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The Spurs Report: Final Call

I’m calling time on The Spurs Report, and moving my writing to Medium.

It’s been a good run — with 117 posts over two and a half years, ranging from in-depth stadium reporting and financial analysis to rants about Jamie Redknapp. In total, there have been more than 332,000 views from 260,000 visitors — a drop in the ocean compared to bigger websites, but not bad for a tiny little blog way out on its own on the fringes of the Spurs internet community.

However, I’m now keen to focus on other things. I’ll still be writing about Spurs — with a focus on the business side of the club — but by moving my writing to my personal page on Medium, it will enable me to push out into other topics as well.

I will remain busy on Twitter, and look forward to keeping in touch with many of my regular readers on there. For those wanting to get in touch, my email is spursreport@gmx.co.uk.

I’ll keep this blog up — it’s a useful reference tool, and costs nothing. There’s loads in the archives — categories include the new stadium and the club’s finances.

If I’m proud of one piece above all, it’s the long read on Mauricio Pochettino from July 2016. We’re in great hands.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this blog — it’s been a blast.

Charles

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The Spurs Report wrap-up — links and articles

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A quick post with links to articles written since the start of 2017.

As usual, it’s been a mix of stadium/money articles and pieces on the football itself.

Thanks to those who shared these articles and made comments, there is always some fascinating stuff below the line, particularly on stadium pieces. If you’ve not yet read any of the articles yet, please dig in.

I don’t have anything particular in the pipeline, and I’m currently focusing on some non-Spurs writing. Mostly though, I just want to enjoy the end of this superb season, whatever happens.

I’ll be tweeting away as ever, please follow me on @spurs_report

Charles

Stadium and money stuff

Building a brighter future, on and off the pitch: Analysis of THFC’s accounts for the 2016 financial year

Examining the rising costs of Tottenham’s £800m stadium

Can Spurs afford to finish 5th?

Spurs, Chelsea and two very different stadiums

Football stuff

Super Jan takes it to the next level

Spurs need to rediscover transfer mojo

Tom Carroll, the last of the loan rangers

A new generation of Spurs fans craves FA Cup glory

Winter break: Links and recent articles

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I’m taking a break from this blog in order to focus on some other writing.

There’s no timetable on when I’ll resume: I find it hard to resist writing about Spurs, but resist I must for the time being.

While I’m gone, here are links to some of my recent pieces. There’s plenty of good stuff on a variety of topics. Dig in.

If you’ve not read it yet, I’d strongly recommend my long read on Mauricio Pochettino and his work at Spurs. It’s well worth 10 minutes of your time.

I’ll still be talking nonsense on Twitter regularly, so do join me over there if you don’t already do so.

Deep Dives

The balancing act: Can Spurs find a way to remain competitive through the stadium construction phase?

The Pochettino Revolution: How Tottenham were transformed from also-rans to title contenders

General Spurs stuff

Half-full, or half-empty? Nine games gone and Tottenham’s performance is however you want to see it

Is Mauricio Pochettino’s reputation for ‘giving the kids a chance’ deserved? A Q&A with @thfcacademy

The power of incentives and why Spurs are finally in a position to achieve success

Godspeed, Ryan Mason — One of our own

Curtain raiser: The case for Spurs in 2016/17

Media stuff

Big but not ‘big, big’: The football media struggles to come to terms with Tottenham’s narrative-busting success

What is behind the great Premier League switch-off?

How many people actually watch Spurs on TV? Audience analysis of the 2015/16 season
The Premier League Goes Global — And Leaves UK Fans Behind (The Cauldron)

Stadium stuff

New stadium update: ‘More or less’ on time and budget, 500 White Hart Lane, the NFL gamble explained, and more

Naming rights and wrongs: Tottenham begin the search for stadium sponsorship deals
Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances

As Spurs stadium rises, NFL moves closer to announcing London team

Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances

Money Stuff

Tottenham’s most expensive signing, relative to revenue

Fun with numbers: How the new stadium will enable Spurs to join the Premier League’s £1 billion club

Waiting for the revolution to happen: Analysis of THFC’s financial results for the 2014/15 season

Thanks for reading. Please follow me on Twitter for more Spurs chat.

A Spurs summer reading list

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I’m taking a summer break from blogging, and don’t plan to post anything new for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, here are a few links to recent pieces for any new visitors, or those wanting to catch up.

