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The Spur, Since 1999. Summer 2020

Season run-in 2019/20
June 2020
19: Manchester U. (h) drawn 1:1
23: West Ham (h) won 2:0
July 2020
02: Sheffield U. (a) lost 3:1
06: Everton (h) won 1:0
09: Bournemouth (a) drawn 0:0
12: Arsenal (h) won 2:1
15: Newcastle (a)
19: Leicester (h)
26: Crystal Palace (a)

End of season

Selected season highlights
Aston Villa (h) won 3:1 highlights

World Soccer Talk viewing schedule of Prem matches on US TV and online
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Is the resurgence of football hooliganism in the UK real? [features spurs fan dante hawkins]

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Britain's most atmospheric derby is in glasgow

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Al Jazeera net losses

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Check back, links updated & added regularly

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.


Premier action
Spurs & Toffees
vied to drive
home mid-table
superiority
Spurs sputter over line
Two true mid tablers
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Everton 0
Mon, July 06, 2020 (Ssn 2019/20)
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
US: NBCSN, fubo, SlingB, Hulu, AT&T. 12n Pacific time

Reactions: BBC Football: "Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says the half-time clash between goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and forward Son Heung-min was 'beautiful' and 'something needed for the team to grow up'."

The Guardian reminded us that "Mourinho recorded his 200th win in the Premier League."

The Independent's Vithushan Ehantharajah feels "Lo Celso brings the perfect balance of light and dark to Mourinho's Spurs."

The Spur's take in a nutshell? Tottenham benefited from an off target Lo Celso goal which ricocheted off a Toffees player to provide the only goal.

It was an ugly, uninspiring encounter which left an awful lot to be desired, with frankly little confidence that Mourinho has what it takes to turn Spurs around. But a win is a win, which both Mourinho and the Lilywhites desperately needed from this, even if it was against a very uncreative Everton side but a side who nonetheless can grind out sufficient points to be safely mid table.


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.