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2020-2021 Season: Opening fixtures

Sept 5: Watford (a) [friendly] lost 2:1
Sept 13: Everton (h) lost 0:1
Sept 17: Lokomotiv Plovdiv (a) won 1:2 [Europa Cup qual.]
Sep 20: Southampton (a) won 2:5
Sep 24: Shkendija (a) won 1:3
Sept 27: Newcastle (h) draw 1:1
Sept 29: Chelsea (h) won [on pens] 1:1 [League cup]
Oct 04: Manchester U. (a)
Oct 17: West Ham (h)
Oct 24: Burnley (a)
Oct 31: Brighton (h)
Nov 07: West Bromwich (a)
Nov 21: Manchester C. (h)
Nov 28: Chelsea (a)
Dec 04: Arsenal (h)
Dec 12: Crystal Palace (a)
Dec 16: Liverpool (a)

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Spurs into Quarterfinals!
Lamela takes Spurs to spot kicks
LEAGUE CUP REACTIONS: We're the "Kings of White Hart Lane" -- Spurs win on penalties with a 100% success rate culminating in the ever cool Harry Kane, with Chelsea's Mason Mount fluffing their last one, the only one missed, and their response to Kane who therefore boasts the winner.

SECOND HALF. "Erik Lamela, he's a fine, fine fella!" Yes, Coco controls a peach of a feed from Reguilon and bangs it in for an equalizer. Guardian: "Sergio Reguilon, who put a difficult start to his debut behind him, crossed and when a trio of Chelsea players failed to deal with the ball ... Lamela shot home at the far post." So it's 1:1 and all down to penalties to go thru to the quarter finals of the League Cup. Kwoit excoiting and indeed it proved to be.

Previously, Eric Dier was literally pissing himself, sprinting off for a leak. Oh-kaaaay. Meanwhile the other ten Spurs plod gallantly on in quiet desperation!

FIRST HALF. Chelsea dominating possession and a goal up after 19 mins. Meanwhile the Spurs cyberfans dominating the vocal support, albeit a tight three song rotation at present. Glory Glory Spurs marching toward a swift exit in a brutal fixture jam. Lamela a ball of energy and trying his darndest to get something going up front.

Newcastle draw adds to handball outcry
In the previous fixture, there was the on-field weirdness of a 1:1 home draw with Newcastle United. VAR = great technology, Humans = great at ****** it up and using it for harm, in this case to enforce a bizarre new handball rule that was introduced and proving to be a total disaster.

Spurs win Europa qual #2
One more qualifier to go.
North Macedonia's FC Shkendija gave Spurs a heck of a scare when they equalized with a scorcher, but Son yet again was the hero, scoring a goal and assisting the other two. Highlights. More reactions soon. Spurs play the final qualifier next Thurs home to the middle east mackems: Maccabi Haifa.

Who put the O's in cOvid?
Spurs visit to Leyton nixed
Orient are dealing with a serious Covid infection of a bunch of their players, putting an end to the Tuesday match. There's apparently no specific rule on what happens if this game is cancelled with Tottenham facing a fixture schedule that has no room for reshuffling fixtures in the short term.

The season of unexpected headlines and outcomes just keeps getting more wacky.

Saints 2 Spurs 5
Son superstar. Gareth who?
Kwik reaction: Check back for more reactions, but right now it's jubilation for Tottenham who've put the Hot back into Spur[s] with a convincing, emphatic 2:5 at Southampton and even the Saints second goal, a penalty, was illegitimate.

Magnificent, and oh wow what a turnaround because when Spurs went a goal down [Ings for SFC] after what seemed like a stupendous Kane disallowed goal, the collective "uh oh" from Lilywhites fans around the globe seemed palpable.

And of course, howz about those four goals from Heung-min Son, one of the great Spurs players of all time? But that's not to take away the fact that the win, and the goals, came as part of a team cohesion not seen so far this season, with a lot of the lads playing a valuable role in the successful proceedings, for example, Kane's assists after some nice build up play by others.

That said, Saints were poor and few opponents will be as weak as they currently appear to be. Please check back as the reactions come in.

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton both need to get off the ground and more than zero points, sitting side by side, with both on goal differences of minus 1. BBC Football: "This is Tottenham's second of four matches in eight days so head coach Jose Mourinho is likely to make changes." BBC's Lawro stubbornly sticks with Tottenham to win the match, giving THFC no less than an 0:2 victory at St.Mary's. Bless him. Neither Sergio Reguilon or Gareth Bale are likely to feature so soon after their arrival at Spurs.
Sergio Reguilon
pacy, dynamic

Can Gareth bale out Spurs?
1:2 win at Plovdiv; Reguilon signed
Tottenham Hotspur came back from a goal down with less than nine minutes left to run out 1:2 winners over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the pre-group qualifier for the Europa league. Highlights. Kane equalized from the spot and Ndombole boosted everyone's confidence and morale with the winner five minutes from full time. So another match to be shown on Bleacher Report in the USA is the battle on Thursday at Shkendija [Macedonia] in the next Europa qualifier.

