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The Ultimate Humiliation

Discussion in 'Spurs News & Views' started by GPRD81, 19 Mar 2021.

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What has been Spurs' most humiliating result of recent times?

  1. Notts County 0-3 Oct 1994

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Man Utd 3-5 Sept 2001

    6 vote(s)
    12.0%
  3. Blackburn League Cup Final Feb 2002

    3 vote(s)
    6.0%
  4. Emirates Marketing Project 3-4 Feb 2004

    14 vote(s)
    28.0%
  5. Bayern Munich 2-7 (seven) Oct 2019

    4 vote(s)
    8.0%
  6. West Ham 3-3 October 2020

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Dinamo Zagreb 0-3 March 2021

    9 vote(s)
    18.0%
  8. Newcastle/St Wankerfest Day May 2016

    13 vote(s)
    26.0%
  1. GPRD81

    GPRD81 Jason Dozzell

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    Last night was very much a 'humiliation' - there are several ingredients to a 'humiliation' - its invariably a self-inflicted result and generally one that makes you feel as though you've just been spotted naked meaning you want to lock yourself away for days to avoid the mocking eyes of your contemporaries. To be a humiliation it's not just your standard regulation defeat - it's either a spectacular collapse, a heavy defeat that would see the opponents score written in letters not numbers or a defeat against a team of undoubted inferior ability....or perhaps a combination of all three.

    Have no doubt last night's collapse that seemed inevitable the moment Zagreb scored their first goal was a humiliation. I have the luxury of being able to work from home and I stay off Social Media but even on my lunchtime walk around The Lea Valley Park today I was paranoid that other pedestrians may have known I was a Spurs fan and been pointing at me laughing.

    Let's not forget that every club has to deal with its share of humiliations - we've even been the ones to dish them out - think 6-1 at Old Trafford, pegging back the Goons to 4-4 after an incredible display of hubris even by their standards.

    The post mortem that has followed the defeat in Zagreb is about more than just a defeat on the night; it is the nadir of what has been largely a rotten two and a half years; it's the wholly unexpected early departure from a competition that only 24 hours ago we were considered as tournament favourites; it was a realistic route to 'glory' through the tangible means of a trophy. It was perhaps a lifeline for Jose Mourinho's diminishing reputation.

    To lose 3-0 was a statistical achievement in itself - in over 200 games since the start of the 2017/18 season we have only lost by three goals on 5 occasions (twice at Emirates Marketing Project, against Bayern and Leipzig and then the infamous defeat at Brighton in 2019). It felt, in retrospect like one of those nights that Spurs would find a way to be humiliated - had the first leg finished 4-0 I have a feeling we'd have managed to lose 5-0 last night.

    But where will tis rank amongst other humiliations? Using the criteria I've shortlisted seven other games and you can vote for which resonates most with you.

    Notts County 3-0 Spurs (October 1994) we swaggered into this game with Klinsmann, Teddy et al against a team bottom of the second tier. At this point the league cup was our only route to a trophy that season. 2-0 down in 20 minutes and then Dumitrescu sent off before half time. The result ultimately cost Ossie Ardiles his job.

    Spurs 3-5 Man Utd Sept 2001 - Premiership
    3-0 up at half time in one of the best Spurs 45 minute performances. This was the birth of the 'Lads it's Tottenham' meme. Well at least we'd learned our lesson and couldn't possibly lose a 3-0 half-time lead against a team from Manchester again....

    Blackburn 2-1 Spurs Feb 2002 - League Cup Final
    Having beaten Chelsea in a highly emotional semi-final surely they'll just give us the trophy and the Hoddle era will blast off into the stratosphere right? We'll be able to overcome a team with 37 year old Mark Hughes in midfield right? Chelsea fans wont sing "5-1 and you won fudge all" whilst going on to beat us 4-0 twice in 4 days within 3 weeks of the final right?

    Spurs 3-4 Emirates Marketing Project Feb 2004 FA Cup 4th Round Replay
    Well at least this wasn't the same as that United game 3 years earlier...no City were mediocre at best and were reduced to 10 men at half time already 3 goals behind. Remember the name Jon Macken?

