Letters from Post Box
this page ever get updated?!
Here are some new views if it ever does.
1) Anderton has to play wide, regardless of where
he wants to play.
2) Walker is getting undeserved stick. He
deserves his chance - if he'd made the mistakes Baardsen
has made this season, the fans would have broken into his
house and beaten him up by now.
3) Nielsen has been playing well, but is
over-rated. The fans are going way over the top
with their praise of him, and I write as someone who
always stuck up for him when everyone else was giving him
stick. I always felt he would be a decent grafter
and worker in the middle, which he has become, but lets
not put pressure on him by talking of him as a
cornerstone of a championship challenging team - as
letters on other Spurs sites do. He is OK, but
would probably have to make way for someone more talented
if we really do start going place (likewise Edinburgh,
Armstrong and possibly Iversen).
4) Freund sounds like a good signing, if he has
recovered his pre-injury nightmare form (sound
Paul, Muswell Hill
Sorry, but the page only gets updated when letters come
in that can be uploaded. So, thank you for your
contribution - it is gratefully received. As for the
points you raise, well
1) Fully agree - he should play where he will perform
best for the team, not just himself.
2) I think, without wanting to sit on the fence, that it
is good news that we have two decent keepers at the club.
It should keep them on their toes to know that the other
can come in and perform well enough to keep them on the
bench. Baardsen has made some mistakes, but only the one
against West Ham was costly. He made some fine stops in
games Tottenham did well in, but he's still young and
hopefully will learn from the gaffes he has made.
3 & 4) Nielsen has often not received the
acknowledgement he deserves when the team were not
playing well and he seemed the only one who was working
hard, but that alone is not enough. I am sure that GG has
a place for him in the engine room alongside Fruend, with
Anderton moving outside to oust Fox (well that's what I
hope anyway). This will give a decent ball-winning
combination to provide it on a plate for David and
Darren. The manager will have noted who is adequate in
the side at the moment and who will be making way should
quality players become available. It will be interesting
to see what transpires over the next few months.
I am an Ipswich town fan and I am writing to you to talk
about Mauricio Tarrico. Everyone at Ipswich was really
sad to see Mauricio go, he was an excellent player and a
favourite of the fans, I want to wish him every
success at Tottenham. He definately has the quality to
succeed in the Premiership and I hope you all realise
what a fabulous accquisition you have made ( and at a
knock down price as well )
Look after Mauricio and he will serve you well, now he's
bought our Argentinian star George Graham better bloody
well pick him, good luck Mauricio and good luck tottenham
- you are now my adopted premiership club as I really do
want Mauricio to enjoy success in his football career.
He was our 1997 fans player of the year, there are not
many players who put their heart and soul into their club
and Tarrico is one of the last of that dying breed.
Gt Cornard Suffolk
Ed - I've had a few similar comments
from other Ipswich supporting colleagues and I hope he
will be as good for Tottenham as he was for Ipswich. As
for getting him on the cheap, well, you stole Jamie
Clapham from us and with the transfers of Jason Dozzell,
Alan Brazil and Jason Cundy, we must be about square
So, how low can the once mighty Lillywhites
sink ? Having started this season in a similar vein to
the end of the last, Herr Gross is dispatched and the
long suffering faithful hold their breath to await Mr.
Amstrad's inspired selection of a new manager.
Just to prove how out of touch he really is and how
tradition counts for nothing, we read with growing
certainty that an ex-filth player famous for his 'title
by strangulation' tactics is soon to beat a path to our
door. No other names are mentioned and perhaps this
really demonstrates just how far we have sunk, as a
decade ago there would have been a list of the great and
good willing to chew off their right arms to manage the
Now it might be nearly 25 years ago, but I think most
fans will either remember or will have learned just what
happened the last time we appointed a manager who had
played for the enemy. Terry Neill was his name and
I for one still have recurring nightmares about the two
seasons in which we saw the systematic break-up of a EUFA
cup winning side and the beginning of a journey into the
(then) second division.
