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Additional fixtures subject to change

After the recent Sky/BT announcement of live TV fixtures it's worth noting the following games are also subject to change depending on our Europa League involvement going by their matchday fixture schedule for the new season;


Matchday 1, 18 September 2014 (WBA Home, 20th September)
Matchday 2, 2 October 2014 (Southampton Home, 4th October)
Matchday 3, 23 October 2014 (Newcastle Home, 25th October)
Matchday 4, 6 November 2014 (Stoke Home, 8th November)
Matchday 6, 11 December 2014 (Swansea Away, 13th December)


Should we progress through the Play-off round in August there can be no excuses on the road given all but one of the games will be at home following a Europa League group game. For once the fixture list has been relatively kind.




Walter Tull commemorative £5 coin

Ex Spurs inside forward Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army, is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin.

The coin will form part of a set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.

Tull, who was born in Folkestone in 1888, was killed in action leading his men into battle in World War One on the Western Front, in 1918.

Before the war Walter was a keen footballer and played for a local team in Clapton. In 1908 Walter's talents were discovered by a scout from Tottenham Hotspur and the club decided to sign this promising young footballer. He played for Tottenham until 1910, when he was transferred for a large fee to Northampton Town. 



In action against Man Utd in 1909





Old pictures of Tottenham

Quite a few old pictures of Tottenham appeared on one of the Spurs forum's I browse, thought they were worth sharing:













Come on down Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, ENIC's latest manager to try and help us reach the promised land.

What that might be is another question, the direction the club has/is going over the last year or two has been a little unclear. One thing we need is stability. Levy and Lewis, like us fans, will be hoping Pochettino provides continuity.

Pochettino just 42, learnt his managerial trade with Espanyol and now takes up his third role since making the leap from playing.

I'll hold my hands up and say I don't know that much about the bloke. He wasn't my first choice if I had to pick but there wasn't exactly a stand out.

We've all seen what he's tried to preach on the South Coast. An energetic, pressing game that is lead with a rotating front line.

One thing that is encouraging is the number of Southampton players who have spoken out in recent weeks praising Pochettino’s tactical style and man management skills.

All comments are available to read online if you do some digging.

James Ward Prowse, Jay Rodriguez, Victor Wanyama, Jack Cork, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, arguably the crux of his side, have all waded in with nothing but praise for the Argentinian.

Dissecting some of the quotes it's clear that the team Pochettino has assembled are well organised and their match preparation is second to none.

I'm sure he'd like to bring one or two of his ex-players across with him but the potential uproar it would cause for the Saints makes it unlikely.

Shaw would be great, I'm not overly convinced on Rose at left back in general so think it would be a move in the right direction but with the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd circling it makes it very unlikely.

Out with the old, in with the newOne question doing the rounds - can he unlock compatriot Erik Lamela's talent? It's an old cliché but he could be like a new signing if things click.

Whilst his absence at the back end of the season was mysterious, assuming he stays, his style of play fits into a typical Pochettino system.

It’s been well documented through a Sky Sports News interview he's not a fan of the Europa League, now he's in it and the fact from next year the winners qualify for Europe's elite, Mr Levy may have a word.

Speaking of cup competitions - his rotation in the FA Cup last year at such a crucial stage caused uproar from the fans which was publicly slated by Matt Le Tissier and various pundits who covered the game.

With Wembley in sight, “Poch” made multiple changes resulting in a disappointing defeat away to Sunderland.

One would hope his outlook to the three cup competitions will change - with just two League Cup victories since 1991 we can't be overlooking silverware, especially with those lot down the road breaking their hoodoo.

The support hasn't been fully together since the Martin Jol days. Redknapp and more AVB both split the fan base for reasons that have been covered far and wide but Pochettino comes with a clean slate and no baggage.

A five year contract is a bold move. That being said we all know contracts can be broken at any time.

Let’s get behind him, it's bound to be an interesting season - there's never a dull moment with Spurs!


Over £38k raised for charity from shirts

A whopping £38,602.50 has been raised for charities selected by Ledley King as beneficiaries of The Ledley King Testimonial Match through the sale of the player match worn shirts from the recent testimonial.

No surprise Ledley's topped the lot at £8,100.

Both David Ginola and Teddy Sheringham’s shirts both exceed £2,000 under the hammer.

Well done to all those involved and congratulations if you’ve picked up one of the shirts – the proceeds have gone to a great cause.

Full sale list:

Player Price
McEneff 260
McQueen 260
Pritchard 330
Thewell 361
Friedel 620
Perry 431
Eriksen 1500
Oglive 275
Anderton 670
Ginola 2057
Berbatov 1090
Davids 840
Adebayor 530
Capoue 420
Lesniak 227
Obika 298
Archer 330.01
McEvoy 310
Naughton 370
Walker-Peters 244
King 8100
Holtby 996
Saha 543
Young 421.99
Tarrico 460.02
Brown 410
Dawson 1500
Veljkovic 276
Oduwa 310
Sullivan 311
Chimbonda 505
Robinson 770
Stalteri 465
Crouch 845.23
Fox 565
Fredericks 300
Sandro 1125
Parker 620
Davies 485
Freund 701.01
Bassong 501.01
Sheringham 2024
Tainio 493
Parks 1120
Miller 304
Palacios 483
Kaboul 548.23
Fryers 447
Modric 1550
  £38,602 and some shrapnel