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The nightmare FA Cup Final for Sherwood haters

8:30 pm
It's the FA Cup Final the Tim Sherwood haters were dreading, do they now want Arsenal to win or an Aston Villa team managed by Sherwood?



Just like at Spurs when he got Emmanuel Adebayor firing in goals he has got another out of form striker firing them in again, this time Christian Benteke. The man who downed Spurs did the same to Liverpool at Wembley in the semi-final. Personally I think it's totally wrong playing semi-finals at Wembley, it rather devalues the whole 'getting to Wembley' meaning but that's another topic.

Fifth and sixth places in the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Europa League so now that we are above Southampton beating them is vital to give us a gap. We may well need it as our goal difference is inferior. If we sink down to seventh then we would have to rely on Arsenal winning the FA Cup and we don't want to be in that position. Despite what some fans might want, players and the club want and need European football, without it Ben Davies for instance would hardly have played a game this season with Danny Rose being the first choice centre-back.

Why would another striker want to come to the club knowing they are going to be sitting on the bench? It just makes signing players that much more difficult and of course our income dictates how much wages we can pay under Financial Fair Play, as well as how much we are permitted to spend on transfers.

I will certainly be cheering on Villa, I don't want Arsenal winning a trophy.



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Premier League Clubs transfer activity so far

10:15 am
The summer transfer window will stay open until 11pm on Monday, 2 September this year.

A quick round up thus far.

Arsenal - (Gunners)
Incoming:
Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, free)

Outgoing:
Andrey Arshavin (released)
Denilson (Sao Paulo, free)
Sebastien Squillaci (released)
Martin Angha (Nuremberg, undisclosed)
Craig Eastmond (Colchester, free)
Conor Henderson (released)
Jernade Meade (released)
Sanchez Watt (released)
Johan Djourou (Hamburg, loan)
Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £2 million)
Francis Coquelin (Freiburg, loan)

Aston Villa - (Villans)
Incoming
Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan, £2.5 million)
Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland, undisclosed)
Leandro Bacuna (Groningen, undisclosed)
Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, undisclosed)
Antonio Luna (Sevilla, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Norwich, free)

Outgoing
Richard Dunne (released)
Eric Lichaj (released)
Jean Makoun (Rennes, undisclosed)
Andy Marshall (released)
Derrick Williams (Bristol City, free)

Cardiff City - (Bluebirds)
Incoming
Andreas Cornelius (Copenhagen, £7.5 million)

Outgoing
Stephen McPhail (released)
Heidar Helguson (released)
Nat Jarvis (released)

Chelsea - (Blues)
Incoming
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18 million)
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, £9 million)
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free)

Outgoing
Yossi Benayoun (released)
Paulo Ferreira (released)
Florent Malouda (released)
Hilario (released)
Ross Turnbull (released)
Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan)
Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, loan)
Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, £2.5 million)

Crystal Palace - (Eagles)
Incoming
Dwight Gayle (Peterborough, £8.5 million)
Stephen Dobbie (Brighton, undisclosed)
Jerome Thomas (West Brom, free)

Outgoing
Jermaine Easter (Millwall, free)

Everton - (Toffees)
Incoming
Arouna Kone (Wigan, £6 million)
Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed)
Antolin Alcaraz (Unattached, free)
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan)

Outgoing
Phil Neville (released)
Thomas Hitzlsperger (released)
Jan Mucha (released)
Jake Bidwell (Brentford, undisclosed)

Fulham (Cottagers)
Incoming
Sascha Riether (Cologne, undisclosed)
Derek Boateng (Dnipro, undisclosed)
Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma, undisclosed)

Outgoing
Chris Baird (released)
Simon Davies (released)
Mahamadou Diarra (released)
Georgios Karagounis (released)
Mladen Petric (released)
Mark Schwarzer (released)
Tom Donegan (released)
Alex Smith (released)
Dan Burn (Birmingham, loan)

Hull City - (Tigers)
Incoming
George Boyd (Peterborough, free)
Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, free)
Curtis Davies (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Allan McGregor (Besiktas, £1.8 million
Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland, £2 million)

