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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Huddersfield v Spurs, 30.09.17

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Huddersfield

Full League Record of Spurs -v- Huddersfield
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Away           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Total(Prem)    0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Football Lge   
Home(Div 1)   17   6   7   4   24 - 22  19
Away(Div 1)   17   2   5  10   17 - 27   9 
Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    2 -  0   2 
Away(Div 2)    1   0   1   0    1 -  1   1
Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
Total(Prem)    0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
Grand Total   36   9  13  14   44 - 50  31

Last Six Premier League results:-

H'dsfield  -    WWDLDD

C. Palace  0-3    H'dsfield
H'dsfield  1-0    Newcastle
H'dsfield  0-0    S'hampton
West Ham   2-0    H'dsfield
H'dsfield  1-1    Leicester
Burnley    0-0    H'dsfield

Spurs      -    WLDWDW

Newcastle  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Chelsea
Spurs      1-1    Burnley
Everton    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-0    Swansea
West Ham   2-3    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
4. Spurs       6  3  2  1  10-5    5   11
 8. H'dsfield  6  2  3  1   5-3    2    9

Hoddle is next on Harry's hit list!

In the space of less than three weeks since scoring his 100th club goal at Everton, man of the moment Harry Kane has scored seven more goals for Spurs and in the process has climbed to number 14 in the list of 17 eminent players who have scored over 100 club goals in the Tottenham shirt. Most of those players were out and out strikers, but next in line to be overtaken by our Harry is none other than the artist known as Glenn Hoddle, who from midfield, and in 490 Spurs appearances scored 110 club goals. During his match commentary from Cyprus on Tuesday Glenn declared his love for Harry when told Mauricio Pochettino had said he loved his striker. "I love Harry too!" exclaimed Glenn, and so do we all.

Harry is inevitably going to keep climbing up that Spurs list of scorers this season, as long as he stays free of injury, of course, but he needs two goals tomorrow against Huddersfield to equal Hoddle's record. That won't be at all easy against a team that has made such a great start to their Premier League career, and which has managed three clean sheets in their first six games, and two in their last three league games. David Wagner's men had such a dream start with a first day win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, and a second match win against Newcastle. Newcastle had been promoted as Champions, whilst the Yorkshire side had to do it the hard way after finishing fifth (with a negative goal difference), beating Reading (ony on penalties) in the Wembley play-off final. In doing so they became the 49th team to play in the Premier League since it was established 25 years ago in 1992.

Huddersfield's record in their opening games has to be tempered by the fact that the fixtures computer was kind to them, and they have so far avoided playing any of the seven teams above them, including us of course. Wagner will see this game as their biggest test so far, but his men will be full of confidence that they can achieve, especially in front of their excited fans. Their last game at home was against Leicester and I noticed that they also deploy those clapper boards which add to the noise generated in the stadium.

It is a full 45 years since we played "The Terriers", and that was just after they were last in the top flight, which was in the 1971-72 season. Our very last meeting was in a League Cup second round game in September 1972, which we won 2-1 with goals by Alan Gilzean and Martin Chivers. Spurs would go on to win the League Cup Final in March 1973.

The last time Huddersfield won a major honour was in 1926, but what a time that was! Former Spurs player Herbert Chapman was the manager between 1921 and 1925 during which time the Yorkshire team won the FA Cup (in 1922) and the first two of three consecutive Football League Championship titles. There cannot be many Spurs fans who didn't know that Chapman left Huddersfield for our arch-enemies, leading them to similar glory in the early 1930s.

The two teams have only ever met in league action outside the top flight in one season. That was not in our one Division Two season in the last 67 years (1977/78), but way back in the 1919-20 season. That was when we first played "The Terriers" in 1919-20, and when both teams were promoted - Spurs as champions. We drew the away game 1-1 and won 2-0 at White Hart Lane. In those days Huddersfield played at Leeds Road, but in 1994 they moved to their current home, which has undergone two name changes, and is currently "John Smith's Stadium".

Even when we won the Division One title in 1950-51, Huddersfield beat us three times, including a 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round win at Leeds Road.

Wagner might not have the pedigree of Herbert Chapman, but he has surely had a fine preparation for Premier League management. Born in Germany (but with USA nationality) Wagner spent four full seasons in charge of Borussia Dortmund's second team. He played some professional football in Germany too.

Number one goalkeeper for Huddersfield is Danish loan player (from German club FSV Mainz) Jonas Lossl. Spurs fans would love to get a sight of number two keeper, the 37 year old Rob Green, who was signed from Leeds this summer. Green was in goal for West Ham against us on a number of occasions, but perhaps most notably when we beat them 4-3 in March 2007 with that last gasp goal by Stalteri. Spurs of course travel in good heart after last week's away win at The London Stadium, and the 3-0 win in Cyprus.

A more significant signing by Wagner has been that of midfielder Aaron Mooy, who was on loan last season from Man City, making 42 Championship starts. Mooy's signing was made permanent this summer and he has been ever-present in the 6 Premier League games to date. Mooy is an Australian International. There haven't been many goals in Huddersfield's repertoire so far (especially after three on their first day at Selhurst Park), but another summer signing Steve Mounie has scored two of them, both against Palace. A familiar name to Spurs fans will be that of Tom Ince, signed from Derby. Tom (son of Paul) first came to the fore with Blackpool, and had success with the England under-21 side, but has perhaps only made impact again in his time with Derby over the last three years with whom he scored 37 league goals in 105 games.

Huddersfield's achievements so far have been made on the back of hard work by all of their team, and disciplined defending. Wagner will have seen how Spurs have struggled to break down teams like Burnley and Swansea at Wembley, when they faced such detemination to defend stoutly. Spurs will face a similar test tomorrow, still without Rose, Lamela, Wanyama and now Dembele, whose ankle injury keeps him out of the reckoning for the present time. There is good news in the fact that Christian Eriksen is fit after missing the Cyprus trip due to illness, and of course Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen will also return after Champions League suspension. Serge Aurier has to miss this game after his sending off last week against West Ham.

I am predicting a 2-0 win for Spurs, with Kane obviously favourite to score first. Most Spurs fans will be ticking off a new ground on their personal checklists, and it should be a great day. The match is live on Sky at 12.30pm.

Did you know? - The John Smith Stadium is the only ground where the man of the moment has been sent off (playing for Leyton Orient against Huddersfield Town). This took place on 26th February 2011. Harry Kane came off the bench after 19 minutes; was booked after 40 minutes, and booked again in the 77th minute! Thanks to Declan Mulcahy for bringing this to my attention. PS - Harry also scored a goal in the 73rd minute in a 2-2 draw!

Match referee Neil Swarbrick has not had charge of a Spurs game since April 2016 when we beat Stoke 4-0 away. I'd accept a repeat of that!

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - To be updated during the forthcoming International break

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