Another interesting week is unfolding for the north London side and next week comes a raft of fixtures that we'll look at shortly so please check back. There's the league match at Southampton on Sunday, a League Cup game at Leyton Orient on Tuesday, and of course the aforementioned Europa qualifier as the Londoners plod off to Macedonia on Thursday. After all that, knackered to be sure, the Lilywhites finally have a home game on the Sunday Sept 27th with Newcastle the visitors.

Can Gareth Bale's return inject some life into Tottenham Hotspur's heavily booked season?

Sergio Reguilon, 23, Real Madrid full-back signs for Spurs on a buy-back clause, but the guy was highly rated by La Liga watchers last season [also on loan at Sevilla] and is a Spanish international. As "We are tottenham TV" channel says this is arguably the smartest new acquisition by the Lilywhites even over the return of the now "elderly" Bale.

Meanwhile on the women's side, BBC online visitors gave 52% of their votes to decree Alex Morgan as the most exciting signing of the season. The next closest was Chelsea's Pernille Harder [14%] who was signed for an undisclosed but likely world record transfer fee for the women's game. Few voted for Man City's two USA signings Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis which doesn't equate to their likely value as assets to their club which pundits says could be the most astute swoops of the lot.


Premier action
Spurs beat
Everton at
home July 6
in last season's
Prem match
Toffees edge ineffectual THFC
THFC men & women lose 1:0 to Everton
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Everton 1
Sun, July 13, 2020 (Ssn 2020/21)
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
US Live: Peacock prem.

Reactions on the way: Uninspiring opener for Spurs, although the new signings Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty are clearly talented players. But talented players are not Tottenham's problem. Playing as a unit with some semblance of successfully executing a winning game plan is.

The pro-Mourinho groupies have been around in force on social media during the break saying awful things about the Moho skeptics, and yet many of us [the silent majority?] have been kinda cringing both at the proposition and the currently reality of him being the manager of this great historical club Spurs. This silent majority remains unconvinced.

Up on Merseyside the Women also lost by the only goal of tha match at Everton. Alex Morgan did not play for the side yet, but Spurs were introducing several other players and in any event losing narrowly to Everton Women is par for the course given the pundits estimations of the two teams currently, but there is a lot of player rotation going on and a lot of "gelling" to do, literally anything could happen going forward. Very early days.

Preview: BBC Football's Lawro: "I'd go with Spurs to edge this one, but I don't see either team making the top four this season." Both Lawro and his guest backed Tottenham to win 2:1.

Spurs at home have not lost to Everton since 2008. We should get to see new signings Hojbjerg [from Southampton] and Doherty [from Wolves] debuting their first Tottenham Hotspur appearances in an official league match, a game that Spurs are tipped to win by most pundits despite some astute new signings made by the Merseyside club.


Spurs need goals
THFC solve forward signing [for Women's side]
For the men's squad Spurs do desperately need another full-on striker that can actually do the business at this level, not an easy task given the transfer landscape currently.

However the news on the attacking front has most recently broken on the women's side when the club signed a star forward in a move that shows Spurs wants to be more than a plucky team who got promoted a couple of seasons ago and survived their first campaign in the top flight. They've now made their first ever "big name" splash, albeit without any transfer fee paid to her US club Orlando Pride: in effect, a loan, but surely financially and strategically worth her while.

Alex Morgan [pictured] is established as one of the most famous players in the history of the United States international team, following on the heels of City's signing of two younger [and fastest rising] USA stars Lavelle and Mewis, and Man Utd also bringing in two well known American internationals [Heath, Press]. Spurs women and men's first teams both play Everton in the league on Sunday.

Back in the men's game the consensus is that midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, keeper Joe Hart and right-back Matt Doherty are all solid signings, and Mourinho is making noises about a possible new striker still in the offing.

US Live viewing of Spurs: US based supporters are just now awakening to the shock of how media fragmentation is making the move away from cable to online almost as expensive and much more convoluted.

To follow the THFC men's and women's first teams in all their various competitions will involve signing up to about half a dozen online providers, depending on the fan's specific situation [and whether you want to get Spurs TV as well].

All the while the landscape is changing on an almost weekly basis. For example, the first two Spurs men's matches just got moved away from Fubo to NBC Peacock Premium presumably to get people like me to hurry up and sign up for that as well.

Spurs women's league matches are still mostly available live on the FA player but [apparently] with some US restrictions that are not yet understood by this writer [probably to do with if a match gets shown by a US licensed outlet]. Will update.

