Match Day 5: Spurs v Liverpool – Wembley Stadium

Pre-match build up

Following our 3 wins in our opening fixtures I was a very happy fan. Willing to indulge in all things Spurs including purchase merchandise, booking flights to PSV and talking the talk on social media. We are brilliant with more good things to come. The Koudos of winning rated a high 10/10. Tell the world how good we are; especially West Ham fans and Goons.

When we lost to Watford, hangover kicked in Monday morning,  Spurs announced more fixture changes and (shock) Stadium delays. I felt sick and was in ‘full on’ reject mode. I ain’t going to the City game, hate Wembley, Sanchez is rubbish and Sissoko can have some too (even though he isn’t playing – no.1 sacrificial lamb for any mood!).

Now I’m sure many empathise with these feelings. Like a football rollercoaster of emotions. But why does losing hit us harder than if Claudia Scheifer dumped you for your best mate?

We travel huge distances, spend more than we should and shout and scream like we have some sort of control over the players; like we’re playing a real time FIFA. Following each missed chance and opportunity against The Hornets, the pub wall was punched and kicked numerous times (sorry Land lady) and god forbid had there been a cat in the vacinity. More crude swear words than even Roy chubby Brown could muster (credit ‘Mike The Fence’ who’s use of the ‘C Bomb’ would have filled the swear jar 10 fold). Poor Mrs Taylor, who came all the way from Bournemouth, to ‘share the SDS experience’ was left in no doubt what frustration and anger meant. Back in the old World of Sport days and wrestling she would have hit baddy Mike with her handbag 👜 before returning to her knitting.

Once calmed (it took some time), reflection kicked in. The positives errr ok. Let’s look forward then …Liverpool next🙁! Oh god!

I’m sure by the following weekend blind optimism would have kicked in. International break and thoughts turning to ‘please Mr. Southgate don’t let anyone damage our ‘Arry’!.

Now to turn the death metal mood music up another notch. I, with all good intentions of soaking up the atmosphere and getting there early, booked a hotel at Waltham Abbey. The date – Friday 14th September. Non-flexible, non-movable and of course non-refundable. If this date sounds familiar then your spot on as this would have been the night before the opening game of the season at the New Shiney Billion Pound Stadium. Opening Eve! You know da resssst (fam blud). 🙁

An early breakfast and we head to the New Stadium construction site to view live progress and take a few photos. Similar to the original plan – less a bloody football match!!

Some highlights of the construction build this week:

– Tower Cranes located in NW/SW corner dismantled; allowing chequered veil to continue along front of West Stand, The Grand Entrance and beyond, towards the South Stand.

– Block Paving installtion continues along the main road, passing the cylindrical advertising screen (or as some like to call it ‘the lighty up thingy’) and onwards toward the steps and future hotel complex.

– (Webcam) Lots of seats installed; especially in the South Stand.

Still no test events or opening dates announced. I’m edging my bets for December 5th v Saints.

New Stadium done and following a quick hop across town, normal pre-match routine ensued – Novotel & Punjabi Spurs. Our hosts for yet another season bringing together supporters clubs from all over the country. All will agree that this event will be one thing we will miss from the ‘Wembley Experience’ when we do finally move on to the new pad.

The Line Up

Match Report from Block 128

Terrible start. Liverpool were on the front foot from the off. Shoddy defensive mistakes and maybe a lack confidence in Vorm making even the most steadfast members of our defence go all jittery. Short on chances from our front line with Harry still looking jaded. Dodged a bullet with first goal for The Reds as it’s judged off side.

A wayward back passed header by Eriksen closely followed by more pressure and a goal for Liverpool . 0-1

Entire-half time spent queuing for sustenance in the form of an overpriced steak & ale pie whilst remaining SDS discussed the poor quality of our play.

Second half kicks off and I was still queuing. Noise from our end indicated a chance as Lucas hit the outside of the post. Poch must have issued a rocket during the HT team talk as we seamed to have increased the tempo of our game.

Despite early promise, the second half followed the first. Poor defensive work, a scramble and The Reds were in again 0-2. Poor vv poor!

