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Nov 302010
 

Fan made video, bit of light humor here Arsenal fans before you get offended, to be fair most of you have enjoyed some good banter with us before and after the game. Gracious in defeat and a pleasure to have leaving comments, hope to have some more with you later on in the season.

You all know Fabregas shouldn’t have done what he done, funny thing is Ngog done the same thing on Sunday. I don’t understand why players won’t take a smack in the face from a football for over £50,000 a week, it is beyond me. Hopefully for you guys Fabregas has learned his lesson and if I was Chamakh I would have been pissed off at him for putting my arm up in the air too.

 Posted by at 18:12
Nov 302010
 

Spurs legend Graham Roberts has backed a campaign by leading medical charity Arthritis Research UK that aims to find new ways to keep people active for longer by asking the public to share their stories of sports pain or injury.

Arthritis Research UK’s initiative, ‘Taking the pain out of sport’, is urging the seven million people in the UK who play sport or exercise regularly[1] to share their experiences via an online survey at www.painoutofsport.org. More than half (56%) of the active public have sustained a sport injury [2] such as sprained ligaments, fractures and broken bones according to a survey by the charity.

At the end of the survey, people can enter a free prize draw to win £250 of Nike vouchers as a thank you for taking part.

Graham said of the campaign: “As a football manager and former player, I have had first-hand experience with the way injuries are approached in football clubs. Osteoarthritis, a condition I have to contend with in my knees, is not only a problem for ex-professionals – my colleagues or players I have coached – who face a life of crippling pain once they retire, but also normal people just staying active through regular activity. More research into the potential risks is definitely warranted, and I hope others join me in this Arthritis Research UK campaign to bring to light the neglected condition.”

A number of other sporting heroes and famous faces are supporting the campaign, including Olympic and Commonwealth games medallist Sharron Davies MBE, former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson OBE, Colin Jackson CBE, Sir Cliff Richard, Darren Gough and Jonathan Dimbleby.

[1] Active People Survey by Sport England  2009/10

[2] Defined as people who exercise/play sports/go to the gym 3 or more times a week currently or normally  but may currently be recovering from an injury. A survey by ICM Research (September 2010) indicates that this is 28% of the UK

population.

 Posted by at 17:47
Nov 302010
 

The Spurs boys are all having fun in the snow, but one Tottenham player in particular is showing his true colours and bringing out the kid in him.

Luka Modric! Oh well, after your performance against Liverpool Sunday we won’t begrudge you a bit of fun in the snow, I just hope that was aimed at Harry Redknapp.

You can view all today’s training snow pics << HERE>>

 Posted by at 16:35
Nov 302010
 

Harry has made it his number one goal to bring in a striker in January, providing he can offload Robbie Keane and one or two others he could have as much as £30 million to spend to land his man.

There are several strikers Harry has been looking at, he has sent scouts to look at Anderlecht’s Romelu Lukaku, now this guy was always amazing for me on football manager 2010. He looks like a great prospect, the trouble is do we need a complete striker already and not a young talent?

Luis Fabiano was Harry’s main target all summer and he looks to be leaving Sevilla sooner rather than later but will Levy be prepared to splash out on an ageing player? If not then  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid may also be a target, Van der Vaart may have a word in his ear and try to sway him into joining us.

For me personally I would like to see Andy Carroll in a Spurs shirt, he is like Peter Crouch but will be stronger and score a lot more goals, will he be available? We have been linked with him since his bright start to his Premiership career.

It is now clear that Harry and Levy both know they made a big mistake in not bringing in  a striker in the summer and will aim to put things right in January. Someone like Ruud Van Nistelrooy would have been good for a season or two but it wasn’t to be. Dzeko seems to be a favourite with the fans and Spurs have also been heavily linked with Suarez and Adebayor.

We are linked to pretty much every striker at the moment but the question is who would you like to see in the Spurs shirt in January?

 Posted by at 14:57
Nov 292010
 

Keane To Major League Soccer?

Vancouver, apparently wanting to make a big name signing before the 2011 MLS season begins, are rumored to be talking to Tottenham striker Robbie Keane in a big to take the Irishman to the States to play in Major League Soccer, Keane would follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry and David Beckham should he make the switch to America.

 

Vancouver chief executive officer Paul Barber, who was the former chief executive at Tottenham, is trying to grab Keane during the January transfer window. It is unknown how much they could pay Tottenham for the striker but would be able to offer Keane a good deal in wages.

Keane’s form has not been good, even when he is given a rare game for Tottenham, Keane was idolised at Tottenham before he moved to Liverpool, when he came back he was never the same player and the fans knew it. The 30-year-old Irish striker has spent more time on the bench than on the field for Tottenham this season. Keane has also been linked to Juventus and Newcastle as well as Celtic.

The report says Tottenham could allow Keane to leave as they try to make room for new and younger players. Redknapp will aim to bring in a top striker, Keane is a big earner at Tottenham and he will be the one Tottenham really do try to move on to another club.

I think it’s fair to say that it’s time for Keane to go, he was a great servant for the club before his move to Liverpool, the fans haven’t taken to him the same as before and Keane doesn’t seem to be even half the player he was before. If Keane can have a good couple of years at another club then I wish him all the best.

 Posted by at 22:02
Nov 282010
 

Firstly let me just say for those of you who haven’t heard, we have been drawn at home in the FA Cup 3rd round against either Charlton or Luton.