It's an exasperating mess, but on the bright side, there's theoretically more stuff to watch than ever before, though you may have to hire a research hungry personal assistant to handle setting it all up if you'd rather be doing other things. It's laborious to accurately describe every permutation and complexity, and if it's possible, likely soon becomes out of date as the scenarios change yet again.

Even the execs and marketers of these media organizations are themselves being sucked down this rabbit hole of confusion and unable to completely explain all the options! It's like the American health system, and will destroy almost as many brain cells.

"There really is a carefree pleasure to reacting to things in a manner out of proportion to their importance - I can't wait to be furious about a questionable red card." -- Marina Hyde, "The Guardian"

Spurs Women 1:1 West Ham
The game finished drawn one all. Spurs took the lead with a West Ham own goal from a THFC corner kick, but the Hammerettes scored a nifty equalizer, both goals coming in the second half. Full match and selected highlights on the FA Player.

Preview: Free on the FA Player it's Tottenham Hotspur home to West Ham United at The Hive on Sunday Sept 6th, 2pm UK time, 6am LA/SF time, with a preview at the official club site. It's the opening fixture of the THFC Women's league season and great to have the first competitive "real" match of the club's new season already only hours away.

The top two clubs, Manchester City [who beat Villa 2:0 in their opening game] and Chelsea, have signed up some marquee players. These include two USA international stars going to City: Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, while Danish striker Pernille Harder lands at Chelsea. MSN: "Few WSL transfers carry a fee, but Pernille Harder's arrival from Champions League finalists Wolfsburg is thought to have cost a world record [GBP] 300,000." But Spurs have remained, as with the men's side, low key regarding high profile signings, and seemingly only one signing that might have involved any money spend.

The Lilywhites won both league matches against the east London side last season, with those Spurs goals here, highlights on Spurs TV. On the same day Liverpool battered Blackpool 7:2 after trailing by two goals to nil. England had to rely on a late penalty to see off Iceland 0:1 in the Nations Cup.

We lost to Watford
Meanwhile, in the men's game, Spurs lost the last pre-season friendly at Watford 2:1 [Half time 2:0], highlights on Spurs TV. On the same day Liverpool battered Blackpool 7:2 after trailing by two goals to nil. England had to rely on a late penalty to see off Iceland 0:1 in the Nations Cup.

Whom not to support
Got this from either The Guardian or the Independent and sorry for lack of link or proper attribution, but basically the journalist noted that Manchester United's director Ed Glazer has been a fundraiser for Donald Trump, who considers the Black Lives Matter movement "a symbol of hate", while "Arsenal's owner, Stan Kroenke, donated $1m to Trump's inaugural fund. Crystal Palace's part-owner Josh Harris is an adviser to the Trump administration". Oh good god no, don't support any of of them. Never could stand the 1st two clubs so no change there, but now harmless Palace too? Tut tut.

Goin' on a Plovdiv tour?
Spurs will have to plod over to Bulgaria to play Lokomotiv Plovdiv for the first of three one-legged qualifying matches in a bizarrely convoluted qualifying system just to make it into the group stages. Let's see off the Plovs!

NBC articulates: "If Tottenham beat Plovdiv they will advance to the third qualifying round and then after that comes the playoff round on Oct. 1, so it's only then when they will know whether or not they are in the group stage of the Europa League for 2020-21."

Spurs: the finances, the doco
An insightful and timely look at "Tottenham Hotspur - behind the finances" hosted by Ricky Sacks with Lee McQueen and special guest Kieran Maguire of the Price of Football, discussing a subject which obviously is intimately intertwined with our favorite club's ability to compete in the transfer market.

No surprise that Jose Mourinho's overpowering personality hogs the limelight in Amazon's brand newly released "All or nothing" Tottenham Hotspur documentary, reports the Evening Standard.

Meanwhile, Spurs pre-season sizzled with a 4:1 win over Reading on Fri 28th, and 1:0 Birmingham City on Sat 29th [Bergwijn scores, Dele assist]. September friendly at Watford on Sept 5, US TV link here via Bleacher Report, a week before the Prem season kicks off home to Everton.

THFC 4:1 Reading; 1:0 over Brum
With the league fixtures out and friendlies already underway it's already all systems go in a hectic start to the new season. Plus of course there's the matter of the Europa Cup qualifying round on Thurs Sept 17. Talksport: "The draw for the second qualifying round is scheduled for August 31, after both the preliminary and first qualifying rounds have taken place. Unlike the traditional two-legged match format for the qualifying rounds, UEFA has due to coronavirus made the decision for all matches to be played as single legs, hosted by one of the teams decided by the draw, and with all games behind closed doors."

In the States CBS has the TV rights to the Europa league and will show the matches on its new All Access online channel [presumably this will include our qualifier].

