Some notes on Spurs under 18’s 5-2 defeat to Newcastle United:

Some notes on Spurs under 18’s 5-2 defeat to Newcastle United:

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Our under 18’s final group game of this seasons premier league cup took place on Saturday morning at the Newcastle United Academy facility. Matt Taylor’s side needed to beat the ‘ Magpies ‘ to stand any chance of progressing to the quarter finals of the competition. Unfortunately Spurs were defeated 5-2 by Newcastle in what were pretty awful conditions as the rain poured and poured down on the players, with the ball being massively slowed down on the pitch. Apologies for this much shorter than usual report, this was down to the appalling weather conditions and the fact that my note pad got ruined by the heavy rain. Newcastle started the game off in style after Kallum Cesay conceded a free kick on the edge of the Spurs box on 15 minutes. Joe White stood up to curl a low effort past Lo-Tutala and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Spurs had an appeal waved away for a penalty after Romaine Mundle appeared to be fouled inside the Newcastle penalty area. Kevin Reed doubled the ‘ Magpies ‘ lead shortly afterwards, after latching onto the ball after Aaron Skinner had slipped on the edge of the box. Reed then fired a low effort past Lo-Tutala. Four minutes later Reed headed home Dylan Stephenson’s cross to make it 3-0 to Newcastle.

Spurs tried very hard to battle back in the adverse weather conditions, and o 32 minutes Spurs pulled one back after Max Robson smartly headed home Dermi Lusala’s cross, 1-3. Less than eight minutes later Spurs managed to pull back another goal, this time through Jneil Bennett. After receiving birthday boy Tarrelle Whittaker’s pass out on the left wing, Bennett brought the ball into the Newcastle box before curling an effort into the right hand corner of the goal on his left foot (Bennett’s effort took a significant deflection off of Newcastle defender Joe Oliver). However, Spurs were unable to find an equaliser and in the second half the ‘ Magpies ‘ netted clinically through Joshua Scott and Josh Harrison. We finished third in group E with three points from three games. The weather played a massive factor in us losing yesterday’s game, as we couldn’t get our usual passing game going. The performances of Jneil Bennett and Max Robson were however, extremely encouraging on the day. Our under 18’s next game is a massive FA youth cup third round tie against Liverpool on Monday the 2nd of December.

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made a couple of decent saves and he was unlucky not to save Joe White’s opening goal of the game, after he managed to get a hand on the ball.
  • Dermi Lusala: The right back defended his side of the pitch well for the most part of yesterday’s encounter. Lusala also set up Max Robson’s first half goal. 
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB showed good strength on the ball and he made an excellent late block to prevent a certain goal for Newcastle’s Dylan Stephenson.
  • Aaron Skinner: Like Muir, the LCB showed good strength on the ball and I thought that he did well under the extremely difficult conditions.
  • Dennis Cirkin: This was a good performance from the left back who managed to combine his defensive duties with his attacking duties well. Cirkin went on some good jinking forward runs down the left flank
  • Kallum Cesay: The CDM sat in front of and protected the back four relatively well.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The central midfielder showed good skill on the ball and close ball control, and he worked hard off the ball. However, physical Newcastle midfielders Lucas de Bolle and Joe White did make it difficult for Pedder to make his usual impact on the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: The right winger was positive down the flank and he should have been awarded a penalty kick early on in the game.
  • Max Robson: This was a very good performance from Robson as a CAM. The 16 year olds movement was very good and he was excellent on the ball, using the ball resourcefully. Robson covered vast amounts of the pitch and he managed to take his first half goal well.
  • Jneil Bennett: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The Spurs forward led the line well and his movement and well timed runs in behind the Newcastle defence made him difficult to defend against. Whittaker also set up Jneil Bennett’s first half goal.
  • Yago Santiago: The Spanish midfielder had some good touches of the ball, and he was tricky first on the right wing and later in central midfield.
  • Jeremy Kyezu: The second half substitute operated out on both the right wing and the left wing, on what was his competitive debut for our under 18’s.
  • Eddie Carrington: The skilful winger was direct and positive during his short time on the pitch. 

My man of the match: Left winger Jneil Bennett had an excellent game for Spurs out on the left flank. The highly skilful winger was a constant thorn in Newcastle’s side with his direct forward runs. Every time that Bennett got on the ball he was looking to beat Newcastle United’s right back Joe Oliver, or look to cut inside onto his right foot and test the goalkeeper. The 17 year old was unpredictable and I liked that. He also worked really hard for the team, was vocal and he took his first half goal well. He should be proud of his performance.

Spurs: Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Cirkin, Cesay, Muir, Skinner, Mundle (Santiago 60), Pedder (Kyezu 79), Whittaker, Robson Carrington 85), Bennett. Substitute (not used): Kurylowicz.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 6

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 3

Kion Etete –  3

Max Robson – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Harvey White – 1

Assists

Chay Cooper – 4

Max Robson – 3

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Kion Etete – 2

Romaine Mundle – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Yago Santiago – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Harvey White – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Everton: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Everton: (match report)

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Our under 23’s returned to PL2 action on Friday night when they took on mid table Everton at the Pure stadium in Southport. Wayne Burnett’s side put in one of their best performances of the season thus far as they dismantled the reigning champions of the PL2 division one, by comprehensively beating them 3-1, in a game that Spurs completely dominated for large periods. After opening the scoring in the fourth minute of the game through Dilan Markanday Spurs began to knock the ball around the park well. The energetic Armando Shashoua made it 2-0 to Spurs on 42 minutes, before the 18 year old netted his second goal of the game nine minutes into the second half to give Spurs a three goal cushion. Late pressure from the home side saw them pull a goal back through Dennis Adeniran however, Spurs defended strongly for the remaining minutes of the game to secure the victory. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Josh Oluwayemi started in goal for the Lilywhites. A back four consisting of captain TJ Eyoma, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Tariq Hinds sat in front of him. Harvey White and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Armando Shashoua. Rodel Richards led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a cold and wet night in Southport. After a bad early pass from Tottenham goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi, Everton’s Harry Charsley latched onto the ball. The Irishman darted forward down the left flank before crossing the ball into centre forward Ellis Simms inside the Spurs penalty area. Simms controlled the ball before volleying it over Oluwayemi’s crossbar, but he ought to have done better from that range. A couple of minutes later Spurs took the lead. After Malachi Walcott sprayed a lovely pass out to Shilow Tracey on the left flank the speedy wide man sprinted past Alex Denny down the left side of the Everton box, before attempting to square the ball for Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Everton goalkeeper Harry Tyrer palmed the ball out and after a bit of a scramble Dilan Markanday was there to clinically slot the ball into the back of the goal, 1-0.

