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Sept 26: Arsenal (a) lost 3:1
Sept 30: NS Mura (h) won 5:1 [Europa Conf]
Oct 03: Aston Villa (h) won 2:1
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Oct 17: Newcastle (a) won 2:3
Oct 21: Vitesse (a) lost 1:0 [Europa Conf]
Oct 24: West Ham (a) lost 1:0
Oct 27: Burnley (a) [League Cup] won 0:1
Oct 30: Manchester U. (h)
Nov 04: Vitesse (h) [Europa Conf]
Nov 07: Everton (a)
Nov 21: Leeds (h)

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League Cup (Ssn 2021/22)
Spurs into 1/4 finals
Royal crosses, Moura heads in
October 27, 2021
Burnley 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
US TV:ESPN+

Reactions. Well Nuno took this one more seriously than the Euro Conf outing against Vitesse based on the line-up, which included Harry Kane as a starter [but not Son Heung-min, subbed on in the 2nd half].

The Spurs manager couldn't afford another loss immediately after a lame defeat in Europe and the Prem loss at West Ham. That said, Tottenham would have struggled to win against the heavyweight sides still bareling through the rounds. Of course, Man City won't be one of them in a shock defeat at the London stadium. Much as Spurs needed the win, it was far from ecstatic or confident stuff until the period leading up to, and just after, the only goal.

Especially pleasing about actually winning was giving the traveling Spurs support something to celebrate. Burnley on a Wednesday night during that first half.... that's dedication, that's endurance. But it worked out.

Questions swirl about the situation surrounding Harry Winks who expressed frustration about lack of playing time, so now it gets less. Let's hope that's sorted soon. You can't fault his frustration - he wants himself and the club to do well and play as a coherent side, that's what he was trying to say, but of course it's not the advisable way to handle that frustration, those comments can be taken the wrong way - better to focus on playing to the best of your ability when chosen.

Final score 0:1. Victory for the Lilywhites. [Burnley 1 Spurs 4 shots on target]. West Ham vs Man City League Cup clash goes to penalties which West Ham win courtesy Benrahma spot kick.

Second Half last few mins: Stoppage time. Burnley fan still unleashing lots of swearing right next to the commentator microphone. Not a happy lad.

Only one up seems precarious when Burnley actually put some late pressure on the Tottenham goal, helped by subbing on ex-Spur hero Aaron Lennon. Eric Peters just over the bar for Burnley.

Second Half: Not a thrilling start to the 2nd either, but now, some 18 minutes onward after the break, Spurs turning up the heat, including a great chance for Lo Celso assisted by Harry Kane. That's more like it. Apparently the first attempt on target but can't swear to that. Son comes on.

This sudden Tottenham burst of attacking activity was the prelude to the goal, a good team build-up effort culminating in an Emerson Royal cross well placed for the eager bullet-shaped head of Lucas Moura, who had come close a few minutes earlier. Minutes after the goal Lucas hits the post. On tap for man of the match perhaps.

First Half: I'm sure other people were late to the party on this working day but based on the few minutes of the first half some of us may have seen: it looks unexciting.


Premier league 2021/22
No bite from Spurs
Final score
October 24, 2021
West Ham Utd 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
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Reactions: As predicted in the first half, one goal decided it and West Ham had the guile and ambition to crank out the result from a set piece, while Spurs offered almost no creativity or urgency, especially for most of the second half.

Overall manager Nuno actually has not been disastrous in his tenure so far, but also hardly inspiring. Contrast that with David Moyes as West Ham manager and it's all the more painful to behold as immediately following this result the table shows the Irons in the Champions league zone at #4. Daniel Harris of The Guardian on Harry Kane: "He did very little today, admittedly with very little; you can't have a midfield as stodgy as Spurs' without getting more creativity from your full-backs."

Second Half Latest reaction: 73rd minute Antonio scores from a corner, with questions asked about the visitors' defending. After the goal Spurs showed little sign of getting an equalizer.

Action packed start to second half with a close chance to each side, Skipp for Spurs, and both sides looking to win.

Half time: Okay game so far but it does look like a mid table tussle trying to resolve. No score at half time.

First Half: Tottenham forays have released Son Heung-Min on several occasions but no real concern yet for the Hammers despite the north London side gradually taking control of the game by the mid part of the first half. West Ham relying on the break which led to their only dangerous strike.

The cavernous London stadium doesn't lend itself to much of a football atmosphere despite this being a traditionally fiery north-east London occasion back in the day of old school standing terrraces frequently beset by two heaving leering mobs baying across a double line of wary but expressionless police in bobby uniforms.

Final phase of the 1st half as West Ham pull back to about level pegging in opportunities and likelihood of scoring but mostly nothing to get especially excited about if we're honest.

Tottenham defender Cristian Romero struggling to keep Antonio under control. Could lead to an unwelcome goal but nowt yet. 44th minute Harry Kane header just over the crossbar.

It could be one second half goal that decides this, otherwise a 0-0 draw, both sides have the players to nick a narrow win but caution rules the day so far.


Spurs B team not up to it
Euro conference

Vitesse 1 Spurs 0

Reactions: "If it makes you feel better (it really, really helped me!), Jose Mourinho's Roma lost 6-1 at Bodo/Glimt today in this same competition. At least there's that." -- Dustin George-Miller, Cartilage Free Captain.

The objective was clearly to focus completely on the upcoming derby at West Ham United and hope to get by in the Euro Conf by showing confidence in the B team.

So if we beat the Hammers it's a thumbs up to Nuno, a draw leaves a hung jury, and a loss to the Irons and Nuno is guilty. And indeed it goes even beyond that, because a lot of the ultimate judging will come only when we find out if Spurs make it through into the knockout stages in Europe and, ultimately, if Spurs win the trophy then Nuno will be deemed to be correct in making this group stage affair a B team job without placing some top quality at least on the bench for this one if needed, which it was.

As the BBC states: "None of the outfield players who started at Newcastle even made the trip to the Netherlands for Thursday's match."

Let's just hope Nuno knows enough about our opposition to realize that, for example, Vitesse are not some pub team from deepest eastern Europe. They're a fairly successful side in a decent level domestic league of a highly developed nation.

First half: The Spurs reserves improved as the first half went on, but no score and almost no action in front of goal. Vitesse are able to penetrate beyond the Tottenham midfield but very little from them up front, and THFC showing even less signs of scoring.

Vitesse play in yellow and black home strip and boast Mason Mount as a former player who went on to achieve current success. Going into this game the Netherlands club basks in sixth place, equal on points with Feyenoord [who've played one less game] and six points shy of top placed Ajax. They are miles above the relegation places and their track record shows they may well end up in the Euro Conference again next season. Holland's version of Spurs, then.

One their favorite terrace anthems is "Bouw mee aan een steengoed Vites!" One cannot help but be caught up by this firmly held view.

Check back for more in this as yet uninspiring European Conference match.


The Spur's Premier league
It was a Spurs party
Lilywhites gatecrash Saudi celebration
Sun, Oct 17, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22)
Newcastle United 2
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Highlights US

The moment Newcastle United were 'saved' by Saudi Arabia.

The Match / Second-half: Newcastle United pulled one back, an own goal by Dier, but it didn't get full-on Spursy as, perhaps amazingly, the notoriously wobbly north London side successfully 'game managed' the final phase of the second half. But the hosts offered relatively little fire, down to ten men, just when they could have pulled off a shock draw. Was not be, and the visiting Lilywhites fans happily rejoiced and sang farewell to Steve Bruce's managerial career at the home of the new and controversial Saudi investment.

Some good performances. Tanguy Ndomebele's accuracy of passing was an impressive 92%. He's the engine room of this side when he's in form and before he tires. Cristian Romero is looking like an inspired signing. Skipp and Hojbjerg are solid players and Pierre-Emile's pass to Harry for Kane to dink the scoring lob was a fun watch. Kane was much more involved than previously this season. Spurs played very professionally overall but, gotta remember, the hosts were one of the least effective sides we're likely to face outside the Euro conference. Last but not least for instant reactions: heart-warming to see Son and Kane rediscover some of their chemistry and telepathy together.

The Match / Half time: Tottenham bounced back from an immediate and explosive Geordie start, the Londoners eventually taking almost total control as the first half progressed, nabbing three goals on the way. Should be a fascinating second half as Steve Bruce's revival stutters after only a few minutes of Geordie "new owner boost", so far, in the face of the mighty Spurs.

The Match / First-half: Newcastle got their new owner "bounce" right off the bat - Callum Wilson scoring a rip roaring goal that left Spurs momentarily reeling. But not for long, Tanguy Ndombele equalized with a scorcher, then Hojbjerg sets up Harry Kane to lob a second that VAR confirmed was onside and normal service, hopefully, is resumed. But not before a spectator was stretchered out of the stand with an apparent cardiac arrest causing a long break in play. The excellent news is the patient is apparently doing well.

Meanwhile in the seven mins between the emergency break and half-time we saw a welcome sight - the return of the dynamic duo with Kane providing a sitter for Heung-min Son to tap in. Brilliant build up by Tottenham that was poetry in motion. More of that and we're in good shape going forward in this game and beyond.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tied: Ndombele & Kane. When Tanguy's 'on song' he's amazing -> and Harry's back with a Prem goal and a perfect assist. Both key players in helping steer Spurs to success over Saudis.

Match preview: Covid 19 didn't nab Sonny as originally suspected. He's ready to play in this Newcastle away day. Seems the covid tests returned negative on two suspected players.

From a previous corresponding fixture report by TheSpur: "Spurs are light years ahead of us because of one fat b@stard," moans Newcastle poster Kal." Well that aforementioned overweight individual just sold the club before it was due to play us. Typical. Buy low, sell, uh, less low. And now it's Saudi Arabia FC.

Since the sale of Newcastle United it's been mostly about them as they make a desperate bid to turn around their dismal opening phase of the season.

Cartilage free captain has an interesting in-depth take regarding the goings-on up in the north-east.

Check back for more as the latest tale of Geordieland vs Spurs gets going.


Premier action
Surprisingly solid Spurs
Spurs players fight back for their manager
Oct 3, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Aston Villa 1
THFC Stadium, London. NBC match hilites

Reactions: the general consensus is that most of the players did well, Nuno found a way to shape the talent better, and there is hope that Harry Kane can find his way back as a Premier league scorer and also assist more.

We also have Son Heung-Min who's a true star, reliably excellent even in tough times. By the way, Son's fellow South Korean international colleague, Hwang Hee-Chan, looks to be potentially rivalling him in the Korean sports star stakes as he combined with Mexico's Raul Jimenez to ensure Wolverhampton seriously sank our next Prem opponents Newcastle United. But given Son's brilliant assist today it may be hard for Hee-Chan "the Bull" to topple him.

Back to Spurs and Skipp, Hojbjerg, Royal and Romero all look to be capable of realizing our expectations of them.

On the other hand, Ndombele and Alli [Dele didn't appear today] are big question marks.

Tottenham bounced back at exactly the right time to prevent another potential crisis at the club. It's a shock to hear so much talk of "Nuno not good enough" and "Nuno out" with all the stuff swirling around the club so far this season that was beyond his control. All in all, he's done a good job weathering the storm.

It was the capitulation at Arsenal and being overwhelmed at home by Chelsea that really hurt him, but he's actually on track so far [the win against Man City maybe got people overly carried away]. Obviously the league games at Newcastle, West Ham, and Burnley, and then Man Utd at home, will give everyone an idea of how things are likely to pan out for our new manager. Nuno seems an adaptable guy and that strength may see him through and ultimately give him a Poch-like stature.

The first goal came from a solidly performing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ollie Watkins equalized for the visitors, and finally a Villa own-goal under pressure from Lucas Moura.

Preview: Last home match against Villa it seemed like the end of an era as Harry Kane applauded the 10,000 Spurs fans allowed into the stadium [pandemic limits] and in turn received a standing ovation.
Last season home to Villa was farewell Harry Kane  
Or so people thought

Meanwhile this weekend Arsenal traveled to Brighton and battled to a no score draw, while West Ham lost at Brentford.

Well Harry stayed and in this "new-ish" season packed already with weirdness Villa have done a tiny bit better than Spurs so far this season - both destined, if judged on their first six games, to be upper mid-table to lower Euro competitions level. Decent, but not earth shattering.

Check back here at The Spur for lots of reactions as Sunday progresses into Monday. Check back here at The Spur for lots of reactions as Sunday progresses into Monday. Thanks!


Europa Conference 2021/2
Spurs subs
sink Mura

Spurs 5:1 NS Mura
Full time. Harry hat-trick!

Well, although the opposition was very small time compared to the level of any premier league side, it was good to see Harry shining and getting some superb supply from teammates, and in the last part of the second half it seemed the players were finally in the groove and establishing a solid understanding. Highlights.

Yet another goal with the seconds ticking down. The newly "inspired" Lo Celso assists Kane and now our world class striker Harry bags his hat trick, takes the ball home, and it's all over for this one.

Those subs of three of Tottenham's biggest stars snuffed out any hope of an NS Mura comeback after that brilliant goal from the Slovenian #11, since then Moura, Harry, and Sonny have created nightmares for the visitors. The latest sees Lo Celso [inspired by the new talent now on the pitch] releasing Son who crosses to Kane for the fourth Lilywhites goal of the match.

Moura assists and a classic poacher's goal from Harry Kane puts Tottenham up 3:1.

Spurs bring on Kane, Son and Lucas Moura soon after the NS Mura worldie goal that narrows the home lead. Makes an immediate difference and now NS Mura have a serious containment challenge.

Two up early doors and... it's in danger of going Spurs-shaped as NS Mura pull one back. Spurs sank into a funk after their second goal for some weird reason instead of tightening their grip. What is it about this club, eh? Small crowd and rock bottom self-confidence surely all part of the story. That said, it was a sensational scorcher of a volley from #11 into the net from a Spurs clearance and sometimes you just get "them kind of goals out the blue".

Match started with THFC on fire: Dele fouled inside the box by the visiting goalkeeper and Alli scores his own penalty; and when Lo Celso runs confidently into the box and picks his target to beat the Mura keeper it's 2:0 with the Lilywhites confidently in control. They've found their level!

Line-up announced. Gollini; Doherty, Rodon, Romero, Reguilon; Winks, Skipp; Lo Celso, Dele, Gil; Scarlett.

Perhaps a surprisingly strong Spurs team with Romero, Reg, Gil and Skipp to play this one against Mura with another critical Prem game coming up this weekend home to Villa, but as expected no Kane or Son to start but available as subs.

Mura are from Murska Sobota which looks like an attractive town in what seems, from various panoramic views, an unspoiled region of Slovenia, and the fact that their home stadium [this match of course is away for them] holds less than 4,000 spectators gives an idea of how deep the Euro Conference is digging to make up the numbers. The town itself boasts just over 11,000 inhabitants. Their players will gasp at the modern footballing palace that is TH stadium. How filled it becomes is another story.