Today we beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Lane after once again going behind, Skrtel scored at both ends and Aaron Lennon scored an injury time winner for Spurs.

To be fair to Liverpool they played really well, especially in the 1st half, they were hard to break down and they cut us apart at times but squandered their chances by refusing to shoot when one on one. Martin Skrtel opened the scoring when he poked his shot past Gomes.

Tottenham had to wait till the 2nd half before moving up a gear and were awarded a penalty when Ngog done what Fabregas done last week from a freekick and handled the ball. Defoe who misses more than he scores from the spot decided he was the best man for the job and put it wide. Shortly after that Modric went on a great little run and pulled the ball back across goal for the despairing Skrtel to slide it in his own net to make it 1-1. The game then looked set to end all square but in the 92nd minute Aaron Lennon caught Konchesky out of position to give himself a one on one with Reina to which he slotted home to give Spurs the 2-1 win late on.

This completed yet another comeback from a losing position, Spurs have now picked up 16 league points from losing positions this season. What does this show us? Well it shows we are still letting in too many goals but if you flip it, it shows we have heart and a newly installed never say die attitude throughout the team. I would rather not go behind but it does make an exciting game of football. Once again we failed to keep a clean sheet, our only league clean sheet was all the way back on the opening day.

Still, only one point off the top four, 6 points from Arsenal and Liverpool and Birmingham coming up next week.

Will update the downloads section tomorrow with Sky highlights from the game plus last weeks game against Arsenal and the Champions League win over Bremen for those of you who like to make compilation videos at the end of the season.

FA Cup third round draw:

Burnley v Port Vale
Coventry v Crystal Palace
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham v Peterborough
Doncaster v Wolves
Brighton or FC United of Manchester v Portsmouth
Huddersfield v Dover Athletic
Crawley Town or Swindon v Derby
West Ham v Barnsley
Reading v West Brom
Arsenal v Leeds
Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa
Leicester v Man City
Bolton v York
Blackburn v QPR
Swansea v Colchester
Wycombe v Hereford or Lincoln
Stevenage v Newcastle
Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Millwall v Birmingham
Southampton v Blackpool
Watford v Hartlepool or Yeovil
Chelsea v Ipswich
Sunderland v Notts County or Bournemouth
Scunthorpe v Everton
Man Utd v Liverpool
Hull v Wigan
Stoke v Cardiff
Tottenham v Charlton or Luton
Preston v Nottingham Forest
Norwich v Droylsden or Leyton Orient
Torquay v Carlisle

 Posted by at 21:36
Nov 282010
 

The big news is that Rafael Van Der Vaart is passed fit to start for Harry Redknapp’s Spurs. Jermain Defoe retains his spot on the bench as he continues his comeback from injury.

As expected, Steven Gerrard is missing from the Liverpool squad through injury leaving the Anfield club relying heavily once again on the craft of Fernando Torres.

COYS !!!!!

Teams For Todays Match .....

 Posted by at 14:59
Nov 282010
 

One paper is reporting that Tottenham are preparing for a future England move for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. Spurs have been drawing up a shortlist of replacements and Everton’s David Moyes is top of the list.

Guus Hiddink is also on the list of possible replacements should the worse happen, as well as ex Villa manager Martin O’neill.

It has been well documented that Harry regards the England job as the holy grail for English managers in the world of jobs, Redknapp would more than likely ask Tottenham to allow him to join England should England want him and Tottenham would grant him permission for the right amount of compensation from the FA.

Tottenham would then want an already established manager who has Premiership experience and it is believed that Moyes would be the number one target and Moyes may relish a new challenge with things going a bit flat at Everton as of late.

The NOTW also reports that Tottenham are confident they will land Pienaar in January from Everton. Pienaar has been a Tottenham target since the summer and now they will look to push a move through in January.

So Moyes as a replacement? would you be happy with that one?

 Posted by at 13:07
Nov 282010
 

 

Not so long ago this statement was ludicrous but now it seems it may be reality. Tottenham Hotspur are now playing Champions League football and Liverpool have fallen off the radar in the hunt for a top four place. It is no doubt a transitional period for the reds and in Roy they have the right man but he will need time and patience from the fans. Rafa Benitez really did buy some pony players for Liverpool and Roy will need time to bring his own in while trying to ship old ones out. Harry Redknapp is still having this trouble with Tottenham more than two years on from taking the reigns.

I am not talking about who is the bigger club, I don’t like comparing clubs in that way, I would like to know how the neutrals see both clubs in terms of who you fear playing the most. For me Liverpool have only a handful of great players, Gerrard, Carragher, Cole ( although he needs to do better than he has so far), Torres and Reina. The trouble is, after that the quality is thin.

Liverpool fans might not like me for this, but a true fan can see that you have fallen off your perch, don’t worry however, I think you will be back where you belong within a few seasons, you can’t be impatient though with Roy and he has to be able to build his own team, usually Liverpool are one of the best clubs for giving a manager time.

Today I fully expect nothing less than a win, a couple of seasons ago we would have been happy with a draw, how things have changed in such a short space of time. Tottenham now more feared opposition than Liverpool?

You can watch the match live today in the Triffic Tottenham Forum, just login or create an account to watch for free.

 Posted by at 11:46