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Thursday, 10 February 2011

So White Hart Lane it is then.

 So White Hart Lane it is then. Levy has still got his foot jammed in the door that has just been firmly closed, like the salesman that he is, and will no doubt go down the litigation, Judicial Review route just to save his face, but the game is over. Stuffing another couple of million down the throats of barristers, the only group that make bankers look poor will do nothing to salvage our pride.

We tried a smash and grab and were thwarted. In a move worthy of Al Capone we attempted a takeover of the West Ham rackets and were slapped down. 'Well why not' some of you may ask, 'they'd been run over by a bus and their wallet was lying there.

How long before the NPD becomes 'currently' viable again we will have to see. Until the blush fades from Levy's face probably. A year? Two years? Sometime? Never? There will be recriminations and tears, blood may be spilled. Spurs may be sold on. Who knows.

But today I feel used.. We were sold a false prospectus. I loyally sent the e-mails and signed the petitions; gasped at the architects' projections; dutifully followed the twist and turns of the planning application; celebrated when we triumphed. Was it all just a few weeks ago?

But suddenly it's not viable, dead in the water, perhaps it always was, but I bought into it. The history, the tradition. 'W are Tottenham from Tottenham '.Then a cheaper opportunity arose. Not in Tottenham exactly but near enough. In West Ham's territory but who cares about them, they're going down anyway? Might as well hold their heads under the water and make sure.

There will be anti semitic undertones to the aftermath.. We are 'Yiddoes'; cocky; on the rise, at the moment; nobody likes us but we don't care. We're in the Champions' League, anything goes. It's all about the money.

The King's new clothes are revealed for what they are: a mirage conjured up by the the Levy acoloytes. But we got swept along in the tide of those that know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. And just as in the Hans Christian Anderson tale in 'The Little Mermaid' where the Emperor was deluded into thinking that his invisible garments were the latest fashion, he is revealed as naked after all.

Look at the skating rink; the public concourse, think of the naming rights, the income flow from 55/60,000 seats. But is it right? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it the proper way to conduct ourselves? Do we have no standards or dignity? It's only business after all.

The fact that we are a weathy club and getting richer, that we have a ground nearly as big as Man.City and Chelsea; that we have planning permission for a new complex on our own doorstep apparently counts for nothing. Tottenham High Road may be a dump but it's our dump and perhaps we should address the problem in proper partnership with Harringey now.

We might just come round to this view now that we have no alternative other than to delay the inevitable for as long as possible, to save face. The new financial rules that were supposed to protect us from the ravages of multi billionaires are going to make it harder apparently. 

Poor plucky little Tottenham condemned to mid table mediocraty for the forseable future until eventually the rational take back the asylem from the financial idiots. And just as we were about to inherit the earth.

I take no satisfaction in correctly predicting that we wouldn't get it. The whole episode has made me feel used and has bought shame on the club. There's only one thing worse than trying to mug an old man in the street and that's trying to mug an old man in the street and finding ourselves flat on our backs in the gutter when he turns out to be a Black Belt Karate Master.

This view won't be popular; it will finally prove that I have no ambition, that I'm lost in the past, living on memories of the Glory Glory days.But I'm a 'Yiddo' too, and I don't care. But I hope it strikes a chord in the consciences of some Tottenham fans. We need to conduct ourselves properly on and off the pitch.

.Don't get me wrong W.Ham taking over the OS is doomed to failure, probably a slow lingering death, hastened by their probable relegation. But once the words 'legacy' and 'vandalism' started to appear the Tottenham raid was doomed to failure. No public body could support it. The fact that the opposition case was a tissue of half truths and that our business plan was coherent is irrelevant in the Heritage stakes.

Stand by then for the Hackney Marshes Development Project. Or the 'Move to Wembley Consortium', I mean its not far really. Or the 'Ground Share with W.Ham Proposition' They're not so bad when you get to know them. You've been caught out once so ignore the temptations.

