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Chris Charles | 10:25 UK time, Friday, 7 May 2010

As the nation prepared to go to the polls, Harry Redknapp was the man ticking all the right boxes.

Tottenham's win at Eastlands saw them clinch the final Champions League spot, just 19 months after Redknapp arrived with the team bottom of the league, having taken just two points from eight games, although he never likes to talk about that.

In a game laden with potential riches, Peter Crouch was the $60m dollar man who sent his team-mates bionic, although he disappointingly failed to pull out the robot for his goal celebrations. Perhaps he's saving that for the World Cup final. Ahem.

Meanwhile 'Arry got drenched in water by his players in his post-match interview, with one hack drily observing that he would probably be turning it into wine later.

The Spurs boss is not a big fan of the demon drink, but you can bet he'll make an exception this weekend when he dons his best whistle to take the trouble and strife daaan the rub-a-dub for a bottle of Calvin Klein and a plate of pie and mash. Mind you, any thoughts of such hi-jinks must have been a long way from his mind when Crouchy hit the beans on toast early doors.
Harry Redknapp at EastlandsChampions League that way!
In the interests of balance, I watched the game in a Spurs pub with a Man City fan, who, I have to say, took the defeat remarkably graciously. Although when one of the locals crowed about where they had finished in the league, I swore I heard him mumble: "Go fourth and multiply."

In the wake of Tottenham's win, all the old boys from the glory, glory days were being wheeled out to give their verdict on the first European Cup appearance since 1962, when Sean Connery was starring in his first Bond film and the term Fab Four had nothing to do with league positions

The 'Spurs mafia' in this office were predictably out in full force, handing out cakes and pointing out that their proud tradition of lifting a trophy when the year ends in one means the Champions League trophy is virtually in the bag. Not so sure about that, although if it means Chas 'n' Dave reunite to do another song, I'm all for it.

While 'Arry was working his magic in Manchester, his former club West Ham were rolling out the claret and blue carpet for their former stars attending Academy Director Tony Carr's testimonial.

Rio Ferdinand played 27 minutes alongside brother Anton, while the Chelsea trio of Joe Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard sat giggling on the sidelines in their Hammers tops.

They all got a decent reception, much to Frank's surprise, although as 'clawhammer' on West Ham fan site Knees Up Mother Brown, put it: "Terry & Lampard both went up in my estimation because it took some balls to turn up, never mind sign autographs. I still think they are both *$!%@ but fair play to them."

It'll certainly be interesting to hear the treatment they get the next time they visit Upton Park, but you can bet that if Chelsea contrive to lose their next two games, they'll be treated to choruses of "You're forever blowing doubles."

Ferdinand, meanwhile, told Four FourTwo magazine that he planned to join Duran Duran for a re-recording of 'Rio' if he lifts the World Cup in July.

The band already have plans in place to re-touch the song should the England captain return home a winner, but Rio insisted: "I want to be the front man! Simon Le Bon's gone. Just give me a couple of bars."

Can I humbly suggest that in the unlikely event England do win the World Cup, the only bars the fans will be interested in will have already been drunk dry.

In the same magazine, Wayne Rooney revealed the secret behind his magnificent season - chocolate breakfast cereal. The striker said: "I tend to just have cereal before a game, probably a bowl of Coco Pops. The normal ones, not the Moons and Stars." Good to see that fatherhood has matured him.

One player who may have to build a few bridges with Rooney in South Africa is Steven Gerrard, after his crazy backpass let in Didier Drogba to set up Chelsea's win at Anfield and all but clinch the title.

The incident inevitably sparked conspiracy theories about the skipper doing everything in his power to stop Manchester United overhauling Liverpool's record of league titles,

Sir Alex Ferguson called it "a great gift" and was probably none too amused by banners dotted around Anfield reading 'Cockneys for a day' and 'Gary Neville or Chelsea?'

Fergie's former assistant Steve McClaren answered his critics in style by leading FC Twente to their first-ever Dutch league title. It rained during their 2-0 win at NAC Breda, but McClaren wisely chose not to get out the brolly on this occasion.

In other news, Sheffield Wednesday's relegation meant Brian Laws has had a hand in taking two clubs down this season - he'll be known as the Laws of average from now on - while Coventry parted company with Chris Coleman...that's the way the Cookie crumbles.