Everton tried to respond immediately from the restart. The pacy Dennis Adeniran whipped in a cross which just deceived Ellis Simms inside the Spurs box before TJ Eyoma cleared away Antony Evans’ corner kick. Adeniran then whipped a dangerous low ball across the face of Oluwayemi’s goal. After Shashoua had passed the ball to Oakley-Boothe the Spurs midfielder gave it to Rodel Richards on the edge of the Everton box. The Spurs strikers attempted forward pass went into the box and he managed to get back on the end of it before shooting wide of Harry Tyrer’s goal. After receiving Tariq Hinds’ pass on the edge of the Everton box Dilan Markanday had a shot blocked by Matthew Foulds. After coming in from the left flank Shilow Tracey had an effort on goal blocked by Ryan Astley with the ball almost falling kindly for Rodel Richards inside the penalty area. After Malachi Fagan-Walcott conceded a free kick out on the left flank, Antony Evans had a whipped effort saved by Spurs goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi. A couple of minutes later Dilan Markanday headed wide a cross from Tariq Hinds before colliding with Matthew Foulds, there was a brief pause in play. A good Spurs move saw Tracey pass the ball to Shashoua, he in turn gave it to Oakley-Boothe who passed it to Markanday. Markanday passed the ball back to Oakley-Boothe on the edge of the Everton box however, he dragged his shot wide of the goal. Shortly afterwards Oakley-Boothe had a deflected cross volleyed straight at Ryan Astley, by Dilan Markanday. Spurs doubled their lead in the 42nd minute of the game through Armando Shashoua. After Eyoma passed the ball to Oakley-Boothe out on the right flank the central midfielder found the run of Armando Shashoua in the centre of the Everton box, and the creative midfielder calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-0.

Antony Evans responded for the ‘ Toffees ‘ by curling a deflected effort wide of goal from distance, before Tariq Hinds headed clear the same players corner kick. Malachi Fagan-Walcott blocked Ellis Simms’ shot from inside the Spurs box before Josh Oluwayemi punched clear a corner kick from Everton captain Antony Evans. The referee Andrew Miller sounded his whistle for half time a couple of moments later. Everton got the game back underway. After being given the ball by Tashan Oakley-Boothe on the edge of the Everton box, Armando Shashoua had a low shot saved by Harry Tyrer. A couple of moments later Tariq Hinds managed to find Shilow Tracey inside the Everton box however, his resulting shot was blocked by Tyler Onyango before Spurs netted their third goal of the game. After receiving Tariq Hinds’ pass inside the Everton box the Spurs striker unleashed a powerful effort on goal. Goalkeeper Harry Tyrer could only parry it into the path of the alert Armando Shashoua who calmly side footed the ball home, 3-0. Shortly after the restart Rodel Richards was shown a yellow card for making a late challenge on Antony Evans, a bit of a confrontation between both sets of players followed. Oluwayemi then saved Antony Evans’ chipped effort on goal, before Harry Charsley slipped the ball into the feet of Ellis Simms down the right side of the Spurs box however, his powerful low effort was smartly tipped around the post by the attentive Oluwayemi. After going in late on Ellis Simms, Harvey White was shown a yellow card. Shortly afterwards a cross from Shilow Tracey found Dilan Markanday inside the Everton penalty area but his resulting shot was blocked by Ryan Astley. After skinning Alex Denney down the left flank Shilow Tracey had a low shot saved by Harry Tyrer with Rodel Richards unable to get to the ball on the follow up. Josh Oluwayemi saved Harry Charsley’s effort from long range before a good Spurs move came close to ending in a goal.

After Shashoua passed the ball to Tracey the Tottenham winger passed it to Hinds who in turn gave the ball to Oakley-Boothe, whose powerful effort on goal was blocked by the head of Ryan Astley. Manasse Mampala then curled an effort over Oluwayemi’s crossbar from long range before Oakley-Boothe passed the ball to Shashoua inside the Everton penalty area however, his shot was blocked by Ryan Astley. Dilan Markanday then had a shot blocked by the same player before Spurs made a double substitution in the 80th minute of the game. Maurizio Pochettino and Phoenix Patterson came onto replace Rodel Richards and Dilan Markanday, as Shilow Tracey went up top to lead the line. Luis Binks blocked Antony Evans’ shot on goal before the ‘ Toffees ‘ pulled a goal back through Dennis Adeniran. After bursting forward from deep the former Fulham man fired an unstoppable effort past Oluwayemi and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 3-1. Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared Nathangelo Markelo’s cross before the Dutchman tested Oluwayemi from range. Markelo’s powerful strike was tipped over the crossbar by the Spurs goalkeeper. Luis Binks cleared Antony Evans’ resulting corner kick before Manasse Mampala headed over Alex Denny’s searching long pass. Con Ouzounidis’ cross was headed into the arms of Josh Oluwayemi by Antony Evans before Ellis Simms rounded Malachi Fagan-Walcott on the edge of the Spurs box before entering the penalty area. However, the brave Luis Binks slid in and managed to get some of the ball which ran through to Manasse Mampala who fired the ball into the side netting. Con Ouzounidis’ cross was met by Ellis Simms inside the Spurs box and the Everton strikers bullet header was saved excellently by Oluwayemi, before Simms fired over on the half volley. Simms then headed over Antony Evans’ corner kick before the referee brought an excellent Spurs team performance to an end by sounding the full time whistle.

Player reviews:

  • Josh Oluwayemi: This was a fine performance from the 18 year old shot stopper, on what was his competitive debut at this level. Oluwayemi made six saves in total including a couple of crucial ones late on in the game. The first year pro dealt well with crosses and set pieces and overall he had a very good game.
  • TJ Eyoma: The Islington born defender did a sterling job for Spurs on a cold night in Southport. Eyoma operated at right back and the Spurs captain was faultless in that position making many well timed interceptions. The 19 year olds positioning and ball control was very good indeed.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The RCB defended solidly throughout our encounter with Everton. Fagan-Walcott was good in the air, kept good positioning and he cut out some dangerous attacks. The 17 year old linked up really well with fellow centre half Luis Binks.
  • Luis Binks: The cultured central defender had a wonderful game at LCB for the young Lilywhites. The Gillingham born Binks was skilful, attentive and decisive in his defending against the ‘ Toffees ‘ and once again he was dominant in the air, winning the vast majority of his aerial duels. Binks made an excellent potentially match saving sliding challenge on Ellis Simms late on in the game. It really was a top call from the second year scholar.
  • Tariq Hinds: Once again the 19 year old filled in at left back for Spurs and once again he did a fine job. Hinds managed to combine his attacking duties with his defensive duties well and he was pretty much faultless.
  • Harvey White: The central midfielder sat in front of and protected the back four well throughout Fridays game. White’s passing was immaculate and he read the game ever so well. He quietly did a very good job for Wayne Burnett’s side.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The central midfielders movement was good on the night and he pressed the opposition players tirelessly. Furthermore, Oakley-Boothe linked play well and he got himself into some good positions.
  • Dilan Markanday: Another player who had a very good game, Markanday performed really well out on the right wing. The 18 year old threatened Everton fullbacks Kyle John and Con Ouzounidis well throughout his time on the pitch, and he went on some lovely jinking runs down the right flank. Markanday opened the scoring for Spurs on four minutes with an accurate finish and he tested the Everton defence on several more occasions during his 80 minutes on the pitch. He also tracked back really well.
  • Armando Shashoua: My man of the match, see below.
  • Shilow Tracey: The left winger was a constant thorn in Everton’s side with his speedy runs down the flank. Tracey did well to set up Dilan Markanday for our opener and he gave Everton right back Alex Denney a torrid time for most of the game as Denney could not deal with Tracey’s pace.
  • Rodel Richards: The Spurs striker led the line really well and he pressed the Everton defenders into making mistakes. Richards’ movement was good and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself.
  • Phoenix Patterson: N/A.
  • Maurizio Pochettino: N/A.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: N/A.