FRIENDLIES: Spurs vs Ipswich 3:0. Player 1st half ratings including new Danish midfield signing from Southampton, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 2nd half ratings.

Opening fixtures:

Sept 5: Watford (A) [Friendly]
Sept 13: Everton (H) 8.30a Pac/USA: NBCSN, Fubo, Hulu, SlingB
Sept 17: Lokomotiv Plovdiv (A) - Europa qual. 1of3
Sep 20: Southampton (A)
Sept 26: Newcastle (H)
Oct 3: Manchester U. (A)
Oct 17: West Ham (H)
Oct 24: Burnley (A)
Oct 31: Brighton (H)

Son wins Prem Goal of Season
Congrats to Heung-min Son who wins Premier league goal of the season [Sky award based on panel assessment & viewer votes] which he scored on December 7, 2019 against Burnley to give Spurs a 3:0 lead. Son took the ball from the edge of his own penalty area, beating Burnley players on the way to the other end, to notch a stellar solo score. Tottenham went on to win the home match 5:0 [with a brace from Harry Kane]. In other awards Son was also awarded Asian player of the year and Tottenham Hotspur player of the season.

Fulham are back in the Prem
Congrats to Fulham beating Brentford in the west London derby Championship playoff final for that coveted final spot in the Premier league, winning by 2:1, with a brace from Joe Bryan whose direct free kick was the moment of the match to break the deadlock. The Bees threw almost everyone forward with the clock running down allowing Bryan to nab a second. Brentford never gave up securing an extremely late goal with almost the last kick of the match but time ran out seconds later.

Fulham were the better team throughout in a cagey affair that took until well into extra time to ignite thanks to that amazing free kick in a match with little excitement until then. Then, in the final 15 minute period of extra time, it was end to end action but somehow Brentford, who should have been the fresher team, looked somewhat ragged. Nothing seemed to quite work for them on this crucial evening. Fulham looked the side better equipped to survive in the top flight.

It's a bit of a tragedy for the Bees whose brand new stadium could have seen its debut with Premier league action, but at least the quarter of Fulham's Craven Cottage ground that's being redeveloped will please those of black and white persuasion to be showcased in the top flight, while the red part of west London will hope to try for the tenth time, next season, to successfully win promotion via the playoffs, a record [unfortunately] of failed playoff efforts by any league club.

Beehave
Congrats to west London's Brentford who beat Swansea City -- the second leg was a doozy to watch -- to reach the Championship playoff final which offers the ultimate winner no less than a spot in the Premier league. Now it's just a question of who they play. Will it be fellow west London side Fulham FC or Welsh outfit Cardiff City? We shall soon find out. The final is bee-ing shown on ESPN+ this upcoming Tuesday, August 4. Looking forward to it.

It's an amazing achievement for a club to get that result from their last game at their venerable old ground before moving into a purpose built new stadium about a mile away at Lionel Road. No disrespect to Cardiff or Fulham, but this potential combination of achievements coinciding so brilliantly is kinda like Cinderella on steroids -- [okay, there are probably better analogies]. So go for it and keep the buzz going, Bees, and all the best with the new community stadium, irrespective of making the Prem or not.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs hang on
THFC qualify for Europa league
July 26, 2020 (Ssn 2019/20)
Crystal Palace 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Selhurst Park. FULL TIME. Highlights
US live 8am LA/SF. Net: Peacock, NBC Sports Gold

Reactions: Spurs have squeaked over the line with a draw after their good first half performance fizzled into desperation to hang onto a point as the 2nd half unwound with a draw, enough to beat Wolves on goal difference since they amassed the same total points of 59, for a Europa league place. Thanks to Chelsea for handing their arch London rivals Spurs a surprise favor by beating Wanderers.

Check back for more reactions later today and tomorrow.

Second Half: has begun, and didn't take too long for Palace to score from a corner. Spurs suddenly realized they might be condemned to the Europa league unless they revert to norm and stop bothering to defend set pieces.

First Half: Skillful assist from Gio Lo Celso sets up Harry Kane for the only goal of the first half and Spurs could get a Europa league place, especially with Chelsea beating Wolves.

Preview: Spurs are on a roll winning three Prem fixtures on the trot while SE London's Palace have lost, what is it, 7 consecutive matches?

Fortunately for the Eagles they amassed sufficient points before the slump not to get sucked into the relegation zone. Their tailspin is partly caused by injuries but even that can't fully explain such a complete collapse. But that's their problem to sort out. We've got our own interesting future to negotiate.

That future for THFC looks a whole lot brighter since the side started to win, first by squeaking past Everton at home and then, after an abject 0:0 at Bournemouth, convincingly disposing of Arsenal in the derby, schooling Newcastle on their own turf, and then leaving the Foxes in the 3:0 dust on Sunday.