There was better news for Ian Holloway's Blackpool, who qualified for the play-offs, although the result of the week was undoubtedly the 6-6 draw between Motherwell and Hibs, a scoreline that had people rubbing their eyes in disbelief. I remember when QPR drew 5-5 against Newcastle in the 80s after being 4-0 down at half-time, but this takes the biscuit.
Kirk Bradley and his tattoo (pic credit News Team International) Kirk Bradley and his tattoo (pic credit News Team International)
And finally, story of the week concerns the Manchester City fan who thought it was a good idea to get a large tattoo last year depicting his club as the 2011 Champions League winners.

Kirk Bradley remarked at the time: "While I was in the pub one night I was saying how I thought we'd win the Champions League next season and my friend turned to me and said 'if you're so sure why don't you have it tattooed?'

"He was obviously joking, so you can imagine his face when I turned around and said 'OK then'. Indeed.

The 25-year-old was asked what would happen if City didn't win the Champions League and he added: "I don't even want to think about it - and I don't think I'll have to. I'm sure I would get a lot of stick from my mates though." Surely not?

Right, that's it. No more football for us Championship also-rans, which is doubly gutting after I was forced to miss last week's finale against Newcastle due to my eldest being poorly.

I did, however, make it out to the Camden Crawl on Sunday, where I was bizarrely served drinks in the Dublin Castle by Amy Winehouse, while the lead singer of Babybird pointed me out to the crowd and kindly announced that Danny Dyer was in the building. I think I preferred the Craig Charles comparisons.

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  • 1. At 10:46am on 07 May 2010, HudsonLA wrote:

    Hahahaha that Man City fan is a real plonker!!! Maybe he will just say he won it on Championship Manager.

    Thanks for the read!

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  • 2. At 11:08am on 07 May 2010, Rabster wrote:

    Another great read.

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  • 3. At 11:15am on 07 May 2010, Matt Dalton wrote:

    Great season for Spurs and they have been rewarded with a well deserved place in the Champions League. I wonder where Harry will feature in the Manager of the Year awards..

    http://the-fa-premier-league.blogspot.com/

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  • 4. At 11:20am on 07 May 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    Watch out for that "Spurs Mafia" in the office. The regular family might be handing out cakes, but, before you know it, Don Corleblimey will be muscling in, making you s coffee you can't refuse.

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  • 5. At 11:23am on 07 May 2010, Great_Shatners_Ghost wrote:

    Hahaha, oh city fans.... Epic Fail...

    You won't be replying Chris? Booo! You know we need more attention than your little one!

    Good blog though Chris, despite deserting us.

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  • 6. At 11:26am on 07 May 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    And, if anyone hasn't yet heard it, the commentator's response to Motherwell's equalising goal ("Motherwell goal dazzles commentator", available as a "most popular" video on the beeb footy site) is worth listening to.

    Now, there's an enthusiast.

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  • 7. At 12:29pm on 07 May 2010, JLP wrote:

    The tatto story reminds of the Toon fan who had a '10" Andy Cole' tattooed on to his thigh just before Newcastle sold him to United. Dipstick!

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  • 8. At 12:31pm on 07 May 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    I saw Lee Majors the other day, he looked a million dollars.

    He's really let himself go...

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  • 9. At 12:58pm on 07 May 2010, Superhoopmango wrote:

    " 3. At 11:15am on 07 May 2010, mattydalton wrote:
    Great season for Spurs and they have been rewarded with a well deserved place in the Champions League. I wonder where Harry will feature in the Manager of the Year awards.."

    How can getting Spuds into 4th place in the EPL come anywhere near taking Fulham to the Europa League Final?

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  • 10. At 1:00pm on 07 May 2010, adampsb wrote:

    That just shows why should never get a tatoo as it will all go wrong - you could always get a Tatu (Dodgy Russian stuff)

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  • 11. At 1:00pm on 07 May 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Gertch loofah boy.Another Chas and Dave reference in there I notice...
    I should think Fulham fans may be a little concerned following the election.Seeing as Woy gets linked with any big job going,could he end up at Number 10?
    Season now over for my brave lads with our "manager" promising to sign some "real men" for the club.Great.Dolph Lungdren and Sylvester Stallone up front?
    Chuffed for Spurs.Well,chuffed for Star really,but there you go.
    Excellent as always Chris.

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  • 12. At 1:11pm on 07 May 2010, rocknrollnobody wrote:

    Chris, what do you reckon to the scenes at Kenilworth Road this Monday, with the losing Luton fans invading the pitch and attacking the victorious York fans, players and ground stewards?