Previously in the Euro conference campaign Spurs battled to a 2:2 draw away to Rennes while Vitesse [Netherlands] defeated Mura 2:0.

COYS! or Mismo Mura! Match soon underway.


Premier league
Wake up call
Still glimmer of hope for future
Arsenal 3
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Sept 26, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22)
by Pat Pending

Are Nuno's Tottenham actually good?

Are Tottenham Hotspur Europe's most confusing club?

Reactions: Oioi Spurs Community: "2nd half was better when he brought on Skip who made a difference and Gil. We actually could of got back into the game. The ref didn't help. Spurs should of had a clear penalty, which VAR didn't even check, Kane come close to scoring and their keeper made a worldy from Luca's great shot."

Chris Cowlin: "I'm gutted, I'm worried, and I'm very very angry." Tapintobs wasn't having a good day either.

Dier Hard not606 poster: "When I saw on Twitter that Gil got brought on ... from what I could see he done more than Dele and Ndombele combined and was involved in Son's goal. It's a ****ing travesty Dele and Ndombele got picked ahead of him today."
Spurs Women beat Reading 1:0  
Women W=3 D=0 L=0

Humanbeing in Croydon not606 poster: "This is where the comparison with Villas-Boas comes in: he dropped his system to play attractive football because people moaned and our shape disappeared overnight and, with it, our goal difference. Fast forward eight years and what do we have? People moaning our football isn't attractive enough, the system gets tweaked and our goal difference vanished overnight."

TheSpur reaction: Diabolical, disorganized, and total disarray, and in a state of shock, with only just over half an hour gone, Tottenham Hotspur were 3:0 down and without a semblance of competitive credibility. The first half and significant chunk of the second was so horrific it was hard to believe such a one sided derby was actully playing out before our very eyes.

A glimmer of hope emerged in the later part of the second half, the indefatigable Heung-min Son scored a great goal, Lucas nearly made it two, and perhaps even more importantly Spurs showed some signs of a side that contains talent and creativity and, theoretically, could actually be an exciting and successful side, incredible though that sounds based on recent league performances. Bryan Gil, in particular, came on and proved a refreshing and lively addition - should have been a starter.

Let's see what the world thinks of this. Do we have any hope for the future? I think we do, but there's a mountain to climb and from somewhere, anywhere, is there the vision, commitment and determination to turn this dismal situation around?

Pre-match: "Arsenal's struggles offer Spurs grim warning of their own mediocre future" reckons Jonathan Wilson of The Guardian.

BBC Football notes that Arsenal enjoy a "fully fit squad" and that "Tottenham are still without Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon but Lucas Moura could come back into contention after resuming training. Spurs striker Harry Kane is set to make his 250th Premier League appearance." Lawro's prediction is 1:1. Interestingly the BBC also points to Tottenham's lack of goal scoring prowess, the side with second fewest shot attempts in the Prem, worsted only by, of all clubs, Leicester.

After six matches per club we can start to look at the table as a realistic barometer of how the clubs really stand in the Prem's brutal pecking order. Let's hope the Cockerel's sharp beak nips the Gooners' Arse in the butt.

Please check for match-day reactons.


League Cup [3rd round]
Spurs thru!
Wolves get shoot-out stage fright
Sept 22, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22)
Wolves 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Molineux, Wolverhampton, by Rob Francis \

Shoot out: "Spurs are on their way to Wembley, Tottenham's gonna do it again..." Quite the match to watch and in the League Cup 4th round draw it's Burnley away. West Ham, who beat Man Utd now play Man City. As usual the brown bag merchants Chelsea and Arsenal get easy home ties.

Hojbjerg missed his shoot-out penalty but the other Spurs were spot on the money and if the opponents fluff two of their own then it's good enough. Chant to Wolves: "2:2 and you ***** it up!"

But it did seem like two evenly matched fairly decent mid-table sides battling it out, albeit a gripping encounter. It's still too early to tell if this current Spurs incarnation can rise above solid mid-table. But at least my relegation fears are quelled!

Anyway this match alone was worth every cent of the 699 pennies I shelled out for the month. Well done Spurs. Arsenal next in the prem this weekend.

Second half: Golden opportunity but Tanganga skies the ball which is why, as the commentator said, he hasn't ever scored for Spurs. Harry Kane so close to a 2nd, incredible save. Both sets of fans well up for this thriller.

Ndombele loses possession in the midfield and great combination play by several Wolves players for an impressive equalizer by Daniel Podence with Dendoncker assisting and Wolves' South Korean August signing Hee Chan Hwang also involved in a superb build-up. Moments later Kane almost regains the lead. Amazing second half so far but bad news for the Lilywhites who seem mostly on the ropes now.

Ndombele scorcher in 53rd minute, wow, Wolves keeper could barely control it and somehow deflects it away from the target. Spurs have somewhat quelled the Wolves momentum since they scored, now it could either way if there's another goal.

First half:Wolves bounce back with a headed goal by Leander Dendoncker from a corner kick. All of sudden the tide has turned as the home side comes alive, pushing for a quick second goal. Both sides have a serious chance to score before the half time whistle intervenes to leave Spurs ahead at the break.

Spurs goal: "He's one of our own, he's one of our own, Harry Kane, he's one of our own..." Yes, Harry Kane on the scoresheet 2:0.

Spurs goal: "Spurs are on their way to Wembley, Tottenham's gonna do it again, they can't stop 'em, the boys from Tottenham, the boys from White Hart Lane..." Tanguy Ndombele intercepts a Wolves clearance and buries it. One up early doors.

Preview: Spurs beat Wolves earlier in the league season as they basked in 100% perfection, but the bubble burst and now here we are at Molineux again for a League Cup do or die encounter.

Check back as TheSpur reacts to this knockout match that should tell us a bit more about how the new manager and new players can integrate, or not.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Oliver Skipp doesn't do "highs and lows" that much but when he's solid, he's solid.


Premier league 2021/22
Tuchel tanks Tottenham
A game of two halves

Son starts
for THFC
Sun, Sept 19, 2021 @ 8:30am Pac/USA time
Tottenham Hotspur 0
vs Chelsea 3
US TV: [none], US Online: Peacock
by Rob Francis

Reactions: Lappers82 [Cowlin viewer]: "We have more statues on the pitch than around it."

We Are Tottenham TV: "We stopped playing second half."

Peter Coppard [Cowlin chat scroll]: "I used to watch Jimmy Greaves at White Hart Lane in the late 60s - so exciting - Alan Gilzean, Alan Mullery, Mike England, Martin Peters, Pat Jennings etc. RIP Jimmy."

Chelsea eventually eased through as expected while Tottenham held up for the first half before the inevitable unfolded. Thomas Tuchel, who apparently grew up a Spurs fan, pulls off Mason Mount, throws on N'golo Kante, and it's curtains for Spurs.

Match: It took until the early second half for Chelsea to score [Thiago Silva 49'] and then it was mostly one way traffic, with a second following soon after [Kante 57], as the first allegedly carbon-zero top flight football match took place. An injury time goal by Rudiger just added to Chelsea's plus goal difference and leaving Spurs with minus 3.

Spurs were actually competitive in the first half but Chelsea's German manager Thomas Tuchel tweaked his side to kick into a higher gear after the break and combined with some poor moments of defending by THFC threatened a 2nd half meltdown.

With enough players fit Spurs could theoretically, on paper, have a decent side, but right now they're out of their depth against sides like Chelsea and the question becomes what it really was all along: Is Nuno the man at the helm that can mould the talent into anything special, and will the names on paper actualize their potential and deliver?

Tottenham Hotspur line-up: Lloris; Royal, Romero, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli; Lo Celso, Kane, Son.

Jimmy Greaves, magical scoring ace, up to today Tottenham Hotspur's most legendary living player [also played for Chelsea], dies aged 81. What a player he was for Spurs, beyond outstanding, including a club record 266 goals, and the English top tier's all time highest scorer with 357 goals.

Preview: Two crucial factors, prior to this game, heavily favor Chelsea [unfortunately] to win. First is form, and second is availability of key players.

Chelsea are in top form and their manager has rapidly assembled a cohesive squad of superstars that look to seriously battle to win the Prem and even the Euro Champs league. They only have two squad players injured.

Tottenham Hotspur, by contrast, are in poor form, and a combination of overseas covid regs and injuries are making it extremely difficult to determine whom, of the players Nuno would prefer if available, is actually fit enough to start or even play on Sunday. This element of the unknown is the last thing the Lilywhites want as they struggle with just how they're going to shape up this season. Last time I checked no less than nine players have some kind of question mark over their heads regarding availability.

Of course it's not unusual for a lot of players in doubt of playing to wind up being green lighted but this season no other club has struggled with possible injured or unavailable on-field personnel the way that Spurs has. For this curse to reach a crescendo just as we face Chelsea followed by a reviving Arsenal could not be worse timing.

Another key issue is whether Tottenham can find a way to bring Harry Kane back into the frame. He's been knockin 'em in for England but almost invisible for his club, and the various reasons for that could fill a book, including lack of service, lack of chemistry between the midfield and attack, and his head not being "right" after failing to get a move to a "bigger" [richer] club like Manchester City.

Getting the chemistry back between various key players, such as the Son/Kane partnership is tough if you don't know whether one of the is even going to start, or be playing.

THFC Preview from Chris Cowlin, Tottenham fan.

CFC Preview from Younes, Chelsea fan.

Both sides Preview from We Are Tottenham TV with Blues Fans TV.

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Dutch woman Sarina Wiegman just made an impressive debut as new manager of England Women's international side winning 8-nil in the nation's opening World Cup qualifier at St Mary's stadium in Southampton. Admittedly the visitors were North Macedonia but a great start to her career as England manager.


OK back into the usual mark-up app now to continue reactions. So to continue the Guardian reaction, they mention how it was Tanguy Ndombele's back-heel that initiated the first goal to put Tottenham one up, Skipp feeding Kane who first timed it to Moura, whose cross led to Rennes' Bade own goal.

But after that brilliance, Tanguy was left stranded one-on-two by a quick Rennes give-'n-go to equalize. Then, deep into the 2nd half, Spurs keeper "Gollini spilled a low shot from Kamaldeen Sulemana, with Laborde enjoying the easiest of tap-ins" [Guardian]. 2:1 to the home side.

But with less than 15 mins of regulation time to go a Doherty center bounced off a Rennes player to leave Hojbjerg with a massive opportunity he gladly took. Spurs had salvaged a point on the road against a decent side, but in all honesty it was relief more than exuberance at that point.

Outside the usual fire-breathing Spurs forums and in the more moderate spheres of mainstream reaction there was a surprising amount of positivity about some of the THFC players' performances but overall the mood is subdued as questions are asked about Nuno and fears of a full blown injury crisis mount. People still rate Ndombele highly, and although Nuno seems not his biggest fan [and the player himself would rather be elsewhere], but he may actually turn out to play a key role in Tottenham's immediate fate. Hojbjerg and Tanganga are popular chaps overall, too.

Misgivings abound over Doherty, Davies, and, sadly, Kane. He excelled for England recently but, for a number reasons to go into later, he's on the park but that's about it at this point.

Next up the one which could be painful to watch. Us vs Chelsea. Please check back for future updates and reactions, and Chelsea preview.

PS: Apologies, in some of the quoted reactions the player names had to be abbreviated owing to temporary technical difficulties. Also, the first quote using the back-up markup was attributed to the BBC when it should have been the Guardian. It cannot be corrected at this point. One of those crazy working days but back to normal for the home game against Chelsea.


Premier league
Spurs run ragged
Tanganga red carded as Spurs collapse
Sept 11, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22). by Klaus Struggle
Crystal Palace 3
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Selhurst Park, London. Highlights [NBC US]
US live: NBCSN, Fubo, SlingB, HuluTV, U/verso

Reactions coming in: You gotta hand it to Tifo, mucho respecto, they saw this Palace trend ahead of the curve. For all the reasons outlined it was not THFC's day. But Palace were slowly simmering quite some time ahead of the season and it was mostly going under the radar.

Spurs knew they were coming into this game with a weakened defence and it got worse with the sending off of Japhet Tanganga. Showing almost nothing up front combined with a missing midfield and growing desperation at the back, and so many missing players including Son Heung-Min, it was, even so, an even tougher watch than expected, and the red card was the tipping point but obviously not the only problem. Forget the 100% record, this was, even under the circumstances, absolutely dire. Emerson Royal looked lively for a while as he made his debut but his brief spark failed to ignite the team, though the Brazilian did a decent job dampening wily Wilfred Zaha's danger for most of the game.

Spurs Women beat Man City. 1st time ever. Sept 12, 2021  
Women 100% so far
Odd how Paratici and sidekicks never noticed or signed up Odsonne Edouard from Celtic. Could use a dude like that to trot on and causally destroy the oppo. Two goals in eight minutes from the sub's bench. Only Sergio Aguero does that! That's one way to introduce yourself to your new club and gain instant hero status. And when you look at Zaha and Benteke's contributions up front for Palace it highlighted the forlorn and bereft Tottenham goalmouth threat, which was in fact non-existent. Conor Gallagher was also outstanding for the SE London side.

For many Spurs fans the complete absence of Ndombele and Gil was a surprise disappointment.

Please check for more reactions.

Preview: Going into this weekend Palace vs Spurs is the first match up which means insanely early morning viewing for most north American viewers but time-shifting is way to solve this.

Before a ball is kicked this weekend the famous Tottenham cockerel stands proudly aloft the Premier league table as the top flight's only club to take 100% percent available points. Palace start with more modest aspirations having notched only two points from three games and 14th in the table.

The main difference about our south-west London hosts is that Roy Hodgson signed off as manager after keeping the Palace ship afloat in the Premiership, allowing their supporters at the Holmesdale end, who usually sing and chant boisterously from beginning to end, the hope that in former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira their Eagles will will be a more exciting proposition to watch. For them, frankly, it's a brave but risky road they've chosen, but best of luck to you other than when you play THFC of course. Most casual observers of the Palace will know their up-front firepower best: Zaha, Benteke and Ayew.

Tottenham's challenge is that international duties amid the pandemic, along with injuries related to playing for national sides, have combined to cause significant decimation of our squad: Gio Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Son Heung-Min, Davinson Sanchez, Oliver Skipp, Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon are all out or in doubt.

Spurs Odyssey: "Who will partner Eric Dier at the back for Spurs at Selhurst Park? ... probably Japhet Tanganga, who has shown he can play anywhere across the back four."

Guardian: "Patrick Vieira should certainly be fired up against his former north London derby rivals, and will hope his side pick up from their creditable draw at West Ham to secure a first win. In the end, Harry Kane's superiority could be all Tottenham need to continue their barnstorming start."

