We’re in the business end now of fitzie’s 2023 countdown. Need a refresher on what you’ve missed so far? Just look below!
No. 4: Lucas Moura ends his Spurs tenure in style
No. 3: Tottenham sign James Maddison
Now — let’s get to No. 2:
Fitzie’s Top Five Spurs Moments of 2023, no. 2: Tottenham Hotspur Women 1-0 Arsenal Women
If there is any victory across either squad that has signified the transformation Tottenham Hotspur has undergone this past year it is this one.
Ange Postecoglou helped to establish a system of play between the men’s senior and youth squads, and there appears to be some carryover into the identity of the women’s team (although this shouldn’t necessarily be credited to him alone).
For years it seemed the women were an afterthought. They trained at a different location, sometimes had to wait for the youths to finish practicing before they could get a chance to go on the pitch. Then Alex Morgan played for the club and convinced the Tottenham hierarchy to change their ways.
After a disastrous season, Tottenham brought in Robert Vilahamn to take charge of the team.
And it seemed for a while that Tottenham were always kind of close to competing with the big dogs, but always felt short when they had that chance.
This year felt different. And thanks to a monumental effort in between the sticks by Barbora Votíková, Tottenham Hotspur’s womens squad defeated Arsenal for the first time.
Now, finally, the women’s squad has climbed that next step in the football ladder, proving that they can be a competitive force. With Votikova, Beth England, Ash Neville, Ellie Brazil and others, Tottenham Hotspur Women seem to have a very good future.
Fitzie’s track of the day:
And now for your links:
Reread Ashley Neville’s perspective on the transformation of the women’s squad
Also read about a bunch of players you forgot about in this Tottenham loan roundup