    Many fans are muttering about a return to the bad old days of the 80's, but since I was born in late '82, I don't really remember any of that! Maybe you'll have a different opinion?

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  • 13. At 1:18pm on 07 May 2010, The player in front is a Tiote wrote:

    The tatto story reminds of the Toon fan who had a '10" Andy Cole' tattooed on to his thigh just before Newcastle sold him to United. Dipstick!

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    Doubly stupid as Cole's number for Newcastle was Number 9. Can't remember who 10 belonged to - either Beardsley or Scott Sellars. 1995 is a long time ago.

    I was very annoyed when we sold Cole!

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  • 14. At 1:21pm on 07 May 2010, Cereal_Killer wrote:

    Didn't realise Fabien Barthez was a blue?!? Maybe thats why he threw those games passing to Henry

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  • 15. At 1:39pm on 07 May 2010, Webb of Deceit - Not606 when 606 shuts wrote:

    37 games in the PL vs a lot less games in the EL show that Harry should be MOTY

    Oh and only infants use the word "Spuds"

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  • 16. At 2:02pm on 07 May 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    Afternoon all - sorry to leave you in limbo (much like the country at the present time) but I'm happy to announce I'm back.

    1. HudsonLA: Thing is, he lives in Birmingham as well, so not exactly a plethora of Man City sympathisers to comfort him, poor love.

    3. mattydalton: Good question - he's gotta be up there. Roy Hodgson is where the smart money is, but then if Ancelotti wins the double in his first season, he might feel a tad miffed to get overlooked.

    4. Zootmac: Always on my toes, watching my back old son!

    5. Great_Shatners_Ghost: Desert you? Never! You lot are like fam-lee to me!!

    7. pollyP40: The curse of the tatto, eh? You should always play safe and just go for the mum/dad classic.

    8. Southern Fairy: Joke of the day! The Six Million Dollar Man was my favourite show as a kid. I remember once watching it round my mate Paul Morson's house and his mum warned us not to go jumping off the porch pretending we were the bionic man. We didn't.

    11. JacksfromBuxotn: As Kylie and Jason once said, the Chas 'n' Dave reference was Especially For You. Roy for Prime Minister - you heard it here first!

    12. rocknrollnobody: What can you say - disgraceful scenes. Seen quite a bit back in the day but never got involved and never wanted to. Problem is everyone gets tarred with the same brush. I remember going to watch Chelsea-Sunderland in the League Cup semis (?) back in 85/86 and got drop-kicked by a load of thugs outside the ground. I was a stick-thin (those were the days) very young looking 17-year-old, wearing no colours, so they had no idea who I was supporting (neither team as it turned out) and I'll be honest, it scared the wotsit out of me.

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  • 17. At 2:12pm on 07 May 2010, alan706 wrote:

    how did you know who the lead singer from baby bird was,

    no: 13, im pretty sure aul peter (i got punched in the nose alot as a kid) Beardsley was no. 10.

    Great blog Danny, look forward to it every week.

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  • 18. At 2:15pm on 07 May 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Ay up charlsie lad...

    Not said this enough recently fella, but a cracking read old boy! Well didn't end up to bad at QPR did it... i mean it weren't to good but it weren't too bad neither... seen us though ay fella! Only in the flipping play offs... still in a state of disbelief. Think next year we could have footy royalty coming to the Shot...

    And Danny Dyer... thats a low blow man.

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  • 19. At 2:21pm on 07 May 2010, PaulyBoy wrote:

    "The Spurs boss is not a big fan of the demon drink, but you can bet he'll make an exception this weekend when he dons his best whistle to take the trouble and strife daaan the rub-a-dub for a bottle of Calvin Klein and a plate of pie and mash"

    What's Pie and Mash rhyming slang for Charlsie? (I always thought it was a slash...

    Great read. On you Lions, and the might of Bristol Rovers...

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  • 20. At 2:24pm on 07 May 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    CC.I'm a bit concerned about the Kylie and Jason reference.People will talk.Or Rabbit,if you will....
    Can you not come up with some decent blues titles,or a bit of punk?

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  • 21. At 2:31pm on 07 May 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    17. alan706: Sorry, should have explained that better. Babybird were playing in the Dublin Castle and on two occasions, the singer (who incidentally looks like Kiefer Sutherland - trust me to get the bum deal) pointed me out at the back and said: "We've got Danny Dyer in the house" or words to that effect.