As 90 mins approached a collective decision was made to turn for the exit. Not my usual routine as I normally stay til the end no matter what. On this occasion I miss a great finish by Coco. 1-2. Closely followed by a stonewall penalty after a tackle on Son. I would have been gutted to miss a late comeback but on this occasion it wasn’t too be.

Early season promise is turning into a bit of a mare – we need to sharpen up and quickly if we are to remain in the leading pack.

Look Forward


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Matchday 4: Watford v Spurs – Vicarage Road

Pre-match build up

Back to work this week after an all too brief holiday and a rare excuse to stroll into the office with a swagger. The emphatic second half demolition of the Red Devil’s drew many plaudits; especially credited to Lucas who showed some of the potential we had collectively dreamed about.

As expected the post match story was about Jose (it generally is) presenting a dour, snarling assessment of his greatness and everyone else’s failings. Whilst Poch continued to exult his usual quiet business manner and calmness in the face of fan hysteria – his philosophy to focus on the next game and not to get to excited. It’s hard not to with 9 points from 3 games.

My weekday evening routine continued to include the stadium build (Gold/Cowlin) and all things Spurs related via social media. The lack of any obvious construction progress meant attention would be switched to the Champions League and The Haribo League Cup 3rd round draw.  One competition of unquestionable prestige and excitement offering possible reunions with Ronaldo or Messi and the other – where the hell are we going to play the match? 3rd stadium?

If prestige is what we were after then Barcelona, PSV, Inter Milan pretty much ticked every box. Always a flip side, with the League Cup fixture against Watford to be played at MK Dons (*subject to agreement). Subsequent out rage and ‘right on unity’ with the original crazy gang of Wimbledon ensued. A slightly bizarre tac of boycott the match taken by THST that most are still trying to figure out. My thoughts being – let’s just get this done and move on.

So as a busy week finally drew to a close, attentions turned to the Premier League again and unbeaten Watford. Early season scurmishes can be unpredictable and after 3 results this had turned into a top of the table clash. Watford deserving of their position after some noteable, if not fortuatus performances.

Key man for the Hornets: Pereyra

500k+ transferring the goal scoring midfielder into their Fantasy Dream Teams this week alone.

Spurs Line up

The match

First half kicks off and early exchanges indicated it was going to be a tough away day. Neither side created any significant chances. Into the second half and a bizarre own goal from a Lucas shot put Spurs ahead. Most in the pub hadn’t even realised the ball was in the back of the net and there was momentary silence until we realised the players were grouped and congratulating each other. 0-1 Spurs

We continued to lack spark and creativity and were quickly punished by of all players Troy Deeney. 1-1

Watford had the momentum and every time we moved forward their defence stood firm. Chance after chance went begging. Then the hammer blow. More defensive deficiencies and we find ourselves a goal behind. Frustrations boiling over and needless fouls given away.

As the clock ticked down, Watford continued to frustrate and as the final whistle blew we were in collective agreement that this was a below par performance. One deserving of a loss.

We remain in the top half but Liverpool and City are looking far stronger and are already edging away from the chasing pack.

Looking forward:

International Break

Five to watch for England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Rose, Trippier, Dier, Dele & Kane


Liverpool (not at the new Stadium) 🙁


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Matchday 3: Man Utd v Spurs – Old Trafford

End of August Bank Holiday Monday and first stop for this day of football was the local derby between old rivals Weymouth Town (Terras) v Dorchester Town (Magpies). An early kick off of 1 pm would enable us to watch this match, have some food, liquid refreshments, then settle down to enjoy the evening Kick Off.

I hadn’t been to this local derby since the early 1990’s when I was a regular at the Avenue Stadium supporting the Black/White side of the Ridgeway divide. So it felt slightly unusual to be standing with the opposing set of fans. For the duration of the match I decided to embed myself on the dark side and keep my loyalties to myself.

Match report

Weymouth 5 (five) v Dorchester 0 (nil) grrr!

Nothing else to say on this match.🙁

Early evening and after a cracking curry at Weymouth Balti, we headed to the pub (The Royal Oak) to join the rest of SDS and a few guests representing both teams.