    Newcastle 5-1 Spurs Final Day of the 2015/16 season
    I still maintain that had any team other than Woolwich leapfrogged us into second place this result would have been far more palatable. It is the combination of losing against an already relegated team; the size of the score, the fact that they had 10 men for the final 30 minutes of the game with the score just 1-2; giving Woolwich an unexpected St Wankerfest Day; that it was just after the emotionally charged Battle of the Bridge and that goody goody Leicester had become the darlings of the nation at our expense.

    Spurs 2-7 (seven) Bayern Munich October 2019 Champions League
    First time we'd conceded seven in a home game. Perhaps unfair to list this game - after all we were bloody good for 43 minutes and this was the free scoring Bayern team that would go on to score 8 against Barcelona. Still, you lose 7-2 at home and you're gonna be the subject of a few memes.

    Spurs 3-3 West Ham October 2020 - Premier League
    The only non-defeat listed here. We broke all league records by surrendering a 3-goal lead after 83 minutes! This makes the list principally because of the opposition.

    Dishonourable mentions also for the 1-0 League Cup defeat at Grimsby (Sept 2005), losing 3-2 at second division Leicetser in the 2006 Fa Cup 3rd round having been 2-0 up and cruising and the 1-6 home defeat to Chelsea in Christian Gross' first home game. Oh and losing 2-5 at Woolwich in successive seasons.

    Late Edit - I've narrowly decided against adding the Portsmouth SF in 2010 to the list. Like the Blackburn Final I'd never felt more certain of winning so there was a certain amount of hubris amongst us that is always a good ingredient for a subsequent humiliation but I've omitted it (mostly because I originally forget it) on the grounds that the terrible pitch surface was beyond our control and Crouch had a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out...and then we beat Woolwich and Chelsea within 6 days.
     
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  2. Rorschach

    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    So many to choose from.
     
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    spurs' magna carter Scott Parker

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    And so many more to add.

    Losing to Grimsby, 6-1 at home to Chelsea (mid-90s), 6-1 away to City (2013) followed by 5-0 at home to Liverpool, 7-1 at Newcastle, 5-2 Arsenal two years in a row, 5-1 against Chelsea in an FA Cup S/F, 3-1 Stoke away 2008 (awful display that remember ended Ramos), 0-3 at home to Sheffield Wednesday (1998) etc. etc. etc.
     
  4. 90291Spur

    90291Spur Chris Perry

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    0-5 to the Goons at WHL was awful. So was 1-1 with Altrincham. Oh, and 2-3 to Coventry in the FA Cup final was classic.
     
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  5. Hotspur75

    Hotspur75 Guy Butters

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    Somehow it does not hurt as much when I know we are going to lose. From the defeats listed above, I vividly remember the 1-6 at home to Chelsea, and the 7-1 away to Newcastle. But that 2-1 loss to Blackburn in the League Cup in 2002 (so long ago ...) stands out for me. I just could not believe it. In reverse, that's exactly why beating City in the CL QF 2019 still trumps beating Ajax in the semis for me.


    Sitting on my porcelain throne using glory-glory.co.uk mobile app
     
  6. billyiddo

    billyiddo Steve Sedgley Staff Member

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    That 5-1 to newcastle was pretty special to finish below Arsenal
     
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    Robspur12 Edgar Davids

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    Loss to West ham on the last game of the 2005/6 season was one of the worst humiliations every bast*rd in London were laughing at us that day.
     
  8. DeanoAustin

    DeanoAustin Dean Richards

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    Christ. It's amazing looking at that list how many more humiliations I can think of.

    The Notts County one always makes me laugh a bit although the story is a bit grim. I was about 15 at the time and one of the few Spurs supporters in my school. I used to get even more upset about games back then than I do now. Anyway, the morning after, someone started a rumour that I tried to top myself by using my coat after the game. Lo and behold, the next day I was late into school for an unrelated reason so the rumour caught fire and most people thought I was in hospital because of us losing to Notts County. When I eventually showed up a few hours late, I was plagued with people inspecting my neck for the day...