My man of the match: This was yet another excellent performance from CAM Armando Shashoua for our development side. The 19 year olds electric movement, non stop pressing and running, as well as his fine balance and skill made him too difficult and too tricky for the ‘ Toffees ‘ to contain. Shashoua took both of his goals well on the night however, it was his excellent movement and intelligent decision making which impressed me most of all, everything from his passing to his ball control was top draw. I was watching last nights game with former Spurs youth team player Martin O’Donnell and he was mightily impressed with the talented Shashoua’s performance.

Everton: Tyrer, Denny, John (Ouzounidis 24), Onyango (Mampala 46), Astley, Foulds, Adeniran, Evans (c), Simms, Markelo, Charsley. Substitutes (not used): Hansen, Anderson.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Eyoma (c), Hinds (Lyons-Foster 88), White, Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Markanday (Patterson 80), Oakley-Boothe, Richards (Pochettino 79), Shashoua, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Okedina.

Goals: Everton – Adeniran 83; Spurs – Markanday 4, Shashoua 42, 54.

Yellow cards: Everton – Charsley 57, Adeniran 66; Spurs – Richards 57, White 61.

Referee: Andrew Miller.

Venue: The Pure Stadium, Southport.

Spurs under 23’s statistics:

Goals: Armando Shashoua – 5

Harvey White – 3

Rodel Richards – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 6

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 3

Armando Shashoua – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

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Spurs under 18’s versus Newcastle United: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Newcastle United: (match preview) 

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Our under 18’s face Newcastle United on Saturday morning in a crucial premier league cup group game. All four teams in our group are tied on three points going into the final round of group matches, and that means that all four teams could qualify for the quarter finals by winning the group (there is also the possibility of finishing in second place and qualifying as one of two best placed runners up). Saturday’s game which takes place at the Newcastle United academy training centre, is a must win for Spurs. The opposition haven’t started the season well domestically. The ‘ Magpies ‘ sit in 11th place in the premier league south after picking up only eight points from their opening nine league matches. Newcastle who are managed by Neil Winskill are, I must admit a team that I know little about as we rarely play northern teams at this level. However, from the research that I’ve done on this Newcastle team it appears that their main danger man is forward Elliot Anderson. Other players to look out for include Dylan Stephenson and Josh Gilchrist. This will likely be a tough game for Spurs, and it will be Interesting to see what style of play is on show (I’m guessing fairly direct) from the home side. I shall be in Newcastle reporting on this game and I would like to wish the lads the lads all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Cirkin, Santiago, Robson, Mundle, Pedder, Cooper, Whittaker.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Matthew Craig, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig, Nile John.

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Kion Etete, Dane Scarlett. 

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-0.

My one to watch: Newcastle forward Elliot Anderson who has found the back of the net in four of his six league appearances so far this season. 

Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s resume PL2 action after the recent international break when they take on Everton in Southport, at the Pure stadium on Friday night. Wayne Burnett’s sides last game was a very physical one against Gillingham in the Leasing.com trophy in which they put in a decent performance in. Spurs sit two points behind Friday’s opponents Everton in ninth place in division one, and in fact both sides haven’t started the season in the way that they would have wanted to. The ‘ Toffees ‘ who are managed by David Unsworth have struggled for form of late, and they haven’t won any of their last six fixtures in all competitions. Everton have however, picked up eight points from their four home league games so far this season. A team who we have a historically bad record against at this level, some of Everton’s talents to look out for on Friday night include tenacious midfielder Beni Baningime, defender Lewis Gibson and centre forward Ellis Simms who has netted three goals from six appearances in the PL2 so far this season. Everton are a physical team who like to play good, attacking football, and Friday nights game will be a difficult one for Wayne Burnett’s side. However, they will be encouraged by the fact that centre forward Rodel Richards has now returned from injury. I will be travelling up to Southport on Friday afternoon to report on this game before I then head to Newcastle for our under 18’s premier league cup game the next morning. I would like to wish our lads all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Hinds, Eyoma, Binks, Lyons-Foster, Oakley-Boothe, Bowden (c), Tracey, Shashoua, Bennett, Richards. 

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Maghoma, Patterson.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi.

Doubtful: Kion Etete.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Everton’s prolific 18 year year old centre forward Ellis Simms who has netted three goals from six PL2 appearances this season.

Remembering former Spurs man Noel Brotherston:

Remembering former Spurs man Noel Brotherston:

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Noel Brotherston was a highly skilful winger who had a great knack of being able to read challenges and turn at pace. Brotherston would go onto enjoy a successful career with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers, as well as for his country Northern Ireland on the international stage. However, in this article I will be focusing mainly on Brotherston’s time at our beloved Spurs, as well as touching on his career as a whole. This is a commemorative piece intended to remember a much loved footballer who in other years could quite easily have gone onto become a household name at the world famous Tottenham Hotspur. Noel Brotherston was born on the 18th of November 1956 in Dundonald, (just east of Belfast) Northern Ireland, the son of James and Eleanor. The young Noel Brotherston grew up in Dundonald’s Ballybeen estate where he played for Glentoran’s youth team during the Northern Ireland troubles. The Ballybeen estate was a close knit community where everybody knew one another. Brotherston was one of four children (Noel had three sisters Gael, Janet and Nicola) and his father worked in the Belfast shipyards. As a child Brotherston was inspired by the legendary George Best who Noel had a big poster of up in his room, with all of Best’s scars and many injuries on show. Ironically Noel was scouted by the same guy (Bob Bishop) who had discovered George Best, Bishop had actually been at this particular game to scout another boy when he came across the talented Noel. He quickly recommended the tricky winger to a number of clubs. Described by his wife Lynne as a calm and quietly spoken man, Noel Brotherston was actually a Leeds United fan as a boy however, it was Bill Nicholson’s Spurs who impressed Noel’s father the most, so much in fact that the 15 year old Noel decided to sign for the north London club in the early 1970’s as a 15 year old. Initially Noel found life in north London very difficult and life in his home town of Dundonald must have felt a million miles away for the young Noel, and that’s why Spurs put him in digs with young players from Wales, Scotland and of course Ireland at mrs Crossley’s house in Haringey. However, life changed for Noel when he met his future wife Lynne a local girl from Tottenham, one New Year’s Eve at the local British Queen public house.

