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The Prince of Wales Part-I

Gareth Bale. A footballer for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The Club I absolutely love. The pure white shirt is a dream for me, whenever I pull on my replica. Perhaps my favourite player does not feel the affinity towards My Club like I do, but that does not matter to me anymore. After what my (ex) Heroes did (think Sol and Keano) I don`t expect anyone to show the same loyalty or devotion to the Club which many people I know have done.

But coming back to the point. Gareth Bale was 17 when he signed for us back in May 2007. He was transferred for a fee that could rise to 10 million pounds (up front we paid 5 million). We beat of competition from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal to sign him. You could see that BMJ did not want him. There wasn`t that genuine smile that the Spurs Faithful had come to expect from their manager. Another Comolli dud then, my lord were they pessimists wrong.

A debut at Old Trafford, in a game we deserved to win or at least draw until "Michael Jackson" showed up and scored from 25 yards and our 'beloved` goalkeeper tried to swat a mosquito. He was terrific that day. Up and Down the left wing and no sign of being tired. Most Spurs fan knew at that moment that we had finally got our replacement for David Ginola. The best thing to happen to the Spurs Left Wing since M. Ginola kicked a ball down a hill.

I had a Man.Utd mate who was going on about why his performance was a fluke and why it was down to the 'atmosphere` of Old Trafford. Just to prove that it was not this case He scored his first goal for the Club against Fulham when grabbing onto Keano`s flick he rocketed down the field and made Anti Niemi look like a fool, coolly slotting past him. But a single players form was not enough to overshadow the wide cracks in the team and of course the fact BMJ time was almost over.

There were suggestions that if we did not win against Arsehole BMJ would be sacked. Well Gareth certainly played his part in making sure that BMJ was given some more time. WHAT A FREEKICK. Easily the best free kick scored by a Spurs Player since the days of Gazza Gascoigne (I`ve seen the videos you know!). The fact that it was against the Scum made it all the bit sweeter. The rest of the game is going to be 'no comments` because it hurts too much to write about (but it is true that this was the first time Gareth`s defensive frailties were exposed).

He got his first assist when we humiliated Anorthosis Famagusta in the Uefa Cup. And then (again!) he scored against Middlesbrough. He was tireless in that game. You could practically see that he was 17. He did not tire for a moment. He side-stepped the Boro goalie and scored for his third goal in 4 starts and the Club`s Top Scorer at one point.

At that point everyone was going on about he was the signing of the season. He was a livewire against Aston Villa.(another reason to love Paul Robinson) and indirectly set up a goal for JD when his cross was thundered against the post by Keano and then turned in. His next two games were relatively quiet (against Anorthosis Famagusta and Liverpool). And then came Armageddon when he got injured against Newcastle. The only bright spot of our season till then was snuffed out. What were we going to do??.

The inevitable happened. BMJ got sacked the next game and in came our saviour Juande 'Magic` Ramos. His ruthlessly attacking system was mouth-watering and I could not wait to see to what the 'Special Juan` would do with the best Welsh talent to come through since Robbie Savage. Just joking I meant Ryan Giggs.

I remember an interview I read before he came to Spurs. It was about Brian Flynn going on about him and how he was already Ol` Red Nose`s new left back (for the reserves). He came back against Birmingham and promptly got injured. Fabrice Muamba deserved a red card for that tackle.
It put Gareth out for the season and as a result we had to use a variety of players in the Left-Back slot.

Written by roni_spurs




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Date:Sunday January 18 2009

Time: 10:25AM

Your Comments

yh but hes crap
spursfan101
yh but hes crap
spursfan101
slightly over-written artical. you shouldn't try to be so epic. basically, we thought bale would be better than he is. he may yet become world class, but my feeling is he probably needs a change. maybe the summer break will do it...
bilburger
slightly over-written artical. you shouldn't try to be so epic. basically, we thought bale would be better than he is. he may yet become world class, but my feeling is he probably needs a change. maybe the summer break will do it...
bilburger
But what are you getting at?
Gotty
But what are you getting at?
Gotty
Oh and he also needs to get his bloomin' hair cut!
Gotty
Oh and he also needs to get his bloomin' hair cut!
Gotty
There is a super star in there struggling to get out. There is so much talent in his boots, the crosses from the left are excellent the free kicks (which amazingly no one is allwing him to take as Bentley seems to grab every opportunity) He has fallen down the pecking order, his confidence is shot, but he still represents close control and crosses from the left and he is the best option we have in that regard. If his defensive abilities need work why not give him a run in left midfield, he has the ability to do a job there and recently Harry was prepared to pay 15mill for Downing and I dont see that he is so much better tahn Bale. Give him a break, and give him a run!
michael.thfc
There is a super star in there struggling to get out. There is so much talent in his boots, the crosses from the left are excellent the free kicks (which amazingly no one is allwing him to take as Bentley seems to grab every opportunity) He has fallen down the pecking order, his confidence is shot, but he still represents close control and crosses from the left and he is the best option we have in that regard. If his defensive abilities need work why not give him a run in left midfield, he has the ability to do a job there and recently Harry was prepared to pay 15mill for Downing and I dont see that he is so much better tahn Bale. Give him a break, and give him a run!
michael.thfc
Every single Spurs Fan will agree (hopefully) that he a hairstyled and therefore new and improved version of Stewart Downing.
roni_spurs
Every single Spurs Fan will agree (hopefully) that he a hairstyled and therefore new and improved version of Stewart Downing.
roni_spurs
perhaps he just cant afford the price of haircuts in London and his mam still cuts it when he goes home.
Buzz Lightyear
perhaps he just cant afford the price of haircuts in London and his mam still cuts it when he goes home.
Buzz Lightyear
21 and counting? will be a great winner soon
fonekit
21 and counting? will be a great winner soon
fonekit
just switch him and ohara
Dram
just switch him and ohara
Dram
 

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