If the worst happens, would someone please explain how
Mr.Bung is going to inspire a team with a fair sprinkling
of second rate 'foreigners' in order that they might
spill blood when we visit Highbury. I can fully
appreciate him doing the reverse in his time at Highbury,
but I ask any life long Spurs fan reading this to imagine
themself as manager of the filth. Could any of you
honestly say you could give it 110% and gently take Ray
Parlour aside, explaining just how you wanted him to put
Shaggy into the third row of the stand! (How many out
there remember Robbo doing that to Charlie Nicholas?) (Ahhh ....... such happy times)
C'mon you Whites
Ed:- How does that old song go now ? ... And if,
you know, your history. Well, Sugar isnt
looking too closely at those dusty old books and if
things go wrong, he will be in the same boat as those
predecessors who appointed Neill. The appointment is
discussed elsewhere , but a leopard can never really
change his spots. Or should that be his red and white
I am lucky enough to have a job in the IT industry where
I am expected to use the internet to search for and
gather relevant information. I, therefore, see it
as essential that I have all Spurs websites bookmarked. I happened across your quite fantastic
"Mine Eye's Have Seen The Glory" a few weeks
back, and now check back after every game.
Firstly let me say that your 'Alternative Club Histories'
section has armed me with so much ammunition against my
Arsenal, Birmingham City and Blackpool loving colleagues,
that I am forever in your debt.
Secondly allow me to ask you what you think of the
current situation at our beloved club. I am writing
to you just prior to the visit of Leeds and 'you know
who' on Saturday.
Am I alone in
thinking that Anderton has had long enough to make an
impression. True he was good before his injuries
years ago, but then he was playing in a better side back
then so maybe he looked better. As I see it he is
the exact opposite of John Barnes. Barnes was great
for his club, and crap for England, Anderton is a
reversed mirror image of Barnes. Many clubs seem
keen to secure his services, let's sell him and buy a
great player with the 5 or 6 million pounds we are likely
to receive for 'Sicknote'.
I know he is injured at the moment (back, I think) but
surely Moussa Saib should be given a first team place
when fit. Every time I have seen him play he has
looked assured, confident and a very good passer of the
ball. He looks like a Spurs player, he sees
openings and delivers the ball through them when they are
there, if there is no forward pass on, he will knock a
simple ball to another white shirt, retaining
possession. I think our problems at the moment stem
from not having enough people who are confident on the
ball. We have Ginola.........er.......Ginola and .............er.............perhaps Fox.
One more thing, isn't Ginola going to get pissed off with
losing soon and 'Do an Eric'? I know he keeps
saying he's committed to Spurs and won't leave, but
surely a man can only take so much!!!
Anyway enough whinging but I'd be interested to hear your
views on the above. Your site is great, long may it
!!!!!!!! Come On You Spurs !!!!!!
Regards, Mike Catlow, Horsham, West Sussex - Club Member.
Ed: - Well what can you say ? Have
ever such a talented bunch of individuals been such a let
down collectively ? You are right about Anderton. In the
past he has been one of my favourite players, but appears
to have gone past his best now. His insistence at playing
in the middle of midfield is a nonsense, as he no longer
has the fitness or the pace to damage the opposition
there. He is still more effective on the wing, although
again he has to rely on ability to get around the
full-backs, rather than pace.
Ginola is outstanding, but can be so frustrating. The
Blackburn game was a good example, because if we had not
won it, it would have been because he wouldn't pass to
colleagues in the open, as he wanted to score the goal of
the season. He will probably stay with the club, although
I doubt if he would still be there if we had gone down.
I'm not sure who else would have him, as if he ever left
Tottenham, it would cast a doubt over his ability at a
big club. And Sol will probably be the one to leave
because he gets fed up with losing. You only have to look
at the expression on his face as another goal goes in to
realise that unless there is a difference and soon, that
he'll be on his bike. And it will be such a shame as he
loves Tottenham - but that doesn't seem to count for much
anymore (Howells, Mabbutt). Tramezzani appears to be as
hopeless as the rest of the left-backs at the club with
every passing week and Berti has been having a bit of a
mare this season. Saib hasn't really recaptured the form
of last term, with his ability to keep the ball moving
being blunted, probably by others not moving to receive
the ball. Football is primarily a simple game, but
sometimes, we make it look so bloody hard.