BBC Football: Surprisingly Lawro predicts a 1:0 home victory, presumably factoring in Tottenham's availability woes following the brutal international week's incidents, but he cites the fact that Palace have steadily improved with each game so far this season. Personally, I don't see a Palace triumph but rather a draw or narrow away win.

Please check back for post-game reactions as this London derby plays out on an early September Saturday.

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Prem league match
Hornets stung
by jaw dropping
Son free kick
Spurs 1:0 Watford
Son scores in his 200th Prem game
by Pat Pending

Absolute and mind warping talent makes the difference as an in-swinging direct free kick from South Korean superstar Heung-Min Son destroys [new link] heretofore plucky Watford.

BBC football: "The result means Spurs will top the table heading into September's international break." Yes: nice to see Spurs two points ahead of the nearest other clubs, however all SIX* clubs below us [who are all two points adrift except City who are 3 points behind] have better goal differences, notably City who boast a whopping 9 to 3 GD advantage over Tottenham. [*updated after the Man Utd result later same Sunday].

But the fact remains, at the time of writing, that Spurs are top of the league and Arsenal are at rock bottom. Look at the state of Arsenal: a dismal negative goal difference of 9 and zero points.

Preview: NBC has officially switched Arsenal games over to Comedy Central. Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal all the way to the Championship itself. Never doubt him. Arsenal's GBP 120m transfer spend on "talent" is in safe hands.

Meanwhile the mighty Lilywhites eagerly await Sunday's match at the new White Hart Lane with Watford making the commute from suburban Hertfordshire across north London to the shrine of football and the wrath of Harry Kane, making his dramatic home season debut, and the ever lively Heung-Min Son.

THFC line-up possibility: Lloris; Tanganga, Romero, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Dele; Son, Kane, Gil/Bergwijn.

BBC's Lawro predicts 3:0 to THFC, with his guest going for a "scrappy" 1:0 home win. The other news linking the two clubs is of course French midfielder Moussa Sissoko's transfer from Tottenham to the Hornets. Meanwhile Spurs invest in a defensive midfield Pape Matar Sarr with a view to future involvement as he transforms into a loan player still wearing the maroon kit of his present club Metz in scenic north-east France.


Europa Conference qualifier leg 2
Pacos de
Ferreira
Spurs 3:0 Pacos de F.
Kane nabs brace, Gio LoC gets #3

Early Reactions: Harry Kane enjoyed a triumphant "return" to the hallowed Spurs turf after being sidelined in a bizarre 'behind the scenes' struggle for his services between moneybags Man City and Tottenham Hotspur's dealin' Danny. "We tried to open the door to negotiate but the big master of the negotiation, Daniel Levy, knows everything and he would not do it. Maybe I would do the same if I had Harry Kane in my team," said City manager Pep Guardiola -- an insightful compliment.

A good evening out especially since, as the commentators pointed out, it gave a lot of fans, who might not get to see the Lilywhites in person under normal circumstances, a golden opportunity to savor the live Spurs experience - arguably the best reason to participate in a lower level Euro qualifier because tickets are actually available. Gotta think of future generations and give them a chance to be part of the club.

Second Half: Lo Celso grabs a third THFC goal and the north London side is now the huge favorite in this contest to make it into the group stages in a very solid performance as we enter the final minutes. Son almost makes it #4, as does Steven Bergwijn [replacing Gil] who hits the post.

Spurs start the 2nd half two up. Way better from Tottenham so far compared with the first leg, in control of the game and threatening for a third goal, almost achieved by Gil, who is a fan favourite already.

Half time: Spurs lead 2:0 on the day and so it's 2:1 aggregate, all to play for. The Lilywhites have turned it around. The B team and newbie talent couldn't make an impact away in Portugal, but when you bring in Harry Kane to liven things up, most everybody around him suddenly improves as well. It's contagious. In the US the match is on Paramount+ [online] while the THFC official site is providing both a match tracker and a BBC Radio London audio feed.

First Half: Kane nabs a brace before half time. Harry Kane, now on a brace [2 goals] gets his second courtesy Lo Celso, and Bryan Gill [who's partnered well with Sessignon so far] provided the assist for the first goal.
Harry Kane stays at Spurs!  
An era continues

Preview: It's Thursday Aug 26th and Tottenham Hotspur's very survival in Europe is at stake. The anticipation for this showdown is subtle but nonetheless existent among supporters, if not playing second fiddle to the brilliant news of Harry Kane staying at Spurs, yet the question remains about the extent to which the club's manager is willing to allow a third tier Euro club contest to get in the way of the real prize that towers above all else: getting top four of the Premier league and securing a Champions league spot. That, and only that, ultimately matters in the modern era of top level European domestic club league football.

And with a 100% track record in the Prem so far, you can't argue with the plan so far. Indeed, perhaps we can do both -- bounce back today from a one-nil deficit AND enter the [eyes glaze over] group stage of the E-Con. Maybe that's the "Eco[n]" system in which we currently swim.

US viewing: Paramount+ online channel.

Meanwhile BBC Football spoke with former former Spurs central defender and Swiss international Ramon Vega, whom they report as reacting "that it will be difficult for some Spurs fans to forget about Kane's desire to leave the club as he showed his 'true colours'. Of course the fans are delighted they have a player that they've adored for the past six or seven years. From the perspective of an ex-player, I would be annoyed in the dressing room if one of the other players handled the situation in that way."

However TheSpur was hugely excited that our fans up at the Wolves game treated him as the legend that he already is at this club. We're not thick. We understand that he's got ambitions to win stuff, who wouldn't in his place? But let's see if under Nuno he can win stuff with us. And the overall vibe around the club has been stunningly positive so far this campaign. There will always be hiccups along the way but so far so good, let's keep the dream alive.


The Spur's Premiership
Prem perfection - THFC 100%
Dele goal spurs Tottenham
Aug 22, 2021 (Ssn 2021/22)
Wolves 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Molineux, Wolverhampton, by Rob Francis

Reaction: Nuno's up and running big time, an exemplary start with a 100% Prem track record after two games, but this was less impressive than against Man City, yet if you can go away to a decent high pressing side like Wolves, nab a penalty and hang on for three points, it's still job done.

As Ricky Sacks said on LWOS, it certainly wasn't swashbuckling stuff but it was great to see us collectively showing the will and desire to succeed as a group.

The Guardian on transfers, including Wolves player: "The Nuno connection at Tottenham has introduced the idea that their new manager, two wins to the good, fancies linking up with a former Wolves charge, Adama Traorde, to add speed, skill and more speed to the Spurs wing. Other Spurs links include Kvicha Kvaratskhelia of Rubin Kazan and a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and the Bayern Munich midfielder, Corentin Tolisso. It would be a shock to see Ndombele play any part for Tottenham this season, and he may be involved in a deal including Lyon's Houssem Aouar which may return him to his former club."

MAN OF THE MATCH: Dele Alli. Yes he won and converted the penalty, yet beyond that he's been playing his heart out for the club under Nuno. Can he recapture his full natural magic? If so, wow.


Europa Conference qualifier leg 1
Pacos de
Ferreira
PdF file past Spurs 1:0
One home goal in uninspiring battle

It's over and with an almost complete change of cast from the City line-up it was like the polar opposite of what we saw in the magnificent win on the opening day of the Prem season just a few days earlier.

Good thing there's a second leg to this. Spurs will have to put out the first team and throw the kitchen sink at them: these spring-testers and upholsterers from the furniture capital of Europe are not just sitting this qualifier out. Spurs, by contrast, lounged around like couch potatoes. Unless I nodded off and missed some, there was one credible goal scoring chance apiece, for the home side it was enough to eke out a forgettable win.

Media such as the BBC happy to report that meanwhile "former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is off to a winning start in the competition with Roma, who beat Trabzonspor 2-1". It was his first official game in charge of the Italian club. Let's see how the Special One does in his upcoming first league match in charge when AS Roma host Fiorentina.

Spurs trailing by a first half goal scored by da Silva de Jesus [dude, work on that name]. Jeez - could this be the briefest Euro season campaign of all time? THFC B team + coupla new signings but it's just not happening so far.

The Europa Conference qualifier leg one is upon us, away in Portugal with only home supporters allowed. Harry Kane not going. Pacos de Ferreira is the opponent taking their name from the district in Porto. Not available on TV in the United States, tho some sites mention Fubo [not happening], but the Tottenham Hotspur official website has the audio plus match tracker. The match is available on TV in the UK.


The Spur's Premiership
Nuno & Son shine
Spurs magnificent all over the park
Aug 15, 2021 [Season 2021/22]
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Manchester City 0
NBC highlights. by: Rob Francis

Reactions: Only tenth in the table after all that brilliance? We should be handed the Prem title right now with Brentford honorary runners-up for running the gooners out of town.

Charlie, BBC reader: "Jack Grealish will not return to training tomorrow, he wants to force a move to Spurs." Meanwhile, I was chanting: "Are you watching, Mour-een-i-oh?"

Glued to every second of this opener to witness this historic opening match against the champions who are in the midst of nicking our striker, one of the best in the world. Are you watching, Harry Kane? But with Heung-Min Son spearheading a Tottenham Hotspur side that played this well White Hart Lane was in raptures by the end of this spectacular football game.

Man of the match? That's a tough ask and I'm giving it to our new manager AND the entire squad! This was a manager + whole team effort. If we even just sustain this level of performance we're gonna be one scary side to face. The standing ovation given to Japhet Tanganga reflects an outstanding performance by the central defender from north-east London and he's likely to win most votes once the counting is done. For my money, Lucas is on a par #1 equal, and Sonny of course was indispensable.
Nuno earns
his Spurs
in game #1

Brand new manager Nuno earned his Spurs in his first official game of the season, and it could not have been a tougher or more daunting opponent in moneybags Man City. [For USA/Canada readers who may not know, the earning your spurs idiom means "you show you are capable of doing something well, and can be relied on to do it well in the future."]

Nuno Espirito Santo was famously a thorn in Man City's side even as boss at Wolves, and he did it yet again today for the Lilywhites, but let's hope that his "curse" extends to other villains like West Ham, Liverpool and Man United [he already vanquished Arsenal in the MIND pre-season of course].

What impressed me most right off the bat was our confidence level; the fact that I wasn't terrified every time we had to defend; the belief that with or without Harry Kane this side could take on the best and give them a run for their money - or more, as Spurs did today. Everybody seemed to give everything and turn on their form collectively in a deeply impressive manner. Wow. Nuno seems to have brought out the best of this team individually and collectively. I am, seriously, blown away by this performance.

Good to see new Spur Cristian Romero come on late and get a feel for a big Prem game, helping shepherd the final few minutes towards victory.

My one big worry? City to come in with a GBP320m bid for both Harry and Son.

City view of the game: "Pep manipulating Sheikhs into releasing another 150m for Kane by deliberately losing to Spurs. Mastermind." -- Guardian reader.

Check back for more reactions.

Preview: After watching Brentford dispose of Arsenal 2:0 in the new Prem season opener it puts a spring in my step as I look forward to the visit of Manchester City in a match fraught with uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane's fate. Is he Spurs or is he City?

At the time of writing BBC Football says: "Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says a decision will be made on Saturday as to whether Manchester City target Harry Kane will feature." A Guardian sub-header notes that "Kane trained with squad for first time in pre-season on Friday."

Either way, it could really only be a tougher start for Tottenham if the Londoners were playing away at City's place. Even at home not many will be betting on us to win. Talk about a baptism of fire for Nuno in his first "real" match in charge of the mighty Spurs.

Spurs Odyssey notes "Sunday is probably too early for Harry (who only returned this week) and also for our major signings Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil. Romero has a foot injury sustained in the Copa America Final which will keep him away for a game or two. Gil only arrived on Wednesday after his exploits in the Tokyo Olympics where he also played in a Final."

Mad About EPL writes: "Nuno and Tottenham will be relieved knowing they'll not have to combat Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden on Sunday. Yet, the prospect of facing Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish in Sunday's game still appears scary. Dier and Sanchez have a periodical mistake or two embedded in their games, while Aurier and Reguilon aren't defensively great. Against City, the Spurs backline along with the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will have to be at their resilient best."
TOTTENHAM TURFIE'S PREDICTION: I'm a crazy optimistic guy so Turfie say one-one draw!


Pre season 2021/2
Cristian Romero

Romero is a Spur
Spurs beat Arsenal [MIND pre-season]

We are just a few fleeting days away from our official [non-pre-season] opening season fixture of, no less than, the actual premier league OMG. Think about that. Live globally. Harry Kane and which side is he playin' for? Anyway, we looked good in the MIND blowing pre-season "fake" derbies, even without Harry, and we accept where we are at, and in many ways surprisingly optimistic, in contrast to the gooners down the road, beaten mindfully by THFC, who are suicidal. Who's got it right/wrong? We're about to find out with Friday's warm-up of Brentford v Arsenal before the big one on Sunday.... the Kane derby!

Cristian Romero, Argentina international defender playing for Atalanta, signs for Spurs on a loan to poss buy deal valued at 42.6m GBP but positively greeted. Spurs talent spotting dealmaker 'svengali' Fabio Paratici may be onto a big win here as the Lilywhites seek to bolster the back with the departure of none other than Toby Alderweireld. We've been swooping what, three[?] Atalanta stars pre-season now.

Spurs sign Bryan Gil

Gil is a Spur
Very watchable 1:3 win @ MK Dons

Guardian article gives insight to "The workaholic world of Fabio Paratici".

Things going swimmingly with the signing of Bryan Gil and a fun and well played win over MK Dons in the pre-season warm-up with a 1:3 away win, offered free on the official THFC website via an amazingly professional yet entertaining presentation.

Seeing everyone on the field and on camera, including Nuno the new manager in good spirits, the players working for each other and raring to go, the traveling fans giving Heung-min Son a fantastic reception and the player himself thrilled to have re-inked with the club. Wow, this was the most upbeat thing imaginable on the planet today! And some remarkable goals too from both sides. Made us all hunger for more, and it's gonna keep on coming.....

More reactions soon to the signing of Bryan Gil and the club's pre-season.

More reactions soon to the signing of Bryan Gil and the entertaining visit to MK Dons resulting in a 1:3 win. Please check back soon.

Pre season 2021/2
Nu boss Nuno
debuts at Orient

Well into pre-season
Colch 0:3 Spurs; Orient 1:1 Spurs

SPURS: Dane Scarlett with a great first half finish for Spurs assisted by Lucas Moura and Harry Winks the architect. Orient's #20, Ruel Sotiriou [sign him, I've seen enough!], replied with an impressively cool second half equalizer as the opening pre-season friendly ends 1:1 at fellow north-east London club Leyton Orient. Orient vs Spurs via Spurs TV.

