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Season 2018/19: Insanely congested December

September 2018
02: Watford (a) lost 2:1
15: Liverpool (h) lost 1:2
18: Inter Milan (a) lost 2:1 [Euro Champs]
22: Brighton (a) won 1:2
26: Watford (h) [League Cup] won 2:2* *Spurs thru on penalties
29: Huddersfield (a) won 0:2

October 2018
03: Barcelona (h) [Euro Champs] lost 2:4
06: Cardiff (h) won 1:0
20: West Ham (a) won 0:1
24: PSV Eindhoven (a) draw 2:2 [Euro Champs]
29: Manchester C. (h) lost 0:1
31: West Ham (a) [League Cup] won 1:3

November 2018
03: Wolves (a) won 2:3
06: PSV Eindhoven (h) [Euro Champs] won 2:1
10: Crystal Palace (a) won 0:1
24: Chelsea (h)
28: Inter Milan (h) [Euro Champs]

December 2018
02: Arsenal (a)
05: Southampton (h)
08: Leicester (a)
11: Barcelona (a) [Euro Champs]
15: Burnley (h)
18: Arsenal (a) [League Cup Quarter-final]
23: Everton (a)
26: Bournemouth (h)
29: Wolves (h)

Home (h) = at Wembley [for now].
Originally scheduled dates. Some fixtures get moved owing to TV rescheduling.

Soccerway fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur.

Check those channels like NBC Sports for other THFC & Prem highlights etc.

World Soccer Talk fixture list for US times of UK football shedule and official US providers.

Some Spurs highlights from earlier this season:
Newcastle (a) won 1:2
Fulham (h) won 3:1
Manchester U. (a) won 0:3

Some Spurs highlights from last season:
Chelsea vs Spurs 1:3
Newport vs Spurs [FA Cup R4] 1:1
Spurs vs Manchester Utd 2:0
Liverpool vs Spurs 2:2


Tottenham Hotlinks & Football links

BBC football & BBC tottenham hotspur

Guardian football

Ball street

Los Angeles: LA Spurs

Football grounds guide great ground and stadium site

Spurs supporter Chris Cowlin's must-see Youtube channel with stadium updates, match days, away days etc.

NBC Sports youtube channel and their top Premier moments.

200% farewell tribute to "White Hart Lane the ground", to be replaced by "White Hart Lane the stadium" [and to be renamed, currently officially the Tottenham Hotspur stadium until sponsored.] But we'll always call it The Lane.

What makes Arsenal fans the best? "We're not."

More links

Supporter sites, message boards, podcasts

the hotspur podcast appears to have become sporadic but always a worthwhile listen

Zaha for Palace scores an amazing goal, a player that would have worked well at Spurs. Not just the goal, but look at the pinpoint cross he provided for another of Palace's goals.

The long running and consistently readable spurs odyssey by longtime loyal Lilywhite

Cartilage free captain

fighting cock mb

Unofficial forum, formerly shelfside spurs, previously tottenhamhotspurs.tv

Glory glory forum

not 606 spurs message board, new link as of 2015

TV & radio

BBC radio five live homepage, audio, BBC radio five live podcasts

BBC radio london with frequent Spurs match commentaries

Talksport

General footie

At a glance premier league fixtures and results

Is the resurgence of football hooliganism in the UK real? [features spurs fan dante hawkins]

All time worst goalkeeper

football grounds guide great ground and stadium site, updated link as of 2017

Britain's most atmospheric derby is in glasgow

Misc.

The futbol pulse

Nice timing portland coach [now ex-coach]

Football ramble blog -- link updated sept 13

Clips

That match against Arsenal, also on u tube

Check back, links updated & added regularly


FA Cup (Ssn 2018/19)
FA Cup run is over for Haringey
Borough finally beaten by late goal
Haringey Borough 0
AFC Wimbledon 1
Live USA: Net: ESPN+ HILITES

Second Half: Late goal [90'] -- well taken by AFC Wimbledon's Mitch Pinnock on his strong left foot, a blistering drive but made deadly by deflecting into the net -- ends the Cup dreams of HBFC. Solid support and chanting from Borough supporters including the Bell Enders both throughout and after the game despite the driving rain and blustery wind.

Haringey are still the team that actually plays on White Hart Lane, specifically at Coles Park Stadium, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London N17, and so, along with supporter run Enfield Town FC [further away, several miles north of Tottenham, and play in the same 7th tier league], are two of the favorite lower league ["non-league"] sides of many Tottenham Hotspur fans who live in the local neighborhoods around the Spurs ground.

"Football for the people, football for the community, football bringing people together. Football for the soul," said the Isthmian [Bostik] League web-site's write-up about Borough's big night in the... well, not sun, but rainstorm.

Cementing their ultra local credentials, the yellow, green and blue clad Borough are also an amalgamation of two previously existing nearby lower level clubs: Edmonton and Wood Green.


The Spur's Premiership
Saints 1 Spurs 1, Full time
Harry equalizes after Davinson own goal
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Southampton 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
8am US Pacific. USTV NBC; online Fubo etc.

Atmospheric and intense in an English football sort of way, with traditionally lousy January weather, but the result doesn't do much for either side. Spurs desperately need top four to stay in the champions league to herald their new stadium, and Southampton are in serious relegation trouble. A point each doesn't change the underlying plight of both sides, they probably won't be realized on present results.

"Spurs have lacked composure in midfield today, while Southampton have buzzed about well, disrupting rhythm and taking up intelligent spaces." -- Daniel Harris, Guardian.

"Son has been quiet, unusually so given his form. Unable to affect things today, and Cedric on that side has done well against him. Think it's the right decision to bring him off." -- BBC match-tracker.

Pre-match: Another Spurs match live on USA television, but seemingly switched from NBC to NBCSN. But since much of the modern world opts for online access the concept of actual linear TV channels seems oddly antiquated.

In the home league fixture against Saints this season, as recently as late December, Spurs lambasted the south coast side 5:2.
Harry Kane is 2 goals shy of 100 in the Prem. He could equal Matthew Le Tissier's So'ton record of 100 Prem goals  
BBC [edited]

Saints have, in recent history, been generous in giving points to our north London side, but it's one those fixtures where Spurs fans feel somewhat spooked by any show of glibness or even confidence. "Take nothing for granted," is our back-up motto.

But SAM the Univesity of Liverpool computer [featured by BBC] has no truck with superstition and spews its crunchy numbered verdict as a 0:1 away win, with THFC enjoying a 59% likelihood of winning, while giving Saints, in turn, a dismal 18% chance of bagging three points.

Southampton fan site & forum.


The Spur's Premier action
Cenk Tosun
flops in debut
for Toffees
Poch's magical Spurs
Harry breaks record as Spurs dismantle Toffees
Tottenham Hotspur 4, Everton 0 [Result]
Sat, January 13, 2018 (Ssn 2017/18)
Wembley, London
Rob F reacting, US TV NBC, online Fubo etc 9.30am US/Pac time

Early second-half brace for Harry Kane, the first a brilliant run and feed from Son, the second a bit lucky but a case of a striker being instinctively in the right place, and frankly it's game over for the Merseyside visitors with around half an hour still left.

Aurier, Son, Dele, combining superbly to tee up Eriksen for the fourth and really the best combined sequence of magic. Great for our goal difference because if we tie Liverpool on points, five would put us above them.

First half: Mostly Spurs, EFC finding their feet. OK here we go, here we go, here we go - the one we wanted for primetime NBC, the ever nimble Hueng-min Son finds the space, pops up, and taps in for Spurs with a lovely ball in from Aurier.

Other than that, Harry had a chance, but a rather plain first half. Gotta watch out in the second hald for the inevitable, you would think, burst of Toffee activity. So a second, preferably for Kane to equal top scorer club record [I thought this already happened against Wimbledon? OK, I get it, now we're talking about specifically the Premier League, when soccer was apparently invented.]

Commentator seems to agree with the estimate of people looking at ticket availability yesterday online of around 70,000 [actually 76,000+]. Not quite as a many as Liverpool, but way above average for Spurs at Wembley, and evidence that even with the new ground to be so much bigger than the old Lane, it still may be tough for many to get into the big games starting next season. Meanwhile, wait for Man Utd and Arsenal home at Wembers this season for some nice attendance figs!

Half time goals from the completed matches show West Ham ran riot [onfield] at Huddersfield. Moyes is turning them into a good side. Stop it already.

Pre-match: In the away version of this fixture earlier this season, in September, Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton 0:3 under the headline "Spurs do the biz" and yours truly noted "for all their spending Everton appear to be no better than they were before, whilst it seems like we are well in gear and, despite our dodgy early home form, one of the best sides in the league."

Since then what "seemed" to be true was pretty much right on the money.

Sam Allardyce has got Everton just about clear of the brutal relegation fight between about half the league below, whcih was his #1 priority of course, but "inspiring" is not a word one would associate with the Toffees' current incarnation.

He'll likely park the bus and hit on the counter. He's better than most at that, but it could be a grinder of a game, to be honest.

They have a new expensive 27m quid signing, a striker called Cenk Tosun [pictured above right, not easily confused with the bloke who hosts the Young Turks], born in Germany but plays for Turkey. He was bought from Besiktas and Sam says there's a good chance he might be a big flop, or, in his exact words: "it might not work". Oh kaaaay.... sounds like a deal, if not a steal.


Shady Spur lurks
always close to
the scene
Spurs beat Dons 3:0 in FA Cup, next: Toffees on Sat in the Prem

Major props to people like Chris Cowlin and "Wrsh98" for the highlights of the FA Cup match with Spurs home to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup 3rd round, which massively made up for the fact that this match was not televised live globally. Finally the official highlights went up on YouTube so the previous link is now to that.

The 4th round FA Cup draw sees two major David vs Goliath match-ups in the form of Yeovil Town hosting Man United, and our very own Tottenham Hotspur helping Newport County rake in the bucks. Cool little ground with a mix of old and new. Should be fun, and no worries about not being televised live on Sat, Jan 27th at 7am pacific USA time.

Brilliant Jan Vertonghen goal, Tottenham's third, the star turn of the afternoon, adding to Harry Kane's earlier brace.

By the way, what was televised and duly recorded on Fubo DVR [looking forward to settling in this evening and watching it] was Arsenal getting tonked at Nottingham Forest. Accidentally saw the score before watching, but actually, given the result, that now only adds to this being a great day.

Back to the THFC vs Dons match, the first goal featured a great cross from Moussa Sissoko combining with Kane's intuitive timing that so frequently puts him in exactly the right place at the right time to finally break the deadlock. Special mention to Kieran Trippier for a stellar pass to Sissoko that ultimately led to the breakthrough.

Jan's goal put the final seal on it but in-form Hueng-min Son, who came on in the 2nd half to rapturous applause, hit the woodwork with a deflected shot late in the game, as Spurs never called it a day until the final whistle.

So now it's back to our crucial Prem season this Saturday and the visit of Everton, who, as it happens, are also making plans for their own new stadium alongside the waterfront of the Liverpool dockland area. And thus does the world continue to turn....

Pre-Wimbledon match: Welcome to the New Year which means our new stadium is only months, not years away [hoped to be ready August 2018.]

Our visitors to Wembley this Sunday are in a similar situation. They got the fantastic news that after some fifteen years in exile, playing home games miles outside of their own borough, AFC Wimbledon recently got the green light to construct a new stadium, I think it'll be about 11,000 capacity, at their spiritual place of origin, Plough Lane.

I have a soft spot for them for several reasons, including that one of their long-time supporters has been a huge fan of this site for almost decades, and beseeched me to support AFC Wimbledon as they attempted to survive when they, the true Wimbledon fans, broke away from the cold corporate traitors who sold them out and moved to Milton Keynes.

I did indeed give them several shouts on this page way back at the time, but being a Spurs site I couldn't do continual coverage because, well, this is a Spurs site.

But it's great to be able to mention them again [we have played both them and MK **** during the intermittent years], especially as we currently share that same excitement of returning to our ancestral homes and in both cases to what will be brand sparkling new stadiums to replace the old grounds that once stood before.

They recently got promoted to League One but are struggling to avoid relegation this season. But when you think how amazingly they've risen through a bunch of levels in the football pyramid it's pretty impressive stuff, and either way they're likely to remain a permanent football league member for [we trust] ever.

I will love visiting their ground in due course. It's gotta be built first, but meanwhile the joy of visiting both the new THFC stadium and the new Plough Lane ground are two things to really relish in upcoming years.

Getting back to the FA Cup game today, it's not on TV/online even in the UK, never mind the rest of the world. However, with Spurs fans doing so many vlogs these days and digitally capturing a lot of the action for You Tube, it's likely that we'll see a lot of the play fairly quickly after it happens.


The Spur's Premiership
Battered
MCFC waltzing to the title & sheikin' all over
Sat., December 16, 2017 [Season 2017/18]
Manchester City 4
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Full time result
by Rob Francis

As The Spur anticipated, City are too much for anyone else in England right now. De Bruyne and crowd are simply on fire. God may not be on their side, as Jesus fluffed a penalty, but equally no Messiah descended to lend a helping hand to the lost Lilywhites.

Of course it helps if your side marks the opposing players when defending corners, but we've got time to learn that kind of stuff in Enfield at practice. Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither was Lazio.

Here'a a technical analysis from Kyan1te. One thing he mentions is that Spurs tried too hard to take the game to City leaving themselves stranded, as opposed to the Manchester derby where United were too negative. Both City's opponents paid the price for their respective mishandling of the league leaders.

We didn't capitulate, actually we kinda did, but a very late Eriksen goal restored some semblance of respectability. But we have a decent shot at top four which is critical for our progress to a shiny new stadium where we need to retain our many quality players by dangling the Euro Champs carrot. Without that we've got a talent retention problem from manager through to the squad.

The world isn't a fair place. Some kingdoms were located on oil and some places were not. If the former, then toys like a major English football club can be bought.

Meanwhile, Burnley next Saturday.

Pre-match: Man City are making a mockery of financial fair play and all the fake efforts to stabilize the league to prevent zillionaires from buying the title, which leaves the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea as the only candidates in the foreseeable future, other than a freak but well deserved blip when Leicester took the title. It took a while for the Citizens to buy their way to the top but, after years of massive, obscene financial injections, it has happened, as it surely must do over time.

They've got the title but we need top four and we've not gained sufficient points against lesser sides to be able to ride the losses to these super-sized opponents that we usually endure.
Last season
Son shone
again on TV

That said, City are the only supposedly bigger, read wealthier, side that we've tamed in recent years. But few people would bet big money on us winning this one. If we somehow get a draw that would be miracle. Looking forward to seeing how we do in the stiffest test of the season so far. City are on a hugely impressive winning streak and, although we've bounced back in the last couple of games, they are by far the form side that nobody has been able to knock over for quite a while.

