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Spurs’ plans for the season have been disrupted by the ongoing Harry Kane transfer saga. At the time of writing (Friday afternoon) the England captain was due to be having a medical at Bayern Munich ahead of a potential move to the German club.

If the deal goes through, Kane’s departure will be a big blow to the north London club.

He has been their top scorer in each of the last nine seasons and is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 280 goals.

Kane’s last home Premier League goal for Spurs was against us in our 3-1 win at White Hart Lane in May, although he did score twice more in the following week’s 4-1 victory at Leeds.

His exit adds to a summer of change at the club with Ange Postecoglou replacing Antonio Conte as head coach.

Spurs finished eighth in the Premier League last season, their lowest position since 2008/09 – meaning they won’t be playing in Europe for the first time since 2009/10.

WHO’S IN CHARGE

As mentioned earlier, Ange Postecoglou took over as Spurs head coach over the summer.

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He is the first Australian to manage in the Premier League and took the job after leaving Celtic, where he won two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish League Cups and one Scottish Cup in his two seasons in charge.

Ange spent his playing career in Australia, mostly with South Melbourne, where he was coached by Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas.

He managed South Melbourne, as well as Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory, before being appointed Australia’snational team manager in 2013.

In his four years in charge of the Socceroos, he led them in the 2014 World Cup finals, and earned qualification for the 2018 finals. He also guided them to victory in the 2015 Asian Cup.

He then spent three years in charge of Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos before joining Celtic.

WE’VE MET BEFORE

This is only the sixth season in which we have been in the same division as Spurs.

The first three were from 1947 to 1950 when both of us were in Division Two (now the Championship) and then of course the last two years in the Premier League.

Our past league results (Brentford score first) are:

1947/48 – (H) W 2-0 (A) L 0-4

1948/49 – (H) D 1-1 (A) L 0-2

1949/50 – (H) L 1-4 (A) D 1-1

2021/22 – (H) D 0-0 (A) L 0-2

2022/23 – (H) D 2-2 (A) W 3-1

Our first top flight meeting took place at the start of December 2021 when we lost 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Son Heung-min was involved in both goals – his cross deflected off Sergi Canos for a 12th-minute own goal, before he tapped home the second in the 65th minute after a quick counter-attack.

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In the return game towards the end of April, we had the better of a goalless draw in which  Ivan Toney twice hit the woodwork from set-pieces taken by ex-Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, and Pontus Jansson had an effort cleared off the line by Harry Kane.

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Last season’s home game on Boxing Day was the first Premier League match to take place after the World Cup.

Vitaly Janelt gave us an early lead from close range, and Ivan Toney doubled the lead from a corner early in the second half.

But Harry Kane headed Spurs back into it in the 65th minute and Pierre-Emile Hojberg equalised six minutes later as it finished 2-2.

Our 3-1 victory in the return in May was our first league win at White Hart Lane in our fifth attempt in league games.

Harry Kane put Spurs ahead from a free-kick in the eighth minute – a lead they held until the break.

However, early in the second half, Bryan Mbeumo scored twice in 13 minutes before Yoane Wissa sealed the victory late on.

We have actually met Spurs six times in cup competitions – twice in the FA Cup and four times in the League Cup.

They beat us 2-0 at home in the FA Cup first round proper in 1921/22, but we got revenge in 1945/46 when we won through 4-2 on aggregate, after a 2-2 draw away and a 2-0 home win.

In the past 30 years, we have been paired together three times in the second round of the League Cup and also met in the 2020/21 semi-finals.

1992/93

The first of our League Cup ties, in September 1992, came just after we had won promotion to the second tier. Teddy Sheringham put Spurs ahead at White Hart Lane, but Gary Blissett memorably equalised before Kevin Watson and Gordon Durie wrapped up a 3-1 win for the hosts.

The second leg appeared a formality and so it proved, as Spurs won 4-2 at Griffin Park for a 7-3 aggregate success.

Early goals from Darren Anderton, with a penalty, and Teddy Sheringham, killed off any chance of a shock. Gary Blissett replied before Andy Turner and Sheringham, with his second, made it 4-1 on the night. Keith Millen scored a late consolation for the Bees.

1998/99

Things were much closer when we met seven years later, despite Brentford being a fourth tier club, with each match finishing 3-2 to Spurs – even though we took the lead in each leg.