The number of readers to this little blog has soared in the last couple of months, which is great to see. Thanks to everyone who has read my articles, shared them and joined in the discussion.

I will no doubt be chirping away on Twitter through the summer, especially with the Euros on, so please do give me a follow and join in. I also post work on Medium.

Summer Spurs stuff:

How Spurs can take it to the next level: A blueprint for the summer of 2016

Good problems: Five questions facing Spurs this summer

Did Spurs leave points on the table? Lessons for 2016/17 from the failure to keep pace with Leicester

The stars align for Pochettino and his swaggering Spurs

Stadium stuff:

Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances

Stadium update: Local tickets, NFL hosting, cheap beer, timeline and Wembley groundshare

As Spurs stadium rises, NFL moves closer to announcing London team

New Spurs stadium the “front-runner for an NFL franchise”: Q&A with Sky Sports presenter Neil Reynolds

The state of the stadium naming rights market, and what it could mean for Spurs: An expert view

Money stuff:

Fun with numbers: How the new stadium will enable Spurs to join the Premier League’s £1 billion club

Waiting for the revolution to happen: Analysis of THFC’s financial results for the 2014/15 season

The business end of the season: How much is a league place worth for Spurs?

Media stuff:

How many people actually watch Spurs on TV? Audience analysis of the 2015/16 season

The Premier League Goes Global — And Leaves UK Fans Behind (The Cauldron)

And if you want a longer read, do check out my Deep Dives:

Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge plans

Spurs stadium funding

Spurs and the NFL

Housekeeping Post: Recent links and upcoming blog-cation

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I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks from tomorrow, so this blog will go quiet for a spell. I reserve the right to send bored tweets from various airports.

It turns out to be a perfectly timed break, with just a couple of tedious Europa League matches and a non-televised FA Cup tie while I’m away. I don’t feel I will be missing much.

Judging by the sounds my laptop is making, it too needs a bit of R&R, and possibly a massage (or a new hard-drive).

A few links from recent weeks to wrap up:

If financial minutiae is your thing, please do check out my deep dive on Premier League clubs and how they are run. Has been described as “esoteric but intriguing”.

For anyone interested in the rise of Chinese football, I did a feature over at The Set Pieces looking back at the state of the game when I used to live out there a decade ago. It’s very profane, but was great fun to write.

And for some stadium and NFL chat, I did a podcast over at Football and Football. It’s 45 minutes long, and we get into some good detail on the development, what it means for Spurs, and the NFL in London. Please do check it out, I think it’s an interesting listen and the host Ian Smith really knows his stuff (views on Shahid Khan aside).

Catch up in a couple of weeks.

Housekeeping post: Links to recent articles on external sites and upcoming work

I’ve done a few articles elsewhere over the past month. I’m posting this up as much as a reminder to myself in terms of future linking, but please do check them out.

I’ve got a couple of new articles in the pipeline — I’m aiming to publish one on Wednesday.

I recently recorded a podcast with the chaps from Football and Football — that should hopefully be up in a few weeks.

By the way, it’s been a big month for this little blog. Visitors soared after my stadium pieces (here and here), and my Twitter followers are up from less than 200 before January to 750+ now. A small but growing audience, and consistently great interaction on Twitter — I’m really enjoying it at the moment. So thanks to you all for your readership, retweeting and responses.

The Tottenham Way

Chadli key to Spurs success after striker no-show

Tottenham’s display more significant than Dele Alli’s moment of magic

Fortune favours Eriksen on return to centre stage

Five lessons from Leicester for Mauricio Pochettino

I also did a Q&A over at Salut! Sunderland

 

Housekeeping Post: Links to recent articles on external sites

I’ve been doing some writing for some external sites in the past few weeks. These tend to disappear into the ether and are hard to find when I need to refer back to them, so I’m adding some links below for future use.

 The Tottenham Way:

January 2016

Spirited Spurs Show The Power Of Pochettino

December 2015

Spurs Must Learn Lessons From January 2012

Bournemouth Boys Show Townsend There Is Life After Spurs

Carroll Fails To Take His Chance, As Pochettino Gamble Backfires

Pulis Saw Them Coming But Spurs Survived

Pochettino’s Next Task Is To Turn Hard-To-Beat Spurs Into Winners

The Fighting Cock:

December 2015
Doing Things The Hard Way — Contrasting events at Spurs with Chelsea and Man City