Watch the next few THFC friendlies, trips to Colchester and MK Dons, live for free on Spurs TV. After that it's gonna cost us to watch upcoming friendlies against the likes of Arsenal which reportedly is part of a double header with the Tottenham women's side also playing, plus a live crowd. Chelsea are the other "friendly", part of "The Mind" series wherein the three London clubs play each other once [proceeds to the mental health related MIND].

If you're fit you can walk between these two clubs as Orient host Tottenham Hotspur July 17 for the first season friendly and Nuno's first outing as Spurs brand new manager. It's on Spurs TV and here's the info from Spurs community along with their thread on the Orient friendly, dedicated to Justin Edinburgh, now in the pureland but much loved by both clubs. As Chris Cowlin reminded us on his YT channel [linked left column], friendlies are not about the result but getting prepared for the new season [highly paraphrased here but you get the drift]. Still, you can't help but be extra pleased if Nuno starts a winner. Doh!

July 17: Football Insider reports that Son Heung-min has signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

Nuno Esp. Santo new Spur boss
Tottenham Hotspur have a lot to be proud about to see Harry Kane be an integral part of defeating Germany to go thru into the quarterfinals of the Euros. At the time of this great achievement he was [and still is] a Spurs player. No one can take that away. Yes, he's been struggling for form and didn't seem too impressive for the first chunk of this match, but just when we start to wonder if injuries have knocked the best out of him he starts to interact with his teammates with that old intuitive telepathic understanding, topped off with a finely headed goal for England fans to celebrate and savor. Onward goes his national side career. But how will THFC replace him when the time comes, which seems very soon?

It just doesn't seem possible that Levy and Paratici really think Nuno Espirito Santo is the manager for Tottenham Hotspur. And yet, it's about to happen. Disappointing. We'll get behind him, but... really?

Not as bad as Gennaro Gattuso which I suppose is some consolation. But we should have been aiming much higher than these two uninspiring choices.

Fonseco and Gattuso's flirtations have to be shortest managerial links of all time as Gattuso gets added to the list of "managers who weren't". Said the Guardian following the Fonseca collapse: "Tottenham have opened talks with Gennaro Gattuso after their move to appoint Paulo Fonseca broke down in the latest blow to their search for a manager." Chris Cowlin's panel discusses this highly controversial turn of events.

Until the right person came along, we shoulda kept Ryan Mason as gaffer, especially after beating Leicester in the final Prem game and ending the season on a higher note of optimism than the club has hit since the Poch era.

PREVIOUSLY: Well, well, well. Home to Harry Kane? Moneybags Man City mosey south to the capital to take on Paulo Fonseca's Lilywhite & Blue army. It's stacking up to be an interesting full house at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium come opening game in August, a standout fixture that will dominate the first weekend of a brand new season.

And now back to the hiring of our new manager as 'reacted to' by various people including our former US keeper Kasey Keller.

Matt Hayes Tottenham blog after the two targets fail, for different reasons.

The Spur was stunned by the Mourinho appointment, but positive on this news having learned more about him. Says Rob Francis: "The current Spurs government have beaten any resistance I may have had towards anything they do in their current incarnation. For now, I simply live my life, and with Spurs, whose story I will always follow, I go with the flow." Sounds like a plan.

Tifo's take on new Tottenham manager Paulo Fonseca.

Meanwhile Fabio Paratici installed as managing director [of] football.

Get well soon, Christian Eriksen!
Thank you Danish medics
Conte a no go - reactions: That would have been disastrous bringing in Conte. What is it with our "failed at Chelsea" obsession? Missed Gab Marcotti's reaqctions to this - but the panel said it instead. Just no. No Conte. A marriage made in hell. "But he did so well at Inter, like Mourinho!" Whether we like it or not, Spurs and Inter are not interchangeable. Nor are Chelsea. Let's not keep hiring their dregs. Spurs leader Daniel Levy has an enormous challenge and the pressure appears to be forcing some dubious decisions. A souped-up "Mourinho on steroids" is not an answer, but the beginning of a more extreme turbo-charging of what we've just been through.

Post Season
Bees beat
Swans to
win Prem spot

Brentford & Dundee win playoffs
Congratulations to Brentford on winning the Championship playoffs for the final promotion place in the English premier league, and meanwhile on the other side of Hadrian's Wall it's excellent news for Dundee fans as the dark blues seal a place in Scotland's top flight.

Saturday 5-29-21 update: Congrats to Brentford - After 10 playoff attempts, they finally got a promotion via "the hard way!" Hilites.
Says Brentford Bee on Griffin Park Grapevine: "I'm raising a glass to all of the old time fans who never saw us in the top flight and aren't here to celebrate with us."

Brentford FC have become associated as the team that gets into playoffs and never wins them to get promoted that way. They finally did it, 2:0 over Swansea and they and their brand new west London community stadium can enjoy basking in the Premier league.

Bees captain Pontus Jansson: "I could go home to Sweden and retire now as this is what I have dreamed of. A lot of people questioned my move here but I saw something in Brentford and I brought things here that I learned from Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds. I brought his ideas here with me."

But let's also applaud Swansea City who, whilst barely in the game during this one sided match, have previously fought to save their beloved club from being destroyed by greed and incompetence, and now hold a 20% ownership stake themselves in The Swans via the Supporter's Trust. Let's hope they continue to be among the front runners in the second level and, better yet, eventually regain a place in the top tier.

Dundee FC beat Kilmarnock 2:1 on the day SPFL hilites and 4:2 on aggregate to go up.
Yes, full time at Rugby Park in the fight for the last promotion spot into the Scottish premier league. Dundee are up! So the local derby with United is restored and bigger clubs will visit Dens Park again and earn more money for the club. Charlie Adam, Dundee: "It's something I'm really proud of as captain, to take my boyhood club back to the Premiership, that's what I set out to do."

Original post: Great to see Alan Gilzean's former club Dundee FC beat Kilmarnock in the first leg of the promotion final to hopefully get the Dee back into the Scottish top flight, but they go to Killie with a slender 2:1 aggregate lead. 'mon the Dee!, Up with the Bees, and COYS! Lots of fitba to be sure. It ain't over 'til it's over.


Premier action
Dazzling Spurs Endgame
Bale brace saves Spurs
FULL TIME
Sun, May 23, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21)
Leicester City 2
Tottenham Hotspur 4
by Rob F. Highlights!

More reactions from LEICS vs SPURS match: Jimmee, Guardian match report commenter: "Happy St Arseington's day, everyone! Must say I spent the whole afternoon trying to convince myself that finishing below Arsenal was worth it if it meant avoiding the Conference league. But nah...this is better (just)."

Second half over: What an incredible finale to this game. A brace from Bale changes the entire scenario in Tottenham Hotspur's favor - into Europe [Conference] and above Arsenal. Firepower when you need it, and Harry Kane, who assisted Bale's first, wins the Golden Boot.

Second half: Son Hueng-min corner wreaks havoc with the Foxes defence and the ball appears to float in for Tottenham's second, turns out LCFC keeper Casper Schmeichel tried to clear it but accidentally guides it in. Should almost have been a Son goal.

Second penalty blasted in by Jamie Vardy, meanwhile Arsenal get a second goal home to lead Brighton 2:0. But we are not surprised are we? Are we not happy? Spurs out of Europe and worse - below Arsenal.

First half: Loose ball in the box and Harry makes no mistake, he's on target for the Golden Boot right now. Toby gives up a penalty which Vardy, the victim of the foul, score. Tottenham Hotspur are being battered in the opening phase of the first half. Spurs aere clueless if we're honest. Hammers ahead so bye bye Europa League. Arsenal 0-0 with Brighton.

Pre-match: There are a bunch of reasons why Spurs need to win this in addition to beating, for its own sake as a football match, the newly minted holders of the FA Cup and a team above us in the table and in frankly much better shape than us as a club currently.

Fans will have different priorities. For me, finishing above Arsenal would be great, and the first thing I would celebrate. For others, it's a chance to squeeze into Europe if other results oblige. That's not highest on my list because we should be getting into the Champions League [but won't], not one of the two inferior consolation leagues that do little to attract talent but simply piles a whole extra workload on a club that can't cope with extra burdens as it presently stands, or rather, teeters.

On a personal note for Harry Kane, BBC Football reminds us that he "is level with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on 22 goals - four ahead of nearest rival Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United" to win the Golden Boot.

On the subject of our biggest star a BBC article headlined Harry Kane: Things would 'fall apart' at Tottenham if they sell England striker, says Jenas hints at how vulnerable our beloved club still is, even with Britain's best club stadium and nearby training facilities second to none.

The Guardian outline why the Foxes are likely to be tough opponents: "Leicester must beat Tottenham and realistically hope Liverpool fail to beat Crystal Palace to qualify for the Champions League." That's motivation dude. Guardian writer Graham Searles goes on to say "Spurs, meanwhile, will be desperate for a win of their own to avoid a classic St Totteringham's Day if Arsenal beat Brighton. To slip below the Gunners would be particularly painful after leading them for the whole season and, indeed, the entire league for a minute earlier on."

There'll be a decent amount of fans for the final round of matches, 25 per cent of full capacity or a maximum 10,000 fans, but the vast majority will be home ones. That said, if I'm understanding this correctly, 5% is now allocated to aways fans, up to 500 max, who are allowed in as of the last two rounds of the Prem season [this being, of course, the farewell round of this particular season].

By the way, congratulations to Brentford for making the playoff final to decide who grabs that coveted third promotion spot into the Premier league. Apart from Spurs matches, Saturday's encounter, in their 2nd leg playoff semi-final hosting Bournemouth, was the most riveting and entertaining English match I've seen this season. If you missed it, do check out the highlights. Now, after so many playoff disappointments, will the Bees of west London finally get there? They've got to beat Swansea City at Wembley first.


Prem league action
Spurs turn it on
Spurs ease past Wolves
May 16, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Wolverhampton W. 0
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
US live online TV:NBCSN Net:Fubo,Sling,Hulu. 6a PacZone/US-Can

Match Reaction: BBC Football: "This dominant Spurs display was brimming with everything that was absent in their defeat at Leeds eight days ago."

Ryan Mason 2 Nuno Espirito Santo 0. The honeymoon was over since the defeat at Elland Road but getting to know each other on a more everyday level seems to be suiting Spurs fans and hopefully interim boss Ryan Mason alike.

Anyway this was a convincing win by the boys in white and midnight blue but Wolves barely got into 3rd gear and Tottenham were a long way from firing on all cylinders.

But you know, if you can still crank out a win when it's so crucially needed, if only to ensure finishing above Arsenal and scraping into a non-Champions League European competition of one sort or the other, then just about everything else is overlooked, no worries [at least, until we lose again]. And it's not everyday that Pierre Hojbjerg hits the back of the net. Plus Harry may stay just to beat Jimmy's Tottenham scoring tally. Sounds brilliant.

Please check back for reactions around the web soon.

MAN OF THE MATCH: That man who provided an assist and scored himself, and he played bloody well, too.

Preview: It is as if they invented a new third tier Euro competition to keep Tottenham Hotspur's season alive. Enter the Europa Conference League. For a lot of us, we just want to see Kane and our other celebrated world class outfield players -- Son, Bale, Alli -- all together showing how the future might have unfolded had they roamed the pitch together as one: free, dynamic, successful.

That's not how the future will unfold, but to see the Lilywhites finish strong in the last three encounters and dispose of Wolves, Villa, and the brand new FA Cup winners Leicester, would go far in rousing a disoriented fan base in need of inspiration. Failing that, just stay and finish above Arsenal,who are on a strong winning league streak but have only two games remaining, Palace (away) and Brighton (home).

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is one of many names linked with the full time manager's post at THFC but his side went through a dodgy period this season after a bright start, leaving them going into Sunday placed solidly in mid-table at 12th compared with Tottenham's 7th with eleven points separating them. However Wanderers have won 3 of their last five Prem matches, 1 better than the hosts.

Stay tuned for more preview and reactions to this match which, on the north American west coast, is an early Sunday morning start.


Premier action
Bielsa masterclass
Could Spurs lure him away? Doubtful
Leeds United 3
Tottenham Hotspur 1

US TV:NBCSN Net:Fubo Sling Hulu Universo - May 08, 2021 (20/21). NBC Hilites

Reactions: The offside rule has got to be modified to reflect the stifling damage VAR has inflicted upon striker's natural abilities and need for forward momentum as the ball is being struck.

BBC Football: "On a frustrating day for Spurs, Harry Kane had two goals ruled out for offside and hit the bar from a free-kick, while Illan Meslier produced an excellent save to keep out Serge Aurier's deflected attempt."

BBC Football: "Bamford has had a hand 22 Premier League goals this season (15 goals, seven assists) - only one Englishman has been involved in more (Harry Kane, 34)."

The honeymoon, as they say, is over and Ryan Mason misses a place in history which he would have got had Tottenham Hotspur won their first three league matches under his tenure, interim though it is. The south Yorkshire side played like we always hoped Spurs would. Alas, Tottenham occasionally roused themselves to show what they could do but were largely ineffectual and pedestrian by comparison with lively Leeds.

The Guardian match report noted that Ryan Mason's "first Premier League defeat came to a manager 36 years his senior and a side with a cohesion and gameplan Spurs should envy." The Spurs defence was "shambolic by the time two substitutes, Raphinha and Rodrigo, combined for Leeds' third goal."

Guardian reader gruniadreader666: "As a Leeds fan I have been watching Tottenham with a sense of deja vu. They are a club whose board have got a little too excited about how well the team are doing and the worry is with the billion pound debt that they are overexposed financially." Guardian reader Teenage Lobotomy: "I have really enjoyed watching them [Leeds] in the PL since the beginning of this season. All strength to them. A breath of fresh air."

More reactions fit to print coming soon.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Harrison, Struijk, Dallas, Bamford, Alioski, Koch - all playing for each other, how could this team be only mid-table? Next season, watch out.

Preview: If Ryan Mason wins this he's got a hat-trick of premier league wins under his belt. 100% track record as far as the league concerned. Eat your heart out, Tim Sherwood!

BBC Football's Lawro: "Leeds were pretty poor in their defeat at Brighton last week when they missed injured duo Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha. Both of them are doubts for this game and it would definitely mean advantage to Tottenham if they miss out again."

In the reverse fixture played in Jan of this season The Spur's headline was "Hooray for Jose"as Spurs romped to a 3:0 win.

The Spur will even admit to crowing: "Credit to Jose Mourinho who responded to the hailstorm of criticism after Tottenham Hotspur parked the bus against Wolves for almost the entire game after a very early goal only to let the win escape. This time his adjustments were perfect and the result was a professional enjoyable game that highlighted the natural talents of a top shelf cast of players whose skills were allowed to shine.