This time the first leg was at Griffin Park, and Andy Scott put us ahead in the 28th minute, only for Stephen Carr to level in the 44th minute. Substitute Jose Dominguez gave Spurs the lead for the first time early in the second half, before Darren Freeman equalised, only for Ramon Vega to snatch a priceless third away goal late on.

In the return just over a week later, Andy Scott levelled the tie on aggregate after giving us a first-minute lead at White Hart Lane. But Allan Nielsen, Sol Campbell and Chris Armstrong all scored to put Spurs in control, before substitute Lloyd Owusu made the scoreline more respectable in the 74th minute. However, Spurs went through 6-4 on aggregate.

First leg highlights at 9:35 in this video, with second leg highlights at 12:38.

Spurs went on to win the competition – beating Leicester 1-0 in the final with a last-gasp goal from Allan Nielsen.

2000/01

In 2000/01, Spurs survived a first leg at Griffin Park which they finished with 10 men, before sealing victory back in north London.

In TW8, goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was sent off on the hour mark for bringing down Paul Evans, who was clean through, while centre-half Sol Campbell was forced off in the 35th minute with a shoulder injury.

Even though Spurs fielded new £11m signing Sergei Rebrov up front, Oli Gottskalksson kept him at bay as we earned a 0-0 draw.

In the return leg a week later, Scott Partridge missed a great chance to put us ahead early in the second half before Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen scored to take Spurs through 2-0 on the night and also on aggregate.

2020/21

The Bees reached the semi-final of the competition for the first time in our history – but once again ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

Moussa Sissoko gave Spurs a 12th-minute lead, before on the hour mark we had our first-ever encounter with VAR when an Ivan Toney effort was ruled out.

Son Heung-min doubled the lead in the 70th minute, before Josh Dasilva was sent off late on.

OPPOSITION VIEW

BBC Radio London Sports Editor Phil Parry looks at the impact of the Harry Kane transfer saga, assesses Spurs’ other summer transfer business and looks back at past games between them and the Bees.

Q – How much has the Harry Kane transfer saga affected Spurs’ pre-season build-up?

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A – As I write these answers, Harry is sitting in a departure lounge waiting to take a flight to Germany. Saga is a very good word for it, as the question of will he or won’t he be a Spurs player come the start of the new season has been around all summer. It appears that there was certainly an understanding that he might leave which means that the club, and especially the new manager, will have been taking that into consideration. However, a Spurs without the looming and dominating presence of Kane and his guarantee of goals is a “New World”. As an important player and influential figure he will be difficult to replace and someone or multiple someones will have to step up and fill the goalscoring void.

In an ideal world, transfer business is conducted early and squads are prepared for the start of the season so that partnerships can be formed and re-enforced. But a deal which would take Harry away was never going to be easy or concluded quickly.

It has probably been exhausting for the fans who would have hoped to keep Kane and have at times had those desires raised, only to be taken back down a less positive route. There will no doubt be sadness and some degree of anger that the club’s all-time record goalscorer has been sold. As one podcaster said to me during the week when asked about the prospect of getting a fee for him now or risking him walking away for free in a year, “I don’t care about the money, I just want Harry to stay another year.. then we’ll deal with what happens next summer at that point.”

Q – What can Spurs fans expect from Ange Postecoglou, having taken charge of the club?

A – Postecoglou is a hugely experienced coach who has delivered success in previous jobs. From winning the Asia Cup with Australia to delivering a raft of trophies to the Celtic fans in his previous job, and early in his career winning titles with South Melbourne. He was asked about whether the Premier League was a “step up” when he got the job and was keen to point out that having managed at a World Cup, he’s worked on the highest stage in international football.

The style of play that we are expecting from Postecoglou’s side is one which will excite with an aim to attack and to dominate possession. Celtic certainly didn’t hold back on scoring goals, and after a couple of seasons where Spurs fans haven’t always been served with the most attractive play there is a hope that the entertainment value will return.

He also seems to be someone who will be fun to watch from a media perspective, he seems happy to engage and give his thoughts in an appealing and open way and I am looking forward to getting the chance to speak to him.

Q – What would be a good season for Spurs?

