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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           7   4   2   1    13 - 5   14
Away           8   1   2   5    10 -14    5
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Total(Prem)   15   5   4   6    23 - 19  19
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   11   8   3   0    28 - 13  19
Away(Div 1)   11   6   4   1    17 - 12  16
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Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   4   6   1    13 - 8   14
Away(Div 2)   11   4   5   2    20 - 16  13
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Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Total(Prem)   15   5   4   6    23 - 19  19
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Grand Total   59  27  22  10   101 - 68  81
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Fulham     2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Blackburn
Spurs      0-1   Everton
West Ham   0-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Man Utd
Newcastle  2-1   Spurs

Fulham

Fulham     2-1   Spurs
Liverpool  0-0   Fulham
A. Villa   0-0   Fulham
Fulham     1-1   Man City
Stoke      0-0   Fulham
Fulham     3-0   M'brough

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
 8 Fulham 17  6  6  5  16-12  4  24
16 Spurs  18  5  4  9  20-23 -3  19
We're "craven" a win!

It is now exactly 50 years since football was played on Christmas Day in the English League programme. It was not a happy footballing Christmas for Spurs either, as they lost at home and away against West Ham on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 1958. Fixture lists were not always so kind as to give teams small journeys either, as the Newcastle programme from last Sunday testified. In 1938, Newcastle were sent on an 820 mile return journey to Plymouth on Christmas Eve. Spurs faced Everton at home and away in 1956 on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 100 years ago, in our first ever season in the Football League, we played Oldham away on Christmas Day and at home on Boxing Day!

Nowadays of course public transport is absent from these holiday days, and such travel is unthinkable. There are some limited rail journeys available to Northumberland Park this year though!

One of the questions I asked in a recent competition was "Who would your dream date be for the Fulham game on Boxing Day, and why?" One of our winners, Mark Crowley, offered Spurs fan and Star Trek star Marina Sirtis as his guest because "being a Spurs fan, she might, like her character Counsellor Deanna Troy in Star Trek, be able to empathise with troubled companions. I feel this ability might help me given our current plight - and she might bring a phaser to zap the Fulham midfield!" Our other winner, Maureen Keenan, wanted "David Ginola. He could keep me warm during the game, and I would be able to jump all over him when we score without being labelled a stalker!"

Well, let's hope the Fulham midfield can be neutralised, and that Maureen can find someone to jump on when we score the winning goal!

The fact is that this will be yet another difficult game for Spurs. With all due respect to Fulham, our Premier League record against them is not good enough when you think that they have won 6 of their total of 10 league wins against us since being in the Premier League. However, you have to give them credit for their current unbeaten run of 7 games, which started with a home win against the "Toon", and then the game against us on November 15th. Fulham have lost just one of their last 11 league games, after a poor start when they won 2 and lost 5 of their opening games.

Quite rightly, plenty of credit has been given to Jimmy Bullard, who Fulham connections will hope will stay in the New Year. Bullard tested Heurelho Gomes to the full in the away game, and it was that match of course which brought the howler that put so much focus and pressure upon our keeper, who has since regained form, confidence and respect.

There is plenty of other talent in the Fulham side though, and three consecutive away clean sheets verifies the strength of the defence featuring Norwegian International Brede Hangeland, who has been ever-present in Premier League matches this term. In fact of the back four of Paintsil, Hughes, Hangeland and Konchesky, only Hughes has missed one League game. Bullard has been ever-present too, alongside Danny Murphy, who hasn't got the pace but showed against us that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Add to the mix, other former Spurs such as an in-form Simon Davies and Bobby Zamora, and you realise that Spurs could do with a settled side of their own. When we beat Fulham 5-1 last Boxing Day, Ledley King played his first game of the season. I doubt he will be fit enough to play this one, but we must hope that Jonathan Woodgate will be okay. We could also do with a fighting fit Jenas in the middle, I think. With another game on Sunday at West Brom, I suspect there will be a degree of rotation by Harry Redknapp, but we certainly need a strong, fired-up team to get a win in front of a full house this Friday.

I'll take Spurs to edge this one by the odd goal in three. The match report will probably be posted early on Saturday, due to the festivities. Speaking of which I wish all readers and their loved ones a very peaceful and joyful Christmas, with good health and prosperity in 2009, with a trophy thrown in for Spurs fans, of course!

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