Outgoing
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, free)
Danny East (Portsmouth, free)
Mark Cullen (Hull, free)
Andy Dawson (released)
Jamie Devitt (released)
Paul McKenna (released)
Seyi Olofinjana (released)
Jay Simpson (released)

Liverpool - (Reds)
Incoming
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Luis Alberto (Seville, £6.8 million)
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £7.5 million)
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, £9 million)

Outgoing
Danny Wilson (Hearts, free)
Jamie Carragher (retired)
Andy Carroll (West Ham £15.5 million)
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea, £6 million)

Manchester City - (Citizens)
Incoming
Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30 million)
Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £23 million)

Outgoing
Ryan McGivern (Hibernian, free)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Wayne Bridge (Reading, free)
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, free)
Carlos Tevez (Juventus, £10 million)

Manchester United - (Red Devils)
Incoming
Guillermo Varela (Penarol, £1 million)

Outgoing
Paul Scholes (retired)

Newcastle United - (Magpies, Toon)
Incoming
Olivier Kemen (Metz, undisclosed)

Outgoing
Steve Harper (released)
Danny Simpson (released)
James Perch (Wigan, £700,000)

Norwich City - (Canaries)
Incoming
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.6 million)
Javier Garrido (Lazio, undisclosed)
Nathan Redmond (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Carlo Nash (Stoke - Norwich, free)
Martin Olsson (Blackburn, free)

Outgoing
James Vaughan (Huddersfield, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Aston Villa, free)
Chris Martin (Derby, free)
Marc Tierney (Bolton, free)
Simeon Jackson (released)
Korey Smith (Oldham, free)
Elliott Ward (Bournemouth, free)
Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham, free)
George Francomb (released)
Lee Camp (released)
Declan Rudd (Preston, loan)

Southampton Town - (Saints)
Incoming
Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5 million)

Outgoing
Frazer Richardson (released)
Danny Butterfield (released)
Danny Seaborne (released)
Ryan Dickson (released)
Ben Reeves (released)
Sam Hoskins (released)

Stoke City - (Potters)
Incoming
Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven £3.1 million)
Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, free)

Outgoing
Jermaine Pennant (released)
Matthew Upson (released)
Rory Delap (released)
Matthew Lund (released)
Mamady Sidibe (released)
Michael Owen (retired)
Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough, free)
Carlo Nash (Norwich, free)

Sunderland - (Black Cats)
Incoming
Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free)
Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, undisclosed)
Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free)
Cabral (Basle, free)
David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Gothenburg, free)
Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £2 million)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed)
El Hadji Ba (Le Havre, free)

Outgoing
Titus Bramble (released)
Matthew Kilgallon (released)
Ryan Noble (released)
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £9 million)
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, £2 million)

Swansea City - (Swans)
Incoming
Jose Canas (Real Betis, free)
Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.5 million)
Jonathan De Guzman (Villarreal, loan)
Alejandro Pozuelo (Real Betis, £425,000)
Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £6 million)
Gregor Zabret (NK Domzale, undisclosed)
Alex Gogic (Olympiacos, free)
Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem, £12 million)

Outgoing
Mark Gower (Charlton, free)
David Cornell (St Mirren, loan)
Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone, loan)
Kyle Bartley (Birmingham, loan)

Tottenham Hotspur - (Spurs, Lilywhites)
Incoming
Paulinho (Corinthians, £17 million)

Outgoing
William Gallas (released)
John Bostock (released)
David Bentley (released)
Jack Munns (released)
Jake Nicholson (released)
Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town, free)
Grant Hall (Swindon Town, loan)
Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town, loan)
Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town, loan)

West Bromwich Albion - (Baggies)
Incoming
Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

Outgoing
Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest, free)
Marc-Antoine Fortune (released)
Zoltan Gera (released)
James Hurst (Crawley Town, free)
Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace, free)

West Ham United - (Hammers)
Incoming
Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, free)
Adrian (Real Betis, undisclosed)
Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £15.5 million)
Danny Whitehead (Stockport County, undisclosed)

Outgoing
Carlton Cole (released)
Gary O’Neil (released)
Rob Hall (Bolton, free)




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Spurs BT Sport channel TV fixtures

2:47 pm
New boys in the TV football market BT, who are promoted by Gareth Bale, have also announced their first set of fixtures for the upcoming season.

