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Dear supporters, THFC is our club. We are Spurs. Whoever's running it, managing, coaching or playing for us, we are the true hard core of it's existence.

Come rain or shine, win loose or draw, it's us, the faithful, that keep the Lilywhite flag flying and the White Hart Lane Cockerel, a-cock-a-doodle-dooing. (Are we all mad?). On a daily basis Vital Spurs members discuss, argue and provoke each other with opinions, statements and questions that highlight our fears and failings, our likes and dislikes. We can't help but to show off our pride, prejudice and passion for this great club. (Why are we so opinionated?).

So fellow Spuds, with these thoughts in mind and without the distraction of playing in the FA Cup this weekend, I propose an open ended discussion on anything and everything Spurs related. Whatever takes your fancy. I'll kick-off with this simple question: Do we have the potential to challenge for the PL title next season? Don't laugh..

Written by MAN ON!

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Writer:MAN ON!
Date:Saturday February 15 2014
Time: 2:04PM

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As we always say .. next year will be our year.... spurs will win the league /FA cup / Champions League qualifying...
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:11:00
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Secondly.. we will be in top 3 of PL...
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:12:00
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Thirdly, spurs will win Euro League ..
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:13:00
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That little hatrick just about covers what we say every year..
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:14:00
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"Block"ed u from getting the first 5! :-)
jefferyhyde
15/02/2014 14:15:00
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As a back up.. we will beat / finish above Arsenal next year...
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:15:00
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Damn jefferyhyde,,, i was on a roll there.... lol
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:16:00
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Trying for Norwich Spurs sequential posts record.. if anyone remembers that ?.. but my posts are accurate, as we spurs fans are the eternal optimists
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:19:00
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Agree though, top 3 is within our grasp next year. If we had a few better showings when avb was in charge that's where we would be sitting now. Looking back now, avb's historic second win at old Trafford doesn't look that impressive anymore. I honestly believe if Timmy boy had been the manager from the start, with the way he has ade playing, we would have truly contended this year.
jefferyhyde
15/02/2014 14:19:00
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Haha sorry to bust up your streak man, all the great ones have to lose at some point!
jefferyhyde
15/02/2014 14:21:00
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ManOn...what do you mean "next season" we are on a roll and can win this season! Very surprised at such defeatism from you!
jacobslad
15/02/2014 14:22:00
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MAN ON ... This will make an interesting thread. Well done! I think we can be as optimistic for next season as we have been for the last 3 or 4 seasons. That is a good thing because we really have had, and still do have, good reason to be optimistic for our club's future. Not too many clubs have supporters that can say that! COYS!
Geofspurs
15/02/2014 14:34:00
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No worries jeff.. at least you said i was a great poster.. lol
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:35:00
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Next year out new stadium will be almost finished, and then we will have 56,000 + cheering on our players.. As coopsie said recently 2017 (2016 / 2917 season) is the year of the rooster.. we will win something that year..
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:41:00
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typo...our new stadium...
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:42:00
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Man on (and Ox..) .. got your article responses started.. :-)
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:46:00
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When you see post on other clubs Vital sites there are no where near the responses we have, the most you ever see is 4 of 5 and normally one of us have posted? Any ideas why or are we eternal optimists also the best supporters?
Supayid
15/02/2014 14:48:00
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I think we will have the potential, if we can keep the squad together and improve on it, but I don't think we will win it. Maybe in a season or two we WILL be challenging for it as we will be able to attract and keep better players due to our CL status
chrishove123
15/02/2014 14:51:00
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What would be good, is Levy making a mission statement at end of the season, say exactly the way Joe Lewis & Daniel Levy are taking spurs, and their commitment to this strategy. Then we can all be in unison, and follow the club knowing the owners are doing what they believe is best for the club, and ultimately their financial investment thereof.
Block D Spurs
15/02/2014 14:53:00
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Of course we'll win the League if not the CL as well !!! We have a great squad and with the right buys and the right combination we will surely win it - I thought we were gonna do it this year when I was convinced that GB was going to stay…. COYMS!!!!
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 14:56:00
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Yje other blog about the B ;league has an error can anyone fix it please ?
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 14:59:00
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Highgatespur I was convinced he'd stay as well. Just goes to show how little we really know about what is going on behind the scenes.
chrishove123
15/02/2014 15:04:00
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Go for glory... GO TIMAAHHHHHH!!!! Top four this year please and in the hunt for the title next. If Arsenal and Liverpool and in the hunt this year WE can def be in the hunt next... Townsend back and we're world beaters
willfry
15/02/2014 15:14:00
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Hear hear to Block D
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 15:18:00
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Anyone know / hear the latest of the long awaited new stadium ?
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 15:19:00
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always dreaming and hoping it will be the year the best fans in the world see the team captain lift some silver over his head to hear the roar that has been built up over these maybe years.coys
bazdog
15/02/2014 15:28:00
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Yup Chrishove I thought all was leading up to GB giving us one more year ! We should've signed David Villa…. ah well past is past…the present squad is ace just look how well they've done despite all the crap around them !
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 15:37:00
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new owners who put silver before cash is what we really need to become the best as enic have been great but have always come up that little bit short in delivering success on the pitch.
bazdog
15/02/2014 15:44:00
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I thought the investment of 100 m plus would have been enough to let the supporters know that ENIC care about results and success as well. Levy has put his money where his mouth is this season, backed a young manager and given him plenty of cash. It's a shame he spent only half of it wisely and then got sacked. Long live the king
willfry
15/02/2014 15:51:00
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For the last 5/6 seasons we have been in the mix at some stage during the season. Usually falling away at the end. I don't think the next one will be much different but I hope it can just last for the whole season for a change. COYS
longtimespur
15/02/2014 15:57:00
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Since it is an open ended article (well done Man On for submitting it), I want to bring an issue from last (Newcastle) match...

