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Friday, 23 September 2011

The Greg Meyer Column: Happy Returns all round.

Greg's back to wish Mickey and Wayne Rooney 'Happy Birthday; to welcome the return of Sandro, the return to scoring form of Defoe and Luka and the revival of the ancient Spurs tradition of passing in triangles. Prodigal Croatians; Elephants in Togo; train crashes in Manchester; bananas in Wigan. It's all here folks: read and enjoy.


 Friday 23 September 2011 ... Rooney's Birthday.
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The Return Of A Prodigal Croation  ... The Sound Of An Elephant Clapping In Togo.
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 The two early train crashes on the Manchester line now seem more a signals problem than a lack of quality and class from the training squad of twenty five players.
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 Our prodigal son Luka of Modric certainly seems to have recovered his head and the somewhat unnatural letting off of high powered steam has seen two powerful strikes  bring goals. The Croatian game and of course his prodigious strike against Liverpool. Most unlike Luka but a new found facet of his game we could easily embrace wholeheartedly.
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 Emmanuel Adebayor of couse was not on either the United or City train trips. And how it has showed since just where we went wrong last season. Adebayor and a born again Defoe ( he is the religious Jermaine with the other, he of Jenas, now in a different congregation on loan at Villa) are giving our pub real hope and entertainment. We've always had the first but the second was not turning up as much as your Spurs fan expects. 
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 So ahead of a very winnable away trip to the Wigan Pier just some of the conversations overheard this week ...
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 At A Kent Pub.
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 A Geometric Progression ...
                                        not sure if it has been generally spotted but our lawyer , a great one for figures of a different kind, those with curves predominating, cannot recall seeing Spurs play the triangles fast,sometimes furious and always precise , usually adjacent to the touchline in confined spaces by our players lately. Quite often involving Adebayor, Parker, even Benny. But not just restricted to them. Seemed very obvious in the Wolves game and was happening again versus Pool. There it was Bale, Modric and others.
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 Now we know they are reputed not to practise penalties , seem not to practise set pieces ( judging by our lack of success come gametime) but this triangular possession surely was born at Chigwell Lodge. Not Barcelonesque but it is heading that way in philosophy. Deny the other mob possession, control the tempo, and just generally ooze confidence. At times late in the Liverpool game it was indeed a training exercise. Perhaps a new found emergence of arrogance in the nicest possible way. The way where we win very regularly.
Might be our pub's imagination or too many libatory ales but seems to be working.
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Never, Ever Look Back ...
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                                    without harping on it our pub still recall that horrible Crouch miss against City. You know the one where our Welsh wonder delivers a Welsh wondercross. Well Peter has gone but he was at it again for Stoke against us in the MM Cup. Even Mrs Disney would have scored. Again what great business allowing him his dream move to Stoke. No hard feelings even if he did score his penalty in the shootout.
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 So imagine the rumblings when Jermaine the Religious missed that sitter just after half time on Sunday. Still karma is karma and he did make amends in great style not long after. Jermaine is a keeper, thank goodness. Reverse karma perhaps.
And Whilst We Are On The Subject Of Karma ...
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                                                                       Charlie Adam got away with one on Gareth Bale last year at the Lane. Put Bale's ankle out for the rest of the season. A pleasant surprise to see the footballing gods don't miss much. Charlie was at it again but saw red this time after the eyes for the man lunge on Parker.To his credit he did not protest. Perhaps he believes in karma as well. Buddhism on Merseyside? Hmm.
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 Haircuts Are In The News ...
                                        Sandro looked great on tuesday. Great that he was back on a football pitch and out of the barbershop. Our brickie thought the new colour scheme looked great. Perhaps not what you might see regularly on his building site but hey ... he's back.
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 Elsewhere Wayne Rooney told the Mirror, yes he of the new found tonsorial elegance, that he shared a barber with our own Jermaine Defoe. Wayne's new hair apparently cost north of thirty thousand pounds. Its only money.
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 Somewhat uncharitably our banker reckons Wayne needs all the assistance he can get regards the looks department. Certainly needs no help on the goalscoring front.
By the by his look alike namesake, Mickey Rooney,the actor, tuns 91 today.
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 Cheers ... hopefully no bananas on sale at the Wigan Pier ... Greg Meyer.             coys.

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