The first Tottenham Hotspur game on the BT Sport channel is the lunch time fixture (12.45) against Chelsea on Saturday September 28th at White Hart Lane.

Our only other game on BT at the moment is against Manchester United in another lunch time fixture (12.45) at White Hart Lane on Saturday November 30th.

Our complete TV fixtures so far announced, SKY unless stated:
Sun Aug 18: Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur (1:30pm)
Sun Sept 1: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Sat Sept 28: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (BT Sport 12.45pm)
Sun Oct 20: Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Sun Nov 3: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (1.30pm)
Sun Nov 10: Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (12pm)
Sat Nov 23: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)
Sat Nov 30: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (BT Sport 12.45pm)




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Spurs V Palace on Sky + Arsenal, Villa, Everton, Newcastle, M City

2:08 pm
Sky have conformed their first set of live fixtures for the new season and it sees Spurs on the box 6 times.

Our opening away game against Premier League new boys Crystal Palace, is to be shown live on Sunday 18th August at 1.30pm. The fixture should provide plenty of interest as neutrals tune in to see how Palace might fare this season.

Sunday September 1st the London derby game against arch rivals Arsenal, this time away at the Emirates, will be shown at 4pm. A regular on TV it clearly draws in the viewers.

In October the Aston Villa game on Sunday 20th will be shown, again it's 4pm and again it's an away game. Sky will be hoping Benteke moves to Spurs to give added interest to the game and the panel something extra to chat about.

November is the month it really kicks into gear for Tottenham fans though with 3 fixtures on Sky during the month. The first is on Sunday 3rd against Everton at 1.30, no prizes for guessing it's another away game.

Then follows our only confirmed TV fixture at White Hart Lane so far, Sunday 10th against Newcastle United at noon. We revert back to an away fixture on Saturday 23rd against Manchester City at 5.30pm, another fixture Sky like to show regularly now.


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Sandro; Take a Bow Son

9:46 pm
So that's why we signed him? I had always thought our young Brazilian was a diamond in the rough. Tonight's performance shined him up brilliantly! Watch your back Huddlestone, it looks like we've got a player that can fit in nicely alongside The Modfather.

Slowly but surely, Sandro has come of age, worn the lilywhite shirt with pride and put in a performance that I will long remember.

Tottenham Hotspur in the last eight of the Champions League. Who would have thought it, let alone predicted it when the score against Young Boys read 3-0?

The stat of never being beaten at the legendary White Hart Lane in any European Cup/Champions League clash remains strong.

Are you watching Arsenal? Probably.


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7 Years Happy

6:01 pm
Don't you just love upsets? Well done Birmingham!

I know this may be a bit premature, but it looks as though Arsenal could go yet another year without adding a trophy to their cabinet after just losing to Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final.

I make it 7 years. Fair enough, they could win the Champions League, but let's face it, there's more chance of Tottenham Hotspur winning it. League? Forget it. F.A. Cup? Maybe, but I can't see it myself.

I suppose we'll have to wait another year for these young Arsenal players to mature, because we all know that one of these days, they will come good.

I am looking forward to welcoming them to The Lane in April. Thing is, when they lose to us yet again, what will be their excuse? I'll send a "7 Years Strong" T-Shirt to the best comment.

PS. RIP Dean Richards




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Spurs Could Go 3rd

5:14 pm
The City result went our way today with them slipping up against a worked up Wolves side. The Goons beat the Spammers and Chelsea won against Blackburn.

If we can beat Manchester United, and it's more than likely that we can, we will go 3rd in the Premier League. We are in 5th at the moment with 15 points.

I watched the Wolves vs. Manchester City game and once again, City showed me that they are a manager short of making the big time.

Harry Redknapp has opted for Robbie Keane instead of Peter Crouch as our lone striker with Rafa van der Vaart playing off him. Modric and Jenas will hold the central midfield roles, whilst Lennon and Bale will be on the wings. Kaboul and Gallas will hold our central defence together, with Assou-Ekotto and Hutton as fullbacks, and of course, Gomes will be in goal.

