The shape of things to come

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Dom Le Roy

Herbert George Wells, better known as just H.G. Wells, wrote a book called “The Shape of things to come,” and this is a phrase we certainly could use about Spurs in the next coming weeks and months (well, hopefully).

For me personally, I’ve just had news that I got my tickets for the first Test match on the 24th March (Sunday) and the second one on the 30th March (Saturday), the day before I travel to Liverpool.
After the Liverpool game, we will face Palace on the 3rd at our new home (that should be a sellout). This will be in April.

The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals matched us against City, with the first game at our new stadium; the second leg will be the following week. Critics have made City favourites, and that will suit us fine. The pressure will be on them, and I feel that we can pull it off (provided we turn up for both games). On our day we can beat anybody. I also think that when we go to Liverpool we can get something from that match as well. Our problem is against those at the wrong end of the league (we don’t always turn up).

Then on the 13th, between both City games, we face Huddersfield Town, and just because they are struggling doesn’t mean that this match will be easy. There are no easy matches and we must mentally prepare for that (we can’t forget Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton).

Then our next game after the City Champions League matches, we face them again, but this time in the league (away).

Still in April, we are back at home, this time to face the Hammers. A couple of days later – and providing we manage to overcome City in the Champions League Quarter-Finals, we could be facing either Ajax or Juventus (hopefully Ajax) in the Semi-Finals, and before you know it, again, providing the luck of the Gods are with us, a trip to Madrid for the UEFA Champions League Final (easy!).

Now, some of you might be thinking “that is really wishful thinking” and why not? If we can’t think big and be positive then what is the point? We might as well just be defeatists and expect nothing. I’ve been going long enough to Spurs to know that that isn’t our way. Our history is based on our motto “Audere Est Facere” (to dare is to do), and we have dared, and we have achieved miracles and trophies and those Glory, Glory nights. Whatever our squad size is or not, whatever millions of pounds or not has been poured into the Spurs team, doesn’t mean we haven’t got a chance. It is all about what turns up on the day, and the rub of the green. Think positive and nothing should be beyond us. Once one hurdle has been knocked down, another will fall and so on, all contributing to “The shape of things to come”.

We may have blown our chances of winning the League (but we are still in with a shout until it becomes mathematically impossible), but we fight on for a place in the top four. And as I said; the Champions League final is a possibility, as we are still in the competition. Think big and anything is possible (think small then all we can hope for is for a top six spot and Europa League football, just like hopefully Arsenal and Chelsea will get).

We’ve waited a long time to set foot in our new stadium, but the wait will be worth it. As I said, I will be going to both Test matches; once I’ve sampled these mouth-watering delights, then I shall report back. I might even see you there?


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In the 90's, I was a writer for many of the top Spurs Fanzines (The Spurs, Spur of the Moment, MEHSTG and many others). A Spurs loyalist since the 60/61 season and now a season ticket holder (Premium). I run a Spurs Facebook page (“Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ voice” and co-run another one with Don Scully called “Tottenham Hotspur FC: Inside Track”). There is also a Spurs Twitter account (@HotspurVoice). I travel with Spurs to away games (including Europe). I have my a Blog (My blogging travels with Tottenham Hotspur Premium). The articles that appear on the blog also appear on SpursWeb and other applications.


  1. Stunned by this. Think small? Are you serious? That’s exactly what Levy and Enic have been doing for 20 years. And I’m afraid it’s fans like you – and, being honest, like me – who allow them to get away with it. Of course it’s great to dream, it’s what the game’s all about. But we need to wake up from these dreams and realise our club’s owners have no real desire for true success. If they did, then they would have tried to improve what was already the best team we’ve had for years. I’m convinced that with owners who put football first and property empires second, we could have seriously challenged for the league title by now. Our 86 points in 16/17 would have won many a league, and the club should have built on that instead of chancing it, with the obvious aim of Top 4 and nothing else. NOTHING ELSE. That’s all they want. And, yes, it’s more than we’ve had before. But isn’t that hugely frustrating? I’m not talking of going cash crazy. I’m just saying a few quality signings in the past two years (not just past two windows – all we got the one before that was Moura who is bang average at best) and keeping excellent players like Toby and Jan happy would have given us a chance. A CHANCE. That’s all I’ve ever wanted – but, as ever, is something we don’t have.

  2. That is your point of view, but I don’t agree with it (and you are wrong). If it weren’t for Daniel Levy thinking big, we wouldn’t have had the stadium we currently have. Thinking small would mean staying where we were. Because Levy thought big, it now says we can put our head above the parapet and challenge the elite and wealthy clubs. The money generated from the new stadium, plus the proprieties Spurs own around the ground will add to their spending power.
    If you are talking about the past; I wouldn’t say that was down to Levy or money, but the manager at the time. There were plenty of clubs that spend more and failed to get to a Cup Final, at the same time there were plenty of clubs that had spent less than us, but managed to get to cup finals (Cardiff, Wimbledon, Wigan, to name but three).
    When Daniel Levy took over, he had plans for Tottenham, but anybody who has any understanding of business knows that such a project is a long process.
    Even though Levy haters shout the loudest, the majority of thinking fans, and who understand the process (and business), support him.
    We all want more trophies, but many elements can prevent such glories from happening (luck, the right manager, discontent within etc.).
    I am sure that if Daniel Levy sacrificed the stadium and spent that money in the transfer window things might have been different, but we would still have been a small thinking club. Personally, I think he made the right decision.


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