Thursday, September 30, 2004

A nice Spurs Blog

Came across this Blog at GGnet, a popular forum for Spurs fans. Make sure you check this blog out as it is 100% Spurs related. (unlike me who put everything here without any sorting)

Keep up your good work, James (not me)!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Happy Birthday Simon

Celebrated Simon's birthday at OneOneNam and Karin's place.
Played card games and Connie proved that she is indeed a mathematics genuis.... 6x4 =24....
All the photos HERE thanks to Karin


The couple and me Posted by Hello


At Karin's place Posted by Hello


The handsome trio Posted by Hello


simon, james, jo, connie, rudy and karin Posted by Hello


Simon Posted by Hello


Rudy the chef at OneOneNam Posted by Hello

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Coordination

Seems that I just can't coordinate what I think with what I speak these days:
e.g. 大件夾抵食 ----> 大食夾抵
擺隻碟落架車先 ----> 擺架車落隻碟先

My bets

Last week was a particularly frustrating week for me in the betting perspective. I can't seem to get anything right but at least the newly discovered tactics of laying of 5 bookings or more in the Premier League and the laying of the first goal odds at 0-20 minutes are still working in my favour so far.

Tonight's Champions League Preview: Dynamo Kiev to win, Monaco to win, Real Madrid to win.

Spurs 0 Man U 1: My Thoughts

It is not a penalty, at least not in my eyes.

Yes, there were tussles in the area, but O'Shea pulled as much as Edman did. So the benefit of doubt should always go to the defender in this scenario. Poor decision, and it triggered Spurs first defeat of the season.

I love the tactical flexibility displayed by Santini. A brave move saw Defoe playing upfront, Kanoute and Keano on the flanks and Mabizela joining Redknapp and Mendes in a defensive midfield trio. It might work has Kanoute not been injured in the first 20 minutes, but anyway it is a brave and adventurous tactical move by Santini, and I hope to see more of that.

Match Report: Spurs 0 Man U 1

Manchester United followed up their Monday night win over Liverpool with a passionate 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane as Sir Alex Ferguson's team finally claimed their first away win of the season - and sent Spurs to their first defeat under Jacques Santini.

Ruud van Nistelrooy beats Paul Robinson (JamieMcDonald/GettyImages)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy was the matchwinner in United's 700th top-flight game under Ferguson, firing home a penalty four minutes before halftime after Erik Edman tugged back John O'Shea, the Dutchman's first league goal of the season.

    That made it six points from two games since Rio Ferdinand returned from his eight-month ban for failing to attend a drugs test, and this was United signalling to Arsenal and Chelsea that it will be a three-way fight for the title this season.

    United came out of the traps flying and Spurs were fortunate not to concede a penalty after only three minutes as they were spared by the honesty of Gabriel Heinze.

    The Argentine defender found space on the left, just inside the penalty area, when Mbulelo Mabizela slid in with a reckless tackle.

    Heinze went down but jumped up immediately to try and play in the cross, and had he remained on the floor referee Pete Walton would surely have awarded a spot kick.

    Spurs hit back after seven minutes when they won a free kick on the right, level with the 18-yard box following a handball by Heinze. Keane curled in the cross and Noureddine Naybet headed wide at the near post.

    It was fast and furious and two minutes later a low Ryan Giggs free kick into the Spurs box was met with a stooping header from Alan Smith, but it lacked the power to trouble goalkeeper Paul Robinson and he made a simple save.

    It was van Nistelrooy who caused the next problem after 26 minutes. The Dutchman's low drive from the right deflected off Ledley King and Robinson had to pounce on the ball at his near post. A minute later a Giggs curling effort was not too far over the Spurs bar.

    Spurs made a change with Fredi Kanoute being replaced by Davies after 29 minutes. Perhaps it was Santini's way of trying to stem the tide, although the Frenchman left the field holding his hamstring.

    Spurs were reduced to the odd long-range effort but a 25-yard half-volley from Mendes almost caught out Carroll after 38 minutes as he was forced to push the ball around his right post for a corner.

    Spurs were rocked after 41 minutes when Edman tugged back O'Shea and this time the referee's assistant signalled for a penalty. Van Nistelrooy fired the ball into the left corner to give United a deserved lead.