    Eventually I cut my losses and went to watch Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at the Electric Ballroom. I was only at the Dublin because I had it on good authority that Johnny Depp would be playing with Babybird (he played on their latest album) but sadly he never showed.

    18. RedBlueArmy92: Afternoon squire. Yes, very remiss of me not to mention the mighty Aldershot in despatches. Goes without saying that I'll be backing them all the way - and if they do get promoted, Gary Waddock may have a few pangs of regret methinks.

    19. Paul Faithfull: Actually, the pie and mash mention was referring to just that - pie 'n' mash. Could just murder a plate now as it goes - loadsa liquor, natch.

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  • 22. At 2:35pm on 07 May 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    20. JacksfromBuxton: Good point - especially after that punter accused us of being 'close' recently. So here's a nice topical song from Anti Pasti circa 1980 to blow those cobwebs away... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nARYcLdQxlI

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  • 23. At 2:41pm on 07 May 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoN6XfyQsr4
    One for yourself CC,seeing as you mentioned them in reply to #17.

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  • 24. At 2:50pm on 07 May 2010, U14441937 wrote:

    16. At 2:02pm on 07 May 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    12. rocknrollnobody: What can you say - disgraceful scenes. Seen quite a bit back in the day but never got involved and never wanted to. Problem is everyone gets tarred with the same brush. I remember going to watch Chelsea-Sunderland in the League Cup semis (?) back in 85/86 and got drop-kicked by a load of thugs outside the ground. I was a stick-thin (those were the days) very young looking 17-year-old, wearing no colours, so they had no idea who I was supporting (neither team as it turned out) and I'll be honest, it scared the wotsit out of me.

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    A whole new spin on the job of a ball boy there Chris. Nasty times indeed. We could do without the hassle of being banned from European competitions once again, especially now Spurs are in the top competition for the first time in ages.

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  • 25. At 2:58pm on 07 May 2010, Zackerious wrote:

    Surely the Man City fan with just change the date on that tattoo for when they do win the Champions League. All of the 'big 4' reached the final in the last decade and as long as the investment stays then surely they will do the same in the next 15 years. Could look very silly as he is waiting though!

    http://engfootyabroad.wordpress.com/ - English Footballers Abroad

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  • 26. At 3:17pm on 07 May 2010, Mikeman wrote:

    '10" Andy Cole'
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    Andy Cole was number 9

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  • 27. At 3:19pm on 07 May 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Pie and mash could either be cockney for, a) bag of cash, or, b) lot of hash.

    Also, the ManCity fan who had a tattoo of CL cup, is he really much worse than that united fan who got a huge one of Ronaldo on his thigh, just before he was sold to Real?

    Incidentally, what's worse, a misfitting tattoo or a tutu?

    And why?

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  • 28. At 3:25pm on 07 May 2010, THFC6061 wrote:

    It really should have come as no surprise that Spurs beat Manchester City this week, as Tottenham have a really quite remarkable record against City during the Premier League Era with 19 wins and 4 draws from the 26 matches played so far. This has given Spurs an average of 2.35 points won per match and "doubles" over City in five out of the last six seasons.
    http://www.myfootballfacts.com/SpursvManchesterCity.html

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  • 29. At 3:42pm on 07 May 2010, Pegsinho wrote:

    13. At 1:18pm on 07 May 2010, Blacknwhiteminstrel - Signed on a free from nobody wrote:
    The tatto story reminds of the Toon fan who had a '10" Andy Cole' tattooed on to his thigh just before Newcastle sold him to United. Dipstick!

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    Doubly stupid as Cole's number for Newcastle was Number 9. Can't remember who 10 belonged to - either Beardsley or Scott Sellars. 1995 is a long time ago.

    I was very annoyed when we sold Cole!

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    10" = 10 inches

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  • 30. At 3:50pm on 07 May 2010, wash_dc_gunner wrote:

    28. At 3:25pm on 07 May 2010, THFC6061 wrote:
    It really should have come as no surprise that Spurs beat Manchester City this week, as Tottenham have a really quite remarkable record against City during the Premier League Era with 19 wins and 4 draws from the 26 matches played so far. This has given Spurs an average of 2.35 points won per match and "doubles" over City in five out of the last six seasons.
    http://www.myfootballfacts.com/SpursvManchesterCity.html

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    While history is always interesting, to be fair this was a slightly modified City side than in previous campaigns. Wouldn't be surprised if, after more big signings and subsequent team gelling, those stats will be reversed in the years to come... Of course as a Gunner I wouldn't mind that much :)

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  • 31. At 3:50pm on 07 May 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    23. JackfromBuxton: Ah yes, a belter indeed. Staying on the topical theme, was going to post Tracey Ullman ruining Madness' My Girl with a little help from Neil Kinnock, but having sat through the 'My Guy' video, can't see him on there. Strange.

