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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Aston Villa - 01.10.07

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Aston Villa

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          15  7  5  3   21 -15  26
Away          15  1  6  8   10 -20   9
Total(Prem)   30  8 11 11   31 -35  35
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  47 25  6 16   99 -77  62
Away (Div 1)  47 17 11 19   72 -75  48
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171 -152 110 
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   2  1  1  0    4 - 3   3
Away (Div 2)   2  0  1  1    1 - 3   1
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Total(Prem)   30  8 11 11   31 -35  35
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171-152 110
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Grand Total  128 51 30 47  207-191 149
Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs      1-3   Everton
Spurs      4-0   Derby
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Fulham     3-3   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Arsenal
Bolton     1-1   Spurs

Aston Villa

A. Villa   1-2   Liverpool
Newcastle  0-0   A. Villa
A. Villa   2-1   Fulham
A. Villa   2-0   Chelsea
Man City   1-0   A. Villa
A. Villa   2-0   Everton

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
10 A. Villa  6  3  1  2  7- 4  3  10
18 Spurs     7  1  2  4 10-12 -2   5
Last Five Corresponding games

26.12.06 - Spurs 2 Villa 1 (Defoe scores twice in Christmas win)
21.01.06 - Spurs 0 Villa 0 (11 members of the Buckle family were at this game)
01.05.05 - Spurs 5 Villa 1 (Mayday massacre led by "K-Men"!)
23.11.03 - Spurs 2 Villa 1 (Keane helps to lift Spurs up the table)
24.08.02 - Spurs 1 Villa 0 (Crouch in a Villa shirt and Jamie Redknapp scores the Spurs winner!)

Spurs will be having a party tomorrow night at White Hart Lane, whetever the result.

As most readers will know, the club have chosen this game to celebrate its 125th Anniversary, being the closest to the agreed date of 30th September, which in 1882 was the occasion of the very first game played by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The records show that the first subscriptions to the club were paid on 5th September, but no ball was purchased until the day of the first game.

There are a number of reasons why it is appropriate for us to be playing Aston Villa on this occasion. Villa are one of the founder members of the Football League, created in 1888, and in 1896-97 won the famous League and Cup Double. Preston North End had achieved that feat in 1888-89, and of course, Spurs became the first club to emulate the feat in modern day football.

Villa's home ground of Villa Park has been the scene of some of Spurs most famous moments. On 8th April, 1901, Spurs beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 on their way to that very first FA Cup victory (the first by a non-league team). Sandy Brown got all four goals that day, and scored both goals in the first drawn game against Sheffield United, and one of Spurs three goals in the replay. Incidentally, Sheffield United had beaten Villa in the other semi-final.

Spurs also played at Villa Park in the semi-final in their Double season, beating Burnley, who we would meet the following year at Wembley. We owe Villa our thanks for the sale to us in 1954 of one of our most famous sons, the late, great Danny Blanchflower. Blanchflower had been signed by Arthur Rowe, who managed the 1950-51 "push and run" side, to replace Bill Nicholson. Danny made his home debut against his former side in a 1-1 draw, when our goal was scored by Eddie Baily, who perhaps will grace White Hart Lane with his presence tomorrow night.

Villa were our victims in 1971, when Martin Chivers' two goals gave us the League Cup, and they were the opposition in one of our most epic League games in March 1966, when the game finished 5-5, after Spurs had been 5-1 up.

When we played Villa at home in January last year no less than 11 members of the Buckle family (descended from the first known Captain of the club - Bobby Buckle) were present. Hopefully some will be present for this occasion too. Bobby Buckle died in 1959 at the great age of 91, thus witnessing some of the great achievements of the club he helped to form down the years.

After starting with a home defeat and a goal-less draw at St. James Park, Martin o'Neill's side have won three of their last four Premier League games, including impressive results at home against Chelsea and Everton. The grin on Doug Ellis's face as he proffered his hand to the disappearing Roman Abramovich was great to see. Ellis of course sold control of the club last year, since when The "Villans" have made progress with a side that includes enterprising youngsters, some home-grown such as Agbonlahor, others purchased such as Ashley Young. Gareth Barry starred for England in their most recent games, and continues to thrive in the Villa midfield.

Villa will be missing the injured John Carew for this game and a few weeks more, following his recent injury, but we can be sure of an enterprising performance from an opponent stung last week by home defeat against Leicester in the Carling Cup.

The Spurs team news has not changed significantly in the last few days, and although Jermain Defoe scored both Spurs goals in the last corresponding meeting on Boxing Day last year, no doubt Berbatov and Keane will start. Only Martin Jol can answer questions such as who will be at left back, who in front on the left flank, whether Lennon will start, and whether Jermaine Jenas will have recovered from his stomach strain.

Let us hope that the ghosts of those boys who gathered around the Tottenham High Road lamp-post all those years ago, and that the spirit of Nicholson and other legends past will shine upon us and grant us our 125th Birthday wish - a win to lift us up to 13th in the Premier League. Surely Villa won't want to spoil the party and make our record read ONE win TWO draws and FIVE defeats, will they?

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