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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Sneijder arrives to standing room only.

 It's a puzzle Jimmy. Posted in Italy
but it's all in Dutch. Must be the wrong address.
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The Greg Meyer Column
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Christmas Day  2012.
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Standing Room Only  ... A Wesley Sneijder Accident.
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Before we cover the Sneijder speculation and bearing in mind it is hard to confuse Christmas Day with April 1st, some reflections on a trip to the Park Lane, South Lower. Better known as Standing Room Lower.
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Saturday loomed with a trip to the pub TV to watch Stoke's visit to the Lane. Lo and behold right on cue the Archangel Providence and the old bloke with the white beard landed early in Kent. Armed with two tickets to the match we set off for uncharted waters. Our previous experience was limited to season ticket holding at the Paxton. Now presuming we got through customs and border security an afternoon with Park Lane awaited.
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No burkas or false beards needed. We were in and settled down right on kick off. Disaster almost arrived right on cue. A Kyle Walker brain fade was matched by Kenwyne Jones' matching brainless blaze over the bar. Erudite comment quickly flowed from our new friends in the Park Lane.
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"There's at least two of them in him a game." A volley of colourful invective as to Kyle's future poured forth. And quite proper it was too. Standing room only all. Nothing like the civilised folk up in the Family Stand. Mind the kids are a lot older now than when we sat in the Paxton. We started to feel quite at home.
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The general sentiment regards the visit of Stoke was unanimously along the lines of ... " Lets get this game over for another year." Nothing to do with a respected football opponent. No more of a spoonful of Castor oil or whatever today's equivalent is having to be digested once per season at the Lane. Talk about anti football. Talk about, Hoofin' it. Talk about horrible. We would migrate or switch to Gillingham rather than Stoke.
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A referee who was clearly out of his depth did not help. Indeed depth was not the main problem. Serious enquiries and statements about Lee Mason's parentage continuously emanated from the Park Lane chorus. As well considered chants as to his challenged follicular deficiencies rang loud and true.
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However not for a moment should one think these enthusiastic fans were ill considered or mindless tribal participants. No in quieter moments considered discussion on the nuances of the match unfolding could be heard. 
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Then from nowhere in particular another song.. Super Tottenham .. Oh When The Spurs...and a broad selection of others blasted forth. Musicality and melody not always to the fore but you can bet they heard it down the other end in the Paxton. To their credit Paxton responded. Perhaps not with the ferocity of Park Lane. Maybe we need to revisit the Paxton.
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Don't for a moment think it was purely invective and the occasional raw epithet. No Bale taking corners was a huge favourite. Right below us. Certainly his first half efforts were superior to those over hit efforts in the second half. Jan Vertonghen was serenaded rapturously and deservedly so. Another cultured performance and one filled with menace and venom.

Lloris was well received although he had nothing much to do. His main role was attempting to embarrass that genuine trier Michael Dawson. Along with Steven Caulker they dealt well with the irregular Stoke aerial threat. But on several occasions Hugo rolled the ball to our Michael who found himself in acres of space.
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 Horrors galore there was no way out, Michael had to venture near and over the half way line with ball in tow. Not his forte. Mind apart from one horrible creative pass to Jerome which he manfully mopped up in thudding Dawson style there were no mishaps.
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Overall Park Lane sentiment was universal. Never have so many been so unchallenged, so without nerves as to whether the other mob might score. Quite untottenham  perhaps. But it was Stoke.The best defence about, but without any chance of scoring this season unless the old bloke with the beard brings some gift wrapped goals.
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Thank you Park Lane. Standing only. Standing room only every match given the in house entertainment on offer. Of course as well the on pitch fare is usually a little less anti football.
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Christmas Crackers At A Kent Pub.
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Sentiment, post Stoke, was medicine taken and on to Villa with three point prospects. Yes they are wounded but why not move in for the kill. Being away we should not meet another parked flotilla of buses.
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Is Christmas in Italy like here? Seems not. Rather more a festival of fairy tales and elves being mischievous. Journalists too. Wesley Sneijder to Spurs. What's Italian for larf. Don't misunderstand our hopes but surely only one Van Der Vart moment comes along each five years or so. Besides the window has not yet even opened yet and Daniel Levy doesn't get on the phone till the 29th day.
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Mind if he turns up at the Lane you can guarantee it will be standing room only not just in the Park Lane but at our pub come the happy hour.
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Happy birthday to Gareth's mate Aaron Ramsey tomorrow.
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Cheers ....  still can't find Wesley in our stocking, only Clattenburg reffing against Villa, see told you  Santa has his wires crossed ...  Greg Meyer.             coys.
Jimmy's Video spot.
 Here are the very brief highlights courtesy of some scallywag who has taped this off the tele and makes his own introduction and summary. Full marks for enterprise and it's the best I can find.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This score was expected by me when you play this midfield against a packed defense and eneregised Northern team your asking for trouble. Whithout Hudds to pass the ball to Lennon Bale Ady Defoe we break slow and allow defenders to get back in numbers. I no Hudds is not 100 percent yet and only him and the medical team no if he will get back to the Hudds we all no. Whta he offers is killler passes to beat teams pressing the ball high up the pitch and defending in numbers. If you watch the Stoke game you will find Jerome stopping Bale not a defender and Swansea Mitchu. This is because Football has changed and its all down to drinks and supplements being swallowed to help teams press for the whole 94 or so mins this is why so many late goals. I fear Aston Villa not on paper but in the changing room and especially at half time.

Anonymous said...

what are you ....... fatty Hudds agent or mother ??

Get to the real world, we have always been a counter attcking team as we have no guile to break down packed defences. Hudd would slow the game down to snails pace and would be woeful if any tackling or defensive duties called.

get Lennon to beat his marker and cross the ball from the dead ball line ..... 8 or 9 times a game if needs be - Get Walker to do something exciting as back up.

Anonymous said...

Hi out there in England and all over the world.
I have been a Spurs´ fan since 1961. I would like to ask you a very simple question. Aren´t we by every game looking morer like Chelsea under AVB.

Einar F

Anonymous said...

Einar,
how do we follow

lennon and bale ..originals..pace on the wings

chelsea... how do we follow

love to hear why Einar

greg

Anonymous said...

Hi!
My problem is, how do I follow? The team is horrible. There is no confidence, there is no flair, there is no individual intuition, there is no belief that we can challenge for anything and I really believe that the players have found out that AVB is not an IQ breaker.
Einar F

Anonymous said...

Einar,

hang in there..

understand your concerns and frustrations but we are a little transitional this year.

they played well against Swansea who Man U could not beat,,

cheers greg

Anonymous said...

sorry!
This is the first time I have blogged Spurs.
I thougt I might be on a side that there would be some sense written. Unfortunately it is not so I hope I can get to a more intelltual side than this.
Please Somebody help me. I am a very dedicated Spurs´fan and have got my boys to be fans too.

merry Christmas

EF

Anonymous said...

dear EF

Kill yourself.




COYS

JimmyG2 said...

Here is the original story:
http://nesn.com/2012/12/report-wesley-sneijder-agrees-to-join-tottenham-hotspur-from-inter-milan-in-january/
Adebayor type deal, loan then sale in the summer with Inter offsetting his wages meanwhile could be under discussion.

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