Come On You Spurs!!!

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Fabregas in a Barcelona Shirt

11:27 pm
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During Spain's World Cup celebrations, Arsenal's want away captain, Cesc Fabregas, donned a Barcelona home shirt.

I bet he'll be popular with the Arsenal fans within the next few days. Unless Barcelona meet Arsenal's valuation; and that's not likely, given the financial predicament the Spanish La Liga Champion's are in, it looks as though he'll be staying with the Woolwich Wanderers.

Last thing you want is an unhappy player spoiling pre-season preparations. All Everton and Spurs fans witnessed firsthand what kind of influence one unhappy prima donna can do to the spirit in the dressing room.

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A Nigerian billionaire is plotting to buy a stake in Arsenal

8:27 am
....but only if the current Arsenal board send him £100,000 so that he can get his money out of Nigeria safely.

I can picture Arsenal's Chairman, Hill-Wood, waiting to hear if the Nigerian businessman, has received his reply that the £100,000 will be wired by Western Union on Monday morning.

I wonder how this all went down? Probably something like this;

"Dear Mr. Hill-Wood, my name is Aliko Dangote, and I am one of the richest men in Africa. Unfortunately, my funds (worth in excess of £4.7 billion) have been ceased by the government.

"I am now attempting to leave the country and I see that your club has not given Mr. Wenger any money for a long time. I can help in this matter. If you can help me, I will give you £500 million.

"I have bribed a government official into allowing me to leave, but I need to give him £100,000. Please wire me this small amount and as soon as I am free to leave Nigeria, I will hand over the £500 million for assisting me. I await your email."

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Surely someone at The Sun (the red top that published this article) saw the funny side? You always have to suspect something is up, especially when the paper credits a story to simply "Published: Today".

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Joe Cole could be Arsenal bound

12:15 pm
Had a few mates round last night, and as usual, we were discussing who'd be in and out of the Spurs team. Barry, a closet Spurs fan, but Arsenal season ticket holder down at the Arabic Library, told us all that he is confident Joe Cole will join Arsenal as soon as Fabregas is sold to Barcelona.

I really wish that were true, as I cannot see how Cole would fit into our team, unless Harry was planning on selling Luka Modric to Chelsea, which I can't see happening by the way.

This summer could be our most important in decades, so let's just hope Harry and Levy get it right.

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Is this the beginning of the end of Arsenal?

8:00 pm
Cesc Fabregas Leaving Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur Blog NewsI've just heard an interview on talkSPORT with the Spanish football pundit, Guillem Balague. It's basically curtains for Cesc Fabregas' 7 year stint with Arsenal as it looks like he has told Wenger that he wants to leave now, rather than later, with Barcelona being his preferred choice.

Now, if this report is true, and I presume it is, it looks as though Cesc has finally given up on the Wenger Project. In fact, it's a slap in the face for the entire establish at Arsenal.

Why?

Because the belief that doing things Wenger's way, is no longer there.

How long is Fabregas supposed to stick around while the "young players" develop? How many times do you think the lad can sit by and watch the British media drool over another one of Walcott's runs that simply have no end product? How many times has he had to place his head in his hands because every Arsenal keeper has just fluffed another howler?

If he does go, it may leave a dent so large in Arsenal's heart, that filling it, may prove to be an impossible feat. He is their captain, their talisman. Make no bones about it; Fabregas is the player that makes their setup tick along.

How does all of this play on the mind of van Persie? Does the Dutchman still believe in Wenger's Project? Does Wenger himself believe in it any more? I suppose we'll have to wait and see how this pans out.

If Arsenal can't find an adequate replacement, how long before their time is up? I suppose they could recall Jack Wilshere from Bolton, and wait for him to develop? What's another few years, eh?

Some have said that the club just doesn't have the funds to go out and buy the players needed. Is Wenger covering for his Board? I think the truth will out this summer.