Meanwhile we could just make the Top Four again or even win the Champions' League. In other words fans it's all about the football and in that area we are not doing too badly. It will all stew for a year and then I hope the NPD will emerge viable and blinking in the dawn of a new day. Hopefully only W.Ham will remember our darkest hour since the sacking of Martin Jol but I doubt it.

Written for Spurs Community.10th February

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Be patient my friends. Although it may look like WH will win approval at this stage, what makes you certain that the board will approve their financial terms in this project?

They will initially choose WH, mainly to save face for Coe and Jowell who made the promise of an athletics legacy in the first place, but then they will have to disagree. Their bid is not financially viable and the Committee know this, so then Spurs will be the only option and no one will be able to argue. Feed the public what they want to hear, then argue the case and prove its not possible. The public is fickle....

Stratford here we come.

COYS...

Anonymous said...

Im begining to think this was nothing more than a ploy all along. Mr Levy is a clever buisnes man and he has never once used the one thing that would turn people against West Ham. The fact that public money totaling 45 million pounds will be given to them to renovate a tempory stadium that was always ment to be taken down after the Olympics. Why? Because Borris has promissed him that they will not really have to spend an extra 100 million on doing up the station and widening the road.

It all smells of conspiricy to me . I fully expect the WHL development to go ahead with reduced costs very soon.

Yidal said...

Great write up and certainly its bought shame on the board and some of our commercialy driven fans who to be honest I think we would be better off without.

Anonymous said...

'...it will finally prove that I have no ambition, that I'm lost in the past, living on memories of the Glory Glory days...'

You were given a choice and you chose stagnation. So what does it prove? It proves you're a loser.

Anonymous said...

'Yidal said...
Great write up and certainly its bought shame on the board and some of our commercialy driven fans who to be honest I think we would be better off without.'

I would love nothing more than to divorce myself from you and the other myopic morons who opposed this bid.

yidal said...

easily done anonymous take your self and your insults and support whatever team does get Stratford. That way your the winner.

Anonymous said...

A gooner says..you can no longer take the mick about us coming from south east london- ha!

Anonymous said...

Ok, so say we havent got the OS.. Do people really think in 20 years time we will still be sitting in a 36k WHL? Come on, this was 1 option, the other options are hidden neatly up Levy's sleeves.. Never going to show all his cards while the decision is waiting to be made.. NPD is not viable to the Tottenham owners / shareholders, because there is a hugely cheapter option available to bid for.. Levy has a responsibility to shareholders to act in a way that gives them the best possible return. OS is no longer possible, so what now to maximise the company's turnover?

Anonymous said...

Not totally unhappy about loosing the bid, but I do think that to re-build WHL is a waste of money. I've always thought the best place should around the Barnet or Enfield area. Its near to the M25, A1, M1 etc.
Its what should have happened with the National stadium, it would be nice if the board don't make the same mistake.
And on a final note, to WH, you've won nothing, but you have just given yourselves a massive headache that your going to regret, your not a big club and you never will be.

Anonymous said...

JimmyG2 is wrong. This was not a raid. The board first expressed an interest in the site in 2005 along with WH. Both plans included removing the running track. Both plans were rejected. The legacy authority then tried to get a tenant for the rump 25,000 athletics stadium and failed. The criteria were relaxed so that the athletics legacy did not have to be in the stadium. Both Tottenham and WH re-applied, repeat RE-APPLIED. The fact that jimmyg2 can't keep up with events is his problem. The fact that it appears that Tottenham have missed an opportunity to use the Olympic site for its own benefit, the beneffit of taxpayers and 3 boroughs is a problem for all those who will have missed out, not least Tottenham Hotspur and its supporters.

Be in no doubt. No one will win, if the leaks turn out to be correct, least of all West Ham United.

Anonymous said...

A very good read. Lets not argue amongst ourselves, like... Lets hope 2nd comment is a winner. We'd all prefer WHL to happen and we should push to match the w@nkers at 60,000. COYS. Jerkinmahjurgen

Anonymous said...

No place for nostalgia its a necessity to have a larger capacity, all the drivel bout us wasting a £500M new build etc etc, we were not going to demolish the OS but re-design it.
It is/was viable because obviously all the road/transport links would be in place making it a quicker transition.
Levy is THFC thru and thru, Im dissapointed because I know its what Levy wanted for the club and missing out means we are, for the present, worse for it.
Spurs have indeed been mugged.

