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Spurs v Brighton match report - 29.10.14
Spurs 2 Brighton 0 - Quality goal sparks Spurs win

A quality passing goal scored by second half substitute Erik Lamela was enough to spark a Spurs victory. Spurs had dominated first half possession, but once again had really failed to truly test Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, who had looked somewhat unsteady when faced with crosses which came his way. Harry Kane completed the win to give Spurs passage to the last eight, where they will face Newcastle at home, with an opportunity for revenge following Sunday's home defeat.

Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes to Sunday's team, with Jan Vertonghen the only survivor from the starting line-up which had faced Newcastle. Vertonghen took over the captain's armband when Aaron Lennon was replaced at half-time by Lamela..........

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In a game of few clear chances this game looked a draw from early on. Both defences kept a tight rein on the opposition for almost the whole game giving attackers few sights of the target, restricting most efforts to long range shots. There were hardly any free kicks in a very open game played at pace by both sides who kept the ball on the deck. Spurs got the break thankfully and now look forward to another tough game on Friday when they go to Liverpool.

Last season Liverpool beat Spurs 5-0 thanks to a couple of first team players. It was former Spurs academy coach Alex Inglethorpe's first victory over his former club in four games. The game will be held at Langtree Park in St. Helens and should be shown on Liverpool TV if you can't make it.

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Norman Giller's Weekly - 27.10.14
Norman writes - "The Why Factor"

Norman Giller writes for Spurs Odyssey "Forget smug Simon Cowell’s X-Factor. After the demoralising defeat by Newcastle yesterday, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs face the Why? Factor.

WHY did a team of so many talents fold against a Geordie side that has been described as one of the weakest in Newcastle’s proud history?

WHY did Erik Lamela look so inspirational in one match and then become almost invisible in the next game?

WHY did Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul need to make only two saves compared with the Premier League record 14 shots he had to field in the corresponding match in the AVB era last season?

WHY was there no cover in defence when Newcastle made their thrusting goal-producing raids down the flanks?

WHY did the Tottenham midfielders allow themselves to be outmuscled by the Newcastle gang of four when the second-half pressure was at its peak?"..............

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Spurs v Newcastle match report - 26.10.14
Spurs 1 Newcastle 2 - It was about remembrance and the old Spurs' soft underbelly.

Spurs chose this game as the occasion upon which they would formally commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of the greatest Spur ever, Bill Nicholson, who passed away on October 23rd, 2004.

The club produced a special programme, containing material written by the late Andy Porter, whose obituary also appeared in the magazine production. Many former Spurs players, including the truly legendary Alan Gilzean, made the effort to attend the occasion. Quite a few of the others in the line-up of legends are employed by the club on match days, including the still sprightly looking Cliff Jones.

On the day of Bill's passing, the team lost 2-1 at home to Sam Allardyce's Bolton. On another occasion, when Bill Nicholson way was named in the presence of the great man, we lost at home to West Ham. Sadly, on this special day, we managed to lose to a side that was in the bottom three - Newcastle. Now, Alan Pardew's side are higher up in the bottom half of the Premier League table, which now includes Spurs, who had aspirations towards more European football next season.

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Spurs v Asteras Tripolis Match Report - 23.10.14
Spurs 5 Asteras Tripolis 1 - Andy Porter would have enjoyed this!
The club logo of Asteras Tripolis Club historian Andy Porter, who so sadly died suddenly this week, would have enjoyed this game. You see, Andy didn't just follow the fortunes of our first team down the years, he also followed the Academy and Development squad avidly. Andy would have seen Harry Kane as a 16 year old player, and would have been so pleased to see Harry score his first hat-trick for the senior Spurs side.

Why, Kane even finished the game wearing Hugo Lloris's goalkeeper's jersey, after the Spurs captain rashly brought down Tsokanis outside his area, and was dismissed for preventing a goal-scoring opportunity. So, although Hugo craftily earnt himself a break from the trip to Greece in two weeks' time, the man finishing the game in the goalkeeper's shirt could once again be voted the Spurs Odyssey man of the match!

Mind you, Kane will have competition from Spurs' other goal-scorer tonight, Erik Lamela. Lamela's first goal was an audacious left foot strike from the left side of the area, which looked as if it had been hit with his right foot, but was in fact struck with his left foot, from behind the right! (It's called a "Rabona")No wonder Erik raced all the way back to the North-East corner to celebrate in front of his friends and family..........

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R.I.P Andy Porter - 22.10.14
R.I.P Andy Porter

The club has today (22nd October, 2014) formally announced the sudden death of its historian Andy Porter, aged just 54:-

I received this news very early this morning, and was devastated. I didn't know Andy's age, but now know he was just 54.

I was asked not to publish the information, and I respected the family's request.

Andy was an unassuming, and probably quite shy man, who loved Spurs through and through and through............

Full details here

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