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  • 32. At 3:52pm on 07 May 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    CC,I was going to test the mods by putting up Plaistow Patricia by Ian Dury.Thought I might find myself banned if I did though....

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  • 33. At 3:53pm on 07 May 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    The Newcastle fan in question was Robert Nesbitt.

    I suppose it would be too much to hope that he also got his middle name changed to "Cole" and moved up to Glasgow to seek a new identity, fame, and fortune.

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  • 34. At 4:38pm on 07 May 2010, notdolly wrote:

    Trust Stephen Ireland to do something stupid like that... that's nearly as stupid as the that white bentley he bought his girlfriend or the time he told Steve Staunton his nan had died to get out of playing an international game...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1218054/Touch-class-Footballer-buys-Wag-girlfriend-264-000-pimped-Bentley.html

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  • 35. At 4:50pm on 07 May 2010, England47 wrote:

    interesting spurs fans that u say man city have failed, you have got thru to a champions league qualifier, hmmmm, hope u do better than everton did a few years ago else you`ll be in the europa league with us awwwww.

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  • 36. At 5:26pm on 07 May 2010, kafkafil wrote:

    That article about Ireland's Bentley has the first poster starting, "Good luck to people with money but..." Ah, the Daily Mail!

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  • 37. At 5:53pm on 07 May 2010, PaulyBoy wrote:

    I thought it may have been pie and mash - I don't tend to do Liquor mind - I prefer a good viscous gravy, or beans for a special treat.

    any chance of a Leeds tip?

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  • 38. At 7:05pm on 07 May 2010, Footnotes wrote:

    My earliest memory of Tottenham is the 1981 FA Cup Final when I was a 9 year old lad. One of the finest days of my life, still. I want to give warm thanks to Harry's so-called "trouble and strife" for all the obvious reasons. Much Respect and Appreciation to you, Mam.

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  • 39. At 7:40pm on 07 May 2010, snifferg wrote:

    29. At 3:42pm on 07 May 2010, Pegsinho wrote:
    13. At 1:18pm on 07 May 2010, Blacknwhiteminstrel - Signed on a free from nobody wrote:
    The tatto story reminds of the Toon fan who had a '10" Andy Cole' tattooed on to his thigh just before Newcastle sold him to United. Dipstick!

    --

    Doubly stupid as Cole's number for Newcastle was Number 9. Can't remember who 10 belonged to - either Beardsley or Scott Sellars. 1995 is a long time ago.

    I was very annoyed when we sold Cole!

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    10" = 10 inches

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    Snigger, beat me to it!!

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  • 40. At 7:45pm on 07 May 2010, RobNox wrote:

    Talking about tattoos and Johnny Depp in the same article, reminds me of the tattoo Johnny got while he was with Winona Ryder - "Winona Forever". After they split, he simply had the "na" removed from the end of her name. Legend!

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  • 41. At 9:25pm on 07 May 2010, The-pen-is-mightier wrote:

    I just don't rate Redknapp at all.

    Despite Webb of Deceipt's comments (#15) I have to say that Hodgson's achievements at Fulham rank higher than Rednknapp's.

    'Arry took over at a club with low confidence, in a lowly position which belied the strength of the squad. He added to that by spending MILLIONS and not very wisely. The jury is still out on Gomes, he almost ruined Hutton, I doubt Bentley is enjoying his time there, wasn't he ready to dump Bale earlier in the season?, Gudjohnsen...really? All his "good" buys (Crouch, Modric, Defoe) were known quantities he'd worked with before. How he made money off of Robbie Keane only Rafa Benitez will know.

    Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame Spurs, but for the sake of England's coefficient I think the European skills of Mancini and City would have been better placed.

    PS - I'm not even English so don't patronise me about being an Arsenal/City fan.

