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Spurs have never previously met Bournemouth in League competition.

Last Six Premier League results:-

B'mouth    -    DLWLDL

B'mouth    1-1  Leicester
Norwich    3-1  B'mouth
B'mouth    2-0  S'derland
Stoke      2-1  B'mouth
B'mouth    1-1  Watford
Man City   5-1  B'mouth

Spurs      -    DWWWDD

Spurs      0-0   Everton
S'derland  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      4-1   Man City
Swansea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Liverpool

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs    9  3  5  1  11-7    4   14
17. B'mouth  9  2  2  5  11-17  -6    8

We need goals in our feet!
with thanks to Declan Mulcahy for some content

By the time we play Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon (2.05pm kick off and NOT on TV), we could be playing catch-up on other teams above and around us, with 6 games being played this afternoon. Bournemouth's position - fourth from bottom - will not change unless Newcastle manage to put an end to Sunderland's run of five consecutive wins by beating them in the 12 noon kick-off tomorrow.

In football terms, if not in terms of results, Bournemouth made a bright start to their first season in the top tier of English football, after Eddie Howe led them to their dream promotion last season. They lost their first two games 1-0 at home to Aston Villa and away to Liverpool, then grabbed headlines with a dramatic 4-3 away win at Upton Park. Since then, their only league win has been at home to Sunderland.

Despite the guaranteed cash windfall in the season to come, Bournemouth bought wisely, but economically in the summer. They signed defender Sylvain Distin from Everton, and goalkeeper Artur Boruc from Southampton. Boruc had been on loan to the club from Southampton last season. Another goalkeeper signing - Adam Federici - had to play last week due to Boruc's injury, and may be required tomorrow, as Boruc may not require from a thigh injury. Federici had to pick five goals out of the net in last week's defeat at Man City, and played against us in January 2013, when we beat Reading 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Another of Howe's high profile signings, midfielder Max Gradel from St Etienne, is out for a further five months with a cruciate knee injury. 22 year old Tyrone Mings, signed from Ipswich also suffered a bad knee injury is faces 10 months on the sidelines. Striker Glenn Murray, now 32, started the season with Crystal Palace, but has scored in Bournemouth's last two games. Callum Wilson is another big miss for Bournemouth, also with a cruciate knee injury. Wilson got a hat-trick in that win at Upton Park, and scored two other Premier League goals. he was Bournemouth's top league scorer last season.

Many Spurs fans will not be aware that one of Bournemouth's regulars, left back Charlie Daniels, was once a Spurs junior, who captained the Spurs under 17 side as long ago as 2003. Daniels used to play on the left wing, as well as occasionally at full back for Spurs. He had loan spells at Chesterfield, Orient and Gillingham, before signing for Orient in January 2009. Daniels has been at Bournemouth since November 2011, and is a regular 90 minute man, making 41 appearances in the promotion run last season. Charlie is now 29 years old.

The other former Spur in the "Cherries'" squad is Adam Smith, who is a more peripheral member of the Bournemouth squad, having made 6 league starts (and 23 substitute appearances) last season, and two Premier League starts this season. Unlike Daniels, Adams Smith did make a first appearance or two for Spurs, coming off the bench against Fulham in May 2012, before making a full debut in our 3-0 league cup win at Carlisle in September that year.

The only competitive match between the two sides was an historic occasion on 16th February, 1957, when Bournemouth (then a Third Division club) beat the not so mighty Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Bournemouth manager in 1957 was Freddie Cox. He had been the Spurs outside right in the years immediately after the Second World War. He then joined 'the other lot' and won an FA Cup medal in 1950.

In both 1950 and 1952 Arsenal and Chelsea met at the semi final stage of the FA Cup, Arsenal winning both after a replay. All four games were played at White Hart Lane and Cox for scored Arsenal in all four games! He only received a runners up medal in 1952 as they lost to Newcastle.

That 1957 win over Spurs wasn't the first piece of giant killing by the South coast side, as they had beaten Wolves at Molineux in the previous round 1-0. Bournemouth had been at home for the Spurs game, and then hosted another Division One club - Manchester United. United were the victors by only one goal, and went on to the Final, where they lost to Aston Villa. One of Pat Jennings' football heroes - Peter McParland - scored both Villa's goals.

The Spurs team beaten by "The Cherries" was Ditchburn; Baker, Hopkins; Blanchflower, Ryden, Marchi; Medwin, Harmer, Smith, Stokes and Robb, so it wasn't as if we sent a bunch of novices to Dean Court. A crowd of 25,892 watched the game.

Less than half that number will be able to cram into Dean Court for tomorrow's game, as the ground capacity is only just over 11,000.

We have our own injury problems, of course, with Chadli, Son and Bentaleb still out, although Ryan Mason could be involved. Mason travelled to Brussels but did not make the 18.

Another of our problems is having goals in our feet. Harry Kane is not just becoming unlucky, but profligate, as seen in his 30 minutes on Thursday night, when he missed two glorious chances that a Premier League striker should be putting to bed. He'll need all the support he can get from colleagues, who hopefully will get closer to him than has been seen in some recent games.

Whilst not over-confident, I am predicting a 2-0 win for Spurs.

We are, of course, entering "Redknapp country". Our former manager lives not far from Bournemouth, and also used to play and manage for them. Here is an article, written fifteen years ago, which features the arrival of Redknapp the player, and relates to a friendly match we played there in July 1972. (Bournemouth v Spurs - July, 1972).

Tomorrow's match referee is Roger East, relaatively new to the Premier League scene, and only seen by Spurs fans in our home FA Cup draw against Burnley in January this year.

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