losing more big players, like Clemence and Hoddle – amongst others, yet the season started really well and come the start of October we’d won 6 of our opening 10 games and was sat nicely in 3rd spot just behind Liverpool and QPR, now many many people all over the UK will remember October 1987 for one reason “The Great Storm” the huge scary powerful winds that came, ripping up massive oak trees all over the country, there were deaths, and the levels of destruction it brought have thankfully never been seen since, however i also remember it for another storm, as it was also the month arsenal fans came to White Hart Lane unfolding a huge banner, a mocked up version of the front page headline from The Sun involving David Pleat cars women and red lights. The story suggested “our” manager had been cautioned 3 times by Police for Kerb crawling and due to the nature of the story and the embarrassment it brought Pleat left the Club.
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Immediately things went from bad to worse, the team went into almost free fall. October saw us lose the 4 remaing games that month and November wasn’t any better, we hadn’t won a single game since Pleat left. Despite the hugely publicised and popular arrival of EL TEL from Barcelona at the end of November results still didn’t improve. Terry’s first game was against Liverpool at the Lane, a massive and excited crowd of over 47,000 people were there to see it yet we still lost 2-0, In fact We didn’t get our 1st win until 20th December away at Derby, a run of draws and defeats that started once Pleat left. Come the end of the season we had only picked up another 4 wins since Derby County and finished the season only 6 points above Chelsea who were relegated on 41 points.
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Now
You may be wondering why I’m telling you all this ? I’m building a picture, you see I had been very lucky during my early years supporting Spurs, as I’ve previously said in other pieces I’ve written (MEMORY White Hart Lane – 1980/81) https://themightyyids.wordpress.com/memory-white-hart-lane-1980-1984/ from 1980-81 up to 87 I’d regularly seen us win F.A Cups, a UEFA Cup and also compete at the very top end of the league, I’d seen some fantastic players and some great Spurs teams but the period towards the end of the 80’s was just awful, Terry Venables was without doubt one of the best man managers this Club has ever had but he’d now lost most of Pleats side through either age or just moving on, and most of the replacements that came in without being disrespectful just wasn’t of the same class, there was of course the odd exception – Gazza, but the quality and quantity of those players we’d lost in such a short time gave us no chance. However it was the following season when it happened, although our results were an improvement in the league than the previous season our actual performances weren’t brilliant in fact pretty awful, and going to Port Vale in the F.A Cup in the middle of winter had potential disaster written all over it, and yep it was just that. We were a goal down after only 15 minutes then 2 down before half time, Neil Ruddock pulled 1 back on about 65 minutes but to be honest we played terrible, ok the pitch was a shocker just mounds of mud everywhere but the bottom line was we were just awful, at the final whistle when the Vale fans invaded the pitch I just stood there behind the goal with the 1000’s of other Spurs many of who were Boo-ing, loads of Spurs fans did.

we’d gone from playing in the Cup Final the season before and playing some amazing football to being knocked out of the cup by lower league Port Vale and losing league games to un-fancied sides at the time like Norwich Derby Forest QPR Southampton and Villa, and even more to the point was our blinding football we’d been playing less than 12 months before was gone and we were struggling almost every week. At the final whistle it all got the better of me and as the players left the pitch I saw Paul Allen looking right in my direction as I was Boo-ing, I liked Paul Allen, he always gave 100% he was a real trier, it wasn’t his fault yet he saw me Boo-ing and on the journey home as bad as we’d played in that game and in many of the games before it I felt terrible, I felt guilty, that little Paul Allen who “always” tried his hardest saw me Boo-ing him.

I’ve “never” Booed our players since, and never will!

No matter how bad fans think our recent performances have been let me tell you it’s been “nothing” like that of the late 80’s OR the mid 90’s for that matter, when we truely had sod all to smile about.

I will however, moan about them, shout and scream, question some of their ability even their commitment, i’ll question and moan about the board and at times do the same about the manager and tactics, i’ll even write about them but like i said i’ll “never ever” Boo them again, yeah i agree with a lot of fans we’re not playing great football at the moment and I agree with people who say AVB’s high line tactics could be causing us problems going forward ? I also agree some of AVB’s selections have at times confused me and i agree that something’s still missing even after the excellent signings we’ve made, I agree that we’re in danger of missing out on a top four finish (again) if we can’t sort out our poor performances on the pitch, but having said all of that I still can’t understand why so-called SPURS FANS insist on Boo-ing ? I just don’t get how it’s meant to help lift a player who’s lacking in confidence ? And when the manager then publicly says the attitude of the crowd isn’t helping surely as “fans” we have to start taking notice ?
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and fingers crossed we “might” just have started to do that, during the League Cup game against Hull, the Europa game against Sheriff and then the League game against Newcastle the crowd really made an effort to get behind the team and the atmosphere was much much better in all 3 games, in fact you might even argue that our 2nd half performance on the pitch against Newcastle was one of our better ones, and who’s to say the players didn’t respond due to the improvement of the crowd ???

