The Tragedy of Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason

By Simon Campbell
on October 02, 2014
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As Spurs sought to progress into the next round of the Capital One League Cup there will have been no doubt in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s mind that Championship Leaders Nottingham Forrest would offer them a testing encounter, but one I am sure Spurs fans would expect to win.

As Forest youngster Grant put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute, these expectations perhaps became weighed down by the possibility of an upset. However, the introduction of Ryan Mason in the second half for Spurs provided the catalyst for a comeback. Mason’s impact should not be underestimated, as aside from his stunning 30 yard strike to draw things level, his vision and willingness to attack space proved crucial for Spurs who ended the match 3-1 winners.

However pleased Mason and the Spurs hierarchy must be with his goal, for me it carries pangs of sadness, of regret and of disappointment. Here is a player who has progressed through the Spurs academy, has represented his country at both U19 and U20 level and at 23 has still only made a handful of cup competition appearances and is not even registered for the Tottenham Premier League squad. Mason has served his time with five loan spells at four different clubs, scoring 11 goals in just over 50 appearances. And yet, he cannot make an impression on the first team and is not deemed good enough for the Premier League.

There is no doubt that if Mason was foreign, then he would be raved about and would have been given more of chance to shine at White Hart Lane. In fact, if you look at his contemporaries in the 2011 England U20 squad he gained caps for, it is notable that many names have not progressed into first team Premier League squads; Michael Ngoo, formerly of Liverpool now with Kilmarnock; Reece Wabara then of Manchester City, now of Doncaster Rovers; Reece Brown, a promising defender for Manchester United, now of Barnsley to name but a few.

The blame for this must be shouldered by the Premier League and its distortion of money and priorities for clubs; success must be now and it must be at any cost in order to keep in with the rich elite. This comes at a cost, and that cost is shouldered by young English players and ultimately the English national team’s future success.

At the U20 World Cup in 2011, 31 players there played their youth football in England, more than any other nation. An exciting, cosmopolitan, win at all costs product is being created by the Premier League, but what will it’s legacy be for the likes of Ryan Mason?

England Vs Germany Dilemma!

By Robert Lee
on November 19, 2013
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Ah, is there a more classic fixture in world football?  I think not.  5-1 in Munich, Euro 96 and of course the World Cup Victory in 1966 at the home of football.  However, here in lies the problem!  To play this fixture tonight, when there are some vital World Cup Play-Offs being played I find very strange, or should I say, annoying!  In normal circumstances, would I ever want to miss this fixture?  Of course not!  But it is, at the end of the day, a friendly match, where neither side will be fielding their strongest 11.  On the other hand, Sweden Vs Portugal, with Christiano Ronaldo's men leading marginally 1-0 from the first leg?  YES PLEASE!  France Vs Ukraine, with the French needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit after the first leg, when they have not failed to qualify for a major tournament since USA 94?  YES PLEASE!  All in the same night?  NOOOO!!!  Why on earth?  Somebody somewhere is responsible for this disastrous fixture dilemma and I for one am not happy.

 

Anyway, more to the point, what should I watch?  I really don't know if I can resist Ronaldo Vs Ibrahimovic, or seeing Vive le Toon against a very good Ukraine side at the Stade fe France.  

 

Sorry, but I think England Vs Germany might have to, with regret, take a back seat...

 

What do you think and what would you watch?

BUYO! BUYO! BUYO!

By Robert Lee
on September 13, 2013
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DOTP just loves a match worn shirt, and what better for a collection than a Real Madrid match worn Goalkeeper jersey?  The shirt, one of the finest ever seen by us, was worn by Real legend Francisco Buyo between 1992 and 1994.  We also recall Peter Schmeichel wearing a shirt with exactly the same design in the early 90's for his home nation Denmark, but we prefer this little number.  Buyo played for Real between 1986 and 1997, clocking up 343 appearances.  It just doesn't get much better than this! Quite possibly our 'shirt of the year'.

 

BUYO!!! BUYO!!! BUYO!!! Speaking of which, has anyone tried a white chocolate Kinder BUYO? Or is it Bueno?

King Eric

By Robert Lee
on July 21, 2013
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 Eric Cantona is without doubt one of the all time greats, and what better way to reminisce of King Eric than to own the France shirt as worn by Cantona at Euro 92, in which France were paired with England.  The shirt itself features that classic 'Adidas Equipment' logo to centre, as many of the early 90's International shirts did.  The French badge is nicely embroidered and other than a few small clicks, is in excellent condition.  Would also be a great shirt for learning Kung-Fu!  Ah, the memories!  

Actually, no, stick to the football and definitely do not combine the two as this could lead to tragic consequences, such as hurling a flying Kung-Fu kick at a random fan in the middle of your next match.  Sound advice from DOTP.

Newcastle Home 2003/05 FIGHT CLUB

By Robert Lee
on June 16, 2013
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OK, not the oldest of shirts but who could forget the infamous Dyer V Bowyer bust-up?

You know things aren't quite right when supposed 'team-mates' trade blows, and between two delightful chaps like Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer, well it doesn't get much better really!

The Toon were trailing 3-0 at home to Aston Villa when the fight sparked up on pitch, with Gareth Barry trying to break thing up.  Graeme Souness forced the players to publicly apologize after the match, although they wouldn't apologize to each other....modern day footballers eh?

Borussia Monchengladbach 1994/95

By Robert Lee
on June 09, 2013
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You just have to love the old shirts that have a great standout design, and this Borussia Monchengladbach beauty is amongst the best.

The 80's and 90's produced arguably some of the greatest design football shirts to ever be released, and some of the German shirts are just stunning (in a good or bad way!).  Either way, they standout.  It is not just the design of the shirts, it is also the fit.  Most fit like they are tailored and are usually small fitting, but with a pair of jeans, the 80's / 90's casual look just doesn't get any better than with belter's like this.

Why not browse through out vintage German shirts for more like this Gladbach Bobby Dazzler...you may just find that old school classic that you missed out on all them many moons ago.

Welcome to Dog On The Pitch

By Robert Lee
on May 03, 2013
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Hi all,

If this is your first visit to DOTP, which it probably is, welcome and we hope you enjoy our brand new site!  And this blog, Blog On The Pitch, where we will post info on new shirts and all things football related when we're not busy putting shirts on the site, that is.

We intend to provide shirts from across the globe, new and vintage, nice and sometimes horrific.  Think Arsenal away...yes, the bruised banana, who could forget?!

We are constantly expanding our stock so if your shirt isn't here at the moment, it most likely will be in the not-so-distant future.  We also do requests, so please get in touch if the shirt you want is not on the site.

Anyway, just a quick first post on Blog On The Pitch, and please have a good browse.

All the best,

DOTP


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