Last season's corresponding fixture at the Etihad was a rollicking big fun affair ending in 2:2 and as a Mancunian caller said on Talksport after the match, "football was the winner today". the Spur's headline was "Spurs spurvive City onslaught".

Two goals down and outclassed by a City side dramatically superior on the day, Spurs nonetheless bounced back to ultimately take a point with a beautiful second equalizing goal, this time pummeled in by Hueng-min Son, deliciously set up by Christian Ericksen by way of a magically deft redirection from the ever alert Harry Kane.

Moments earlier the visitors benefited from the ref's crowd-stopping denial of a blatant penalty foul by Walker, one of many "curious" decisions, thought that was not the adjective being employed in Citizen circles.

The ref was not the only one feeling kindly towards the Lilywhites. Fate itself conspired some wonderful results elsewhere, notably Liverpool losing at home to Swansea [eat your heart out Bob Bradley], and United held to a draw at Stoke.


The Spur's Premiership
Ole Aurier, Spurs Serge ahead
Spurs 2:0 Brighton [Full Time]
Dec 13, 2017 (Ssn 2017/18)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
vs Brighton & HA 0
Wembley, London HA9
US live online: NBC Sports gold premier pass Rob Francis reacting.

2nd Half: Eriksen cross to Son whose header is deflected into the goal. Nice. We didn't get Spursy. Gotta run, lunch break is over, catch you soon.

1st Half: Oyez, ovey, ole -- at long distance THFC right back Serge Aurier floats the ball, kicked from between the fouling legs of a Brighton defender, towards the Albion goal, it sails over the keeper's despairing leap, and descends dramatically into the net. Flukey goal maybe, but impressive nonetheless, and the desperately needed breakthrough is achieved deep into the embers of the first half.

Tottenham Hotspur, who really need to win this one to stay competitive in the league, gratefully trot off with the lead. Half time.

Pre-match: Can Spurs follow up Doug Jones' magnificent win for the Democrats last night. The Londoners will need to beat a decent Brighton side, but one that may not park the bus like most other visitors.


European Champions League 2017/18
APOEL
Spurs best in the Champs League
In Europe, Spurs can do no wrong, so far...
Tottenham Hotspur 3
vs. Apoel Nicosia 0
December 06, 2017 by Gerry Attrick

Three-nil again against Apoel. Here's Chris Cowlin 's coverage. The Guardian notes that after 17 matches "Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer" to bag the first.

Guardian poster MCB efffuses: "16 points! we've won the champions league! ... that is how leagues work right?" Answer: should be, mate, but in the real world they haven't screwed enough money out of the punters yet. Besides, I wanna see THFC in the KO stages. That will be edge of the seat drama from beginning to end, no matter what happens on the pitch.

BBC: "Son Heung-min added a second before the break, curling in from the edge of the box after playing a one-two with Llorente.

"Cypriots Apoel, who needed to avoid defeat to have a chance of claiming a Europa League spot ahead of Borussia Dortmund, offered very little throughout."

Reportedly 42,000 showed up which is actually amazing that for a dead rubber game we got a significantly larger crowd than the capacity of our recently demolished ground. Which is another reason to be so ecstatic about our new stadium. We had way more supporters than capacity. That problem will be dramatically eased come August.

Looking forward to see the delayed online TV match this evening [one of those rare Spurs matches this season that I didn't find legally live].

Well we're masters of the Champions League so far. Shame about the Prem, but roll on Stoke this weekend.

BBC: "Tottenham, who finished with the highest points tally in this season's Champions League group stage with 16, can now look forward to Monday's last 16 draw, which takes place at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 11:00 GMT."

Who will we draw? At worst I reckon Bayern, then Juve, at best Basel, Porto, or Shakhtar, but could also be one of Porto or Sevilla.

Pre-match: In the away match of this group stage encounter with Apoel Nicosia The Spur concluded "Harry & Co too much for Nicosia" as Harry scored a hat trick for a 0:3 win.

The Guardian noted that "Tottenham were troubled by Apoel but the home side had no answer for Harry Kane's brilliant ruthlessness."

On a more general note Wikipedia reveals: "Apoel FC is a professional football club based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Apoel is the most popular football team in Cyprus and they are the most successful with an overall tally of 26 championships, 21 cups and 13 super cups."

And so a dead rubber match reflects just how phenomenal Spurs have been so far in this season's top European competition, and it's clearly the one contest that towers over all else for our manager, and if we go all the way it would be the biggest equal moment in the club's history along with winning "The Double" in black and white.

That's a long shot, but the players and gaffer have delivered spectacularly in Europe so far, and the impending knockout stage is likely going to be the pinnacle of the season for us, game by game. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, let's get this one chalked up and then back to the bread and butter of the Prem with Stoke and Brighton both at home, and then Man City away.



Countdown to debut of brand new Spurs stadium

Roll on August 2018. Exciting times as the countdown begins because soon it will no longer be years, but just months, before the grand old club of Tottenham Hotspur will be in an equally grand but also brand new stadium, partly sitting on, but going well beyond, the site of the White Hart Lane we have known and loved.

Major respect to the current visionaries at the club who are doing so many things so well, including the plan to provide rail terracing for a section of the vocal home support. The era of the old fashioned Park Lane End, Paxton, and Shelf terracing may be long over, but it's a tribute to the vision of the club and the way that the leadership and fans are able to work together to provide an authentic, atmospheric supporting experience, and a true sense that the club is as much part of the supporters, who pay a big chunk of the expenses, as it is to those who have a more direct financial business interest.

Even the most veteran fans are feeling a buzz and sense of excitement similar to when we experienced our first live game at the Lane, all those years ago. The phrase "exciting times" is much more than cliche as a new season begins.

Of course, we've gotta make it through a season at a substitute "home" first, not regarded as ideal by many fans, not least they sense that it will be every visitor's Cup Final to play at Wembley stadium this season [another factor being the difference in the dimensions of the Wembley and WHL pitches unless it's made the same].

And now for some big pre-season friendlies coming up.


Spurs v Man City 1969 classic footage shows glimpses of the magic of greaves & gilzean, and pat jennings, despite the loss to manchester city

Alan Gilzean along with Big Match music


Glory days: Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed two spells at Spurs in the 1990s

'Tottenham is a way of life and I didn't know that until I got there,' he said. 'I signed my first contract and thought, "It's cool to be in London". And then after two weeks I said to myself "Oh my gosh, what is this here?"

'The supporters are very special. They live and breathe for that club. You go to White Hart Lane and there are 36,000 people singing. It's not just one section. It's the whole stadium singing. You go there and think "Wow".'


Premier league 2018/19
Spurs host Chelsea
Both clubs in dogfight for Top 4 spot already

Will Dele
conjure magic
to fell Racists?
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 @ 9:30am Pac/USA time
Tottenham Hotspur
vs Chelsea
TV: NBC, Universo; Online: fuboTV, Sling[B], Playstn.
Preview & reactions hosted by Rob Francis

You Tube preview featuring CFC FANTV YouTube host and Spurs guest Expressions, fam.

So thankfully we're back to the real business of league fitba after the international break which included a friendly won by England over the USA, and lo and behold it's the Blue Racists being jerks at Wembley.

In their previous match the scummers failed to vanquish Everton as the Merseyside visitors captured a creditable point from a nil-nil draw. By contrast Tottenham won with a professionally executed performance at Selhurst Park to poach all three points against Palace with new hero Juan Foyth superbly snagging the only goal.

So going into the weekend THFC are in fourth spot in the table, just a point behind CFC who boast third spot, with only Liverpool and of course Man City above us. The only club below us who are within striking distance are fifth placed Arsenal, three points behind us, and they play at Bournemouth, in 6th place, on Sunday.

London Evening Standard: "Tottenham and Chelsea face off at Wembley on Sunday* [sic] as Maurizio Sarri gets his first taste of a fiery London derby against Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs. There is little love love between the bitter rivals, and Sunday's* meeting is bound to be another tempestuous clash with just one point separating the clubs in the table." [* actually Saturday].

Assuming he's fit, the player I would love to have seen playing for Spurs, Eden Hazard, is the visitor to watch, frequently causing havoc against the Lilywhites in recent years.

Last time I looked at the betting odds Chelsea had a very slim advantage as the side favored to prevail if there's a winning result.

I tend to agree with Mark Paun who posted: "I would rather play Chelsea at the Bridge than at Wembley. Spurs left the Lane at the time it became a fortress. In 2016/17 - 17 wins and 2 draws at the Lane. That was probably the best ever home record in the PL. Wembley doesn't seem right. The atmosphere is dead just like at the Emirates and it even looks like an Arsenal stadium with those red seats."

Looking toward December and the insanely overcrowded fixture schedule is relentless, nine matches in one month. That's totally over the top and something must be done. Tottenham's talented but relatively threadbare squad will be stretched to the max.

Meanwhile THFC have agreed with Wembley Stadium to play there until the new White Hart Lane stadium is ready to host the club's home matches. "Just can't wait to get into the new digs," pines every Lilywhite aficianado.

Check back for more preview, in match and post match reaction to what currently is the battle of the two London giants.


The Spur's Premiership
Juantastic, Foyth!
Juan-nil win as youthful talent bags 1st for Spurs
Nov 10, 2018 (Ssn 2018/19)
Crystal Palace 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Selhurst Park, London. Highlights
US live online: TV: NBC, Universo. Net: fuboTV, Sling, Playstn. 9.30a PacZone/USA. Final Score.

2nd Half: 8 million quid bargain Argentine international all rounder Juan Foyth rose high into the rain soaked Selhurst sky to head goalward and break the deadlock as bedraggled Palace and Tottenham Hotspur battled it out to a cascade of songs and chanting from both sets of drenched supporters.

It's another bonus to having a very talented Argentine manager -- he knows the scene over there and can swoop in to whisk young talent to greener pastures when needed.

You do wonder though why so many Palace fans jeered Erik Lamela, another Argentine, when they can see his head covered in blood. Maybe in need of donations of spectacles from some kind charity.

Hugo Lloris' point blank save near the end ensures all three points for the Lilywhites.

Palace struggled to make an impact on the visitors without their ace striker Wilfred Zaha available.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman gets a lot of grief but has he finally hit his expensive stride for the Lilywhites?

Preview:In the States live on NBC's main TV channel and all the usual online purveyors.

Prior to the weekend's matches Palace are only two points clear of the relegation zone but on their day they can put together some lethal moves.

They recently held Arsenal to a draw at Selhurst, but it's still the worst home record in the Prem losing 7 out of 11 home fixtures. Meanwhile, on their most recent venture to enemy soil [their last match before this Spurs game], they flopped to a 3:1 defeat at Chelsea. Between the Arsenal and Chelsea matches they went to Middlesbrough and got knocked out of the League Cup 1:0.

By contrast, over the last five games Spurs are among the three most in-form Premiership sides along with Everton and of course the almost unstoppable Manchester City.

Check back for more preview, in-match and post-game reactions as this London derby day unfolds in all its glory.


Euro Champs League (Ssn 2018/19)
Kane pivotal in 2nd half comeback
Great Euro Champs match recovery, Spurs!
BBC match tracker
November 6, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 2
PSV Eindhoven 1 [FINAL SCORE]
Live: US/TV=Gala. Net=fuboTV.

Second Half: it's 2:1, oh yeah! Very nice second goal. We're in the lead. Is this side professional or what? Serious celebrations worldwide. Tremendous cross from Ben Davies. Kane does enough to guide it goalwards but it's the deflections on the way that leave PSV's keeper stranded. Final whistle and what can you say? Terrific comeback, and we'll find out what you, and the world, says as the post-match reactions unfolds.

It's 1:1. Great ball control by Fernando Llorente, receiving from Harry, who lets the ball drop and with a first time guide tees it back to Kane who makes no mistake with burying it low and deadly. Tasty equalizer and at least we're back in the game and never giving up.

First Half: Almost the end of the 1st half. Spurs dominating but cannot produce an equalizer so far. HALF TIME.

28' in: Just witnessed Eriksen and Alli shooting close-up at the PSV keeper after a nice build-up but the visiting keeper and one of his defenders were quick to react to that brace of near goals. So near yet so far from an equalizer.

3' in: PSV get a very early goal [de Jong @ 2'] from a headed corner. An endemic problem for Tottenham is inability to aggressively defend headers. Read the danger sooner, attack the ball, jump faster, jump higher where necessary, and work those neck muscles. Spurs Euro jaunt.... is hangin' by a thread.

Elsehere or in the future: Looks like Liverpool got their azz handed to them by Red Star Belgrade. For us, it's away to Crystal Palace in the Prem next.


The Spur's Premiership
Thrown to Wolves, Spurs survive
From 3 up, total tenterhooks as the game climaxed
Nov 03, 2018 (Ssn 2018/19)
Wolves 2
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Highlights
US live online: TV: CNBC, Universo. Net: fuboTV, Sling, Playstn. 12.45p PacZone/USA by Rob Francis

Wow. Only Spurs could make being three goals up and cruising turn into such a cliffhanging finale! Another way of looking at is: well, for all the ups and downs, the Lilywhites are notching up points like almost never before.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tough choice, Lamela perhaps? But Wolves were amazingly good and Hugo Lloris pulled off a number of Pat Jennings level saves that made the difference.

Preview: By beating Wolves at Molineux, Tottenham Hotspur can take another significant step towards securing a Champions league place for next season, a massively necessary way to celebrate moving into a breathtaking new stadium fit for a club that deserves to be part of the world's biggest soccer stage. Actually these very words were cut and pasted from last season's Spurs-Stoke match report but, with a few name changes, seem eerily appropriate for this upcoming Saturday fixture. We're still anticipating, salivating even: a full league season in a brand new home with the Champions League on the menu. How times don't change [as quick as we thought].

Of course the move-in should come sooner, it's hoped, but let's get next season set-up the way it should be, so we can say we did it right, in the end.

Stay tuned for more preview for this match which, on the north American west coast turns into a lunchtime affair with the UK clocks already changed but not yet Stateside.

Newly promoted Wolves, after four long years in the second tier "the Championship", are doing spectacularly well for their first season back, sitting in the top ten after ten matches played going into this weekend's games, and with a neutral goal difference. Spurs are fifth, also 10 games played, with +8 goal diff.

In their prior four Prem matches, Wolves most recently failed to score against either Watford or Brighton in two losses, but previously beat Palace away [which Arsenal couldn't do] and Southampton at home without conceding a goal.


