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21st January 2013 - revenge is a dish best served cold...

21st January 2013 - revenge is a dish best served cold...

Those who know me will know two things about me – one of my least attractive features is that I don’t forgive and forget. Sometimes that’s a no-brainer – really I was never going to forgive and forget when my first husband told me that he thought it was OK to be unfaithful because I hadn’t told him it wasn’t… did take me seven years of pretending that it’d be alright before I finally realised how bitter and angry I’d become.

The other thing that I’m famous for (though not as much as my sister) is a very long memory. So, I store stuff away and get it out ages later. This second thing is something that has been both a blessing and a blight since I became a Spurs fan in the 1970s. I still cringe with misery at the memory of John Pratt’s back-pass that led to our 0-5 humiliation by the Arse on 23rd December 1978 – I was there and it was horrible - what a terrible christmas pressie.

Over the years, one of our bogey teams has been Moan Utd. We rarely even get a draw against them but this season we’ve done what probably no other team will do – we took four out of a possible six points. We beat them at their house (they laughingly call it the theatre of dreams – get your heads out of your arses you bunch of pretentious gits) 2-3 and last night we drew with them 1-1 at our place! Swansea, Norwich and Everton are the only other teams that could achieve that this season and it’s hard to imagine that any of them will. These three teams have only played them once but have managed to get at least one point from that encounter.

On 4th January 2005 I took this photo and then one of the most bizarre and (memory of an elephant and no ability to forgive and forget) downright bloody annoying of matches ensued. If you don’t remember it, you’ll have to go back to my pic in 2005 and take a look. Now you see, call me old-fashioned but I’d say that when the ball crosses the line, that’s a goal. On that occasion, the ref decided that no, we were away at Moan Utd and therefore the benefit of the doubt should go to the home team. Do I sound bitter? Did their goalie cheat? Did Fergie once whine about his goalie cheating?

So, forgive me if I sound smug but last night, our last minute goal was no more than we deserved. Yes, that’s right no more than we deserved, NOT a lucky fluke and NOT undeserved. You only have to look at the match stats to see that we deserved our point and some. In the beautiful game occasionally something goes against you – well for us lowly sides that don’t have the name Moan Utd, things go against us and we have to take it on the chin. The Moaners get away with blue murder week after week.

Did Wayne (oh I’m such a sex god, I can’t keep my pants on) Rooney get fouled in the penalty area? Possibly. Tough, get over it. In the same game did Dempsey get fouled in the penalty area and instead of falling over like a big girl stay on his feet? Yes. Did he cry like a baby because of the injustice? No. Did Fergie raise the subject of Dempsey being fouled in the penalty area with the ref post-match? No, of course he didn’t – he’s not interested in fairness he only cares about one thing – winning at any cost. Did he point out to the ref in 2005 that the ball was over the line? No. Have I said that before? Do I sound like I'm ranting?

By the way – is Rooney a sex god who’d be looked at twice by any sane woman if he wasn’t stinking rich? No. I would say more but I don’t think I need to.

Fergie’s whining and crying post-match are simply a pathetic, childish reflection of a man who is used to getting his own way every week and no-one ever having the gumption to say no to him. I've had to listen to him whining on in every news bulletin I've heard today. Get over it. We deserved our point and we deserve to have taken four of six from the two games.

Revenge truly is a dish best served cold…COYS

BTW if you want to know what it's like being me (or any other Spurs fan) read John Crace's bloody excellent book - Vertigo. He says it all.

Also BTW, say hello to Rosie, in the foreground of the 2005 pic and staring quizzically at us!

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