season 2011-2012

 

 
 
RESULTS.

English Premier League
Finished :  4th

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Position

13.08.2011

Everton

Home

Postponed

-

22.08.2011

Manchester United

Away

Lost 0-3

20th

28.08.2011

Manchester City

Home

Lost 1-5

20th

10.09.2011

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Away

Won 2-0

15th

18.09.2011

Liverpool

Home

Won 4-0

11th

24.09.2011

Wigan Athletic

Away

Won 2-1

6th

02.10.2011

Arsenal

Home

Won 2-1

6th

16.10.2011

Newcastle United

Away

Drew 2-2

6th

23.10.2011

Blackburn Rovers

Away

Won 2-1

5th

30.10.2011

Queens Park Rangers

Home

Won 3-2

5th

06.11.2011

Fulham

Away

Won 3-1

5th

21.11.2011

Aston Villa

Home

Won 2-0

5th

26.11.2011

West Bromwich Albion

Away

Won 3-1

3rd

03.12.2011

Bolton Wanderers

Home

Won 3-0

3rd

11.12.2011

Stoke City

Away

Lost 1-2

4th

18.12.2011

Sunderland

Home

Won 1-0

3rd

22.12.2011

Chelsea

Home

Drew 1-1

3rd

27.12.2011

Norwich City

Away

Won 2-0

3rd

31.12.2011

Swansea City

Away

Drew 1-1

3rd

03.01.2012

West Bromwich Albion

Home

Won 1-0

3rd

11.01.2012

Everton

Home

Won 2-0

3rd

14.01.2012

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Home

Drew 1-1

3rd

22.01.2012

Manchester City

Away

Lost 2-3

3rd

31.01.2012

Wigan Athletic

Home

Won 3-1

3rd

06.02.2012

Liverpool

Away

Drew 0-0

3rd

11.02.2012

Newcastle United

Home

Won 5-0

3rd

26.02.2012

Arsenal

Away

Lost 2-5

3rd

04.03.2012

Manchester United

Home

Lost 1-3

3rd

10.03.2012

Everton

Away

Lost 0-1

3rd

21.03.2012

Stoke City

Home

Drew 1-1

4th

24.03.2012

Chelsea

Away

Drew 0-0

4th

01.04.2012

Swansea City

Home

Won 3-1

4th

07.04.2012

Sunderland

Away

Drew 0-0

4th

09.04.2012

Norwich City

Home

Lost 1-2

4th

21.04.2012

Queens Park Rangers

Away

Lost 0-1

5th

29.04.2012

Blackburn Rovers

Home

Won 2-0

4th

02.05.2012

Bolton Wanderers

Away

Won 4-1

4th

06.05.2012

Aston Villa

Away

Drew 1-1

4th

13.05.2012

Fulham

Home

Won 2-0

4th

 

 
Played Won Drew Lost Goals for Goals against Goal diff. Points
38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69

 

 
 
REVIEW.
 

A season that was a successful one, but ultimately disappointing, as the lack of a killer instinct cost Spurs points throughout the season that could have mounted a challenge for the title, instead of scrapping for fourth place in the last few weeks.

 

What started out horrendously, with riots in the Tottenham area causing the first game of the season (at home to Everton) to be postponed, left Spurs bottom after two games, with comprehensive beatings by both Manchester clubs including a 1-5 home defeat by City, as Luka Modric tried to sort his head out.  Transfer speculation over a big money move to Chelsea was rebuffed by the club and although a figure of 40 million was mentioned, Daniel Levy had no intention of selling the midfielder.

 

When Modric returned to play his part, he had been joined by Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker- on loan from Manchester City.  While there were no doubts about what the former West Ham midfielder brought to the side, with his gritty determination and all action style, the signing of Adebayor caused some concern among Tottenham fans.  His association with Arsenal aside, he had a reputation for starting well before fading out as the season went on.  However, the forward scored goals, put in a lot more effort than I thought he had done when he had played against us (even though he invariably scored against us) and was providing a lot of chances for others too.