Graham will arrive shortly, or so I'm
led to believe. One part of me wants him to tighten up
our defence and make Tottenham hard to beat. The other
half sees him producing dour, faceless teams with little
character. And the third half sees a Gooner coming to
manage Tottenham. I only hope he
gets it right if he does come, because, boy, I wouldn't
like to be in his shoes if he doesn't. Anyway, a draw is
the best we could hope for tomorrow, so here's to a
boring 0-0. We'd better get used to it.
Where have all the fans gone ? Is this all we have at
home ? How many times will the White Hart Lane ground be
full this season ? So far, there is yet to be a sold out
game, despite the Ticket Offices claims that there
were no tickets available for the Blackburn game. If so,
what were all those blue gaps in the Upper South Stand
then ? It means that the club must be missing out on gate
money from those empty seats. Perhaps it is time to
review the pricing regime at long last. Cheaper prices =
more people coming = just as much money through the gate,
if not more and a better atmosphere. Some times it sounds
like a training session when you can hear the players
talking to each other. And talking of low crowds, could
you believe the official attendance for the Brentford
home game ? Did they got Chris Armstrong to count them
when he was seeing double after that bang on the head !!
Yours Forever Spurs,
Peter Gardiner, Winchmore Hill.
Ed:- It seems a bit odd that
the ticket office are unaware that seats are available.
Surely, it couldnt be that the ticket holders just
didnt turn up. And the crowd counting at Tottenham
has always been a bit difficult, because those people
just wont stay still. Ticket pricing is a thing
that is dear to all football fans and one day the ceiling
will be reached where even those who can afford to go now
wont be able to any longer. Or wont want to.
Its bad enough now, can you imagine if Graham comes
and introduces his inimitable brand of sterile goal-free
football to the Lane ? There have been many cries for the
game to be returned to the fans, who, whatever anyone
else says, are the lifeblood of the game. What would it
be like at home games if the ground had been developed to
give an even bigger capacity though ?? Eerie !!
I still think the 3 points
earned on Saturday have only masked over some flaws that
were still there... I watched the game live and was
worried every time Vega, Carr or Tramezzani got near the
ball .... especially when Carr was bombing forward with
one minute left ... for goodness sake I don't know why he
wasn't defending and was in the Everton penalty area.
Poor Everton though ... they've spent 17 million to be in
a shambles bigger than we are in ... I can't wait for
them to go down ... I've always hated them ... but after
that semi (I was there and can't believe how gutless we
were) I have wanted them to go down as much as I have
Arsenal or Man U.
Gross is out of his depth and we need someone with the
name to attract world class players and someone who
understands the minds of 20000 pound/wk players ...
Klinsmann would be ideal .... or Cruyff or someone like
that .... I think Baresi would make a fantastic manger as
well ... his tactical knowledge would be second to none
I'm a reluctant convert to the Gross must
go fraternity. I was more than prepared to give the guy a
chance as I thought he'd done ok to keep us up. I had my
reservation as he seemed rather too keen to play Nielsen wide left on too many occasions, when it was obvious that
he's a box to box grafter & unsuited to the job given
I saw 2 of the six friendlies & was rather concerned
that Pox played in all of them, but I thought it was just
a matter of time until Shaggy returned to the wide right
position. Having now picked the wrong midfield
combination 3 games running, I've run out of patience. If
he can't get the obvious things right, what chance of
getting right the little things that make the crucial
differences between an average (or in our case a below
average) team & a better team. It's not a case of
play Vega or Calderwood or my Mum instead of Dustbin or
Armo over Ferdi, we can all agree to differ on such
matters, but when it comes to playing Shaggy in his most
effective position & dropping the flatterer to
deceive Pox, there is no argument. You'd be very hard
pressed to find anyone but Gross who thinks it's the
right decision. We all know it leads to a totally
unbalanced right side & will cost us dearly. I went
up to Everton & whilst it was a fighting performance
& a welcome 3 points the facts are that Pox ran like
a whirling dervish & contributed nothing meaningful
in the 90 minutes, defensively or in attack &
Sicknote was caught in possession at least half a dozen
times leaving a stretched defence in all sorts of
trouble. If Gross was any good he'd have seen it in 18
minutes, never mind 180 minutes.