The Spur's League Cup 20018/19
Son & Llorente score for Spurs victory
Son brace sparks North London QF clash
Wed, Oct 31, 2018 FINAL SCORE.
West Ham Utd 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3
USA live online: ESPN+

That's it! A victory. The QF draw pits Spurs vs Arsenal. A rare chance for Arsenal to experience Wembley.... oh wait, they're playing it at the Emirates. Boro get Burton at home, and Chelsea get Bournemouth at home. Leics/So'ton vs Man City/Fulham.

2nd HALF: Second West Ham fan invades the pitch, meanwhile the ref maintains Wanyama blocking a West Ham player in the box is not a penalty. "VAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!" -- New Jersey Hammer. Son almost bags a hat trick.

Now it's Tottenham's turn to score from a corner -- the invisible man Fernando Llorente right in front of the goal, unmarked, guides it in with improbable ease to surely sink the Spammers.

Uh oh, dodgy keeping from a corner and West Ham are back in it with a goal.

Alli and Son working well together again, allowing the Korean superstar to double his tally.

1st HALF: They've got some very quick players have the Hammers, Antonio being one of them, and in the latter stages of the first half they're causing Spurs some real problems by outrunning the defenders' offside line. They just can't convert. The visitors need to reassert themselves. Rumour has it that Llorente is on the pitch somewhere for Tottenham.

Early doors: Hammers finding opportunities down the right flank. Son Hueng-min scores, about 15 mins in. Great strike and nice feed along the center from Dele Alli. Quite an interesting game so far. Elswhere, Derby have scored four goals already, the downside being that two were into their own goal, otherwise they would be taking Chelsea to the cleaners on their own turf!

Preview: It's started and as usual The Spur is here every step of the way with you, from cradle to grave, your one stop need.

It's on ESPN which is good because unlike fuboTV [or possibly the Comcast/NBC-owned channel feeds that comes thru fuboTV] it's been super reliable, great picture, and just generally better for real-time watching. Fubo has the edge on quickly accessing saved matches, but ESPN has never let me down with buffering, washed out feed, and worst, stopping and skipping. Via fuboTV, such glitches happen during about one in 7 or 8 of games shown via Com/NBC, and inevitably at pivotal moments, without fail.

I thought I'd left Comcast behind many years ago when I dumped cable TV but then they bought NBC and a chunk of the internet, too. But by feeding into fuboTV, fuboTV itself comes across a bit like a Comcast subsidiary, even though it's not, at least not admitted to.


The Spur's Premiership
City breeze past Spurs
Full time score
October 29, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Manchester City 1
Live US TV: NBCSN, Universo. Online: fuboTV, Sling B, PlayStn. 1p US/Pac.
Wembley, London. Zap Gremlins reacting. NBC & ESPN previews.

Manchester City did no more than they had to do to ease past Tottenham Hotspur by a sixth minute Riyad Mahrez goal and then did a moneybags job of keeping the score firmly set in place.

For their part, Spurs did not get embarrassed but were simply not quite up to the level of their visitors despite a highly competitive effort that should give us fans some optimism moving forward despite the defeat.

Lamela could have equalized but it was not to be and frankly Spurs don't have the key to unlock City more than once or twice a game, so those rare chances just have to be taken.

The difference in class, despite the talent of Tottenham's team, was always there to witness, and it's rare that I'd consider Spurs a "dirty" side, in fact I recall we've usually done very well in the "fair play league", but I can see how a neutral or City supporter would have been indignant over some of the home side's ways of coping as they struggled to match the world class assemblage of visiting talent.

Preview: Wishing all the best to Glenn Hoddle and family, one of Tottenham Hotspur's most amazing players in the club's history.

Monday's match sees Spurs taking on the best side in England currently [yes, even over in-form Liverpool] -- Moneybags FC.

BBC's Lawro predicts a Manchester City win: "Wembley, with its wide open spaces, I think is a stadium that suits them." Lawro feels the visitors will be too much for Spurs, especially with Kevin de Bruyne back from injury.

In the corresponding match last season Manchester City celebrated being the runaway Premier league champions with a 1-3 win at Wembley, the win making it mathematically impossible for them to be caught by crosstown rivals United. So congrats to them, runaway Premier league champions - we gave them a decent fight.

The Spur's view was that "The Lilywhites of this Poch era are still a great team, ultimately likely to be legendary. You can't win every game. We just beat the current champions Chelsea on their ground by the same margin.

"Until City got their third goal the atmosphere seemed terrific. But with time running out, and approaching the last 15 minutes, it all seems a bit too much for Spurs as City asserted themselves after a strong Tottenham start to the 2nd half.

"It was a game in which the Lilywhites found it hard to get at City without leaving themselves very exposed on the break. Despite being in sensational form, having won five out of five of their preceding games, Tottenham were still unable to truly match one of the most expensively assembled sides in football history who were also in great form [winning 4 out of their last five]."

Back to this Monday's game, and keep in mind the clocks already changed in the UK on Sunday, but not yet in the USA, so it's a late lunchtime start for American Pacific coasters and one hour later than normal throughout the continent.

The build-up has only just begun so check back.


Euro Champs League (Ssn 2018/19)
PSV 2:2 Spurs [Full time]
Last chance saloon for THFC's Euro Champs hopes
Philips Stadion
Oct 24, 2018
PSV Eindhoven vs
Tottenham Hotspur
Live: US/TV=TNT Net=fuboTV, Sling, Playstation

Hey there, Rob Francis, back from tennis, watching on delay. Exciting match so far, Spurs 1:2 up in the 2nd half. In my reality, we're 75 mins in so this could be a lifeline victory for Spurs allowing the club to cling on to its European presence.

"Suddenly, the whole game has changed" are the words of the commentator, straight red card for THFC keeper Hugo Lloris but foul wa not in the area so it's not the end of the world. Quality save from the free kick by subbed in Dutch international keeper Michel Vorm, back in his own country, to save Spurs, for now. A few more saves like that and he could Vorm his way back into the Spurs #1 keeper spot! [Groan! --Ed.]

OMFG -- De Jong flicks it in the net to equalize with Tottenham down to ten men. Bye bye Euro Champs.

So it's all over, baby blue, the Lilywhites with a mountain to climb halfway through the group stage.

Preview: Almost ready for kick-off as Spurs fans in the USA cancel their tennis matches, tell their bosses to take a running jump, steam the breakfast spinache and brocolli, and prepare to roar on Tottenham's slim hope of progressing beyond the group stage.

PSV vs Spurs, it's what Wednesdays were invented for. Check back with The Spur because we're now switched on for the duration. Weather in Eindhoven 5pm local time: a mild 59F [15C], usual NW European clouds, perfect footie weather, and we should beat the incoming moderate rain due in a day or two.

Looking at the Eredivisie league table PSV are five points ahead of the nearest competitor Ajax. They are, in summary, kicking Ajax and Feyenoord's sorry asses. They haven't lost a single league match. Their goal difference is +33. Whoh. Stroll aboard, brother. Who's the manager? Mark Van Bommel. He's The Bom. PSV is a sports club, it's a lot more than just football. But in fitba, it totally rules. That said, the Dutch top division is not very competitive, three big clubs and the rest are just padding, sort of a Portugal north.

Pour the coffee, make the tea, steam the rice, and we're good to go.


The Spur's Premiership 20018/19
Spurs burst Hammers' bubble
"He's a fine fine fella is that Erik Lamela"
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 FULL TIME.
West Ham Utd 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
USA live online: fuboTV/SlingBlue/PlayStn. TV: NBCSN.

After the match, Tottenham Hotspur move up to third in the table [could be brief - Liverpool and Arsenal still to play at time of writing, and both likely to win] equal on points with Chelsea and only trailing Man City by two points.

Whatever the Gooner and 'Pool results, we're seeing five "super clubs" emerging that seem poised to break away at the top end from all the rest: City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Spurs. Obviously, ending up fifth in this group is disastrous, and unfortunately none of the other four look likely to seriously stumble on present form: Chelsea arguably the only ones showing any slightest sign of wobbling. Still, this win is massive, keeping us in the "super league" and not getting drowned in the sea of also-rans.
I thought one of the best bits was when West Ham activated their bubble blowers in celebration of being offside when they finally buried the ball in Tottenham's net. "They fly so high, 'til they reach the sky, and like West Ham they fade and die!"
  
Ryebrook

A fine headed goal from Erik Lamela from an excellent Sissoko delivery, along with a series of top class saves from World Cup winner Hugo Lloris, made the difference for the glorious Lilywhites, with a special mention to Luca Moura, emerging as an eye-catching possible overall Spur of the season.... and Christian Eriksen is back fit and treading the turf again, to big applause and chants from the travelling Tottenham section.

"A proper dig-in of a performance - professional," said Radio 5/Live after the game.

Guardian report excerpt: "It is a good sign for Mauricio Pochettino and the club that they are winning without truly dazzling. This game marked the start of a gruelling run of seven matches in 21 days and Spurs will need all of their powers of endurance as they resume on Wednesday at PSV Eindhoven in a must-win Champions League tie.

"Lamela is not an automatic selection; this was his first Premier League start of the season. But he is becoming increasingly influential and he now has five goals from eight appearances in all competitions."

Please check back with The Spur again as this site, and the globe, continues to react to Tottenham Hotspur's magnificent victory at West Ham's London stadium.

Pre-match: Please check back as this long-time pulse-raising local derby approaches.

Both clubs are in good form going into this big London feud with some solid results and wins, despite Tottenham's home loss to Barcelona, and West Ham's loss at Brighton.

In the corresponding match played last season Spurs won an eventful match and a thrilling contest by 2:3 in front of around 57,000 supporters, with Eriksen [who scored] and Kane [scored a brace] among the shining lights as the game threatened to get out of control towards the end.


Premier League (Ssn 2018/19)
Wonderful, Spurs
Just one goal seals all three points
Singin' the Blues
Sat, Oct 06, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Cardiff City 0
7am Pac/USA TV=NBCSN Net=fuboTV, Sling, Playstation HILITES

Full time. Spurs win.

Early goal from Eric Dier. Joe Ralls red carded around 59mins. THFC's keeper Hugo Lloris showed he's still up for it after recent problems, superbly saving Spurs from several great Cardiff chances to get level.

Pat Nevin on BBC 5 Live: "Look in terms of quality, the right team in Spurs won. If we're talking in terms of spirit and determination, Cardiff should of got a point today but Neil Warnock will be very proud of his players today." Should of? Grammatical howler much beloved by Americans now perpetrated by a Scotsman. Shocking. Still, if Scotland gains independence and remains in the EU, I might become a Scottish citizen so maybe that will become part of my language, too.

Massive possession for Tottenham but finding goals hard to come by, so far failing to score even with a man advantage over the second worst side in the league, although they've had to play us, City, and Arsenal so it's been a tough start.

Nice rendition of the Welsh national anthem from the traveling supporters. Ref blows the pip. It's three points in the bag for "job done" Tottenham.

Preview: It's great that the Bluebirds are actually blue again after the foreign owner's daft and damaging efforts to rebrand them in red as the Welsh Dragons ultimately failed. That same owner just said that his team needs to "shoot more". Maybe they do that in Malaysia, but not in Cardiff, mate.
Mourinho to exit Red Devils for Cardiff?
  
Wild Speculation

Now they've got another serious problem. They are second to bottom of the table going into this match and, though they've been brave and daring, they've also been consummately outclassed so far this season, the worst a 0:5 home clobbering from visitors Manchester City.

They've tried to take it other teams, so props for that, but what worked in the Championship [2nd tier] is not usually the best approach one level higher playing against world class talent in the opposing side. So they've left themselves vulnerable when losing possession, and that's why many managers other than Neil Warnock would opt for a more "park the bus" philosophy.

They haven't won a league match yet this season, and unless Spurs really are in trouble, enduring a patchy period themselves, the London hosts should gobble up all three points.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Cardiff City is at 7am USA-Pacific time on NBCSN TV channel and Fubo, Sling, and Playstation, and also Spanish language TV and online options. Following on a lot of people will stay online, or on TV switch over to NBC for another must see match: how will Man Utd get on at home to Newcastle in the battle of the fallen giants?

Sunday has a London derby and hopefully Fulham will put a stop against this Arsenal revival nonsense at Craven Cottage, but don't bet on it. Then "the one they're all talking about" [as the cliche goes] features the two best teams in England currently, meeting at Anfield. City's slight superiority may be canceled out by the Reds' home advantage.


The Spur's Euro Champs League (Ssn 2018/19)
Kane & Lamela goals not enough
Messi with Barcelona & life gets tough
October 03, 2018 @ Wembley, London. FULL TIME.
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Barcelona 4
US TV: TNT. Online: Fubo, Sling, Playstation

Messi is a world class legend and, though he may be slowing down a bit of late, he's still outstanding even in two line-ups this talented. Tottenham played well but the gap in class was as wide as it was between Spurs and Huddersfield over the weekend.

With Inter beating PSV, Spurs now have a mountain to climb to make it past the group stage.

Preview: Spurs need to get on the board, losing their first Champions league group game at Internazionale, while unsurprisingly Barcelona defeated PSV Eindhoven [4:0 in Barcelona]. It's another pivotal match-up for both sides.

It's a brutal group to be in, with three giants of the European club game [no disrespect to PSV] trying to squeeze into two available spots, with most people considering it likely to boil down to Spurs vs Inter for the second and final birth into the knockout stage.

So a loss would be, not to exaggerate, disastrous for the Londoners. A draw keeps us hangin' in, and a win makes us very competitive. It's all down to Wednesday and a must-see showdown on the Wembley turf, watchable live globally including in the USA both on TV and online.

BBC article on how Harry Kane wants to break Lionel Messi's records.

The BBC match preview also reminds us that Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, and Mousa Dembele are all injured.

THFC manager Mauricio Pochettino knows that a win over Barca would be a massively welcome boost for the club and players facing, as the Guardian notes, "a looming fixture black spot, in which his team must play four times in nine days - including the Carabao [League] Cup tie at West Ham. It has been caused, in part, by the necessity to move the home match against Manchester City to Monday 29 October, because Wembley was not available on the day before and the new stadium is not ready."

So it's Tottenham Hotspur vs Barcelona in the Euro Champs group stage. Please check back for more build-up and match-day reactions. Heck of a game, should be a good atmosphere even in the cavernous Wembley.


