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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.

 

 

Monday
Jul072014

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