Tottenham Hotspur: Remember Them?

The summer rumbles on, chalking off the weeks as we go. Soon, it will be Christmas. Don’t look at us like that. The mid-point of the year is now a memory, albeit a recent one. That means winter is coming (and a new series of Game of Thrones, right? Ed.). With the nights drawing in, let’s give you something familiar to cling onto. Our Remember Them series toddles along, unhindered by the constraints of time. So, which club is the rabbit in our top hat of mystery this time out? Why, when the Spurs go marching in and all tha’, it’s only Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Tottenham Hotspur: Who Are They?

Tottenham Hotspur: Remember Them?

Unlike their great rivals Arsenal, Tottenham do actually hail from Norf Lahdahn. Gooners might not like to hear it, but Spurs are one of English football’s most decorated clubs. In a nutshell, they were first club to win the FA Cup as non-leaguers; first team to win the Double in the 20th Century; first British side to win a European pot; the inaugural UEFA Cup winners; and perhaps the only club to have a verb created in their honour. How Spursy. More important, however, is that Tottenham Hotspur have never won the Conference. Let alone won it twice.

Spursy.

 

Tottenham Hotspur: Us and Them…

So, us and Tottenham Hotspur eh? It’s often been a pretty subservient relationship, to tell the truth. For seven straight summers in the not too distant past, Spurs used to hand out our flagship pre-season drubbing at the Lamex. The first, in 2001, saw Gustavo Poyet score a hattrick on his debut as they ran out 8-1 winners. Sheesh, even Steffen Freund – notorious for his inability to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo in a Spurs shirt – scored on that fateful day. From the six friendlies that followed, the scores: 4-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 3-1.

In summer 2012, the pre-season friendly against Spurs was revived. By this point, however, our relationship got a bit more, hmm, nuanced. Not only did we give the Spurs reserve team somewhere to call home, but – golly gosh and bish bash bosh – we actually played them in a competitive game. The 2011-2 FA Cup campaign is still the nadir of Boro’s achievements in the competition. The Fourth Round draw threw up the rather tepid reward of Notts County indoors, so to win and get Spurs at home in the Fifth Round was more like it.

‘Arry’s Tottenham side of the day were tasty enough, but Boro’ stifled the threat in a 0-0 draw. In fact, Smiffy’s side made it six FA Cup ties without conceding for the season. Even if the visitors did have a goal ruled out for offside (rightly). Affairs were taken back to the Lane to be settled; a formality, one would expect. No, no – we often have other ideas at Boro’. A third-minute penalty from Joel Byrom threw the footballing universe into a tiswas, until Spurs called on the cavalry; Defoe, Adebayor and Bale on hand to restore order as Spurs won 3-1.

It stopped what would have almost certainly been a Cup-winning campaign for the Boro’.

 

Tottenham Hotspur: And Then What?

After our Cup skirmish, we parted friends and got on with our real lives. Spurs made it to the semis that year, before Chelsea gave ’em a royal thrashing. The Blues then scuppered Tottenham’s Champions League hopes, even though ‘Arry’s men finished in fourth position. Chelsea only went and won the damn pot, which ripped the fourth and last English qualification spot out of Spurs’ grasp. Now, Tottenham Hotspur have learned their lesson; finishing 2nd and 2nd respectively in the last two years. A prelude to greater things? We’ll soon see.

 

Tottenham Hotspur: Boro’s Record

P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 – League Points: 0, Cup Meetings: 1, Win Rate: 0%

BoroGuide’s Tottenham Hotspur club profile – for old time’s sake…

 

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  1. Thanks for recognizing that ArseAnal are absolute toss-pots who don’t belong anywhere near that side of the city. Did you know they bribed their way into the top flight. A club of pissed-up junky pornographers, sex pests and seducers of under aged girls supported by pre-pubescent glory-hunters

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