This week Talking Tottenham celebrates a real milestone! (or possible that should read millstone). As well as going behind the wire to win a cup final, we look forward to the weekend and back in the advertising break. We also ask ‘Is that the right question?’ Whilst the Undercover Reporter is back with yet another scoop.
Its not all totally serious as we delve into the world of Hotspur and what better way to start your weekend.
Yes ! Its party time. We can now reveal that in the last week we saw the 250th article published (or possible escaped) on India Spurs by my good self. Good grief how you people have suffered. OK at times it was a little like the Europa League. Never mind the quality look at the quantity. So some of them were not wonderful. Sorry what was that ? about 243 at the last count, Oh very Oscar Wilde thank you. So come on we have a party to go to and lets talk Tottenham.
Anyway this amazing landmark (amazing in that someone counted) has led to an outbreak of wild parties and fireworks. Well actually we settled for having a cake. Don’t push there's plenty for everyone thanks to the lads in the top picture for chipping in and making sure there was enough for all.
I’m told that ‘Spurs is Our Passion’ on Facebook are now carrying links to these blogs, so welcome aboard everyone and do check them out when you have finished here. We know that we attract people from all over the globe already and even non-Spurs fans.
Do let us know where you are in the world etc.. so the rumours were true (sometimes you can believe the press) and Spurs will be stopping off in Malaysia on the way to Oz…The press are also reporting Ken McEvoy has signed a new contract ? to end of next season, what little I’ve seen of him he seems worth giving more time to and hopefully he will come on.
I don’t want to go over old ground what you have read to death during the week, but are we asking the right questions? So I expect I was not alone in being subdued after the game last Sunday and I’m sure there were a few comments about team selection, tactics and subs.
But what did you expect from Burnley they set out to suffocate, stifle and stop us playing. They would of taken a draw at kick off. Where as we could of moved to 5th and 5th would be a good finish and be a mark of intent. (Better would be better but).
Little off putting to see people saying Poch should be sacked. Does anyone think that’s the right move? At the start of the season we said he needed time and support. That doesn’t mean we cant ask questions and yes he has driven some of us to the far end of our tethers at times.
But sacking him would only mean starting again, unless your convinced he isn't right long term. He has delivered a Wembley Final and some really good performances. This isn't a computer game he has to have the chance to get his own players in. Daniel are you listening. What I found myself asking was (and not for the first time) why were we slow and apathetic early on? Then why when Burnley were stopping us playing did we not 1- raise our game 2- change it around. Redknapp had his knockers but he always had a few old heads around and that’s what we need a captain in defence or midfield who gets around the park and shakes a few players up. I hate to mention it but Chelsea are going to win the league. Love or loath him old whatshisname knows that when things are not going well he changes it mid game and it works, hence where there are in the table.
If Poch has a fault then it could be the same as AVB. He thinks his way isn't just the right way it’s the only way. There is an old saying there's more than one way to skin a cat, come here puss.
This last week we had a ‘triffic story’ in Hotspur Towers about when we nearly ground shared with our good neighbours at London’s Super Stadium. Hope you did not miss that little gem from the what could have been file. Next Tuesday we explore the life of one of the great names in the clubs history and the first Tottenham player to be featured on TV’s ‘ This is Your Life.’
This weeks amazing trivia is "its said" that during his time with Spurs Jimmy Greaves only wore nine different pairs of boots.
Have some more cake, well it is John Cameron’s birthday on Tuesday, born on the 13th in 1872
One story you might not know about John Cameron is that whilst he was in Ruhleben, civilian detention camp on the old racecourse in the Spandau district of Berlin during WW1. He was only one of a number of professional players, at least six of them were internationals. During their internment the football teams in the camp often took names of famous clubs and in November 1914 the camp cup competition was won by Tottenham Hotspur who beat Oldham Athletic in the final. Then in May 1916 John captained a World XI when they played an England XI.
Pictured inside the camp these are Rest of the World and England's XI's.
Amazing as it may seem on the ‘England’ team that day was John Brearly. Brearly had been signed by Cameron for Tottenham from Everton. He played 133 games for Spurs with 24 goals. He could play in a number of positions but preferred inside right. He had also been coaching in Germany when the war started. His ‘Barracks 10’ team won the Camp Cup in May 1915 and he also played cricket for the Rubleben XI V A Varsities XI.
I’m sure you have all read Camerons story. http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/ht-32-john-cameron
Which brings us back to the advert’s and this week we go back to Danny Blanchflower and his adverts for Shredded Wheat. I really have tried to find a film or ad for them but the best I can do is these back of old packets. Danny of course signed for us from Villa
And Talking of Aston Villa a few weeks back we featured a football mourners card and we thought you might like another. This one appeared in 1903 and marks Villas defeat in the FA Cup to Bury. The first time Tottenham ever started a game with 11 internationals on the pitch was against Villa in 2005. For the record it was six Englishmen and one each from Canada, South Korea, Finland, Republic of Ireland, and Poland.
Villa may have played in the longest game ever. On 26th November 1898 they were playing Sheffield Wednesday and the game kicked off late when the ref missed his train. Wednesday were winning 3-1 when with the light so poor the ref called the game off with 10 mins to play. Villa refused to accept the result and the League ruled the balance of the game must be played. So on 13th March, 108 days later, they played again, the first ten minutes counted towards the first game, Wednesday increased their lead to 4-1. The rest of that second match was then recorded as a friendly, which Wednesday also won.
The other thing is ‘I was told’ when I was in the Midlands that the site of Villa Park use to be an amusement park before it became a football ground. Please
I don’t want anyone saying well at least they used to have entertainment there.
Questions have been asked what happened to the 101 objects series we were featuring. Well to be honest they got squeezed out with everything else going on recently but we have a ‘101 special’ bubbling away and will be with you before too long.
In the meantime why not have another slice of cake.
A while ago I asked what was your funnest footie story, well this one flooded in. I don't think its true or it was Paul Gascoigne being daft as usual.
It seems Gazza overheard that Gary Lineker was going to get a cortisone injection. So Gazza goes up to see the boss and says if he's getting a new car,i want one as well."
This one I know is true. Many long winters ago we went to watch a midweek cup match at the local non league side. One of our masters played for them. They met a team from three or four divisions lower the themselves. After about an hour it was 7-0 and they had stopped trying. Very boring and we were leaving when someone started chanting 'We want 8" When we stopped at the other end of the ground there were about a dozen at most visiting fans and they were chanting "And we want 9."
You may have gathered we are still having a few problems contacting the outside world at times from our mountain hideaway (at one time we were not sure this weeks TT would make it) but do keep an eye on the FB and Twitter accounts and I’ll post when the little technical chappie has fixed the elastic band and wound up the spring again. Do have another slice of cake before you go, Next time in Talking Tottenham we are off to the movies, so until next Friday.
And before we go this startling news in from our very own undercover reporter that the clubs plans to use Cirque du Soleil as half-time entertainment have fallen through and that the club are currently inviting other artistes to audition as possible replacements.
We of course will keep you up to date with any developments.
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Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
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The 100 Year War
Interview with Marina Sirtis
A Long Dark Shadow
By Royal Appointment
School Report: An Insight into the Younger Eric Dier
All Change At Spurs
History Of THFC: Part 1
Passage to India: Rohan Rickets
Thanks For The Memories
Our Tommy Carroll
The AVB Files: Part1
You The Jury
The Hand Of Hugo
Connection - Argentina
Creating a Reputation
Flying Down To Rio