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13.08.2017… Spurs (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

St. James’ Park… Sunday August 13th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 52,077

Ticket: £45 – Programme: £3

We picked up in the Premiership exactly where we left some 15 months ago, unfortunately there was to be no repeat of the score from the last meeting…

Although we offered little going forward, we were comfortable in the first half. In fact, Tottenham were lucky to end the half with eleven men, as Harry Kane should have beeb sent off for a two footed tackle from behind that it was subsequently confirmed has put Florian Lejeune out of action for a month…

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Pre-Match…

The game finally turned in Spurs’ favour in the 48th minute when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for standing on Dele Alli, in full view of the referee. Alli subsequently put Spurs in front, tucking home unmarked from an Eriksen cross. Ben Davies then made the game safe with 20 minutes left to play…

And just an observation, but when are the FA finally going to do something about the anti-semitic Tottenham songbook? I’m guessing that it won’t be while they’re rent paying tenants at Wembley…

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First Half Action…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Manquillo, Lejeune (Mbemba 34), Clark, Dummett (Lascelles 7), Shelvey (so 48), Hayden, Ritchie (YC), Perez, Atsu, Gayle (Merino 76)

Not Used; Darlow, Murphy, Aarons, Mitrovic

Goals; None

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies (YC), Dier, Dembele (Winks 90), Sissoko (Son Heung-min 58), Alli (Wanyama 82), Eriksen, Kane (YC)

Not Used; Vorm, Janssen, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers

Goals; Alli (61), Davies (70)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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15.05.2016… Spurs (h)…

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St. James’ Park… Sunday May 15th… 3pm

Attendance:52,183

Ticket: £39 – Programme: £3

You really couldn’t make it up. Another nine months of underachievement drew to a close with a 5-1 hammering of Champions League bound Spurs. Whilst for us, for the second time in seven years, it’s back to the Championship we go…

It was rather  fitting that we should bow out against a club with which we should be looking to compete, one whose fortunes have been rather different to ours in the time since Mike Ashley lumbered into St. James’ Park…

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Second Half Action: 52,183 Fans Watching a Relegated Team…

A sunny afternoon, a capacity crowd, some cracking counter-attacking football and five goals. It all added up to the strangest relegation finale that I’ve witnessed…

Was it the atmosphere…? Was it because the pressure was off…? Were players attempting to put themselves in the shop window…? I don’t really know and I don’t really care, it was just refreshing to enjoy the football, at times I honestly forgot that we’d been relegated …

At the final whistle Rafa took the entire squad to the centre circle, applause echoing around the ground, all rather surreal…

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Post Match: Saying Goodbye…? Rafa and His Players…

And that was it… Sadly, Rafa couldn’t quite save us, in the end we just ran out of games. Much now hangs on whether the club can persuade him to stay, current noises appear to be positive but let’s wait and see, we’ve been here before…

We reconvene in August, with Rafa at the helm, and with a good start, it could be quite a ride. Without Rafa…?  Well let’s not go there……

Newcastle United; Darlow, Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote (Shelvey 62), Colback, Wijnaldum (Aarons 76 (YC)), Sissoko (Sterry 84), Townsend, Mitrovic (SO)

Not Used; Cisse, De Jong, Perez, Woodman

Goals; Wijnaldum (19, 73pen), Mitrovic (39), Aarons (85), Janmaat (86)

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker (Chadli 71), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason (YC) (Carroll 46), Lamela YC), Eriksen, Son (Onomah 46), Kane

Not Used; Rose, Vorm, N’Jie, Wimmer

Goals; Lamela (60)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…

13.03.2016… Villa v Spurs…

Aston Villa 0  Tottenham Hotspur 2

Villa Park… Sunday March 13th… 4pm

Attendance: 32,393

Ticket: £42 – Programme: £3.50

Another Premier League game as a neutral, well as neutral as I can be when Villa are involved. A Sunday morning trip to Birmingham, Anomalisa (good but bleak) followed by the football (similar from a Villa perspective)…

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Pre-Match: The Approach to Villa Park…

Anyway, an easy victory for Spurs against a Villa side that appear to have already accepted their fate. Two goals from Harry Kane did the trick, one either side of half-time, and made for a very comfortable afternoon…

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First Half Action: Spurs Mount an Attack…

The opposition may not have been up to much but Spurs certainly impressed, a perfect example of the standards we should expect from Newcastle. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to compete with the Tottenham Hotspur’s of the league. Deep breaths, I’m displaying those unrealistic expectations again…

Aston Villa; Guzan, Huttton, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Veretout (Green 62), Westwood, Gueye, Gil (Sinclair 70), Gestede, J Ayew