 

Playing catch up was no fun, but Tottenham did just that - going on an unbeaten league run from 10th September to 11th December, when a dodgy refereeing display by Chris Foy (and not Chris Hoy, who got a lot of stick from Spurs fans on Twitter) denied us two penalties and saw him send Younes Kaboul off to condemn Spurs to a defeat by Stoke. 

 

In between Spurs had been playing Europa League football with a mix of fringe first teamers and young prospects, but they fell at the first hurdle, by losing out on escaping the group thanks to a home defeat by PAOK Salonika and a couple of results that might have secured qualification.

 

The loss at the Britannia set Tottenham off on another good run, with another defeat to City at the Etihad bringing it to an end.  It was a game Spurs could easily have won, with Jermain Defoe missing a late chance when he couldn't quite reach a low cross across the face of goal.  Tottenham had come back from 0-2 down with a couple of goals that were different as could be.  Defoe seized on a poor header by Savic and slid home from an acute angle after rounding Hart, then Bale swept in a powerful drive from just outside the box, leaving the keeper helpless.  However, another poor refereeing performance let Balotelli stay on the pitch after stamping on Parker and then the Italian was there to convert a last minute penalty to take all three points.

 

The January transfer window saw Spurs unusually quiet.  Making the loan signing of youngster Yago Falque was a strange enough signing, but with Roman Pavlyuchenko destined to leave, a regular goal-scorer was surely going to some in and there was a need for another central defender, with injuries and loans leaving us light in that area too.  So what actually happened on the close of the window ?  Well, the club had brought in injury prone striker Louis Saha from Everton on a virtual free transfer and then picked up free agent Ryan Nelsen, who had left Blackburn Rovers , as defensive cover.

 

Hardly the two to get Spurs over the line and into the top three one would have thought.  Was the whole mess around the Olympic Stadium and the promise of a new ground at White Hart Lane already hitting our transfer funding ?

 

Spurs knew that another good run would be necessary to continue challenging at the top and with other clubs dropping by the wayside, it was something they had to keep going.  But with February and March providing mostly opposition from the top six, it was going to be a tough period for the club.  Initially, results went against form, with Liverpool holding us to a point and then Spurs hitting five past Newcastle at the Lane, but the turning point of the season came at Arsenal.  Two goals up in twenty minutes without playing particularly well, it looked like Tottenham would put 11 points between the two sides, but letting two in before half-time and then three in the second half, Spurs collapsed and went on a poor run.

 

Losing to Man U at home, despite dominating for almost an hour, losing away at Everton and then drawing at home with Stoke and away at Chelsea cost the side vital points.

 

The run also coincided with rumours that Harry Redknapp was the favourite for the recently vacated England manager's job and the team seemed to be affected by this news.  Whether that was the case or not we will never know, but there were also performances which failed to play to our strengths and may have cost us points.  Games away at Man City, Everton and Liverpool all seemed to see a withdrawn Tottenham team, playing a cagey game rather than the expansive attacking style, which had taken teams apart earlier in the season.  Points lost in these games might have been as much to blame.

 

Tottenham had gone from the entertainers of the Premier League to the side who could not buy a point.  Teams tried to stop them playing by packing the midfield and forgetting about scoring themselves.  Others realised that if they got in the players faces, then they could have a go and come away from matches with something.  While Harry Redknapp went on about the squad being limited and that he had to play the core of the team throughout the majority of the season, earlier in the campaign, it had been hinted in the media that Tottenham had the best squad in the league.  Tiredness and injuries to key players at vital times affected the balance of the team, with Aaron Lennon's absence around this time hitting Spurs on their right side, while they were without Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson for much of the campaign and Ledley King's injuries came more often as the season progressed.

 

March had seen Spurs field weakened sides to reach the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, but the home tie with Bolton Wanderers saw something that not anyone was prepared for.  41 minutes into the match, Fabrice Muamba was tracking back as Spurs attacked and ten yards inside his own half, he suddenly collapsed and with physios being signalled on, it looked serious.  At that point, nobody realised how serious and when they started giving him cardiac massage and it went on and on and then he was defibrillated on the pitch, you feared for the young man's life.  The crowd cheered on the medics and when he was stretchered off, still being given cardiac massage, you wondered whether he would survive.  The only sensible thing to do was to call the game off and the crowd left in an eerie silence.  The fact that Muamba made such a quick and strong recovery is a testament to the work of the medics from both clubs who saved a person's life on the pitch that evening.

