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Full League Record - Spurs v Norwich City

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   F - A  Pts
Home           8   4   2   2  14 - 7   14
Away           9   5   3   1  14 - 5   18
Total(Prem)   17   9   5   3  28 -12   32
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  16   9   5   2  31 - 14  31
Away (Div 1)  16   3   5   8  20 - 30  12
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   3   0   1  12 - 5    6
Away (Div 2)   4   2   0   2   6 - 6    4
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Total(Prem)   17   9   5   3  28 -12   32
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Grand Total   57  26  15  16  97 - 67  85

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LWDLLD
Spurs      0-2    Chelsea
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Norwich    2-2    Spurs
S'hampton  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Liverpool
Watford    0-0    Spurs

Norwich    -    LLDDLW

Norwich    1-2    Wolves
A. Villa   1-0    Norwich
Norwich    2-2    Spurs
Norwich    1-1    C. Palace
Man Utd    4-0    Norwich
Norwich    1-0    B'mouth

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs    23  8  7  8  36-31   5   31
20. Norwich  23  4  5 14  23-45 -22   17

A goal! A win! Something. Please!

Bottom club Norwich have better Premier League form in 2020 than Spurs! Norwich have won a game this year - beating fellow strugglers Bournemouth 1-0 on Saturday. Spurs have yet to score after their three league games so far this year, but Norwich scored against Palace and Bournemouth. At the time of writing, Norwich have even signed more players than have Spurs so far in January. Spurs have Gedson Fernandes, who did make a debut off the bench at Vicarage Road, but Norwich manager Daniel Farke has already added two names to his squad. One was 29-year-old German midfielder Lukas Rupp, signed from Hoffenheim. The other was a Slovakian player - midfielder Ondrej Duda - signed on loan from Hertha Berlin. Both appeared in the Bournemouth game.

Despite their three match form superiority, the form of both sides over the last six games is the same, and the "Canaries" will clearly be the underdogs. Spurs are under-performing though, and desperately missing their talisman Harry Kane.

For quite a while now reading social media in "Spurs land" has been painful, and tomorrow night we need a goal (or goals) and a win, otherwise I fear mid-table mediocrity (remember that?) beckons. Anything less than a win would lead to more angst and insufferable negativity.

After the sad passing of Martin Peters on December 21st, we were one of three clubs who mourned this football legend. Peters was of course one of the three West Ham players who "won the World Cup" in 1966. I assume the statue of the three still stands near the old Upton Park ground. Most people would realise that Martin played more games for the "Hammers" than he did for Spurs (364 for West Ham and 266 for Spurs), but Peters played more League games for the "Canaries" than he did for Spurs (206+1 sub with Norwich, 189 with Spurs). Martin's total appearances for Norwich amounted to 241 (including two as substitute) over the course of 6 seasons. Peters transferred from Spurs to Norwich in the Spring of 1975, helping the Norfolk club gain promotion from Division Two, scoring in his new club's last two wins of that season.

Duncan Forbes was a member of that same promoted Norwich team, and he very sadly died in October last year. Like Peters, Forbes suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. Forbes played for and captained Norwich in their 1973 League Cup Final against a Spurs team which included Peters. Norwich were then managed by Ron Saunders, who was another great figure lost to football and the world last year. Peters was twice player of the season at Norwich and twice ever-present in the league. With Spurs, of course he won two league cup winners' medals and a UEFA Cup winner's medal.

Spurs first meeting with Norwich after we became a league club was in January 1915, when we lost a second round FA Cup tie 3-2 at "The Nest". As reported in the preview of the away game, we had first met in the Southern League in the 1905-06 season. Our first league meeting came in Division Two in December 1935. Spurs won that one 2-1. The first top flight meeting between the two clubs came at Carrow Road in October 1972. The "Canaries" won 2-1, with both their goals scored by David Cross. Martin Chivers scored our goal. In the following Spring, when we met in the League Final, which we won 1-0 with a Ralph Coates goal, we also met at White Hart Lane a week later in the league return match. Jimmy Pearce opened the scoring in the second minute. Martin Chivers scored two goals (one a penalty) late in the second half.

We beat Norwich 3-0 at home and away in their last Premier League season 2015-16. Harry Kane scored twice in both games and in each game, one of his goals was from the penalty spot. Kane played and scored (from the spot) in our 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on 28th December. That was Harry's last goal before he got injured in the following game at Southampton. It was also our last league goal. Christian Eriksen scored with a free kick, and despite his apparent impending departure Jose Mourinho has indicated that Eriksen will once again be selected for tomorrow's game.

Mourinho was asked about the likelihood of Troy Parrott featuring for Spurs, but the manager says he is not yet ready for a full game, but may get minutes in this or a future game. Tanguy Ndombele is once again training with the squad, and may be ready to start tomorrow. Ndombele has played 801 minutes of Premier League football so far for Spurs. As a comparison, Toby Alderweireld has 1,980 minutes under his belt.

After his heroism at Vicarage Road, I don't see Paulo Gazzaniga being ousted yet, although Hugo Lloris is also back in full training. Danny Rose has had relatively little exposure under Mourinho, and apparently missed the Watford game with a back problem. Jose denied any story about an altercation, and it would appear that Danny will be available for this game.

The first record I found on this website of Japhet Tanganga's Spurs Academy career was this U-18 game away to Norwich in November 2014. The Norwich side included Todd Cantwell, who will be 22 next month. Cantwell has already played 47 league games for the "Canaries", 23 of them in the Premier League this season. Cantwell has shone brightly despite his team's predicament, and will surely feature tomorrow. The midfielder has scored 6 league goals this season too. Norwich will be without Emi Buendia, Mario Vrancic (who scored against us in the 2-2 at Carrow Road) and Ralf Fahrmann through injury for tomorrow's trip to Tottenham while Ben Godfrey is suspended after his red card against Bournemouth.

BT are televising five of this week's midweek games. (Two tonight and tomorrow and Wolves v Liverpool on Thursday) One of the games tonight and tomorrow is being televised at 7.30pm, with the other kicking off at 8.15pm. The rules require non-televised games to kick off at one of the designated TV kick-off times, so Spurs have chosen 7.30pm tomorrow. We have not been chosen for live broadcast on this occasion. I'm predicting a 3-1 home win!

Our referee tomorrow will be Chris Kavanagh who was in charge of two previous home games. The first was the 3-1 home win against Villa, when substitute Eriksen had a positive influence upon the game. The other was the home draw against Watford.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 23rd January, 2010, we drew at home to Championship side Leeds in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Leeds had conquered Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Third Round and Jermaine Beckford was a hero in that game and in our match. However, Spurs would go on to win the replay.

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