Danny Blanchflower and the cup final:

Danny Blanchflower the captain and the genius:
“The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.”

The date is the 5th of May 1962, the second consecutive year that Danny Blanchflower lead us out at Wembley. This time to face Burnley one of the greatest teams of the 1960s. This final was a game with the tactical tempo of a board game being played with great caution and patience, it was dubbed the chessboard final, but it was our final and the trophy had our name on it. The team sheet included some of our greatest players of all time the likes of Blanchflower,Greaves,Mackay and John White to name but a few of this exceptional pool of players, included in the squad was the key full back Peter Baker who sadly passed away earlier this week. Baker who grew up just down the road in Southgate was a pivotal member of the 1960/61 double winning side and our 1961/62 triumphs.

The final started with us taking the lead as Jimmy Greaves gave us an early lead, the score remained 1-0 at the end of the first half, due to the fantastic goalkeeping of the two Scottish goalkeepers Bill Brown of Spurs and Adam Blacklaw of Burnley. Shortly after the marching band took to the field at the interval, Burnley drew level! The 100th goal scored in an FA Cup final. However Burnley were not going to push us out of the game, as Bobby Smith was found expertly by John White as the Yorkshireman hammered home to restore our 1-0 lead. And our quality shined through with the leadership of Danny Blanchflower and we had the chance to win the final after a burnley hand ball gifted Danny the chance to win it from the spot. The man from Belfast brilliantly dispatched the penalty and the cup yet again was ours! Danny and the lads carved our name in to the history books.

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Spurs youth news from today:

Under18’s: Our under 18’s drew 1-1 with Leicester earlier today in a 1-1 draw with Dylan Duncan scoring our goal in the 84th minute at the Foxes training ground, that’s his first in the Barclays u18 premier league. However a mere 13 seconds after the restart Leicester netted the equaliser.

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Loan report: 

Grant Ward: Grant played the full 90 minutes In Rotherham’s 4-1 defeat to Charlton in the Championship this afternoon.image.jpeg

Connor Ogilvie: Connor played the whole game in Stevenage’s 2-1 loss to York this afternoon.

 

Dominic Ball: Dominic Ball players the full ninety in Rangers 1-0 victory over Falkirk, he played in the centre of midfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spurs 4 Colchester United 1:

Match report: This afternoon saw us complete a triumphant 4-1 victory on a sunny winters day at the Colchester community stadium over Colchester United, to seal our place in the fifth round of the FA cup. The match started with a most unpleasant incident as Colchester’s young defender Alex Wynter was involved in a horrific collision with fellow defender Eastman, however he is alright and conscious in hospital as BBC sport have confirmed. After the injury we bombarded Colchester with a couple of fine efforts playing fast and attacking football and we were desperately unlucky not to find ourselves ahead after Lamela’s spectacular curling effort from outside the box hit the outside of the left post, after some clever foot work from the Argentinian international And a few minutes later Kieran Trippier made a surging run on the right wing before putting a beautiful ball in to the box which Harry Kane headed forcing a fine save from the Colchester goalkeeper Kean.

Half way through the first half Harry Kane found Eriksen who sprinted in to the penalty area before narrowly putting his effort over the bar. Although the deadlock was not to last, as in the 27th minute Lamela’s pass was gratefully received by Nacer Chadli who hit a powerful right-footed shot from 20 yards out that nestled perfectly in to the top corner of the net 1-0 Spurs, and we didn’t drop our attacking intensity as Trippier continued to put inch perfect crosses in to the box but it was to stay 1-0 as Michael Oliver sounded the whistle for the end of the first half.

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Within the early stages of the second half we lacked the togetherness and were a little sloppy in our play, with colchester having some good chances but it wasn’t for long as we looked determined to grab a second, as Nacer Chadli demonstrated perfectly after he received a pass from Kane and turned expertly in front of the keeper but hit his shot off the cross bar as he was unbalanced whilst taking the shot. Moments after Chadli’s effort we doubled our lead after Eric Dier drove a long range strike towards the Colchester goal as it flew into the back of the net courtesy of a heavy deflection off a Colchester player. We were dominating the game,dictating the tempo and most importantly winning comfortably, but still Colchester did not succumb to our superiority with in the park and front man Marvin sordell found himself one on one with Vorm before jabbing a shot narrowly wide clipping the post as it ran across the turf. However we put the game to bed minutes afterwards as Kieran Trippier who arguably played his greatest game in a spurs shirt, sent in a wonderfully accurate cross that Nacer Chadli headed in to score his second of the game.

 

A mere two minutes later Colchester got themselves a consolation goal after Massey’s effort came off the post rebounding off the feet of the unfortunate Ben Davies who scored an own goal to make it 3-1. Yet in this fast moving game of football we grabbed another goal two minutes after conceding, Chadli all but confirmed he’s status as man of the match by assisting Tom Carroll who scored in the box as his effort went in off the underside of the bar to put his tally to 3 goals in all competitions this season and to wrap up another convincing victory for Spurs. Our name is already in the hat for tomorrow’s 5th round draw, it finished here 4-1 to us in a sun drenched Essex this afternoon,COYS. 

