It’s been the usual hectic fanzine weekend, interrupted by the O/T derby where we contained them pretty well apart from a couple of lapses, but no penetration. Didn’t see any bother meself but I understand it got a bit nasty in the cramped exits from the Swamp and Warwick Road in particular. The tackiness of the place never ceases to amaze. Theatre of Dreams, glamour club, don’t make me laugh. Ugliness personified and did you see ONE normal looking person in red? No, neither did I.
We attended the meeting at Reddish branch ably run by ‘Sir’ Howard Burr and the club were represented by Nigel de Jong, Garry Cook, Danny Wilson and Vicky Kloss. There was a great turn out and it was an enjoyable and informative meeting. Nigel came over really well and Garry Cook's learnt a lot this year.
Picked up the zines on Thursday afternoon, then off out to see a Pink Floyd tribute band, who were excellent. We’re off down to the smoke today so subs and outlet distribution won’t be until Monday I’m afraid.
Anyway here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
This season so far : At COMS in November it was an extremely disappointing 2-1 loss, particularly after Robinho put us ahead after 16 minutes. Spurs equalised through Bent after 27 minutes and then he put them ahead in the 64th. Dunney and Fernandez got themselves sent off followed by Ekotto for Spurs but in truth it wasn’t a dirty game. Crowd was 41,893, with 2,613 Spuds
They recovered from a terrible start under Ramos (ironic that Martin Jol’s done so well at Hamburg) and after appointing ‘arry, have crept up the table and are currently in 8th place with 48 points from 36 games and 9 wins 5 draws and 4 defeats at home. In the Carling they lost on pens to the rags in the Final, went out of the F.A.Cup 2-1 at O/T, and opted out of UEFA, so should they be allowed in if they make the 7th spot?
Our Form at Spurs Last season we lost 2-1 at WHL in December to a Chimbonda (scoring an offside/handball) goal in the 44 th minute, Bianchi equalising in the 61st minute with a great header. Then Ireland was sent off and they promptly got the winner through Defoe in the 83rd minute. Crowd was 35,646 with 2,508 Blues.
WHL 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 four 2-1 defeats, a league cup loss and an F.A.Cup win (4-3!!).
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”
White Hart Lane Capacity ; 36,257 (1,800 for City!)
Groundwise: 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, lower tier only, tickets (£32.30) weren’t selling well so City turned down the extra allocation?.
Apparently there’s a plan to redevelop the whole ground to increase the capacity to 60,000 and local properties are being bought up to accommodate..
Comment : Could be a crunch game for two of the teams chasing 7th place. It’s Spurs' last home game so the atmosphere will be cracking, until we knock them out of their stride.
Robbie Keane is always their man to watch but they’ve plenty of other options and the way they cracked at O/T recently gives a glimmer of hope for the Blues, especially if Corluka has a lazy day and Gomez an eccentric one!.
STATS: 28 pre-war and 91 post-war make it our 120th league meeting and at the Lane post-war it’s:-
Played 45 Won 12 Drawn 12 and lost 21.
Where were they when they were shite? Averaged 20,859 in 85/86, so not bad.
Their current home average: 35, 930
Away Day Zines: 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. Could get a quick getaway if their crowd stays in at the end.
Pubs: The Antwerp in Church road, The Park by the station, The Three Compasses in Queen Street.