The sustained success of a football club cannot go on forever. Oh, what am I saying? Arsenal's last success came 5 years ago!

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Aren't Arsenal Fans Bitter?

8:12 pm
Tottenham Hotspur Champion's League Logo, Tottenham Hotspur Blog NewsToday was my first day back in the office since last Wednesday's Champion's League Play-off, which we rightly won (cue the Champion's League anthem).

I spent most of the day talking with the rest of the Spurs, Villa, Charlton, Man U, Liverpool and Chelsea fans about our achievement. You'll notice the exclusion of any Arsenal fans in the previous sentence. Here's why...

In the cafeteria, the above mentioned fans were congratulating Tottenham Hotspur's "superb and well deserved achievement this season". It was a Tottenham lovin' to be honest and it felt great! Low and behold, who should walk in, but Bert, the Arsenal fan.

"Deserved it? You lot haven't got a f*cking clue how the game is played and couldn't possibly grasp onto what winning anything of any real value meant.

"Ask any Spurs player to show you their end of season medal for finishing 4th. You had a chance at the F.A. Cup and blew it against a bunch of no-hopers.

"You're light years away from us and this will be brought out in your early season dirty washing. You can kid yourselves all you want mate.

"Same old Tottenham, same old silly fans".

Bitter?

I then read some blog comments and interviews off of other sites. Here's a taster;

"It doesn't matter anyway, they will not win their qualifying match and be in the CL anyway. And to be seeded ... what a joke, when was the last time they got into the CL ? They don't deserve to the seeded at all." - In relation to Spurs being possibly seeded after all.

"I can understand Spurs thinking they can challenge Arsenal after the run they have had. But after 38 games the place you finish is the place you deserve. They didn’t really challenge us enough for me to say they will do it year after year." - Robin van Persie

"It's so funny that the deluded Spuds think that they were anywhere near us this season. There's only one team in London, and that's the Arsenal" - No reason for that comment, it just seems as though they're coming out from every nook and cranny now.

"Stupid Spurs fans. They finally got into the top four. What's so funny with that, is that now, the media will start calling it 'The Top Three'! Hahahahahaha" - Nothing to say about this, as he/she has obviously said it all.

What did you understand from our little exercise? Well, I fully understand just how scared their fans are. Most of the comments above were completely unprovoked. It's as though they know the end is in sight and so have to let a flurry of abuse off at us.

I am sure we'll get a lot more comments from the Arsenal fans on here after they read this. As my father once said, "If the Arsenal fans had brains, they'd be dangerous".

I'll go off and quietly lament our highest placed finish in the Premier League with a mug of Horlicks and the Champion's League anthem playing gently in the background.

Oh, and if you're wondering what happened to Bert after his comments; well, let's just say that I didn't need to say anything at all. Kevin, the Chelsea fan and Anthony, the Manchester City fan took care of that for me.

Well done lads.

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Brokeback United

2:11 pm
Gary-Neville-Paul-Scholes-Kiss, Tottenham Hotspur Blog NewsBeaten Arsenal and Chelsea. Next up, Brokeback United.

Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but I think this is a game that we can win. Manchester United are nowhere near their best and I believe, as do some of the Spurs lads, that we can go up to Old Trafford and get a win. As long as the ref isn't their twelth man of course!

The belief that we can win is there. All we need to do now is turn up and display that belief on the pitch.


Le Scum in the Office

Some of the Arsenal fans in the office aren't too bothered if they lose to City, as a Manchester City win against Arsenal could take them into fourth.

As I said, that's just some of Arsenal faithful. Most want to smash City. Their reason; "if City make the Champion's League, you can forget about us winning the league any time soon."

"With all their money, they could walk the league, as they will be able to attract the type of player that could take them well beyond us."

"With them [Manchester City] in the Champion's League, they will be actually able to sign players like Kaká."

I agree with the above comments. Money, and a lot of it, does buy you success. Look at Arsenal. Wenger doesn't want to seem to spend any money (or he doesn't have much to spend). What have they won in the past 5 seasons? Well, Arsenal have won as much silverware as Bolton.