    United picked up where they left off after the break - dominating possession - and Smith might have done better when creating a chance for himself after 47 minutes.

    The England striker cleverly chipped the ball over Naybet on the edge of the box but then snatched at the ball and screwed it wide with only Robinson to beat.

    As if not to be outdone, Defoe created a chance of his own three minutes later by nicking the ball away from Roy Keane, but was unfortunate to be just off balance as he took his shot and he too screwed the ball wide.

    Spurs won a free kick on the right after 57 minutes when Heinze climbed all over Jamie Redknapp but such was United's desire for the win, they had three defenders trying to head the cross clear as only King challenged.

    The first booking of the game arrived after 59 minutes and it went to Mendes for a trip on Ronaldo.

    Two minutes later United had the ball in the net again as Ronaldo crossed low from the left and van Nistelrooy guided the ball home, but Spurs were saved by an offside flag.

    That gave United fresh impetus and after 64 minutes Ronaldo skipped easily past Edman and drilled in a low shot which Robinson saved well at his near post.

    United screamed for another penalty after 67 minutes but the referee was spot on to ignore the pleas as Noe Pamarot played the ball and not the man.

    It almost got worse for Spurs following a United corner after 72 minutes, but Keane bravely put his body in the way to block a point blank shot from Silvestre.

    Spurs rode their luck one more time after 88 minutes when Ronaldo crossed from the left and substitute David Bellion saw his diving header hit Robinson's body - a save the England goalkeeper knew little about.

  • Saturday, September 25, 2004

    Spurs v Man U Preview

    7 games into the new season, 3 wins 4 draws, 2 conceded. Statistics tell us that Spurs have lost the last 6 games to Man U, home or away.

    I am always optimistic about our home game against Man U, especially the form of Man U is by no way excellent of late. If our defence can hold their own against Van the Horse, I am confident of at least a draw, but my heart says this will be a good home win for Spurs. Defoe is not afraid of playing the top teams, so he will be the nucleus of all the Spurs move, and hopefully Davies will strengthen our right side and provide some quality crosses for Freddie to nod some in.

    My prediction: Spurs 2 Man U 1

    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Casual Friday

    Christy: is rudy b-day coming?
    Rudy: still a long way to go, Karin's will come b4 mine

    Karin: by just 1 day lar..... >_<
    Christy: i wrongly remember it's in early oct
    Connie: oh, christy, you broke rudy's heart la...
    Christy: he won't. only if you forget about his b-day, he will
    Me: Christy the Heart Breaker
    Connie: oh, so it's Rudy The Broken Heart, i never remember his b-day
    Rudy: that trivial matter will not affect my love and affection on your gals .. no worries
    Karin: well well, whether heart broken or not depends on "weight" lar....
    Connie: enough entertainment, do we need to book a table in heaven on earth? btw, is the venue fixed yet?
    .....

    Trip to London off?

    On a sour note, my scheduled trip to London for the Chalton and Arse game is likely to be called off. :-(

    FM2005

    The much awaited FM2005 beta demo is out. Would it be the best management game as expected?

    Oldham v Spurs - My Thoughts

    So a pleasantly surprise result for Spurs in the League Cup, and first starts of the season for Keller, OJ, Bunji and Gardner means the team boosted squad depth which was lacking last season. First goals of the season for Keano, Kanoute and Bunji give Santini a tough choice as to who should partner Defoe upfront. On current form, I prefer Kanoute to Keano.

    Next up is Bolton away in the League Cup. If we can beat them, I can see the boys going all the way!

    Match Report: Oldham 0 Spurs 6

    The quality of Tottenham's forward line proved too hot for Oldham to handle as Jacques Santini's side eased their way into the third round of the Carling Cup with a 6-0 cruise at Boundary Park.

    Keane: On song for Spurs (MatthewLewis/GettyImages)
    Teams such as Oldham can expect to suffer against strikers of the calibre of Freddie Kanoute, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe - with the trio scoring the opening three goals.
  • Santini, a winner of the French League Cup during his time at Lyon, had to be patient as the Latics, currently 17th in League One, displayed little by way of nerves.

    But class eventually won through, in particular during a one-sided second-half which saw Spurs rattle in five goals.

