Spurred on for the 38 away games rollercoaster ride!

View from the opposition – Spurs:

A bit about you

Name: Kat Law

Current home town: Buckhurst Hill, Essex

Birthplace: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

How long have you supported your team? 37 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground? 

Probably the first person struggling to answer this question! We’ve been nomads this season, playing at Wembley after our home was demolished last May and counting down the days until we move into our new home in the Autumn.

My favourite thing is that our new home is adjacent to the site of White Hart Lane and that the ashes of our greatest ever manager, Bill Nicholson, have been re-interred at the exact point where the old ground overlaps the new. In the most modern stadium in the land, it’s important to remember your history.

Favourite match played by your team & why?

1981 Cup Final v Man City. The reason I support Spurs

Favourite player of all time who played for your club? 

Ricky Villa. See above 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  

Toby Alderweireld. Outstanding centre half who would grace any defence in Europe. Controversially dropped for large chunks of the season after contract talks failed. Hugely popular and will be a big loss if not resolved this summer 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  

Christian Eriksen. A class act and our creative spark 

Player in our squad you most fear and why?

Mahrez and Vardy have the pace and drive to cause us problems

Up and coming prospect in your squad?  

Not been a vintage season for the kids. Winks is injured and Kyle Walker-Peters hasn’t yet made an impact on the first team but hopefully that’ll kick on next year 

How do you think you'll do against us? Be nice to sign off with a win but the last game of the season often throws up some unexpected results

General Questions:  

Last August where did you think you'd finish this season?

5th or 6th. We’ve effectively played 38 games away from home

Which teams did you honestly think would go down? 

Huddersfield, West Ham and Watford 

Describe your season in less than 15 words? 

Usual rollercoaster and highly respectable finish, but ultimately no silverware

At the start of the season did you think Man City would win the league and if not who did you think would? 

Probably, or Man United 

If you could change 3 things at your club what would they be? 

Ticket pricing, fan representation on the Club board, our FA Cup semi-final hoodoo

What is the name of your Trust? THST

What role do you play? Co-chair 

Why did you get involved?

Because I firmly believe fans should have a voice in the running of their clubs. And I have a loud voice 

What is your website for more details? www.THSTOfficial.com

How are you involved in football on a national level?

Member of Supporters Direct’s England and Wales Football Council, FA Council supporter representative

What national projects are you currently involved in? FA Cup ticket pricing, away ticket pricing for concessions and young adults, kick off times and broadcast scheduling, safe standing, FA Cup

Replays and mid-season break, regulatory reform, flexible train fare initiative for football fans  

Any other comments? Wishing you and your fans a great summer and looking forward to welcoming 3000 of you to our new ground next season. Maybe give the Cheese Room a miss, though 😉

Preview from a Gooner

View from the opposition – Arsenal:

A bit about you

Name: Tim Payton (@timpayton)

Current home town: London

Birthplace: London

How long have you supported your team? 37 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground? It scores highly for functionality but lacks atmosphere

Favourite match played by your team & why? Winning the league at White Hart Lane

Favourite player of all time who played for your club? Robert Pires

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Aaron Ramsey – when fit and on form he transforms what our midfield and team can do

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – a natural goalscorer

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Jamie Vardy – Pace will always challenge Arsenal’s defenders

Up and coming prospect in your squad?  Ainsley Maitland-Niles

How do you think you'll do against us? Arsenal haven’t won a point away in 2018 – but I think the ‘dead rubber’ element will see them get at least a point

General Questions:  

Last August where did you think you'd finish this season?  4th

Which teams did you honestly think would go down? Huddersfield Town and Brighton – and they have done amazingly well

Describe your season in less than 15 words? The worst in 22years leading to the departure of Arsene Wenger

At the start of the season did you think Man City would win the league and if not who did you think would? Yes – they have the best squad and the best manager

If you could change 3 things at your club what would they be? A more effective and representative Board; safe standing; and better ticket arrangements to fill the empty seats

Tim Payton is one of the Board Members at Arsenal Supporters Trust and as well as being heavily involved in the Trust he is also involved in representing all supporters on the national stage.

For more information on the Arsenal Trust please go to: https://www.arsenaltrust.org

Next Up – Arsenal

Next Up Arsenal 9 May 2017

Manager        Arsène Wenger       Founded       1886

Ground          Emirates Stadium   Address   Hornsey Road, London N5 1BU

Capacity        60,432

Squad: 

4              Germany                                             DF           Per Mertesacker (captain)

6              France                                                  DF           Laurent Koscielny

7              Armenia                                               MF         Henrikh Mkhitaryan

8              Wales                                                    MF         Aaron Ramsey

9              France                                                  FW         Alexandre Lacazette

10           England                                                MF         Jack Wilshere

11           Germany                                             MF         Mesut Özil

13           Colombia                                             GK          David Ospina

14           Gabon                                                  FW         Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

16           England                                                DF           Rob Holding

17           Nigeria                                                  FW         Alex Iwobi

18           Spain                                                     DF           Nacho Monreal

19           Spain                                                     MF         Santi Cazorla

20           Germany                                             DF           Shkodran Mustafi

21           England                                               DF           Calum Chambers

23           England                                                FW         Danny Welbeck

24           Spain                                                     DF           Héctor Bellerín

27           Greece                                                 DF           Konstantinos Mavropanos

29           Switzerland                                        MF         Granit Xhaka

30           England                                               MF         Ainsley Maitland-Niles

31           Bosnia and Herzegovina                   DF           Sead Kolašinac

33           Czech Republic                                   GK          Petr Čech

35           Egypt                                                    MF         Mohamed Elneny

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.arsenal.com

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View from the opposition – West Ham United

A bit about you

Name: Paul Turner

Current home town: Dagenham, Essex

Birthplace: Dagenham, Essex (really interesting answers so far, huh?)

