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Friday, 16 March 2012

Cup dilemma: What would Bill Nicholson do?

Here it is boys.
Just in case you've forgotten what it looks like.

Greg goes back to the past to find inspiration for the future. A St. Patrick's Day special looms and only Bolton stand between us and a Cup Semi-Final. It might just set our season back on the right course for the run in. Something needs to. Is the Cup an inspiration or a distraction? We won't have to wait long to find out.
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 The  Greg Meyer Column.
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 Saint Patrick's Eve 2012.
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 The Bill Nicholson Solution ... Extraordinary Welsh Wingers Help. . Cup Glory Beckons.
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Bill Nicholson wasn't Irish. Scarborough, Yorkshire on 26 January 1919. Still sure he might raise a glass of the brown Guiness if his beloved Spurs win another Cup game on St. Pats Day 2012.
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Benoit Assou-Ekotto,part Irish mostly Cameroonian, has been quoted lately as suggesting they are all cup finals from here.
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Just lately the man Cliff Jones, not Irish all Welsh, rates as Spurs best manager since Sir Bill one Harry Redknapp has been stumbling. Three straight losses mean the game against Bolton is much more than a must win. Did Mr. Tottenham ever face such a dilemma? Not often if at all. But even so how would he deal with it.
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Perhaps some clues can be gathered from his very famous words on various occasions.
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"If you don't have to drag yourself off the field exhausted after 90 minutes, you can't claim to have done your best."
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The effort lately from our team has been fairly full on. The Nicholson wisdom probably lies in the words" 90 minutes". Just lately Spurs have been hot and cold.
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Remember the slow start against Stevenage. The lacklustre first half against Everton. If Bolton score first at the Lane then some at our Pub fear the worst. Mind if our team adopt another "Nicholson" then have no fear.
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"Spurs have got to be the best in the land, not the second best."
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A present day translation might be along the lines of we need our confidence back. Three weeks ago we were in such a race for best in the land. Despite those three defeats Spurs form has not suddenly become awful.
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At Man City some might argue it was but several lacking inches from a tired Defoe foot. At Arsenal probably more like wheels falling off but not helped by a Manager's tactical day off. We never beat Man United and yes against Everton we did start in with key players in the wrong positions.
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A Spurs Cup favourite who will be there Saturday would probably agree regards the ill judged starting of Gareth Bale on the right against Everton. Cliff Jones was a fast,two footed , brave Welsh wizard.
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His opinion of his Welsh compatriot ...
                                                         " For me he's the best left sided player in Europe."     Daily Mail 2011.
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So surely if we start in our most successful formation, throw in a little confidence , then surely the mighty Spurs put Bolton to the sword.
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A final Nicholism during a chat with Cliff Jones after the manager was upset with his ball hogging.
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" Do you realise the ball is round? " 
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Rather than hoof Exocet missiles forward or have our improving French Centre back keep running into blind alleys ( like a lot of your work Younes) perhaps that Nicholson should be followed. It is what Spurs do best.
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Mr. Nicholson in answer to Cliff Jones puzzled look explained.
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                                                         ' The ball is round and it will roll. Try passing the thing once in a bloody while."              Mail again.
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So if our team of very skilled modern day tyros can just pick up where they left off against Newcastle then there should be a merry night ...
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At A Kent Pub.
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Harry Redknapp has his finger in a lot of pies usually associated with horses and property development. Surely not on the board at Tescos.
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Yep just a coincidence with the retail giant moving the retirement age from 65 to 67. Our recently turned 65 year old manager has been talking England again. Just the job for an older man he says.
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Our pub reckon get the job done this season and then go with our blessing and then some.
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Cheers ... hope our luck is in on Saturday as we are very fond of Guinness ... Greg Meyer.             coys.
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Video Spot.
Here's the Ricardo Villa goal in the 1981 Cup Final with commentary by the man himself.  If this doesn't get them up for tomorrow nothing will.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has been a long time since we won the FA Cup, so memory may be playing tricks ... but isn't that the League Cup?

JimmyG2 said...

First Anon
Blimey, if it is you would make a good referee with those sharp eyes.
I blame google.
Thanks

JimmyG2 said...

Just checked, think you are right.

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