The Spur's Premier league
Harry brace tames Terriers
Full time score.
September 29, 2018 [Season 2018/19]
Huddersfield Town 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2
US TV: Live 7am Pac/USA NBCSN. Online: Fubo, Sling, Playstation
Kirklees [John Smith's] Stadium, Huddersfield HD1

@ HUDDERSFIELD Second half: Well that's it, full time. Huddersfield had their chances but equally Spurs could have bagged four or more. Town have great non-glory hunter support but the gulf between them and a... we can say it now... top team, is blatantly obvious even to the most casual observer.

@ HUDDERSFIELD Half time: Very weird, the Fubo feed has flipped to Man City vs Brighton, and since there's only one feed available on the system, that's gonna be a problem. Meanwhile, Citeh-Brighton already had TWO feeds and now has three. Get it together, NBC Sports.... okay, so presumably after rioting at the NBC in-pub fan-zone location, somebody mozied over and rescued the Spurs feed.

@ HUDDERSFIELD First half: Spurs have done very well against the Terriers since the Yorkshire club stepped up to the top league, and so far in this encounter it's following the script again. A brace for Harry Kane who's back in form for this one, an excellent header for the first goal provided by Trippier and created by the magical Moura, followed by a [disputed / "soft"] penalty.

Pre-match: So next it's back to the Prem on Saturday morning 7am Pac/USA time [NBCSN/Fubo] for the trip up to Huddersfield.

In last season's corresponding fixture, a first time ever visit by Spurs to Town's current stadium [long gone is the legendary old Leeds Road ground], the result was a very convincing win for the Lilywhites [click for highlights] whose away form kept on jammin', at that time on a par with our league winning season back in the 60's under Bill Nicholson.

Last season's away day at Huddersfield and another Spurs fan experience.

Now, what are they saying about this season's upcoming version........

Other previews: NBC Sports HTFC vs THFC.

"Tottenham will be looking to regain their spot in top four with a win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. The Terriers are stuck at the bottom of the Premier League standings, with the team collecting only two points from possible 18. Huddersfield Town are desperate to give fans some cheer, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday's football match. Tottenham, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win at Brighton and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach against the Terriers." More at Football Predictions.


Spurs in the League Cup 2018/19
Watford first victims of THFC's Carabao campaign

As the fixtures keep coming in droves, we had a midweek League Cup game against Watford [at Milton Keynes stadium] with Erik Lamela hitting sensational form and what seemed another match winning goal to make it 2:1, but Watford equalized with minutes remaining. Both teams down to 10 men.
Watford 2:2 Spurs [League Cup]. Spurs, superb in the penalty kicks & saves, go thru.  
The Spur

So penalties to decide and THFC didn't miss a single one, with Tottenham's Argentine keeper Paul Gazzaniga in great form for the spot kicks -- Spurs thru to the next round, with Dele Alli clinching the deciding penalty against his old club from his home town.

Very nice to see this on ESPN+ who are really delivering the goods these days to US footie supporters.


Premier League (Ssn 2018/19)
Spurs survive frenzied finish
Harry pen & cool Coco goal enough
Amex
stadium
Sat, Sept 22, 2018
Brighton & H.A. 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2
FULL TIME. Hilites

2nd half: A new half can often be very different, but in the first half Albion were comprehensively contained and outclassed. Tottenham's #3 keeper Paulo Gazzaniga wasn't tested at all in the 1st half. But there's only a goal in it so far, and THFC's recent history makes that a potentially dangerous score.

Oh yes. That's the ticket. Spurs under lots of pressure for most of the 2nd half so far until an impressive series of passes with the center finding Eric Lamela who exploits the gap on the far side of the goalmouth for a precision finish. Great goal of combined and individual flair, and the neutrals witness some magic while Spurs fans have the "insurance goal" that we craved. Coco's worth his salary and cost just for moments like that, ones that make the difference when the side needs it most.

Late goal from Brighton after Kane misses a great chance kept the game intense and Albion had one more golden opportunity seconds before the whistle that would have leveled it, but Spurs squeak through to break the losing streak and stay competitive for the season, taking the club, for now, up to fifth place.

1st half: NBC must be cursing both clubs for such an uninspiring [for neutrals] spectacle on their flagship channel, but for Tottenham Hotspur supporters it was very easy on the eyes: the visitors dominating possession and pegging back the south coast side, ultimately forcing a costly error with a Brighton handball from a free-kick that Harry Kane converted with brutal efficiency.

Preview: Following the bitterly disappointing group stage Euro Champs match against Inter on Tuesday, the club visits Brighton for the next league match on Saturday.

In the corresponding match last season Spurs drew 1:1 at Brighton with Kane the visiting scorer.

Former Spurs hero and now manager of Brighton, Chris Hughton was a very happy man, a draw helped their survival in the Prem, and their fans were on cloud 9. It was a lost opportunity for Spurs but in the end Tottenham did nab a Euro Champs spot so no worries ultimately.

The massive relief of Kane scoring and putting Spurs ahead did not last more than a couple of fleeting minutes. Great work by Hueng-min Son to find and keep the ball in play and cut back to the England striker running in.

But that was quickly countered by a dodgy penalty award at the other end. Serge Aurier deemed to bring down floppy Jose Izquierdo.


The Spur's Euro Champs League 2018/19
Spurs nightmare continues
Total Tottenham meltdown at end
September 18, 2018 (Ssn 2018/19)
Inter Milan 2 [FINAL]
Tottenham Hotspur 1

Post game: Paolo Bandini: "I'm not sure there was any real logic to this one. A sensational individual goal by Icardi, a mood change in a full stadium and a nervous Tottenham team that has problems at set-pieces. Huge win for Inter."

TFTB, not606 forum: "For me it started with us trying to get the second with just a few minutes left. We've got 4 players in their area. It wasn't needed. We just needed to see it through. However, just like against Juve at Wembley, United in the semi-final, Watford a week ago, we didn't have the head or heart to guts it out and see it through. There's no ****ing organisation, no fight or determination. Nobody's leading and they all lose their heads. It's pitiful to watch it happen over and over again. Uphill battle now."

Second half: Oh wow again. We collapsed. It's all over. Spaletti is God! Inter have their first win of the season. Time for lunch. From Spaletti to spaghetti.

Oh wow. Just as Inter seemed gormless, a golasso of major proportions. Holy ****. Five more mins to go. Kane off with Rose on, just a minute of reg time to go.
For the first time since Pochettino took over at Spurs, his side have lost three consecutive games.
  
The Guardian

Previously.... Since conceding the goal Inter's fans are getting on their players' backs. Great for us, but they are lacking. That said, they just put a nice move together but the finishing was atrocious. How long will their manager Luciano Spaletti last playing like this, even with the nice sun tan?

Oh that was nice. Gooooool! Eriksen [scorer] and Kane combine to rip up the Inter defence and the ball loops skyward from a deflection and drops below the crossbar and over the line. They all count.

Will that infuse the lads with some confidence? Thanks Inter. You're just what we need at the right time.

OK, this could be a win for us. Inter are not that good, in fact, what on earth has happened to them? Rebuilding? I thought they already did that. Inter foul a lot, ref needs to take control, but we've gotta find some form.

Half time: We're seeing two mid table domestic teams with Europa league ambitions having a bash at the Champs league, while it lasts. Both teams have been told to play from the back but aren't very good at it so far.

First half: Great header by Sanchez. Almost scored. Minor problem, aiming at wrong goal. Saved by Vorm. Chant: "We're only Vorming up." To be fair, he had another header more or less on-target moments later at the other end, eventually grabbed by their keeper.

Some crazy amateurish defending by THFC but the hosts can't punish anything.

Great thru pass from Eriksen to Kane who bursts loose, one on one, but can't control the dribble. That's one he would have scored back in the day.

Preview: So far this season Internazionale are struggling in the Italian Serie A with only four points from four games and without a home league win yet, losing over the weekend when lowly Parma visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and stunned the blue and black bedecked crowd by scoring the game's only goal.

Back in October 2010 Spurs went to Inter in this competition and had the most diabolical start in the club's European history leaving the London side 3-nil and a man down inside around fifteen minutes.

Only a hat trick from the man of the match Gareth Bale restored some Lilywhite pride, and it finished 4:3.

"Welsh star retrieves Lilywhite pride" was one of The Spur's headlines and that was the main theme of the match. Bale was spectacular. Come back, mate!

In its reaction, The Spur asked: "Before the game, would you have settled for a respectable loss at the San Siro and a crucial Premiership win at Fulham on a day when CFC, Villa and ManUre stumbled to draws, and Liverpool lost" the vast majority of people would have said "Och aye the noo" or something similar if they were not from the Scottish Highlands.

Spurs did surprisingly well in the Euro Champs that year under Harry. Let's see what happens at Inter under Poch. Certainly, it'll be hard to match the seven goal thriller of 8 years ago, but we'll be even more thrilled to get at least a point. But we won't have Gareth Bale to help out, of course.


The Spur's Premiership (Ssn 20018/19)
Towering Liverpool march on
Spurs fight back too late
Sat., Sept 15. Hilites
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Liverpool 2

Tottenham Hotspur were unable to rise to the biggest challenge of the season so far with the visit of 100% Liverpool, anf frankly the Reds were clearly classier.

Suddenly the "why didn't we buy anybody in the transfer window?" questions are back as Spurs, after flying high for the first three games, now seem a bit stale and at times lost. What fell apart beyond the often mentioned fatigue from the club's sizable contingent of World Cup players? That is a good question and we'll see what people's opinion are.

Liverpool by contrast are absolutely on fire, that's a team working as one very impressive unit. Great individual skill and team cohesion means Juergen Klopp is arguably the best manager in the league.

Statsbomb preview.

BBC Fantasy Football comments: "Liverpool's trip to Tottenham on Saturday gives fantasy football players the chance to get some early points on the board. The lunchtime kick-off is an intriguing one as well, not least because the 149 goals scored in meetings between the two is second only to Arsenal v Everton for Premier League goals scored.

The Reds, in particular, have a healthy recent record in the fixture. They've only failed to score in one of their past 12 meetings with the men from north London - a 0-0 draw in Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge in October 2015.

But which of Klopp's men should you look to for a goal? Well, Mohamed Salah scored all three of his side's goals against Tottenham last season. If you want a slightly more left-field suggestion, how about penalty-taker James Milner? There have been more spot-kicks awarded in Premier League matches between these two (22) than there have in any other fixture in the competition's history.

That also brings Harry Kane into focus. He has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Premier League appearances against Liverpool (five goals, two assists), including four in the past two."


The Spur's Premiership 2018/19
Son doesn't
have to
leave Spurs
for full term
military service

Hornets sting Spurs who lose perfect record
Watford march on to Old Trafford with 100% points tally
Watford fans gather at Vicarage Rd
NBC Sports Gold. NBC hilites
Watford 2 [FINAL]
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Reacting to US coverage is Rob Francis

THFC lose their 100% run after being a goal up and bossing most of the first half. The Hertfordshire hosts conceded an own goal but a brace of top shelf headers [that Troy Deaney is immense in stature and in commitment] ensured a headline grabbing victory for the home side that leaves them rubbing shoulders with Liverpool and Chelsea for premier supremacy at this still early stage of the campaign.

Sat news: Son Hueng-min's soccer career saved
On a contrastingly welcome dollop of smashing news we learned that yesterday [Sat, Sept 1] South Korean super Spur Son Hueng-min can continue practicing as a world class professional footballer, an integral part of the lovable Lilywhites these days, rather than pound the freezing North/South Korean border with a pair of binoculars and a machine gun. So despite the alarming loss at Vicarage Road, the mood is still upbeat overall. Son did it by virtue of S. Korea winning the Asian Games when they beat Japan in the final, and you can see it means a lot to him. Great guy and top pro. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Spurs fans take the Emirates for an under-23 match. Goner security look like a right miserable lot. "Shit ground no fans" as the chant goes.

WATFORD PREVIEW: The Hornets are no ordinary side these days winning all four of their matches this season, three in the Premier league where they've scored seven goals and only conceded two, and a comfortable League Cup victory at Reading midweek.

That said Spurs are the first of the English giants they've faced so far, and after us the Horns will be trogging up to Old Trafford, so the easy ones may be over! Still, they beat Brighton in their opening game and the Seagulls beat Man Utd, so..... 'tis funny ol' game, int 'it ludd.

BBC Football: "Watford boss Javi Gracia will restore his first choice XI after changing his entire team for the Carabao Cup win over Reading in midweek. Gerard Deulofeu could be on the bench following his return from injury, but Tom Cleverley remains out.

"Tottenham are without Hugo Lloris due to a thigh injury and Moussa Sissoko with a hamstring problem. Son Heung-min is absent on international duty while Erik Lamela faces a late fitness test."

Guardian Football: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has cautioned his players not to get too big headed after the media frenzy over the 0:3 win at Manchester United in the league last Monday. "Pochettino said there was a difference between the perception Tottenham were flying after three wins from three Premier League matches and the reality they could just as easily have lost to United after a poor first-half performance."

The match kicks off Sunday morning at 8am west coast USA time so check back with the super soaraway Spur constantly. Both sides are aiming to maintain their 100% records of triumphant wins this season, so something's gotta give somewhere.

A draw still means unbeaten of course but let's be real, to lose our winning streak for this campaign at Watford, very good side though they are, would be majorly disappointing.

Please check back for more match build-up and enjoy your Sunday no matter what time it starts in your regional zone. For us, it's a nice leisurely breakfast experience, a great way to get going before hitting the tennis courts on the coast in the afternoon. Tada for now.


The Spur's Premiership
Gargantuan win as Spurs still 100%
Moura's magical brace pure quality
Mon, Aug 27 (Ssn 20018/19) US pacific
Manchester United 0
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Old Trafford highlights
by Rob Francis

Reaction: After tonking United at OT, just how good are Spurs? Oh wait, it's ESPN asking, in perhaps the worst pundit segment ever recorded. ESPN-UK even threw in Mourinho's reaction to the game, which was actually a lot more insightful. Poch was there too.

The Red Devils had Spurs on the ropes to begin with in this rip roaring affair, but as time went by the Lilywhites gradually upped their game and, with three delicious goals, left United looking, frankly, embarrassed by the end.

Ultimately Tottenham Hotspur ran off the park as gods -- clearly, decisively the winners, brimming with confidence and belief that this really is a group of talent that could go all the way, and celebrating like a team with sky high spirit and morale which was mutually shared with their Argentine manager.

If at half time the discussion over a beer and veggie burger was "can we hang on for a hard fought 0:0 draw here?" the second half saw the pride of London hit full stride. United's players along with their true hard core fans never gave up, but the outcome seemed destined long before the final whistle, with the glory hunters long gone from the stands.

15 minutes in, Lukaku fails to capitalise on a horrendous Danny Rose back-pass, rounds Lloris, but manages to shoot wide of the back post.