Palace in theory should struggle to make an impact on the visitors. Will they have their flip flops on for the beach, or will they try to give Palace fans some hope to cling to during the off season? Surely the latter. Spurs, you feel, would love to win four in a row and do what we seldom do, finish a season with a phenomenal flourish. So this is not a dead rubber.

Oh, and Spurs finish above Arsenal in the league table after the gooners lost at Aston Villa. Tottenham Hotspur - still and always the pride of North [and Norf] London! Anyway, Palace vs Spurs should be decent final game. We'll all be watching.


The Spur's Premiership
Kane brace against
Foxes in 1st half
Wow!
Final Score
Sun, July 19, 2020 (Ssn 20019/20)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Leicester City 0
8am LA/SF. US TV = NBCSN. Net = fuBoTV, SlingB, Hulu+L, AT&T
by Rob Francis

Final Whistle & Reactions: It's a convincing win, albeit the first half was great for Spurs but by the 2nd half City were maybe edging it playwise.

We've finally made our new stadium a home and something of a fortress. BBC Football points out: "Tottenham have won four consecutive Premier League games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time - it's their longest winning run at home since December 2018 (4)." Mind you the same site goes on to show that the Foxes have been abysmal recently on the road.

What's astonishing is the visitors had supposedly 71% of match-day possession - it just didn't seem that one sided posssession wise.

The Guardian wrote: "Mourinho explained in detail that he had sought to allow Leicester's centre-backs, in particular Ryan Bennett and Wes Morgan, to advance with the ball and move out of their 'comfort zone', with the expectation Spurs could exploit the space behind. It worked perfectly and Brendan Rodgers, who may yet lead Leicester to the Champions League with a victory against Manchester United on Sunday, was left to lament a performance he felt was 'a little bit leggy' at times."

First Half: That was a hellova half, dude. When will the alarm sound and I awaken to the reality I'm just dreaming this, as I switch on the computer on a fresh coastal California morning to watch another mind-numbing Mourinho travesty of football. Oh wait, Jose has already turned the Titanic around and we're sailing off into a glorious new sunrise. Two goals from Harry Kane, an own goal precipitated by Son Heung-min's threat, got the ball rolling. Tottenham Hotspur in total control. So wow, somebody in the house say yeah.

For a side that doesn't do strong end of season finishes, a third straight victory is mighty impressive. Beat freefalling Palace and all is forgiven, Mo. Leicester have turned into Spurs, and vice versa. And Gio Lo Celso is proving to be the player everyone was praying he would be for the Lilywhites. Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Son, Hugo also in form.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Harry Kane is just insane - against Foxes. He's getting close to equalling Dixie Dean's record of goals scored by an opposition player against Leicester.

Preview: In the corresponding fixture last season Spurs won 3:1 and Son Heung-min had a field day against the Foxes. He seems to love playing those guys, in the away fixture last season Son scored in the first half and Alli in the second, with Son providing the cross for Dele Alli's headed goal in a two-nil win the traveling London side. Let's hope the Sonny mood continues.

Back to the home game last season, that game was an amazing match but on another day Leicester could have won it, they matched and even outdid Spurs in many ways but couldn't deal with some sublime Tottenham goals, and Vardy's first kick of the match [on as a sub], missing the controversially awarded spot kick, was really the pivotal point when it appeared possible that, for all their high energy marauding, it was going to be THFC's day, not theirs.

Vardy did score a typically hungry poacher's goal later for the Foxes to halve their deficit but, right on cue, the new hero of Tottenham Hotspur, Son Heung-min, scored a third beauty for the London side to take the game out of the visitors' reach. Let's also applaud that great pass from Sissoko, arguably a clearance but a winning assist, that sent him on his wonderful way.

All three goals from Spurs were excellent, starting with Sanchez from an amazing ball delivered by Eriksen, then Eriksen himself with the goal of the match, and, right on script, our South Korean global sensation.


The Spur's Premier league
Spurs blossom
NL derby win seemed to boost squad
Wed, July 15, 2020 (Ssn 2019/20) LIVE on Peacock, NBC Sp/Gold. Rob F reacts.
Newcastle United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3
NUFC fan forum

Match reactions: Took a long time for me to react here, apologies. That's life sometimes. First thing I noticed was how Tottenham Hotspur seemed more confident in their abilities and as a potentially cohesive side, and I cannot but think it's partly due to the important win over Arsenal in the north London derby on the weekend. A weight had been lifted. It's not an instant turnaround. There's a lot to do. But the whole Spurs vibe oozed "if we can beat the in-form Gooners and deserve that historic win, we can beat this lot, let's get at it." OK, they don't think like commentators but you get the point.