On match days I usually read ALL the posts (pre, mid and post match) but due to other commitments, didn't get round to. During our previous matches, MOST wanted to see Dawson and Bentelab dropped. Then lo-be-hold, Dawson is sacrificed for Kaboul and Capoue for Eriksen. At the time, I said to my partner, the forum will be buzzing with excitement with these changes. The team to me looked VERY good and the result proved it.

After the match I read ALL the posts on the match day article and was disappointed to note some posters bewildered by the changes and expressed 'serious concerns'. In my opinion (pre-match mode), I was delighted that TS had considered those changes and my gawd, did it pay off handsomely!

Despite me being a bit skeptical of TS's appointment, he is winning me over and I am proud enough to be nibbling at my slice of humble pie. Why can't some other posters do the same. Premature criticism (pre-match) to euphoria (post match) imo, should accompany honesty in admitting poor pre-judgement.

Look, the real point I am trying to make with this is that popular forums such as Vital generally express the feelings/moods of fans and when the media 'quote' the fans, they are relying on what the concensus on the forums and in general is.

TS has done commendably well thus far, albeit, not so in the cups, but IMO, he deserves the support based on what he has achieved during his relatively short tenure. Use the forum to speak out loud the GOOD things (not just the bad) so that the message indirectly gets relayed to the Players, Coaches and the management. COYS and hope EL is taken very seriously.
Critical_Spur
15/02/2014 16:03:00
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Our usual home form would have ensures a league challenge this season, is my answer to the opening question. The fact we're quite close to the top (and have been for a few years) without handouts also shows how well were run. It's also no secret that we outspend most of the Premier clubs so to be any lower than where we are would be seen as under-achieving. For one or two extra things going our way, we can certainly keep even closer to the big boys. 3 games from the top! The most unlikely spin-off to the question is Tim winning the league with Spurs in his first full year. 3 improbables becoming a probable. And yet I can't yet rule out that he won't be worth keeping. I'm impressed with his ability to get a response from the players, and the knack of getting results when not even playing well. He seems to have great player-insight. A few mentioning that him having played has helped when advising them . Big, big lines to read between. The glaringly obvious aim at AVB almost overshadowing the TS feature. Can we win the league next year? If TS learned all KD taught him, surely it's possible?
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 16:29:00
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It was a baffling line-up when it came out, Critical. I didn't have a clue how they would line up at first - I guess assumed Dembele left Lennon right - even got that wrong. lol. Good game but they could've scored5 tbh, so we're still only going at the painful pace of one game at a time with regards to finding out whether it's gonna work or not. I like the guy and his handicap (lack of experience) is counter-balanced by his leadership qualities. To captain Blackburns bank-rolled signings, to a title, has cred.
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 16:40:00
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jerkinmahjurgen, As long as TS keeps making the necessary changes and they bear rewards, he will continue to gain support. In that game I would've liked to have seen Soldado come on a little earlier. really need him to start scoring to avoid being reliant on Ade all the time. I'd like him to also address the HOME support issue. A performance like the one against Newcastle would go a long way in remedying that. COYS! BTW, does anyone think that Friedel will get the nod ahead of Lloris in the EL....include Dawson in that mix too?
Critical_Spur
15/02/2014 17:01:00
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Jerk, i thought the line up was a big surprise when i saw it against newcastle, but all managers make decisions which baffle fans. I wonder how newcastle fans felt with such a weakened side out and Pardew decided to put their biggest game changer on the bench in Ben Arfa. They were awful and for parts of the game we were good, net result 0-4. Norwich away will be very tough after Ukraine in the spoon and Norwich have played well in their last two games and are desperate, a win up there and we are truly in the mix, but as big C FANNY says March is where it will be pretty much decided for us top4. I just wonder if Arsenal could implode....ish...shame they drew Bayern and might well only have two CL games left.
tophobunty1882
15/02/2014 17:13:00
