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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Hull City

Premier       Pl  W  D   L   F - A  Pts
Home           5  3  1   1   6 - 1   10
Away           4  3  1   0  10 - 4   10
Total (Prem)   9  6  2  1   16 - 5   20
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Home(Div Two)  7  4  3   0  14 - 4   11
Away(div Two)  7  1  1   5   4 - 9    3   
Total(Div 2)  14  5  4   5  18 -13   14
Total (Prem)   9  6  2  1   16 - 5   20
Total (Div2)  14  5  4   5  18 -13   14
Grand Total   23 11  6   6  34 -18   33  

Last Six Premier League results:-

Hull       -    LLWDLL

Man City   3-1   Hull
Stoke      3-1   Hull
Hull       2-0   Watford
S'hampton  0-0   Hull
Hull       0-2   S'derland
C. Palace  4-0   Hull

Spurs      -    WWWLWW

Spurs      4-0   B'mouth
C. Palace  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Arsenal
West Ham   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Man Utd
Leicester  1-6   Spurs

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs   37 25  8  4  79-25  54   83
18. Hull    37  9  7 21  36-73 -37   34 

The Final Curtain

7 years ago, after Spurs had qualified for the first time for the UEFA Champions League, and before they played their final game of that season, I took in the last ever game played at Chesterfield's Saltergate Stadium. Although I had already been living in Chesterfield for two years, I was in another part of town. Little did I know that I would soon be living literally around the corner from what was one of the oldest stadia in the country. Chesterfield's opponents that day were Bournemouth in a League Two game. Bournemouth had already won promotion, and lost 2-1 on that day. The previous year "The Cherries" had been battling relegation from the Football League altogether. Now look where they are! (Chesterfield moved to their new stadium after the Bournemouth game)

What is the relevance of this to the last game of this Premier League season tomorrow at Hull's KC Stadium? Well, it's a bit thin, but Hull's midfielder Sam Clucas was signed from Chesterfield two years ago, and has played a full part in their promotion campaign last season, and this year's unsuccessful battle against relegation. Clucas scored Hull's last goal of this campaign on April 22nd in a 2-0 win over Watford. With four games to play, Marco Silva had lifted his side to 17th place, giving real hope of Premier League survival, with Swansea seemingly on the rack beneath them.

The tables and positions have been turned and Hull's relegation after just one season was confirmed last week in a devastating 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park. Hull have not scored in their last three games, and that Clucas goal may yet go down as their last Premier League goal. Will it be their last ever in the top flight? Only time will tell, but morale has been poor at this club under its present owners for longer than this season, which started with the resignation of Steve Bruce, frustrated at the lack of investment for the club's return to the Premier League. Mike Phelan took over from Bruce, but Hull already looked doomed when Marco Silva was appointed in January.

Silva has a great record in home matches as a manager, and had given Hull fans great hope, blown away by defeats in their last two games, while Swansea won. Silva has also indicated that he won't be staying at Hull, although we may well see him again in English football, I suspect.

It was great to hear of Ryan Mason's ongoing recovery from the fractured skull injury he sustained at Chelsea in January. Ryan has a long road ahead of him yet to match fitness, but will hopefully be playing early next season. Should he appear tomorrow, he would be assured of a massive reception from home and away fans. Spurs fans would love to see Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone too. I believe they had originally planned to take in the White Hart Lane Finale, but perhaps events at Selhurst Park made it difficult for that to happen.

Despite the fact that the only issues left to be resolved are who finishes third and fourth in the Premier League, most games being played tomorrow do carry a comsiderable financial incentive for the clubs involved regarding prize money on offer. This game, and that being played at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea v Sunderland), are the only two games where both participating teams cannot change their position, so even the merit award prize money has been decided.

Marco Silva will want his team to play with the courage and pride they have shown for most of the time under his leadership. That possibly means that even a rampant Tottenham, fresh from an astounding 6-1 win at Leicester's King Power Stadium, will have a more difficult time than they had against "The Foxes". On the other hand, with Christian Eriksen presumably returning to the starting line-up after a midweek rest, and Harry Kane seeking to secure the Premier League Golden Boot, Hull might suffer a final heavy defeat at home.

Hugo Lloris is described as doubtful for tomorrow's game due to a bruised knee suffered on Thursday. That means Michel Vorm would step in. Kieran Trippier resumed full training yesterday and could start, and Kyle Walker faces late fitness assessment. I sincerely hope we have not seen the last of Kyle Walker in a Spurs shirt.

I am expecting a party atmosphere in the Spurs section tomorrow, and I have actually predicted a 4-0 win! COME ON YOU SPURS!

By a strange quirk of fate match referee Andre Marriner also took charge of our home game against Hull in December, which we won 3-0. Amongst Mr. Marriner's games with us this season, he also had charge of both games against Manchester City.

Did you know? - Spurs played Hull in the penultimate game of their last Premier League season. We won 2-0 at White Hart Lane in May 2015.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago we closed the season with a 2-1 win over Birmingham, who were also relegated.

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