 

April was hardly a better month for the club, drawing with Sunderland and losing at home to Norwich over Easter, then getting knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi final stage at Wembley by Chelsea, including a goal that was given but had not crossed the line to add Martin Atkinson to the long list of officials who had cost us this season.  I cannot wait until the bad luck we have had equals out, as we will walk the league with every other team miles behind !!

 

Eventually, with just a few games left, Spurs did sort themselves out.  But even then, it was nervy.  Beating a timid Blackburn Rovers side at home was a simple task, but only brought a 2-0 win, then a 4-1 away win over relegation threatened Bolton Wanderers hinted that the attacking style was returning ... especially after being pegged back to 1-1.  But then the normal service was resumed at Villa Park. A deflected goal gave the home team the lead and then Danny Rose was sent off.  It was almost a microcosm of our season, with 19 corners and 21 shots at goal only bringing about one goal ... from the penalty spot.

 

Failure to turn our chances into goals had been the Achilles heel all season and with Pavlyuchenko being allowed to leave in January and Defoe used sporadically throughout the season, Spurs were relying on goal from midfield, which didn't always arrive.  So many games could have been won with a better conversion rate and those that were won could have improved our goal difference.

As it was, Tottenham's season went down to the last game of the season.  Having been in third position for so long, Arsenal's good string of results took them ahead of us and going into the final match of the season, they lead Spurs by one point, with Newcastle United one point behind us.

A last day 2-0 win over Martin Jol's Fulham was undermined by former goalkeeper Marton Fulop, whose debut for West Bromwich Albion saw him hand Arsenal two goals to allow them to come back and win against West Bromwich Albion and squeeze Spurs into fourth by one point.  That meant a week's wait until Chelsea played Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.  Having finished in sixth, the Pensioners were out of the Champions League qualification places and all their hopes were pinned on being able to re-enter the competition at Tottenham's expense as defending holders of the trophy.

The lack of spending the club did this year was strange when they were planning on making a push for the Champions League qualifying places again.  Three free signings, plus Scott Parker for 5 million and Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.  not a great outlay and it got us to our final finishing position.  With a little more spent in areas that could have won us a few more points, or, indeed, some of the vital matches in this season and we could have been challenging at the very top of the table.  But this is Tottenham we are talking about and we never make it easy for ourselves.

So, success of a kind, but one which was diminished almost a week after the season finished, Spurs were condemned to be playing in the unpopular Europa League with almost the last kick of the club football season.  The Champions League winners taking our place to defend their trophy next season despite finishing two places and five points behind us.  How that would affect the players at the club and the players Spurs wanted to sign will be seen over the coming summer.

FOOTNOTE :  On 14th June 2012, Spurs terminated Harry Redknapp's contract with a year left to run and he left the club with Joe Jordan, Kevin Bond and Clive Allen.
 

 
 
RECORDS.
 

Brad Friedel's 14 clean sheets were a club Premier League record for a season and the record was the best since 1986-87.

Rafael van der Vaart equalled a Spurs Premier League record when he scored in five consecutive PL games (Wigan Athletic 24.09.11; Arsenal 02.10.11; Blackburn 16.10.11; Newcastle United 23.10.11; Queens Park Rangers 30.10.11).

 

 

 

 
 
ODDITIES.
 

 

Emmanuel Adebayor scored three goals in the 62nd minute of a match, with two of them being penalties - against Stoke City away and against Aston Villa away.


Spurs scored in every Premier League home match this season, along with Manchester United and Manchester City.

 

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SQUAD.
 