Somehow there seemed to be more of a stage for the flair of the individual players yet fused with a team camaraderie - the latter revelation is a godsend because if there's one thing that makes or breaks a side, especially a Tottenham team, is whether the spirit abides. Based on the celebrations alone, they're really in it together.

The challenge remains that the side is still not at the level of being greater than the sum of its parts as yet, but these last two victorious results are a strong sign that the individual talent can ignite to create a veritable future synergy. We've glimpsed it before, and it was here again. Spurs synergy just doen't like a day out in Bournemouth, it seems. Or Sheffield.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Both Son Heung-min & Harry Kane are getting back to form. Son has been so good in several recent games and is overdue a MOM award. Sorted.

Match preview: Thank Buddha for NBC Sports Gold [a US online package] because otherwise I woulda missed being able to watch this game on replay several hours after it takes place. Because the way the Peacock channel [NBC's entry into mass streaming] has set things up for its first day in action would not have allowed me to timeshift the match. A disaster, but for the fact that even though I cancelled Sports Gold renewal when Covid curtailed the Prem's schedule for several months, my season subscription still remains active. Brilliant.

Because I won't be watching live there'll only be delayed reactions but please do check back for albeit delayed reactions. COYS. -- Rob F.

Coming very soon, match preview of Wednesday's game in England's north-east as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur. Please check back. Coming very soon, match preview of Wednesday's game in England's north-east as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur. Please check back.

Coming very soon, match preview of Wednesday's game in England's north-east as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur. Please check back. Coming very soon, match preview of Wednesday's game in England's north-east as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur. Please check back.


North London derby Covid style
Super Tottenham Toby
Belgian rises to head into history
AFC losers
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Arsenal 1
Sun, July 12, 2020 @ 8.30a US/Pacific (Ssn 20019/20)
US Live, all usual channels
Highlights, football.london reaction.

Reactions: "Realistically to be challenging for the title Arsenal just need to get in Saliba, Upamecano & Partey. And Spurs just need to get rid of Jose." -- cojones70, guardian reader post.

"Toby, you are a diamond geezer." -- ginaberry, guardian reader post.

2nd Half: Superb Son corner finds the head of Belgium's Toby Alderweireld to put Spurs ahead for the first time and give the Lilywhites an historic and permanent victory in this very first north London derby to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Way to go you Spurs!

1st Half: Lacazette unleashes, spectacular strike, but seconds later a defensive error, a suicide pass from Sead Kolasinac to David Luiz, sets up Son Heung-min who cooly chips in the equalizer. Worra pro. Talking of pro's, that gooner keeper knows his stuff, super quick reaction to turn a Ben Davies chip onto the crossbar.

Preview: If only it was Spurs who had a bright dynamic up & coming manager like Mikel Arteta and not a gaffer that looked well past his sell by date at both Chelsea and Man Utd, long before coming to Spurs in a move that still leaves legions of Lilywhite faithful in a state of shock that persists to this very day. Mourinho is a square peg in a round hole. We've got talent galore, Mouro does not have the vision, man management, or contemporary managerial savvy to make the Cockerels truly crow.

Even if we were to beat the Gooners on Sunday, and of course I'd be ecstatic like all other Lilywhites, it doesn't change the dilemma we face. Levy will lose a bucket load of dosh after paying off Mouro on top of Poch and bringing in, hopefully, someone who can turn THFC around, but the alternative, having Mouro spend a fortune on players and then not working out, is even more daunting.

Spurs have a fantastic new stadium and actually a very decent squad of players who individually create excitement. But the problems run deep and the club can't afford to to stick with a losing proposition any longer.

Dele Alli and Eric Dier are still out of contention for this one. Arsenal have more of their squad sidelined but they still boast a boatload of magic. Amazingly, BBC's Lawro predicts a 2:0 win for the boys in white and blue. His guest predictor, Palace fan Scotty Stacks is more realistic with a draw, but 3:3? You do know that Spurs don't do goals, don't you?

Arsenal right now are chasing everything down. If Spurs dawdle on the ball they'll be picking the ball out of their own net. Scrappy Leicester bit back when they just played Arsenal, refusing to be outdone, but Foxes are a hungry lot. Will the derby get the Tottenham players up for a scrap? Both sides are far from the finished article but the success curve heavily favors the wretched Reds, Spurs have been rubbish in recent games.

Check back for more build up to the north London derby being played on Sunday. COYS.


The Spur's Premiership
Goalless
No Spurs shot on target
Cherries
in drop
zone

Bournemouth 0
Tottenham Hotspur 0
July 09, 2020 (Ssn 20019/20). [Last season Highlights]

Reactions: Reactions coming soon in another uninspiring Spurs performance.

