Our first fixture will be live on Sky and much more

Our first fixture will be live on Sky and much more

Our first fixture of the new Premier League season against Manchester City has been rescheduled for live television coverage by Sky Sports. It should be a real wing dinger, more so if Kane is playing for the opposition.

The match was due to occur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, August 14th, but like all matches, they were provisional until the TV Channels got their hooks into, what they considered, the feast of the day. So this game will now be held a day later on Sunday, August 15th, with kick-off at 4:30 pm GMT.

It is probably the most challenging fixture we could have faced for our first match of the new campaign against Pep Guardiola’s winners.

Whoever the new manager is, I am sure he will eventually be unveiled and unleashed by the time the players set foot on our hallowed turf. However, when the poor sod does finally arrive, it will probably be a baptism of fire.

The new manager will be looking to improve on our last season’s league position of 7th position.  And even though we are not entirely out of European competition, we did get into the fringes of Europe by being in a new contender in a new competition for all those who wouldn’t be normally good enough.

The last time we met City in an opener

We met City in an opener on August 14th 2011, ten years ago to the day but one. Our current reserve goalkeeper Joe Hart played in goal for City, and he was in magnificent form. We would have won the game if it wasn’t for him, but he kept the final score to one apiece. Harry Redknapp was our manager, and by the end of the season, they just pipped us to a Champions League place. Hart’s saves in the first half were world glass. I remember thinking at the time, we should have won this game if it wasn’t for Hart’s display. Unfortunately, between then and coming to us, he lost his form, travelled here, there and eventually to Spurs.

I wonder what the new manager, whoever he will be, will be thinking when he signs on the dotted line and settles down with his staff to plot the overthrow of Pep Guardiola’s City? “A piece of cake” or “What have I got myself into?”. Never mind, by the time season 2022/23 comes along, he will either be toasted as a hero, or we will be looking for another manager… or Levy keeps faith with him, even though we just missed out on relegation. As for the fans…. But that is in the future… now, well, first we have to get a new manager.

Stay safe, Glenn

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