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Blackpool P - P Tottenham Hotspur Sunday 19 December, KO 13:30 GMT, Bloomfield Road

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 20:57



Tottenham Hotspur visit Blackpool on Sunday 17th December for the first League meeting between the clubs in the Premier League Era. Blackpool's last appearance in the Top Flight of League football was in the First Division in season 1970-71.

This will be the 59th time the two teams have met and the first time since October 2007.

The first meeting came on 21st November 1896 in a friendly match played at Tottenham Marshes which Spurs lost 2-0.

The first Football League meeting between the two clubs took place in the Football League Division Two at Gamble's Field, the former home of South Shore FC, on the town's Bloomfield Road on 10th October 1908 and ended in a 2-2 draw.

Spurs won the return match at White Hart Lane 4-1 in February 1909.

The clubs met in the old first round (today's third round) of the FA Cup in January 1913 at White Hart Lane resulting in a 1-1 draw. Spurs won the replay at Bloomfield Road convincingly 6-1.

The clubs met for five seasons in the Second Division from 1919-20 to 1936-37 with Spurs winning four games, Blackpool winning three games and three games drawn.

Blackpool won the 1948 FA Cup Semi-Final against Spurs 3-1 after extra time at Villa Park in front of a crowd of 70,687 - the biggest attendance for any match between the two clubs. Blackpool later lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United.

The teams met for their first fixture in the First Division in August 1950 with Blackpool winning 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Spurs won the reverse fixture in December 1-0.

From season 1950-51 to 1970-71 the clubs met regularly in the First Division with 36 matches played at that level. Spurs won 20, Blackpool won 8 and the remaing 8 matches were drawn.

Another FA Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park was played in March 1953 and Blackpool were once again the winners, beating Spurs 2-1 before going on to meet Bolton Wanderers in a match which is now known as the "Matthews Final". Stan Mortensen scored the only FA Cup Final hat-trick to date as Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3.

The most recent FA Cup meeting came in January 1991 with Spurs winning 1-0 away in the third round thanks to a Paul Stewart goal.

The first meeting in the Football League Cup took place in November 1971 with Spurs winning 2-0 at White Hart Lane with goals from Martin Chivers and Martin Peters.

A second League Cup match took place as recently as October 2007 with Spurs winning 2-0 at home with goals from Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda.

The last League meeting between the clubs came in season 1977-78 in the Second Division with Spurs winning 2-0 at Bloomfield Road with goals from Glenn Hoddle and John Duncan, while Blackpool managed a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane with Don McAllister and John Pratt scoring for Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur have a very good record against Blackpool and have only lost one game (1-3 at home in October 1966) since December 1958 - a run of 24 matches which includes 16 wins and 7 draws.

Overall, Spurs have won 30 games, Blackpool have won 14 games and the remaining 14 matches played have been drawn.



Full History of Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool Matches 1896-2010






They Played for Spurs & Blackpool....


Graham Carr (Blackpool manager, Spurs scout)
Alfie Conn
Alan Hall
Cyril Knowles (Blackpool trialist)
Tony Parks
Tom Pratt
Jimmy Smailes
Paul Stewart
Peter Suddaby (Blackpool player, Spurs Academy Director)




(Thanks To THFC6061 for the info and photos nice1.gif)

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 21:06

I'm not confident at all for this one. I might get flamed for this but I'm not convinced by our recent Premier League displays. We got lucky against Liverpool, but were below par against Birmingham and showed too much respect for Chelsea to push through in the first half.

After Wolves 1-0 home win against Birmingham City we have exactly the same amount of clean sheets as them, 1 to be exact (0-0 against City on opening day). If you look at the table and see the goal difference of the top 4 and us, there's a pretty significant gap.

Blackpool are no mugs. They want to play and played some very decent football this season. I reckon we will either get beat 2-1 or draw 1-1. If a miracle happens and we keep a clean sheet, then we'll obviously win.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 21:59

I'm the opposite, they're no mugs but Ollie does like to play open, attacking football - especially at home - and if they take us on at that game then we generally love it and play well.
3-1 possibly, Wilson should be assigned to mark Charlie Adam, as their playmaker he pulls the strings.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 22:34

I really think we'll destroy a team like Blackpool who try to play football. Its the thugs we struggle against.

Stephan, our recent form hasn't been great, but in the last five we've played three of the old top four and a very tough away game against a team who don't get beaten there much, and an away CL game, end result, 8 points and topping the CL group. Its a good return. We do need players to start coming back from injury soon tho, we're lookin tired. hopefully Kaboul, Gallas and VDV are back this weekend.


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Posted 13 December 2010 - 23:04

As has been already said, if we perform at all well, we should win. They do like to play after all, which should mean we can rip them open.

The injuries have began to take their toll, and we've suffered defensively with the CB's changing every game. We've also done well against sides like Chelsea, considering the above, and most importantly, our already talismanic VDV has been missing. He's one of our few game changers, that has done it regularly against sides of the quality of Chelsea, Arsenal etc.

It's already been mentioned, but its amazing how quickly people have become blasse about beating the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. Newsflash is that it ain't gonna happen everytime - these teams are as good as, and most definitely, slightly better than us, so there are going to be games where we don't win, or we aren't able to take control and achieve what we want, because the opposition are playing a bit better than us.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 23:36

Having said that we should get Palacios to mark Adam, I just read this...

http://triffictottenham.co.uk/were-down-to...nd-luka-modric/

If it's true then Sandro's time has come!
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 23:38

I really hoped people would read my post and got the message that I'm not a delusional glory hunter who expects us to win from the Sky 4 teams all the time, as I tried to express my worries about the current football we're putting on display.