With the added rumours that José Mourinho has already been approached and has accepted to take over City in July, the future looks bleak.

Manchester City cannot make the fourth!

PS. Well done to Newcastle on their promotion and also winning the Championship. Now there is a club that needs cash.



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Gomes Rehabilitation Complete

3:06 pm
Tottenham's outstanding player in the victory over Arsenal was Heurelho Gomes. The Spurs 'keeper made a series of superb saves as a hard-earned lead was protected, but his calm presence and capability under crosses was equally eye catching.

It is no exaggeration to say the Brazilian is the now the best 'keeper in the Premier League. Petr Cech is becoming increasingly error an injury prone, Edwin van der Sar's body is creaking with age and Manuel Almunia would not even be in Arsenal's team if their fans had their way.

Shay Given makes more errors than Gomes and loses points for a cautious approach in commanding his penalty area, and although Joe Hart is in excellent form he lacks the physical presence needed in a top-class goalkeeper. Pepe Reina is the closest challenger to Gomes, but it's doubtful the Liverpool stopper would have kept out the three Arsenal efforts Gomes did.

Gomes' transformation has been remarkable and there is a neat symmetry about his progress. What was perhaps his lowest point came in the 4-4 draw at the Emirates last season, when his indecisiveness with crosses was cruelly exposed. 18 months later and he is almost unrecognisable as a 'keeper, something that was confirmed by his latest performance against our bitter rivals.

Gomes has been helped by the solid defence built in front of him and with this back four likely to be more settled next season, things should only improve for the popular Brazilian, who is rapidly achieving cult status at White Hart Lane.

Spurs' Premier League betting odds narrowed dramatically after the win and if the side does make the top four their goalkeeper will take a lot of the credit.

For his part, Gomes will be hoping his performances are enough to secure him a spot in Brazil's World Cup squad.

Brazil are second favourites in the World Cup betting and will fancy their chances of winning the tournament.


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I Love English Referees

12:18 pm
Alan Wiley Referee, Tottenham Hotspur Blog NewsFirst off, I would like to congratulate Portsmouth FC, their fans, their players and management team on reaching the F.A. Cup Final.

Secondly, I would also like to thank the English F.A. for all the hard work they put in to churning out the best referees in Europe.

Niko Kranjcar should be put on trial after fouling someone in the area, which in turn led to our goal being disallowed, and rightly so!

Just for the record, I wasn't being serious, well, apart from the praising of Portsmouth bit.

How many times are we going to get screwed on by referees? Let me explain what happened yesterday.

I'm currently in Cyprus and will be until the Martin Chivers Bash (8th & 9th May).

Now, Cypriot football has come on leaps and bounds in the last few seasons (or so the locals tell me). Thing is, it's clearly obvious that it's fixed. Referees live in bigger houses than the players, but have extremely short careers as most of them need to retire by the time they're 45 due to death sentence threats.

I was invited to watch yesterday's match in a friendly pub called Murphy's. It was packed out with Spurs fans; some were locals, whilst a great deal were ex-pats. The pub even put on a Cypriot-style BBQ, which was great. Spirits were raised.

They score. Silence echoes. We score; pandemonium! By the time we had all stopped jumping all over each other, whispers from the bar spread that the goal had been disallowed.

"And you lot say that Cypriot football is fixed?!"

The Cypriot Spurs followers were angry, not just because of the disallowed goal, but because prior to the match, the pub was showing two play-offs in the Cypriot League. Omonia vs. Anorthosis (remember them?) & APOEL vs. Apollon.

Us Brits were discussing amongst ourselves, the sheer quality of the league and the obvious match rigging that goes on. The locals listening in didn't really care for our petty conversations.

Well, that all changed when our goal went in and then didn't.

Thing is, I didn't feel as bad as I did when I was a spotty nosed teenager up at Elland Road, when Everton put us to the sword. I mean, yesterday was deeply depressing. Carlos (another THBN author) was at the game and was supposed to write something today, yet didn't have the heart for it. Maybe the next three games mean so much that this Semi-Final defeat doesn't mean as much as it should? Who knows?

