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7th November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Becoming What We Love To Hate About Arsenal

Some readers will have heard my ramblings on the excellent Fighting Cock podcast and I’ve promised them I’d pen a few words for about two years now. I’d like to take the opportunity to write a short article about a subject I feel very strongly about. As regular listeners to the podcast will know, I’m a long standing season ticket holder in the Park Lane lower and over the past decade, have visited most away grounds with Spurs on numerous occasions. I’ve also been privileged to fulfil a great ambition and follow Spurs all over Europe. In 2003, nearly ten... Read more »

5th November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

In Desperate Pursuit of Positivity

Heading away from White Hart Lane I struggled to comprehend the one nil Premier League defeat inflicted by Wigan, but most troubling of all was the manner in which Tottenham surrendered the three points. “There are no positives to take from that game, absolutely none.” “The curry stand was giving away free curry, that’s a positive” replied my friend. “Yeah but it meant the whole stadium smelled of curry for 75 minutes.” “Maybe thats why Hudd played so bad?” Depressing as it seems though, at that moment heading home, the highlight of my day at White Hart Lane had been... Read more »

5th November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Against Modern Tottenham

This article originally appeared on the excellent An Evening with Lustdoctor. Click through and read more. It’s the balls. A trip to White Hart Lane is fast becoming a toxic experience. You’ll find more atmosphere in a Virgin Train’s quiet zone or during nap time at the local nursery. The only time fans raise from their slumber is the now traditional half-time boo or end of match catcall. A sense of entitlement is palpable in the air. There are plenty of reasons to be against this interpretation of ‘Modern Tottenham’. Tensions are threatening to boil over amongst supporters with differing... Read more »

4th November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Everyone’s to blame

You can’t hide from a poor performance, and that’s what this was. The best team on the day won, we weren’t hard done by. Setting up with the ‘double pivot’ of two defensive central midfielders at home to Wigan does not send the right message, and we struggled to impose our will, appearing the more reactive side. That said, though we started this way, Sandro was forced off and replaced with a more attacking player in Sigurdsson, though one bereft of form and confidence, hardly an improvement. Wigan took advantage of this, a little slow out of the gate but... Read more »

2nd November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

How Wigan Has Come to Define Us

Sat in the Park Lane the temptation to run out on to pitch and boot the ball away almost took over. Had I not been holding my head in disbelief, perhaps I would have done it. It may not be the glamour game of any Tottenham season, but the fixture against Wigan always serves as an omen of what’s to come. The Wigan games over the years have come to hold some resonance with me. Like the day MJ died, or Diana stacked it in a tunnel I can pin point exactly where I was each time we lined up... Read more »

2nd November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

The Serenity of White Hart Lane

I sat there in a transfixed daze as Danny Rose hit that thunderbolt, almost ironically clean and pure, considering we were playing them dirty gooners. The consumption of several beverages had originally led me to believe disco Benny was to credit but I left wondering if Danny Rose had been sent down from above for one game only, one goal, one hell of a goal, never to be seen again. I wandered out of the Lane carried by a collective wave of ecstatic euphoria, years of torment and repression from them f****** Woolwich w****** lifted in one glorious night. A... Read more »

1st November 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Fantastic Falque and Dodo Dempsey

Last night’s game against Norwich was a good example of one of football’s unique peculiarities; a team can dominate a game for the vast majority and still lose. Chelsea won the Champions League by way of this unusual aspect of the game last season, to our cost, and Norwich have gained a quarter final berth in the League Cup this season, to our cost. However this is not to say by any means that yesterday’s fixture was a disaster or failure, far from it. Gareth Bale continued his good form, constantly getting in behind defenders, switching flanks and scoring an... Read more »

31st October 2012 | Blog, Never Mind The B*llocks

Safe-standing at White Hart Lane

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) have launched a campaign to support the trials of standing areas for fans in top-flight and Championship grounds. Aston Villa have become the first Premier League club to publicly back the campaign, along with Peterborough, Crystal Palace & Bristol City, who have given their support to calls for the Government to allow ‘small-scale trials of safe standing areas’ and have volunteered to host a trial. The Fighting Cock are conducting the following survey to gauge Tottenham Hotspur supporters views on safe-standing at White Hart Lane. We intend to present the staff at the club with... Read more »