Spurs Supporters Club (Malta) founder Member Norbert Gingell gives us a month by month summary of Spurs' 2006-2007
....in which Spurs had their worst start for 6 years. Spurs even managed to lose at home to Everton, who have only ever beaten Spurs three times in 30 Premiership games. Paul Robinson was beaten at long range by an Ivan Campo shot at The Reebok. Spurs scored and won in only one of the three games, against Sheffield United, when Dimitar Berbatov scored his first of the season from close range.
Played 5, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 2. Sadly neither of the two wins were in the Premiership, but Spurs did beat Slavia Prague at home and away, without conceding. Although Spurs had some difficult away games at the start of the season, the fact that Spurs still haven't scored an away goal becomes a worry. Spurs even failed to score at home against Fulham, who should have been fodder. Berbatov got injured early in the month whilst on International duty, and missed all five games.
One of Spurs better months, in which they were unbeaten. Zokora achieves notoriety with a cheating dive that won a winning penalty against Portsmouth. Robinson achieves the same with that miss of a "bobbling" ball against Croatia, and becomes a target for the press over the course of the season whenever beaten from distance.
8 games were played this month, and two were lost - one on the last day of the month at The Emirates Stadium. It took until the middle of the month to win a game after another rain-sodden trip to Portsmouth, and a gladiatorial encounter with the "welcoming" Cardiff fans. Only three league games were played, and Spurs couldn't win one of them. Spurs surrendered what had been (at one stage in the tie) a two-goal lead to our hated enemies, and morale was seriously sapped when they booted us out of the Carling Cup semi-final on the last night of the month.
This was a month that started badly with a 4-0 home defeat by Manchester United, and further defeat at Bramall lane, after which Spurs were in the bottom half of the table. Spurs' purple patch of the season changed things, starting with a 4-0 win at Craven Cottage, which consisted of 4 top-class goals (2 each for Berbatov and Keane), a late, late winner by Jermaine Jenas at Goodison Park, ending with the 4-1 home win over Bolton. Robbie Keane was sent off in the first half for handball on the line, but even though Bolton scored from the spot, Spurs were 3-1 up, and increased their lead. This match included the single most impressive individual performance by a Spurs player all season, with a master-class by Dimitar Berbatov, on his own at the front for Spurs.
Spurs best marks of the season, and for 18 months. The month started with a fantastic trip to Upton Park. This was one of the most dramatic matches of the season, which we won with two late goals. It looked as if Spurs had condemned the Hammers to Championship football, but as we now know, they had a fantastic run-in. This month we had home and away 3-2 wins over Sporting Braga; Paul Robinson got on the scoresheet against Watford, but the highlight was the feeling at half-time when we were 3-1 up at Stamford Bridge. Sadly, Chelsea clawed their way back, and beat us in the replay. Spurs did climb up to 6th place in the League table to maintain their quest for UEFA qualification.
The purple patch was over, and the chance of qualifying for Europe was reduced to the single option of a League place, as last year's winners - Sevilla - cast us aside, and eventually retained their trophy. This tie was marred off the pitch by violence police tactics in Spain, and on the pitch by the early concession of two goals in the home leg. Jermaine Jenas rescued a point and some pride with a last-gasp equaliser at home to Arsenal, and with a welcome win at The Riverside, Spurs become favourites to take advantage of games in hand to qualify for next season's UEFA Cup. Ledley King's return to the side had a lot to do with improved morale on and off the pitch.
Jenas earns a point against Arsenal
Berbatov scores Spurs 100th goal of the season at Charlton
As the end of the season approached, we the Spurs followers said that we would be satisfied with another UEFA qualifying league position, and the fact that we did finish fifth just about made it a good season in my opinion. (Had we finished sixth or seventh, I would have described the season as "satisfactory")
It was a long hard season, testing the stamina of players required to play more than most, and here I take my hat off to Michael Dawson, who took part in 58 of the 59 games.
We had some exciting times and some fun times, and we can look forward to more of the same next term. Some people will say that we must win a trophy next season to achieve real progress, but for me the big requirement is to break into that top four cartel (hopefully at the expense of Arsenal).
Enjoy your summer.