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Jun 042012
 

Yet another degrading company-sponsored cup...yay...

Old news I know, but it’s once again annoyed me that the Football League Cup is changing sponsor from Carling to Capital One, a Credit Card company.

The Football League Cup has gone through a tonne of names since its inception:

Period                 Sponsor                                          Name

1960–1982 No main sponsor                Football League Cup
1982–1986 Dairy Crest                                         Milk Cup
1986–1990 Littlewoods                        Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1990–1992 Rumbelows                                 Rumbelows Cup
1992–1998 Coca-Cola                                      Coca-Cola Cup
1998–2003 Worthington’s                         Worthington Cup
2003–2012 Molson Coors                               Carling Cup
                                                                          Mickey Mouse Cup*
                                                                                 Tin Pot Cup*
2012–2016  Capital One                               Capital One Cup

*2008 – Present: Informally known to fans by either of those two names. Both widely accepted names
amongst Premier League fanbases. Rumoured to be re-named ‘Crapital One Cup’,
‘Capital Fuck-Cup’, ‘Two Teams One Cup’ or even the ‘Ballina Cup’.

What kind of sales increase are Capital One expecting to achieve by acting like another faceless corporation – desperate for customers who, if they bothered to realise, are trying to pay off their LAST credit card anyway – plastering their logo all over a trophy, which five of the top six premiership teams don’t care about anymore (unless of course they get knocked out of the FA Cup and Premier League title race where all of a sudden it’s worth-winning again) and in truth, was only established as an excuse to test new floodlights in football stadia??

The name ‘[Insert company] Cup’ doesn’t roll off the tongue properly (say each one out loud without cringing and I’ll buy you a pint) and yet those companies’ ideals behind it remain just as cynical as they’ve always been about customers suddenly dropping everything else to buy their products/services. I even got annoyed when presenters of FA Cup coverage had to say ‘The FA Cup…’ and then add on ‘sponsored by E-ON’ and then later ‘with Budweiser’ (which isn’t that good anyway, so no wonder they were desperate to plaster it over anything and everything they could!).

What sponsors of sports events think we think:
WOW, COOL, SUPER, SMASHIN’, GREAT – Capital One are sponsoring the cup now. I’m going to cancel ALL my other credit cards with MasterCard and Visa just so I can sign up to Capital One. They really do connect to me and speak to me now that they’ve plastered their name all over this cup in football, the sport I love so much and watch so often while drinking my Carling Lager and betting on the score at ESPN‘s sponsor Bet365 [as William Hill‘s odds didn’t come on until about 45 seconds before kick-off and by then it would have been too late!] with the money stored in my Barclays bank account, which I maintain at the bank I drive to using the Ford car sponsoring Sky Sports’ live coverage which will be reported in scoreline form on Sky Sports News, by which time I’ll be back at home, sitting in my armchair watching it while sniffing my armpits which have been sprayed with Sure For Men deodorant!

What we REALLY think:
What an absolute fookin joke this trophy is. Bloody corporate advertising vehicle is all it is now. Go buy advertising space in the paper, on the god-awful banners stuck around the edges of our stadiums or on TV like everyone else. Stop ramming it in our faces when we’re trying to escape into the world of watching the footy, drinking and celebrating in a homoerotic fashion when our team scores. Sod off, sports sponsors and sod off, Capital One! Leave these once credible trophies alone. Invest money in another form of advertising. Or better still, form a company football team and WIN the damn thing. You can then have your company name engraved on it for nothing!

BTW, One isn’t even a capital! It’s a number not a letter. Jeez.

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Oct 022010
 

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With kick off just moments away we bring you the starting XI from both teams.

Harry has gone for 4-4-2 but Ledley King hasn’t managed to be fit for the game, it looks as though Tom Huddlestone will be playing at the back with Bassong, oh dear how unlucky are we with injuries that we have to play one of our best midfielders at the back. I don’t know about anyone else but it doesn’t seem like the best move loaning out Caulker now, maybe we should have held on to him for another month.

If we are going to win the match then we will have to win the battle of midfield, we have our strongest midfield on the pitch except Hudd who is at the back, how will he cope there, last time he was asked to play there he did ok, nothing special but he done a half decent job. The back four will be our main concern and I am sure Villa will be looking to exploit it. Bit of a strange selection, Corluka is on the bench and surely he would have been obvious choice for center half, I am guessing that Harry has been spending a lot of time this week training with Huddlestone at the back.

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Oct 022010
 

Just watching Football Focus and ex Spurs Chairman Alan Sugar was a guest on the show, he was asked several questions about Tottenham and one point they touched on was Spurs new stadium plans.