Premier action
Mason's Lilywhite Army
Blades blunted by Gareth hat trick
May 02, 2021. FULL TIME
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Sheffield United 0
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
NBC hilites

Reaction: Reactions start here. Guardian commenter mathgirl re boot stamp on side of Lo Celso's head: "Rugby ref. 'The contact is with the head, no option: Red Card.' Followed by a ten-week ban. It was just awful."

Meanwhile... Man Utd fans anti-Glazer protest postpones United vs Liverpool game and leads to confrontation.

Back to Spurs vs Sheffield Utd: Guardian match report.

Dier Hard, not606 forum: "Bale on Aurier getting two assists: 'Yeah he keeps going on about it, if he got three assists I'd have let him have the ball!'"
Next: Leeds (A). "Much may hinge on whether Harry Kane or Patrick Bamford triumphs in a much anticipated battle of two strikers""  
Guardian preview

The Spur: A fantastic win for an unshackled Spurs. The dour, sour approach of Mourinho is replaced by talented players expressing themselves and working for each other. Bloody good to watch. This is why I supported Spurs in the first place.

2nd half: Cherry on the Gareth Bale hat trick cake -- count on Son to furnish his own piece of magic, perhaps the finishing touch, enabled by Bergwijn's assist. Four-nil.

Spurs now three up and Gareth has his hat trick. Clinton Morrison BBC live tracker: "It was all down to Serge Aurier and that's two assists for him. It's brilliant play down the right hand side and he bursts between two people. Harry Kane makes a good run and and takes a few Sheffield United defenders away away and the ball into Bale's pass is brilliant. He was never going to miss and that's a hat-trick for Gareth Bale."

Goal #2 is a gem, Son beating the opponent to a loose ball in midfield and finding Bale whose long run and blasted finish just paid the Welshman's salary since his return.

Son Heung-min deemed offside after a superb long ball from Toby Alderweireld. It should have been a Spurs classic but as the commentators commendably pointed out: Son was leaning into the forward space as front runners and strikers do in order to pounce at the perfect moment, and VAR checked offside decisions need to factor this in somehow in future rule improvements.

Half time: Spurs still have the slimmest chance of a European Champs league pHalf time, Spurs leading one goal to nil.

1st half: Serge Aurier's dinked lob over an opponent leaving Gareth Bale in turn to flick impudently past the keeper and the magic is on: one-nil. Tottenham Hotspur are much more fun to watch without a certain egotistical hindrance in the way, and they're back to enjoying their football again. One up, and of course it would be delightful to get that second cushion.

Match preview: Spurs still have the slimmest chance of a European Champs league place [or failing that a decent chance of lower level European action] next season. So the campaign, going into this match, did not completely die with the club's disappointing loss in the League Cup final.

New manager talk swirls around the THFC media world.

WATTV match preview and predicted line-up.

How motivated will the Blades be to prove themselves when they're already relegated? For most of them, most likely, very. Some players may be desirable to other clubs and others will be deemed valuable to the club's ability to bounce back to the top flight next season. For the players, if not the club itself, the motivation in these situations remains strong.

A similar scenario exists for the home side. Those that had been demotivated by Mourinho are in a potentially new post-negativity era and the loss to City in the League Cup final was clearly devastating to most of the squad. Most talent plays to win not to lose.

In the reverse fixture it was good news for "hungry" Spurs with Jose Mourinho basking in an "overwhelming" performance according to NBC Sports.


League Cup Final
Spurs finally concede
Tottenham tried, but outclassed
April 25, 2021 [Season 2020/21]
Manchester City 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0
USA Live:ESPN+
@ Wembley stadium. FULL TIME. Rob F reacting.

Reactions: My own reaction is to agree with the poster on some online platform wherein he stated the League Cup should be awarded to somebody outside the six English wannabe Super League clubs, since their [failed] rogue league would have effectively eliminated the entire League Cup competition, and so therefore he duly congratulated Brentford FC on their super League Cup success! Well it gave me a laff to mitigate the not wholly unexpected loss of the "fake Final" itself.

I also wanna congratulate Ryan Mason because he didn't have time to transform the side into what they could be, one of the most exciting in the world, but he actually outdid Mourinho at his own tactics. Our players were nervous and made errors and were overwhelmed, but they actually kept City at bay better than Jose would have done. Kane didn't look fully fit and that made it all the more difficult for the manager and the players, and Harry himself of course, to compete on a level playing field.

By the way, congrats once again to Hugo Lloris, several sensational saves.

Second Half: Tottenham held out almost to the end, but with around 8 mins to go, conceded a De Bruyne free kick which provided the LaPorte headed goal to break the deadlock.

First Half concluded: Boy do we need Ryan's magic half time talk, and still hoping we can make it to half time scoreless. We did!

Spurs under siege in the opening half hour but somehow hanging on, saved only by the post in City's best of many efforts. City targeted Harry Kane's ankle as a weak link on the one occasion he got to the ball and marauded forward.

Pre-match: ESPN FC preview, including speculation that Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann is THFC bound.

BBC Football and other sites note Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are available whilst Harry Kane's fitness and availability is being monitored, as THFC interim manager Ryan Mason put it, "hour by hour".

Guardian Football: "Whichever way it swings, the supporters of either club - if not, it seems, the owners - will be delighted to win a trophy."

Wembley will admit 8,000 supporters for this match. But obviously it comes at a time of serious discontent among vast swathes of both legions of fans who are still in shock over what these two club's owners and/or management, along with ten other clubs, just tried to do to Europe's beloved national football leagues without even consulting with supporters.

"Mourinho's gone. Spurs are free to express their best-attacking ability. We have nothing to fear, just play your best. COYS." -- VK, Chris Cowlin YT viewer.

Meanwhile, The Independent reminds us that just because the Super League got repudiated for now, the new format of the Champions League is just a watered down version of the same thing, as the "new format includes two slots for clubs with the highest UEFA coefficient who miss out on Champions League qualification, so long as they qualify for the Europa League or the new third UEFA competition, the Conference League.

Ranked by five years of performance, UEFA's coefficient rankings could be easily confused with the Deloitte Money List: it is dominated by clubs like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City. These extra places in the Champions League are not a sporting prize but a financial safety net, a parachute to save the richest clubs in Europe should they fall off the top." Yuk. Bastardos!


Prem action season 2020/2021
All hail Bale & Son
Mason delivers more bounce to the ounce
April 21, 2021. Rob Francis reacting
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Southampton1
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London. Highlights
Scorers: Ings, Bale, Son [p]

Post match reactions: Right now my immediate reaction - we descended into hell and then got promoted into heaven in the space of just a few days. The game itself unfolded like a condensed flashback, a mirror image of what had gone on in the previous two and a half days. Hey, stuff happens, they got the karma cards mixed up, but all's well that ends well.

If the first half was like a tribute to Mourinho, a dismal dour display, the second half showed ever increasing signs of the swashbuckling Lilywhites we knew was bursting to express itself. Lovin' it.

Like your favorite laundry detergent, THFC acting manager Ryan Mason took 45 mins to show us what we craved to see: way more bounce to the ounce! He may be younger than some of the players, but fresh youthful exuberance [combined with a few dazzling seconds of brilliance from our now senior statesman Gareth Bale that helped turn the game around] is to be applauded.

Second half: Son Heung-min goal disallowed [Moura deemed interfering with play, gotta say Lucas seemed desperate to get on the score sheet only to get in the way on a couple of occasions], but Son goes on to notch a penalty [Saints foul on Reguilon right on the penalty area line, confirms VAR] despite a high pressure situation, that's one of the many reasons the South Korean superstar striker is so brilliant - boy did Spurs need this one.

Second half: Great Tottenham build up and inspired goal [60 min] taken by Gareth Bale. His movement on the ball, and that gloriously precise curvature on the ball as it sailed gracefully into the net. T'rific. 1:1.

Second half: Underway. Spurs actually had a shot on target. A strong statement well into the second half. THFC showing occasional signs of life.

First half winding down: Shock - Spurs get a corner. Danny Ings boots Bale's effort away. Later, the Southampton hero injured himself in the act of shooting, saved by Lloris, but Ings still had to be subbed.

Will all the would-be SuperLeagueTM team players be as lacklustre as Chelsea and Spurs have been so far? Tottenham look disorganized. What will Ryan Mason's plan be to stop the midfield and defensive rot? This could be a cricket score.

Goal #1: Saints win a series of corners and around the half hour mark take the lead courtesy Danny Ings [who else against Tottenham, 3rd of the season against THFC] from the Ward-Prowse corner. Yikes.

1st Half kicks off: We're up and running. "Ryan Mason's Lilywhite Army!"

Preview: Imagine the grief the members of the "Super League" insurrection are gonna get from opposing fans for at least a season to come. Luckily the grounds and stadiums are empty of fans so no worries for now.

Besides, Spurs fans would be doing their own celebrating, ecstatic that the one and a half year horror show under Mourinho is dead and buried, and now our interim gaffer, the youthful and Spurs thru and thru Ryan Mason will attempt to guide the white shirts of north London.
"Super League" collapses in less than 2 days  
Good news dept.

Southampton have a dire record playing away at Tottenham Hotspur, and with the home club's likely bounce from a squad unshackled from the chains of low block boredom, it could well be that the first time watching Spurs in yonks will actually be fun, regardless of the result. And let's face it, the only result now that matters this season is the imminent League Cup final against Manchester City.

A lot depends on the fitness of Harry Kane [unlikely] and for how long he plays if he does feature [League Cup final needs Harry]. At least, under Mourinho, the club was inordinately and heavily dependent on the brilliant presence of England super star Kane in the team.

In one of the handful of highlights of the current season, Spurs tonked the south coast side 2:5 at St.Mary's in the reverse fixture, so that alone has Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl craving revenge, but Southampton know they're dealing with an unknown quantity: facing a talented Tottenham line-up without the outdated constraints of Jose's negative tactics.

Southampton are the dream team of sports minded Americans everywhere, unencumbered by any threat of relegation but simply playing for pride in a season long rendered sterile by mid-table ennui. Okay, couldn't resist that with all this super league nonsense barely over.

Talking of which, overnight the English super league wannabe teams have all fled via the exits so, as previously mentioned, there's thankfully no away fans to take the piss.

Sky stat: "Southampton have drawn each of their last three Premier League away games against London sides."


Super League Crisis
Super league
a threat to the
future of the game

Stupor League in disarray
Football fan power prevails
Within less than two days the horrific greed grab of some of the most influential "Super League" mega-clubs, whose coordinated coup, heralded with a late Sunday barrage of newsflashes, is withering on the vine. Some of the "founding dozen" have scrambled to wipe their smug announcements from their media [while the more desperate of them are still on board, even as their idea crumbles around them], or announce, in effect, "False alarm. Nothing to see here. Move along sharpish." But the PR fallout from this debacle has probably only just begun. Meanwhile, football fans show they still do have a say in the beautiful game. Glory be.

At time of writing there are two English clubs who've declared their withdrawal, namely Chelsea and Citeh, the latter club stating: "Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League." Elsewhere, Manchester Utd's breakaway architect Ed Woodward has fallen on his proverbial sword. What are Spurs and Arsenal thinking, noses held high? "No great loss." LOL. [Note: the report of Barcelona pulling out proved incorrect]. Martin Lipton: "Here's one you wouldn't have put money on: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is 'delighted to welcome @ManCity back to the European football family'. My enemy's enemy is my friend....?" And where, again, did Man City 'go' to be welcomed back so warmly? I'm dying here!

Euro Meltdown
Football fans in uproar
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust stated on April 19th: "We demand the Board immediately disassociates itself from the breakaway league. Only then can meaningful discussions about change take place. If the Board does not do this, we will have no choice but to call on new owners prepared to safeguard the past, present and future of our great Club to step forward and work with us."

Football lurches closer to the sterile "Americanization" of the European game that will lead to lots of repetitive flavorless and dead rubber matches, games that seem more like friendlies and the absence of "everything on the line" showdowns of consequence. In short, the fossilization of top level professional sport.

MLS is a classic example of how soccer fails to attract an audience if the regular season is little more than warm-up friendlies, and by the time of the playoffs people have long since completely lost interest. The big banks and corporations don't understand the self-imploding ramifications of their decisions, mistakenly assuming that what works for the NFL will work with football turned into a super league detached from the rest of the game, and which will die the same way as a head ultimately dies without the support of a body.

Alex Samuels, Spurs fan on WATTV: "You can't have a competition without competition." Samuels also reminds us that the UEFA's perennial incompetence has contributed to this current crisis. Combine that with the fallout from the pandemic, it's brought to a head something that's been brewing for a long time.

Proposed SUPER LEAGUE: GatehouseAmi [Guardian commenter] on the new proposed Euro Super League in which Tottenham is one of the twelve "founding" clubs involved: "I like the PL's long term prospects more than those of a Super League with no promotion relegation." Meanwhile, Jose is terminated as THFC manager.


The Spur's Premier action
Kane nabs a
brace of true
poacher's goals
Mourinho gone
Reactions to 2 big stories
Everton 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
April 16, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21)
Goodison Park, Liverpool. FINAL SCORE.
US TV: NBCSN. Online: fuboTV, SlingB, Hulu. H Hoofball reacting.

Match Reactions: "I think Jose also knows his time is limited, whatever people may think of the guy he ain't stupid and he knows he's not doing what was asked and that only ends one way for a manager." -- dier hard, not606 forum

Reactions on the way as Everton vs Spurs concludes a 2:2 draw.

Match over: Tottenham Hotspur yet again let a lead slide. At least, thanks to Lamela and Kane, they didn't collapse and fought back to nab a point, but that's not enough to get into the Top 4. Now it's gotta be a bid for the Europa league.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Shared between Harry Kane whose goalscoring prowess knows no bounds, and Hugo Lloris was oozing professional goalkeeping to keep THFC in the game.

2nd Half: But wait it's Harry to the rescue as Lamela finds the England ace with his incredible ability to be positioned and coiled ready to bury a great feed. 2:2, Spurs are level.

Seamus Coleman comes on as a sub and immediately sets up ex-Spur Sigurdsson who scores a crackerjack goal as Spurs fans fear the grim inevitability of losing their grip on victory or even of a draw.

1st Half: 1:1 at half time as Harry Kane scores a true poacher's goal to put Spurs ahead.... another story unfolding of THFC leading and then blowing it? Well an Everton penalty scored by ex-Spur Sigurdsson makes it even going into the half time break.


Premier league action
Tottenham's toxic Mouro
Will Harry Kane "leave Spurs"?
April 11, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Manchester United 3
@ TH Stadium, London N17. Final score.

Reactions: "It is striking how different the mood around Old Trafford is now to how it was in Mourinho's final season, largely because of the personalities of the managers. Like a toxic Charlie Brown, Mourinho bears with him his personal cloud. By this stage in his reign, his focus seems always to have shifted from getting results to making sure nobody blames him for the results. By contrast, Solskaer's name literally means sunshine. Whatever else may be said of him as a manager, he lifts gloom." -- Jonathan Wilson The Guardian match report.

