Well that was a quiet year on the old Journal front...
Posted Aug 11, 2004
Where to start?
Still excited about new signings at the Lane. Still thinking this year will be much better than the last.
Been fantastically flooky and bagged the Euro2004 job at work this year - was a dream come true until I spent one evening interviewing thousands of ecstatic Lisboans who thought talking to the English media was fantastically amusing and made sure we knew it...
Met two great girls who, as usual, are not going to be the one I marry. I sure do know how to pick 'em.
Seen another half dozen of my mates tie the knot, so the credit cards have seen another few zeroes added to them. (You guys better be ready to spend some serious ferkin cash when I do the deed - I'm talking a stag do on Mars here...)
And I turned 30. Which was nice.
(Party still being planned)
Posted Oct 16, 2003
That damn update we've all just had to do. Put in a nickname rather than a username and I've now got another page to worry about. And it's not even tagged "Zebedee".
That's what happens if you use a different nick elsewhere on the net...
My faith has been rewarded...
Posted Jul 12, 2003
Well that's a signing and a half. Guess we get to look forward to the inevitable Copacabana terrace chant.
They call him Helder, Helder Postiga.....
Too patient by half...
Posted May 12, 2003
Another season, another summer of wondering if it's really worth stumping up half a grand to watch Spurs.
Well, in short - yes. It doesn't matter that the board are trying to shaft the fans - last year they cut the cup allocation from 4 to 2, next year it goes from 2 to 0 (and we don't get the refund on this year's unused ticket...) - and get this - they seem to be encouraging season ticket holders to take out membership too! Wasn't membership meant to be a cheap alternative to a season ticket? How can someone who pays about 5% of what I put into the club each year be entitled to benefits that I'm not?
Still, things could be worse. I could support Leeds, West Ham or the Scum. West Ham need to cling on to Defoe, Carrick, Cole and Johnson if they want a shot at bouncing back - and they can, and it could be a great launching pad for the club to rebuild with momentum. High earners pushing retirement like Winterburn and Ferdinand will help trim the wage bill with their departure, and you can bet James will leave - the wrong side of 30 and a senior England player. He'll jump at the chance of playing for a club in Europe. I bear the Hammers no malice - although I've wanted to see the number of London clubs in the top division come down (too many derbies), I think Fulham offer less to the neutral and I can't see them lasting long term in the top flight. Not without a home...and not with Fayed doing his best to unsettle successful managers.
Leeds and Arsenal? Well, for the past six or seven years we've been looking over at Highbury and wondering where the hell they were getting all the money from. Only a couple of thousand extra seats on us and cheaper tickets. Yet they still spend more in the market and more on wages. Playing badly in the Champions League each year doesn't bring in the money they've been spending.....and now we know why. For years I've been preaching patience - take our time, invest in youth - try to do a Man Utd and bring thorugh talented players who have passion for the club - that's the secret of sustained success - who wants to bea one season wonder and then collapse under debt? It's frustrating when it always seems to be another season or two away, but Leeds and Arsenal aren't the only clubs who are feeling the pinch. Chelsea bailed themselves out (but only short-term) yesterday, Liverpool's board are speaking in a tone that suggests the money they will find is money they don't really want to....Newcastle are signing youth with big wage packets so need to continue success or it could catch up with them in a few seasons. I think within five years you'll see the clubs that have been cautious during the Premiership era will be the ones fighting for the trophies....
..but I guess that's just me hoping. If the board succumb to a stupid bid for Simon Davies, then that would show zero ambition. Competitive clubs do not sell their best young players to their biggest rivals.
Hoddle deserves the full five years as far as I'm concerned - give him that long to bring through his team - no manager has built his first eleven in two years, so don't expect it now.
Falling into place?
Posted Sep 17, 2002
Well, let me see.......finally been promoted to the job I've done for a year and a half, buying a new flat (much more affluent postcode...), and Spurs are breathing far more rarified air than I'm used to.
Is there any chance at all that my love life could get sorted too? I think I've been patient enough to deserve one more thing going right