When asked about Spurs redevloping White Hart Lane or moving to the Olympic Stadium he said that by bidding for both that Spurs were merely just “keeping their options open”. Lord Sugar also explained how the Olympic Stadium is not being designed currently with football in mind and after the Olympic Games should a football club take the stadium over it will require a lot of work itself.

Sugar also told of how he enjoyed his time at Spurs but wished he kept his mouth shut a bit more sometimes, saying how he made too many comments without considering the conequences purely because he was angry and frustrated, the Jurgen Klinsmann saga is a classic example.

It was clear that Sugar clearly still has Spurs in his heart always referring to Spurs as “we”. Sugar went on to praise Daniel Levy and in particular Harry Redknapp by saying he is one of the best managers about and knows the Premiership as well as anybody. He touched on how good it is to see Spurs finally playing Champions League football but also pointed out the danger of Champions League hangovers. The final point he made was that like Daniel Levy a top football club needs to be run by a business man and not a fan. Football is a business and the books need to be balanced and that requires someone with the ability to handle such pressure Sugar added.

Was good to see the ex Spurs chairman talking of football once again and good to know he still loves Spurs, all in all he wasn’t the worst chairman and wasn’t afraid to splash some cash.

Have We Used The Olympic Stadium To Get What We Want?

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Oct 022010
 

OK so the new White Hart Lane development plans have now been approved by the Council which leaves Boris Johnson two weeks to also approve things, so my question is why are we still being linked with the Olympic Stadium? I have a couple of possibilities in mind.

It’ll be to act as pressure for the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State to approve the development of WHL. Everyone knows that the Tottenham area is in desperate need of redevelopment and if they think for a second that Spurs will move to a different venue then they will approve it. Nobody else is willing to pump millions into the local community. Spurs are just “encouraging” them to make their decision more quickly. I don’t for one minute think we’ll move to the Olympic Stadium.

The bid for the Olmypic Stadium could be there for back-up should Tottenham not get the full approval needed to start redevloping White Hart Lane which would then give us the option of moving to the Olympic Stadium should we win the bid. I don’t think this is our intention, I fully believe that making White Hart Lane into an almost 60,000 seater stadium is the number one goal here.

It could just be another masterstroke by Daniel Levy by putting pressure on the council to approve plans, it has taken months to get the council to approve it and to me it’s no coincidence that the day we are linked with making a bid for the Olympic Stadium that Haringey Council unanimously vote in favour of Spurs being able to redevelop White Hart Lane.

Of course we can’t rule out the possibility that the board actually do want the Olmypic Stadium to be our new home ground, they might see this as the cheaper option although I don’t think they will ever have the backing of the fans should they decide to push ahead with the idea.

Oct 022010
 

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Rafael Van der Vaart may well be suspended for the Champions League clash between Inter and Spurs but that hasn’t stopped him taunting his Dutch Pal Wesley Sneijder by text message ahead of the big game.

“Wesley is a good friend of mine. We talk a lot and I was looking forward to playing against him.

“I am going to miss playing – but I might be sending Wesley some texts before the game.

“We must be careful. He is in great form.”

Sneijder and Van der Vaart played in the World Cup Final together in the summer for Holland but were beaten by Spain, both players are good friends and both thought of very highly in their homeland.

Tottenham v Aston Villa Live!!

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Oct 022010
 

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Nothing less than a win today please Harry, after last week’s result against The Hammers we can’t afford another slip up, not even a draw is good enough today.

Due to Spurs injury worries at the back Ledley King may play two games in a week should he tell the Spurs boss he is up to the task, if King does feel he can handle another game he will be joined by Bassong at the back. I would expect Hutton to play right and BAE on the left which will free up Bale for the left mid spot. Should King not be able to play then Corluka will join Bassong at the back.

Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson, Jamie O’Hara and Jonathan Woodgate are still all long term casualties although Michael Dawson may return to training by the end of the month to boos Harry’s options at the back.

Aston Villa have Richard Dunne back in contention for today but Gabriel Agbonlahor is still injured. Houllier has taken the reigns at Villa Park and the players will be keen to impress the new boss so Spurs will have to be on top form to earn their three points.

Possible Teams

Tottenham Squad: Gomes, Cudicini, King, Hutton, Bale, Bassong, Corluka, Jenas, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Palacios, Sandro, Kranjcar, Bentley, Modric, Van der Vaart, Dos Santos, Crouch, Keane, Pavyluchenko, Pletikosa.

Aston Villa Squad: Friedel, L Young, Dunne, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Downing, A Young, Heskey, Guzan, Clark, Ireland, Davies, Bannan, Carew, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso.