    Former Arsenal defender and current Oldham manager Brian Talbot will have been disappointed as Spurs capitalised on their first corner of the tie to take the lead just eight minutes from the break.

    It was simply done as Keane curled in the cross for Kanoute to head down and beyond Craig Mawson for his first goal since a hat-trick in an FA Cup third-round tie against Crystal Palace in January.

    Spurs were inches away from a second on the stroke of half-time, with Keane steering a knockdown from Kanoute to a free-kick from captain Jamie Redknapp narrowly over the bar.

    That would have been rough justice on Oldham as there was respect, but not awe, from Talbot's side for their visitors whose only other chances were half ones for Keane and Johnnie Jackson.

    Oldham, who had scored 13 league goals in four home games prior to this match, never truly tested Kasey Keller, back in goal for the first time since the final game of last season due to Paul Robinson's £1.5million summer arrival from Leeds.

    After a moment's indecision in the opening minute which almost let in Jamaican Jermaine Johnson, Keller was more alert in the 20th minute when he needed to be quick off his line to deny New Zealander Chris Killen.

    Oldham's best chance of the half came when Spurs were still celebrating their opener as a low left-wing cross from 40-year-old David Eyres was behind Anthony Gardner, and though Killen was lurking, he failed to trouble Keller.

    After the break Spurs found another gear, with Michael Brown and Kanoute going close, sandwiching a crisp angled drive from Killen which flashed past the right-hand post, but that proved to be the home side's lot.

    In the 65th minute, a mix-up between former Spurs trialist Mark Arber and Mawson gave Keane the opportunity he needed to score his first goal of the season, firing home from an acute angle into the roof of the net.

    It was his final contribution as he was replaced by Defoe in the 67th minute, the England international starting on the bench as one of seven changes to the team which drew in the Barclays Premiership at Chelsea on Sunday.

    Within four minutes Defoe had scored his fourth of the season, finishing an incisive move involving another substitute in Pedro Mendes and Brown.

    After Defoe had ruffled the sidenetting with another thunderous drive five minutes from time, Spurs added a few exclamation points to the scoreline in the closing moments.

    Serbia and Montenegro defender Goran Bunjevcevic finished from 12 yards for Tottenham's fourth, before Gardner scored a beauty from 25 yards for his first goal for two years.

    Kanoute completed the rout, arrowing a 15-yarder beyond Mawson with the final kick of the game.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2004

    Oldham v Spurs Preview

    An amazing losing run of 3 consecutive nights have put a halt to my winning trail, so I have to count on my Spurs team to put that losing run to an end and all they have to do tonite is to beat Oldham by 1-0 or 2-0.

    Spurs have been defending as well as I have seen in recent years but their attacking power have not been convincing as well. Therefore a low scoring game with Spurs scoring the odd goal or two would be a perfect match for the statistics. Some fringe players will be played and tested, and I expect Simon Davies will score one of the goals and the other possibly coming from Keane.

    Prediction: Oldham 0-1 or 0-2 Spurs

    The Amazing Race - the only TV show that makes me yell




    Well done Chip and Kim for finishing the Amazing Race in the first place. I have rooted for you Chip since the 2nd Episode. I could not go to sleep if Colin and Christie have got that 1 million. You raced fairly, used the Yield wisely and played the tactics smartly. You are a deserved winner!

    Colin and Christie were the fittest team and the most competitive one. Their ego have let them down at the final 2 legs though. Bowling moms were the surprise of the whole race.

    OK, Amazing Race 6 will come in Oct. Can't wait!

    Note: I would recommend whoever have installed Cable TV to watch at least 1 episode of the Amazing Race, you gonna love it. It is on AXN channel (22) every Wednesday, 9pm.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask

    Spent some time to promote this Blog to my friends, and I hope everyone would have their own blog before long. For beginners like me, there is an excellent article to get you going. Read it here.

    Apparently it is me


    Contributed by Ellen -- apparently it is me according to her. Posted by Hello

    Joey Yung?