Noel would frequently bump into Lynne in the area near White Hart Lane as Lynne’s parents ran a fish and chip shop on the high road, and after paying Lynne’s fare one day on the bus, the pair would get on like a house on fire. This really helped Brotherston to settle into life in the English capital. During my interview with Lynne she described Noel’s Spurs career as “ living the dream. ” (Noel was the great Alan Gilzean’s boot boy) Brotherston had managed to work his way up the ranks at Spurs and he went onto become an important member of the Spurs side which won the 1974 FA youth cup under the tutelage of the much respected Pat Welton. The pacy Brotherston would also go onto become a regular in the Spurs reserves. Brotherston was performing well for Spurs at reserve team level when he was called up to play for the first team for their league game against Aston Villa on March 13 1976 at White Hart Lane to replace the injured Jimmy Neighbour (his one and only competitive appearance for the Lilywhites). However, Noel was replaced by Martin Robinson in the second half and the Northern Irishman felt that he hadn’t performed his best on the day, despite giving 100%. Life for Noel at Spurs after that game wasn’t easy as he wasn’t favoured by the then Spurs manager and fellow countryman Terry Neill. Brotherston had been regularly training with the first team before Neill had arrived and before winger Peter Taylor had signed for Spurs. At the end of the 1976/77 season and after four memorable years at Spurs, Neill decided to give Brotherston a free transfer. The likes of Charlton and Leyton Orient all came after Noel but after a phone call from Jimmy Smith from Blackburn Rovers, and after much deliberation between him and Lynne, Noel decided to sign for the then second division club. Brotherston would go onto spend 11 memorable years with Blackburn who, he struck up a great relationship with the clubs fans. Known for his long jinking runs down the wings, Noel really showcased just how skilful a player he was. With great balance and good vision on the ball, Brotherston was a tricky winger who felt that the artistry of the game wasn’t expressible in British football. In that way it’s a pity that a move to French side Saint Etienne broke down when Noel was at Blackburn (the French club had come to watch Noel play).

During his time at Blackburn Noel endeared himself to the Blackburn faithful, and it was his positivity and ability to do the unexpected with the ball which had the Blackburn fans on the edge of their seats. Doing my research on Noel I discovered just how loved and admired he was by fans of the ‘ Rovers ‘. He was a hero to many at the time with his charismatic hairstyle and superb footballing ability. Brotherston also had a good eye for goal and during his first season with Blackburn he finished it as top scorer. Brotherston became a,regular under a number of different managers at the Lancashire club before he departed Ewood Park for Bury who he spent two seasons with. Brotherston then moved to Swedish side Motala AIF after a chance encounter with a Swedish scout in Blackburn. He would go onto spend two enjoyable years with the Swedish semi professional club. Brotherston would return to England where he ended his career with non league side Chorley Town. However, it was Noel Brotherston’s time at Blackburn Rovers which was the pinnacle of his club career. Brotherston received high praise from fans and journalists alike during his time there, and during one interview with full back Kenny Samson in Shoot magazine the former Arsenal man described the former Blackburn man as the most skilful player that he ever had to defend against. However, leaving Brotherston’s club career to one side, it was in fact his international career with Northern Ireland which was the pinnacle of Noel’s footballing career as a whole. Brotherston was capped from schoolboy level right up until senior level with his country who he was so proud to represent. Lynne describes Noel’s time with Northern Ireland as being wonderful all the way through. In total Noel won 27 caps for his country between 1980 to 1985. Brotherston helped Northern Ireland to qualify for the 1982 World Cup which he played in however, his biggest contribution was scoring the goal against Wales in 1980 which secured Northern Ireland the British championships trophy. 

Another highlight for Noel was his footballing hero George Best singing his praises on television during the 1982 World Cup as well as playing in the final qualifying match against Israel at Windsor Park (having played in all the qualifying matches to get to the World Cup). Going back to Noel’s time at Spurs, Lynne said that it was a club that he had such fond memories of with it being his first club. The club of Martin Chivers, Alan Gilzean, Pat Jennings and Ralph Coates always had a special place in Noel’s heart until the day that he died, and that is so wonderful to know. Following his retirement from the game Noel went into the painting and decorating business, he also worked for Blackburn Rovers in their legends lounge on match days. Brotherston later played regularly for the Blackburn Rovers veteran team (the modern day legends team, right up until his untimely passing). The skilful winger who had gone onto become a cult hero with Blackburn Rovers and Northern Ireland, tragically passed away aged just 38, after suffering a heart attack on the fifth of May 1995, the season that Blackburn won the Premier League for the first and only time in their history. The much loved family man who loved his boys Lee and Ryan who would have been so proud to see them grown up and carrying on the Brotherston name with two beautiful granddaughters, Evie and Clara, had a funeral fitting of the great man he was. His service in Blackburn was packed with people who loved and admired him so well. Many of his former Spurs teammates attended the funeral including his close friends from the Tottenham youth team Neil McNab, Ian Cranstone and Wayne Cegielski. The gentleman who everybody that met liked was, in many ways a hero to Blackburn Rovers and his country Northern Ireland, and that speaks volumes in itself. I think all at Spurs ought to be very proud of what Noel went onto achieve in the game, and what a lovely man he went onto become. A huge thank you must go to Noel’s wife Lynne who so kindly invited me into her house to do an interview. Without Lynne’s cooperation I would not have been able to write this article.

Some notes on Spurs youngster Troy Parrott’s performance against New Zealand:

Some notes on Spurs youngster Troy Parrott’s performance against New Zealand:

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It was a memorable night for 17 year old Dubliner Troy Parrott on Thursday as the second year scholar made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s senior team, in their international friendly against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Parrott completed 62 minutes of last nights match and he chipped in with an assist to cap off a fine debut performance. The tigerish centre forward put in a good shift up top for Mick McCarthy’s side and he also came close to netting a debut goal. Starting up top in a 4-3-3 formation, Parrott pressed well during the opening stages of the game. After the skilful Jack Byrne (a player who Parrott would link up well with on the night) sent a nice lofted pass over the New Zealand defence, Parrott was set racing through on goal down the left side of the oppositions box. However, the flag on the far side went up (it was a very tight one!) just as he flicked the ball over the New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic. After a dominant spell of possession for the Irish, Parrott managed to upset New Zealand defender Winston Reid after he had caught the West Ham man from behind. Around six minutes later Parrott made a run down the right flank to try and latch onto Robbie Brady’s lofted pass. However, Marinovic had come rushing off of his line to clear the ball before Parrott could get to it. A good move from Ireland saw Jack Byrne pass the ball to Robbie Brady who passed the ball to Parrott who had his back to goal inside the New Zealand penalty area, he appeared to be shoved to the ground by physical central defender Michael Boxall, but no penalty kick was given. After receiving Alan Browne’s pass Parrott tried to the pull the ball back to Jack Byrne inside the New Zealand box however, his pass was cut out by the alert Michael Boxall. New Zealand then took a slightly surprising lead on 30 minutes through Callum Mccowatt. Ireland tried to respond. After getting on the end of the ball inside the New Zealand box after a bit of a scramble, Parrott turned and shot but once again Boxall was in the way to block it. A couple of minutes later Parrott managed to get on the end of a Robbie Brady free kick however, his acrobatic volleyed effort was blocked and cleared away by Michael Boxall.

After holding the ball up well on the left flank Parrott passed the ball to Derrick Williams who rifled a shot wide from long range. Williams would eventually draw Ireland level before half time. The tigerish Troy Parrott started the second half with the same high intensity and it didn’t take him long before he made an impact on the game. After winning the ball off of Joe Bell on the edge of the New Zealand box Parrott laid the ball off to Sean Maguire who struck it first time, curling a glorious effort into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 2-1 to Ireland. Shortly afterwards Parrott won a free kick after some good work on the edge of the New Zealand penalty area. Parrott came very close to getting on the scoresheet himself after almost finishing off a lovely Ireland attacking move. After receiving Jack Byrne’s pass Sean Maguire slipped the ball into Troy Parrott down the left hand side of the New Zealand box. Parrott kept his composure in front of goal but his eventual low finish which was intended to go through the legs of Marinovic, was saved by the goalkeeper who had come out to close the teenagers angles down. Parrott was replaced by Callum Robinson in the 63rd minute of the game. This was a very positive performance from Spurs’ bullish centre forward. Parrott imposed himself well on the game, his movement was good and he made many intelligent runs. I see know reason why Troy can’t be included on the bench for the Republic of Ireland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark on Monday.

