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Well, having bounced out of the House of Pain last Saturday in celebratory mood, and
quaffed copious amounts of beer off the back of an excellent win vs. Chelsea, I mistakenly thought that the mood of United’s support would have also been in fine spirits too, sadly, it seems I was wrong. Using twitter for EG (whilst I know that’s not entirely representative of our support) it seems there were many who still found plenty to be miserable about. It seems there are some who ‘enjoy’ being thoroughly miserable. Sometimes, it’s worth remembering that Newcastle United exist mainly for the reason to represent everyone connected to it on a sporting level and if you can’t recognise and enjoy conquests of the nature of Saturday – which saw, probably, the 2013/14 league champions defeated, on home territory, then frankly, I wonder why you’ve bothered to turn up!
It may not be our most enjoyable period of time supporting the club, but for what it’s worth, until there is a either a sea change in the current owner’s personal investment level or a new investor appears who is prepared to personally subsidize United’s expenditure at a level require to compete with the current top 6, then the highlights of our campaigns are likely to be the surprising, victories gained over recent seasons vs. the likes of Chelsea, Chelsea and Spurs last season, or Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea again from the season prior.
So, here’s hoping that our players received an increase in their confidence and can rid themselves of the Jekyll and Hyde identity by finding some consistency as seeing a side look convincing one week and awful the next is very frustrating. So with that in mind, we turn our attention to the trip to White Hart Lane.
In case you’re only making a fleeting and first ever, appearance to Earth this week, then you need to know, that Spurs and their loathsome supporters are fucking horrible. They are the biggest bunch of cunts that have ever walked this Planet. Full of their self importance, the poncey way that they sing that fucking, shit, Southampton song, but by far their most odious stunt is their waving money at United’s support in the 80’s – just imagine Harry Enfield’s ‘loadsamoney’ and with a face you could never tire of kicking, and you’ve got it……. This hatred may or may not, stem from their outright thievery of pinching Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne absolutely against my wishes…….. Actually….. That’s 100% where this comes from. Fuck them!!
And…. Fuck their manager too. He’s a cunt. His irritable (and I reckon deliberately too) croaky voice when he’s prattling shite on camera… Can he not clear his throat? Absolute, dickhead. And as for referring to him by his initials…… Do fuck off.
Anyway… The shit haircut, with a 14 year old school boy beard and bad coat collection has got a tasty looking squad of footballers to assemble into a team, and, credit where credit is due, he’s not bad at it. He’s also very good at spending money. And flush with the Gareth Bale, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey and Scott Parker money he splashed out for Roma’s Erik Lamela (£30 m), Soldado from Valencia (£26m), Paulinho for £17m from Corinthians, Ajax’s Christien Eriksen (£12m) plus Chiriches, Chadli and Capoue for a combines £26m.
To be fair, shit beard has Spurs with as good a shout of winning the league as they’ve had in all my time of watching football. Right now, they sit 4th, 5 points behind the leaders. Their home record, one alarming blip vs West Ham (0-3) apart, has been solid, if unspectacular. Narrow defeats over Hull and Swansea (1-0) and Norwich (2-0) sandwiched a 1-1 draw vs. Chelsea. Their home form in the cups has been good too, with them undefeated to date (however, they are playing right now.)
Jermain Defoe has 8 goals and Soldado has 6. And seems particularly lethal from the penalty spot…..
On the injury front, Lloris has been in the headline’s due to his concussion injury. It seems he’ll play at the weekend. Adebayor seems out of the picture, whilst Rose and Chadli make up their injury concerns. They have no suspensions
There is uncertainty at the moment around the fitness levels of, Dummett, Haidara, Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tiote who limped off vs. Chelsea.
With that in mind, I don’t expect the defence to change from last week.
Cabaye, Sissoko and probably Tiote are likely to continue in midfield although Anita should be ready to take Tiote’s place should it be needed.
Up front, Gouffran and Remy will most likely continue with the 3rd position going to either Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa or Cisse. It seems no matter what we try with Cisse (play him/drop him/bring him on) nothing seems to rekindle that amazing form from 11/12…….. I think personally, the real Cisse, is the 18 months worth of stuttering one, with the 4 months, phenomenal one a bit of a fluke.
Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year
Coloccini – Groin
Steven Taylor – Hamstring
Haidara – Hamstring
Dummett – Hamstring
Possible Team (4-2-1-2-1)
1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Williamson, 6. Yanga-Mbiwa, 3. Santon: 8. Cabaye, 4. Tiote (Capt): 10. Sissoko: 7. Gouffran, 11. Remy: 9. Cisse:
Elliot, Tavernier, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa
Referee: Chris Foy
League History at ‘The Layne’
1984/85 1-3 loss. A wonder goal from Waddle which apparently sparked their interest in him
1985/86 1-5. With Waddle playing against us, we took the lead… bad news….It made them angry
1986/87 A 1-1 draw in the league, but a 1-0 loss to Clive Allen’s penalty in the FA Cup.
1987/88 1-3. Opening day defeat. Dave McCreery on target for us
1988/89 2-0 defeat on New Years Eve. Not a happy new year as we’d get relegated.
1993/94 At fucking last. A win at Spurs… Pedro the magician… 2-1
1994/95 A 4-2 defeat with Ruel Fox on target twice for us
1995/96 Ginola’s cracker earning us a 1-1 draw
1996/97 A Ferdinand double for us in a 2-1 win
1997/98 A late in the season 2-0 defeat, with Sir Les scoring for them this time
1998/99 Another 2-0 defeat, with Stefan Iversen getting both
1999/00 Hideous start to the season this turned out to be. 1-3, Solano put us in front, but a familiar story
2000/01 2-4 again. 2 red cards… Missed penalties… Nobby and Dyer for us.
2001/02 A fantastic 3-1 win with Acuna, Bellamy and Shearer notching.
2002/03 And if we didn’t just go and beat them again. 1-0 Jenas poked him the winner which had to ne the slowest a football has ever travelled….
2003/04 Andy O’Brien OG (1-0) defeat.
2004/05 1-0 defeat again, Defoe with their winner this time
2005/06 2-0 loss this time but easily the biggest miss I have ever seen was here, with Shola Ameobi managing to lift the ball over an empty net and fairly high up into the stand it went….
2006/07 3-2 Huntington, Martins and Nicky Butt earning a win in the most hideous strip we’ve ever worn…….. See Martins’s hammer strikehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKFGoGaw8ng
2007/08 What a good day. 4-1 to us
2008/09 1-0 loss. Bent with the winner. We were sinking fast at this point.
2010/11 0-2 Carroll’s last game for us.
2011/12 0-5…. Awful day…
2012/13 2-1 defeat. All was going well until we conceded a free kick…. once the referee blew for a foul, you knew the outcome.
Fighting cock http://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/
“Come On You Spurs” is not only a shit chant, but a fanzine title too, apparently http://www.comeonyouspurs.com/
Despite the stupid ko time, we’ll put this on twitter on Sunday
Depends which United turn up… Could be hiding, could be a win… I’ll take a draw
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