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  • 42. At 10:16pm on 07 May 2010, Royart wrote:

    I think everyone has overlooked the budget that Harry Redknapp has had to achieve this. Roy Hodgson who has run Fulham on a shoestring budget compared to Redknapp has taken us to the brink of a first major trophy. By no means, I am not saying Redknapp is a bad manager, just that Hodgson has had a tougher job to do with Fulham.

    Chris, What do you think is going to happen to QPR next season? Can you see promotion?

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  • 43. At 00:34am on 08 May 2010, Ian wrote:

    I think everyone has overlooked what 'Arry leaves in his wake,
    West Ham - unstable,
    Southampton - Financially ruined,
    Portsmouth - what more do I need to say ?
    where will we see Spurs in 2012 or beyond ?

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  • 44. At 05:12am on 08 May 2010, Phnom Penh Andy wrote:

    Have to say, love the cut of your jibe, Chris. You've surpassed the Great Robbo this week. Leaving on a high!!

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  • 45. At 07:06am on 08 May 2010, U14441937 wrote:

    41. At 9:25pm on 07 May 2010, stramash_city wrote:

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    Well aren't we a bit bitter today.

    Pot, kettle, black, given what City have spent to fail to get 4th (Seeing as you're comparing us with them.)

    Have you been watching Gomes this season? He's confident and playing at the best of his ability once more.

    Bentley seemed to enjoy himself greatly the other night from what I saw, his attitude needed to improve and I dare say it has now he's realised he's part of a team and that no-one in the team has a divine right to be on the team sheet every week.

    Bale? It's amazing what someone can do with an injury free season and some work on his game.

    End of the day, those who were unhappy at the club have been given a rocket up their backside, to buck up their attitude and take their chances when they're given them and they've responded accordingly.

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    43. At 00:34am on 08 May 2010, Ippie wrote:

    You want to blame 'Arry for the Icelandic volcano and their banks going bust while you're at it?

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  • 46. At 08:20am on 08 May 2010, der verlorene Sohn wrote:

    I didn't bother reading the blog, but I still want to ask why numpty fans who run out and get tattoos like "Leeds Utd - Premier League Winners 2011" get press coverage when their alcohol/drug-fuelled predictions expectedly don't come to fruition?

    Or did the blog have more to than that?

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  • 47. At 08:50am on 08 May 2010, Rob wrote:

    I have a Liverpool European and Premier League Champions 2010 tattoo.

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  • 48. At 12:47pm on 08 May 2010, THFC6061 wrote:

    Harry Redknapp deservedly was awarded the Manager of the Year title and it might come as a surprise to many that his record with Spurs, statistically speaking, is the best of any Tottenham Hotspur manager since the club joined the Football League way back in 1908.

    Here's a quick look at every Spurs manager's record since 1898:

    http://www.myfootballfacts.co/TottenhamHotspurManagersRecords1898-2009.html

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  • 49. At 12:51pm on 08 May 2010, THFC6061 wrote:

    Harry Redknapp deservedly was awarded the Manager of the Year title and it might come as a surprise to many that his record with Spurs, statistically speaking, is the best of any Tottenham Hotspur manager since the club joined the Football League way back in 1908.

    Here's a quick look at every Spurs manager's record since 1898:

    http://www.myfootballfacts.com/TottenhamHotspurManagersRecords1898-2009.html

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  • 50. At 3:52pm on 08 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    I am a Man City fan. We get enough grief without that sort of nonsense. It doesn't exactly make you feel proud.

    I think Mancini will work well for us. He is a quality manager. However, I don't think he has enough to take them to the premiership or the champions league. I think if he does well next year, he could take us to the champions league. Who knows, maybe he could even get out of the group stages.

    City need to concentrate on winning the games, rather than actually getting anywhere. Our defense is still pock marked, and, to be honest, we are missing an "out and out" play maker. I think Bellamy and Tevez have been excellent, but Tevez needs some support. There is too much responsibility on his shoulders.

    Chelsea are loaded, even though Ancelotti has done great. But really, for the season, the ray of sunshine has been Fulham in Europe. What a determined bunch. It does not deserve "manager of year", although will run a close second, but at the end of the day, a double is a double. Harry Redknap has also been awesome.

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  • 51. At 3:54pm on 08 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    From my above post I obviously meant that Mancini does not have enough to take us to the premiership and champions league TITLES.

    PLEASE PEASE. More rubbish tattoo stories from over juiced and over exuberant fans.

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  • 52. At 4:14pm on 08 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    Dear Chris

    You talk about being drop kicked by opposing fans like it happened yesterday. Violence always remains crystal clear when it happens to us.