The continued progress of young Spurs striker Troy Parrott:

The continued progress of young Spurs striker Troy Parrott:

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Back in March 2018 a schoolboy called Troy Daniel Parrott, started ahead of Spurs’ inform striker Reo Griffiths in an important under 18 premier league cup final against Chelsea, at their Cobham training centre. Parrott had only played one competitive game previously for Spurs’ under 18’s, that came against Swansea City just a little over a week earlier. On that ice cold day in Surrey, Parrott worked tremendously hard for the team, he also linked play well however, he could not match the strength of the two physical Chelsea centre backs Marc Guehi and Marcel Lavinier, and hence he struggled to make much of an offensive impact on the game. Fast forward two seasons and Parrott has grown an awful amount physically speaking. As bullish and determined as he has ever been, the now second year scholar who has always been regarded as a hot prospect, has in my opinion developed a lot as a footballer over the last six to eight months alone. Don’t get me wrong he has always been an exceptional talent whose work rate and hunger to score has been so refreshing to see. However, since he returned from a toe injury towards the tail end of last season the teenager from Buckingham street in Dublin’s north inner city, has looked considerably sharper, stronger and more potent in matches. Parrott has also been in red hot form of late and so far this season for club and country the centre forward has netted ten goals in eight matches, going into tonight’s international friendly with New Zealand where the young Parrott will make his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland. In doing so Parrott becomes the first Spurs academy player to win a senior cap for his country since Christian Maghoma did in 2017 (for the Democratic Republic of Congo). I have already gone into great depth about the Irishman’s style of play, traits and qualities in a long piece that I wrote last season. However, there is just so much to admire and write about the young Troy Parrott. From the impeccable timing of his runs to his razor sharp movement in and around the danger zone, Parrott has in many ways all the attributes to become a Harry Kane-esque complete centre forward. The 17 year old is good in the air, quick on his feet (he can dribble well), and he is quick and has a good first touch.

The former Belvedere schoolboy is not just a clinical centre forward who is prolific in front of goal and scores a wide range of goals, he is also a centre forward who offers much, much more. The Dubliner has a tremendous work rate (one of the best I’ve ever seen at youth level) and he can often be seen dropping 50 yards down the pitch to help out the defence. Furthermore, he has that ability to link play (he is a fine passer of the ball) and bring others into the game, much like Harry Kane does. Parrott is also vocal on the pitch and he is an effective communicator who isn’t afraid to tell his teammates what to do in certain situations. I have been watching Troy play for Spurs since soon after he joined the club as a schoolboy in the 2016/17 season and there are many matches that he has played both for club and country which I look back on with great fondness. One such game was against Liverpool under 23’s at the very start of the 2018/19 season, when Parrott was a second year scholar. The then 16 year old led the line at Anfield with the maturity and nous of a veteran. Spurs were reduced to ten men early on in the game after Japhet Tanganga was sent off for handling the ball inside his own penalty area. However, Parrott rose to the occasion on his competitive debut for the young Lilywhites development side. He got stuck in, covered vast amounts of the pitch, and he dropped deep to help his team defend. Apart from all of this Parrott also somehow managed to set up Marcus Edwards to score our equaliser with a glorious long pass. Another game in which Parrott shone in was against Swansea City’s under 23’s at the tail end of last season. In a crucial PL2 encounter in which Spurs needed to win to avoid relegation, Parrott once again rose to the occasion. Capping a superbly well rounded display by scoring two sublime goals. The final game in which I’d like to focus on was actually the last game that he played in. On a mild afternoon at Hotspur Way Spurs took on Serbian side Crvenza zvezda. In what was an excellent team performance from the Spurs lads, Parrott put in an outstanding individual performance. Scoring four different types of goals, the centre forward showed a remarkable desire to score goals and lead the Tottenham line.

In that game against Crvena zvezda a defining moment occurred with the scores at 2-0 to Spurs. After chasing Jonathan De Bie’s long kick up field all the way into the oppositions penalty area, most strikers would have stopped running when the goalkeeper Andrija Katic partially gathered the ball however, Troy is not one of those players. Parrott continued to run at full pelt before throwing himself at the ball, managing to knock it away from Katic. I was stood close to where the eventual goal was scored and it was quite incredible to see Parrott fall to the floor, adjust his legs and body, and somehow manage to tuck the ball home while he was still stretched out on the floor. It was a goal that would win us the game. Parrott would go onto score two more goals in that game and what really struck me was that he was never satisfied with just the four goals. He was always striving for more, and making good runs in behind the Crvena zvezda defence. After winging a late free kick on the edge of the oppositions penalty area, Parrott had a brief albeit fairly friendly quarrel with set piece specialist Harvey White as to who would take it, in the end Parrott let White take it. However, that was just one refreshing example of Troy’s hunger and determination to score goals. Parrott’s record at youth level for club and country is very impressive. For Spurs Parrott has scored 16 goals in 15 appearances for our under 18’s, while in the UEFA Youth League for our under 19’s he has scored eight goals in eight appearances. Then for our development side he has scored four goals in 14 appearances. Parrott has also been somewhat of a creative force for Spurs and he has laid off a number of goals for his teammates over the last season and a half. The 2018 Borgaro Maggioni Righi player of the tournament winner has trained exclusively with Spurs’ first team this season after enjoying an impressive pre-season. Parrott also made his competitive debut for Spurs’ first team in a challenging Carabao cup game against Colchester United back in September, while more recently making the bench in a premier league game against Everton. It’s fair to say that Parrott is on the cusp of Spurs’ first team as they continue to struggle for results this season. However, it is with the Republic of Ireland who he has made even greater progress with. Ireland boss Mick McCarthy already confirmed that Parrott will start tonight’s international friendly with New Zealand at the Aviva stadium in Dublin.

McCarthy said in yesterday’s press conference that he had been impressed with the young Spurs man in training and there was one time in training when Parrot turned sharply and shot at goal, which particularly impressed the experienced Ireland manager. That is something that the young Parrott is somewhat of an expert at. On what will be such a special night for young Parrott, I and so many other Spurs and Ireland fans will be proudly watching on. Troy’s huge potential is a breath of fresh for Irish football in general and although it is still such early days in his career, I hope and believe that he surpasses what former Spurs man Robbie Keane has achieved in the game. Tonight’s game is only just the very beginning for Parrott. Spurs have a long and rich history of helping to improve Irish talents. The names Robbie Keane, Stephen Carr, Pat Jennings and the late Noel Brotherston are just some of those who have improved as footballers after donning on the famous Lilywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur. Troy will surely be looking to some of those players as inspiration as he continues to develop as a footballer. 