A – It has been 15 years since Spurs lifted a trophy and one of the disappointments of the last campaign was the rather limp way that they exited the FA Cup and Champions League. Now I’m not suggesting that they would have won either competition, but while the League may not have provided a route to glory, surely the knockout competitions did. A successful trip to Wembley would certainly make it a good season for Spurs, combined with an indication that they can again challenge to be a team in Europe’s premier competition. This season, fifth spot is a real target for the Champions League, so if Tottenham are in the conversation that too would be very positive.

And if all that were to be done playing a brand of football that excites the fans and puts a smile on their faces, then Ange Postecoglou will have done a very good job in his first year.

Q – Spurs have been busy in the transfer market – what do you make of their summer signings?

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A – The deals already done by Spurs give a fresh feel to the squad with some youth and potential joining fellow new faces that we know about. The arrival of Guglielmo Vicario for example which came after the David Raya link was seemingly broken, and the word from Italy is that he is impressive and will relish the challenge of the Premier League.

Obviously the signing of James Maddison was a headline-stealer as Premier League watchers have been able to see what he is capable of over the last few years. The creativity he brings will help whoever is scoring the goals and taking the chances, and he’s a signing which provoked positivity.

This week’s incomings likewise are interesting, with a young Argentinian forward Alejo Veliz and Dutch defender Micky van de Ven gaining nods of approval. And Manor Solomon certainly made somewhat of an impact at Fulham last season when he scored five in five as summer turned to spring.

Q – What do you remember of the four Premier League games between the sides?

A – I suppose in many respects the overriding feeling thinking back to the last two seasons will be how the Bees were never overawed by their opponents from north London, and while it was just one point from the two games in the first year up, last year’s return was no surprise.

The Boxing Day game last season displayed what almost became a Tottenham trope for a while, start slowly.. go behind then battle back to get something. But I remember that from the Bees’ perspective there was genuine frustration and the feeling it was a couple of points which got away.

The return in north London was also a reflection of where the teams were. The Bees’ buzzing confidence, even without the leading scorer, and enjoying themselves and their collective spirit. Spurs in a bit of a slump, in need of a new spark and heading towards a period of big decisions and new starts. It was a great May day in north London for Thomas Frank’s side and the supporters who could enjoy the fact that again the side proved they had no fear. It also displayed again that goals and wins were very possible without Ivan Toney, an important step to take,

Q – Finally, can you give me a possible Spurs formation and line-up please?

A –                                                               Vicario

Porro                 Romero        Davies          Udogie;

Bissouma     Hojbjerg

Kulusevski                Maddison                Son

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HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME IF YOU CAN’T BE THERE

If you can’t get to the Gtech Community Stadium for Sunday’s sold-out 2.00pm kick-off and want Brentford commentary, audio coverage is available via Buzz Box, for free.

Coverage starts half an hour before kick-off and is advert-free, with Mark Burridge and Karleigh Osborne.

There is also live commentary on BBC London DAB with Phil Parry and Steve Brown and on BBC Radio 5 Live with Ian Dennis and ex-Bee Clinton Morrison.

The game is also live on TV on Sky Sports.

IAN WESTBROOK

@ianwestbrook

PUBS IN BRENTFORD AND TRAVEL NEWS

For Spurs fans coming to the Gtech Community Stadium, there are plenty of pub options pre and post-match and all are most welcoming and away-fan-friendly (as it should be).

The pub areas are split into two zones. There is the area around Brentford’s old Griffin Park stadium. The pubs there are still very busy on match day frequented by Bees locals before heading down the road to the stadium at Kew Bridge which is only 15 mins walk.

Then there is the area in and around the stadium in Kew Bridge.

It is possible, if you have a good early start, to savour a few pubs in and around Griffin Park and Brentford zone before heading off to the pubs in the Kew zone or even vice versa if you so fancy.

Pubs in Griffin Park/Brentford zone

When at Griffin Park, Brentford was well known for its four pubs – one on each corner of the ground. Three are still operating.

The Griffin is closest to the old away end and has always been very popular with both home and away fans and has its regulars who still make the journey down to the new stadium from there on matchday. The New Inn is on the other side which used to also be popular with away fans before the move. The Brook pub is the other option if you want to savour a pub in and around what is left of our old home. Worth a peep if you want to reminisce about old Brentford.

About five minutes’ walk away from the old ground are two pubs which are enormously popular. The Globe (Windmill Rd) is a “lively but comfortable” pub on matchday. Incredibly friendly and cosy, it has always been popular with a selection of away fans who fancied having a beer a few minutes further walk away from the ground without having to queue six persons deep. After the move to the new ground, The Globe has retained many of lot its regulars from the Griffin Park days and with screens throughout the pub and in its sheltered beer garden, it shows both Premier League and EFL football before and after each match.