BTW guess who played wide left on Saturday, yep, you
guessed it Nielsen
Sorry but Gross has got to go............and quickly.
Further open letter to Alan Sugar
Since my last letter it appears no notice has been taken
at all. Therefore you should go and go now.
Let's briefly examine your record.
- Other than periodically ranting and raving at the media
and the fans (it's always someone else's fault isn't it)
what have you achieved during your tenure. In short the
destruction of a once proud club who in the majority of
the last 7 seasons have flirted with relegation, twice
only achieving safety on
the penultimate game.
- You've appointed 3 totally incompetent managers and
presided over a bizarre transfer policy (don't tell me
about the £30m, we've only ever bought from a position
of weakness) that in reality is a number of smokescreens
(Juninho, De Boers, Kluivert). In reality you only
declare your hand when you know there is "not a cat
in hells chance of obtaining the players" and then
wring your hands pleading that "you tried". Do
you really think we are that naive?
- There is no youth coming through, the first team
players in the main are "not fit to wear the
shirt" either through ability, aptitude or attitude
and in some instances these overpaid prima donnas have
the audacity to abuse the fans. Probably getting lessons
from you there.
The club has a cancer running through it and is rotten to
GO AND GO NOW and whilst you are at it take Herr Gross
with you. As his acutely embarrassing interview on Radio
5 proved he is no communicator and it is no wonder it is
such a shambles out on the pitch. We don't want more
"hard work" we want success and style.
17 August 1998 22:29
Subject: Wimbledon 3 Spurs 1
Darren Anderton is
not a central midfield player of sufficient quality to
control a Premier League game. He has returned from an
excellent World Cup where he proved himself to be a first
class wing back. Christian Gross has acknowledged
recently that Darren is a little fragile and will be
looked after in training. So where does he play him in
the 1st game of the season ? In the centre of midfield
against Wimbledon. Why? He was totally ineffectual in that
role and with Nicola Berti alongside him our defence
again had no protection. All successful sides in the
Premier have central midfield players who protect the
back 4 & win the ball. (eg Keane, Butt, Petit, Viera, Ince, Lomas, Lennon, Batty,
Hopkin.) We do not have such
a player at Spurs and with a defence which includes Vega
until we get such a player we will not be successful.
Somebody please explain the basics to Gross.
Tramezzani had an interesting debut almost scoring but
looking naive defensively. Have you noticed how strangely
he runs, almost pigeon-toed. No wonder then that he kept
falling over. Ferdinand and Armstrong were
totally ineffectual and did not seem able to cope with
the marking in particular by 'The Rash' (Chris Perry). They looked as if they had never played together
before. Ferdinand did get a knock early on and although
not serious enough to come off, he can probably blame it
for his poor, seemingly uninterested performance.
Back to that
central midfield problem . Gross actually changed it
completely, bringing on Saib & Nielsen, but they are
not what is required. Why not try and sign Lennon? My seat
was close to the home bench and as soon as Anderton left
the field he was laid out in the dugout and underwent a
full massage. I hope he has a good season but I have my
Eric the Viking
- I can fully understand your confusion and I would thank
you for not using any rude words. I must admit I thought
of a few. The team just didn't look interested and the
performance was one of a bunch of
strangers thrown together for this match. The strength in
depth is just not there and when Les went down injured,
even though he played badly, I thought who will replace
him. And then the answer sprung into my mind...Rory
Allen. I just can't reconcile that the side that looked
so impressive against St. Albans could crumble so easily
against Wimbledon. (Tongue firmly in cheek here). It
wasn't the sort of performance you really want one the
first day of a season following the one we had last time.
It was only three months ago that we stuffed them 6-2.
Did the few changes really affect the result that much or
does it say more for the attitude of the Spurs players ??
We used to have a player who played in front of the back
four, but we let him go to Southampton on a free
transfer. Calderwood has been played in that role before,
but doesn't seem as comfortable as at centre-half, where
currently, Vega is strutting his stuff without much
conviction. The problem is attracting the sort of quality
we need in those positions who will improve the side. I
hope that the team can be strengthened, but it needs
doing sooner rather than later.
|To do list;
1. Sack the board.
2. Sack Christian Gross
3. Get rid of the players which have made Spurs the
laughing stock of English football eg. Sinton,
4. Give Vega a free transfer. I wouldn't care
how much it would cost to terminate his contract, just
get rid of him.
