30th August 2012

Grading Tottenham’s Deadline Day Dealings

Young-Pyo Lee, Vedran Corluka, Kevin Prince Boateng, Niko Kranjcar, and Rafael van der Vaart are examples of big name signings on transfer deadline day for Spurs in recent years. While on the other hand, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermaine Defoe, and most notably Dimitar Berbatov have all left with only hours to go in the window, and in the latter case, about two hours after it ‘slammed shut’. Of course this has it’s pros and cons, and with the Berbatov deal, not only did Spurs received a hefty £30.75m, they were also loaned the utterly useless Frazier Campbell, but just how good... Read more »

30th August 2012

Rafa Don’t Depaart

I’ve never written an article before, and don’t plan to write another one; especially about Tottenham Hotspur. However, my love for a certain football player has driven me to put some words together about the man himself – Rafael van der Vaart. Talk of a possible exit for the Dutchman has fluttered about the chambers of Twitter several times this summer, and the thought of his gorgeous face leaving the lilywhite colours behind upsets me like the departure of no other current spurs player can. And the reasons? Mr. Van der Vaart, to me anyway, is what football, supporting a... Read more »

28th August 2012

A ‘quee Signing

Marquee signings are what we we’re renowned for. Tottenham signed Jimmy Greaves for £99,999 when Bill Nicholson bought him from AC Milan in 1961. We were making double swoops for Argentine heroes when Tevez and Mascherano were nothing more than a glint in their fathers’ eyes. Klinsmann was making the leap from AS Monaco in July 1994 without even a glance at another top flight club. Mido was… never mind. We have a tradition of making bold signings who shine and glimmer in the off-season sun. So why not now? What are we waiting for? There are some big name... Read more »

23rd August 2012

What a Lovely Pair

Morecambe and Wise, Del Boy and Rodney, Sooty and Sweep and to a lesser extent Ant and Dec, these are names of some great British double acts over the years, but none of the above will live in lilywhite memory like Ledley King and Michael Dawson. Although Dawson may never be remembered with quite the iconic status of legendary centre backs Perryman, Blanchflower or the King himself, you can’t deny that the boy had his moments. In the 2009/10 season Didier Drogba scored 29 league goals and was basically unplayable. He was so good in the air that he barely... Read more »

22nd August 2012

The Cost of Progress

To me, White Hart Lane is my church and unfortunately no matter how nice and shiny the new stadium is it will never be quite the same. I’m sure I’m not the only Tottenham fan out there that views the impending Northumberland Development Project with a considerable degree of trepidation. Don’t get me wrong the route we are going down is without doubt the lesser of two evils in comparison to the idea of upping sticks and moving our club to Stratford. I realise that in terms of being able to compete at the top level, a bigger stadium is... Read more »

20th August 2012

More Liver Please

At a time when Croatian pigeons are fleeing the nest for Spanish pastures and teams are asking for over 20 million quid for any old pile of s***, it’s good to see we have some young talent to fall back on when times do get really hard. Caulker looks every inch a future England centre back, Tom Carroll is only a little lad, bless him, but he’s got that touch of class that reminds me of said pigeon, Andros Townsend looks he could be good player if he could figure out how to pass the ball and striker Harry Kane... Read more »

20th August 2012

1882 Update – we’re the West stand Tott-en-ham!

Further to the announcement of the 1882 movement, The Fighting Cock are delighted to confirm that the club have allocated us two blocks (15-16) in the West Lower for the NextGen games against Barcelona. That’s about 600 seats. It would be amazing to sell them all, which would easily do the 250 we took to the Charlton youth game back in March. For those that want to meet before the game we will be in the Bricklayers pub from about 5pm. They know we’re coming. Ticket info: This is the email we received from Spurs: We have had an internal... Read more »

17th August 2012

Tottenham squad: all Mod cons…

Luka Modric will be sold to Real Madrid. It may be today, it may be tomorrow, it might be deadline day, but one way or another we will end the transfer window without our influential Croatian playmaker. This clearly leaves us weaker in the midfield department given his classy performance on a consistent basis for the last 4 seasons. Despite this, I am not fully convinced it is essential we replace him right now given we are a day from the season starting, and a replacement would cost 20 million pounds at the cheapest, and a focus on investing in... Read more »