Spurs under 21’s 0-2 Gillingham: (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 0-2 Gillingham: (match report)

Our development side faced league one club Gillingham on Tuesday night, at their Priestfield stadium in what was a crucial Leasing.com trophy clash. Spurs went into this final group game of the competition on two points, two points behind second placed Colchester United. Wayne Burnett’s side needed to win and hope that Ipswich Town beat Colchester to qualify from the group. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and Spurs were beaten 2-0 by the ‘ Gills ‘ on a bitterly cold night in County Kent. Two goals in either half sunk Spurs who, although they defended well, they were never really able to create any clear cut chances and that cost them on the night. This was however, quite a close game but it was the team (Gillingham) who won the midfield battle who would go onto secure all three points in group nine. Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Alfie Whiteman started in goal. A back four made up of Jubril Okedina, captain TJ Eyoma, Luis Binks and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster sat in front of him. Harvey White and Tashan Oakley-Boothe lined up in central midfield while Shilow Tracey and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Armando Shashoua. Rodel Richards led the line for Spurs on his return from injury. The young Lilywhites got the game underway at Priestfield. After receiving the ball out on the left flank Tottenham winger J’Neil Bennett cut inside onto his right foot before forcing a save out of Gillingham goalkeeper Joe Walsh, from his whipped effort from range. Spurs had started the game positively and they were doing well at knocking the ball around the park. Mikael Ndjoli curled an effort wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal from the right wing, before TJ Eyoma cleared a cross from Ousseynou Cisse. After being given the ball by Tashan Oakley-Boothe, J’Neil Bennett came inside from the left flank before whipping the ball with pace, deep into the Gillingham penalty area. However, the stretching Shilow Tracey could not get to the ball to tap it home at the back post. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then cleared away Regan Charles-Cook’s cross, before TJ Eyoma cleared away former Spurs man Connor Ogilvie’s free kick. The attentive Lyons-Foster then cleared away a succession of dangerous crosses.

Then in the 25th minute of the game Gillingham took the lead through Alex Jakubiak. After Luis Binks had cleared away Bradley Garmston’s cross, the ball came to Ousseynou Cisse and he then passed the ball to Alex Jakubiak who skilfully jinked past Jubril Okedina inside the Spurs penalty area, before rifling the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Alfie Whiteman’s goal (the Spurs goalkeeper managed to get a hand on the ball), 0-1. A couple of minutes after the restart Mark Marshall’s cross managed to pick out Jack Tucker inside the Spurs box however, the ‘ Gills ‘ defenders headed effort on goal was cleared on the line by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. The ball then came to Regan Charles Cook whose effort was flicked narrowly wide of Whiteman’s goal by Ousseynou Cisse. At the other end of the pitch J’Neil Bennett had a cross cleared behind by Connor Ogilvie before Harvey White’s corner kick was cleared away by Ousseynou Cisse. After receiving Armando Shashoua’s pass Harvey White shot narrowly over Joe Walsh’s crossbar from 25 yards out. Luis Binks then cleared away Regan Charle Cook’s cross before J’Neil Bennett fed the ball into Rodel Richards down the left hand side of the Gillingham box but, the Spurs striker shot narrowly wide of Joe Walsh’s goal. Regan Charles Cook had a corner kick headed away by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Henry Woods totally mistimed his resulting effort on the volley. Shortly afterwards a corner kick from Regan Charles Cook was headed clear by Luis Binks who had been dominant in the air. Jubril Okedina shot an effort over Joe Walsh’s crossbar from the edge of the Gillingham box before Binks headed clear another of Regan Charles Cook’s whipped corner kicks before the ball came to Henry Woods. Woods fired the ball straight at Eyoma before then shooting an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Regan Charles Cook whipped a dangerous ball across the face of Spurs goal before the referee Craig Hicks blew his whistle for half time. Spurs made a change at halftime as the previously injured Tashan Oakley-Boothe was replaced by Phoenix Patterson, Gillingham got the second half underway. After a good spell of possession for Spurs the young Lilywhites came close to drawing level.

After Harvey White had threaded a pass through to Armando Shashoua the attacking midfielder darted into the Gillingham penalty area. Shashoua tried to take the ball around goalkeeper Joe Walsh who had rushed out, but he eventually had a shot which was saved by the Gillingham goalkeeper. At the other end of the pitch Mark Marshall’s cross was completely missed by Alfie Whiteman however, the Spurs goalkeeper was a tad fortunate that Alex Jakubiak couldn’t tap the ball home at the back post. After receiving Shashoua’s pass Bennett whipped a low cross into the Gillingham box. Both Shashoua and Richards attacked the ball but it was Richards who latched onto it, before turning and firing the ball over the crossbar. Luis Binks cleared Mark Marshall’s cross before Spurs made their first change of the game, when Rayan Clarke came onto replace Rodel Richards up top. Unfortunately Gillingham doubled their lead in their 79th minute of the game after the ‘ Gills ‘ defender Jack Tucker powered a header past Alfie Whiteman and into the back of the net, after meeting Mark Marshall’s cross, 0-2. Maurizio Pochettino came onto replace Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before J’Neil Bennett curled an effort wide from distance. A couple of moments later Bennett had a deflected effort saved by Joe Walsh, before Mark Marshall came inside from the right flank before forcing a fine save out of Whiteman from his whipped effort on goal. Jubril Okedina headed away Bradley Garmston’s cross before Harvey White was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Regan Charles Cook on the edge of the Spurs box. Charles-Cook’s resulting effort was blocked by Pochettino in the Spurs wall. There was one late chance for the ‘ Gills ‘ after Alex Jakubiak received Regan Charles Cook’s pass however, the Gillingham forwards effort on goal was saved by Alfie Whiteman before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. Our development sides next game is away to Everton on the 22nd of November.

Player reviews:

  • Alfie Whiteman: The Spurs goalkeeper made two saves in total and he had a solid game on the whole.
  • Jubril Okedina: The right back stayed deep and he defended well against the Gillingham attacking line. Okedina was solid against the ‘ Gills ‘. 
  • TJ Eyoma: The Spurs captain formed a strong defensive partnership alongside the slightly younger Luis Binks. Eyoma was good in the air and strong on the ball. He also dealt well with the Gillingham forwards.
  • Luis Binks: Despite the fact that we conceded two goals this was another very mature showing from young Luis Binks at a ground that he knows so well. Binks won virtually all of his aerial duels, he was tenacious at the back, and his positioning was very good on the night. The vocal 18 year old could have done nothing to prevent both the goals that we conceded, and he was one of our best performers on the night.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My man of the match, see below.
  • Harvey White: The midfielder was excellent on the ball against Gillingham and he used it both well and intelligently. White made some good passes and he was also tenacious in the middle of the park.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The central midfielder did well when he was on the pitch although he was forced to come off at halftime due to injury.
  • Shilow Tracey: The right winger who would switch flanks during the latter stages of the game, struggled to really get into Tuesday’s game although he worked incredibly hard for the team.
  • Armando Shashoua: The CAM’s movement and ability to wriggle away from opposition players made him a tricky customer to defend against. Shashoua pressed the opposition players really well and he gave a good account of himself on the night.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The highly skilful left winger had a good game for Spurs last night. Bennett used the ball well and he always looked dangerous whenever he would run at his man down the left flank. The 17 year old was inventive and creative out on the flank and he created some good chances for Spurs. Bennett also tracked back really well to help out left back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster.
  • Rodel Richards: The lone centre forward worked hard and pressed well although he didn’t get a terrible amount of service.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The second half substitute slotted into central midfield where he did a fine job however, he didn’t manage to get on the ball much.
  • Rayan Clarke: The wide man came on late in the game and he worked hard when he was forced to play up top. 
  • Maurizio Pochettino: N/A.