    It is pathetic, disgusting, and there are no excuses. No 12 is very very correct. With an economic dip happening, we need to be careful. In the USA (my home of 5 years), there is no trouble. First, there is always the possibility of a bully being shot. That is quite a deterrent. But secondly, the police will give you no chance to escape, and the courts will give you 4 to 10 years. They don't care if they lose their jobs or their home. Tough. Their view is that there is no excuse for beating people up, or terrorizing neighbourhoods. No mercy is given for violent crimes at all.

    In the UK, we say there are no excuses, but there are. Plenty. They get a slap on the wrist, and are banned for a couple of games, or something equally pathetic. They get lawyers who claim that their families depend on their employment and income, or that they come from violent homes, or that they have had previously clean records. THAT IS MAKING EXCUSES. No one wants to discuss the pain of a broken jaw, bust teeth, and bleeding kidneys. And none of that takes into account the fears that follow victims of violence around for years.

    The sport needs to step up to the plate, and prepare to get on top of it before it gets a hold and destroys everything. The premier league is the best in the world. It did that when they got rid of hooliganism. With a crumbling economy, they need to give a middle finger to the defense lawyers, and lock them in a small cell of 5 inmates for 5 years until they learn to behave. I mean, 5 years is nothing. It is about as long as it takes some victims to recover.

    Your opinion is sought.

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  • 53. At 4:21pm on 08 May 2010, Epaque wrote:

    He will be okay. He can just change the "0" in the year 2011 to an "8". 2811: the year City may win it.

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  • 54. At 4:51pm on 08 May 2010, bedrastard wrote:

    Good news for you - Chas and Dave have reformed and are collaborating with Eminem on a new song - Knees up Mother*#*#er !!

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  • 55. At 5:59pm on 08 May 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Good stuff CC. Did you spill that City fan's beer this week?

    Minor technicality, to blow the double, Chelsea potentially only have to lose or draw one match!

    Come on Wigan!

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  • 56. At 8:24pm on 08 May 2010, molend wrote:

    Remember listening to that QPR match on steam radio here in Greece. 4-0 at half time, 5-3 ten minutes to go (as I remember, because the ouzo was flowing by then). And then Jack Charlton flouncing off in a huff, as if it was nowt to do with him. If he'd been any good, he'd have managed Ashington

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  • 57. At 02:19am on 09 May 2010, NYCfootballfan wrote:

    "The Spurs boss is not a big fan of the demon drink, but you can bet he'll make an exception this weekend when he dons his best whistle to take the trouble and strife daaan the rub-a-dub for a bottle of Calvin Klein and a plate of pie and mash. Mind you, any thoughts of such hi-jinks must have been a long way from his mind when Crouchy hit the beans on toast early doors."

    Honestly, this paragraph conveys no information to me. What language is he speaking?

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  • 58. At 07:07am on 09 May 2010, SimplyZola wrote:

    Mancini still looks better than Redknapp. Mancini rivals Mourinho in terms of look in my opinion.

    Brilliant blog though, love reading it each week.

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  • 59. At 10:40am on 09 May 2010, Diego_Maradorrans wrote:

    Trouble and strife = wife
    Daaan = down
    rub-a-dub-dub = pub
    Calvin Klein = wine
    Beans-on-toast = post

    Better?

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  • 60. At 11:17am on 09 May 2010, raszobbo wrote:

    hahaha nice tattoo!! Maybe another 100 years?! just change the 0 to a 1... 2111 maybe!!

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  • 61. At 3:06pm on 09 May 2010, David wrote:

    Hamilton is by far the best driver, just a pleasure to watch.

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  • 62. At 3:18pm on 09 May 2010, harnettski wrote:

    It will be interesting to see how Luton Town FC respond to the recent crowd trouble.

    Many years ago after trouble caused by Millwall fans Luton Town banned all away fans for several years.

    As the recent trouble was caused by Luton Town fans does this mean that home fans will now be banned and only away fans can attend the games?

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  • 63. At 6:29pm on 09 May 2010, Ratabilly wrote:

    Just for the record Chas 'n' Dave are still together and gigging. As for Spurs result today GERTCHA! But i'll take 4th spot and be very 'appy' for it, tar very much.

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  • 64. At 10:08pm on 10 May 2010, Simon wrote:

    that man looks strangly like stephen ireland haha

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