The pursuit of trophies

There seems to be a gathering tide of opinion that Spurs now have to win something to prove their progress as a club. That the achievements of this young, exciting team essentially mean very little with nothing tangible to show for it. That Mauricio Pochettino cannot establish himself among the elite of football management until…

The Lane… it was where I fell in love

Progression often comes at a cost.  Few Spurs fans will doubt that, in order to provide us with the best chance of competing with the elite of European football in the coming years, we have to upsize. A capacity of circa 36,000 (prior to demolition of the North East corner) put us at a significant…

We go again!

It still hurts, our wounds are gaping open, they sting like hell. But it’s time to draw a line in the sand and draw upon the positives, of which in truth there were many.  The pundits and journalists will lazily judge a game by the score line, as if actually watching the game and analysing…

Reaching the Cup Final

Today is my birthday. As a man in my (now) mid 30s, the timing of my life in conjunction with the fortunes of Spurs has not been kind.  We used to be THE club for the FA Cup. It was our cup. When we last won it in 1991, no one had held the famous…

Raising the bar

It is a sign of our astonishing progress that for the second season running we are in the title race – playing catch up again but for the first time in my lifetime, Spurs are challenging for the league title. It looks once again like we’ll fall just short but that shouldn’t detract from the…

The fear

At a time when most football writers and bloggers are heaping praise on Tottenham, it might seem odd to focus on the downside scenario. What could go wrong? How many more points do we need to accumulate to secure top 4 and, almost more importantly, finish ahead of Woolwich? Where are the potential banana skins?…

Hokey Cokey at the Emirates

So here we go again. Another season. Same old story for Arsenal. Merely a week  had passed since they sat aloft the Premier League table. Two consecutive defeats later and their fans are once again engaging in a divisive civil war – the staunch Wengerites against the vociferous and growing section of supporters advocating change….

Elimination

With so much optimism following the win against Manchester City at the start of October, it is difficult to articulate what has gone so badly wrong since.  One win in two months tells a story, and even that was via a fortuitous late comeback (against West Ham last weekend). Prior to that victory we had…

The sexualisation of Little Mix

Never thought I’d write a blog about Little Mix but after their performance last night on the X Factor I felt compelled to do so.  I used to be a regular viewer of the X Factor (and saw the whole of series 8 in 2011 when Little Mix got their big break), but have lost…

Build them up and knock them down

I have been on holiday this week with my wife and 20 month old daughter, soaking up our last bit of sun for the year. Whilst on holiday, I have been teaching my little girl the art of building sand castles on the beach and this has led me to draw some  unlikely parallels with…

Relentless

It shows how far Spurs have come when it is not the result from yesterday’s win over Manchester City that was the most encouraging aspect, but the manner of that win. In years gone by, Spurs might have eeked out a narrow win over one of the title contenders through a combination of determination and usually…

World’s gone mad

Two transfers in the last 24 hours; one to each side of Manchester. l’m no longer sure if those two clubs have lost touch with reality or if I have.  Following his £89 million transfer, Paul Pogba is now the most expensive player in the history of football.  The signing is certainly a statement to…