As a life long Spurs fan I’m absolutely adamant I’ve a right to question things but just because I might question the manager it “doesn’t” mean I want him sacked, just like it don’t mean I want Townsend subbed when he tries to take on one to many defenders instead of making the preferred pass, as fans we all have the right to moan when things aren’t going right but do just that “moan” don’t Boo, it offers the side nothing.

Now as I write this we’ve currently played 11 league games and sit 7th on 20 points, 5 points behind the idiots up the road, we all know about our lack of goals and can all say had we scored more we’d be right up there on top spot, and yeah there’s some element of truth in that, as having scored just 9 league goals we know it’s not good enough. Yet try to not be to concerned about that just yet because although the nomads have scored 22 goals and sit 1st City have scored a whopping 28 times 19 more than us but actually sit behind us in 8th, so as long as we can continue to stay stable at the back we’ve got half a chance. We’re still in the League Cup with a Qtr Final against West Ham and we’ve also just qualified for the knock out stages of the Europa League with games to spare.
I’m more concerned it’s our tactics stopping us scoring at the moment rather than the ability of the players. Our high line has helped us to push sides back but it’s equally then congested the areas we’d normally look to run into or slip a pass through. If we can just drop back 15 or 20 yards it would then give the likes of Eriksen Sigurdsson Lamela Townsend and Lennon the space they need in order to then find for Soldado to run into, that’s his game, he runs onto a pass and hits first time, he doesn’t like playing with his back to goal or having to trap a pass, its first time BANG! So if AVB can play a little deeper it’ll creat more space for our attacking players, and I’m sure not only will our performance improve but the goals will come thick and fast too, and once again our Season So Far – Could Again Be So NEAR!!

COYS


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A “REAL” DISGRACE – Aug 19th 2013

At last, the football’s “BACK”

Yet because the last couple of months have been crazy to say the least, what with every man and his dog trying their upper most to export Gareth Bale to Spain, my first article is about that very subject.

I mean c’mon we all know and knew that at some point in the future Bale would be moving on to the so called Mecca of World football that is Real Madrid, but I can’t help but think two things about it all.
1, is how undignified Madrid truly are, I mean the way they’ve gone about publicly tapping him up is nothing other than a disgrace, from the constant comments of Perez, Zidane and even Ancelotti to pictures of Bales name on the back of a Real shirt are just the half of it, yet all in all their actions have been nothing other than despicable, cheap and dirty, the kind of behaviour you’d expect more from the Chavs “not” from one of the biggest and most glamorous football Clubs in the world football. Yet because of it any thoughts I may have had about the so called galacticos have changed from being kind of dreamy and mythical to utter disgust and even hate.
Madrid this is “NOT” the way to do business!

The 3 Amigos - unbelievable arrogance

The 3 Amigos – unbelievable arrogance


The other point is how bad our own UK press have been acting during this too, I mean they’ve made it perfectly clear they will not be happy until Gareth leaves these shores, and that confuse’s the hell out of me? Why would the media want him gone when during the season it’s his performances and wonder goals that provide them with the articles they need to write? Surely it’s better to have the best players playing in our Premier League than playing hundreds of miles away in a division that has only 2 teams capable of winning. It seems to me they’re all so desperate to be the one to break the transfer news, to be first to the story that they can’t even see the what they’ll lose when he’s gone, and that for me that is utter stupidity and even “cheap” journalism.
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Surely the story someone needs to write and wants to write is why the hell have UEFA yet again kept quiet whilst the most “blatant” form of tapping up has been going on? Surely there’s a jurno out there dying to get their teeth into yet more UEFA disrespect shown to a British based club? After all we all know we get treated like shit by them and the time has come for someone to be asking “why” rather than try to unsettle a top UK player so they can write a story that lets face it they can only ever write once, yet by doing so helps push him into what is nothing other than a glorified SPL!

Here’s hoping there’s a reporter out there that might one day try to get to the bottom of UEFA’s hatred towards British Clubs.

As I write there’s currently 14 days until the transfer window slams firmly shut, and I for one hope Gareth will be pulling on that famous white shirt, not the white of the newly self confessed chavs of Spanish football, but the white, the Lilly white of Spurs. I’ve not even mentioned our new exciting signings, yet with them alongside last season’s quadruple Player of the a year I’m convinced for the first time in my 40 years we could finally make a serious challenge!

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COYS


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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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