SUNDAY MAY 13TH : SPURS (AWAY)
Formed 1882, joined league in 1908/09, various promotions/relegations but ever present in the top flight since 1950 except for one season in 1977/78.
Twice division 1 champs, 8 times F.A. Cup winners, doing the double in ’61, 3 times league cup winners, Euro C W Cup winners 1963, UEFA cup winners (’72,’84)
Some names/connections : Chas’n’Dave, Dixon of Dock Green, Peter Cook, Warren Mitchell….Chris Jones, Bert Sproston, Paul Walsh, Michael Brown…
Martin Jol’s Squad includes: Robinson, Dawson, King, Ifil, Chimbonda, Jenas, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Berbatov, Defoe’, Cerny, Mido, Tainio, Ghaly, Rocha, Tarrabt, Murphy, Huddlestone, Stalteri,
We could have picked up Robbie Keane from Leeds instead of Robbie Fowler, and probably Robinson and lennon. It still rankles.
This season so far: It was a 2-1 December defeat at COMS, Davenport and Huddlestone notching for them and Barton for us as we rallied a bit in the second half, but not much. 39,825 (2,292 Spuds).
Currently they’re in 6th place with 57 points from 36 games with 11 wins 3 draws and 4 losses at home..
They lost to Arsenal in the semi of the Carliing, and in the 6th round of the cup to Chelsea when a couple of their fans ran on and had a go (what if they’d had a knife?), and The Mirror pointed out, “what is soccer coming too when hoolies are now called Timothy?!” They went out of the UEFA to Seville, after a good run
Big ones : Winning ’56 SF 1-0 at Villa Park (69,788) and losing the ’81 FAC final replay to that goal.
Wind Ups : 3-0 up and you f**ked it up …but they still go on about that bloody Ricky Villa goal, 25 years ago, give it a rest. Now it’s “you won 4-3 and won eff-all” – as much as they have in the last 8 seasons.- so the response is “and so have you”.
Our Form at Spurs: It used to be one of our favourite away trips, but after our 1-0 win in 91/92 we went 5 games without a win until the 2-0 in ’03. Since then we’ve had a draw and two 2-1 defeats, a league cup loss and an F.A.Cup win (4-3!!).
Groundwise: Record attendance was 75,038 v Sunderland in the FA Cup 6 in 1938. No change to the Lane since our last visit. It’s been developed impressively, though the capacity’s only 36,000, but generates a great atmosphere. We’ll be in our usual corner. Apparently there’s a plan to redevelop the East Stand (?) to increase the capacity to 50,000 but if the roads around the Lane aren’t improved they may move to the new Wembley stadium.
Comment : The last game of the season, and Spuds hope to do better than last season when they got food poisoning and lost at West Ham as the Arse leapfrogged them into the Champs league.
This week has been mixed for them. They put Charlton down on Monday at The Valley, and drew with Blackburn at the Lane. This means they’re almost certainly in UEFA next season, a point will do, but if they don’t beat us and Reading and Bolton win, that could be dodgy. Here’s hoping for a better performance than last season at Blackburn, which Sue and I boycotted, after steward trouble.
Often an intimidating atmosphere outside the away end, let’s hope it all goes peacefully, but not at the expense of a City loss.
Stewards: Like you to sit down
Police: No reported probs.
Catering : OK
STATS: 28 pre-war and 87 post-war make it our 116th league meeting and at the Lane post-war it’s:-
Played 43 Won 12 Drawn 12 and lost 19.
Last Pot: League Cup in 1999.
Last Att: 36,167 (1,660 City)
Where were they when they were shite? Averaged 20,859 in 85/86, so not bad.
Current Average: 35,724
Away Day Zines: Cock A Doodle Doo, My Eyes Have Seen The Glory, One Flew over Seaman’s Head.
The Steve Parish Routemaster: M6, M1, M25 to jn 25, A10 toward London, cross A110, road bends right twice then to left. Turn left at lights, B154 Church Street, to Edmonton Green, turn right into A1010 Fore Street, and continue into High Road to ground on left (behind Paxton Road). Expensive but nearby parking at school on right, otherwise pot luck on side streets.
Park up and come in by train: every half hour from Theobalds Grove (13 min journey) or Turkey Street (10 mins) to White Hart Lane. Theobalds Grove from M25 jn 25 turn left on A10 toward Cambridge, right at next roundabout (Cheshunt Link Road), left at next roundabout (High St) to Theobalds Grove station on left (car park on Trinity Lane to right) - £4.50 return. Turkey Street: jn 25, A10 toward London, pass A105 Bullsmoor Lane, next left into Turkey Street, station ¼ mile along (but no car park) - £3.50 return. (Trains from Edmonton Green every 15 mins at £2.20 return, but parking not much easier there.)
Again, it’s hard to find cheap tickets to London other than the Saver. Trains to White Hart Lane from London Liverpool Street.
Pubs/ Parking: The Antwerp in Church road, The Park by the station, The Three Compasses in Queen Street. Parking is on the streets or in expensive carparks.