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Happy 131st Birthday Spurs

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by The Fighting Cock

On this day in 1882 a group of bible class students set in motion the forming of the club that we have come to love and occasionally loathe.  Perhaps after a depressing weekend many of us don’t feel like celebrating, this however is the reason why we need to make a fuss of Spurs. Today […]

On this day in 1882 a group of bible class students set in motion the forming of the club that we have come to love and occasionally loathe.  Perhaps after a depressing weekend many of us don’t feel like celebrating, this however is the reason why we need to make a fuss of Spurs.

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Today is a day of celebration, a day to salute those young men who created not only a club but a way of life for many of us. This is the perfect opportunity to take stock of what we have and wish Spurs a happy 131st.

Hugo, Jan, Paul and Bobby

There was a time when we would cast our eyes across the capital and covet what our neighbours had built. We had some great players, but we lacked a foundation, a solid base from where to begin. Tottenham were forever building from the top down, a classy winger, an attacking midfielder and occasionally a striker, but never the areas that mattered most, the centre of the team.

Today though as Spurs prepare to blow out 131 candles, we have a spine to our team that can challenge most of Europe.

Last summer we signed Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen, two players whose standout performances were unfairly eclipsed by the Los Merengues badge kisser. This summer we have added strength to their number in the form of Brazilian Paulinho and Spanish striker Robert Soldado. Through the middle of our team we have four top international class players.

 Tottenham were forever building from the top down, a classy winger, an attacking midfielder and occasionally a striker, but never the areas that mattered most, the centre of the team

Take a minute to ponder the spine that Spurs currently boast, even when we had the little Croatian, the Welsh winger and Rafa Van der Vaart, the core of our team was never this strong.

Franco Baldini

It is of course too early to judge his recruits, but the fact that Spurs moved quickly and decisively in the transfer market shows promise. The Director of Football in this country is a position that always creates confusion. Certain native managers refuse to work with them, whilst some sections of the press love to  report on supposed fall-outs, or a clash of ideas. Franco Baldini this summer though, made the DoF the new must have in football.

As Man United and others spent the day, and pretty much all summer striking out in various transfer deals, Spurs and Baldini passed Transfer Deadline Day with their feet up enjoying the wide-spread panic. It has been a long time since the close of the transfer window has been so quiet for Tottenham fans.

 Franco Baldini this summer though, made the DoF the new must have in football

On this day we should be happy that we have Franco Baldini, and praising every God in existence that he isn’t Joe Kinnear.

#ILike Under Armour

When the players smashed through the polystyrene wall wearing the new kit many of us immediately cringed at the Americanisation of our club. The use of smoke machines, #IWill  and veteran Brad Friedel all seemed wrong. Why couldn’t we just release our kit? Why did it need to be dropped? What’s with the #catchphrase?

The logo may be a different shade of blue, but at least its not a red, or a short term loan company

As time passed though and the event slowly faded from our minds, we were left with a kit, something ironically that had been forgotten in all the razzmatazz. A kit that in all honesty, is pretty nice.

We have our navy shorts and socks back, there’s no flappy collar and the shirt has some nice subtle details which make it stand out. The logo may be a different shade of blue, but at least its not a red, or a short term loan company.

The shirt also manages to look good whether painted on to a strapping Nacer Chadli, pulled over a 40 year olds beer belly in Park Lane concourse or worn seductively by a lady boasting a flattering figure. It is essentially a shirt for all occasions.

At Spurs we have had to endure a few dull and down right dreadful kits, but this one thankfully isn’t. Good work Under Armour, just please tone it down for next time.

AVB’s Blue and White Army

On this day of celebration we should be happy that we have a man of undoubted class at the helm. This is the decisive season of AVB’s managerial career, this is the first time he has started a second season at a club and the first time in England where a team has been built to his specifications.

AVB is under unbelievable pressure, added to this he has had the biggest transfer saga in the history of football playing out at Spurs.  Where some managers might have cried, thrown a strop or charged out of the press conference, AVB handled himself impeccably all summer.

 This is the decisive season of AVB’s managerial career, this is the first time he has started a second season at a club and the first time in England where a team has been built to his specifications

There is no doubt that the transfer saga had an affect on the Spurs team, but AVB to his credit never allowed the fallout to affect the clubs preseason preparations. Sunday’s result aside, Spurs have integrated seven new players, a new system and the loss of a focal point remarkably well.

In comparison to last season we are currently +2 in points and +1000 in positivity. The boos and jeers that marred the end of our first few games have gone, in their place is a faith in our manager and his beliefs. AVB had overtures from PSG and Real Madrid this summer, but unlike some he turned them down because he believes in Spurs and wanted to finish what he started.

Happy 131st Birthday Tottenham! COYS!
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8 Comments

  1. gary
    05/09/2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Good Article……
    Lets hope all spurs supporters are on-board this year

    COYS……………………………

  2. Anonymous
    05/09/2013 @ 4:51 pm

    I think you really should be including a link to some pictures of these ladies boasting a flattering figure seductively wearing our shirt..

  3. Jules
    05/09/2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Good article, Hotspur Football Club (Tuesday 5th September 1882) having been founded out of Hotspur Cricket Club 1880. The history of our great club was reported in the “local rag” in 1921, available if “googled” (or any other search engine !) a romance of football.

  4. IKnowAlanGilzean
    05/09/2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Spurs.

    I too think we are in a good place. If Bale had been forced to stay he wouldn’t have put in the hard yards for us regularly I feel. I still wish him well and thank him for some great memories. One never knows how any signing will do, but we’ve done the very best we can to invest monies from outgoings as far as I can see.

    I will say that whatever happens, I like having a very decent man as head coach. I believe in him but also just like the fact that he manages the team I love. Some will say as long as they win it doesn’t matter what the manager or players or owner are like. I disagree, I wouldn’t want Spurs to be like Chelsea for all their recent trophies.

    It’s a grand old club to play for and a grand old club to see etc etc and I’m proud of them. Just be a little more expansive at home at least AVB. It’s the Tottenham way … Audere est facere.

  5. james
    05/09/2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Great article , and a BIG happy b-day to our much loved club .
    Can’t wait to get back to the team kicking on , forgotten about Mr Mad-rid ,and looking forward to seeing some classy performances from Townsend , Eriksen , Soldado , Lamela and the rest , to click and show that we mean business . ….COYS……

  6. Spurgatso
    05/09/2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Dear God Ive just realised I been supporting Spurs for 65 yrs thats almost half the clubs existance,still care the same though,even if I’m not convinced by the Portuguese geezer with the incredibly long name.

  7. spurs8213
    06/09/2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday indeed. 131.
    Agree about the kit. Like the blue shorts/socks. And the white shirt, of course, one of the better ones.
    Congratulations to Franco Baldini. You need his know how, as well as the money, for today’s transfer market.
    Can we get a FB now for the new stadium. Seems stalled. Spurs never say anything about it. The elephant in the room. What’s going on ?

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