The pub was busy. Some punters having a drink whilst others mindful of work commitments the following day taking it easy. Always good to be in our home venue when the team plays away; amongst fellow fans sharing the experience of watching the team and discussing the finer points of match.  All of us hoping that the Team could continue their excellent start to the latest campaign.

Line up

The match

Match kicks off and I’m a bag of nerves. Our recent history at Old Trafford had been poor and we had to be weary of United after such a poor display against Brighton & Hove.

First half we rode our chances. Rarely moving forward and soaking up the pressure. Toby, Jan, Tripps and Danny dealing with each incursion by simple passing and the odd hoofed clearance up the park. United Lukaku wasting an absolute sitter. All relieved to see it skip past the far post.

Half time passes and it seams our luck, possession and chances were about reach unprecedented levels. Firstly a header by Kane. Rising high above Jones towards the top RH corner. Pub goes wild. 0-1 Spurs

Then Lucas; immense all game and a tireless contributor slots home. 0-2! United fans looking utterly dejected. They hadn’t played badly but they were now well and truly on the ropes. As the final stages approached one more chance results in a delicious finish by Lucas. Absolute scenes!0-3!

United fans praying, crying dejected in the stands and scuttling for the exit. Scenes unimaginable a few years ago under Fergie but now regular under Jose.

The hugs, celebrations the joy shared not only by 3000 away fans but our group of happy souls in the Royal Oak.

A fantastic day – less local derby result for me anyway.

Looking forward

Unbelievable Jeff! Top of the table clash between Watford and Spurs next Sunday!


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Match Day 2: Spurs V Fulham – Wembley Stadium

There is something magical about listening to a match via the means of radio. Something I’d done a lot when serving abroad. On this occasion though it was France and by some stroke of luck and favourable weather conditions, the beam from BBC towers reached North West Brittany.

909 AM long wave and Spurs v Fulham was the main event. Annoyingly in the build up to kick off I’d been dispatched too purchase supplies from the local hyper market. Bag for life packed I set off. As I meandered through the French countryside the signal distorted, with overhead electrical cables making the signal go all fuzzy. I’d put up with worse and continued to listen regardless.

A quick dash around the isles, baguettes, wine and cheese a plenty I headed for the car to enjoy the return journey and the first half. I think it was Danny Mills on commentary. Occasionally interjecting about the wasted chances by Lucas sprinkled with odd ‘stadium disaster’ story effecting the team blah blah blah.

Arrival back the campsite meant one thing. Dash for the bar. They would either be ‘bar exceptional’ and have a satellite stream from the entire World with every sport channel or epic fail and just show cricket. Epic fail!

Option 2 – bar has WiFi – and that means ‘White Knight’. Beer poured we settle down for 5 whole minutes of non- buffering excitement. Crowd at Wembley looked sparse but Spurs in the ascendancy. Still at this point 0-0. Buffering turns to frozen screen. Disappointment turns to frustration as we turn to the text commentary via the Premier League App. This simply won’t do as the beers not cheap and I need to hear the match.

Half time approaches and we dash back to our pitch and the car. Radio on. Lucas has scored an absolute screamer. Air punched with delight. So the second half underway and the radio signal is remarkably good at our pitch. An equaliser from Fulham, quickly followed up by a Trippier free kick (he’s rather good at those) and Kane breaks his August duck. Spurs win 3-1. The team briefly top of the league prior to Manchester City trouncing Huddersfield.

Now looking forward to watching the next few matches in the pub before I get to taste my first game of the season against Liverpool. A game that, as we all know now, should have been at the New White Hart Lane. But as I’ve just explained, us fans will do whatever they can or go wherever they can to watch, listen or hear about their team.

*Thank-you to Bob, Tony & Matt for post match updates via WhatsApp.


First Match of the 18/19 Season: NUFC v THFC

After a great summer of World Cup Football and long sunny days – the Premier League is back!

Spurs 2018/19 campaign starts with a televised match against Newcastle United on Saturday 11th August.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all fans to the Royal Oak Pub, Lodmor Hill, Weymouth to enjoy the match with us.

Kick off 12:30 hrs

We look forward to seeing you all.



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