5. Sign a right - back, a central defender, a ball
winner and a forward which can all play "The Spurs
6. Employ either Glenn Hoddle or Chris Hughton as
Only then will Spurs have a half - decent chance of
reaching a European competition.
|Open letter to Alan Sugar - a plea
from the heart
Just what is going on at White Hart Lane?
Having survived the ignominy of relegation by the skin of
our teeth, whilst playing some of the most mind numbingly
boring football in living memory, I naively thought the
penny might have dropped with you.
At the time of writing it's mid June and again we are
experiencing another close season of total transfer
inactivity whilst Chelsea buy, buy, buy and Arsenal are
repeatedly linked with world class stars.
As you still seem to be clueless as to what's required at
THFC I thought a little reminder is necessary.
THFC has been in free fall towards terminal decline for
the last 10 years. A once proud club is now a laughing
stock. It is also no co-incidence that this process has
accelerated in the past six years. The period when you
have run the show. Too many wrong headed decisions have
been made, but the time has come to look forward.
The solutions are not so much difficult as stunningly
--- clear out the dead wood that has been purchased and
allowed to stay at the club. In case you are in any doubt
I'll list them for you - Grodas, Austin, Edinburgh,
Scales, Vega, Wilson, Sinton, Fox, Neilson, Calderwood
--- sign up what few genuine stars we do have on
lucrative long term contracts and display your ambition
to them. We simply cannot countenance the loss of
Campbell, Ginola, Anderton or Walker.
--- recognise the need to purchase from positions of
strength , not weakness. Virtually all purchases over the
past 5 years have been as reactions to crisis rather than
pro-active positive moves.
--- buy big and be prepared to pay the going rate. We
can't continue to see top names go elsewhere while we
settle for second and even third best. If you are not
already doing so use the World Cup to
view the best and then buy it. Follow Chelsea's example.
If you are in any doubt we are in dire need of two full
backs, a central defender, an aggressive. but skillful
midfield player and probably another striker.
--- relieve Herr Gross of command and enlist the services
of a top drawer coach with a proven track record. We've
endured three managers who were clearly not up to
managing a club of our stature. Whilst clearly not as
woefully inept as Francis, Gross is not the man for the
--- increase the ground capacity to 40,000 plus. We'll
never be able to compete if our main competitors week on
week attract more people through the turnstiles. 36500
capacity is simply not enough unless of course you now
see our main rivals as the Wimbledon's and Southampton's
of the world rather than the Man.U's and Arsenal's.
I've seen some chinks of light at the end of an
exceedingly long tunnel and I welcome the appointment of
a Director of Football and a fitness coach along with the
establishment of a long overdue Youth academy.
However if we are ever to regain former glories and
compete in a European Super League, which will inevitably
come about, you must put in place the actions detailed
You will no doubt have witnessed the feeling the fans
have for this club during the victory at Wimbledon and
the following week when Mabbutt sadly departed. Just
imagine what 40,000 plus of us would be like cheering on
a team chasing trophies rather than having to avoid
I've supported Spurs for nearly 40 years and my sons were
brought up to do likewise. I've just become a grandfather
and want my grandson to follow suit - provide an
environment that will make this a reality.
We don't want to become another Man.City (and that's not
far fetched if you don't take immediate action) but
rather Champions of Europe.
