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Power shift to Tottenham as Celebrate 1961 Title

In Black and White

By Boris Mellor
April 17 2011

This week’s Tottenham Herald proclaims that the balance of power is switching from Wenger’s Arsenal to Harry’s Hotspurs. The fact that Spurs went one round further than Arsenal in the Champions League, and were clearly the better team against Real Madrid, and won 3-2 at Arsenal means that it is now Spurs that are the cock of the north, norf London that is.

Celebrating Last Time They Won League

Spurs expect to celebrate the double over Arsenal this Wednesday, three days after they won the league on April 17th only 50 years ago. This year they were strong favourites to win the league, Carling Cup, FA cup and Champions league. Indeed if Crouch hadn’t a rush of blood to his head in Spain, and Gomes hadn’t had some butter left from a pre match lasagne on his gloves in the second leg, they would have gone on to win the competition.

They were going to have interviews with fans who were there on the day but Haringey Social Services said that all the cameras and wires would disturb the routine of their elderly care homes.

Spurs only have to win 12 more titles and the shift in the balance of power will be complete. Congratulations on their 50th Year since winning a league title, and may the next 50 years be just as brilliant. Indeed as Spurs fans celebrate their double of 1961 Arsenal fans have to make do with only three of them.

Before presenting the commemorative quiz I would just like to quote Keith Burkinshaw on leaving the club after securing the UEFA Cup in 1984 he turned round and remarked, “There used to be a football club over there.”

Commemorative quiz

What do these footballers all have in common?

Clive Allen, Paul Allen, Rory Allen, Darren Anderton, Steve Archibald, Osvaldo Ardiles, Chris Armstrong, Gerry Armstrong, Dean Austin, Gareth Bale, Nick Barmby, Phil Beal, Darren Bent, David Bentley, Dimitar Berbatov, Gudni Bergsson, Kevin Prince Boateng, Andy Booth, Alan Brazil, Laurie Brown, Michael Brown, Keith Burkinshaw, Lee Butcher, Colin Calderwood, Titi Camara, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Michael Carrick, Darren Caskey, John Chiedozie, Pascal Chimbonda, Martin Chivers, Ray Clemence, Ralph Coates, Alfie Conn, Ian Crook, Garth Crooks, Peter Crouch, Jason Cundy

Barry Daines, Calum Davenport, Edgar Davids, Simon Davies, Sean Davis, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Kerry Dixon, Gary Doherty, Jason Dozzell, Ilie Dumitrescu, John Duncan, Gordon Durie, Justin Edinburgh, Mike England, Matthew Etherington, Mark Falco, Terry Fenwick, Les Ferdinand , Quinton Fortune, Ruel Fox, Gerry Francis, Steffen Freund, Lee Gardner, Paul Gascoigne, Hossam Ghaly, Terry Gibson, Alan Gilzean, David Ginola, Heurelho Gomes, John Gorman, Richard Gough, George Graham, Jimmy Greaves, Christian Gross, Micky Hazard, Glenn Hoddle, Steve Hodge, Pat Holland, David Howells, Tom Huddlestone, Chris Hughton, Alan Hutton, Jermaine Jennas, Pat Jennings, Ronnie Johnsen, Martin Jol, Younes Kabul, Frederic Kanoute, Robbie Keane, Kasey Keller

Ledley King, Joe Kinnear, Jurgen Klinsmann, Cyril Knowles, Paul Konchesky, Colin Lee, Aaron Lennon, Gary Lineker, Gary Mabbutt, Chris McGrath, Pedro Mendes, Mido, Paul Mille, Bobby Mimms, Luka Modric, John Moncur, Roger Morgan, Alan Mullery, Danny Murphy, Nayim, Terry Naylor, Jimmy Neighbour, Tony Parks, Roman Pavlyuchenco, Steve Perryman, Martin Peters, David Pleat, Gica Popescu, Helder Postiga, Gus Poyet, John Pratt, Grzegorz Rasiak, Sergei Rebrov, Jamie Redknapp