My man of the match: This was a very good performance from the stand in left back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Although he is a centre back by trade, Lyons-Foster protected the left flank really well for Spurs (he completed 79 minutes of the match). The 18 year old made some important interceptions and clearances, he was dominant in the air and he also read the game to perfection, much like Luis Binks. Lyons-Foster also made a good clearance on the line during the first half. It was a performance that the defender should be proud of.

Gillingham: Walsh, Hodson, Garmston, Cisse, Tucker, Ogilvie (c), Marshall, Woods (O’Keefe 78), Jakubiak, Ndjoli, Charles-Cook. Substitutes (not used): Bonham, Ehmer, Mandron, Fuller, Lee, Hanlan.

Spurs: Whiteman, Okedina, Lyons-Foster (Pochettino 79), White, Binks, Eyoma (c), Tracey, Oakley-Boothe (Patterson 46), Richards (Clarke 74), Shashoua, Bennett. Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Hinds, R Clarke, Thorpe.

Goals: Gillingham – Jakubiak 25, Tucker 79.

Yellow cards: Gillingham – Jakubiak 63; Spurs – White 90+1.

Referee: Craig Hicks.

Venue: Priestfield Stadium.

Spurs under 21’s versus Gillingham: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Gillingham: (match preview)

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(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC).

Our development side face league one club Gillingham on Tuesday night, in what is a crucial game in group nine of this seasons Leasing.com trophy. Ideally  Spurs need to win the game and hope that Ipswich Town (a side which could include Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou) beat Colchester United, for that is what Spurs need to happen if they are to progress out of the group (Spurs are on two points while Colchester are on four). The good news is that tomorrow’s opponents Gillingham can’t mathematically make it out of the group and so for Steve Evans side this is a bit of a dead rubber at their Priestfield home. The ‘ Gills ‘ haven’t made the best of starts to this season and they currently occupy 16th spot in the league one table after picking up 18 points from 16 games. Gillingham have also only won three home games this season. Some of you may remember that Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side beat Gillingham 4-0 in this competition last season, that game was played at Charlton Athletic’s ground due to work on Gillingham’s Priestfield pitch. Although Gillingham manager Steve Evans is expected to name a weakened side for tomorrow’s clash, some of the ‘ Gills ‘ players to look out for include Scottish centre forward Alex Jakubiak (23) who has netted four goals from 15 league appearances this season. Also former Spurs defender Connor Ogilvie, Southampton loanee Alfie Jones and 25 year old centre forward Mikel Mandron are other players to look out for. Just as we experienced in our last two games in this competition, Burnett’s side will have to be able to deal with the physicality of the opposition if they are going to come away with all three points tomorrow. It’s also worth noting that Spurs will be without important midfielders Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden for Tuesday’s game due to international call ups. I would like to wish the young Spurs lads that do play tomorrow all the very best of luck. This will be a great test for the team.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma (c), Walcott, Binks, Lyons-Foster, White, Oakley-Boothe, Patterson, Shashoua, Tracey, Etete.

Subs from: De Bie, Okedina, Hinds, Thorpe, Pochettino, Markanday, Whittaker.

Injured/unavailable: Maximus Tainio, Jamie Bowden, Paris Maghoma, Jeremie Mukendi, Dennis Cirkin.

Doubtful: Rayan Clarke, Rodel Richards, Enock Asante.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1. 

An interesting pre-match read: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/sport/binks-homecoming-could-be-emotional-215728/

My one to watch: Former Spurs man Connor Ogilvie who has cemented his place in the Gillingham starting 11 since leaving Spurs in the summer. The powerful defender can play LCB and left back.

Spurs under 18’s 3-5 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 3-5 Chelsea: (match report)

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Our under 18’s resumed league action on Saturday morning when they took on fierce London rivals Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Matt Taylor’s side took on a Chelsea side who sat in second place in the league table going into this encounter, and it was always going to be a big test for the young Lilywhites to achieve all three points. After an extremely difficult first half where Spurs were totally dominated by Chelsea, the ‘ Blues ‘ found themselves five goals to the good as they ripped Spurs to pieces. However, Spurs put in a much better display during the second half, thanks mainly due to the introduction of midfielder Harvey White. Tarrelle Whittaker got a brace and Harvey White scored the other goal as Spurs got the scores to a respectable 5-3. Matt Taylor will have been happy with the great spirit that his side showed during the second half of Saturday’s London derby. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Thimothee Lo-Tutala started in goal. A back four consisting of Dermi Lusala, Marqes Muir, Aaron Skinner and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Max Robson and Rafferty Pedder anchored the midfield while Tarrelle Whittaker and Chay Cooper operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Yago Santiago. Schoolboy Dane Scarlett led the line for the Lilywhites. Spurs got the game underway on a bitterly cold morning in north London. However, the game got off to the worst possible start for Matt Taylor’s side who, conceded inside the first two minutes, after Spurs defender Aaron Skinner gave away a penalty. After latching onto Sam McClelland’s pass Joe Haigh sprinted past Aaron Skinner down the left flank, and into the Spurs penalty area. Skinner managed to catch up with Haigh however, he pulled back the Chelsea man who shot wide of Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s goal, leaving the referee with no other option than to point to the spot and show Skinner a yellow card. Lewis Bate stood up before firing the ball into the right hand corner of Lo-Tutala’s (he had guessed the right way) goal, 0-1. A well worked passing move from the ‘ Blues ‘ inside the Spurs penalty area ended in Thimothee Lo-Tutala smothering the ball from the feet of Marcel Lewis a couple of minutes later. 

After receiving Levi Colwill’s pass Armando Broja darted forward down the right flank before shooting wide of the Spurs goal. Lo-Tutala saved Marcel Lewis’ curling effort on goal shortly afterwards before Valentino Livramento fired an effort just wide of the Spurs goal after receiving Joe Haigh’s pass. 15 year old Spurs centre forward Dane Scarlett was forced to come off through injury a couple of moments later. Scarlett had hurt himself while making a late challenge on Dynel Simeu, he was replaced by Romaine Mundle as Tarrelle Whittaker went up top. Rafferty Pedder was shown a yellow card for fouling Joe Haigh. A couple of minutes later and after Chay Cooper had conceded a free kick out on the left flank, Chelsea doubled their lead. Lewis Bate’s free kick managed to pick out Joe Haigh who headed the ball at the Spurs goal. Goalkeeper Lo-Tutala palmed the ball against the underside of the crossbar but he couldn’t prevent it from going in, 0-2. Shortly afterwards Chelsea made it 3-0. After Armando Broja had attempted to meet Xavier Simons low cross from the right flank, Broja’s effort was turned into his own goal by Spurs defender Dermi Lusala, 0-3. A couple of minutes later and after Lusala had given away a free kick in a dangerous position, Chelsea made it 4-0. Marcel Lewis’ free kick was headed down by Dynel Simeu in the Spurs box for Xavier Simons who tapped the ball past Lo-Tutala, 0-4.  Shortly after the restart and after receiving Sam McClelland’s pass Marcel Lewis‘ shot on goal was well blocked by Aaron Skinner. Valentino Livramento then had an effort on goal which was blocked by Dermi Lusala before being gathered by Thimothee Lo-Tutala. After Max Robson had conceded a free kick on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area Lo-Tutala managed to beat away Marcel Lewis’ curling effort on goal. Then Lewis Bate’s corner was headed into the arms of Lo-Tutala by Dynel Simeu. At the other end of the pitch Rafferty Pedder volleyed over Tarrelle Whittaker’s pass, before a good Chelsea move resulted in Joe Haigh passing the ball to Valentino Livramento who passed the ball to Marcel Lewis down the left side of the Spurs box however, he could only fire the ball into the side netting.