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We need the top4 to draw their cup games this weekend. Pile the fixtures up. So many top clashes coming up - especially for the ars. They could well struggle. Newcastle have been criticized for their performance but if clinical could've powered into a two nil lead. But our players... if they're not quick they're powerful - they've all got something and when we press high and hard and show application, we can stop teams. Pardew wasn't happy so they clearly didn't fight as well as he thinks they can, but I still more saw them getting stopped by us. Depleted. The momentum has started. Winning at Norwich would be a good sign that TS can keep that going. coys cots 821
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 17:38:00
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I was a bit puzzled to see Eriksen instead of Bentaleb out for Capoue…. bur=t learned a long time ago I'm one of 50,000 managers who don't count! I think a great home win would do the trick but there are a few other things that's causing disaffection… the lack of info re the stadium, stub hub the yiddo issue and possibly the promise of GB not being sold… I think we've the strongest squad for many years but the whole thing hinges on how we build on it… was impressed with Chadl's espouse to being loaned out to Swansea… Watching the citeh game on itv - how awful is the commentary?!!! Finally COYMS!!!
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 17:51:00
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Critical - the way I think of it, you used the wrong word in "dropped". A lot of us wanted Bentaleb and Dawson rotated or rested. There's been times when I would have dropped Dawson but for the Newcastle game it was definitely a case of rotating and giving Kaboul a chance. Dawson has been very wobbly at times but had put together back to back performances before that game. As for Bentaleb it was definitely a case of rotation to ensure that we keep Capoue involved and match fit. As it happens it was Eriksen who was rested and I'm fine with that. I think we all need to appreciate we have a very talented squad and rotation of any player should be expected to keep things fresh and set the team up for the opposition we're playing. We should forget that word "dropped" unless someone has had a howler like Soldado has recently. Then it's fair.
muttley
15/02/2014 18:14:00
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This is interesting "“Following a statement on the official website of the FAF , Nabil Bentaleb will be part of the list of players selected to play in the face Slovenia on March 5. The president of the FAF Raouraoua today met Tottenham and handed regulatory commitment that demonstrates its commitment to play for the colors of Algeria country of his parents. Nabil will be summoned to the next training camp of the national team on March 1 for the friendly match against Slovenia. It will even organized a press conference in Algiers as it was done for Faouzi Ghoulam when he joined the greens." Looks like we'll be able to watch Bentaleb in the world cup.
muttley
15/02/2014 18:26:00
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Value halved overnight.
tophobunty1882
15/02/2014 19:22:00
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ps sounds a bit like he's a slave.
tophobunty1882
15/02/2014 19:23:00
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Happy that Bentaleb has chosen the country of his parents. It would have been better for him financially to have chosen France (or even England), so to turn that down is a good sign the boy's head's on straight (he'd look silly otherwise)
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 19:28:00
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That African Nations Cup is supposed to aligned with the Euros ? Did I misread that somewhere ?
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 19:42:00
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i agree what you say about the lad himself inspurs...but i really care about spurs and the african nations cup sucks, until they bring it inline with the rest of the footballing world it will be a huge pain in the butt
tophobunty1882
15/02/2014 19:43:00
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tophobunty1882, when he goes off to the African cup, it just means that there is an opportunity for someone else to cement their place in the starting eleven. We've got a big squad so we should be able to cope.
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 19:51:00
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At present we are 1 point behind our points to date last year and 1 point ahead of similar games played (same/similar team, location) last year. As others have said, our final position will depend on how we finish the last 12 games. We would need to take at least 4 from Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool but 6 would be a sure entry into CL. I feel that we can win all the other games and should.