Preview: Dele Alli injured, Dier banned. Bournemouth took the lead in their previous game, at Manchester United, but ended up getting battered.

In the corresponding fixture last season the Cherries beat the Lilywhites, see highlights link above. Apparently it was Bournemouth's only win in nine premier league matches against Spurs.

Thursday's match coming just before the Arsenal game on Sunday. Thursday's match coming just before the Arsenal game over the weekend. Thursday's match coming just before the Arsenal game over the weekend.


The Spur's Premiership
Mourinho & Spurs out of synch
1st half Kane equalizer outrageously denied
July 2, 2020
Sheffield Utd. (1) 3
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Live USA/Pac 10a: NBCSN, fuBo, Hulu, SlingB, AT&T

2nd HALF: Despite massive advantage in possession and dominating the 2nd half, a series of Spurs player slip-ups and whadda you know it's suddenly two down and probably no way back now.

The Blades get behind the Spurs back line yet again and cut back for a third goal. Kane gets a consolation goal, important for him as now he's scored against all the other Prem sides.

1st HALF: Great Blades goal against the run of play but Spurs equalized with the very first move of the restart, only to have a classic Kane equalizer disallowed, long after 1:1 was the established score, by a diabolical retroactive VAR decision that claimed handball by Lucas Moura in the build up, even though Moura was falling over and the ball was blasted into his arm by a Sheffield Utd player. Unbelievable, horrible decision.

VAR the technology is potentially excellent but the fallible humans with their subjective decisions and ulterior motives renders the outcomes, as in this case, completely diabolical. It's hard to want to continue to watch football if the adjudicators simply can't get things right, with or without the technology.

PREVIEW: Sheffield United. They're as English as jellied eels, mushy peas & mash, and owned of course by foreign interests, in this case Prince Musa'ad bin Khalid bin Musa'ad Al Saud.

In the reverse fixture played Nov 2019 the Lilywhites underwhelmed in a 1:1 draw.

"Another unconvincing performance by a somewhat tired looking Spurs and the overriding thought is that manager Mauricio is not showing sufficient expertise at team selection, including substitutions and their timing, and so we have a group of talented individuals whose sum produces less than its component parts. Until that changes, we've got a potentially grave problem," wrote TheSpur. "Right now, we're lower table fare and Poch appears to be on a work to rule approach, as if his heart is not into it [except Euro Champs league and even that's hardly been stellar]. What we're seeing onfield in its present state is simply not viable for a club like Tottenham Hotspur. Work to rule won't work."

"The standout attacking player by a long way for Spurs, Lo Celso performed as if unburdened by the baggage that other Tottenham players are carrying and his injury problems and those of Ndombele and Sessegnon have delayed how quickly Pochettino has been able to integrate all three into his starting XI," wrote Alisdair Gold, football.london.

Red is the colour - United is their name. Check back for match reactions as they come in.

Blades web forum.


The Spur's Prem
A Win. We got a win.
Harry is baaaaack!
June 23, 2020. USA live tv/web.
Tottenham Hotspur 2
West Ham Utd 0

More reactions coming: It was impressive by Spurs who had WHU on the ropes but it needed a Kane goal to put it to bed [great mixed metaphor] after a long duel with the east Londoners. Not only is Kane bouncing back in the right direction, many other players are finding their way into match ready posture. Lo Celso was the brightest ray today which couldn't make Spurs fans happier, he is a fan fave. Another one of those, Son, is looking better each time and, almost unnoticed, fed Kane for his critical goal.

Preview: Our last encounter hosting West Ham [April 27, 2019] was Tottenham's first defeat at the brand new stadium. And in the corresponding fixture the season before that [January 2018] Spurs nicked a late equalizer to save north London blushes with the match ending 1:1, our goal a Heung-min Son crackerjack video reel golazo.

Going back to the most recent of those two home encounters, What we lacked among other things is how to counter attack swiftly and decisively and Mourinho is famous for that, and we saw it in action with the Stephen Bergwijn goal against Manchester Utd on Friday.

We're almost ready to kick-off today and reactions and updates due regularly.


The Spur's Premiership
Sensational Bergwijn goal
United spot kick shares points
Fri, June 19 (Ssn 20019/20)
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Manchester United 1
TH Stadium. Highlights & Preview
12.15p pac/USA/Can. TV:NBCSN Net:fubo, Hulu-Live, AT&T, SlingB
by Rob Francis

It's amazing to see so many reactions, mostly from pro-United actors, attribute the Steven Bergwijn goal to a United keeper David de Gea error. Though he could have done better, our very own Bergwijn's rapid counter, sheer speed of attack, and power he unleashed, all contributed to creating a brilliantly taken goal, the kind that fans live for.

Pogba being brought on as a sub had me worried, I was hoping that never happened, and he thrives on playing the Lilywhites. No exception this time, he created the spark, added the threat, that helped United claw back.