"We've just watched Pogba and Shaw, 2 players who Jose ostracised and convinced many were shit, have a jolly up on our heads." -- Team Spirit, Fighting Cock forum.

A ray of hope from Guardian reader godfrey007: "All the bad Spurs managers win one league cup."

"Groundhog day again. As soon as any team starts actually competing with us in the 2nd half we have no answer." -- Brad Matthews, you-tube watcher of Chris Cowlin channel.

Check back for reactions here at The Spur as Mason Greenwood seals the result making it 1:3.

How much longer can this go on for THFC? Will the reactions reflect the general mood: Mourinho gone at the close of the season, and, sadly, the amazing Harry Kane too [link to the Irish Hotspur]. As always he was defending, attacking, and everything in between.

It was an expensive and ultimately disastrous choice of managers. The modern world means that every year the big get bigger and the small get smaller [in the corporate economic world and in sports] as we spin out of control. Let's see if the world reacts similarly to this opinion.

Second Half: Cavani gets his revenge for being disallowed in the 1st half. Teenager Mason Greenwood, on as a sub, providing the cross. 1:2, probably the winner. [Turned out he himself scored which did seal Spurs' fate.]

Sure enough, just as we thought, United powering back and not long after the break they equalize. Lo Celso replaced by French midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Under Mourinho, Spurs have a massive problem holding onto leads, and United have a phenomenal away record, so this is going to be, uh, interesting.

First Half: Here we go. Match underway. 36th min controversial Utd "goal" disallowed. A few minutes later, Heung-min Son caps a brilliant Tottenham build-up to put the Lilywhites ahead. A cautious start first half turned into controversy from a well worked United disallowed goal and a quick response by Spurs to take the lead.

Club announces line-up: Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Lucas; Son, Kane.

BBC Football remind us: "Tottenham are seeking a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 1989-90 season .... Spurs have won just six of their 28 Premier League home games against United - but three of those wins have come in the past five seasons."

Spurs vs Man Utd - one of the classic match ups in every year of the English fixture list.


Premier league action
Spurs slip in battle for 4th
Geordies 2 Lilywhites 2
Sun, April 04, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21) Live in US Online & TV
Newcastle United 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
NUFC fan Geordie twitter

Second half in action: Just minutes to go before full time and a quick Spurs break sees Kane hit the post. Instead, Newcastle nab the equalizer. That's how it ends. Please check back for reactions coming in soon.

Spurs start the second half 1:2 up and with Son Heung-min replacing Vinicius. Although ahead, THFC have dropped the Moho shell that has cost the side so dearly in earlier games and they've been actively seeking a third. Newcastle also looking too good to go down, but right now, Spurs have the valuable points.

First half in action: Both sides going for it. Not surprising that the home side have been in terrible form but suddenly find their mojo when presented with Tottenham, breaking thru in around the 27th min to take the lead which lasts 1.5 mins before Kane equalizes. And he's not done yet, within a few minutes he's notched a brace. 1:2 to THFC.

Earlier in the first half: Turns out Reguilon is ready to play again but not Son Heung-min, so Carlos Vinicius starts up front with Harry Kane. In the opening minutes Lucas Moura [pic] is the shining light for the visiting Londoners including an early chance just wide. Around the 18th min Newcastle almost score in goalmouth scramble but Lloris saves the day for now. Six mins later Vinicius "scores" but flagged for offside.

Line-up: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon; Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura; Vinicius, Kane.

Match preview: A couple of seasons ago in this corresponding fixture The Spur noted how Geordie fans were complaining about their paper thin squad and how their club is being run into the ground. "Spurs are light years ahead of us because of one fat b@stard," complained Newcastle poster Kal. Back then Spurs fans were also unimpressed with their club's lack of transfer signings.

But since then [Aug 2018], when Spurs went on to win 1:2 [when Poch was in charge], the gap between the two clubs is even wider, with Spurs, despite our wobbly current season, in a five horse race for the 4th Champs league spot, while Newcastle are only one place above the relegation zone going into Sunday's premier action.

More recently, the corresponding fixture for last season saw Tottenham, under Mourinho's guidance, enjoy a 1:3 win with Son scoring first, the Geordies levelling, and then Harry Kane nabbing a brace.

Son and Reguilon are available for this one.


Premier league action
Spurs arrest Villans
Let's have Moura that, Spurs
March 21, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21) @ Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2
NBC hilites of this match.

Reactions: Cartilage Free Captain: "Lucas Moura had a really nice match, working well with Kane and Vinicius, and getting back to make some good defensive plays too. He continues his solid run of form." Indeed. Lucas with lid off.

This BBC Football fact puts a wonderfully positive spin on the Spurs trajectory: "Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games, as many as their previous 15 league matches beforehand." True but rosy. Like their take on Carlos Vinicius: The Brazilian "has scored nine goals in his nine starts for Tottenham across all competitions." Again, true but rosy. But gotta love the positivity, and they're just the facts, Ma'm.

BBC reader post: "There are about 6/7 teams who could get the 4th spot for a Champions league place for next season. It's a big ask for Spurs as they can't show any consistency this year .... Moura was good and has passion for the team."

That said, what a refreshing on-field change to Tottenham Hotspur. The Lilywhites played like an actual football side instead of sitting back in a defensive shell and waiting to concede goals. We're not Brazil, mind -- City would have run this show -- but an almost unbelievably welcome performance none the less. T'rific.

Second Half: Harry gets a goal closer to the club record of Jimmy Greaves, fouled on the end touch-line in the box and blasting it in from the spot [68']. Two nil, massive sigh of relief for Spurs supporters all over the globe. Villa, by contrast, have shown surprisingly little in this game and now have a mountain to climb, thankfully, and they're no Arsenal or Zagreb, especially missing Jack Grealish.

Early doors after the break Kane comes so close, twice. Moura in the action as usual.

First Half: Oh that's a nice goal, around the 29th minute, from Spurs scored by Carlos Vinicius [1st Prem goal] with amazing support from Harry Kane and the current man of the match Lucas Moura.

Quarter way thru the match, Spurs looking livelier than previous two nightmare matches, about even so far, but Villa create the best opportunity so far, around the 20th minute.

Match has kicked off and lots of changes in the starting side, some forced like Lamela [suspended], others, like Winks, a managerial decision, as we get underway with the super soaraway Spur. Vinicius makes a very rare league start, known more as a Europa league and Cup striker.

Match in progress: Rodon in a rare first team appearance. Tanganga another not heavily started. Lloris; Tanganga, Rodon, Sanchez, Reguilon; Moura, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lo Celso; Vinicius, Kane.


Europa league action (Ssn 2020/21)
Zagreb 3:2 Spurs [Agg]
Spurs collapse
March 18, 2021. Rob F reacting.
Dinamo Zagreb 3 [FINAL]
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Final. 3:2 agg. DZ thru.
US TV:TUDN. Net:Fubo, P'mount

Post Match: It's all over in more than one way as THFC abjectly exit the Europa league losing 3:2 on aggregate. All we need now is for Alan Sugar to buy back the club and the final blow to this once great club is complete. Never mind, cheer up, we could be Birmingham City.

Jose must also stop blaming the players and take responsibility for this recent horror show version of a great club. His era ended sometime before his 2nd stint at Chelsea. That's now a long time ago. He's lost the dressing room. This was a performance by players who don't want to play for their manager and want him gone, sorry to say.

Match: Mourinho has turbo-charged Spursy. Yes we actually blew a two goal lead and in part two of extra time Zagreb nab a third [so agg is 3:2 no away goals]. The Spurs internet must be in meltdown right now. I am also melting down.

Preview: Sportingpedia: "Tottenham defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2:0 last week in London. That was the first competitive game between the two sides, who have faced each other just once more in their history, when meeting for a friendly way back in 2008. Then the Spurs trashed their Croatian opponents 4:0. To summerize, Tottenham have won both matches with more than a one goal margin and have managed to keep clean sheets in both encounters.

"Dinamo Zagreb quickly returned to winning ways after losing to Tottenham last Thursday, trashing Varazdin 0:5 away from home in a game of the Croatian league on Sunday.

"Tottenham lost the North London derby 2:1 to Arsenal on Sunday. Prior to that game Jose Mourinho's side was on a run of five straight victories, conceding a total of one goal in the process."

Heung-Min Son and Giovani Lo Celso are injured.

Evening Standard: "Two goals from Harry Kane has Spurs in the driving seat as they look to win the competition to lift some long-awaited silverware, in what remains their most likely route back into the Champions League. There will be a new face in the Dinamo dugout after former manager Zoran Mamic resigned after being sentenced to prison for more than four years."

Please check back for in-match and post-match reactions here at The Spur.


Premier league action
Lamela rabona in vain
Moura shines but Spurs poor
Arsenal 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Mar 14, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21) FINAL SCORE
US Live TV: NBCSN,Telemundo. Stream: Fubo,Sling,Hulu

What the ***** are Tottenham trying to do?! asks ESPN.

Second half: It's all over. Convincing victory for the home side. Manager Mourinho, as with his uninspiring, frustrating stint at Man Utd, is not delivering what Tottenham Hotspur require going forward. Mouro cannot overcome his addiction to the defensive shell and counting on a break. The players look neutered again. Bloodbath in the League Cup final?

Stoppage time, Arsenal finally regain control after a brief spell of panic as, for a moment, THFC had the momentum, but not enough. A Kane free kick goes over. Once again Lucas Moura was the one creating the few THFC chances.

Final minute Kane free kick almost does it for Spurs to equalize, so close with Harry hitting the post with AFC keeper beaten. That could have been the one. Harry tried like hell at the end but earlier he never got proper service to get into the game.

Kane heads in Lucas Moura's free-kick but offside. A few minutes left.

Lamela's 2nd yellow, off he goes. A talented player whose mistakes make his plusses arguably too expensive.

Doherty concedes penalty, Lacazette scores, 2:1 home side. Spurs have been "desperately poor" in the words of the BBC match tracker. Dele Alli subbed in for Ndombele.

First half: Mr Rabona Erik Lamela puts the lads ahead. After half an hour of parking the rickety bus THFC came to life [it didn't last --Ed.] and what a goal.

Arsenal striker Aubameyang doesn't start. Good omen for Spurs? Arsenal moving the ball around, Spurs are in containment mode. Gooner Smith Rowe hits the crossbar. Uh oh, Son makes a run forward but ends up going off injured with Lamela on.

Tottenham Hotspur Lloris; Doherty, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg; Bale, Lucas Moura, Son; Kane.
Arsenal: Leno; Cedric, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette.

Preview:Remember moaning sharky gooner having a moan back in 2016? He's sobered up just a bit since then, recently confessing: "I hate that I support the same football team as Piers Morgan." Fair play, he's an honest geezer.

Yes it's that time again, what some people mistakenly call the north London derby but actually isn't because only one is from north London, namely Tottenham. Arsenal are from south-east London, if you know yer 'istory.
Spurs Women stem losses with 0:0 draw at Reading W.
  
The Spur

That said, Spurs do have a very significant and loyal fanbase in both south London and the southern home counties in addition to the more obvious areas, so props to them all.

Rob Guest on Football.london: "Jose Mourinho now has his ultimate big-game player to run riot alongside Harry Kane vs Arsenal."

Please check back and also delighted to say there will be no delay in reacting to this match as happened recently owing to other circumstances beyond TheSpur's control.

That's it for now but more match play reactions right here in moments. Please check back.


Europa league action (Ssn 2020/21)
Kane nabs brace
1st leg ends with 2:0 THFC win
March 11, 2021. Rob F reacting.
Tottenham Hotspur 2
vs. Dinamo Zagreb 0
US TV:Unimas. Net:Fubo, Paramount. Hilites

Reactions: nuttynailor, Guardian reader: "It was nice to see players making runs off the ball. There were many occasions that a player on the ball had a choice of forward passes which makes a change to the stagnant performances of earlier this year. Also really been impressed with Lamela lately. Let's hope for more of the same in the NLD."

Robbo, Glory glory: "Solid win against a team of thugs aided by the blind man with the whistle."

remembercolinlee, not606 "Goons get a third...Kane get a giant ice pack...and Moura gets another lump kicked outta him. This ref is beyond bad." [Arsenal went on to win away 1:3 at Olympiakos. For Spurs: Kane seemed okay last seen, but no guarantee.]

Cartilage free captain: "The North London Derby looms ahead this weekend for Tottenham Hotspur, and Jose Mourinho rotated for this European first leg accordingly, making seven changes from the team that started against Crystal Palace at the weekend. Only Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, and Davinson Sanchez retained their starting spots."

TheSpur reactions: Apparently Clive Allen was one of the voices on the UK feed of this game but for me it was in Mexican Spanish so would have liked to hear Mr Allen but as a consolation prize my Spanish is improving [from ground zero], and the Mexican version is easier to understand and learn -- at least: as spoken by articulate commentators. No lisping, for one thing. Anyway, no away goals for Zagreb is a massive bonus on top of the two for Tottenham.

Second Half: Back in action again and Harry's second. Get in there! This time for a clearance. He's been at exactly the right place at the right time, has 'Arry. That's the lot for this game live-wise but after full time please check back for the reactions above. Call me "the pillow guy" but I love a cushion over a slender lead to take into the second leg. Can U taste the quarter-finals, amigos? Si, si.

First Half: Great build up leading to Erik Lamela ghosting his way round opponents to unleash a shot that bounces back off the post to a conveniently located Harry Kane who guides it into an empty net with the Zagreb keeper hout of position trying to deal with Lamela's prior threat.


Prem action
Another big win
Bale and Kane get braces, Spurs romp 2nd half
March 07, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Crystal Palace 1
NBC U-tube Hilites [updated]

Full time and another big Spurs win with the lads on fire second half. Amazing. Tottenham like scoring four goals at the minute. Check back for more reactions.

BBC Matchtracker: "Erik Lamela lofts a cross into the box and Son squares it across the six-yard line for Kane to head into an empty net." That's goal numero quatro and Kane joins Bale on a brace.

Wowza, scintillating third THFC goal to make it 3:1 that is a worldie golasso. About 32 yards out into the top corner. Still a way to go to surpass Jimmy Greaves' all time club record but he's knockin' 'em in with style that lad.

Second half: We'll have the same again please: a Bale assist for Kane to score, like the first Spurs goal!

Spursy time as Christian Benteke equalizes.

It's all started jolly well with Gareth Bale scoring just after midway in the 1st half from an assist by Harry Kane. BBC Matchtracker: "Palace make their first defensive mistake and Spurs lead. Lucas Moura catches Luka Milivojevic out and feeds Harry Kane down the left. Kane rolls the ball across the six-yard box for in-form Gareth Bale to tap in at the back post."

