St Totteringham's Day

A St Totteringham's Day Diary.

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    St Totteringham's Day is the day when Arsenal fans celebrate the fact that Tottenham can no longer catch Arsenal in the League. It is a movable feast, but usually falls in March, April or May. It is the day to collect on bets made by over-optimistic Spurs fans in the close season who think that "this is the year".

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    Tue, 03 May 2016


    So Chelsea managed a draw. Congratulations to Leicester City on winning the most unexpected title since Cloughy won it.

    Anyway this means with both Arsenal and Spurs having two games left we can still have a St T's.

    Spurs are three points ahead. If they win either of the remaining games then (barring Arsenal winning two matches 15-0 odd) we can't catch them. We need draws or defeats against Southampton and Newcastle, and Arsenal wins against City and Villa.

    Not impossible but still a long shot.

    Of course if the FA take Spurs behaviour last night seriously (like they took the United v Arsenal brawl back in 1991 seriously) then it might help...

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    Sun, 01 May 2016

    What we need now is some blind optimism.

    So we are in May and Spurs are still ahead. This is a testing time for those who look forward to St Totteringham's day each year, but we aren't quite dead yet.

    I've decided to be mindlessly optimistic and look at how we might still do it. I'll leave as an exercise to the reader how likely this is!

    Spurs hangover

    First match up is Chelsea v Spurs. Following a Leicester win at Old Trafford today the team is delfated and doesn't compete as well as it can. Chelsea are well up for a morale boosting win and the Chelsea fans will be able to spend the Summer claiming it was just the first half of the season and they'll be back. Spurs two points ahead with two to go each.

    Southampton bore fest

    The Saints have a tight defence and manage to hold Spurs in a dull 0-0 draw. Spurs move three points clear and have one to go.

    Third place decider goes to Arsenal

    Oddy the Manchester City game is the one I think might show Arsenal playing well. The lethargy we've seen in recent matches is brushed aside in an attempt to secure Champions League football by finishing above City. It's tight but late goals give us a win that appears more comfortable than it really was. We move level on points, but behind on goal difference.

    Final day Lasagne

    Whether Spurs make the mistake of eating Lasagne before the final day or not they are surprised by a strong Newcastle performance. The Geordies manage to scrape a point and stay up. Meanwhile Arsenal play out a dull 2-0 win at the Emirates against a poor Villa team. The result is we finish second and the media praise Wenger beyond all reason and criticise the fans who have paid for the drivel we've seen this season.

    So we could have St Totteringham's on May 15th!

    But... while each bit is possible, perhaps even plausible, I'm not putting any money on it!

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    Sun, 17 Apr 2016

    Well that was awful

    We drew with a team who have only managed seven points since 2nd January. Bottom of the 2016 table.

    What a load...

    Anyway we are now five behind Spurs with both teams having five games left. Seriously I can't see any way back from this.

    Stoke City (A) West Bromwich Albion (H)
    West Bromwich Albion (H) Sunderland (A)
    Chelsea (A) Norwich City (H)
    Southampton (H) Manchester City (A)
    Newcastle Utd (A) Aston Villa (H)

    Spurs need 11 points to be sure of finishing above us. Four wins will get them there. I'm looking at WBA, Southampton and Newcastle as three of them. Can both Stoke and Chelsea do us a favour?

    The option is us dropping points. I suspect we will beat Manchester City, but I can't see us not helping Spurs further by dropping something against Sunderland or Norwich: both scrapping for their life.

    Like Palace.

    I might feel more optimistic if Stoke beat Spurs...

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    Sat, 02 Apr 2016

    Big game this evening...

    Much as it may pain me to admit it, we could do with Liverpool doing us a huge favour tonight. Come on Liverpool...

    Normally at the start of April I'd be making an estimate of when St Totteringham's will fall, but this year it is firmly in the if category not the when. The top of the table is not at all pretty:
    Games leftPointsGDMaximum points available
    Leicester City7662387
    Manchester City7542475

    Having said that, and while I stress that I don't think Arsenal can win the title, and that we aren't secure from being overtaken by City (or West Ham or Manchester United come to that), the run-in below shows why I think (i) Leicester are going to do it and (ii) why Spurs fans can't be sure of breaking the 21 year streak.
    Southampton (H) Liverpool (A)
    Sunderland (A) Manchester Utd (H) West Ham Utd (A)
    West Ham Utd (H) Stoke City (A) Crystal Palace (H)
    West Bromwich Albion (H)
    Swansea City (H) West Bromwich Albion (H) Sunderland (A)
    Manchester Utd (A) Chelsea (A) Norwich City (H)
    Everton (H) Southampton (H) Manchester City (A)
    Chelsea (A) Newcastle Utd (A) Aston Villa (H)
    Key: points at 5pm on 2nd April: Less than 20 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 over 60

    The rest of this weekend could be good for Arsenal, but if Spurs don't slip up in one of the next three then it looks like St Totteringham will be having a rest this year. Also nice to see a solid professional drubbing of Watford today, almost makes up for the Cup result...