    I think the City one was spectacular. IIRC they hadn't won in about 10 games, were 3-0 down at HT and down to 10 men. There is no other club they could have won against that night except maybe themselves. Spectacular. For me the ultimate humiliation.

    The Newcastle one runs it close though. We don't just fudging lose, we lose on steroids. To lose 5-1 to 10 relegated men ensuring we finished third in a two horse race and behind our fiercest rivals has Tottenham written all over it.

    We don't do glorious failure, we do spectacular failure.
     
  9. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Christian Ziege

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    Portsmouth semi-final? Blackburn final? Coventry final?
     
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  10. Baleforce

    Baleforce Paul Miller

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    Portsmouth was a semi wasn't it?
     
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  11. DeanoAustin

    DeanoAustin Dean Richards

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    That's a super shout. Beaten by fudging lasagna to again finish behind our fiercest rivals and lose out on CL. Christ that was spectacular.

    Or, talking of humiliations, us finishing fourth and not getting in the CL because an English team and one of our biggest local rivals, under a clueless caretaker, won the CL on pelanties against a German team in Germany. That just flew in the face of all logic. How the fudge does any of that make any fudging sense?
     
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    Baleforce Paul Miller

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    the first Inter game in the CL, despite Bale, the first half was keystone cops

    similarly young boys
     
  13. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Christian Ziege

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    I'd call it flaccid.
     
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    parklane1 Tommy Harmer

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    As so many have said there have been many games over the years to choose the worst, i remember going up to Anfield with our new signings Ossie and Ricky and getting hammered 7-0. They looked at each other as if thinking "what are we letting ourselves in for"
     
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    Jordinho Bill Brown Staff Member

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    Kevin Keegan yesterday revealed that it was Newcastle's 7-1 win over Tottenham that made up his mind to resign.

    In his first in-depth interview, Keegan told the Sun he longer experienced the joy of winning. "It was the expression on the face of Gerry Francis [the Tottenham manager], a man I like and respect a great deal," Keegan said. "The elation of winning suddenly meant nothing when I looked at him and thought: 'Oh no, how must he be feeling inside?'

    "This was the man I succeeded as England captain. A terrific manager who didn't deserve what he had to contend with that afternoon. I wanted to go up and give him a cuddle. And I knew that was it - that when you feel like that you have to get out.

    "I discovered in five years with Newcastle that the elation of winning is never as great as the disappointment of losing."
     
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  16. Raziel

    Raziel Paul Robinson

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    There was a run of games my brain is trying to protect me from where we got smashed by 5 or so by top 6 clubs ..
     
  17. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover the prettiest spice girl

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    My ultimate humiliation involved two domantrix special in Soho. Despite both of them tinkling on me and an hour or spanking and wearing nipple clamps I just could not get an erection till one of them stuck their finger up my botty.

    That was not humiliating nor was having to lick her finger clean afterwards. No it was when my phone rang during the session. It is a massive no no to leave your phone on. As I was tied down at the time I could not answer it and had a rather embarrassing ring tone at the time.
     
  18. Modric THFC

    Modric THFC Chris Perry

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    Losing to PAOK at home in the 2011/12 Europa and not even making it to the knock out rounds.
     
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  19. Mikey10

    Mikey10 Gerry Armstrong

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    Lovely to have such a heart-warming story in the midst of terrible football-related pain. :D

    Back on topic, let’s never forget the 1988 2-1 defeat to Port Vale in the FA Cup 4th round. I was a Sixth Former and had the tinkle mercilessly taken all day Monday.
     
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    GPRD81 Jason Dozzell

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    Only reason I left this off was because it felt like there were quite mitigating circumstances for the actual loss. It was as though the football gods were just adamant that we wouldn't finish the season in 4th spot. A bit like the Newcastle 5-1 this was made far worse for the two teams directly involved in our downfall. Yes it was tragic missing out on Champions League for first time but if we'd lost 4th spot to say Liverpool having lost at Bolton it wouldn't have felt half as bad!
     

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