Here we go!: Palace have a place in our hearts because in THFC's first senior match at Tottenham Hotspur's "astonishing" new stadium the Lilywhites won!


Prem action 20020/21
Just enough
Rub of the green enough for Spurs
Mar 04, 2021
Fulham 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Craven Cottage, W London
Live USA online. Highlights

Matchday: More reactions coming soon as an own goal is enough to see Spurs thru in a critical victory that sees the north London side getting something of a winning run going, with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale both starting the match and both involved in the build-up to what resulted in the only goal even if it was ultimately an own goal.

Fulham could have easily equalized if one of their several efforts had gone in or not been well saved by Lloris, rising to the occasion when called upon, and ultimately it's one of those kinda grind it out games with Spurs having more luck than Fulham who, who for all their good footballing this season, aren't nailing it enough and almost never seeming to get the rub of the green.

Tottenham fielded a strong squad which is demanding on the talent with matches cascading down from the fixture list with the Lilywhites at home to face Crystal Palace only three days after this trek down by the river side. We have to keep in perspective that our key players are being asked to play their socks off and -- yes -- they get paid well, but their human bodies are being asked to be almost superhuman.

"Spurs intensity just dropped off a cliff towards the end of the game. Hard to say if it's bad habits of trying to cling on to a lead by dropping deep, negative tactics by Jose, or plain old fatigue. Either way, it seemed like the players just couldn't press at all. Its a problem and would have cost 2 points but for a bizarre quirk of the handball rule." -- Matt Cruisekeen, Guardian reader. "Mourinho's Spurs lapsed into a default position that I can only assume has been coached into them." -- Sulayr, Guardian reader.

BBC Football match report: "Making a first league start since the opening day, Dele Alli played a key role in the visitors' 19th-minute opener as he fed the ball wide to Son Heung-min before meeting the South Korean's low cross - though Adarabioyo inadvertently got the decisive touch."

Pre-match: "Without Bale we're so one dimensional, we just get the ball out on the left and get closed down. It's nice to have a threat from the right hand side as well for a change. It stretches teams." -- Jake, Fighting Cock poster.

Dustin G-Miller, SB Nation: "Fulham are a team that Tottenham Hotspur should be able to handle, but the Cottagers' organization and defense could make things difficult. A low-scoring match would not at all be unusual, and Tottenham will need to be clinical with their chances. A win for Fulham would be a huge boost in their campaign to stay in the Premier League another season."

Sky Sports: "Tottenham will be without Giovani Lo Celso. The Argentine has been out since December with a hamstring injury and, although he is back in training, the midfielder will not be rushed. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed Gareth Bale will be involved after showing no ill-effects after his devastating display against Burnley on Sunday."


Europa league
Spurs 4:0 WAC
8:1 aggregate as Spurs sweep thru
Feb 24, 2021 [Season 2020/21]
Tottenham Hotspur 4
vs. Wolfsberger AC 0
Temp highlights

Matchday: Spurs go thru with a whopping 8:1 aggregate that stands in stark contrast to the dismal overall season for the club. The other big contrast is the players who have sucked in other tournaments have shone beyond belief at times in the Europa league, notably Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, and Erik Lamela.

The Lilywhites go into the last sixteen and of course to win the competition outright and thus get into the Champions league would completely turn the season around. That's gotta be the plan for Jose Mourinho because nothing else will be enough for him to remain at THFC given that the chances of beating Citeh in the League Cup final are extremely slim, and Top 4 is a pipe-dream.

Even winning the League Cup won't save him if that's the only good news -- this is a club run by people who are heavily banking on going deep regularly in the Euro Champs league. You don't build a world beating new stadium like this club has, spending a bundle on "talent" including manager, and then settle for wins over Austrian league teams or even a solitary League Cup final win. Financially that ain't gonna cut it after the ravages of a pandemic.

That's by no means to say this was not an impressive aggregate tally for Tottenham. It also shows that given the freedom to express themselves the talent is there in the team, just latent most of the time.

The talent pool also needs strengthening.

Mourinho: "We played well for large periods and all four goals were beautiful."

The match-ups for the Round of 16 are made this Friday. Who can it be next?


The Premier league 2020/21
The slide continues
Spurs fight back but still lose
Feb 21, 2021
West Ham Utd 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1

Spurs were almost a no show in the first half but later in the game fought back and on another day could have taken a point but only Lucas Moura managed to lessen the deficit from a Gareth Bale corner.

Check back for more reactions as both clubs continue their trajectory in opposite directions with both good and bad omens for the north London club in their battle to stave off terminal decline in the Premier league while still hoping to win the Europa league as their sole target for success this season.

Arsenal flop 0:1 home to Man City  
Full time
So up next it's Wolfsberger AC in the Europa and Burnley in the Prem, two highly winnable games that gives THFC a chance to show the positives emerging in this match including signs of form from Bale, some excitement generated from the side as they fought back and started to pressurize West Ham in the second half, and erase the negatives such as periods of sluggishness [like most of the first half] and Mourinho's main problem of creating a side that doesn't seem to have a cohesive vision or discernable sense of who they are and what they're trying to do. A big task, to put it mildly, for a manager under building pressure.

In the end Spurs had 69% of the possession and equal amount of shots on goal [4]. West Ham felt it necessary to foul more [11-7] and receive more yellow cards [4:3]. The home side "were prepared to suffer", in the words of Guardian writer Jacob Steinberg, to keep the Lilywhites at bay. Overall, irrespective of what Jose Mourinho's take may turn out to be, the better side on the day won. But this does not deny the fact that Tottenham fought back instead of fading and that's the single best feature of the match for the visitors.

"Today we had to rely on the woodwork a few times but I will take the two goals." -- reddies, WHU fan, Guardian match report commenter


Europa league
Spurs WAC the Wolves
Europa KO begins
Feb 18, 2021 [Season 2020/21]
Wolfsberger [WAC] 1
Tottenham Hotspur 4
US Live! TV:TUDN; Net:Fubo,CBS-Access , hosted by Tao Jones

Reactions: It was a convincing win but admittedly and obviously Wolfsberger are the minnows of the Europa league at this stage. But don't take anything away from the lads they did what they needed to, went three up, did the Spursy routine and conceded a goal and looked dodgy for a while, but then sealed the 4th which gives THFC a massive advantage going into the 2nd leg.

Please check back for reactions from both The Spur and how the rest of the internet responds to this welcome win after so many disappointing recent matches.

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur play their first match in the knockout rounds "away" [but actually on neutral soil] to Austria's WAC football club who hail from from Wolfsberg, a bucolic part of amazing Austria.

Even though it's the first game of this "sudden death" [as it's called in the States] phase of this season's Europa league, upon which, in effect, the London club's only real chance of getting into the European champion's league rests, it's not exactly a match the entire footballing globe is obsessed with. Mainly because Spurs have been an unsuccessful yawn so far this winter.

Well amigos, blow out the cobwebs and let's kick some serious ass to bring our club back to life. Go Spurs bro! Those guys are WAC!


FA Cup action
Goalfest
Out the FA Cup with a thriller
Everton 5
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Wed, Feb 10, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21)
Goodison Park Highlights. Shots on target: 9:11

Anyone remember the goalfest at Goodison Park in December 2018 when, under Poch, Spurs beat the Toffees 2:6 in the league? Well this 2021 Cup encounter was of course even higher scoring, but under Mouro the majority went to the home side this time. That said, the north London club actually had more shots on target.

This was a memorable Cup match but it doesn't help Spurs or Mouro and will soon be viewed as a fascinating sideshow distraction in the latter stage of Jose's tenure. "When the year ends in 1, Jose will spoil the fun."

Also spoiling the fun was ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson who has been a thorn in Tottenham's side ever since moving to the Merseyside Blues. This time he scored one [a penalty] and assisted three EFC goals including the final goal of the game that sent Spurs reeling out of the Cup.

Still to play for: a League Cup final, the Europa League is in the exciting knockout phase, and a brutal fight for top 4 in the Prem.


Prem league action
Spurs bag Brom
Son shines as Spurs Kane Baggies
Feb 07, 2021 (Ssn 20020/21)
Tottenham H. 2
West Bromwich Alb. 0
Rob Francis

The bottom line: Spurs are back thanks to Harry being back. The Kane/Son partnership was integral to pulling out of a terrifying Tottenham tailspin. At least we just missed the mountainside but the engines only sputtered back into partial life. Don't unfasten your seatbelts.

Records are for breaking and Harry Kane is getting close. As Cartilage free captain among others pointed out: "Bobby Smith scored 208 goals in 317 appearances. Harry Kane has now scored 208 goals... in 317 appearances. Wild statistic."

The chemistry of our two frontmen was in full evidence and a reminder that whilst they are truly exceptional individual talents, it's mostly together that they truly sparkle and whilst it's wrong to say the Lilywhites completely depend on them there's no doubt that this is the dynamic duo that gets Tottenham off the ground. For example, when Kane is around, observes The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg: "Son Heung-min comes alive on the left wing, hunting opportunities and giving defenders nightmares."

After this weekend's games Spurs stay at 8th but have a game in hand over many of the teams above and as such stay in contention for a top four place but it's obviously gonna be brutal to get in to next season's Champs league via this route or indeed by winning the Europa Cup.

Guardian match report forum poster hotsi partially echoed many supporters' sentiments typing: "A win's a win but still not convinced that Mourinho is the right manager for Spurs. All this result does is to paper over the cracks." Agreed, he's not the right manager for this club which is why there was a massive global howl of anguish when it was first announced. But this result does more than paper over the cracks, this win was desperately needed for the club over and above Mouro himself.

A win is indeed a win and it was all the more sweet as Arsenal lost yet again, victim to former Brentford whizz kid Ollie Watkins and his new Villa teammates, so a healthy gap remains between us and the goons. That said, as with us, they've got some serious talent on their squad who are not properly firing on all cylinders.

More reactions soon.

Preview: On Sky Sports the preview of the match centered around whether Tottenham Hotspur are the most boring side in the Premier league.

This is actually not going to be too painful to watch whatever happens. If we win, a nice 3 points. If we draw, the noose tightens. If we lose, the lever is pulled.

But don't watch for scintillating football played the Spurs Way because this side ain't coached by Bill Nicholson no more and the other lot are coached by Big Sam, respectively voted by pub pundits around the globe as the two most boring managers of all time. George Graham only made third place.

But there could be goals because WBA actually have high scoring games. As BBC Football points out "there have been 29 goals in West Brom's last 7 league games." Of course, WBA scored few of those, so the onus will be on Tottenham to bang 'em in.

Albion could be the expected handful, snapping and closing down in what passes for terriers in this pandemic. But Spurs may not fancy the physical commitment.

At least Arsenal are also in a tailspin, however they still do play what is recognizable as professional level football [League One level recently] unlike Spurs who amble aimlessly around.

Wish we had a free kick taker of the level of James Ward-Prowse - dear Lawdy what a cracker for Saints at St.James' Park. Becks eat your heart out. Remember when we had Eriksen? He recently took one almost as good for Inter.

The BBC's Lawro predicts Tottenham will win 2:0.

So with nothing to lose except a failed manager getting the heave-ho let's enjoy the game and who knows we might even win. I'll be the first to applaud if we win every game for the rest of the season and Mouro is manager for life.


Premier action
Zombified Spurs
Mouro's lost the dressing room
Feb 04, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21) with Rob Francis
Tottenham Hotspur 0
vs Blue Racists 1

Reactions: How much more of this dross can anyone stand? Once again, the best team did not lose. Even Southampton with only 9 players, whilst being utterly thrashed by Man United, showed more than we did. That's truly disastrous.

The Guardian writer captured the best word that describes the situation at Spurs so thanks to Barney Ronay for dropping the "z" word: "Jose Mourinho's rigid thinking brings zombified display from Tottenham" said the headline above the blog article which contained a paragraph in which he described the first half. Personally, I think it applied quite well to the 2nd half as well. OK, then, semi-zombified Spurs 2nd half display.

"Mourinho's really pushing his luck now. If we can't beat West Brom on the weekend, then we're in deep, deep ****." - PleaseNotPoll, not 606

The Special Dinosaur's days must be surely numbered. Caretaker manager to guide us to victory over West Brom?
"Tottenham have forgotten what to do when they have the ball.""  
Glenn Hoddle
Over the last ten league games our current form would leave us one place above the relegation zone and sinking like a stone.

And the football is abysmally dull with no supply line and no attack. Three consecutive losses. The players have been drained of any talent and desire.

Glenn Hoddle, Lilywhite legend: "Tottenham have forgotten what to do when they have the ball."

BBC Match tracker: "Toothless Tottenham." -- Clinton Morrison

This reminds me of when Leeds hired Brian Clough except Mouro lasted a bit longer before he became simply untenable.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Whomever is the new manager. Whomever is the new manager. Whomever is the new manager. Whomever is the new manager.


Premier action
"Sad" Spurs sunk
Spurs players "fighting sadness"
Brighton 1 [FULL TIME]
Tottenham Hotspur
0

US = Peacock. NBC Sports Hilites

Match: Brighton won their first home league match of the season. Admittedly they are very deep into their campaign but they always had the knowledge that as long as they nicked enough points away from home then come late January Tottenham Hotspur would be visiting to herald a revival of the Albion's home form. Bingo. Works every time.

That said: Tottenham perhaps on the rise? Under Poch, it was a 3:0 loss for Spurs and a month and a half later he was out the door. Losing to Brighton at the Amex is a bad omen for Tottenham managers.

Did "the better team" lose again? [Hint: "no"]. This time Jose said something about the Spurs players trying to fight their sadness when conceding a goal. That'll do it, gaffer. Brilliant! However, just a note about this club's fans [and many others]: their commitment to the club goes way beyond being "sad" when conceding a goal. For starters, how about doing something about it. Like not concede. Or scoring goals back? Even.... taking a lead and not losing it?

From the very start there was a creepy inevitability about the outcome. Brighton immediately asserted themselves, hit the post, and from those early seconds onwards the Seagulls were the only side going to win.

BBC Football: "lacklustre Tottenham", "sorry Spurs out of ideas".

Guardian match report: "The sight of Gareth Bale departing two-thirds of the way through after an ineffective display was dispiriting for anyone who hoped Mourinho has an off-the-shelf plan B and he needs to stumble upon something given the slim pickings offered here. The truth was Brighton could easily have won by more."

Mich Leigh fancam on WAT-TV.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Talented Frenchman Tanguy Ndombele worked hard. Several champions league clubs are circling. But like many in the squad, he's exhausted.


Spurs strike combo
Son & Kane
temporarily curtailed
as Harry injured
& off at half time
Prem league action
Sadly outclassed
Liverpool way better
Jan 28, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21) TV:NBCSN,Univ; Net:Fubo, Sling, Hulu
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Liverpool
3

Full-time reactions: Joe Lewis must be spinning in his mansion. Maybe Mourinho could give Burnley manager Sean Dyche a call for some future tips on how to play Liverpool.