Not Used; Richards, Clark, Bacuna, Green, Lyden

Goals; None

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela (Chadliat 90), Eriksen (Carroll 78), Alli (Mason 87), Kane

Not Used; Son Heung-min, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli

Goals; Kane (45,48)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

26.10.2014… Spurs (a)…

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White Hart Lane… Sunday October 26th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 35,650

Ticket: £31 (£10 Reduction) – Programme: £5 (Special Edition)

Another re-tread, I hadn’t been to White Hart Lane since 1998, the day I gave up away games. Walking up Tottenham High Road following a 2-0 defeat in the pouring rain, I’d had enough. I didn’t think I’d be back, but here I was…

Again it started badly; 09:56 train from Nuneaton to Euston, plenty of time to get to London, catch a tube to Seven Sisters, get to White Hart Lane and take some pictures. Or so I thought…

‘Delayed’, the message no one wants to see, no projected time, just ‘Delayed’. Another London train pulled in that wasn’t scheduled to stop here, station staff told us not to get on, and then they changed their minds. Problems at Watford Junction, coaches from Rugby, 10:40 and we still hadn’t moved, I wasn’t going to make it. Then we moved, then there were trains to London but we were on the wrong line, backwards again at Rugby, then forwards. Milton Keynes, Watford Junction, made it to Euston for 12:30…

A sprint to the tube, no ticket queues, a race down the escalators; timing was spot-on, Victoria Line Southbound, made it to Seven Sisters for 12:50. Another train, White Hart Lane station for 13.10; a rush followed to take a few pictures of the outside of the ground…

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White Hart Lane: Outside…

It would be an understatement to say that I’m not a massive Spurs fan (always preferred Arsenal) but I really like White Hart Lane; it’s not much to look at from the outside (although the fact that it’s surrounded by something other than a retail park gets it big marks), but it’s great looking on the inside, ands you couldn’t mistake it for anywhere else. We’ll miss it when it’s gone…

Pictures taken, I made it into the Upper Tier of the South Stand just in time to see the teams take to the pitch…

At half-time I was wondering just why I had bothered, another typical away performance. Very little possession, no attacking threat, we were very lucky to be only one goal down. The goal, Emanuel Adebayor took advantage of some appalling defending, a free header during the 17th minute applause. A second goal before the break and we would have been finished, fortunately it never came…

A mixture of boos and apathy from the away contingent as the half-time whistle blew. If anyone had told us what was about to happen after the restart, sanity would have been questioned…

Changes, Sammy and Cabella on, within 6 seconds of the whistle it was 1-1; a great ball by Jack Colback that Spurs should have defended, Sammy left-footed across Hugo Lloris and into the corner of the net. Different flavours of disbelief for the two sets of fans…

And we kept coming, we attacked, what was Pardew thinking? We don’t do this; we put men behind the ball and hit it long to a lone striker. We were playing like a team that actually had some fight, some movement, some belief; a team that wanted to win…

59 minutes, another run by Sissoko, a cross from Cabella and Perez glanced it into the corner of the net, 2-1 Newcastle, pandemonium. Not sure what happened for the next 20 seconds but I have bruises on both legs so I definitely crashed into a few seats…

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White Hart Lane: Inside…

We could have had a third, Cabella shot when he could have laid it back, would we regret it…?

Spurs picked up but never really generated any concerted pressure or chances, with the exception, that is, of a Tim Krul mishandle that he pushed into his own net directly from a corner. No concern there though, the flag was already up,  the ball had gone out of play long before it reached him…

Five minutes of injury time but again Spurs didn’t really threaten; Sammy took the ball down to the corner flag directly in front of the away end and kept it there. The full time whistle blew and we were out of the bottom three…

It’s crumbs like this that keep us coming back, watching Newcastle these days is generally an experience to be endured but just occasionally we’ll twitch. A little reminder of how it could be, how it was for a short time, how it can’t be until the current regime moves on…

A much happier walk up Tottenham High Road than the last one, overhead a comment from a Spurs fan to his mate ‘They only had two fackin shots’; smiled…

Tube from Seven Sisters to Euston, and a train that flew through to Nuneaton… My voice is just about returning….

Tottenham Hotspur; Llloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose (YC), Capoue (YC) (Kane 67), Mason, Lamela (Lennon 78), Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor (Soldado 83)  Not Used; Chiriches, Vorm, Dembélé, Davies

Goals; Adebayor (17)

Newcastle United;  Krul (YC), Janmaat, Taylor S, Coloccini (YC), Dummett, Anita (Cabella 45), Colback (YC), Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran (YC), Pérez Gutiérrez (Haidara 79) Not Used; Taylor R, Ferreyra, Elliot, Armstrong

Goals; Ameobi (46), Pérez Gutiérrez (59)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…