Anonymous said...

For being so pro staying in tottenham you should probably know it's not NPD but NDP. ie Northumberland Development Project

Anonymous said...

I believe NDP is not viable because the club were unable to secure naming rights and as a result OS took on a whole new importance.WHL as it is,this is where we will be for quite some time.Competing with the 'big boys'is some way off as well.All our boasting about us having wonderful new stadium will be gleefully, I fear, thrown back in our faces.

JimmyG2 said...

Lots of conspiracy theories at work amongst the early posters about Levy and his devious cunning.

I am pretty sure that the decision will stand although it may collapse further down the line and that in the end the NDP will rise again.(Sorry for the typo NPD earlier)

I am not ruling out a temporary expansion and revamp of WHL or some investigation of the possibities of greater Internet use.
( first raised by Sugar some years ago)

Anonymous said...

I really hope Mr Levy does not go down the lawyer route this would make us look like bad losers.Just walk away & move on.I think there is now a distinct possibility of the sales of Modric & Bale-£80,000,000 would, I think make NDP a viable option again.

tublu said...

be careful what you wish for spuds. does it -really- affect your feelings for your club if you can't get an extra 20,000 day trippers and corporate tossers into a home game ? really ? I'm a neutral here (man city fan) and have some experience, moving to a new stadium is not all good. the atmosphere stinks for years. we're only just starting to get one going now. We have hundreds of 'greeters' ushering suits from limos to the posh seats at games, huge sections of the stadium full of corporates politely clinking their champagne flutes when city score etc etc. that's not what I signed on fo in the 70's. You should cherish what you have at whl. make it a bit bigger if you can but FFS don't throw it away. once it's gone it's gone....

Anonymous said...

West ham will go down, the British taxpayer will pay for the White Elephant , and noone will go to the OS to watch football or athletics. Now that's a legacy! Levy will wait for NDP to come down 100M in price with the 60k that we want or we will find another option. The only mugging is being done by the Haringey parasites and we won't have it. This is a spanner in the works, nothing more. What will not happen is WHL at a crippling cost of 450M plus plus plus. If you wish to vent do so at Haringey. COYS

TMWNN said...

I find it amazing that some Spurs' fans are actually upset that the club has a good chance of staying in Tottenham now.

Anonymous said...

You heard it here first... Come on you Wembley Spurs !

Galvin Was God said...

I must be in a club of one –but I like running tracks in football grounds. Forget for a moment their intended purpose, and think back to the old Wembley. At the 1981 cup final I stood so far back and so high up on the terraces I was leaning against the perimeter wall. The occasion, along with the sheer scale of the arena, was mind blowing. This was an FA cup final at Wembley, Cecil B De Mille football, and Spurs were participants. I see the game in my minds eye as clear as I saw it then, and the atmosphere was electric. The soulless, concrete and glass corporate entity that is Wembley today reminds us the frisson has gone from the stadium forever. Or maybe I’m just getting old. The point is, that back in ’81, there was no sense at all that you were divorced from the action wherever you stood. It seems pretty clear that had we opted to keep the track, we’d have won the bid, so thanks be praised. Option 3 is to stay at WHL and build a running track between the spectators and the pitch. Anyone up for that? Just kidding…I suppose

JimmyG2 said...

tublu.
Thanks. A very telling contribution. I will post it on a Spurs site as a warning.

Galvin Was God
Yep I think you're in splended isolation there mate.
What are you actually on as a matter of interest?

galvin was god said...

Jimmy thank you - I drink intoxicating liqueurs from time to time but all my contributions to your blog are delivered with a cold, analytical perspective that only a sober mind can provide. COYS

LosLorenzo said...

Nice article there. Was never aginst the move myself, but the now likely outcome of staying in North London certainly doesn't feel wrong. Have to agree that it's the way things were handled that bothers me more than anything.

Through it all I'm still convinced we're moving in the right direction.

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