James Redmond seemed happy following the game.

ESPN FC reaction

"For me the saddest thing is we are dire to watch. There's no fight. No attacking intent. Liverpool hadn't scored in hours of league football before tonight and guess what - they come and have a go and we just wilt, content to let them attack us over and over again. Jose got sacked for this sort of stuff at United." -- strangeboy, commenter on Guardian match report.

"Hojbjerg's goal was amazing. The slow mo shot of his goal from behind him was interesting. You can see how far the ball is away from him when he connects and yet he keeps the ball down. Fantastic goal. I wonder what he had to say to Klopp after the game." -- TaxmanCometh, commenter on Guardian match report. Possible Hojbjerg comment: 'If you're interested call my agent.'

Reaction 2nd Half: This time Mane makes no mistake, no complaints over the third goal this time, around 66th minute.

Didn't have much chance to stay in the game, Mane and Sala destroy Spurs for the third Pool "goal", but disallowed for handball. Yes Roberto Firmino handles it, but lucky the ref didn't give the goal based on Dier's manhandling.

Guess what, we didn't change. We're getting battered. O:2. Alexander Arnold. Our tactics are out of date and for a different type of team, different type of club. Hang about, we scored! Still in with a chance -- Hojbjerg keeps us in with a shout. Great goal. Really slammed it. 1:2. 15m quid of defiance and magic.

Reaction at Half time: Once again we see the serious downside of defending and trying to play on the counter. Sooner of later a side like Liverpool, if allowed to be constantly sweeping forward, will score. In fact they had at least four other chances like that. It's only a matter of time.

Thing is, if there's no effective threat on the counter, it's stressful to watch the inevitability of a goal being conceded by THFC. Riveting first half but, as said, stressful and ultimately disappointing.

Does Mouro have a plan B anywhere to be found for the 2nd half? We are a goal down, folks, we can't continue with the same failed tactic. And as a fan, there's only so long you can tolerate these Prem games going down the same road. We've done well in the knockout tournaments so far, but Tottenham's tactical performance in the league is way too predictable and fails to harness the talents we possess.

Preview: For us Tottenham Hotspur fans there's no way to overstate what a massive day this is. Tottenham Hotspur's current season pivots on today's outcome.

The game itself is still an empty canvas waiting to be created upon. In the battle of two sides [along with a handful of others] who could lay claim to the title of Premiership champions this is a fight that both sides need to win, not just because it's a six-pointer but also because both the Lilywhites and the Reds have dropped too many points already, there's little room for error from here on. Man City are the least inconsistent outfit in contention right now and on a serious unbeaten run in the league -- it's going to be hard to keep up with them. Meanwhile Leicester City are coming into form at the right time [as are West Ham and Arsenal of all people]. Even Chelsea, considered a flop so far this season, are only 3pts behind us, but we have two games in hand over them.

That said, even if we lose, and the odds and hype tilt towards the Reds of Merseyside, we've already established this fixture as being one of the biggest fixtures of recent seasons.

Neutrals love this match-up for THFC fans it can be stressful. "Wouldn't the country/world be a better place if nobody gave a toss who won, but just celebrated a great sporting event. Maybe I'm a dreamer..." But you're not the only one in the words of Liverpool's famous son John Lennon. Bob Bobson responds: "While I kind of like the idea it is wholly impractical unless you are a neutral. Competitive sport has always been partisan. It's nothing new."

Personally, being a long time fan of one of the two teams, I can't begin to describe the level of potential joy and pain in being partisan. I've always kinda admired a serial neutral's ability to appreciate a match on its own merits without attachment, but to me it's like chewing a stick of gum for two hours when the flavor has gone and it's just a rubber blob that's left. It's hard to see, or taste, the point. Supporting a team is the whole point.

Even if Spurs aren't playing, I'm usually able to pick a side in most footballing encounters. English, British, and many west European clubs come with degrees of either positive or negative baggage - and that added alignment always makes a game much more compelling to watch. But if it's not Spurs, the level of added flavor can never be anywhere near full strength.

Spurs supporter Chris Cowlin showcases opposition view

Spurs supporter Matt Hayes watch-a-long

Spurs supporter Tottenham fan TV expected line-up

The Darkside:

Red & White Kop forum

Mourinho on how Liverpool are getting it right both on & OFF the pitch

The Redmen


Spurs go deep
FA Cup Round 4: Wycombe 1 THFC 4

REACTIONS: For people tuning in halfway thru the second half it was a shocking scoreline of 1:1 and it stayed like that until around the 86th minute when the visiting manager Jose Mourinho's decision to bring on the big guns, to save a possible shock result, paid dividends to leave the plucky Chairboys devastated. That's when Harry Winks scored a peach of a goal and Ndombele followed up with a brace.

When a club can bring on subs like Kane, Son, Ndombele and Hojbjerg against a bottom of the table second tier side it shows the awesome imbalance in Cup matches like this. The cavalry of talent simply overwhelmed Wanderers.

It's a tribute to Wycombe that Spurs had to resort to such depth from the bench with the Londoners only a few days away from a massively important Prem fixture against Liverpool. Jose would have liked to avoid the risk, but when the year ends in 1 you gotta weigh and then play the options. He got it right for this one.

FA Cup 5th round draw
Everton vs SPURS
Manchester U. vs West Ham
Swansea vs Manchester C.
Barnsley vs Chelsea
Wolves vs Southampton
Leicester vs Brighton
Burnley vs Bournemouth/Crawley
Sheffield U. vs Bristol C.

PREVIEW: Wycombe Wanderers vs Spurs is live [from Adams Park] online in the US via ESPN+ and televised in the UK on BT Sport.

Some of the big stars currently at Tottenham Hotspur will obviously be rested with the crucial Liverpool league match coming up days later, so expect to see Erik Lamela, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius continue as domestic cup demons instead of the likes of Son and Kane. Lo Celso, Aurier, Dele, Docherty are all likely out, either injured, sick, or other reasons.

So Tottenham are still in both domestic cups, a chance to win the Prem, and going strong in Europa, and legend decrees that "when the year ends in 1", with the help of Lady Luck, the club is destined to win a trophy.

If Spurs win this match they'll play Everton next who swept aside their fourth round opponents on Sunday. Those opponents were strife-torn Sheffield Wednesday who [at the time of writing] sit 2nd to bottom of the Championship [England's 2nd tier] with only Wycombe below.

"Second-string Spurs to ease past struggling Chairboys" opines Betfair: "If Wycombe line-up weaker than their usual starting XI against a strong Tottenham side then expect to see the away team scoring three or four goals quite easily."

Wanderers are hurtling out of the Championship and it's likely they will indeed rest players to try to stave off relegation even though their predicament looks hopeless.


Prem league action
Spurs blunt Blades
Lilywhites superbly seal the win
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 (Ssn 2020/21)
Sheffield United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Yorks. Highlights
US live: TV = NBCSN; Net = fuboTV, Sling, Hulu.

2nd Half: Non stop action in this amazing 2nd half as the game exploded with THFC still maintaining clear overall control. Now, can Spurs hold it together for the final 15 mins? Turns out, yes. This is how to steer a win over the line. It can be done with style. Excellent from Spurs. That said, this was opposition firmly rooted at the foot of the table but that didn't stop them from fighting.

The frenetic action continues with a fourth fine goal in this amazing match with Ndombele potentially stealing the show with Tottenham's third, assisted by Bergwijn. BBC Football: "The ball is played to Tanguy Ndombele on the left corner of the six-yard area. The midfielder has his back to goal, with two Blades defenders for company, but flicks the ball over him, over the reach of Aaron Ramsdale and into the far corner."

Second half now underway still 0:2 as Spurs are poised to pocket three invaluable points. No signs of the "Mouro panic shell" as yet as the Lilywhites are managing the game well -- so far. Spoke too soon - United pull one back, a beaut as John Fleck pumps into the mixer and McGoldrick scores.

1st Half: Tottenham Hotspur scored an early goal from Serge Aurier's head off a Son Heung-min corner kick. Son Heung-min hits the post. Then in the 40th min Hojbjerg feeds a central thru ball to Harry Kane just outside the penalty area for a superbly worked second goal. Son's running off the ball as he peeled away from Hojbjerg helps keep the space open for this nifty move. Kane is now THFC's third highest all-time scorer behind #2 Bobby Smith and #1 Jimmy Greaves.

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur first played Sheffield United in the FA Cup final in 1901 at the original Crystal Palace stadium in SE London, which Spurs, a non-league side at the time, went on to win the replay in Bolton. The only non-league side ever to win the FA Cup.

MAN OF THE MATCH: The fanometer of the internet currently giving Harry Kane the edge over Tanguy Ndombele.


Prem action 2020/21
Spurs fans shell shocked
2 ace crosses & headers share spoils
Jan 13, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 1
vs Fulham 1
More reactions to follow with Rob Francis

Guardian football weekly podcast reaction.

BBC football daily on-air reaction. Host: "One win in six premier league games, to win the league you don't feel that is going to be enough."

Rolling Reactions: Tottenham fans are shocked by the propensity of Spurs to, as Lanespurs [Guardian reader] describes it: "Go 1-0 up, miss a few chances to make it 2-0, sit back, invite pressure, concede, panic at the end to try and get the winner." This is not right for a team of such talent. We gotta get out of our mindlessly defensive shell whose meagre spoils are not putting enough food on the table. George Achillia: "Where was the passion?"

Son Heung-min hit the upright in a chance that, had it gone in, would have seen Spurs squeeze out the win. As it was, Fulham finished the stronger side and this match continues the arguments over whether Mourinho's "defend one goal and counter when possible" philosophy is really the right approach for Spurs to truly reach for the stars.

"Yet more points chucked away. Like Palace, Fulham showed us how to play with purpose. We have an embarrassment of riches up front and they look completely impotent thanks to Jose's set up. We rely on picking the opposition's pocket then become a sitting duck. It's a dreadful spectacle and we've managed to come unstuck time after time with it this season." -- Harry. "Cue Mourinho saying 'I didn't tell them to sit back and defend a 1-0 lead, I've no idea why they do that over and over again'. Excruciating to watch." -- Clive [BBC reader match report comments].

"What does it say of Fulham this season that we can draw a game away to Mourinho led Tottenham Hotspur and I am disappointed that we weren't able to take the victory?" ZeeZeeTop Fulham [Guardian reader match report comments]. And what does it say of Tottenham not so Hot Spur?

Results by the end of the season in the all-important prem [not so much the cups] will determine the outcome, and drawing at home, albeit to a Fulham side that actually played well and certainly with more purpose than the home side, is not enough of a dividend to ultimately keep ownership and management happy, fans likewise.

Second Half: We're underway with the second half. 75th minute Fulham equalize with a header similarly brilliant to the Reguilon/Kane move that gave Spurs the lead way back in the 1st half.

First Half: We're underway. Should be able to eke out three points. Watching on delay owing to other commitments. Still 0:0 in my parallel universe.

COYS. Spurs had the best early chance with a Reguilon effort but Fulham actually more on the front foot early doors. Spurs central full-back Eric Dyer hobbling.

Cameroonian star Zambo Anguissa comes close for the SW London visitors, then in the 18th minute dynamic Anguissa in action at the other end denies a Son Heung-min shot from going in. Now Harry Winks needing treatment.

24th minute superb Fulham save from Son's header, but one minute later Reguilon's sublime cross from the left flank finds Kane's scoring header for game's first goal.


Up for the FA Cup
Alfie's Devine!
Brazil 4, Alfie won
Jan 10, 2021 [Season 2020/21]. US=ESPN+. Highlights
Marine FC 0 Tottenham Hotspur 5

Both Marine & Spurs fans, and doubtless many other footie fans as well, shelled out to help the Crosby club, as The Guardian's Andy Hunter describes: "Marine launched a virtual ticket appeal to compensate for [GBP] 100,000 [pounds] in commercial revenue that stood to be lost when the game was moved behind closed doors. When the final whistle blew on Spurs' professional victory over 30,000 tickets had been sold and over [GBP] 300,000 raised."

It was a brilliant coming together of those who love the beautiful game but also prompts us to wonder what in the heck is gonna happen to hundreds, even thousands, of clubs around England and Wales [and elsewhere in the globe's lower leagues] who aren't so blessed? Yes, Marine did incredibly well to get this far and did not embarrass themselves, but only a very few "non-league" clubs can get themselves into this position per season. The fallout's gonna be frightening. Daunting.

On the field Carlos Vinicius was for many the star of the show with a hat trick. It was like watching Brazil with Lucas Moura also notching one to make it 4 "Brazilian goals" for Tottenham before the young Warringtonian from England Alfie Devine nabbed #5 for his new club. And along with these two let's also give props to out of favor Dele Alli who nonetheless showed he's not to be counted out, when he's in gear he's still got the flair and a canny knack for the game.
Even without fans
inside, viewers
watched worldwide

As MSN [via Liverpool Echo]'s Sam Carroll wrote regarding the 16-year-old former Liverpool FC youth player and Wigan prospect: "Alfie Devine was fast-tracked to first-team training by Mourinho and scored on his debut at the Marine Travel Arena on Sunday. He became Spurs' youngest scorer at 16 years and 163 days old."

Preview: So Tottenham are in a cup final, and this next match is another knockout encounter, this time in the other domestic one, the FA Cup, away to Marine FC from Crosby in Merseyside, NW England, about eight miles north of Liverpool city center and about six miles north-west of Everton FC and Liverpool FC.

Marine FC vs Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Build-up, coverage and reactions all here at The Spur of the FA Cup encounter that is being lauded for enhancing the romance of this tournament, with its propensity for brilliant match-ups pitting tiny local community clubs against some of the world's biggest and best known footballing sides. Including of course our very own THFC.


Citeh in League Cup final
Spurs 2 Brentford 0
LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL REACTIONS: club site highlights

BBC match report: "Brentford had beaten four Premier League sides in a run to their first major semi-final but they were behind after only 12 minutes when Sissoko headed Sergio Reguilon's cross beyond keeper David Raya."

Guardian match report: "Son Heung-min's 16th of the season sealed Tottenham's victory and in the April final they will meet the winners of Wednesday's showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City."

So Tottenham are in a cup final, and the next match is another knockout encounter, this time in the other domestic one, the FA Cup, away to Marine FC from Crosby in Merseyside, NW England, about eight miles north of Liverpool city center.

Spurs fans had tried to snap up tickets [with Marine at one point offering also to give tickets to both club's season ticket holders] before the just announced latest England covid lockdown which now includes banishing supporters from the tiny club's ground, so all the excitement of an in-person away day dissolved. Game to be savored though for those who cherish an archetypal David vs Goliath cup match-up.