Let's go back to a time when Tottenham provided the media
with much to talk about because of our style of play and
trophies rather than crisis, scandal, internal strife and
I'm tired of the stick we have to put up with from
Arsenal and Chelsea fans who gloat at our discomfort. If
you are not prepared to address the cancer that exists
within the club perhaps you should consider handing it
over to someone with the passion, desire and financial
wherewithal to do so.
ps Given the exorbitant and unjustified hike in season
ticket prices (and let's squash this claim that it was to
finance the re-building of the North Stand once and for
all - you had a rights issue to do that.) can we now
assume that we will indeed be seeking to attract top
class internationals to the Lane and not the
"nobodies" we've been linked with in the media.
pps whilst hopefully I'll be proved wrong, unknown Italians valued at £1.3m is not the sort of player I'm
talking about us signing
|Dear fellow sufferers,
from sunny (believe it or not) Toronto where I have been
using my friend's PC to browse on matters of the Spurs
faith and came across your interesting and devotional
stuff. I'm a lifelong fan from S. London and have managed
to attend over 600 games despite the fact that a lot of
my adult life has been spent working abroad or just
wandering the planet. Since the last game I saw live (the
1-0 over West Ham in Jan) I've been following our
fortunes round the globe on a path that has taken me to
Thailand, OZ, NZ, Fiji and now N. America. "Very
nice" you may say and it has been a great trip but
of course I've had that gnawing uncertainty about our
Premier status as a constant companion and have had to be
up at some bloody odd times to tune into my trusty SW
radio. I even caught the crucial win at Palace on Sky in
NZ. All I can say is that ,after the even more crucial
win against Newcastle, things finally look a lot
healthier and I hope my imminent return to Blighty and
presence at Selhurst Park version II on Sat will coincide
with our mathematical safety that a win would bring us.
In such a joyful event, or even if we leave it to the
last day, let us all then breathe a sigh of relief,
whisper a prayer of thanks and enjoy the buds of spring.
Let's consign this anxious season to the past,
concentrate on what are some positive elements and
keep in sight the fact that 2001 looms ever closer. If
Glen actually pulls it off in the summer and there has to
be a chance, what else is there to achieve at
international level? So the more of us believe in God's
return to fashion the 2001 Spurs Odyssey side, the more
likely it is that it might just happen! We have to think
positive even in these relatively dark times. Thanks for
your efforts in keeping the world abreast of affairs of
the Lane and may the Spurs march forever on......
Thanks very much for the e-mail. Hope that MEHSTG has
been able to keep you in touch with what's been going on
lately. I've been a bit busy at work, so haven't had as
much time as I would have liked to update the site,
but we get there as soon as we can. It must be great to
travel around the world. Sometimes this season, I wished
I was thousands of miles away from White Hart Lane !! I
hope that Spurs can get the win on Saturday against
Wimbledon - it would be too much stress if we needed
anything on the last day of the season. At times
it has been unbearably grim. Especially with the other
team doing well. It's been galling having to hope that
they win certain games to aid our survival. As you said
in your e-mail, let's look forward and hope that 2001 (or
even sooner) brings more glory to the club. It's good to
know that wherever you go you always take Tottenham
Hotspur with you. Keep the faith and we might even
see you there on Saturday.
I have been trying for years to find out where the title HOTSPUR
I have supporter friends in the UK and in Australia, but no-one can
tell me about it's origin.
Could you please, help.
According to the Spurs Handbook, the term HOTSPUR is probably linked
to the Northumberland family, who were prominent in the area around the
ground (now known as Northumberland Park). Henry Percy, the first Earl
of Northumberland, had a son who eventually became Sir Henry Percy and
his bravery in battle earned him the nickname "Harry Hotspur".
This name had been featured in many history books and Shakespeare's
"Richard II" and "King Henry IV - Part I". Warden of
the Scottish marshes and highly powerful in the North of England, he
tried to take on King Henry IV with rebel troops, but he was killed in
the battle, in Shrewsbury, in 1403.
The name appears to have been suggested by L.R.Casey,
the club's first treasurer, as the name was synonymous with youth and
glory. The cricket club and subsequently the football club(when they
were formed in 1882) adopted the name ; one that is unique in English
football among all the Citys, Uniteds and Towns that proliferate the
That information comes from a few other sources and I
hope it explains the story behind the name.
How long have you been on line? It's a pity our beloved team haven't
moved forward quite as fast as technology since I last invested 50p in
my monthly MEHSTG.
Anyway for those of us, no doubt an increasing number who hanker
after the old days when an all white strip meant it was an FA cup tie, I
was wondering whether you would publicise a forthcoming footie match
where Enfield Council will take on Spurs ex-pros to raise money for the
This is an annual event with a trophy being presented by Johnson
Mathy, a local factory and last year Spurs put out a real team which
from memory included Chivers, Falco, Miller, Pratt, Hazard, Brooke,
Parks, Galvin. Certainly enough to justify a 50p entrance fee.