Great header from Kane to go one up, but only a stellar save from World Cup winning keeper Hugo Lloris kept Manchester United from bouncing back.

Eriksen's pass into the box sets up Moura for his first. Moura then somewhat humiliates United by robbing their player of the ball and finding the exact spot in the corner to leave the home keeper despairingly outstretched.

Battle of the giants up next with a visit to Watford, another unbeaten side this season.

Chris Sutton for BBC Football: "I don't think Spurs applied themselves very well early on, but when they put their foot down, they exploited a team that has no leaders. There is a blame game going on here and the players do not look like they want to play for him."

Juergen Klinsmann: "A very special result tonight. COYS!"

Match: Hardly a moment to upload any comments. United will rue their early dominance when the Spurs defensive posture was in chaos. But a one-two sucker punch leaves United wondering what the hell happened, and in full throttle to get something back with just over 15 mins to go. End to end action, including a misplaced backpass that left Alli one on one with the keeper, but the man from the east Midlands dithered.

Preview: Mourinho's already under pressure as Man Utd manager with only a couple of league games played because the Red Devils haven't looked that great, although by no means a disaster either. But expectations are high at OT and they were outshone by Brighton in their second game, a 3:2 away loss.

The rise, fall and rebirth of Manchester clubs.

Exploring London with the NBC Sports social media crew.


The Spur's Premiership 20018/19
Kane breaks August duck
Brighton beat our next opponents Man U.
August 18, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Fulham 1
Wembley nat. stadium, London. [FINAL SCORE]
Match hilites, Online: Fubo, etc; TV: NBCSN

Brighton stunned Manchester United, our next opponents, on Sunday, and Mourinho's team looked wobbly and uninspired -- morale seems low there right now. Admittedly, ours will be an away match, not the atmospheric and partisan den that is the Seagulls' home, but we are on a roll with the talent and results to make this an eminently winnable proposition next Monday at Old T.

And for poor old Arsenal, Sarri seems to be the hardest word as the new Chelsea manager engineered the second defeat for the Gooners in two matches and no points on the board for Arsenal's struggling new manager Emery.

SECOND HALF: Complete change from the first half. FFC came out guns blazing, dominating possession. Early doors: Fulham's Alex Mitrovic forces an early save from Hugo Lloris, and shortly thereafter equalizes.

It takes a sensational free kick from Kieran Trippier to give Spurs the lead again, and then, the big moment when Harry Kane scores a goal in August! Win for Spurs. Check back as the reactions pour in over the weekend.

FIRST HALF: Brazilian attacking midfielder Lucas Moura had a stellar preseason and it's translated successfully into the campaign itself, this time with an impressive first-time freestyle strike at the end of the first half, curling in off the post, that broke the deadlock and gave Tottenham Hotspur a golden breakthrough to show, once again, that the somewhat atmosphere starved cavern of Wembley need not distress such a talented and well coached outfit.

Moura is on form at the minute, and had several previous chances.

Pre-match: BBC Five Live's Big weekend preview pod features ex-Spur Jermaine Jenas with the first segment being our match against Fulham plus a general discussion of the state of Tottenham Hotspur going into our first "home" game.

So back to Wembley it is, as THFC's "real" home stadium awaits completion, and the hope is to continue the surprising success that the club enjoyed at their temporary home last season, even as many believed they'd struggle there, as previous European level matches suggested could be the case.

But the Wembley experience was fine as it turned out and of course the Lilywhites are favorites to beat newly promoted Fulham, a side who suffered a reality check home to Palace in their opener.

Amish
Fulhamish, not a Fulham site for Amish supporters by the way, but an up 'n coming addition to the YouTube world and seeking their first 1,000 subscribers, features a fan of both sides previewing the game.

Worried for Fulham
Meanwhile Lawro of BBC Football is worried that "Fulham is easy on the eye and play nice football, but where are their goals going to come from? It is going to be very interesting to see how they get on in the next few weeks." He predicts a two-nil win for Tottenham.

Spurs will test Fulham
The Guardian preview believes that despite not being particularly on their game at Newcastle "Mauricio Pochettino's team should still be able to test the solidity of Fulham's central defensive partnership, which may not be strong even when Callum Chambers and Maxime Le Marchand are fully settled in."

Pressure on defiant Poch
Meanwhile a Guardian article linked by Yahoo Sports discusses the daunting task Tottenham's whizz kid manager Pochettino faces this upcoming season, with Spurs on the cusp of big things yet with so much that could go wrong, no new signings, and a new stadium not yet ready to host home games.


Spurs stuttering stadium shocker

The home Stadium delay, by Rob Francis. Wow. For months I read the informed comments from some observant viewers, on places like Chris Cowlin's YouTube site, that doubted the club could get the new stadium ready in time [including interior, safety clearances, the myriad final details] and recently even I began to scratch my head when I saw the work left to do. But the club seemed so confident. Until all of a sudden, the headlining announcement on Aug 13. Delay in opening day, not gonna be Liverpool's visit, and no firm commitment to a specified date, though "Tottenham may open their stadium against Manchester City on 28 October. On that day Wembley is already booked for another NFL fixture." [Guardian].


The Spur's Premier league
Emery out! Citeh tame
Arsenal 0:2 on Sunday
Highlights: Victory at Newcastle
Geordies sink to Vertonghen & Alli goals
Sat, Aug 11, 2018 (Ssn 2018/19) 4.30a Pac/USA online & TV. Rob Francis reacts.
Newcastle United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2
NUFC fan forum

The Match: Considering they had much of their squad battling for their nations in the just finished World Cup finals in Russia, Tottenham Hotspur were impressively in control, confident, and sufficiently superior to the hosts that you have to say this was a truly professional "job done" by the manager, coaches, and players.

It goes a long way to vindicate the absence of new players purchased in the transfer window, but of course, if and when we get a bad result this issue will reach fever pitch again among the critics.

For me, the fact the Poch appears totally committed to the club's present trajectory, and seeing today's display on the park, is enough to make me happy with everything Lilywhites right now. It's never gonna be a perfect world, but I'm still full of admiration for the way the current leadership has led the super Spurs into a brave new future, new shiny stadium, 'n all.

Tottenham were on the ball, and quite impressive off it, too. They always did enough to be the side most likely to win this. It was a solid performance by a top club that has the talent and head coach to do what needed to be done.

Please check back for build-up to Fulham at home, next league match.

MAN OF THE MATCH: What a cross from Serge "Oh Yey" Aurier for the second goal. Outstanding.

Match preview: Looks like the Geordie fans are complaining about their paper thin squad and how their club is being run into the ground, while of course for Spurs it's the non-existent activity in the preseason transfer window that has polarized supporters.

"Spurs are light years ahead of us because of one fat b@stard," moans Newcastle poster Kal, while another NUFC fan links to Tottenham's first test event at our new home. Of course this one will be at St.James' Park in central Newcastle, a long trip from the capital, but one which still has us as favorites to win.

Sky discusses whether Spurs' absence in the transfer market will affect the club's push for greater success.

"According to truthworthy sources, it appears we are going to align all our new signings in the starting XI on Saturday. It seems actually pretty bold. One would fear a lack of continuity," posts InSpursWeTrust.

Pochettino is not worried about the absence of signings: "If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best players" he told a press conference.

Not all Lilywhite faithful agree. The Trust opined: ""We have the highest-paid chairman in the Premier League. Our fans pay some of the highest prices in world football. Our support for our team and our admiration for what has been achieved remains strong. However, we believe fans are entitled to a full and credible explanation of what has happened this summer."

As far as predictions go for our visit to Geordieland bfwolf of Shelfside Spurs says: "I am honestly not sure why we are such big favorites when we will have to play with such a weakened lineup or with players who are just back from break. It will be interesting to see what Poch goes with."

Check back for more as the opening THFC match of the season is just hours away.


World Cup morphs into English football season

The World Cup 2018 is over, and among all the terrific stuff we also witnessed a clutch of world class goals. And now the English football season is already upon us, and the question everyone is asking is: will Spurs buy any star players? And should they? They've done amazingly well under Poch by gelling the existing talent. But that doesn't satiate the addiction to new shiny toys.

World Cup farewell notes

Well, the World Cup is over and I'm joining the majority reaction here in agreeing that it was one of the most interesting and worthwhile ever. I'm a club man, not much of a national team type of guy, so for me it's something to watch between club seasons, but I actually got drawn into this one and remained spellbound until almost the very end.

It would have been until the very end but I watched the final at a friend's house with other tennis players and neighbors so the socializing and anti-Trump talk put the actual game itself a bit on the back burner -- right next to the sizzling hash browns [awesome by the way]. Seemed like a decent match and just to be clear: had one of the teams I really cared about been in the final I would have told everyone else to bloody well shut up and watch [or switched the volume up to eleven].

Still, we [Tottenham Hotspur] had Hugo Lloris representing us in the final and although he almost blew it, overall it seemed he was doing a good job and since France won, well, any indiscretion he may have committed was easily overlooked and completely forgiven. He helped win the friggin' World Cup for god's sake.

Spurs were representin' mainly for Belgium and England and so it was heartening to see them both making the semifinal stage.

It's a shame that we now go one from one corrupt bid-winning host Russia to another highly inappropriate location, Quatar, but making up for that is the following host of this amazing sporting spectacle is a combined North American bid -- "football's coming home" -- to the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Get in there!

On a final note, great to learn that Germany is holding onto its national coach [manager Joachim Low] despite their disappointing overall underperformance in Russia. Even then, we saw glimpses of what their side can do and they're a work in progress. Like France [though to a slightly lesser degree] they've got talented young players coming through the ranks and to do what England and many other countries would have done and fire the gaffer in a knee-jerk reaction would have been a big mistake.

Germany calculate wisely and look to the future potential of those already being assembled, which is partly why they are a long-term powerhouse in almost everything they do, including football. When needed, they stay the course.


Croatia nicks it
Spurs star Trippier scores
Semifinal, July 11, 2018
England 1
Croatia 2
FINAL SCORE

FULL TIME: England, down to ten men with an injury and no subs left, bow out at the semifinal stage to a professional and talented Croatia, a small country who typically punch well above their weight, who go though to meet France in the final.

30min EXTRA TIME: OK into the final 15min segment of extra [tie-breaker] time, and, heartbreak, Croatia score [Mario Mandzukic with an assist from the ever threatening Perisic, surely man of the match].

Brilliant header from Stones cleared off the line. So close to England joy, denied. England have steadied the ship and all square by the time of the additional time break but not before another big save by Jordan Pickford, his 4th in the game.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose and Dier have come on as subs joining for most of the additional tie-breaking half hour to give Spurs almost half the total of all the England talent on display [Kane, Alli, Dier, Rose, Trippier], and if Walker hadn't left for Man City it would be pretty much "England Hotspurs". Will this extra 30 minutes develop into the edge of the seat stuff of the regulation second half or will it calm down a bit?

Well this is knife-edge stuff. Could go either way but England need to mentally and physically re-calibrate and regroup because they were overrun since conceding the equalizer. Not on ly that, Croatia looked like they're just getting warmed up, England look punch drunk and spent. But things could change. We 'ope.

2nd HALF OVER: England all over the shop, including moments of actual panic like a dangerous back pass intercepted. It's stressful stuff to watch for Englanders as it turns into Pickford vs Croatia. The England outfielders are are in shock. Seriously weird.

Since the equalizer this game has exploded. The tenseness of the crowd has turned into fever pitch. England need to find a way to stop the almost total Croatian dominance since the equalizer, including Perisic hitting the post.

England croaks, Croatia equalizes. The opponents have shown they know how to play, crisp passing, good vision, know how to create space, and it led to an impressive headed equalizer from Perisic. Walker having taken a bad knock may have contributed to his inability to foil the scoring header, but Croatia never looked worried about being a goal down, they seemed like they knew they had what it took to turn it around, and they did.

END OF 1st HALF. Talking of Kieran Trippier, he scores from a free-kick within five minutes! "Bending, dipping, over the wall..." "Such precision...." "Kieran Beckham!"

This Cup final has catapulted Harry Kane into global household fame even beyond his already massive status among football fans the world over. Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli also in the starting line-up.

Exciting times, let's hope it's a more stimulating match than the other semifinal.

It's kicked off. The biggest match England's played in a very long time and a chance to make the World Cup final, with France having made it already by beating Belgium yesterday.


Swede result, England
The Three Lions meet Croatia in Wed's semifinal
Quarter final, July 07, 2018
England 2
Sweden 0
match highlights
World Cup 2018, Russia

AFTER A 28 YEAR WAIT ENGLAND ARE BACK IN THE FINAL FOUR with goals by Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, whose recent rise to stardom has been meteoric. Congratulations to manager Gareth Southgate, he's melded a talented group of players into a cohesive side that knows how to go deep into the World Cup for what is already a sensational tournament for England. Since taking over the national side, Southgate's eye for promoting new talent and motivating more established players has been laser-like.

The England manager told BBC Five Live radio: "we feel we're in a good place."

No matter what happens on Wednesday it's an England side that everyone can be proud of. And..... what a great chance now to make a World Cup FINAL. But first to the semifinal versus Croatia, who found the antidote to the Poisoners.

Everton's Jordan Pickford
in top form for England
The Guardian was as overjoyed as anyone with the win, but an insightful report from Daniel Taylor also cautioned: "If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that, yes, England will need to play with more finesse if they really are to harbour the most serious of ambitions in this tournament. They will have to pass the ball with greater efficiency and maybe, in possession, show a touch more arrogance, in the manner of a side that really believes they can do it. France, for example."

So the the huge showdown on Wednesday is Croatia vs England, following on from Tuesday's France vs Belgium.

Oh, and well done to England women's cricket team on their runaway one day international victory over New Zealand, while we're on the nationalist tip.


Spurs legend Alan Gilzean dies

Tottenham Hotspur and Dundee FC legend Alan Gilzean, inspiring the welcoming match-day Park Lane chant "Gilzean, Gilzean, Gilzean, Gilzean, Born is the King of White Hart Lane", has died. An inspirational player who, along with many others like Jimmy Greaves, Pat Jennings, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones, Mike England, Alan Mullery, Cyril Knowles, Jimmy Robertson, to name just some, caused me to find myself, without having to make any conscious decision, a lifelong fan of the Lilywhites of north London.

Watching Gilzean's exceptional individual talents along with his selfless non-egotistical style including a breath-taking attacking partnership with Jimmy Greaves caused me to spend way too much time on the school playground pretending to be one of them.

