I thought it was time for a debate to judge the feelings of the members (and everyone else). Firstly thanks to all those lovely people out there who regularly send in comments, photos and whatever’s.
Over the last few months I’ve have seen correspondents from Poland to Peru taking time to get in touch; it’s really quite amazing, great stuff. I do try and get back to everyone even if at times it takes a while, ‘bear with’ as they say.
I’ve also had two people request info for projects they are doing and someone else who is drumming up support to have a Spurs legend honoured in their locality. Glad to help and great to know my little scribbles are helping raise the profile of not just THFC but of course India Spurs which goes from strength to strength.
While I’m in the area, Norman Giller, one of our top sports reporters for many years and the author of countless books has just released his next and it’s looking back at Tottenham 50 years ago and our FA Cup winning season 1967. I mention it as one of the stories in it is from a bobble hatted scallywag who screeched himself silly that year. But more importantly the profits from Norman’s books go to the Tottenham Tribute Trust which helps our former players. You can get hold of a copy by contacting Norman @http://www.normangillerbooks.com
Before I offer you some thoughts for your consideration, a quick word about social Facebook (I did say necessary evil). My scribbles have brought me in contact with a number of ’triffic’ chaps supporting various teams and your all welcome aboard. But some strange people out there, one person send me three requests at the same time with his name spelt differently, (but with the same picture, bit of a giveaway). Then there are the people who keep sending pokes!! That gets you blocked faster than endless adverts for their businesses. Anyway, ignore them, I do, your thoughts are invited on the following.
‘Football is a simple game; it’s the players that make it difficult.’ The chap who said that knew a little about the game, it was Bill Nicholson. Tottenham at times recently have been a sheer delight and Bill I’m sure would certainly have approved when we play the ball to a man moving into space and on to the ball as we did when we pulled Stoke apart last week. There have been a few games however we have struggled to get going and stood waiting for the ball and that is when we have been closed down and stopped from playing. Hopefully with 12 games to play we will maintain the intensity of recent games. It would take something amazing for Chelsea to come back to the chasing group but we should be looking to cement 2nd place if possible to improve on last season. Not to mention a ninth FA Cup win would not go amiss.
And that brings me to my first wobble. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I’m not actually sure that includes inflicting it on the rest of us in some cases but. I haven’t tended to burden you my views too often recently for several reasons, one of which is the people I do chat to seem to have similar views as myself and I don’t see the point of chipping in if you have nothing new to add.
Whilst I don’t spend longer on social media than I need to there have been several times I’ve noticed ‘stories’ that just make me shake my head. I find it amazing that there are people out there that are ‘still’ calling for us to sack the manager. He is still a young man in those terms and is learning fast and clearly has a good future ahead of him, and I hope at Tottenham. I won’t say I always agree with his team selections but to suggest sacking him! One of his main crimes seems he should be axing the experienced professionals and bringing in more young players. To make the grade young players need to be weaned into a team, very few actually swim when dumped in the deep end and told to swim or else. I mentioned we should be looking to go 2nd or 3rd this season; it’s not that long ago we were in 6, 7 or 8th and hoping to break into the Europa league. Even if the young players develop as we hope as I mentioned earlier in the season we will still need a few more experience signings in the summer then the future is quite defiantly lilywhite and we will have the depth to challenge on several fronts. In the meantime my view is that MP has done a great job, just look at the teams below us and how much they have spent to get there. Hope you saw the article on MP yesterday.
That isn’t the only thing that had me questioning the sanity of those around me this week. They who must be obeyed, (the TV people if you’re not sure), have decided that our home game with Arsenal will kick off at 4.30pm.
So we won’t have to worry about the morons’ actually being sober. The last NLD at WHL and the visiting fans that enjoy causing damage at the best of times will be thinking they have won the lottery. I don’t know what the clubs think, I’m just surprised the police didn’t veto the idea. Well I suppose it might speed up the demolition process.
And wobble number 3 (well I did say don’t get me started) – Again relates to our media friends. I didn’t say anything when we beat the unbeatable Chelsea to end their record run and the next morning the sports headlines on the BBC TV news were about Chelsea. It seems they sold a player to China and hardly a mention of their losing. No not a suggestion of even handedness or biased content passed my keyboard. And let me stress next by saying I’m not defending Dele’s sending off at Wembley in anyway. But, this tackle (below) last weekend had me wincing in real time then again in the replay. To me both feet are off the ground and all the studs are showing. Simply that could have been a career ending break. A couple of days before the media were calling for Dele to be carted off to the Tower of London, but this seems to pass without a ripple.
Finally a query, a number of people seem to feel Wembley is causing us to play poorly. Well the other team has seemed to manage it (I did wonder earlier if Wembley would make other teams raise their game) and that second half in the last game, could you ask for much more, well apart from shooting on target.
The acrostics have always been considered poor in the new stadium. So is it just a case of the team not performing well in the early games? And where else can we go next season now we have been drawing large crowds to the games there?
I worried it was just me but several people I spoke to raised the same points so, do feel free to chip in your thoughts, About the team, Wembley, the media . Any polite comments always welcome. As I said it’s been interesting to get so much feedback throughout the season from all points of the compass. Any mindless abuse is deleted in the first sentence so don’t waste your carer’s time.
Life could be worse, as some of you will know I have a Leicester supporting friend who has had a fair roller coaster ride this last year. I will share a quick thought from him (no not about the sacking of their manager as that isn’t printable.)
Left - Jimmy Greaves, see below, and his old trophy room.
but after they actually scored a goal and won a game this week, their players came out and said they were upset by some of the nasty people saying nasty things about them so they tried harder against Liverpool. To which his view was ‘Strange I was rather hoping they would have been trying since last august.’ (Actually I’ve edited that just a little!)
So on the weekend when Jimmy Greaves ‘s record for the highest scorer in the top European leagues may fall (after all these years), there must be something in all that spleen venting that you feel is worth commenting upon. So Tottenham, a tougher game this weekend, but no reason why we shouldn’t win. I will leave you with some more wise words, ‘keep it simple, keep it quick, keep it accurate’. That was Arthur Rowe, the other man to lead Spurs to the title.
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