1.    Heurelho GOMES 31.  Andros TOWNSEND

2.    -

32.  Benoit ASSOU-EKOTTO

3.    Gareth BALE

33.  Ryan NELSEN

4.    Younes KABOUL

34.  -

5.    -

35.  -

6.    Tom HUDDLESTONE

36.  Bongani KHUMALO

7.    Aaron LENNON

37.  Harry KANE

8.    Scott PARKER

38.  David BENTLEY

9.    Roman PAVLYUCHENKO

39.  -

10.  Emmanuel ADEBAYOR

40.  Steven PIENAAR

11.  Rafael van der VAART

41.  -

12.  -

42.  -

13.  William GALLAS

43.  Ryan FREDERICKS

14.  Luka MODRIC

44.  Cristian CEBALLOS

15.  Louis SAHA

45.  Massimo LUONGO

16.  -

46.  Tom CARROLL

17.  Giovani dos SANTOS

47.  Jake NICHOLSON

18.  Jermain DEFOE

48.  -

19.  Sebastien BASSONG

49.  -

20.  Michael DAWSON

50.  -

21.  Niko KRANJCAR

51.  Adam SMITH

22.  Vedran CORLUKA

52.  -

23.  Carlo CUDICINI

53.  Cameron LANCASTER

24.  Brad FRIEDEL

54.  Alex PRITCHARD

25.  Danny ROSE

55.  -

26.  Ledley KING

56.  -

27.  Yago FALQUE

57.  -
28.  Kyle WALKER

58.  Dean PARRETT

29.  Jake LIVERMORE

59.  Kevin STEWART
30.  Raniere SANDRO 60.  Jack BARTHRAM
 
 
 
APPEARANCES

 
Player League FA Cup League Cup Europa League Total Others
Kyle WALKER 37 4 (1) 0 4 (1) 45 (2) -
Gareth BALE 36 4 0 1 (1) 41 (1) -
Luka MODRIC 36 3 0 1 (1) 40 (1) -
Younes KABOUL 33 3 1 2 (2) 39 (2) -
Benoit ASSOU-EKOTTO 34 2 1 2 (1) 39 (1) -
Brad FRIEDEL 38 0 0 0 38 -
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR 32 (1) 3 (1) 0 0 35 (2) -
Rafael van der VAART 28 (5) 4 1 1 34 (5) -
Scott PARKER 28 (1) 5 0 0 33 (1) -
Aaron LENNON 19 (4) 3 (2) 0 4 26 (6) -
Ledley KING 21 1 0 0 22 -
Jermain DEFOE 11 (14) 4 (2) 0 (1) 6 21 (16) -
Jake LIVERMORE 7 (17) 4 (1) 1 8 20 (18) -
SANDRO 17 (6) 0 (1) 1 2 20 (7) -
William GALLAS 15 1 0 2 18 -
Niko KRANJCAR 9 (3) 2 (1) 0 2 (1) 13 (5) -
Michael DAWSON 6 (1) 4 0 2 12 (1) -
Danny ROSE 3 (8) 4 (1) 0 4 11 (9) -
Carlo CUDICINI 0 6 0 5 11 -
Sebastien BASSONG 1 (4) 1 1 6 9 (4) -
Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 0 (5) 1 (1) 1 5 (1) 7 (7) -
Giovani dos SANTOS 0 (7) 1 1 4 6 (7) -
Louis SAHA 5 (5) 1 (1) 0 0 6 (6) -
Vedran CORLUKA 1 (2) 0 1 4 6 (2) -
Tom CARROLL 0 0 (1) 1 5 6 (1) -
Steven PIENAAR 0 (2) 1 (1) 0 3 4 (2) -
Andros TOWNSEND 0 0 0 4 (2) 4 (2) -
Heurelho GOMES 0 0 1 3 4 -
Ryan NELSEN 0 (5) 3 0 0 3 (5) -
Harry KANE 0 0 0 3 (3) 3 (3) -
Yago FALQUE 0 0 (1) 0 2 (3) 2 (4) -
Ryan FREDERICKS 0 0 0 2 (1) 2 (1) -
Tom HUDDLESTONE 0 (2) 0 0 1 (1) 1 (3) -
Peter CROUCH 1 0 0 0 1 -
Dean PARRETT 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 (2) -
John BOSTOCK 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 (1) -
Cameron LANCASTER 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) -
Massimo LUONGO 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) -
Jake NICHOLSON 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 (1) -
Adam SMITH 0 (1) 0 0   0 (1) -
            -
            -

 

 

 

 
 
SCORERS.
 