    警花「容祖兒」畀大Sir撩
    新 聞 — 本 港 新 聞
    全 港 首 間 警 察 服 務 中 心 昨 日 開 張 大 吉 , 除 了 一 眾 警 隊 「 大 Sir 」 到 場 剪 綵 道 賀 外 , 在 服 務 中 心 的 櫃 後 , 竟 出 現 了 一 個 身 穿 整 齊 軍 裝 的 容 祖 兒 , 細 看 之 下 , 才 發 現 她 名 牌 上 寫 另 一 個 名 字 。
    被 取 笑 即 面 紅 問 其 芳 名 , 坐 在 她 身 旁 的 阿 Sir 竟 笑 道 : 「 咪 叫 容 祖 兒 囉 ! 」 弄 得 她 登 時 臉 紅 尷 尬 。 其 實 這 位 Madam 名 叫 劉 念 素 , 是 一 位 名 副 其 實 的 「 新 紮 師 妹 」 , 入 行 一 年 半 , 之 前 在 中 區 駐 守 。 她 不 但 精 通 普 通 話 , 還 一 直 有 進 修 英 文 , 所 以 絕 對 勝 任 能 為 市 民 及 旅 客 提 供 滿 意 服 務 。

    Joey Yung of the Hong Kong Police Force, courtesy of Oriental Daily Posted by Hello

    Monday, September 20, 2004

    My bets round up

    +1020.42 at Betfair over the weekend.
    Nice job Spurs, Palermo, Watford, Espanyol...etc.

    +1000 at hkjc for a nice 3x4 accumulator of over / under 2.5 goals and correct score 2x3

    Tonite: Lay Man U v Liverpool at 2.24. Come on Pool!

    Photo of the Day


    Jamie Redknapp, Captain of the mighty Spurs, and me. This was taken before the match Spurs v Liverpool in 2002 - Jamie had just signed for Spurs on a free transfer. Posted by Hello

    One Country, Two Currencies

    When I was returning from the PTR hearing in the afternoon, I had only got a $10 note and a $500 note in my wallet, with few RMB$5 as well. The taxi fare was $15. I gave the $500 note to the taxi driver who rejected it by saying, "Hey, I didn't get any change for you!". I then offered him a $10 note and 2 RMB$5 notes to settle the fare, and he immediately accepted. Is it a matter of time before RMB becomes a legal currency in Hong Kong?

    Chelsea v Spurs - My Thoughts

    Two successive 0-0 draws for Spurs, but the entertainment value of both matches are high. As I have predicted, the game was a low scoring affair, and it can't get as low as a 0-0 draw. The back 4 (Edman, Paramot, Naybet and King) are majestic compared to last season's line up (Taricco, Carr, Doherty and Gardner). King was particularly impressive and the statistics told us that he hasn't committed a foul since England v Iceland back in June until last night. And he is a defender!

    Mendes is getting better and better with each game since his move from Porto, and it would be difficult to leave him out of the side when Carrick and Davis returned from their injuries. Davies returned for his first start and delivered a nice cross only for Keano to head the ball straight at Cech, and Atouba was doing okay. His stepovers were funny to look at for a huge man. Defoe and Keano didn't see much of the ball as we were under siege for most of the game, but Keano's touches let him down a number of times. Keano definitely needs to get sharper, or else his place will be in jeopardy.

    Redknapp played an unspectacular but effective game, and I think he didn't deserve those harsh critics directed against him. I have met Redknapp when he first signed for Spurs, and he was a genuinely nice bloke. He stopped his car at the main entrance, rolled down his car window and signed autographs and posed for photographs for the fans. A first rate man and a decent footballer as well. He is our team captain and I hope the fans will set aside their opinions and give Redknapp a clean slate before judging him.

    James' Man of the Match: Ledley King

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham - Match Report

    Chelsea failed to close the gap on leaders Arsenal as Tottenham continued their fine start to the season. Spurs gave a prodigious defensive display, with Nourredine Naybet and Ledley King outstanding at the back.

    When Chelsea did breach the Spurs defence they were thwarted by Paul Robinson, who twice rushed out to deny Didier Drogba and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

    But Chelsea keeper Petr Cech made the save of the game, somehow tipping over the bar a Robbie Keane header.

    Having failed to score in their last two league games, Chelsea remain two points behind Arsenal at the top of the table.

    Spurs continue to go from strength-to-strength under new manager Jacques Santini - and this was a performance of the highest order.