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Spurs v Colchester match preview:

 

Venue: Colchester community stadium
Date: Saturday 30 January 12:45 pm
Live coverage: BT Sport 2, Talksport and BBC 5 live
Head2Heads: Colchester 0- Tottenham 0 (friendly in 2011)

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Preview:We go into this cup tie in a buoyant mood, with us winning 3 on the trot, the morale is high within the squad, and on the terraces the fans are singer louder than ever with joy. We make the short journey to Essex with a cluster of players expected not to be involved due to our Premier league tie on Tuesday against Norwich, however Pochettino’s selection shall most probably be a strong and youthful 11 that will get the job done. Colchester are near the bottom of league 1 and their form hasn’t been good of recent, however they will be no pushovers and they have some good players in their squad. Marvin Sordell for one, scored against us for Burnley in the Fa cup last season, in addition they also have the talented former West Ham youth player George Moncur who is also one to watch out for in the centre of the park. Although our quality should shine through and provide us with a comfortable victory over the League1 side, yet this is the FA cup after all.

Meanwhile; Jan Vertonghen, Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Clinton Njie are all out injured.

My predicted line up:

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My score prediction: 5-0 Spurs with goals from Carrollx2,Chadlix2 and Son.

5 questions with Samuel Shashoua:

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Facts: -He represented the south of England u16’s at hockey

– He was an u12’s county champion at squash

– Samuel attended Harrow school

Question 1: Which footballer do you most look up to

SS: 100% Lionel Messi

Question2: What are your aims for the rest of the season?

Ss: Score more goals and work harder for the team.

Question3: Is it surreal seeing yourself in the video game football manager?

SS: I didn’t actually know I was on the game.

Question4: What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?

SS: Scoring on my u18’s debut.

Question5: Apart from being eligible for England which other national teams are you eligible for?

SS: Spain,America and Venezuela.

Bonus question: When you score for the senior team in the future will you have a trademark celebration and if so what would it be?

SS:I’m not sure I’ll have to wait and see.

 

5 interesting facts on KWP:

image 5 interesting facts on Spurs u21 starlet Kyle-Walker Peters:
* Kyle is a local lad and he grew up a stones throw away from White Hart Lane in Edmonton, North London.
* He started out as a striker, but now plays as a full back being versatile he can play as either a right or left full back, although he is predominantly used on the right.
* Kyle has played every minute of every game in both the u21 premier league and the premier League International cup in this campaign.
* Kyle’s excellent form at right back this season was rewarded with him winning the Barclays under 21 player of The month in December 2015 and being awarded a new contract by Spurs in the same month
* Kyle is currently a regular for England u19’s but did you know that he is also eligible to represent Antigua in international competition.

5 questions with Christian Maghoma:

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5 questions and facts answered personally by the talented Christian Maghoma:
Yesterday Christian Maghoma kindly answered 5 questions I asked him on social media here they are as well as some quick facts:
– Name: Christian Maghoma
– Position: Centre back
– Age 18
– Won the 2012 victory shield with England
– Educated locally at Finchley Catholic high
– Born in Drc (Democratic Republic of Congo)
– His brothers are former Spurs players Jacques now playing for Birmingham and younger brother Paris who plays for our u15’s

Question 1: Which defender do you most look up to?
CM: For me it has to be Ledley King.

Question2: what are your aims for the rest of the season?
CM: For me it is to hopefully be in Pochettino’s plans at some point.

Question 3: What position did you start off as?
CM: i’ve always been a centre back

Question 4: What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
CM: It had to be playing against my older brother in a pre season match against Birmingham, it was amazing.

Question 5: Apart from being eligible to represent England which other international sides are you eligible for?
CM: Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sad news this Tuesday afternoon:

Two main Spurs headlines are dominating the footballing news of the day and they are rather sad for many a Spurs fan. The first bit of news is of the imminent departure of Andros Townsend who confirmed via social media this afternoon that his 16 year stint with the club has ended, in an emotional tweet with a picture of him driving out of Hotspur way for the final time. It has long been known that Andros was likely to depart during this transfer window but nonetheless it does still come as a shock with many a Spurs fan hoping he would once again break into the first team squad. A local lad Andros joined our academy set up aged 8 and developed all the way up the academy ladder at Spurs, I remember first seeing him play in 2009  at Brisbane road, whilst on a months loan at Leyton Orient it was a wet and windy afternoon as Orient played Southampton in league one. Andros then an 18 year old was fearless his confidence was supreme as he sped up and down the left wing his tenacity was clear to see as even on such a poor surface he didn’t give up he wasn’t afraid to shoot his passion of the game was then and still is now of the highest order he loved our club and had some great moments scoring some excellent goals,and contributing a lot to our side over the last couple of seasons. I’ll miss him as he will our club, but it is important for his career to join Newcastle in what is believed to be a £12 million pound transfer, and I thoroughly believe he will become a key player for the magpies. Here’s a toast to the ultimate Spurs professional and a really nice guy 🍻 Andros Hotspur Townsend.

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In the second part of this afternoons news, it has been confirmed that Jan Vertonghen has suffered knee ligament damage and could be out for two months as a result of being elbowed by Connor Wickham in our victory over Palace at the weekend, Jan has been key along with Toby this season in keeping an excellent defensive record this season so it is a big blow however our medical team is hopeful that Jan could return sooner. Kevin Wimmer will now be in his place and I strongly believe he will do an excellent job filling in as he showed against Leicester in the cup. Get well soon Jan.

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