Spurs Odyssey Banner

25 years of archives at Spurs Odyssey

Main Page
News and views from Paul Smith, and links to the interactive features of the Spurs Odyssey Site. [more..]
Articles, reports, views, opinions, comments and other features all related to Spurs. [more..]

Harry Hotspur's valiant campaign goes on!

Buy this commemorative plate!

Match Reports
Preview Pack - Spurs v Man Utd - 21.12.03

Brian Judson's Preview
Last Season's Game - Man Utd won 2-0
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 17 2002-3

Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs      0  1   Bolton
Arsenal    2  1   Spurs
Spurs      2  1   A. Villa
Blackburn  1  0   Spurs
Spurs      5  2   Wolves
Newcastle  4  0   Spurs

Man Utd

Man Utd    3  0   P'tsmouth
Liverpool  1  2   Man Utd
Man Utd    2  1   Blackburn
Chelsea    1  0   Man Utd
Man Utd    4  0   A. Villa
Man Utd    3  1   Man City

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 2 Man Utd   16 12  1  3 32-10  22  37
13 Spurs     16  5  3  8 18-24  -6  18

The odds are that by the time this game is played out in front of the Sky audience, Spurs will have dropped two places in the league, whilst United will be seeking to regain 2nd place from Chelsea. Both Blackburn and Everton are likely to win on Saturday, in my view, and with the inevitable home defeat in this match, Spurs will truly be down amongst the relegation candidates in time for Christmas. It's an all too gloomy prospect, isn't it?

Once upon a time, this was one of the top profile matches of the season, between two of the biggest glamour clubs around. If Brian Judson was available to write his usual preview, he might well mention the season when both games were won by the home side 5-1. In fact, I'm sure you can find reference to the matter in the archives of Spurs Odyssey.

Those days are long gone though, and now United are so far superior to us, we can only hope to enjoy a decent game of football. United have won 16 of the 22 Premiership meetings between the sides, whilst Spurs have managed just three wins.

For the record, Spurs 3 Premiership victories against Man Utd were as follows:-

19.5.01 - 3-1, featuring two goals by Korsten!
23.10.99 - 3-1, featuring Stephen Carr's wonder goal!
1.1.96 - 4-1, led by Sheringham and Armstrong!

All too often, our only hope of satisfaction has been the hope that by losing to United it would hinder the progress of our enemies down the road.

Sir Alex Ferguson's selection for this game will be all the more interesting for Rio Ferdinand's 8 month ban for his failure/refusal to attend a "statutary" drugs test. The ban does not take effect till January, and of course United are likely to appeal the decision anyway. Ferdinand will be desperate to get in as much football as he can before he has to take an enforced break from official fixtures at any level.

Whilst we are ensured a sell-out crowd (except for a few corporate seats suddenly available today), and an exciting, attacking game, not even Yours Truly - "Ever the optimist" can predict anything other than an away win. I'll predict a scoreline of 3-1 to the Reds, and then get the worry beads out for Christmas.

Top of page | Index to 2003-4 Match Reports

Last season's match
Read the full report of the corresponding fixture from last season here
Fixtures, appearances, current league table, form guide, reserves fixtures, and Spurs Honours. [more..]
Find match reports, appearances, goalscorers and features from previous seasons. [more..]
Pick of the Week
Every week we select a Spurs related site from the whole world wide web and highlight it in this section. [more..]
View a comprehensive list of links to other Spurs related sites. (With a few extras) [more..]
About this site
Site Owner
Paul Smith

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Full details van be found via the Spurs Odyssey Privacy Policy