How Can Anyone Hate Spuds!?

I have been watching Arsenal for about a decade now and have never quite understood this rivalry and the hatred that our fans have towards the neighbours. I can understand that there is some history and the old timers might have seen a great rivalry develop but it was all a long time ago. Shouldn’t we just leave them and their misery alone?

I think our fans do Spuds a great honour by even considering this a rivalry. The single biggest point on their CV must be “Arsenal’s Greatest Rivals” because they hardly have anything else. A rivalry IMHO can only exist if there is competition. Otherwise it’s meaningless.

Here is what the dictionary says:

Rivalry — A person or thing that is in a position to dispute another’s preeminence or superiority.

Till this day I had never bothered much about the lilywhites. I had to give them some thought today because I had to write something about them. But it wasn’t making any sense. So, I ended up looking up their history. In the last two decades they have got a FA cup and have managed some League Cup success. I didn’t bother going farther back in time. Does it even merit a comparison?

In a way they are the antithesis of Arsenal. Our manager has been around for a record number of years. They might soon make a record for sacking managers. We are the most envied club in terms of youth development. Do you remember the last one from their academy? We make a profit on transfers almost every year and they spend insane amounts by selling players and buying them back at a higher rate!

When was the last time they beat us in the league? Nearly a decade ago, wasn’t it? They dream about the Champions League and we have been participating in the tournament for twelve straight years. When we have a disaster we finish fourth. When they have a great year they finish fifth. Does anyone talk about the beautiful football played by Spuds? Does anyone talk about “The Totnumb Way” in any context at all!?

Seriously, with due respect to the old timers, can someone tell me why we shouldn’t take on someone our own size and leave the Tiny Tots in their league.  How can we all waste our emotions on a club that hardly merits a thought? Think whatever you want of me, I refuse to hate the lilywhites.


13 Responses to How Can Anyone Hate Spuds!?

  1. taimooor says:

    that was actually a pretty good article lol

    • desigunner says:

      thanks. looks like most people didn’t get the drift! 🙂

      • Sonu says:

        Haha :D….One of the best articles ridiculing spuds!.As you say Tots should be happy that they have some recognition for being our derby rivals.
        Dont think many of them understood the gist of the writing style!.

  2. Anup says:

    and how can one hate a manager like harry redknapp, i mean he always look like a drunkard..

  3. Gunnerz says:

    Lame article, 10 years and you still dont know anything… u should stick with Cricket

  4. santino says:

    its all about history and tradition mate.

    first something about spuds

    Tottenham Hotspur were the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season. In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a major European trophy – the European Cup Winners’ Cup. In the 1970s, they won the Football League Cup on two occasions and were the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972. In the 1980s, Spurs won several trophies: the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup 1983–84. In the 1990s, they won the FA Cup and the Football League Cup and in 2008, they beat Chelsea in the final of the Football League Cup. This victory means that Tottenham have won a trophy in each of the last six decades – an achievement only matched by Manchester United

    and about the beginning of rivalry…..

    Tottenham won election to the Second Division of the Football League for the 1908–09 season, immediately winning promotion as runners-up to the First Division. Their record between 1910–1911 and the Great War was poor and when football was suspended at the end of the 1914–15 season, Tottenham were bottom of the league.

    Arthur Grimsdell displays the FA Cup to fans on the Tottenham High Road after Spurs’ victory in the 1921 final.

    When football resumed in 1919, the First Division was expanded from 20 to 22 teams. The Football League extended one of the additional places to 19th-place Chelsea (who would have been relegated with Spurs for the 1915–1916 season) and the other to Arsenal. This promotion – Arsenal had finished only sixth in Division 2 the previous season – was controversial, and cemented a bitter rivalry (begun six years earlier, with Arsenal’s relocation to Tottenham’s hinterland) that continues to this day

  5. santino says:

    and thats exactly why we dont consider the match between chelsea as a derby because they dont have any history.

  6. gooner ji says:

    This rivalry can be compared to the rivalry between Australia and Newzealand in cricket.

  7. mayank says:

    desigunner’s thought is freakingly in sync with mine. but Santino has explained it well. thank u

  8. Tazz says:

    Haha, this is a real good one. Firstly it entails exactly why Spuds are not our class, and secondly, if one scrolls down to the comments section (read: Santino), why Chel@Sea are without any credible history, to even consider themselves worthy of featuring in a Derby with us. There is only one team in London, & it goes by the MIGHTY ARSENAL. Go Gunners..

    http://11gunners.com/11gunners/11gunners-liveblog-arsenal-vs-tottenham-hotspurs/opinion/11gunners-exclusive-the-north-london-derby%E2%80%99explained/2048/

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