After receiving Marcel Lewis’ pass, Armando Broja fired the ball into Dennis Cirkin on the turn. A couple of minutes later Lewis Bate passed the ball to Valentino Livramento who in turn gave it to Armando Broja who fired wide of the Spurs goal. However, shortly after Broja did make the net back of the net bulge. After Marcel Lewis had passed the ball to the Albania under 21 international inside the Spurs box he managed to find the bottom left hand corner of Lo-Tutala’s goal courtesy of a fine finish (Lo-Tutala managed to get a hand on the ball). Spurs responded by knocking the ball around the park well. After Pedder had passed the ball to Mundle out on the right flank he whipped the ball deep into the Chelsea penalty area where he managed to pick out Chay Cooper at the back post however, the Tottenham winger could only flick the ball into the side netting. At the opposite end of the pitch Aaron Skinner managed to block Armando Broja’s effort on goal before Lo-Tutala managed to save Marcel Lewis’ curling effort from distance. At the other end of the pitch Chay Cooper surged forwards before shooting a low effort wide of Jake Askew’s goal. Chelsea got the second half underway and soon after getting the game restarted Levi Colwill had a shot blocked by Marqes Muir inside the Spurs box. The following corner kick which was delivered by Lewis Bate, was met by Sam McClelland whose headed effort was cleared on the line by Chay Cooper. Dermi Lusala then blocked Henry Lawrence’s effort on goal before Sam McClelland headed Lewis Bate’s free kick wide of goal. Yago Santiago madd way for Harvey White, with Rafferty Pedder slotting into the number ten role. Soon afterwards Rafferty Pedder had a cross palmed away by Jake Askew before the lively midfielder skewed an effort wide of goal from distance. Chelsea then had a penalty shout waived away after Armando Broja appeared to be tripped in the Spurs penalty area by Dermi Lusala. Spurs did manage however, to pull a goal back shortly afterwards. After Lusala had passed the ball to Mundle on the right flank the Tottenham winger whipped the ball deep into the the Chelsea box. Mundle’s cross managed to reach the outstretched Tarelle Whittaker who volleyed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Chelsea goal, 1-5. Valentino Livramento responded for Chelsea by whipping a dangerous low ball across the face of the Spurs goal. Marqes Muir blocked Livramento’s cross a couple of moments later before Dermi Lusala blocked Henry Lawrence’s shot on goal. Max Robson was then shown a yellow card for a foul on the same Chelsea player.  

Aaron Skinner blocked a shot from Lewis Bate before Xavier Simons blocked a shot from Rafferty Pedder. Marqes Muir was then shown a yellow card for pulling back Marcel Lewis. After winning the ball Harvey White passed the ball to Tarrelle Whittaker who surged forwards towards the Chelsea penalty area before emphatically smashing the ball off the underside of Jake Askew’s crossbar before it went into the back of the net, 2-5. Schoolboy Roshaun Mathurin came onto replace Max Robson to make his competitive under 18 debut. Tarrelle Whittaker then had a shot blocked by Sam McClelland on the edge of the Chelsea box. A couple of minutes later Spurs won a penalty after Chay Cooper was barged to the floor by Henry Lawrence while attempting to get onto Rafferty Pedder’s cross inside the Chelsea box. After an argument took place between Harvey White and Tarrelle Whittaker as to who would take the resulting penalty kick. Eventually it was decided that White would take it. The midfielders powerful whipped effort nestled into the right hand corner of Jake Askew’s goal, despite the Chelsea goalkeeper getting a hand on the ball, 3-5. Tarrelle Whittaker had a late effort saved by Askew after he had received Cooper’s pass, before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. Spurs’ next game is away to Newcastle United in the premier league cup, on Saturday the 23rd of November. 

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: The 16 year old goalkeeper made four saves in total against Chelsea and he had a solid game.
  • Dermi Lusala: The right back had a decent game in which he made some good challenges in.
  • Marqes Muir: Really showed his strength on numerous occasions in Saturday’s 5-3 defeat. Muir defended well and he contributed well to what was a difficult game for Spurs. 
  • Aaron Skinner: The LCB from Bury started the game badly by giving away a penalty inside the first minute. However, the second year schlolar grew into the game and he made some important blocks. Skinner’s passing and positioning were good.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The Spurs captain made one excellent defensive intervention during the second half. Generally the left back had a good game against the speedy Valentino Livramento.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The skilful midfielder tried to get Spurs playing football throughout a difficult first half. Nobody could fault Pedder’s tremendous work rate and desire to impact the game and although he was outmuscled on occasions by some of the muscular Chelsea midfielders, the Spurs man never let his head drop and he put in a very good shift for the team. Every time the second year scholar received the ball he would always look to drive at the ‘ Blues ‘ defence. Pedder also played a part in Spurs’ final goal of the game. He can be proud of his performance. 
  • Max Robson: The central midfielder tried to impact the game with his energy, pace, quick feet and incisive passing. 
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The forward worked hard up top, his movement was good and he also took both of his goals well.
  • Yago Santiago: The 16 year old worked hard but he ultimately found it difficult to make much of an impact on the game.
  • Chay Cooper: I was impressed with the left wingers communication skills and encouragement to his teammates. Furthermore, Cooper tracked back excellently and he was one of Spurs’ best attacking outlets on the day.
  • Dane Scarlett: The 15 year old went off injured early on in the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: Always looking to run with the ball, and very positive in his overall play out on the right wing. Mundle chipped in with an assist.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The skilful schoolboy looked promising in the CAM/LW role and he had some nice moments during the latter stages of the game.

My man of the match: Harvey White was a class above everybody else on the pitch today. Entering the game in the 53rd minute the classy central midfielder dictated the tempo of the game from midfield. With his fine vision, immaculate passing and tenacity, the 18 year old really did boss the midfield. White got an assist and a goal today and he put in an excellent shift for Matt Taylor’s side. White will be hoping to start against Gillingham on Tuesday in the Leasing.com trophy.

Spurs: Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Cirkin (c), Robson (Mathurin 79), Muir, Skinner, Whittaker, Pedder, Scarlett (Mundle 13),Santiago (White 53), Cooper. Substitute (not used) Kurylowicz.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 6

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 3

Kion Etete –  3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Max Robson – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

J’Neil Bennett – 1

Harvey White – 1

Assists

Chay Cooper – 4

Max Robson – 3

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Dermi Lusala – 2

Romaine Mundle – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Yago Santiago – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Harvey White – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1