Date: 22nd August 2017 at 3:26pm
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Tottenham are struggling at Wembley, their home for a full season as their new stadium is completed on the site of their old White Hart Lane home.

Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea means Spurs have now lost seven of their last 10 fixtures at the national stadium, winning just once.

Here Press Association Sport Data Journalist Tom White looks at how other teams have fared when they have been temporarily exiled.

ARSENAL, 1998 to 2000

Tottenham’s north London rivals played their Champions League home games at Wembley in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, with little success of note. The first game of their residency brought a 2-1 win over Panathinaikos, with goals from centre-backs Tony Adams and Martin Keown – but it was followed by a draw with Dynamo Kiev and defeat to Lens, with Ray Parlour sent off in the latter game as the French side eliminated the Gunners on head-to-head record.

It was a similar tale the following year, with Arsene Wenger’s side beating AIK Solna but losing to Barcelona and Fiorentina to finish third in their group. They reverted to Highbury for the Europa League, ending the short-lived experiment.

CELTIC, 1994-95

Like Spurs, the Bhoys spent a season at their national stadium due to refurbishments – in their case, while Parkhead was being converted into an all-seater stadium. They finished fourth in the league – unthinkable these days, but more typical back then with the club amid a run of nine seasons without a title, and a Scottish Cup win and League Cup final made it a successful campaign.

They won seven, drew eight and lost three of their home league fixtures, with the defeats coming against champions Rangers, Falkirk and Partick Thistle – significantly better than an away record showing only three wins. Additionally, all their Scottish Cup fixtures were played in Glasgow – exclusively at Hampden bar their semi-final against Hibernian, on the theoretically neutral territory of Ibrox.

FULHAM, 2002-04

The renovation of Craven Cottage led to Fulham playing their home games at Loftus Road, home of QPR, in what ultimately became a two-season arrangement. Having finished 13th the previous year on their return to the Premier League, they were unable to progress and finished the 2002-03 campaign in 14th, with manager Jean Tigana sacked before the season was out.

Their temporary surroundings did not seem to hold them back, however – they won 11 of 19 home games, and another nine the following campaign as they moved up to ninth in the league under Chris Coleman. All their cup exits in those two seasons came away from home, albeit via a replay in the 2002-03 FA Cup after a home draw with Burnley.


After Old Trafford was damaged by bombing in the Second World War, United were welcomed into the Maine Road home of rivals Manchester City for the years that followed – a spirit of cross-city co-operation in evidence again when the teams combined to honour those killed in this year’s Manchester terrorist attack.

Under new manager Matt Busby, they began by finishing fourth in the non-competitive War League before racking up three successive second-placed league finishes and adding an FA Cup win in 1948. They were victorious in 39 home league games across their three Football League seasons in exile, including eight in a row to finish the 1946-47 campaign, and lost only seven. They also won through three rounds at their temporary home in their cup-winning season, and again the next term.

All four meetings with their landlords in those seasons were drawn, while both games in the War League season were won by the designated “away” team.

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  • MiT August 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Brought over from the last…. was late to the party…

    Greetings, ladies and fellas –

    This is a new week. Spurs face a Burnley squad this week that plays a fair, straightforward, hardnosed match. Should be an open affair.

    Last week was a typical London Derby match between two squads that each have no lost love for the other. A few Spurs players would have liked to have had another opportunity at some of their moments. Chelsea, however, finished two of theirs, and stole the day. Another day, another hard-fought derby.

    It was a derby, it was contested, move on. Spurs now face a match to begin to turn their Wembley fortunes around against a squad that plays hard and plays straight ahead. Burnley will make them earn it. These are early days, and there is still an adjustment to a different type of home to be tended.

    It was always going to be an adjustment… best get to laying positive groundwork, and make the best of it.

    This season was ways going to be a challenge. Nothing has changed there. There are always going to be banana skins … but the joy in a season like this is to recognise the positive gains. Spurs outshot Chelsea 18 to 9. Spurs enjoyed far more of the ball in positive ground. Hard to enjoy those sorts of gains within a loss, but they were there. A manager certainly does not ignore them. All Spurs need to do is to finish some of the opportunities created.