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Sep 302010
 

Finally after months of debate Haringey Council had a final meeting to decide whether or not to give Tottenham the go ahead to redevelop White Hart Lane into a new 60,000 capacity stadium, council members voted unanimously in favour of  Tottenham redeveloping White Hart Lane.

Watching the live webcast on the Haringey Council website the points were discussed and it seemed as though a lot of the council members were concerned with Spurs being linked with a bid for the London Olympic Stadium, the meeting finally finished around 11pm tonight in which the members voted in favour of giving Tottenham the go ahead. Just by looking at comments from others who were watching like myself they seem to have picked up that the Council seemed worried that Tottenham were set to bid for the Olmypic Stadium and this could well have worked in Tottenham’s favour when the voting process began.

Tottenham will still have to overcome one or two more hurdles but with the biggest obstacle would be getting permission from Haringey Council but with the council on their side it looks as though things can now finally begin to move forward. A Tottenham spokes person was also asked to comment on whether Tottenham had in fact made a bid for the Olympic Stadium but refused to comment on the matter, fueling speculation that there may be truth in the rumor, it now looks as though Spurs won’t actually need to bid for the Olympic Stadium afterall.

The final part of the application is in the hands of Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who now has 2 weeks to rubber stamp the approval for Tottenham to press ahead with the new £400 million stadium.

Council leader Claire Kober said: “The Spurs development has the potential to make a huge impact, not just on the success of the football club, but also on the whole of Tottenham – delivering job opportunities, regenerating the area, and boosting the local economy.

“We’re proud of Spurs’ rich history in Haringey and excited that the club has committed its future to the area.

“We look forward to seeing the development unfold and are confident that it will deliver fantastic improvements to this part of the borough.”

A statement from the council said: “The plans will now be referred to English Heritage, the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for a final decision.”

Sep 302010
 

Tottenham and AEG, the American operator of the O2 Arena, have teamed up to mount a surprise joint bid to lease the London Olympic Stadium after 2012.

The bid was submitted on Thursday, the deadline for applications and the same day that the Premier League club was due to hear whether its plans to redevelop its existing White Hart Lane ground in north London had been approved by the local planning authority, Haringey council.

Tottenham had been sniffing around an Olympic stadium application for some months and it’s joint bid may be seen by the council as a tactical lever in the club’s protracted White Hart Lane redevelopment negotiations.

Given the huge amount of time and money the club has invested in these plans, staying in Tottenham remains the club’s priority. But even if the council approves the scheme, the club must still overcome several hurdles, including approval from the London mayor and the government. It must also raise about £250m for the scheme.

The Tottenham-AEG bid for the Olympic stadium, said by a club insider to be “a sensible back-up option” to White Hart Lane redevelopment, means the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) – the government agency responsible for the post-2012 future of Olympic venues – has rival and similar-looking applications from Premier League clubs to consider.

West Ham United, which regards itself as the obvious choice of tenant because of the proximity of its existing Upton Park stadium to the Olympic Park, has the backing of Newham council.

Tottenham and AEG’s plans involve converting the 80,000 Olympic stadium into a 60,000-seater venue for football, as does West Ham’s application. AEG, the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment business, would manage the venue, including arranging naming rights and premium seating and other stadium uses including concerts and athletics.

Each of the Premier League clubs’ offers have pros and cons. While West Ham would be able to point to local backing, it has debts of nearly £100m and is struggling to bring in new investors.

Tottenham, owned by billionaire currency trader Joe Lewis and chief executive Daniel Levy, reported a £33.4m pre-tax profit for 2008-09 and the partnership with AEG may give the OPLC greater comfort about the viability of the £550m stadium beyond 2012. The Olympic stadium conversion costs are in the region of £150m.

Although West Ham discussed a joint bid with AEG, the two sides failed to reach agreement because of “personality issues”, said one person familiar with the talks.

But the OPLC intends to sign a lease agreement by the beginning of next April and, given Tottenham’s ongoing redevelopment plans, it will need to establish just how serious the club is about taking up the Olympic stadium lease.

Although the OPLC is at arms length from the London 2012 organisers, AEG is well known to Olmpic officials. The O2 will be the venue for Olympic gymnastic events and the basketball finals and will be rebranded the North Greenwich Arena for the Games.

Tottenham also has London 2012 links. Sir Keith Mills, who was chief executive of the London 2012 bid and is deputy chairman of the London organising committee, is on the Spurs board.

AEG and Tottenham declined to comment.

