colin Posted January 26, 2011 Share Posted January 26, 2011 Rovers v Tottenham Hotspurs KO 20:00 Wednesday 2nd February Funny isn’t it how each and every one of us support Rovers, but have our own little likes and dislikes of other football teams? I look out for Bristol Rovers because the brother-in-law is a supporter. They play in blue & white. And they are BRFC too. They sacked Paul Trollope the day after Sam, so there’s a bit of synchronicity there. Then there’s Lincoln City - Andy, best friend for years & my best man when I was married, was an Imps supporter. He died of cancer of everything 12 years ago. Wife & two young daughters: the last time I saw him in hospital in Dublin we both knew we’d never see each other again. You’ve got to look out for him & them after something like that. Simon was a Northampton Town supporter and a biker. He and his wife Mary were killed by some cretin in a car who rammed them into the front of a bus in Stockport. Mary died instantly, Simon took another 24 hours before he died. I helped clear their house out after their funeral. Horrible job, rooting through their personal possessions. So I look out for The Cobbler’s results. (with apologies for the morbid nature of this, but context is important.) I lived in Nottingham when Forest brought the European Cup to the city in 1979 & 1980. Dave is a Forest fan. So I look out for Forest’s results. Andy, Simon & I were one of the factors that lead up the collapse of Dave’s marriage to Marilyn by creating havoc in his house and garden on the day of Live Aid on 13 July 1985. Certain substances were involved, but I think it was shouting very rude words at Freddie Mercury and Elton John that sealed it…..and Andy falling through the greenhouse. Luckily for him it wasn’t glass. The other side of the coin is the clubs that you don’t really like. The Dingles & Manchester United are default settings. Then there’s Spurs. I have a quiet satisfaction when they lose. I suppose it goes back to the Worthington Cup Final on 23rd February 2002. We’d got there by beating Middlesbrough; Manchester City; Arsenal (4-0 blimey!) and Sheffield Wednesday. We met Spurs in the final: their manager then was Glenn Hoddle. It was said by Tony Cascarino that "When Glenn tried to be funny, it was time to pass round the laughing gas because he was probably the unfunniest man I have ever known. He was also completely besotted with himself. If he had been an ice cream, he would have licked himself." Spurs arrived in Cardiff already having booked the open-top bus, because they thought they only needed to turn up to win. But they didn‘t . There was that stroke of genius from Graeme Souness to play Mark Hughes in midfield and crush the “will-to-live” out of Darren Anderson. And Tiny Taylor’s tackle on Sheringham in the 88th minute in the penalty area…… A brief report is here Sadly, there is nothing on Youtube. (at least I can’t find anything, feel free to post a link.) Anyhow we won it and the Spurs fans departed and Hoddle didn’t turn up to lead his side out to receive their losers medals and I thought “What a mean-spirited” act. All this is rather unkind of me to tar all future Spurs teams with the same brush. But, there it is, and there it stays. So, Harry Redknapp. Part of me dislikes him for being a re-writer of history. As www.football365.com succinctly put it: here For younger readers who wonder why Harry looks twitchy. In June 1990, whilst watching the World Cup in Italy, he was involved in a car crash with Bournemouth's managing director Brian Tiler, who died along with four other people. Though Harry made a full recovery (apart from being permanently without a sense of smell.) Harry went through the windscreen. So not’s let knock him for that eh? Although we can have a snigger about the result of the last day of the season, on 11th May 2003 when we left WHL with a 4-0 win. Spuds fans were seen to be throwing their season tickets onto the pitch in disgust. Here’s Harry - More sweary Harry getting the hump after being called a “wheeler-dealer.” Here’s a summary of our recent league games against Spurs: 2010 -2011 A L 2-4 ? 2009-2010 A L 2-4 H L 0-2 2008-2009 A L 0-1 H W 2-1 2007-2008 A W 2-1 H D 1-1 2006-2007 A D 1-1 H D 1-1 2005-2006 A L 2-3 H D 0-0 One win out of 11, not looking too good is it? So, onto the game. I’ve invited my imaginary friend Rueben (I’ve been playing Zappa’s ” Reuben & The Jets” tonight) to have a chat. Colin: So, Rueben, how’s it going to pan out on Wednesday? Rueben: Gareth Bale is going to give Salgado a total nightmare Colin: Yes, I think we know that. Hopefully his back injury he got at Newcastle will mean he doesn’t play. How about Van De Vaart? Rueben: He's going to destroy your midfield. Colin: (sharp intake of breath) May I just point out that Spurs’ strikers have scored only six goals between them this season (Pavlyuchenko five, & Crouch one) Bale has scored seven & Van De Vaart has nine. Colin: May I wish you a long and unhappy journey back to London Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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