So much for signing up for the cup schemes as we won’t get our seats for the Napoli and future Euro games owing to UEFA rules. I’m flattered that we should be singled out but what are these rules? Must admit we thought there’d be a catch with our new comfy seats, looks like this is it.
News is that Ade’s off to Spurs.
We’re giving it a miss today for all sorts of reasons. First time I’ve missed a league game at the Lane for about 30 years so apologies to anyone hoping to pick up a KK 189 down there. We’ve got a few left if you want to get in touch by post at the usual address.
Missed the C Cup draw but note that we've got Brum at home, so the home games are piling up already. Not compla ining though!
Spurs, is of course the BIG test of all our opening fixtures, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :
3) SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH : SPURS (AWAY) KO 1.30PM – Put back for ESPN
Last promotion was in 1978, since then they’ve been successful in the F A, League and UEFA Cups, and their last pot was the League Cup in 2008. Most recent connection : Vedran Corluka. 125TH League meeting
Last season, after their European Champs League escapade concluded with defeat to Real Madrid, and joke goalie Gomes reverting to type, Spurs’ bid for a second Champs League place tailed off and they finished 5th with 9 wins 9 draws and 1 loss at home.
At COMS in May it was City who took the spoils for a change with a 1-0 win courtesy of an ironic Peter Crouch own goal in the 30 th minute. Crowd was 47,069 with 2817 cocky Spuds.
Our form at Spurs : At the Lane on the opening day of last season in sunny August we rode our luck to clinch a 0-0 draw. Crowd was 35,928 with 2,945 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 3 draws, five 2-1 defeats, a League Cup loss and an F. A. Cup win (4-3!!).
Comment : They’ll be smarting from last seasons 4 points we took off ‘em but it’s time we won here again. Signings are Brad Friedel, and Christian Ceballos. Woodgate’s gone and but Modric is not quite off to Chelsea. They lost 3-0 at united in their first game, and have just signed Adebayor on loan but he can’t play today.
Our turn to chant : Champions League, you’re having a laugh…..in Europa they’re through to the group stage after brushing aside Hearts…..
Groundwise: No change to the Lane. After their abortive attempt to move to the site of the Olympic stadium in East London, miles away, they’ve revived the plan to redevelop the whole ground to increase the capacity to 60,000 and local properties are being bought up to accommodate.
White Hart Lane Capacity ; 36,257 (Our club have only taken up about 1800 tickets)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Where were they when they were shite? Averaged 20,859 in 85/86, so not bad.
Last seasons average home attendance : 35,680
Parking : Expensive but nearby parking at school on right, (ground on left) otherwise pot luck on side streets.
Sat Nav : N17 0AP
Pubs: The Antwerp in Church Road, The Park by the Station, The Three Compasses in Queen Street.