Tomorrow has been chosen as the formal date upon which Tottenham Hotspur Football Club will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of its most famous son - Bill Nicholson. There will be an A4 size special programme, and plenty of content about the great man.
Thursday (23rd) was the actual anniversary, and one of Bill's former captains and trophy winners Alan Mullery was interviewed at half-time, and a video montage was displayed upon the Jumbotron, when Asteras Tripolis were our Europa League opponents.
I well remember the feeling of loss and devastation on the day we learnt of Bill Nicholson's death. As I wrote then, I felt I had lost a dear member of the family, and that is how we all feel ten years on.
Newcastle United Football Club have had a more recent loss to contemplate this season, after they tragically lost two of their most loyal and widely travelled fans, who were among the passengers on Flight MH17 which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. They were John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who will no doubt be remembered by the travelling fans after 17 minutes of tomorrow's game...........
This had been a good performance by Spurs who had been allowed to play in the first half and will be kicking themselves for not getting more goals. Reading changed things in the second half closing them down more but the pace of Walker-Peters on the break should have produced more. Maghoma and Walkes had no problems in the first half but against two strikers in the second, they had their hands full. With Walker-Peters dropping to full back and Georgiou subbed, Spurs lost their main attacking threat. The two youngsters showed little bits of skill but were not strong enough to hold the ball up against determined defending.
Spurs are now sixth in the table a point ahead of Fulham who did not play today and are Spurs' next opponents. They go to Motspur Park next Saturday for an 11am kick-off.
Spurs 5 Asteras Tripolis 1 - Andy Porter would have enjoyed this!
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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"I feel like Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman as I award Spurs a ‘seven’ for their performance at the Etihad on Saturday. That’s the good news. The bad news, Manchester City get a nine, and Sergio Aguero a ten for the way he led Tottenham a dance.
My predictive text keeps trying to make Aguero read Argue. I don’t think there will be any argument among we Tottenham supporters that he is truly a world-class player, and his four goals on Saturday might easily have been six or seven.
Just imagine if he had been in a Spurs shirt. Dream on, baby......"
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Progress was made by Spurs on three counts today at The Etihad Stadium. Firstly, they kept a clean sheet for longer than the 14 seconds they lasted last year. Secondly, they reduced the losing margin by half. It was a six goal difference last year, and just three this time. Thirdly, they scored a goal. You could add other factors too, because we did manage a number of decent attacks; quickly equalised the first goal, and remained in the game right up until Roberto Soldado took a poor penalty, allowing Joe Hart to make a crucial save after 61 minutes. Had Spurs scored, and equalised, perhaps the game would have turned out differently, but there is no arguing that the best team won. City have now beaten us 15-2 on aggregate in the last three games, and we are just not in the same league as them.
Referee Jon Moss awarded four penalties in total today, two of which were saved, all of which were arguably soft...........
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