Alas, though I did score or set-up a few that he might have complimented me on, I could only dream of being as talented as him. He made football come alive for me, and by all accounts was an exceptionally nice guy. Happy travels to Alan in the Pureland and next life.


Swede result, England
The Three Lions meet Croatia in Wed's semifinal
Quarter final, July 07, 2018
England 2
Sweden 0
match highlights
World Cup 2018, Russia

AFTER A 28YR WAIT ENGLAND ARE BACK IN THE FINAL FOUR with goals by Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, whose recent rise to stardom has been meteoric. Congratulations to manager Gareth Southgate, he's melded a talented group of players into a cohesive side that knows how to go deep into the World Cup for what is already a sensational tournament for England. Since taking over the national side, Southgate's eye for promoting new talent and motivating more established players has been laser-like.

The England manager told BBC Five Live radio: "we feel we're in a good place."

No matter what happens on Wednesday it's an England side that everyone can be proud of. And..... what a great chance now to make a World Cup FINAL. But first to the semifinal versus Croatia, who found the antidote to the Poisoners.

Everton's Jordan Pickford
in top form for England
The Guardian was as overjoyed as anyone with the win, but an insightful report from Daniel Taylor also cautioned: "If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that, yes, England will need to play with more finesse if they really are to harbour the most serious of ambitions in this tournament. They will have to pass the ball with greater efficiency and maybe, in possession, show a touch more arrogance, in the manner of a side that really believes they can do it. France, for example."

So the the huge showdown on Wednesday is Croatia vs England, following on from Tuesday's France vs Belgium.

Oh, and well done to England women's cricket team on their runaway one day international victory over New Zealand, while we're on the nationalist tip.


The Spur's World Cup [Quarter-final match-ups above]
Spurs players spot kick their way to triumph
Spurs boast Alli, Trippier, Kane, Dier, Rose for Eng., Sanchez for Col.
July 03, 2018 (World Cup 2018)
England 1
Colombia 1
match highlights
Moscow, Russia. by Rob Francis

PENALTY SHOOT OUT: Uh oh. Here we go again, England....... [intense moments].... Tottenham players execute incredible spot kicks -- Eric Dier kills 'em off, Harry and Kieran also score!

Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur and England! Absolute joy. Amazing. Well played, lads! Special extra mention to the incredible penalty save by Everton's Jordan Pickford [the keeper turned down by next door neighbors Liverpool FC before joining the Toffees two years later from Sunderland for GBP30m].

Final 15 min segment: Come on you Spurs, I mean, England. This right now doesn't look great for England, who look deflated. One thing is the Spurs players did a great job bouncing back from adversity this last season, so maybe the Tottenham players can inspire the other clubs' players to turn this around. An "emotional mangle" says the Scottish commentator.

Vardy gets a shot in but not a problem for Colombia's keeper. England seem a bit lost now. Right now I'd say 60%-40% win probability in favor of Colombia. That said, Danny Rose almost scored!

Additional 30 mins of play: Spot kicks here we come. Guardian in-play: "You know who's lovin' this. Sweden. That's who's lovin' this." Momentum is dramatically with the south Americans. England manager gambled on taking the flair of Alli off for the hoped for stability of Dier. A gamble that didn't pay off but all is not lost, but we've been driven back to Dunkirk at this point.

Are we going to bring on another Spur in the form of Danny Rose? Yes. How often do Spurs players practice penalty kicks? We'll soon find out.

Even Falcao has come out of a deep coma for Colombia and that's bad news. Right now, if he comes fully alive we're burned.

Second half is done. A penalty from Kane puts Inglaterra in the driver's seat.

Colombia want to play rough, THFC's Kieran Trippier happy to oblige. Guardian in-play: "Colombia are putting on some pressure but their lack of a high-calibre final ball is plain. They are missing Rodriguez badly."

Spur for Spur: Eric Dier replaces Dele Alli. Cuadrado breaks free from former Spur Kyle Walker but balloons way over the crossbar. Their golden chance just happened. Hopefully the last one from these thugs, but there'll be more of both foul play and a chance or two, no doubt. Bye bye Colombia. Don't come back soon. Good luck with your newly elected Trumpesque populist government. Keep the drugs coming for the Republicans.

F*** it. They just scored from a corner! In stoppage time.

First half highlight: Tottenham pair Trippier with the deep run and cross, and Kane with the header, give Colombia a scare about 15 mins in. No score at half time.


Oh wow. Did you see Japan vs Belgium?

Oh wow. Belgium and Japan in match of the tourney? Which, on the subject of Japan, makes me grateful I'm a dual American citizen by not being Japanese, because they won't allow it. There's a move, especially by younger Japanese or spouses thereof, to try to get their homeland to get with the program in this era of cosmopolitanism. Since the Japanese population is dwindling by not reproducing, sheer necessity may prod them into the brave new world, better sooner than later.

Meanwhile, the match is over. Japan, two goals up, lose 2:3. Despite a series of amazing quick reaction saves from the sometimes erratic Japanese goalkeeper, star studded Belgium powered back -- just in time -- with the winning goal from ex-Spur Nacer Chadli. So Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen [who also scored] live to fight another day. The announcer/DJ seemed to like Gala's "Freed from desire" as the musical way to celebrate, but I thought she was Italian-NewYorker, if that matters. Oh wait, it went to #1 in Belgium.

With world class players including Manchester City's De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, Manchester United's Lukaku, and Chelsea's Eden Hazard, alongside THFC's contingent of Belgians [which also includes the hugely popular midfielder Mousa Dembele], I had them pegged as the dark horse winner of the World Cup. But perceived as a small and unglamorous country, with perhaps only techno and trance fans recognizing the amazingness of its citizens, this thrilling win is getting them the attention they deserved a lot earlier. Sorry to lose Japan, though.

More reaction soon.

Was the goal that majorly helped France beat Argentina [to go thru to the quarter-finals] perhaps the best goal of the tournament? Well, of course there have been some absolute crackers and otherwise wondrous goals to behold, but this is gonna be a lot of people's pick so far. Benjamin Pavard unleashes a stunner and he's one of the new heroes of the French [although of course Kylian Mbappe's amazing game for Les Bleus garnered even more media hype]. France seems to have a pipeline of many up-'n-coming talents and that bodes very well for the nation's futbol future, even as so many of the other national giants of the game [Spain, Argentina, and Germany to name but three] have fallen by the wayside before even the quarter-finals, with Italy failing to even qualify.

Just caught the last 15 minutes of Argentina's thrilling late win over Nigeria. It'll be a heck of match-up against France in the start of the knockout stages. What a winning goal from Marcos Rojo in almost the last few minutes. Along with Mexico's unexpected win over Germany, these have been the two most atmospheric moments of the World Cup so far, admittedly I haven't been able to watch it all.

From a Tottenham Hotspur viewpoint, the sensational Hueng-min Son goal wasn't enough to keep South Korea alive but it shows, yet again, the explosive talent of this player, who unfortunately has national conscription looming which could shatter his career.

The other highlights for Spurs include the success of England and Belgium in the group stages with both national sides incorporating key players who ply their club trade for Tottenham. Also, France thru to the round of 16 everyone is talking about, with THFC's Hugo Lloris in goal. Lionel Messi knows it's gonna be tough to get one past him.

2018/19: Spurs KO vs Geordies, Fulham & Utd

Tottenham Hotspur's new fixture list is interesting, but does the side keep having to traipse up to Geordieland to get into the August new season groove? Apparently so. Still, it's not Everton again.

A "home" opener with Fulham at Wembley follows [so much for the fond farewells], and then a massive showdown at Manchester United.

So we gotta wait until hosting Liverpool on Sat, Sept 15, that's when history will be made as legions of lucky THFC supporters will experience the club's first ever appearance at the "new White Hart Lane". Sounds like a plan.


Spurs players in World Cup 2018

Twelve Tottenham Hotspur players are expected to play in World Cup 2018 according to Oli Stein, Spurs fan and American rules football player, at Realsport.com, identifying these six as the ones to watch: Christian Eriksen [Denmark], Harry Kane [England], Dele Alli [England], Toby Alderweireld [Belgium], Heung-min Son [S Korea], and Jan Vertonghen [Belgium].

The Ringer reminds us of why club football is far more compelling than the World Cup to those of us who follow the game on an ongoing basis, whilst still tuning into the international scene if only for this tournament and the UEFA European Championship [next one starts Friday, June 12, 2020 if anyone is still around and not overly glowing from radioactive fallout].


The Spur's Big Match
It's all gone bonkers at Wembley
Spectacular farewell to a year in NW London
Sun, May 13, 2018 @ 7am Pac/USA (Ssn 20017/18)
Tottenham Hotspur 5
Leicester City 4
FINAL SCORE. US TV: Bravo. Radio: BBC London

Just as it was turning into the Erik Lamela show -- a brace [coulda been a hat trick but one deemed an own goal], a keystone cops punch-up, he's really saved it all up for this one match, the final game of the season, but then Leicester equalize. But woh hoh, Harry Kane scores a wonder goal -- 5 effing 4!

What a sensational way to say goodbye to the national stadium at Wembley.

Very early second half sees Erik Lamela get a brace for the Lilywhites along with an LCFC own goal so it's 4:3 in a goalfest that's got the fans munching popcorn.

Amazing stuff as Spurs, who trailed at the half, storm back to ignite our last game at Wembley before returning to "true norf" London and a brand new White Hart Lane, transformed from a pwopa bricks 'n mortar ground to a futuristic 21st century glass, steel, and sleek panelled stadium. Hugo Lloris pulls off a Jennings-class save to keep the Cockerels ahead.

Spurs are of course already guaranteed a place in Europe's biggest competition next season, but Chelsea are getting tonked at Newcastle and will not be playing Euro champs football. Great day even though Man U, Arsenal, 'Pool and West Ham, all the clubs we don't like, are winning [apart from Chelsea's disintegration, which outweighs all the other stuff].

Swans down.

Preview: Spurs lost the reverse fixture at Leicester as they feasted on the Cockerals. Erik Lamela's long awaited introduction from injury raised this game to fever pitch as Spurs finally kicked in and started playing some quality football, but it was too little too late.

It was another bad day at the Prem office for the north London side.

The Foxes were left in charge of the hen coop and ate up the opportunity. This is a long way from the six-one walloping Spurs dished out at the King Power stadium last Spring.

Mahrez and Vardy were back to their title winning best for Leicester City who, against most other opponents this season have looked well below their potential.

By contrast, Spurs were outplayed by a hungrier side and failed to successfully press the opposition -- the Foxes broke loose too easily.

The Foxes closed down most of Tottenham's efforts to construct anything useful.

Eriksen seemed to have disappointingly reverted to aiming set pieces to the opponents' first man defending, which won't help, but the player does have a great way of releasing teammates for opportunities in open play, but none were capitalized on so far.

The only encouraging thing for THFC was our away support remained loyal and vociferous.

Elsewhere Man Utd looked like the Devils of old, which didn't help us, and the other big clubs also mostly won their games, usually convincingly.


The Spur's Premier action
Spurs London's #1
Eriksen stunner equalizes + Alli brace
April 1, 2018 (Ssn 2017/18)
Blue Racists 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Stamford Bridge highlights
US online live: Fubo, etc TV = NBCSN; by Rob Francis.

Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur. Another voodoo jinx is shattered as Spurs gain their first win at Stamford Bridge in prem history with three gloriously executed goals. So eight points between us and CFC makes this triumph a gargantuan step towards securing champions league football, with Chelsea likely to join Arsenal in missing out.

Beyond that, the #1 club in London is now undisputedly THFC. Chelsea have an easier road to the Cup Final by playing struggling Southampton, but we are still in with a great shout to win that, and today's league result reflects there's already a new club ruling the roost in the capital's proud league pecking order.

Wow. Son off for Kane? Son playing superbly, helped create the second goal by sheer persistence, and Harry by contrast hardly recovered from injury -- let's hope this works out. In Poch we trust.

Some stellar defending by Vertonghen and Sanchez among others to keep the two goal lead and weather a CFC response, but now just minutes remaining.

Interval over and Spurs out of the gate in style, two brilliant goals for an Alli brace put the Lilywhites three-one up. Eric Dier's feed thru the middle is high but Alli controls the bounce and slots it goalward, two top shelf goals by the north Londoners to add to Christian's first phenom.

The third goal showed Tottenham's never say die attitude, especially Son and Dele, and their greater desire than the home side, battering Chelsea from close range in a penalty area melee that finally brings reward, creating a two goal cushion that may be a bridge too far for the hated Blues.

Equalizer. Wot a gole! An Eriksen classic, far out, hit to rise over the keeper with some wicked spin to bring it sharply down and under the bar. Half time 1-1.

11th min, first real chance as Alli heads wide, under pressure, from an Eriksen cross. Spurs looking good so far, outperforming the racists.

1st half in progress. Can Spurs win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in the premier league, or since 1990?

Pre-match: We've got the Blue Racists in both the FA Cup in the Final [after beating ManUre of course] and, more imminently, away in the Premier league this Sunday.

Chelsea are not doing so well this season having long ago surrendered the champions crown to the other foreign money pile Manchester City. Worse for them, they're in the dogfight for a top four spot with the rest of us. No Euro Champs league for either of us would be unthinkable, but Man Utd and Liverpool also feel the same way, so something's gotta give.

Prior to playing the Pensioners at our "home" game at Wembley earlier this season the media was all over them for their awful start to the season and yet they still beat Spurs to apparently end their one game, uh, "crisis".

Many Spurs fans like myself actually dislike [this site has mellowed] Chelsea as opponents more than even Arsenal, partly for historical terrace mayhem reasons, partly because they now seem more like an offshore bank than a proper football club, but even more for being synonymous with the old school pre-alt-right National Front.

They're usually a tough nut for us to crack and even to get a point there would be amazing. That said we reaaly are well good these days so you can't help being secretly optimistic, it's just not the Spurs way to be cocky, despite our mascot, and we are still not used to being this good after decades of mediocrity.

You-tuber Newcastle supporter True Geordie pointed out, a while ago, that Chelsea vs Spurs has grown beyond the local London derby rivalry between the two clubs into one of the mega match-ups of the league season for neutrals and other clubs' supporters.

Please check back for more as the week unfolds towards a massive fixture that'll be consumed globally with great interest.

MAN OF THE MATCH: To be decided. To be decided. To be decided. To be decided. To be decided. To be decided. To be decided. To be decided.


The Spur's FA Cup
Spurs nab FA Cup Semifinal spot
Trophy opportunity beckons
US TV, various online
March 17, 2018 (Ssn 2017/18)
Swansea City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 3

Verdict: A consummate victory for Tottenham Hotspur. Lamela and Eriksen showed great understanding as they combined to create the first goal, with a strong finish from the Danish midfielder dispatched from just in front of the penalty area.