2nd Half: United equalized from the the spot after Dyer felled Pogba in the box, and then the ref, desperate to hand ManUre the win, awards the visitors a bogus penalty, eventually rejected by VAR.

1st Half: Wow. Class goal and quick thinking to poke out to Stephen Bergwijn whose mazy dash and powerdriver shot sent Spurs ahead. The tinny whistle sound made it sound like it had been deemed offside, but it's fine, and Tottenham's confident ability to absorb United and then unleash a counter of that impressiveness hints that Mourinho and the team have reached an amazing understanding.

Whomever scouted and pulled the strings to get Bergwijn from PSV to Spurs knew what he was doing. What was it, 26+mil? Well spent dude.

First truly big chance came in favor of United in around 20th min and sees Hugo LLoris pull off a class save from the ever dangerous Marcus Rashford.

Preview: it's just minutes before the match. The whole "vibe" of everything in the 24 hrs leading up to this says a United win. I desperately want the vibe to be exposed as a fraud. The only glimmer of hope was that the Joel Corry's "Lonely" on the PA system seemed to "sound" like it favored Spurs! Covid's been weird trip so far.

Both sides have most of their first team regular first choice starters available. It woulda been nice to have Lo Celso available but this is as close to a full array of talent that Jose Mourinho has had [Delle Ali suspended for Corona mocking video], or ever will have, prior to a match. This is it, showtime, to show what we can do against what is likely to be an instantly in-form United.

In the away version of this fixture played on December 4, 2019 The Spur's headline reflected the result: "ManUre done the Special One" as Jose Mourinho skulked off the field to a 2:1 defeat. Recently, things have continued to go well for Manchester United and significantly less so for the white and navy blue half of north London. Which gives United a telling edge in nabbing a Euro champs spot and makes it a long shot for us. That said, a win over the Devils gives us a genuinely credible chance of gettin Euro champs. In any event, we need almost all our results to be wins.


City cruise to 3:0 win against Arsenal
June 17, 2020: There's that gesture of "get in there, son!" as Raheem Sterling slammed home the first goal of the Premier league's return under Covid-19 restart realities, sending Spurs fans worldwide into ecstasy as Arsenal trundled off one down for the break. Since tuning in about 10 mins before the goal all I've witnessed is total City domination. They look stunningly good. The second half was still young when David Luiz gave away a spot kick, De Bruyne doubling the lead. City remained in absolute control and now, with Luiz red carded, it was just whether Arsenal could stave off a collapse. They did somehow get out alive, but not before a very late Foden goal cemented a commanding City victory. Good new for Spurs, but we have to win our matches and that's a whole 'nother story. Roll on Man Utd on Friday.

Spurs v Man Utd on Fri Jun 19
Can you feel it? This is reality! OK, wrong page. Anyway, the mighty Lilywhites will lead the Premier League into its first weekend back, playing the night of Fri June 19 against Manchester Utd at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium [8pm UK time]. Then four days later on Tuesday 23rd Spurs play at home again, "welcoming" West Ham.

Prem poised to return
Mid May 2020: Sky states "Top-level sport in England could restart behind closed doors from June 1". It looks like the various tiers of English football are largely making their own separate decisions on how to conclude their seasons, decimated of course by a world turned upside down by pandemic. So there's a lot that needs to be finalized about all this. Talksport writes of the Prem's return status: "The target date for a return is now set to be put back at least a week until June 19 after talks between players, managers and medical experts on Wednesday, May 13." [Still no final decision with talks continuing beyond that date.] As we said below, TheSpur is "all ears" and let's hope everybody can agree a workable framework. Stay tuned.

Harry Kane sponsors O's for charity
Mid May 2020: CNA Singapore is one of many global outlets picking up the Reuters story on sensational soccer striker Harry Kane starting a domino effect of good karma as he sponsors Orient shirts which in turn will promote a children's hospice and a mental health charity. What a guy! Meanwhile, the Prem is set to return in June with a lot of logistics to be determined. Sounds good, we're all ears.

Props to THFC, the fans & the Trust
Mid April 2020: Heartening to see what looks like a happy ending over the recent endangerment of Spurs jobs for the working people of Tottenham as described in this Guardian article.

Prem nixes games
As hotly expected since Thursday night: on Friday [March 13] the Premier league suspended all Prem matches immediately and until further notice, which postpones Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United. Also out of action are the Women's league and FA Cup fixtures, including the away north London FA Cup quarterfinal derby that was scheduled for Sunday.

Much as the PL hitherto doggedly pursued the notion that life must go on, reassuring and comforting as it was for a while, it just wasn't an ongoing plausible stance with Corona-V devastating the sporting scene along with almost all other aspects of life globally.