So then, out of the F.A. Cup and into the Week of Reckoning. Arsenal up next. Do you think the lads can pick themselves up and stop giving away penalties?

Arsenal, here we come!

PS. I got up at 5.15 this morning as I couldn't sleep and so turned on the TV. CNN was on and this American Sports Pundit was talking about "Pompeii's" win over Spurs. Yes, that's right. Not Pompey, but Pompeii's win.

Maybe the thought of Mount Vesuvius erupting over Wiley's decision would cap off my day?



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I Love English Referees I Love English Referees Reviewed by PoshSpur on 12:18 pm Rating: 5

Manuel Almunia: God Amongst Men

4:32 pm
Manuel Almunia, Tottenham Hotspur Blog News
Don't you just love the stubbornness of some men, especially those you view as your enemy? Mr. Wenger has been lambasted in the past for not signing a quality goal-keeper, but we all know how Arsène reacts to criticism.

Let me introduce Manuel Almunia. This man capped off a delightful Saturday for me and possibly the majority of Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs fans. I was sat in the Shelf when the jumbo-tron displayed Arsenal's result. The cheer that echoed around me was nearly, if not more so, louder than when we scored our second goal against Portsmouth.

I then saw the goal on Match of Day.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Manny, you are a God amongst men!

Oh and before I go, I want to remind Mr. Wenger that Football is a contact sport, which, by definition, means that players are allowed to tackle each other, as long as the tackling is within the rules of course.

So Arsène, before running off your mouth in a post-match press conference, take a good look at the evidence. Craig Gardner won the ball cleanly. Fair enough, he may have knocked Fabregas to the ground, but as I said, Football is a contact sport.



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Henry: Shut Up!

2:10 pm
Life at the moment couldn't get any better. The few Spurs fans that are in the office are still trying to wake up from the 9 - 1 dream. Yes, that's nine, one.

Trust an Arsenal fan, Steve, to come over and try and spoil it all.

"Henry said that he thought about quitting after the Ireland match on Friday as it got to him", said Steve.

I couldn't help think what a pathetic statement that was from the former Arsenal striker.

"I nearly quit" isn't a far cry from a recent lottery winner coming out in the press and saying that "I nearly gave all my winnings away to charity".

Is Henry out to rub the Irish fans noses in it or what?

Do us a favour mate; next time you think about quitting, do what Nike tell you to do and 'just do it'.


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Naming Rights

A lot has been said in relation to renaming the new stadium that will be built near our home, White Hart Lane, as well as handing out other naming rights to other stadia around the country such as the future New Anfield and Stamford Bridge.

Many of us just want the naming rights to be left alone. Abandoned. I was one of them. I, like many others, sentimentally ignored the fact that naming our new stadium XYZ Arena (or whatever), could in fact be the major deciding factor in getting it built.

For those that can, cast your minds back to 24th January 1976. Kettering Town lined up against Bath City in the Southern League. The only difference was that they had "Kettering Tyres" printed across their shirts. This, of course, caused an uproar amongst many Kettering Town supporters, as well as a major stir in the F.A.

Why? For starters, what were the words "Kettering Tyres" doing, plastered on the Northamptonshire clubs strip? Comments like; "Kettering Tyres have violated our team by daring to put their logo across our clubs' shirt!" were heard echoing around the ground on that wintery, wet Saturday; for an occurrence like this one had never happened before!

How times have changed? We eagerly anticipate the announcement from our respective clubs in relation to which major conglomerate will plow its millions into sponsoring our sides shirt (please make sure we don't get another red sponsor!).

I fully understand the Geordie's frustration with the attempted re-branding of St. James' Park. I am firmly against traditional grounds having their name changed, which is why I also feel Chelsea may be wasting their time.

SportsDirect.com@St James' Park Stadium sounds more like an email address than a stadium. Is Mike Ashley attempting to hit new lows each month? Hasn't that man done enough up in Newcastle? And he's a Spurs fan, which proves my point that we're not all perfect.

When it comes to new stadia, I'd prefer to keep the name of the traditional arena, but I am not so opposed to a new name, as long as it's something respectable.