Lamela turned from provider to scorer for the second and again his deft skills were on display for all to see. Worries that his previous injury had robbed him of his talent proved, thankfully, unfounded.

Spurs added the final goal in the 2nd half with stellar and unselfish work from Lucas Moura to provide Eriksen with his brace. Very nice goal as well.

Second half: Swansea only had one effort in the 1st half which wasn't even on target but holy **** did they unleash a cracker about a minute into the 2nd half calling for a double-save from Dutch keeper Michel Vorm.

But things soon got worse for the struggling Swans as Eriksen buries another A-grade goal to put THFC three up and now a brace for Christian and counting.

First half: Watching on delay about five hours later we've reached half-time and Spurs in complete control with two quality goals [and Lamela was one of 'em] and proof yet again that the cliche of Spurs=Kane is not true, once again adding that Harry Kane is a world class player, and not just a great goalscorer and striker but all round team player. Right, that's that sorted. Now let's enjoy the 2nd half, just don't go Spursy on us!

Pre match: Tottenham Hotspur have shown they're not a one man team so, although it's a massive blow to be without Harry Kane for this and future matches, they've got so much talent all over the park it's not disastrous.

The real danger for the London visitors to the Liberty Stadium is their manager Carlos Carvalhal because he's turned the Swans from bottom of the table no-hopers to 14th in the table [prior to this weekend's action] and among the less likely of the many relegation fight candidates to go down. Along the way he's picked up some stunning Premier league results including wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.
Spurs have never played Swansea before in the FA Cup  
Fun fact

Previously, in the league game in Wales, Swansea's few chances came around the middle of the second half with a spell of serious pressure, but a sublime Spurs second goal, with a laser guided cross dug out by Harry Kane and served, as if on a plate, to Dele Alli, whose second attempt to capitalize found the Swansea net. The vociferous travelling Tottenham fans behind that goal, having endured monsoon-like conditions along with the locals, erupted in delight.

We've got a great record against The Swans and that has continued so far in the league this season. One issue of concern in the away Prem game against them was the inability of some of the Spurs players to stay onside at crucial moments.

But when you win with such a classy second goal in such lousy weather, it was not a time to be overly critical, but of course Harry won't be there to dig for us this time. It's down to the rest of our global talent.

Planet Swans forum


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs bite Cherries
Tottenham at their Sunday best
AFCB tend to
get tonked
by THFC

Bournemouth 1
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Sun, March 11, 2017 (Ssn 20017/18)
US online: includes Fubo, & on TV, NBC highlights

Chelsea next and Tottenham Hotspur, after a sluggish first half, ripped and roared back into action in the 2nd half to KO the chipper Cherries.

"Nice one Sonny, nice one Son, nice one Sonny, let's 'av anuvva one!"

Speedy recovery to Harry Kane, injured. But THFC showed they're not a one man team and went on to score four without him. But obviously we need Harry Hotspur for Chelsea and beyond, it's down to the wire time as the season hits the home straight.

More updates soon and a look forward to upcoming matches.

Pre-match: A scintillating Sunday menu of televised/online football starts with watching Watford go to Arsenal for a hoped for shock victory [6.25 Pacific time USA] -- they did win the reverse fixture I recall -- then the big one as the lovable Lilywhites take it to the south coast to face Bournemouth, with US coverage starting at 8.55am Pacific time USA, topped with the "pride of the Canaries" Las Palmas triumphantly hosting Villareal, all washed down with an afternoon Inter victory over never-say-die Napoli. Lots of fitba.

In the reverse fixture played last October the Bournemouth manager fumed over Spurs scoring the lone goal with what he considered the only time Spurs "got in", with Christian Eriksen scoring in masterful style.

Meanwhile Hugo Lloris was called upon to make a couple of top shelf saves as Spurs struggled but just about succeeded in getting all the points.

But here we are with another crucial tussle, televised live and online in the USA, and in front of a sold out south coast semi-traditional ground.

Spurs of course are desperate for a Top 4 place to return to the Champions league next term, while the Cherries need a point or three to stay sufficiently above their relegation haunted competitors.

BBC Football's Lawro predicts an 0:2 win for THFC: "They can take out their sense of injustice [at the tough loss to Juventus midweek] on Bournemouth, who I fear might face a bit of a backlash here."

Guardian football: "Bournemouth become the first team to take on a wounded Tottenham who are nevertheless undefeated in 11 league games and desperate to take another step towards qualifying for the Champions League for the third season in a row."

NBC Sports you-tube match preview and a Victor Wanyama goal to inspire us.


European Champions League 2017/18
1st Leg
was 2:2
2 Amazing sides, only 1 could go thru
Rob Francis reacting
Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 Juventus
March 07, 2018
Can Spurs eliminate Juventus?

Well somehow my entire reaction to this huge match got accidentally deleted somewhere in the blogosphere never to be retrieved.

Since I can't rewrite that masterpiece owing to time constraints, I'll get to the gist of it with a bullet point summary:

* Another amazing leg against Juventus full of dramatic twists and turns.

* The more experienced side won. Both teams were great to watch but you have to give it to the Italian side, brilliantly coached, talented players playing superbly as individuals and as a unit.

* Spurs can be very proud of both performances against Juventus. It shows that Poch has done an outstanding job in putting Tottenham Hotspur on the modern world map.

* We absolutely need to get back into the Champs league and so making Top 4 in the Prem is essential.

* We have been told that unless we win a trophy it will split up the team and lose us our world class manager. Actually, Top 4 is more important. But winning the FA Cup would be immense, too. Let's do both!

I'm not pushing my luck and adding more right now because time's run out and I just blew my afternoon tea-break on the previous masterpiece.

More soon. The season goes on.

Pre-match: It's the big one to decide whether Spurs go thru to the next round which would be a giant step towards an unbelievable ultimate possibility: a Champions League final.

Still a few steps left, a win "only" gets us into the quarter-finals, but we're now center-stage again and in the global spotlight. Few real fans of the game will dismiss us as also-rans if we knock out this Italian club football colossus who boast such sweeping recent domestic success.

We're in a strong position.... theoretically. Seriously, two away goals at the Allianz stadium in a 2:2 draw is a brilliant achievement in itself. Of course, that alone is not enough. But it forces Juventus to take the initiative, to take risks, and Tottenham can be impressive on the counter. Could go either way, but it's ours to win, for sure.

In the first-leg we saw a tremendous show of resilience and self-confidence from the Spurs side after getting shellshocked by a snappy two goals in nine opening minutes from Juventus which had their fans in raucous mood.

The Allianz stadium got gradually quieter as Kane pulled one back with a super run around the keeper after an Alli feed followed by a magnificent free kick from Christian Eriksen, interspersed with a Juve spot kick miss and a penalty denied Spurs when Kane was upended. By the end, it was only the traveling Spurs fans that were making noise.

Juve fans were stunned not just by THFC's comeback but by the way we grew into owning this match on their patch with 67% possession, outshooting them 12 to 9, and more shots on target than them. Very impressive. Juventus tactics explained.


FA Cup 2017/18
Another win to
crow about
Six of the best for Spurs [Final]
NeVAR again? How not to use technology
Tottenham H. 6 Rochdale 1 [Cup replay]
Wed Feb 28, 2018, USTV=Fox sports 1; Online=Fubo etc. Rob F reacting.

Second Half: Well I got busy at work so I just learned we got a sixth goal. Double wow. Since I have to leave again that's all for now, but brilliant win in unbelievable deep winter conditions, and more reactions to this, plus looking forward to the next game, very soon.

Soon after the break Spurs go ahead, but Llorente doesn't stop there, notches a rapid hat trick. Hueng-min Son making so much happen -- they surely share man of the match award -- and then Son scores from a Lamela pass with Moura also involved to make it five. Wow.

First Half: Overall certain aspects of video recall to make decisions is a great and overdue idea, but the long and frequent delays of the first half in this snow blizzard of a match means there's work to do to get it right.

Technically it looked like the Ref/VAR combo got the decisions right. But this was all a bit farcical, taking way too long, and now the crowd cheers replays not goals. Seems weird.

Spurs went ahead with Son but Dale equalized. Earlier, Tottenham had a goal disallowed.

More soon.

Pre-match: Since the drawn FA Cup match at Rochdale, the Greater Manchester side have continued to struggle in League One and only a brave human would bet money on them avoiding the drop. They drew 0:0 at home to Milton Keynes and lost by the only goal at Wigan [yes, the team that beat Man City also in the FA Cup].

It's truly hard to believe how well they did against us at Spotland given their dismal results in the league. The FA Cup still does retain its magic because this sort of stuff still happens reasonably often to keep the romance of the underdog alive, which is the main surviving justification for the knockout contest's existence.

The final score was of course 2:2 in the original game at their ground.

An amazing late equalizer for Dale from Steve Davies who pivoted and found the pocket with a crackerjack to stun Spurs and earned the relegation bound League One side another payday with a replay trip to Wembley.

Alli added to the diving controversy surrounding the club [a bit unfair as most of the accusers support clubs that also have dodgy records in this department] as Spurs feasted on a technical ["soft"] foul in the box with Harry Kane blasting in from the spot.

Earlier, THFC's equalizer came as Llorente fed Lucas Moura, making his first starting debut for Spurs, to equalize soon after the break. "You can hear the Spurs fans and what it means to them," wrote Chris Sutton.

There had been very few clear cut chances in the first half for either side although it was a compelling and absorbing David-Goliath Cup clash. The best move by far led to Dale's goal from Ian Henderson, a Bury St. Edmunds native who was on the verge of quitting football, just before the interval.


Hot Spur
Harry is
yet again
the difference
Spurs head and shoulders above Arsenal
Harry nods real north London to victory over Woolwich
Tottenham Hotspur 1:0 Arsenal
BT Sport postmatch discussion

Match reaction: Such a critical game and with that win Tottenham's chances of finishing top four massively increased mainly because Arsenal are all but eliminated from the running in the quest for a champions league place [though they could get in by winning the Europa league].

It's an amazing era when you watch Spurs against Arsenal and you can see the Lilywhites are the better team: superior players, better coached, momentum on their side, new stadium that will makes theirs the best, it's all there.

In fairness to Arsenal, when they're on their game you still have admire Wenger for making them a world renowned club that can be electric to watch, but as this match suggests, Spurs are claiming that territory and the balance has shifted notably in Tottenham's favor.

But to keep it in perspective Arsenal outplayed us in their home North London derby match and the balance of power is still not too uneven. Bu for now, the Lilywhites have the north London crown. We owned the second half of this match. The moments of magic both individually and collectively came from the men in the white shirts.

Second half: Two late golden chances for Lacazette go begging, seconds left. IT'S OVER, GAME WON!

Yikes, Dele Alli with a great chance, got too excited, it rolls wide. Eventually he gets subbed to loud applause from the 'Whites faithful. Wanyama on. About 6 mins to go.

68th minute a rare Arsenal opportunity with a long power shot from Wilshere well saved by Lloris. At the other end Son skies an opportunity to be subbed by Lamela. While on, Son was a handful, lots of creating.

62nd minute and it's been virtually al Spurs in the 2nd half so far. Dembele a beast in midfield.

Off we go with the reverse half, and around 5 mins into it, a cross from Ben Davies goes in for Harry Kane, up he goes towering above the gooner defenders, and in it goes. Sensational. Moments later the England striker misses a great opportunity to make it two, and then almost another. Could be three in the space of three minutes. And now a Christian Eriksen free-kick forces a good save from Cech.

First half: Half time. Scoreless but Spurs looking good overall, creating some chances, Hueng-min Son always busy, always a potential game changer, exploiting the left flank wherever possible. Spurs have also gone down the right with feeds to Trippier but so far none of this has added up to the elusive goal or rarely a genuine goal-scoring opportunity.

Harry Kane came closest with a header but the ball was delivered a bit high and he couldn't nod it down on target.

Good stuff, pretty even with THFC having the edge, but Arsenal show occassional signs of clicking and they can create winning goals when needed, so Tottenham must find a way to more effectively pierce the fairly resilient red armor.

Pre-match: As we know the days of Arsenal regularly bossing the north London derby have been over for a while, but some could argue that playing at Wembley is closer to a neutral venue than a real Spurs home game, especially when you consider the old partisan White Hart Lane with the Lilywhite faithful breathing down gooner necks and informing them in no uncertain terms the low regard in which they are held.

In NL derby games at the Lane, you could actually see by their body language that many of their players, especially the foreign imports, simply did not want to be in Spursland for that kind of roasting with the fans so close. To a lesser degree, the home fan advantage in a proper old fashioned ground could arguably have been one explanation for Tottenham's own bereft contribution to most of their Cup game at Newport's Rodney Parade recently.

But the good news remains that if we're firing on all cylinders, there's every possibility of a crucially important "six pointer" win on Saturday as both teams vie for a top four place.

In the reverse fixture played at the Emirates earlier this season Arsenal cheated their way to a two nil win.

Arsenal got a free kick for a non-existent shirt pull "seen" by the ref that our Davinson Sanchez never did. From that free-kick they scored with an offside goal. That's all you need to know about those cheating *****, just like American Republicans. **** 'em.

No wonder the chant of "Same old Arsenal, always cheating!" rings out at every stadium in the Premier league where the slime play.

Harry was clearly not fully ready for that early return from injury but he did manage a decent on-target header. Other Spurs players were also below par.

However, amazingly enough, I think there were positives to be noted from that disappointing result. The overall level of play from the current squad, even on a bad day, is still higher and more consistently good in these last three seasons than at any time in at least a decade or so before Poch.


Spurs win so
it's Rochdale next
The Spur's FA Cup
Spurs ease thru to 5th round
Full time
Rob Francis reacting
Feb 07, 2018 (Ssn 2017/18)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Newport County 0

Second half & Reactions: The real story was the first half. Spurs guide the match safely to victory without any trouble. County make some much needed money from their terrific FA Cup run.

The Lilywhites prepare for some daunting upcoming games against Arsenal and Juventus, along with the next banana skin in the FA Cup at Rochdale, but a great chance to go deep into this season's FA Cup and possibly win it, who knows.

First half: Spurs were struggling until a County defender deflected a Sissoko cross into his own net and that turned the tide.

Spurs could have gone two up when Fernando Llorente supplied a sublime through pass to Hueng-min Son which was dispatched narrowly wide, but it was a sign that Spurs were taking control and that County had perhaps missed their early narrow window of opportunity.