 

LEAGUE

 

Emmanuel ADEBAYOR 17 Luka MODRIC         4 Kyle WALKER 2
Rafael van der VAART 11 Aaron LENNON 3 Younes KABOUL 1
Jermain DEFOE 10 Louis SAHA 3 Niko KRANJCAR       1
Gareth BALE 10 Benoit ASSOU-EKOTTO 2 Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 1
        Own goals 1
           

 


FA CUP

 

 

Jermain DEFOE 3 Giovani dos SANTOS 1 Louis SAHA 1
Gareth BALE 2 Ryan NELSEN 1 Rafael van der VAART 1
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR 1 Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 1 - -
        - -

 

 

LEAGUE CUP

 

- - -          - -          -

 

 

EUROPA LEAGUE

 

 

Jermain DEFOE 3 Harry KANE 1 Steven PIENAAR 1
Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 2 Aaron LENNON 1 Andros TOWNSEND 1
Gareth BALE 1 Jake LIVERMORE 1 Rafael van der VAART 1
Giovani dos SANTOS 1 Luka MODRIC         1 - -
           
 

 

OTHERS

 

Rafael van der VAART 3 Vedran CORLUKA 1 Jake LIVERMORE 1
Jermain DEFOE 2 Peter CROUCH 1 - -
- - - - - -

 

 

 

PLAYER TOTALS

  

Player Premier
League
FA Cup League Cup Europa
League
Others Total
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR 17 1 0 0 0 18
Jermain DEFOE 10 3 0 3 2 18
Rafael van der VAART 11 1 0 1 3 16
Gareth BALE 10 2 0 1 0 13
Luka MODRIC  4 0 0 1 0 5
Aaron LENNON 3 0 0 1 0 4
Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 1 1 0 2 0 4
Louis SAHA 3 1 0 0 0 4
Benoit ASSOU-EKOTTO 2 0 0 0 0 2
Giovani dos SANTOS 0 1 0 1 0 2
Jake LIVERMORE 0 0 0 1 1 2
Kyle WALKER 2 0 0 0 0 2
Vedran CORLUKA 0 0 0 0 1 1
Peter CROUCH 0 0 0 0 1 1
Harry KANE 0 0 0 1 0 1
Younes KABOUL 1 0 0 0 0 1
Niko KRANJCAR 1 0 0 0 0 1
Ryan NELSEN 0 1 0 0 0 1
Steven PIENAAR 0 0 0 1 0 1
Andros TOWNSEND 0 0 0 1 0 1
Own goals 1 0 0 0 0 1

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

NEW PLAYERS
 
SUMMER
Brad FRIEDEL (goalkeeper) Free Aston Villa 1 July 2011
Cristian CEBALLOS (forward/midfielder) Free Barcelona - Spain 11 July 2011
Souleymane COULIBALY  (forward) Free AC Siena - Italy 18 July 2011
Scott PARKER (midfielder) 5,000,000 West Ham United 25 August 2011
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (forward) Loan Manchester City 25 August 2011
       
 
WINTER
Yago FALQUE (midfielder) Undisclosed Juventus - Italy 16 January 2012
Louis SAHA (forward) Undisclosed Everton 31 January 2012
Ryan NELSEN (defender) Free Blackburn Rovers 2 February 2012
       
-      

 

NEW FIRST YEAR ACADEMY PLAYERS
- (-)
- (-)
- (-)
 
- (-)
- (-)
- (-)
 
- (-)
- (-)
- (-)
 

 

NEW STAFF
- (-)
- (-)
 
- (-)
- (-)

 