How long have you supported your team? Life Sentence so far.

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: You can leave at some point? If I had to pick one thing I actually do like, rather than being facetious, then I would chose the friends and family I attend the matches with.

Favourite match played by your team & why: Good question. One of my favourite matches that I have attended myself in recent years would be the Europa League first round qualifying match against Lusitanos in Andorra in July 2015. Went on my own but had such a laugh with those I travelled with through the Pyrenees, the drinking in the capital’s city centre, Andorra la Vella and being part of 500 fans vastly outnumbering the home fans on a blazingly hot day. Picturesque surroundings and guys using the running track to hold their own impromptu athletics meet (gave us an idea of what was to come). All finished off by watching a Cirque du Soleil performance in an amphitheatre.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My childhood hero was Tony Cottee. Always thought of myself as a striker in the Cottee mould who was wasted playing in goal. I played in goal for a reason……

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Declan Rice. Easy to say a youngster that comes through the youth ranks into the first team environment but I always want the club to promote from within and be given a chance. Declan has made a couple of errors recently but all professional footballers regardless of their age will.  

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  Depends on the formation and the way we set up, Manuel Lanzini. We have played incredibly defensively recently which has stifled out attacking intent. If we play Lanzini behind a striker and allow him to be the link man between midfield and our attacking options, we might be able to dictate the play. He is technically very gifted and at times is way too good for a club of our stature. Sometimes it’s a lack of consistency of performance that does for him.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Riyad Mahrez. Kind of footballer (on the field) any team would want. Vision, ability to pick the right ball, bit of pace.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Apart from Rice, Nathan Trott is being touted for big things. Switched allegiances from Bermuda to England and has kept goal for England Under 20’s this season. Already our third choice goalkeeper which I think is a shame as it stands as I am a great believer that nothing can replicate competitive, senior football. A loan deal, even if he played in the 5th tier or lower is a much better prospect then having shots taken against you as the starting line-up warm up on a match day and you then go sit in the stands.

How do you think you'll do against us? Lose. 2-0.

General Questions:  

Where do you now think you'll finish this season? Honestly do not know. I do not think we will win another game this season and seem to be praying that other teams are more rubbish then us.

Which 3 teams do you now think will go down and how has that altered from the start of the season? If I had to pick three then West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Huddersfield Town. Start of the season I thought Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Bournemouth

Describe your season in less than 15 words?  “We are not a circus anymore” – Mark Noble

At the start of the season did you think Man City would win the league and if not who did you think would? I told people before the season started that if one of the two Manchester clubs did not win the league then something was seriously wrong.

If you could change 3 things at your club what would they be? The owners, the stadium, the mentality that cup competitions are a “distraction” and Premier League survival was the be all and end all.

Not much then.

Any other comments? 

Please don’t hurt our goal difference too much.

 

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Palace fans lament the 7 game head start

View from the opposition – Crystal Palace 

A bit about you 

Name: Dale Bowman 

Current home town: Colchester 

Birthplace: Colchester 

How long have you supported your team? Since day one 

Overview of your club: 

Favourite thing about your home ground: The noise, we certainly put on an atmosphere! 

Favourite match played by your team & why: There has been many in recent years such as the playoff final of the 12/13 season and the FA Cup run to the final last season and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season for the first time in the league since 1982. The best game I witnessed has to be the game we nickname Crystanbul in the 13/14 season against Liverpool, we were 3-0 down and brought the game back to a 3-3 draw and ruined any hope of them getting there name scribed on the Premier League trophy that season. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Andrew Johnson 

About our forthcoming match against you: 

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  

Wilfried Zaha, tricky player and exciting to watch, he's just too good for you! 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  

Again, Wilfried Zaha, he is strong and skillful, and he often gets fouled a lot so maybe that’s a proven point to why he should be feared. 

Player in our squad you most fear and why?  

Jamie Vardy, when he is firing on all cylinders! 

Up and coming prospect in your squad?  
Aaron Wan Bissaka, he came through our academy and he hasn't been in our first team long and he has made an instant impact to our defence! 

How do you think you'll do against us? 

Well, if its anything like the away game at the Kingpower, we should be in for a treat! I’m going for a closer game, 3-1 Palace!!  

General Questions:   
 

Where do you now think you'll finish this season?  

I like to think somewhere like 13th-14th which would be a good finish considering the 7 game headstart we gave everyone! 

Which 3 teams do you think will go down? 

Westbrom, Stoke and I would like to say Brighton, but I think it will be Huddersfield. 

Describe your season in less than 15 words? 

Slow start, better middle, unlucky in quite a few games. 

At the start of the season did you think Man City would win the league and if not who did you think would? I had a feeling they probably would, either them or Tottenham 

If you could change 3 things at your club what would they be? 

Better Striker (Benteke has been beyond poor this season!) I would love us to have a bigger stadium (which has been granted as in the next couple of seasons we will see a new stand and our capacity increased from 25,000 to 34,000!), and possibly a slightly better defence, conceded too many late goals this year! 

Any other comments?  

COME ON YOU PALACE!!!