The actual second goal was a beaut and showed a nice build up involving several Spurs players interacting seamlessly together culminating in a Hueng-min pass to Erik Lamela, who had a scorcher saved moments before, whose pinpoint shot left County no chance. Loco Coco is back, pop pickers. Two-nil going into the break.
Alderweireld & Rose returned from injury for Spurs  
BBC Football

Preview: Another theoretically kind draw sees tonight's winner basking in the glory of a visit to Rochdale and another pwopa though somewhat bedraggled old school ground.

The moment that mattered in the match at the Rodney Parade ground in Newport [Wales] was Kane's tap-in from a corner kick, deflected brilliantly by Hueng-min Son, to save major embarrassment for the lackluster Lilywhites. "Newport are on their way to Wembley, Tottenham's gonna do it again" [only hopefully better, and win].

Newport did the opposite of parking the bus, they totally went for it, and not only managed a draw but got so close to winning. They deserve massive credit even though this was close to being deeply embarrassing, even distressing probably for those that don't meditate.

Newport County forum.

When Newport County died [the original club].


The Spur's Prem
Spurs 1:1 West Ham
Spurs late equalizer saves blushes
January 04, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1
West Ham Utd 1
USA live tv/web. Latest update on new stadium.

Two brilliant high energy strikers' drives into the top corners of each goal, first from West Ham [albeit a midfielder] and then fourteen minutes later from Hueng-min Son, also a crackerjack video reel golazo, illuminated a scrappy, frenetic derby in rain-soaked north-west London.

West Ham parked the bus and for them it worked: one shot on goal and only 29% possession. David Moyes' anti-football left Spurs to try to do the entertaining, but we don't yet have the knack of our London neighbours Chelsea and Arsenal who can usually pull out a squeaked victory against negative visitors when really needed.

But for West Ham, unbeaten in three away league matches now apparently, Moyes has stopped the rot and they seem set more for mid-table than relegation since his arrival as manager.

Pre-match: In our previous home encounter with the Spam this season, for a League Cup fixture, we blew a two-nil lead to get taken down 2:3. "They won their Cup Final" was our headline and now it's time for them to try win another. Two cup finals in one season for them, eh? Our generosity knows no bounds. Or hopefully it does, because it's never pleasant to lose to the knuckle draggers.

But with only one day off between matches, the gods conspired to make life tough for Tottenham Hotspur. Some bleat on about how rotation solves that problem. I don't think anybody needs to explain why that theory is a load of bollocks.


The Spur's Premiership
Harry the hat trick
Final at Turf Moor
Dec 23, 2017
Burnley 0
Tottenham H. 3
Rob Francis reacting.

Second half:Ball from Dele Alli and Harry Kane, in sensational form, scores his hat trick.

Spurs dominating and Harry Kane, one on one with the home keeper, takes his chance and nabs his second. One goal up was a precarious position for THFC so massive relief.

First half: So it's like the old days of the early internet -- radio feed, and Talksport has the goods today, or at least, "Premier league live" via Talksport. Used to be Talksport was way behind the times providing overseas internet programming and match commentaries, but seems like now they are the leaders. Better late than never. Cheers.

I could find a liberated video feed if I had the time and my main computer, but I'm multi-tasking today and that ain't gonna happen.

Thankfully the Spurs vs Southampton match on Tuesday is available online in glorious technicolor and high definition so normal service will soon be restored and I'll be watching Fubo's online feed.

I did get to watch Everton vs Chelsea out of the corner of my eye, while working on a property upgrade even so close to Xmas, the joys of being self-employed, and somehow the Toffees managed to hold Chelsea to a no score draw.

Yesterday's Arsenal vs Liverpool match was one of the best of the season so far. I settled in to watch Liverpool hopefully sink the gooners and it was a rollercoaster ride of amazing proportions. Good advert for the game.

Spurs are a goal up and Burnley haven't been a threat so far. Dele Alli fouled and a "soft" penalty, according to Talksport, converted by Harry Kane.

Pre-match: First time this season that there's no officially available online video feed of the match where I am today. In other parts of North America today there are both English and Spanish language TV/online feeds. So it's all down to local "rights".


European Champions League 2017/18
Real
Madrid
Glory Glory night
3:1 to Spurs, who go thru to KO stage
Tottenham H. vs Real Madrid 3:1
November 1, 2017
Live on SlingTV, Fubo, etc.

Second Half: It's all over. We beat the world's greatest team, or at least they were, 'til Poch-powered Tottenham arrived on the scene.

Now let's not lose at home to Palace this weekend. Seriously though, it's great to be able to focus on the Prem without the pressure of the Euro Champs league temporarily off. But there's not much time to recuperate and with Toby hamstrung that doesn't help.

But for now, and forever, it's a massive result and the real edge of the seat stuff begins when we trot out for the knockout stage knowing that from then onward it's do or die, in a competition where we could actually get to the final -- on present form.

Uh oh. Ronaldo gets one back, 10 mins to go. Nail-biter special as of now.

On a plate for Alli to get his hat trick but couldn't get the right head to it, but the classic old "Grand old team to play for" song goes up.

Amazing third goal, Kane unselfishly feeds Eriksen who blasts in the third. Spurs on the way to qualifying for the KO stages tonight. Almost done and dusted, lads....

Dare I ask it? #1 team in the world? To do is to dare and to dare is to do, and the Lilywhites dared to.... well.... do.

Alli nabs his brace, and a lucky deflection doesn't lessen the fact that's Alli ducking and diving between the Madrid defence was a world class player in full poetic motion.

First Half: Oh what a nice goal. Winks with a great long ball to find Trippier, marauding along the right hand side, who centers to Alli who prods home despite being flanked on either side by Real defenders. There were probable offsides by Tripper and Alli when Winks launched upfield, bound to be a talking point especially by Madrid fans.

Meanwhile at the other end the Spanish megaclub have had some chances to prize open the THFC defence, and no question Real will create plenty more danger as the game unfolds [looks like they're trying to replicate the Man Utd winner last weekend] but so far the sometimes breathtaking talents of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema & Co, whilst evident, have not yet been enough to beat Hugo Lloris.

It's mesmerizing stuff, this one. This is oppo that doesn't mess around, but Spurs look well up for it.

Pre-match: Drawing at THFC and then tonking 'Pool got us all flying but it's been unfruitful after that with elimination from the League Cup at home to West Ham, and then a narrow league loss at ManUre.

But Real Madrid at Wembley is a match to get the excitement and adrenalin flowing again and this is not a multi-tasker appointment, this is glued to the screen stuff.

A draw at the Bernabeu was a fantastic achievement. It was a test of where we're at currently when it comes to really big ones, and we now know that there's no reason to think that we can't mix it with the best of them.

As the Guardian points out: "While it's true that Tottenham just need three more points [to go thru to the KO stage], the first opportunity to get them comes against the European champions. These are the occasions that the champions of Spain live for."

And don't forget.... we've got Sissoko.


The Spur's Premiership
Martial lore
Spurs denied a result at Old Trafford
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 (Ssn 20017/18)
Manchester United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Old Trafford

Tottenham Hotspur will be accused of over dependence on Harry Kane after this one, but as The Guardian points out "Even without Harry Kane, Tottenham held the upper hand for much of this closely contested game, though Manchester United are no mugs under Jose Mourinho and they stuck grimly to their task to pick up an important win" and "in the nick of time United came up with a textbook route-one winner to confound their opponents."

It was a jammy one at that, as the BBC tells of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho referring to Anthony Martial's winner as a "bad shot that was genius". Martial may be entering Red Devils folklore labeled as the luckiest sod in soccer.

After the West Ham game it leaves Spurs on a rollercoaster from the previous high roll of results to what we hope is now the lowest depths of this cycle with losses to West Ham in the League Cup after being two ahead, and now this one, destined to be a creditable away draw at Old Trafford, never to be sniffed at, but crashing and burning at the last.

To be honest it's well tiresome losing at Old Trafford. On the plus side, last year in this fixture we were outplayed and outclassed in the one-nil loss. We were not this time. But boxing points aren't awarded for this improvement. Had I been there, I would have started a chant "if it wasn't for Harry Kane you'd be dead" but like many chants it's not necessarily a completely accurate reflection of reality.

Pre-match: Writing this about five hours before kick-off with the possibility, nay certitude if the UK media ain't BS-ing, of Harry Kane not yet match fit.

Excerpt from The Guardian's preview of today's game: "The loss of Harry Kane is a blow for Tottenham and a huge boost for Manchester United. As Manchester City are five points ahead of United and Spurs, second and third respectively, a draw is surely undesirable and given the loss of Spurs' star striker the onus is on Jose Mourinho's men to go for the win. Considering Mourinho's use of cat-and-mouse tactics it remains to be seen if he will instruct his side to do so."

In the corresponding fixture last season The Spur wrote: "I gotta hand it to Mourinho -- I was wrong. He may be the right person for United. They only waited for this game to kick in, and in the process made Spurs look decidedly second best. What looks on paper like a narrow one-nil home victory was in fact a clinical outmaneuvering. I dread to think of life without Alderweireld.

"I can only recall one real chance for us, when Wanyama failed to convert. Other than that, United closed us down, meanwhile playing a convincing passing game with an understanding, cohesion, energy and penetration that by contrast was glaringly lacking in Poch's crew."

Meanwile, in a thriller last weekend a global audience watched Huddersfield defeat Man Utd, but now the Devils have the home advantage and will relish a pop at Spurs with Kane out of the picture.


The Spur's Premiership
Park the bus, Jacks
All aboard the
special to Wembley
for another
home match

Premier hoodoo woes continue for Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Swansea City 0
Live on NBC
Sat, Sept 16, 2017

Rob Francis got to understand a little Portuguese but was multi-tasking, as from early doors the game had nil-nil written all over it. A bunch of Welshman known collectively as the Jacks used Wembley to park their bus for a weekend in London. And they didn't even need a jack to change the tyres. It gave us something to do.

I thought it would be, every time at home, that the visitors would play as if it was their Cup final, a chance to shine. That notion was a little too romantic and totally underestimated the esteem in which Tottenham's current side are held by the likes of Swansea. Apart from the lavishly funded "super-clubs" of ill-gotten gain and fame, like Chelsea for example, the rest will be using the national stadium as a bus park.

Meanwhile Spurs remain the Premiership hoodoo gurus of the home turf.

I'll watch the day's prem highlights when BBC's Match of the day comes on, but I'm guessing they'll shift thru this one as quickly and painlessly as possible, but maybe I missed some exciting moments that might have translated better in Englgish, sorry, English, than they did in Portuguese. The program will have added interest for me because I only know one other result so far -- watched a bit of Burnley nabbing a point at Liverpool -- so that gives me hope that maybe some other upsets may have happened too.

Pre-match

The Guardian: "Tottenham are flying after burying their Wembley jinx in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund while Swansea City have been gripped by introspection following their failure to perform against Newcastle United. Paul Clement can take heart from how his team have played away from home of late. He knows he needs something special."

Cartilage Free Captain: "The smart money is on Spurs, but there's a bit of hope for Swansea. It will come to nothing. 2-0 Spurs."

Sportsmole.co.uk: "Victory against a talented but profligate Dortmund side, courtesy of a couple of Kane strikes and one from Son Heung-min to open the scoring, was just the second the Lilywhites have claimed at Wembley in 12 attempts stretching back nearly a decade since it opened.

"They must now prove that they can perform in the vast bowl when it comes to league matches as, after losing late on to rivals Chelsea and somehow throwing away two points against Burnley, they cannot afford to slip up in any more of their winnable home games."

Swansea fans forum.


Spurs win seven-one
...plus no champions league for Arsenal
Sun, May 21, 2017
Hull City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 7 [Prem]

END GAME: Spurs were in complete control at Hull. Arsenal as expected beat Everton [who didn't particularly want to help the Reds], but Liverpool FC themselves, reliably crap for much of the game, finally upped their game and stuck three in. Pool's first was a stunner and it spelled curtains for the Gooners, who conceded a penalty but won 3:1, but no champions league spot anyway for AFC because of the Reds win at Anfield.

Meanwhile Citeh slammed the door shut on the Gooners' alternative champs league route by demolishing Watford with an easy runaway result.

And Spurs?: Harry wins the golden boot. THFC were completely dominant on their trip to Hull and back.

Meanwhile MSNBC decided that a bunch of autocratic politicians milling around an air conditioned conference center in Riyadh looking like guilty sheep occasionally bursting into Commanche rain dances was infinitely more entertaining than watching the hottest striker in the world and England's most exciting up and coming young team play at the KCOM. Oh....kay....

We might have been Bernie's team for the day, but MSNBC chickened out to cover the world's most boring and abject display of the usually "angry orange" Trumpenstein groveling at Saudi feet in a posture of such bizarre contrast to his usual huffing and puffing about the crescent menace.

Still, one of the few meaningful matches of the day Liverpool vs Boro was not bumped from one of NBC's other channels, perhaps they couldn't find any Republican Road Rage monster truck pull events in any of the red states in time.

Pre-match: The last game of the season features a Premiership curtain closer between relegated Hull City and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur who were bettered only by the dodgy money launderers of Chelsea.

Fitting that this match was originally slated to be on the so-called "liberal" news and political channel MSNBC, soaring in the ratings, so close to treating its viewers to the wonders of the Prem season's top scorer Harry Kane and world class talents like Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Hueng-min, Victor Wanyama, and a cast of thousands [of traveling Spurs fans].

All of the final round Prem matches will be played at the same time but there isn't much suspense left to be milked, we already know who's won the crown, who's going down, and who the midtable maestros are.

The only thing left to ensure is that Arsenal don't qualify for the the Champions League and though they are likely to beat Everton at home, a Liverpool win at home to Middlesbrough will dash Arsenal's hopes, potentially causing their star players, and their manager, to exit stage left.

Manchester City are also theoretically vulnerable to an Arsenal win but they have a significant goal difference advantage and it's hard to see them getting battered by losing streakers Watford. The Citizens have never lost a Prem game to Watford, who just told their gaffer he's out the door [though whether that helps or hinders their cause is debatable].

So that's where the suspense lies: three clubs vying for just two CL spots, with Arsenal most likely to be the side that gets dumped. Awful shame, Arsenal in the Europa league, a fate worse than death.

Meanwhile Martin Fisher of BBC Football reminds us that "on the final day of last season, Tottenham travelled to an already relegated club and lost 5-1. I very much doubt that lightning will strike twice."

Spurs have a lop sidedly favorable 6-2-1 record against Hull City in Prem meetings.

The one thing going for the Tigers is that their current manager Marco Silva seems to be pulling the side out of its downward spiral and had he been in the job longer the east coast club might have avoided the drop.