So are we really keen on a move to the Olympic Stadium or are we just keeping our options open? West Ham remain fim favourites to land the Stadium after the 2012 games and as a Tottenham fan I would hope that there is no chance in hell that we would get it, it would mean relocation and in turn moving from White Hart Lane which would kill part of our history.

I think that there may be truth in this but I also believe that it is a backup plan in case there are any problems with the proposed redevelopment of White Hart Lane, even if we did have to play at the Olympic Stadium then it would may well be temporary until White Hart Lane is complete even though the current plans allow for us to stay at the Lane while work is underway. The deadline for any bid to take over the stadium after the games was today (30th September).

No thanks.

Credit to The Financial Times for most the article.

Sep 302010
 

It was great to see Heurelho back for us in the Champions League this week and you could see the confidence oozing throughout the back four. Gomes had been out for the last month through a groin injury and we have really missed him in my opinion. Some people never quite understand just how big of an influence and important it is having a keeper that the defenders are confident in. Whether or not his judgment is always right, the important thing is that he is confident enough to come for every cross and this confidence passes through the rest of the team.

Although Carlo Cudicini had provided cover and made some good saves during this period, there’s nothing like having the club’s number one fit again. King, Hutton, BAE and Bassong all looked so much more comfortable at the back last night know that they had the big man behind them. As someone that has played football all my life I know how much it improves my game having a solid keeper behind me to rely on should I need him. The Tottenham back four and Midfield will now not be as cautious at the back and will not be afraid to push on and attack meaning we won’t have to play as deep.

Gomes has shaken off his reputation of being a calamity after a bad start to his Tottenham career which saw Harry Redknapp losing his patience with the Brazilian to become one of the Premiership’s top goalkeepers. Without a keeper like Gomes in goal last season I don’t think we would even be playing Champions League football this season, that’s not to say I am taking anything away from the rest of the team. Gomes stood big last night to make one good save of note and although didn’t really have much to do last night don’t underestimate the influence his sheer presence had on the rest of the team. We started the season by battering Manchester City but not managing to break them down, and who was in goal for that game? Gomes! Since he has been out injured you could see how the team looked a bit more nervous and didn’t play with freedom and confidence. Trust me now we have the big man back in between the sticks I think we will be seeing a better free flowing Tottenham and they will prove me right by destroying Villa this weekend. To back up my point you only have to look at what happend to Newcastle as soon as they sold Shay Given.

Sep 092010
 

Talking to Spurs TV, Rafael Van der Vaart says we have one of the best squads in Europe and declares he is really looking forward to playing for the club.

He sounds just like Martin Jol which makes me love him even more. Roll on Saturday where hopefully we will get to see him in action.

Following his first training session with the club gave an interview for Spurs TV where he speaks of his ambition.

Sep 092010
 

Bristol City have signed Danny Rose on loan for the rest of the season. The deal had been tipped for a few weeks and Harry recently stated he was willing to loan his youngsters out to gain experience from first team football.

Danny Rose made his first Premiership start for Tottenham in April last season in the north London derby where he scored one of the goals of the season on his debut.

“He’s one we feel would enhance the squad in terms of the position he plays and we’ve been looking for a left-sider for a while now,” Millen said.

Harry has been clever here though, there is the option to recall Rose should Tottenham feel he is needed back at the club.

Sep 092010
 

OK so Tottenham have been hit with the news that Defoe faces a 6 week lay off due to the ankle injury he picked up laying for England in midweek. It’s a blow for the club because Defoe had looked as though he had shaken off his groin injury and found some form at last before his latest set back. The news comes as a double blow because in the previous game we all saw what happend to Michael Dawson.

So that’s two of our top players out, we know Gallas, Bassong and King will share most of the center back duties while Dawson recovers but up top who is likely to be Harry’s number one striker in Defoe’s absence. The odds are on Pavluychenko being the main man, he seems to be a different player than this time last year, he has found confidence and it seems as though his confidence in himself has been passed on to Harry as the Spurs manager now rates Pav more highly.

Crouchy will still be used as he was but Robbie Keane may get more game time than he might have expected over the coming weeks but in the event we do play a 4-5-1 formation with the arrival of Van der Vaart then Pavluychenko will probably be the lone striker. So hopefully we hear the chants of super Pav over the next few weeks. There is only the small matter of our first Champions League game on Tuesday after we travel to the Hawthorns at the weekend to take on West Brom.

So Pavluychenko may finally get an extended run in the team, he seems to enjoy putting on a Spurs shirt once again and I have every faith he will do us proud, Crouchy and Keano will also play a big part for the next 6 weeks with games coming thick and fast Harry is going to have to rotate the squad. It is nice that now we finally have a big squad that we can cope with injuries with sufficent cover.