Great Reputations: Tottenham 1970-73 – Bill Nick’s final flourish

IT IS hardly surprising, but when Tottenham Hotspur’s great teams and players are discussed, the conversation rarely moves beyond 1951 and 1961. The latter’s achievement, the then-hallowed double, would be something of a millstone round the neck of the club and its long-serving manager, Bill Nicholson, but 10 years on, Spurs did manage to rekindle some of the lustre of old and put together a … Continue reading Great Reputations: Tottenham 1970-73 – Bill Nick’s final flourish

Fleet Street’s first lady…how Julie Welch broke the mould

BACK in the 1980s, a rather amusing TV series called Hold the Back Page, scripted by Stan Hey, told the story of a Fleet Street sportswriter (played by David Warner) who had moved from a broadsheet to a tabloid in order to make some money out of his profession. The series, which was critically panned – although I must admit, I really enjoyed it – … Continue reading Fleet Street’s first lady…how Julie Welch broke the mould

Derby days: Chelsea, Tottenham and the 1970s slump in London football

THREE suedeheads sat on the London tube train at Tower Hill station chanting: “We’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, from the Lane.” There I was, with a Chelsea scarf tucked into my coat, on my way to Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea play Manchester City on October 10, 1970. I had just seen Keith Weller quickly jump onto the next carriage, also … Continue reading Derby days: Chelsea, Tottenham and the 1970s slump in London football

The case for English success in Europe

EVERYONE was eulogising about Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Real Madrid, and rightly so. It was a very clear signal to the rest of Europe that English clubs can, once more, be taken very seriously in the UEFA Champions League. There have been other victories for English clubs against top opposition, but the manner of Tottenham’s win, against the reigning European champions, was enough to convince … Continue reading The case for English success in Europe

Sitting on a billion euros of talent

THIS week, Pep Guardiola said in the media he foresees that an English club could win the UEFA Champions League in 2017-18. The last team from the Premier to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 and since then, English clubs’ influence on the UCL has waned. But with the huge broadcasting revenues, it is becoming increasingly clear that the multi-cultural Premier League teams are … Continue reading Sitting on a billion euros of talent

The Spurs need a trophy – soon

IT has been 56 years since Tottenham Hotspur last won the league title, less than Newcastle’s 90 and Sunderland’s 81, but longer than Chelsea had to wait between their first and second championships and significantly more than Arsenal’s current barren spell. Tottenham feel that they have a history that has been laden with trophies and a commitment to playing purist football. They still talk about … Continue reading The Spurs need a trophy – soon

Here’s another reason why Leicester should be applauded

IF THE FAIRY-TALE wasn’t enough, Leicester City’s board and management should be given credit for building a squad that has more Englishmen in it than any other champion side since 2013. Claudio Ranieri’s regular squad has half a dozen English players, more than the last two Premier League champions (Manchester City and Chelsea) combined, who had five between them. Today’s Premier League giants assemble teams … Continue reading Here’s another reason why Leicester should be applauded

1971 wasn’t half bad for football, either

DAVID HEPWORTH is a fine journalist and an excellent chronicler of popular culture. His latest book, 1971: Never a Dull Moment, accurately recalls the year as a pivotal 12 months in the history of rock music. He’s absolutely spot-on, although like almost everyone, Hepworth is playing the “better in my day” card. We all become our grandparents at some point in life. But 1971 was … Continue reading 1971 wasn’t half bad for football, either

Defeat may knock the Gunners out of contention

THE latest midweek games proved to everyone that this season’s Premier League really is up for grabs, but the contenders are all having a few wobbles. If the season was just a few weeks longer, you might see a late attempt to retain the title from Chelsea! It’s very clear now that Leicester City are trying to hold their nerve but Arsenal are talking themselves … Continue reading Defeat may knock the Gunners out of contention

Q: Who has the stomach for a title bid? A: Tottenham

INTERESTING comments emerging from the Premier title race. “Leicester will wilt, their players are not used to chasing the title.” Interesting because history has nothing to do with it. It’s the current players that count and quite frankly, Arsenal and Tottenham are scarcely better equipped to stay the course than Leicester City. Leicester were beaten with almost the last kick of the game at the … Continue reading Q: Who has the stomach for a title bid? A: Tottenham

Upstairs at Erik’s…the Spurs go marching on

ANYONE wanting to know why the Europa League is very much the poor relation of the Champions League needs only look at the attitude of English clubs to the competition. Tottenham Hotspur are Europa regulars and each time I have seen them, they have fielded below-strength teams. Against Monaco, Spurs left out current flavours-of-the-month Harry Kane and Dele Alli and fielded a team of second … Continue reading Upstairs at Erik’s…the Spurs go marching on

Take a look at Spurs…this time it might be serious

AFTER an exhilarating 90 minutes and a 4-1 win against West Ham, everyone is now sitting up and taking notice of Tottenham Hotspur as potential title contenders. Spurs have been here before, but there is a certain swagger about this young team that fills you with confidence. This season, the Premier is shaping up to be more interesting than it has been for some time, … Continue reading Take a look at Spurs…this time it might be serious

Walcott’s year – why Arsenal could be the Premier champions in 2015-16

This season, the Premier League could be the closest it has been for years. Isn’t that what the TV pundits tell us every year to ensure we don’t switch off in August when we realise it’s the same old story? It will be the usual four-way struggle for supremacy and the four main protagonists will surprise nobody: Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. Chelsea … Continue reading Walcott’s year – why Arsenal could be the Premier champions in 2015-16