    Spurs are going to continue to adjust forward, and it is going to be an interesting season to watch. It will become a source of pride to start to clear some of the Wembley hurdles, and to begin to conquer the odds in a season with no real home. This squad will make this adjustment in due course.

    Hang in there, and embrace the bumpy ride… adds character. They will be far more tough for it going into the new home digs.

    I am excited to see Davinson begin to fit in. I was pleased to see many more corners actually played into the box in anticipation of the coming of Sanchez to finish a few of them. Sometimes it is about winning the small victories before finishing off some of the huge ones. Again… this was always going to be a tall challenge. There will be some joy amongst the bumps.


    • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      GET IN!

    • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Warm words. The future’s bright, the future’s lilywhite.

    • VincentianMagic August 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      You’ve convinced me – I’m going to put a bet on us winning 4-1. Kane to score a couple and break his August hex.

    • Elevenstonedidiots August 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      We won’t have any of that positivity round ‘ere. Please take your hippy bullshit elsewhere

  • Mike Pinner August 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I sincerely believe that after a couple of wins it will stop being an issue. In fact I’d go as far as saying it could become a massive positive with the amount of support we’re getting. My only gripe is the travelling, but it’s only for one season (hopefully!)

  • Camus August 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I think, as that Cooper chap said in one of your recent pieces, we just need a couple of wins and we’ll fare much better there.
    But… I’m concerned Doris will have a poor season.
    12 goals conceded from 15 shots on target in the past half a dozen games at Wembley.
    That’s alarming.

    Another poor game from him and fans will be calling for Vorm.

    • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Gordon Bennett, are those stats correct!!? If so the Wembley hoodoo is in his head.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Drop Hugo then. Sorted.

      • SpurAndy 🍒π August 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

        There was a guy on this blog who used to say that Hugo would only ever wear the colours of the mighty Spurs. Who was that……..? 😊

        • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm

          Some nutter.

    • VincentianMagic August 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Hugo is an excellent shot-stopper and sweeper.

      However his distribution is shocking; it’s like his brain and feet are out of sync. Perhaps he just needs to take a few seconds and calm down.

      • caveman August 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        No, he’s always been useless at distribution. It’s painful to watch.

  • Caspurs♿️ August 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Where are the arrows on each side of the page allowing navigation to new and previous blogs?

    • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      I nicked ’em.

  • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    The only thing worse than playing a season at Wembley, is the thought to playing TWO seasons at Wembley.

    • Horndog 😎 August 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      For sure. When you look at the progress pictures of the new stadium, they are great but I am not convinced it will be done on time. They show a long way to go but then I am not a construction genius, so there is that.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

        What they’ve done so far has take 16 months. The rest is a breeze for 12 months. They’re also already fitting the internals.

        • Horndog 😎 August 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

          Nutty, if you say it’ll be done, that’s good enough for me.

          • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

            A wise man speaks 😀

            • Caspurs♿️ August 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

              • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm


          • VincentianMagic August 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

            Looking at the pics, I’d say that in the next 6 months the hard work will be done. They’ll be no problem with the structure.

            It’ll be the availability of various cheeses that may have an impact on la grande unveiling.

            • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

              Levy is cornering the futures market on Albanian Donkey Cheese. That’ll bring the high rollers crowding into the Cheese Emporium.

              • VincentianMagic August 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

                He’ll charge a premium for Dairylea I’ve heard. Triangles, although if you ask nicely he may stretch to Dunkers.

        • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

          Make it so, Nutty.

    • CoopaTroopa August 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Agree. We need to get back to home comforts asap.

      Could conceivably open the stadium before the south stand is completed. Would be circa-44k capacity until the “UK’s largest single-tier stand” is opened.

      I’d rather us play in a 3/4 full New WHL than @ Wembley.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        Three quarters of the main structure is already up. The meccano set that is the South Stand will be up before we’ll assemble on the High Road for the PL Champions parade.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 August 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

          …next May!

  • gloster1861 August 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    We stuck with it now. Let’s hope that Poch and the team don’t see the coming season as a write off too.

  • VincentianMagic August 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I hate the fact we’re playing at Wembley.