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    Sun, 06 Mar 2016

    The day after the NLD

    I'm just going to stick to the facts here today.

    We are now eight points behind Leicester, and three behind Spurs.

    They both have better goal differences than us, Leicester by 5 and Spurs by 11. That is effectively an extra point for both.

    So the top of the table looks like this...
    Games leftPointsGDPoints available
    Leicester City9602187
    Manchester City10502180

    Not pretty reading but what about the run in? Before I looked at this I was miserable but this may cheer you up...
    Newcastle Utd (H) Aston Villa (A) West Bromwich Albion (H)
    Crystal Palace (A) Bournemouth (H) Everton (A)
    Southampton (H) Liverpool (A) Watford (H)
    Sunderland (A) Manchester Utd (H) West Ham Utd (A)
    West Ham Utd (H) Stoke City (A) Crystal Palace (H)
    Swansea City (H) West Bromwich Albion (H) Sunderland (A)
    Manchester Utd (A) Chelsea (A) Norwich City (H)
    Everton (H) Southampton (H) Manchester City (A)
    Chelsea (A) Newcastle Utd (A) Aston Villa (H)
    Key: points at 2.30pm on 6th March Less than 20 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 Over 50

    The only team that could change colour today is Man Utd if they beat WBA.

    The first thing to notice is that we play a lot more orange and green than either Spurs or Leicester. Green is against clubs in the relegation battle, so they will be fighting. Except for Villa. Orange are probably going to be safe.

    The next thing is the number of pink games for Spurs: these are teams fighting for European places and won't be easy games.

    Looking at the total number of points won so far by our remaining opponents Leicester face 330, Spurs 323 and Arsenal 308. We have an easier run in by some margin. The question is will it be enough to turn round the gap to the teams above?

    Please note I don't exclude Manchester City, West Ham or others from this analysis beacuase I don't think they could beat Arsenal in the league, but only out of practicality. I think the City-Arsenal game looks key for Champions League positioning.

    Also note that Arsenal have at least two extra games alongside the league campaign (Barca and Hull City replay), as do Spurs. This could well help Leicester.

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    Tue, 22 Dec 2015

    Happy Christmas one and all!

    So last night's superb performance and solid win against Manchester City was an excellent way to start the Christmas holiday period. Not least because it means we can dream about a title challenge in the new year, despite our atrocious November record!

    It also puts us seven points above Spurs as we approach the half way stage of the season. Which is great given we tend to get stronger in the second half compared to them.

    Interesting matches coming up: Boxing day sees us at the Saints (who hopefully won't reverse the slump until the match after), while Spurs face Norwich City, the conquerers of Manchester Utd. The 28th sees Spurs go to Watford, and us host Bournemouth. Being honest I'd hope we get six points from those two, and I'd be surprised if Spurs drop much either. However this season predictions have been pointless...

    So have a great Christmas and a happy new year and hopefully we will be celebrating St T's nice and early in 2016.

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    Sun, 08 Nov 2015

    Well that was awful...

    One of the worst Arsenal performances with the others dominating for long periods, and our squad looking tired, lethargic, and over stretched. However we got a point because Spurs can't defend well enough on crosses. (Seriously, we made enough chances that way that they should be worried.) Our squad has so many injuries that someone ought to be looking at what we are doing in training to prepare: our players are clearly not ready for matches.

    But we are second. Level on points with the City after 12 games. We got a draw against a team who have only lost one game so far this season.

    And we are still five points ahead of Spurs

    A long way to go, but I'd rather be five ahead than five behind. Lets hope that the ridiculous level of injuries begins to reduce. We can't really predict anything about St Ts at this stage.

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    Sun, 09 Aug 2015

    August 2015: New season, and (briefly) high hopes

    The season has begun. St T's is a long way off (and given the performance on the opening weekend it could be a very long way off indeed).

    But... time to do the set up for the new season. Still confident that next May we will find outselves ahead of our friends from the Lane.

    In the mean time I doubt there will be much news here until December!

    (You can guess from this I've fixed the oddness!)

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    Oddness with new season

    I am having a few teething problems with the new season. But this site is still here. Doubt you'll see much before Christmas though.

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    Mon, 04 May 2015

    St Totteringham's 2015 is May 4th

    It is officially St Totteringhams:
    GamesPointsGDPoints behind(games left)(max points)

    A few facts

    • Twenty years in a row.
    • If you had a £1 bet back in 1995/6 and invested it double or quits it'd be worth £524,288 today
    • The fiftieth St Totteringhams.
    • The 65th time Arsenal have finished above Spurs in the league
    • The 80th time Arsenal have been above Spurs if you include the 15 years we were a league club and they weren't.
    • We only need a point for 4th place and (mumble) years of Champions League football in a row (and Liverpool won't make the goals up if we don't)

    And finally: We have a cup final this year too!

    Meanwhile we can enjoy St Totteringham's day 2015.

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