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Premier League Match preview - Spurs v Swansea, 03.12.16
· Spurs v Swansea preview - We really ought to beat these!

After the rigours of a tough November in which we played three London Derbies, and lost both our Champions League games, we welcome a team to White Hart Lane tomorrow who we really ought to beat. We all know it won't be that easy though. Both teams have managed just one win in their last six Premier League games. Swansea's win came last Saturday in a crazy 5-4 win over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.

The "Swans" had been 3-1 up until the 82nd minute of last week's game before a Cork own goal, and a Benteke touch had reversed the scoreline giving Palace a 4-3 lead until the final minutes of the game during which Fernando Llorente picked a most excellent time to score only his second and third goals for his new club, for whom he signed in the summer.......

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Spurs Development & Academy Reports, 2016-17
· Spurs 10 Stevenage 1 - Youth Cup thrashing for Stevenage
· Spurs' U-18 team fixtures and reports
· Sunderland 2 Spurs 2 (EPL2) - Tracey brace secures Spurs a point
· Spurs' EPL2 fixtures and reports

Spurs outplayed Stevenage from the off and could have been more than three goals ahead at half-time. Stevenage became more physical in the second half winning more of the ball but could not stop the better finishing of Spurs. Shashoua should have also had a hat-trick if Tanganga hadn't got to his free kick on the line. Spurs were just too quick for the opposition getting to the ball first and running away from their markers. Bennetts continually got to the line putting balls into the danger area for his team-mates. It was a good team performance to see them through to the next round.........

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The "Spursometer" - Spurs Odyssey's exclusive Form Guide

· November certainly told us something!(Monthly review)

· List of shame (Premier League Review Matchday 13)
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Norman Giller's Weekly - 28.11.16
· Let's pursue positivity for Pochettino

Let's pursue positivity for Pochettino

Christmas is around the corner and for the first time this season we are discussing a defeat in the Premier League. Judging by the reaction to Chelsea proving a Bridge too far for the umpteenth time you would think Spurs were on the point of relegation and all the promise of recent months was a mirage.

This old hack can remember much more harrowing times, and I feel Mauricio Pochettino’s toughest job is going to be to pump confidence into players who could easily become affected by the pessimism of many of their supporters.

There were several threads and forums on line during the weekend discussing whether Pochettino is the right man to take Tottenham into tomorrow’s world at their state-of-the-art new ground. ........

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Premier League Match report - Chelsea v Spurs, 26.11.16
· Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 - One quite unexciting run ends. Another distressing run goes on, and on, and on.
· Spurs record in recent London Derby matches

It had all started so well. Spurs had virtually camped in the Chelsea half in their home for the first 20 minutes, during which Christian Eriksen scored his first Premier League goal of the season to end Chelsea's run of six Premier League games without even conceding a goal.

Whilst Chelsea did work their way back into the game, arguably they did not deserve to be level at half-time, but Pedro's 45th minute equaliser put paid to the idea of Spurs holding a first half lead. After the break, Chelsea, led by Diego Costa gave Spurs a dose of their own high pressing game, taking a 51st minute lead that they never relinquished.

Thus ended Spurs' 12-match unbeaten run, which after all has featured 6 draws, and only two inspiring wins, and thus continued the sad, sad tale of Spurs' inability to win at a ground where even lowly Bradford managed a win in recent years. I begin to wonder if I will live to see a Spurs win at Stamford Bridge. It's been 26 years now.........

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"It's a Wonderful Life" - It's a wonderful book by Cliff Jones!
· "It's a wonderful Life!" by Cliff Jones

It's a Wonderful Life! by Cliff Jones

The original Welsh Wizard tells the story of his footballing life, battling hard-tackling full-backs in a career that lasted from the 1950s to the 1970s and was highlighted by Cliff entering Tottenham folklore as part of the Double-winning team of 1960/61.

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When you have lived as long as Cliff Jones (he will be 82 in February 2017!), and when you have been married for over 60 years; have had four children and nine grandchildren; when you have made your Football League debut over 63 years ago; when you became the most expensive player signed in Britain to play for what became the greatest British team in modern football, winning the elusive League and Cup double, and the first European trophy, and when you have represented your country and played in the quarter-finals of The World Cup, you are surely entitled be happy and to call your autobiography “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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Champions League Group E Match report - Monaco v Spurs, 22.11.16
· Monaco 2 Spurs 1 - Spurs fail at the highest level

The club logo of AS Monaco FC 6 years ago, Harry Redknapp's Spurs side genuinely graced The Champions League with style, verve and goals to reach the quarter-finals. This year, Mauricio Pochettino's side have failed miserably to perform at this high level.

A team which loses its first two "home" games and three of its first five games does not deserve to qualify for the knock-out phases of the Blue Riband European competition. Let there be no doubt that The best team most definitely won last night in the Stade Louis II stadium. Monaco deserved to win by a greater margin than the one goal difference, and only Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris excelled with a fine penalty save and several other important saves too.

Monaco guaranteed their passage to the last 16, and also secured first place with a fine performance which encompassed pace, style, power and penetration.......

Full report here

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