All may look to be happy days, but in reality I think we really played a lot better last year. Especially the second half of the competition. I think one might expect such progress to be continued from the get go and not kick in later in the season. Of course injuries have played their part in the season thus far, but some basic tactics and the "strength & depth" of our squad should have made us more than able to cope with that for the most part.

I also think the fixture list we have had so far has been quite easy compared to last year. We have dropped 13 points out of the last 18 on the road. That's just massive and too much for a top 4 contender.

Defensively we're simply s***. And a lot has been concealed due to wins where we simply scored more goals than the opposition. Of course, a goal to the good wins you games. But conceding game after game after game will lead to dropped points. I'd rather see us carve out a 1-0 at Birmingham than us scoring 9-1 at home to Wigan for instance. Of course the 9-1 is great entertainment and helps the goal tally, but if you don't hit the gear you might as well get stuck at 1-1 or worse.

I don't know how to get my point across any clearer. It's just starting to bother me that results seem to make people forget that it's not all that great this season. Our play certainly doesn't warrant us a top 4 finish at the end of the season. We're effectively 10 points off the #1 spot, and only 5 away from mid table mediocrity. It's an open league this season, but I feel our opponents are carving out more results against the lesser sides both home and away compared to us.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 00:06

Dude, I agree with you in the main part. Just look at my reaction in the Birmingham match day thread, I went properly off the deep end !

The point that I was making then, and continued to make in the Chelsea thread is that we have been sub par for LOTS of games this season. We have thrown points away on multiple occasions. We really easily should/could be right in the mix, 5 odd points better off, there has never been a better chance to be.

However, my other point is the one that is essentially the same, yet differs from you slightly. I'm not annoyed about Sunday, aside from Gomes' dreadful mistake. We can't win those games all the time. We are throwing it away against the lesser teams, and throwing away points from good positions against alright teams, when we should have gone on to sew up all 3 and the win.

In essence Stephan, I am in almost complete agreement, and I don 't think we will be in the top four unless there is a very solid improvement
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 07:23

I recall the game away to Utd last season when we took a more cautious approoch, I also recall the cup game against Chelsea when BMJ tried to shut up shop with a 3-1 lead.

Fans will accept the football we are playing this season because of the Entertainment value.

Arse are testimony that the abillity to grind out results will make a team more successfull (if slightly boring).

After watching Utd and Arse last night, i'm of the opinion that the standard of football has dropped this season throughout the prem, but it's a re-freshing change and it's entertaining
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:53

Im looking forward to a nice little xmas p!ss up with a few old friends in Blackpool on the saturday night before the game on sunday! Lovely Jubbly.


Blackpool, to their immense credit, are a very open side! This could suit us but the fact is we wont keep a clean sheet. This will very much be a case of out scoring the opposition (always the case i know but you get my point!!) and we will have to be far more cut throat in front of goal on Sunday than we have been recently.

For nearly an hour at Birmingham we were superb. We battered them but were made to pay for poor finishing and we need to rid that from our game. We are fast becoming draw specialists and that will only ened in mid table!

I agree with Euan/Stephan that we need to improve if we are to finish top 4 once more so i dont see it as glory hunting or naivety to expect to win games like this.




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Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:47

In response to the article of were down to just Sandro and Modric, weve still got Kranjcar Harry! (unless hes also injured). If not then Sandro it is, going to be tough for him coming in to an away game.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 13:37

QUOTE (ChrisBentley @ Dec 14 2010, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If not then Sandro it is, going to be tough for him coming in to an away game.



As it showed at Bolton
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 13:54

QUOTE (ChrisBentley @ Dec 14 2010, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In response to the article of were down to just Sandro and Modric, weve still got Kranjcar Harry! (unless hes also injured). If not then Sandro it is, going to be tough for him coming in to an away game.


Kranjcar injured his hamstring in the Twente game didn't he?
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 13:55

Blackpool is the nearest thing we've got to RIO. He'll feel right at home.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 14:00

QUOTE (Pushandrun61 @ Dec 14 2010, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Blackpool is the nearest thing we've got to RIO. He'll feel right at home.


Surrounded by slums do you mean?
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 14:19

QUOTE (Tommospur @ Dec 14 2010, 03:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Surrounded by slums do you mean?

I think he means the English copacabana laugh.gif
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 14:44

QUOTE (Stephan @ Dec 14 2010, 02:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he means the English copacabana laugh.gif



Never been to Blackpool then mate? haha
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#18 Guest_EuanW_*

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 15:19


QUOTE (Pushandrun61 @ Dec 14 2010, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Blackpool is the nearest thing we've got to RIO. He'll feel right at home.


Lol.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 17:09

QUOTE (Stephan @ Dec 14 2010, 02:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he means the English copacabana laugh.gif

As long as its music and passion that's always the fashion then we are ok.

As soon as defending becomes the fashion then we are FECKING FECKED
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 17:13

Funny, We're down to our bare bones and we have a partnership of Sandro and Modric in the middle and Bassong and Dawson at the back. Its a pretty impressive bare bones if you ask me!

I'm not sure if its the world cup or something else but nobody seems to want to win the premiership this season. Luckily we've kept pace and as our injured players come back and we get some january reinforcments we might mount a challenge after xmas.

Still, as usual, this is a must win game. if we drop points against Blackpool we'll be falling to far behind the lead pack.
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