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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, October 15

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Hi, everyone!

No food ramble today, but I figured this was worth sharing regardless.

Ramble of the Day

Here’s a fun prompt I’ve been sitting on until I had the time to think about it: Let’s do starting lineups based on players who we share a first initial with. Retired players are available alongside active ones — male or female — for selection in a formation of your choice; bench and manager optional. (Feel free to use the first letter of your display name here instead of the first letter of your actual first name if you want.)

There’s a reason why I needed time to think about this — I’m convinced doing for the letter P is probably harder than other letters.

Goalkeeper: Petr Čech

Defenders: Pepe, Phil Jones, Philipp Lahm

Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Paulinho, Pernille Harder, Paul Pogba

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Peter Crouch, Pelé

For what it’s worth, these are more or less the first names that came to mind. I guarantee I’ll think of some more obvious names soon after this publishes.

tl;dr: Name a starting lineup of players who share the same first initial as you (or substitute in the first letter of your display name).

Stay informed, listen to this: Fulham supporter Rhys Porter and his mother Kelly Porter talk advocacy for disabled people on the Playmaker Podcast

Links of the Day

Bournemouth’s David Brooks was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin treatment next week.

Manchester City’s Ferran Torres is out after sustaining a small fracture in his right foot.

The FA launched its first plan for disabled footballers, aiming to increase participation by 50% in the next three years.

Only three Premier League clubs have reportedly agreed to work with police to combat online racism.

A longer read: Donald McRae interviews ex-England international John Barnes on deeply embedded discrimination and his new book, The Uncomfortable Truth about Racism for the Guardian