Graham Roberts, Jimmy Robertson, Ricardo Rocha, Ronny Rosenthal, Wayne Routledge, Neil Ruddock , Vinny Samways, John Scales, Steve Sedgley, Teddy Sheringham, Tim Sherwood, Peter Shreeve, Andy Sinton, Graeme Souness, Gary Stevens, Paul Stewart , Neil Sullivan, Teemu Tainio, Mauricio Taricco

Peter Taylor, Ben Thatcher, Pat van den Hauwe, Ramon Vega, Terry Venables, Ricardo Villa, Chris Waddle, Steve Walford, Des Walker, Ian Walker, Paul Walsh, Keith Weller, Terry Yorath, Luke Young, Willie Young, Bobby Zamora & Reto Ziegler.       

Answer: These are just a few of the names who have aided and abetted Tottenham's league failures over the past 50 years. I'm not saying that all of the above don't have a League Winners medal - some indeed do. But none of them with Tottenham.

April 17th 1961 - April 17th 2011

Thanks to Brian Dawes for providing the quiz.

PS To any Spurs fans reading this, yes I do know who Danny Cornflower is.


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Power shift to Tottenham as Celebrate 1961 Title
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011:04:18:10:29:31 by Padre Pio.

17/04/2011 10:28
Congratulations to them.

Here's to another 50 years(Sm128)

Philly the kid
17/04/2011 12:53

17/04/2011 15:04
Always in our shadow

Padre Pio
14/10/2013 11:44
Soon to be 52 years

"When we had to suffer the team is a lion because they suffer together." 4 July 2020 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arteta on his team's first away victory at a club above them in the Premiership since September 2015 at Leicester.

15/10/2013 05:16
Padre Pio
Soon to be 52 years

Urh ... not May 2014 yet. (Sm159)

Don't short-sell AvB with Levy trying to do an "Abu Dhabi".

If Wenger built a title-winning team with "Anelka Transfer Funds", so can AvB builds a title-winning team with "Gareth Bale transfer Funds".
Coincidence that both from the same Sugar Daddy isn't it?

Oh well, onto the 60th Anniversary in 2020/21 season then.

Padre Pio
29/08/2018 18:18
Now 57 years and soon to be 58

"When we had to suffer the team is a lion because they suffer together." 4 July 2020 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arteta on his team's first away victory at a club above them in the Premiership since September 2015 at Leicester.

29/08/2018 22:17
Padre Pio
Now 57 years and soon to be 58
Padre shouldn't have dug up this 'dead man thread' specially at this time. I fear catastrophe. (Sm102)

Padre Pio
29/08/2018 22:38
Thats why I dug it up, they wont be winning the league will they?
Liverpool or City will hold them off

"When we had to suffer the team is a lion because they suffer together." 4 July 2020 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arteta on his team's first away victory at a club above them in the Premiership since September 2015 at Leicester.

30/08/2018 00:18
Padre Pio
Thats why I dug it up, they wont be winning the league will they?
Liverpool or City will hold them off
Not very confident of saying this, bad things can happen in bad times but yes I think Liverpool or Chelsea has better chance of winning it.

30/08/2018 15:59
I find it difficult to criticise or laugh at Spurs these days. I find it a bit hypocritical, a bit like calling someone a perv for staring at a girls ass, when I know I've spent the previous night tugging over

Sure the never winning anything is always a go to jibe, but neither do we really ... not major trophies anyway. Wenger survived on FA cups in the end and turned us into a top 6 team in the process. We'll be lucky to get that this season as well. We're not even in the CL league anymore and not likely to be anytime soon either, unless Emery can pull off another Europa league triumph.

Spurs have a top top manager and are simply way better than us now. That hurts to say, but it's the harsh truth, hence why laughing at them isn't really easy to do anymore.

Albert Einstein: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

30/08/2018 23:55
Tiny Totts are genuine title contender … if entire squad remains healthy throughout the season and they got knocked out of Europe early.

if Leicester City can do it with a thin squad, I can't see any reason why they can't do it if they can overcome their image as a serial bottler during the last lap.

“The transition from defence to build-up must be executed very quickly. The team tactical manpower in the centre of the field(central defenders, midfielders and striker) is of great importance.”
Renus Michels: “Team Building - The Road to Success”

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