Meanwhile around the corner, The Lord Nelson (Enfield Rd) is another incredibly friendly and cosy away-friendly pubs about one minute walk from The Globe. Again with a TV screen for live sports and a lovely beer garden, this is another pub frequented by “away fans in the know”.

The other pub worth checking out in the Griffin Park region is The Black Dog Beer House, formerly The Albany, on Albany Road, if you like your real ales.

There are plenty of other pubs in and around Brentford High Street including real ale pub Magpie and Crown (Brentford High Street) and the cosy Brewery Tap (Catherine Wheel Road) near the river.

For a Griffin Park area pub crawl before heading over to Kew we recommend the following: Take the Piccadilly line to Northfields station. Turn left and walk for 2 mins and you will come to The Plough (Northfields Ave). Then walk to The Lord Nelson (10 min walk from The Plough) & then The Globe (1 min walk from The Nelson) en-route before hitting The Griffin (8 min walk from The Globe) and then The Black Dog (2 mins from The Griffin). You can also try and do the other three pubs on the corner whilst down here if you fancy.

Then you can then either walk (15 minutes from The Globe/The Nelson and The Griffin/Black Dog ) or take a train from Brentford station (which is five minutes walk away from both The Globe/The Nelson and The Griffin/Black Dog) or a bus (237/267) to Kew Bridge.

Trains run at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour to Kew Bridge from Brentford and take 2 mins.

Pubs in the Kew Bridge zone

Right next to Kew Bridge station, you will find the Express Tavern – an ale pub with a retro feel. The pub has been refurbished in readiness for the new football season and needless to say, is popular before the match due to its close proximity to the stadium.

Across the road by the river is One Over the Ait – a spacious boozer right next to Kew Bridge. This pub is situated on the location of the now-demolished Oxford & Cambridge pub where Brentford Football Club was founded in 1889.

Across Kew Bridge and the River Thames, there are two pubs on Kew Green – the Cricketers and the Greyhound – very close to the pier where Brentford fans have embarked on their away journeys by water to F*lham, Orient, Charlton, West Ham and even Southend.

North of the river along hoity-toity Strand on the Green, you will find The Steam Packet, in an old Cafe Rouge, and The Bell. A bit further down are The City Barge and the Bulls Head – two pubs side-by-side in which you would often see Ant and Dec hanging out.

There is also The Pilot which you can get to coming out of the BACK entrance of Gunnersbury station and we believe the old John Bull pub at the front of the station has been refurbed as The Gunnersbury but we have never been there so can’t give it a or a

Transport to Brentford and Kew Bridge

The simplest on paper to get to Brentford FC from town is to get the tube to Waterloo (Northern, Jubilee lines) or Vauxhall (Victoria Line) and then take the Overground train to Kew Bridge, which is right by the stadium. Brentford is one stop further on if you are on an ‘Original Griffin Park Pub’ mission.

With trains from Waterloo being only twice an hour (22 and 52) and taking 28 minutes, we normally recommend people jump on the tube from Kings Cross or Euston and head to Northfields or South Ealing on the Piccadilly Line as it is quicker (including the time getting across London and waiting at Waterloo) and trains are more frequent.

It is only 40 mins max station by tube to station meaning you could be in a Brentford pub within an hour of embarking your train at Kings Cross, Euston or Liverpool Street.

The other station option is Gunnersbury. You can walk to the stadium from Gunnersbury tube station (District line) in 25 minutes or take a bus (H91, 237, 267, 110), but note that it is closed for entry for one hour after the match.

For the Brentford/Griffin Park pubs you can get the Piccadilly line tube to Northfields station from King’s Cross or Euston (35 minutes) then walk down to The Plough, The Globe, The Lord Nelson and The Griffin and other pubs from there.

The new stadium is around 25 minutes’ walk from South Ealing station – if you don’t fancy Gunnersbury – or you can get on the 65 bus from across the road which will drop you almost outside in 15 minutes.

You can also pick up the 65 bus from Ealing Broadway (District and Central line) which will take you to the new stadium in 25 minutes.

You can check out Transport for London’s guide to travel on the Tube and Overground.