There’s been something incredibly dull about Tottenham’s Europa League campaign thus far despite AVB’s proclamations that the competition is close to his heart and that he would be treating it and the ‘dimensions’ it provides with the utmost gravity.
Next up for Spurs is the home tie against Maribor before an away trip to Rome to face Lazio in a match that could decide who wins the group - provided Spurs haven’t put on their draw-from-the-jaws-of-victory routine against the Czechs a fortnight earlier. It’s the Lazio match on Novermber 22 I’m particularly interested in, though, because right after that game I’ll be doing my first ever book reading of In Search of Alan Gilzean at the Rhoderick Dhu (Waterloo Street, Glasgow - just across from Central Station) courtesy of the Glasgow Spurs Supporters Club. So, if you’re even remotely excited by the thought of hearing about a time when Spurs swept all before them on the way to winning the 1972 version of the Europa League (trading as the UEFA Cup) or want to know why Gillie hated Arsenal and especially loathed Bob Wilson then please come along and I’ll do my best to fill you in. There’ll be a short film, I’ll do some reading and then we’ll have a Q&A. There might even be time for a beer, a glass of wine or Gillie’s special favourite a Bacardi and Coke. I’ll bring more details in the coming days.