For example, Ashburton Grove is the original name of the Woolwich Wanderers stadium, most commonly called The Emirates.

As long as we can get the right investment and brand through the door, I'll be happy. I'm delighted with the current planning and designs of our new stadium. It does look similar to some of the newer stadiums that are being built at the moment, but with the added difference of the Kop-styled stand and the 'nearer to the pitch' design; much nearer than our Southern rivals.

It was pleasing to hear that our club is in good hands (see our Financial Highlights for the year ended 30th June 2009). With the current financial climate, I strongly believe that Mr. Wenger had a point when he said large footballing institutions could collapse if they weren't careful.

Daniel Levy, under the shrewd stewardship of Joe Lewis, are working wonders, especially when you think Tottenham Hotspur are the richest club to have never played in the Champion's League. Our attendances of a shade over 36,000 haven't helped either, but Levy & Lewis continually steady the ship.

Bear in mind that behind Mansheikh City, Spurs have been the biggest spenders on players. With a new state-of-the-art training complex already underway and the New Lane's planning permission submitted, the future does look a lot brighter.
Naming Rights Naming Rights Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 2:38 pm Rating: 5

Time to keep it shut Harry

2:08 pm
It wasn’t the wisest pre-match interview to give. Criticising the opposition in the build-up to any match is always ill-advised, but when the inflammatory comments come from a Tottenham manager ahead of a trip to Arsenal, you are asking for trouble.

In truth Harry Redknapp did not say anything particularly controversial – he, like the Premier League title betting odds, expect Chelsea or Manchester United to win the league, not the Gunners – but he should have been aware of what the headline writers would seize upon. The complimentary Arsenal comments were ignored.

‘Redknapp doubts Arsenal’s chances’ duly filled the front of the BBC sport web page, allowing as the cliché goes, the opposing manager to cut out and keep his own team talk. Arsene Wenger would have stuck the piece next to the one which detailed how Robbie Keane thinks the Spurs squad is stronger than the Arsenal one.

Having both the manager and captain fire-up your hated rivals ahead of a derby clash reveals a lack of judgment that needs to be addressed. There is a time and a place for inflammatory comments; the day before such a big Premier League game is not one of them.

Spurs of course lost the match due to shocking defending, but our manager should be media-savvy enough to know that his entertaining interviews need to better thought out. His (selective) straight talking is one of his charms, but it should be used to help the team, not hinder it.

Redknapp and Keane were simply trying to be bullish and Spurs fans will loathe the day that a Tottenham boss gushes over Arsenal, but this standing up to the Gunners needs to be done on the pitch as well as in the press room.

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Time to keep it shut Harry Time to keep it shut Harry Reviewed by Admin Tim on 2:08 pm Rating: 5

Sol Campbell, fans' favourite

Sol Campbell’s departure from Notts County was the most predictable football story of the season so far. The prospect of a recent Premier League regular plying his trade in League Two was an unlikely scenario, but the chances of the big fish sticking at it in a little pond for too long were particularly slim considering the individual involved.

County fans can join the growing list of supporters disgruntled by Campbell’s own inimitable transfer market conduct. The anger and disappointment felt by Spurs fans has obviously not been matched, but it is worth remembering that Campbell is not on Arsène Wenger’s Christmas card list.

The Arsenal boss allowed Campbell to leave on the understanding he would not join a rival Premier League club. Hardly a betrayal on the scale of his free transfer across North London, but still part of a notable pattern for a player adept at filling his pockets with signing-on fees.

Money was understandably touted as the reason for the move to Meadow Lane. Why else would a recent England player drop down three divisions when still capable of playing at a higher level? Sol informed us that it was nothing to do with the five-year, £40,000 a week deal, but the challenge and ‘where I am at the moment in my life’.

Campbell has now abandoned another club, this time without running down his contract. Maybe he felt League Two football was below him; or maybe the club and facilities were not up to scratch. Perhaps he wants to play for England. My money is on the fact he is on the hunt for another signing-on fee.
Sol Campbell, fans' favourite Sol Campbell, fans' favourite Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 2:49 pm Rating: 5
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