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Wednesday
Sep102014

Home away from home

Thursday 30th October 2008.

The day the Northumberland Development Project was announced, time flies.

Nearly 6 years on - today’s announcement confirmed the continued rumours – we’ll be spending a season away from White Hart Lane during the development of the new stadium.

Archway down Paxton RoadWhilst the core of the statement is focused around Archway Sheet Metal Works’ right to exercise a challenge to the Secretary of State's decision in the High Court, the move away from N17 was confirmed.

Firstly, the Archway appeal is likely to drag on for a little while longer yet – the club have mentioned the 2017/18 date is practically a no go. The rest of the whole process is unlikely to go smoothly going by what’s happened in the last 6 years so an extra 2/3 year delay on top wouldn’t be too much of a shock. Hopefully I’m proved wrong on that point.

So now it’s confirmed we’ll be on the road for a season – what are some of the options?

The Milton Keynes link has been in the spot light since 2008. Chairman Pete Winkelman publically stated "If Tottenham decide to redevelop on site it seems they will need temporary accommodation and they have had a chat with us about using our stadium".

StadiumMK is all but finished, just under 30,000 saw the shock demolition over Man Utd a few weeks back in the League Cup.

Having been there I can say it’s not the easiest ground to get too – a shuttle bus from the train station appeared to be the easiest way in.

Around the ground, apart from a Kentucky Fried Chicken, it was pretty much a ghost town. I haven’t been there in a few years mind you so things may have changed since.

Another option, the National Stadium – Wembley.

Over 2000 took part in a Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust poll in recent weeks which found 60%  were in favour of watching games at an alternative venue to White Hart Lane, if that enabled the new ground to be built quicker. Wembley was by far the favourite option for an alternative home, with 85% saying they would be prepared to watch games there.

Wembley has a restriction of 22 sporting events a year at full capacity, however no restrictions on the use of the lower two tiers (roughly 50,000) according to the Harringey Independent.

The use of Upton Park was quickly rebuffed from both sides a short while ago which indicates use of the Olympic Stadium may also prove tricky… Though money talks.

Portman Road and the newly built Amex in Brighton have also been touted in recent months which would increase travel costs for most. Brighton is interesting, I believe there is a link between both boards. Their corporate facilities which I’m sure will be of interest to ENIC are supposed to be very fancy.

Arsenal? Surely not even on the shortlist?

StadiumMK - an option it seemsI wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up playing the few “big” games at Wembley with the majority at StadiumMK.

On the pitch, the transition may take some time. Having no "home ground" could have a detrimental knock on effect which relates to poor results.

Local businesses around Tottenham will no doubt feel the impact of a move away, even if it’s just for a year. It could be longer if further delays arise.

Whatever the next move, it’ll be sure to upset the applecart. It’s impossible to keep everyone happy. A season ticket “opt out” choice for a year is surely a must.

We are Tottenham, we are Tottenham, super Tottenham, from the…

 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

NDP: Lilywhite House & Players Car Park

Whilst on a little mooch around the ground before the victory over QPR Sunday, I noticed some slight change with regards to the land opposite Paxton Road.

The soon to be opened Tottenham University Technology College "Lilywhite House" looks out to a rubble view of the current North Stand.

Some of the players parked there last year, which for the autograph hunters is not ideal given the new entrance appeared to be more private near the Spurs Megastore.

 

 

 

Friday
Aug082014

Possible Europa League Play Off Opponents

We have been allocated a seeded position in group 2 for the Europa League Play Off draw taking place at midday, meaning one of the following sides stands in our way of making the group stages:

 

FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)
Asteras Tripolis FC (GRE)
FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
AEL Limassol FC (CYP)
HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)

 

Thursday
Aug072014

Here we go again...

Well the summer has well and truly flown past!

Fun was had out in Chicago for the recent 2-0 victory over The Fire. A detour and savage 4 nights to Las Vegas was in fact my pre-season so to speak.

I’ve attended games on the last 3 Spurs trips to the States and it’s clear to see the support is growing by the year over there.

We’ve all seen a rise in marketing and focus to supporters clubs around the world through the Spurs media channels and it’s no surprise there’s a return. It’s all about money at the end of the day which hopefully comes full circle to investment on the pitch.

From a commercial perspective it makes sense to visit Asia next pre-season given the tie in with AIA and back to the States with Under Armour for the one after.

The squad is taking shape with the welcome additions of a goalkeeper and left back adding strength in depth. In the coming weeks there will no doubt be some chopping and changing, Mr Levy will not be able to resist dabbling on transfer deadline day I’m sure!

Younes Kaboul enters the last year of his contract and given his recent injury record it’s no surprise to see him linked elsewhere. Mateo Musacchio is apparently edging closer to White Hart Lane comes with a decent enough reputation.

Erik Lamela is back, impressing in the warm ups is one thing but how will he fair with the hustle and bustle of the English game – it’s a big year for him, I’m quietly confident he will be one to shine. Just a hunch.

Hugo Lloris’ new deal is one, if not the best pieces of business we’ll do in this window. Granted, contracts don’t mean much in the current climate but it allows for the spine of the side to be settled over the next 12 months at least alongside Jan Vertonghen who is apparently ready to ink an improved deal also.

You would imagine either will be given the armband for the coming season – no disrespect to Michael Dawson who has been a great servant down the years, but I don’t envisage him being a week in week out regular in the League campaign.

It was interesting to see several younger members of the squad refer to Dawson as “Skip” on the way back from Chicago to London. He clearly has the respect and would be useful to keep around in my book. Being on the same plane as the squad allowed me that little more access. Seeing all the different factions from within the group was fascinating.

With the arrival of the new managerial set up saw Chris Ramsey depart which was a shame, but no real surprise given he’s allegiance to Tim Sherwood. Ugo Ehiogu steps up from part time training the kids to U21 coach.

Regular readers of the Cockerel Crows will have noticed without any real explanation about a third of the way through last season I stopped the pre and post-match analysis/trip reports of the games – to be truthful, it was taking some enjoyment away from the football.

There will still be articles on a regular basis, reports from European trips and of course the usual cheap trains for away games information amongst other bits but not so much stuff on the domestic games. After all, I am looking to cut down going… (I’ve said that before though!)

Tomorrow’s Europa League Play-off draw kicks off the road to Warsaw. Finally some common sense from UEFA, the winners of this year’s competition will be awarded a slot in the Champions League for 2015/16. It will be interesting to see if the Europa still gets as much criticism now there’s an added carrot dangled alongside the glory of lifting the trophy.

If only they ditched the Champions League drop outs entering the round of 32 but that’s for another debate.

Looking at the possible opponent list already before tonight’s conclusion of the third qualifying round throws up some intriguing locations.

Finishing in those much coveted top 4 places is going to be extremely difficult once more. Man Utd will be back, I’m sure the new manager will give them a new lease of life and whilst Liverpool have lost their gem in Suarez cannot be wrote off. Chelsea and Man City you would expect to fight it out at the top leaving Arsenal along with Liverpool as the two to try and keep up with.

As mentioned, the prize for winning the Europa League cannot be ignored – you would hope Pochettino finds the right balance for the competition early doors right through to its conclusion.

West Ham fans are licking their lips ahead of next week’s opener, a quick visit to one of their established online forums and it’s clear to see they fancy it.

It’s one of them games I genuinely wouldn’t be that surprised whatever the outcome. It’s probably good to get them early on with the defeats from last term fresh in our players’ minds. Then again, first game for a new manager – will the system be rehearsed enough come 3pm next week?

Thankfully it’s not long to find out… COYS!

 

Monday
Jul142014

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.