    Jose Mourinho threw on Damien Duff and Mateja Kezman to try and snatch the elusive goal but by withdrawing Joe Cole, the Chelsea coach deprived his team of their most creative player.

    Chelsea forced three corners in the opening two minutes, Gudjohnsen and Ricardo Carvalho going close with a couple of headers.

    Robinson had misjudged the flight of Frank Lampard's corner for the Gudjohnsen chance but he was quickly to make amends.

    Gudjohnsen released Drogba with a perceptive pass that cut out the Spurs defence only for Robinson to rush out to beat the Ivory Coast international to the ball.

    Working behind Droga and Gudjohnsen, Cole enjoyed a productive game for Chelsea and time and again he threatened to unlock the Spurs defence.

    The Chelsea midfielder nearly freed Gudjohnsen twice and Cole himself then weaved his way into the Spurs box with a penetrating run.

    Spurs did manage to halt Cole run's but the ball ran to Tiago, who scuffed his shot.

    Just before the interval, Robinson was quick off his line again to deny Drogba following an intricate Chelsea move and a fine Lampard pass.

    Spurs were more timid as an attacking force in the opening half, their best outlet some forceful running from Thimothee Atouba.

    Just after the interval Spurs had their first clear sight of goal when Keane was denied by Cech's reaction save after Carvalho misjudged a Simon Davies cross.

    Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper also had to scamper across his line quickly to parry a Jamie Redknapp shot following a Spurs corner.

    As Chelsea redoubled their attacking efforts, Robinson had to come to side's rescue again, pushing away a Lampard free-kick that the Spurs goalkeeper saw very late as it came to him through a crowded penalty area.

    In a frantic finale, Gudjohnsen hit the post, although if the ball had gone in the goal would not have stood as Drogba was in an offside position.

    And King made one final last-ditch clearance as Drogba bore down on goal to ensure Spurs claimed a thoroughly deserved point.



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    Chelsea: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, Terry, Bridge (Smertin 85), Tiago (Kezman 66), Lampard, Makelele, Cole (Duff 66), Drogba, Gudjohnsen.
    Subs Not Used: Pidgeley, Gallas.

    Booked: Smertin.

    Tottenham: Robinson, Naybet, King, Edman, Pamarot, Atouba (Brown 74), Redknapp, Pedro Mendes, Davies, Defoe (Kanoute 86), Keane.
    Subs Not Used: Keller, Mabizela, Gardner.

    Booked: King, Redknapp.

    Att: 42,246


    Sunday, September 19, 2004

    Photo of the Day


    Photo of the day: Ginger Pele and me. Posted by Hello

    Bets of the night

    Come on Spurs, Watford, Inverness and Celtic.
    And Everton and Middlesboro for a draw please.

    My Girl


    May I introduce Ellen, my girlfriend and the chief of White Terror Terrorist Attack(!), who will feature prominently in this Blog. Posted by Hello

    Chelsea v Spurs Preview

    Spurs' record against Chelsea has been nothing else but appalling. Santini and his new look team, however, give supporters a solid start to this season. 2 wins, 3 draws and yet undefeated in the new season. Defoe is our main and only threat so far, but with Simon Davies and Robbie Keana back from injury, Spurs will be looking for a better attacking option.

    The main worry I have is Naybet v Drogba. Huckerby has proved that Naybet would struggle against pace, and Drogba will seize on this deficiency of Naybet for some goalscoring threat. Anyway, I estimate this game will be a low scoring affair.

    Prediction: Chelski 1-1 Spurs

    Nightmares

    I had a series of mares last night, and that was a sign that I have fallen sick.

    Much like Silent Hill 4: the Room (the PS2 game), my room was invaded by "ghosts". I dreamt that some strange words have been written on my wardrobe, and my law dictionary which was placed on the top drawer of my wardrobe suddenly fell down on me as I was lying on my bed. I also heard strange noises....

    Nice dream!

    The Debut of The Glory Glory Tottenham Hotsblog

    A rainy day, a weak body and a soar throat = creation of this Glory Glory Tottenham Hotsblog!

    How long will this blog continue to run? What content should this blog contain? How frequently will this blog be updated? I don't know.

    Let's see.

    Thi s is me