The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham News and Links for Friday, June 23

good morning eveyone!

It’s a busy week of driving for your well-travelled midatlantic hoddler-in-chief.

After driving upfrom Washington to Connecticut on Monday, from Connecticut to New York on Wednesday and New York down to Philadelphia on Saturday, fitzie will be pretty tired come Monday morning.

Wait, Philadelphia. Fitzie, what for?

One group I have been angling to see for years is The Cure. I love their music and I’ve never seen them live. I don’t even think they tour that often. This is at least their first tour in North America since 2019, maybe?How angry would you have to be to use delicious, gooey, cheesy pizza as a weapon? If your first thought is, “I would never weaponize that sweet treat,” then congratulations – you are a good person. Unfortunately, not all are like you. In 2004, Arsenal visited Manchester United. They brought with them an unbeaten streak of 49 matches – quite impressive regardless of how much you know about soccer (pronounced “football” outside of the US). These teams had a bit of bad blood between them, basically battling as bewildered bystanders basked in their beauty. This time though, it spilled over to after the game. We’ve already told you what happens (pizza toss, sorry, spoiler), but enjoy this journey into a seemingly fictional land where some fool would throw away such a delicious treat, all in the name of rivalry.

So, like with Dead and Company, it was impossible to find tickets near Washington (or New York) and so we settled on Philadelphia. Even getting tickets for that venue proved a headache, with my friend snagging them whilst I was in the queue for over an hour.

This will also be the first night I spend in Philadelphia ever. Cannot wait, and will be sure to pay the i-95 my respects.And now for your links:

Alasdair Gold on Tottenham chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini’s influence

Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton to open 2023-24 EFL Championship season

Will Scottish football escape its ‘addiction’ to gambling sponsors?

Tottenham reach full agreement for Empoli keeper Vicario
AS: Gio Lo Celso wanted by Xavi & Barcelona, but only on loan
DiMarzio: Spurs have formally bid for Vicario
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