This year the game will be held on Sunday 26th of April at the Queen
Elizabeth Stadium, Donkey Lane, Enfield. Probably at midday but the time
is subject to confirmation which of course I'll pass on just as soon as
I know it.
Changing the subject slightly I was wondering whether you would
consider running a bought & sold page for fans to trade programmes
& other memorabilia. This is certainly something I've been looking
for on the Net for some time?
ED- Thank you very much for your kind words. We have had a few
enquiries about providing a page for buying or selling Spurs stuff and
you will find a specially dedicated page very soon. The site is as much
about what you want it to be as what we do, so please send ideas,
articles, money, anything. It'll be great to see all my childhood heroes
again and it will provide a bit of escapism from our current plight. I
hope that there is a good turn-out.
Here's a view on the Ticket Office and its famous customer service
- Chelsea away - our allocation 1,500 tickets. If you look at CFC's
ticket information service on the net, it says that if the away team
requests the whole Lower East which is 3,000 tickets, so this area
(obviously) won't be available to CFC fans. Chelsea contacts tell me
the 'big' clubs have all been allocated the whole area. So it
appears THFC has only requested one half of the Lower East. I
contacted the THFC ticket office, no one knows 'anything'!
- Queued for 2 hours last Monday for Sheff Wed away tickets. Get to
the counter to find only 3 of the 4/5 counters open. In fact the
queue was little more than 100 yards long.
- The Palace away game on 28/3/98 - season ticket holders get first
bite. But they'll go on sale at 10:00am before the Liverpool\- game
on 14/3/98. So it means leaving 3 hours earlier than usual to queue
up for who knows how many hours. With 6 weeks to the game, why
couldn't they deal with it by post (like in the old pre
computerisation days). Jeeze 6 weeks is long enough to sort out
3,000 tickets. But no, it has to be done at their convenience. The
ladies/gents who work there do a good job, but the management is
p*** poor, and reflects arrogance towards its captive market. Sorry
it has to be a moan, Cheers, Bill
ED - We know what you mean. There seems no rhyme nor reason why and
how allocations are calculated to us. It’s still a source of great
frustration that the ticket office cannot take credit card payment when
you’ve queued for the damn things. It’s nearly t the 21st Century
you know. As you imply, what happened to the customer always being right
It would be lovely to be able to moan about ticket allocations. That,
unfortunately, is the lot of the English (London?) fan who doesn't know
how lucky he or she is.
Many of those of us who live in the colonies ( New Zealand etc) may
never see Spurs play live. Those who don't have Sky TV will never have
seen them play on television. Oh! that we could moan about ticket
allocations. If we have the internet we can at least get a good dose of
football news, good or bad (and I realise its only bad at the moment). I
know a good moan helps you Prisoners of Mother England get through the
foul winter but spare a thought for the true fan. I'm born and bred in
NZ, was made to feel like a leper at school because I didn't play rugby,
and have only been able to get to England regularly in the past five
years because I happen to have very generous clients.
Yes, I have managed to watch a couple of Spurs games live (1993 v
Manchester City at WHL and 1994 v Southampton at WHL) and I am
privileged enough to have Sky and the internet. But please spare us the
continual bleating about seat allocations and lets concentrate of
football. Its the only thing that makes living worthwhile in a country
with endless sunny days, full employment, a stable government and cold
lager on tap at every corner.
Keep up the goodwork everyone.
Rhys Mathias (Hamilton, NZ)
ED - Well, Rhys. The dedication of the long-distance supporter is
something that us “locals” can never match. I have a mate who flies
in from South Africa to see the Spurs, but for those who do go to all
the matches, ticket allocations are a big bone of contention. If tickets
cannot be obtained to see the team, it will feel like we’re in the
same situation as you. And like you say, us Whingeing Poms like nothing
more to moan and have Spurs fans got plenty to moan about at the moment
!! Anyway, keep the faith and we’ll try to keep you in touch with
what’s going on.
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