PLAYERS WHO LEFT IN THE SUMMER BEFORE THE SEASON
 
Zaine ANGOL-FRANCIS (defender)  Released    
Olumide DUROIJAYE (defender) Released    
Jonathan WOODGATE (defender) Released Stoke City 1 July 2011
Jamie O'HARA (midfielder) 5 million; Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 July 2011
Wilson PALACIOS (midfielder) Stoke City 31 August 2011
Peter CROUCH (forward Stoke City 31 August 2011
Callum TAPPING (defender) Heart of Midlothian 31 August 2011
Robbie KEANE (forward) LA Galaxy (USA) 15 August 2011
Alan HUTTON (defender) Aston Villa 31 August 2011
Paul Jose M'POKU (forward) Standard Liege 19 July 2011

 

PLAYERS WHO LEFT IN THE WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW
 
Roman PAVLYUCHENKO (forward) Lokomotiv Moscow 31 January 2012
-  (-)      

 

 

PLAYERS WHO LEFT ON LOAN
 
David BUTTON Leyton Orient
Steven CAULKER Swansea City
Kyle NAUGHTON Norwich City
Adam SMITH MK Dons
Bongani KHUMALO Reading
Nathan BYRNE Bournemouth
Mirko RANIERI Esperia (Italy)
David BENTLEY West Ham United
Jermaine JENAS Aston Villa
Jordan ARCHER Bishops Stortford
Ben ALNWICK Leyton Orient
Harry KANE Millwall
Ryan MASON Millwall
Kudus OYENUGA Bury
Andros TOWNSEND Leeds United
David BUTTON Doncaster Rovers
Jonathan OBIKA Yeovil
Dean PARRETT Yeovil
Yago FALQUE Southampton
Tom CARROLL Derby County
John BOSTOCK Sheffield Wednesday
Kudus OYENUGA St Johnstone
Adam SMITH Leeds United
Vedran CORLUKA Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Sebastien BASSONG Wolverhampton Wanderers
Steven PIENAAR Everton
Andros TOWNSEND Birmingham City
David BUTTON Barnsley
John BOSTOCK Swindon Town

 

 

STAFF WHO LEFT IN THE SUMMER BEFORE THE SEASON
- (-)
 
- (-)
- (-)
 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EXECUTIVE

- (Vice-Chairman)
- (Finance Director)
- (Football Director)

NON-EXECUTIVE

- (Chairman)
-
-
-

 

CLUB STAFF
Company Secretary Darren EALES
Club President -
Club Vice-Presidents -
-
-
Vice-Presidents -
-
-
-
-
-

 

CLUB MANAGEMENT
 
FIRST TEAM
Manager Harry REDKNAPP
Assistant Manager Kevin BOND
First Team Coach Joe JORDAN
First Team Assistant Coach Clive ALLEN
Coaches Tony PARKS (Goalkeeping coach)
Tim SHERWOOD (Technical Co-ordinator)
Chris RAMSEY (Assistant Technical Co-ordinator)
Les FERDINAND (Strikers coach)
Pat JENNINGS (Goalkeeping consultant)
 
ACADEMY
 
Academy Manager John McDERMOTT
Academy Player Development Bryan KLUG
Academy Head of Recruitment Richard ALLEN
Academy Performance Manager Dean RASTRICK
Academy Education & Welfare Officer Trevor WEBB
Academy Integration Manager Ross EMBLETON
Academy Coaches Under-18 - Alex INGLETHORPE
Under-15 - Bradley ALLEN
Under-14 - Justin COCHRANE 
Under-13 - Mehmet ALI / Will ANTWI
Under-12 - Tony TILLBROOK / Andy PURCELL
Under-11 - Saul HURST / Joe STAUNTON
Under-10 - Gary BROADHURST / Alex MATTON
Under-9 - Robbie POLKINGHORN / Michael DONALDSON
Goalkeeping Coach - Perry SUCKLING / Alex WELSH
Coach - Glen HICKS
Academy Doctor Dr. Imtiaz AHMAD
Head Academy Physiotherapist Aaron HARRIS
Academy Physiotherapist Ben HARWOOD
Academy Fitness Coach Matt ALLEN

 

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