With Kaboul seemingly back and having played very well against Newcastle, I feel our defense will be very solid and our midfield can be flexible depending on whom we play against. What we need is for Soldado to begin producing.
jvd
15/02/2014 20:06:00
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wouldn't sign any players who needed time off mid season sorry in-spurs
tophobunty1882
15/02/2014 20:24:00
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tophobunty1882, no need to apologise. if we all thought the same, this forum would be really boring
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 20:28:00
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Great analysis jvd very insightful … how close are we ? imagine where we would be if no problems at the club…. I'm with topho with the signing of any players who go missing mid season - look at Adebayor when he went off… mind you it depends on the talented - we've just signed a talented player from Nigeria. We just need to have a great squad as we have now !
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 20:48:00
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You've only got to lose one or two key players and it will show. You get enough surprises without adding this to the equation, so I agree it's a risk to do this and there are usually options to recruit without this hurdle, so take them if you can. This very reason may see the acn fall in-line with Europe, because they rightly don't want to miss out on good wonga. And wonga talks. In our current scenario we'd be without Ade, and we all know what that's been like. If it were Paulinho, we've other midfielders around a similar level to cover - that may not be so bad, and is important criteria to consider when deciding whether to sign an African. I mean you can't turn your nose up at top, top players? I'd certainly make a worthwhile allowance to the general rule.
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 20:57:00
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^^^That's all shullbit but I find life so much easier when you agree with everyone:)
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 20:58:00
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I can't even agree with myself.....
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:13:00
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Yes I can!
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:15:00
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It's a bloody bore when we don't get to play. I suppose the lads get a well earned rest. Some tough matches ahead.
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:22:00
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Personally, judging by our present position and the crazy season so far, I think we could well be in contention for the title next season. We've not really got going yet in this one and, as I keep trying to convince myself, surely we have a lot more room for improvement. I also see top 4 as a realistic goal this year and if we can continue with some consistency in our performances it might turn out to be a season we can be happy with. Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:32:00
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March is a crucial month......
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:34:00
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Haha! Man On. And I agree. Would LOVE to be having a fixture crisis over these endless days without a match. I know we're a long shot but is 3 games away from top with 12 to play not challenging? Enjoy the noise of the fat lady whilst you can. She don't sing forever.
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 21:43:00
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Forgetting the teams at the top there is only 4 points separating Sunderland at 18th and Swansea in 10th position. So almost any team we play now is either fighting for survival or top 5. So there'll be some more shock results to come this season and it'll be a difficult one to call at both ends of the table. It should be one hell of a run-in.
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:45:00
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You've equaled Block D's consecutive post count. You were doing well 'till I slid in unnoticed, getting the ball. :P
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 21:46:00
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If we win the league we'll be so unprepared for it. But we struggle to hire a bus and are wondering where the f do Chas and Dave live?
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 21:49:00
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Bet* we struggle
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 21:50:00
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jerkinmahjurgen, I had a tiny wager at the start of the season that we would be champions. Hey, anything's possible. Not likely, but not impossible. It still could be a season to remember. But gambling only pays when your winning..... I never win!
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:50:00
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I know, the celebrations would be the death of me....
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:51:00
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Do a Fergie. Get out while you can. Call it a day.
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 21:54:00
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Haha!
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 21:56:00
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Our record speaks for itself under Tim - right up there with the top bunch. If he can keep them going... We may have just found the clucking futch. He's got something about him, ole Timmy. Did you see him in that interview where he done that strange neck movement, turning to the side as he did so, then 'snapped' out f it, like he's just regained consciousnesses, then carried on like it was the tv playing up? Reminded me of Quantum Leap. He's gotta win the league to progress... Or maybe he's a shape-shifter?
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 22:01:00
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Maybe he was passing wind?
jerkinmahjurgen
15/02/2014 22:03:00
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Only if we didn't lose those stupid games!!! I do really it's possible next year =- thought it was this year till those heavy defeats...
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 22:04:00
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I reckon that mulesteen and Wilkins got the push because of the smile/joke on the touchline with the fourth official vs Manu…. your thoughts Curbishley wasn't there… American sporting values...
Highgatespur
15/02/2014 22:13:00
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Man on, I think you've just found a way of winning the league. You never win a bet do you? Please put a sizeable bet on Spurs not winning the league this year. While you're at it, bet that we won't win the Europa as well.
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 22:27:00
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In-spurs-ational... I should do that. If we win the PL or EL, I owe you all a fiver. If we do win something the drinks are on you.....
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 22:32:00
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jerkinmahjurgen, Some say Tim's the new 'Arry. Looks like he's gonna develop the same twitches as him. He needs to stop hanging out with the Redknapp family.
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 22:38:00
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No problem Man On. I'll get the drinks in. So long as the total bill doesn't come to more than £1.97. Go on, I'll splash out, make it two quid
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 22:38:00
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Yes Tim is the new Harry. He'll get us fourth and then get sacked
In-spurs-ational
15/02/2014 22:40:00
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Cheers, you're more than generous...
MAN ON!
15/02/2014 22:41:00
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