Throwback-Flashback: Tottenham Hotspur

In this edition of Throwback-Flashback, I;m posting material from Tottenham Hotspur FC, aka Spurs, of North London.

The highlights are from 2010 when they toured the US and one of their games was a Saturday matinee against San Jose.  Most of the shots were from the combined supporters section at that time.

Some of the highlights included Gareth Bale and Robbie Keane making an appearance at Buck Shaw Stadium on that day.  The match was merely a showcase highlighting the arrangement with the Quakes and Spurs.  Not much is heard about that today, but in the past the idea would have been to shuffle players on loan to both sides.  The Quakes did train at the Spurs grounds one year.  Maybe the team could have landed a younger Harry Kane on loan here, but that was not feasible then with a college stadium.  Despite my preference for another club I actually enjoyed this match as both a fan and a photographer.

Select shots of Spurs. By Nap Badillo.


Next time, I’ll be posting a blurb of another club from past experiences, be in the stands or on the pitch.

Previous Throwback-Flashback blurbs:

Manchester United FC


Everton FC



July 2014 – Quakes v Fire.  San Jose Ultras. (Disclaimer: I am a part of the group during my off days.)

Now that the World Cup is over, head to the stadium and support local, be MLS/USL/PDL/NPSL/UPSL or the leagues in your own yard.  The PDL and NPSL leagues have just finished their season but MLS and the USL are still playing through the autumn. This old message still resonates.

Throwback-Flashback: Manchester United FC

This team needs no introduction and one of the most recognized brands in the world.  The photos range from 2015 and 2017.  Their friendly (pre-season/exhibition) game against the San Jose Earthquakes will be their third visit to the Bay Area in four years.

Manchester United. Photos by Nap Badillo


Also some sets, taken for FootySF–from their Facebook page:

2017 International Champions Cup – vs Real Madrid

2015 International Champions Cup – vs Barcelona

We’ll be catching up with another blast from the past next time.

Previous Throwback-Flashback blurbs:


Everton FC


This week 7-16-18

In lieu of other news, we’ll be posting another throwback/flashback blurb later on this week.  In the meantime, something from Jeff Carlisle of ESPN (very good writer who goes way back to the Clash days circa 1996).  Given the team’s current woes this bit on Marvell Wynne is bound to create more chatter:


Santa Cruz Breakers v SF City

SF City finished their 2018 PDL season on the road with an afternoon 2-0 win over the Santa Cruz Breakers at Cabrillo College in Aptos.  Gerardo Mendoza’s two goals were the difference maker in this game as City ended things on a positive note.

Facebook series – Santa Cruz Breakers vs SF City

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts. All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.


The win closed off in what was a season of highs and lows.  The top highlight was their US Open Cup win at Oakland against NPSL contenders CD Aguiluchos, and a road win at Boxer against their crosstown rivals the Glens.  Despite their slow start to the season on the road that resulted in 5 losses and 1 draw, City finished strong taking 2 wins over the Breakers and 1 against the Seahorses; only their loss at home against the Glens was the taint on that streak.   The team has very high expectations of contending once again in their division and an established Bay Area rivalry against the Glens and the Breakers.

SF Glens v Fresno FC U23s

Ranier Plantinos opened up the scoring for the Glens in the 19th minute.  However, that was the only goal for the team in the season finale, as the Zorritos tied the score at the 76th minute.  The game ended up in a 1-1 draw.

Facebook series – SF Glens vs Fresno FC U23s

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts. All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

The Glens can hold their head high to finish the season, having a scoreless draw against FC Golden State Force, wins over the Seahorses and their crosstown rivals SF City, and another draw against Fresno.  The team can go into the off-season with hopes of improving their standing next year.

SF Glens game link coming soon (

El Farolito v FCM Portland

El Farolito’s debut season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to FCM Portland in the NPSL playoffs. Reed McKenna and Luis Galeano accounted for the tally from the visitors and the home team was unable to come up with a single goal, but not without a valiant effort.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.


Farolito finished first in their debut season with no losses, running the table with 9 wins and 5 draws and a playoff victory against the Sonoma County Sol.  Expect El Farolito to be a contender next season.

SF City v SF Glens

In what was a goalless draw in the return leg of the SF PDL Derby, Arda Bulut scored off the penalty spot in the 85th minute to break the deadlock.  That accounted for the only tally of the match as the Glens exacted a measure of revenge in their 1-0 road win over SF City.  For this season each team won on the road, as City did at Boxer Stadium on June 2 and the Glens returning the favor on July 12.

Facebook series – SF City vs SF Glens

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts. All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

The Glens will finish out the season Saturday July 14 against the Fresno FC U23s at Boxer Stadium at 3pm.  City will hit the road to play the Santa Cruz Breakers on Sunday July 15 at 5pm to complete the 2018 season.

SF Glens Claim The City’s Bragging Rights with 1-0 Road Derby Win (

SF City v Southern California Seahorses

Barry McCabe kicked off the scoring 9 minutes into the game, while Jonathan Partida and Gerardo Mendoza added to the first half tally to give SF City a 3-1 lead. They never looked back in the second half while Kei Tomozawa added an early second half tally in the 53rd minute to give the team an insurmountable lead. The Seahorses added a second goal but it was not enough as SF City defeated the Seahorses 4-2.  The win was the second straight for SF City, while the Seahorses were swept on the road thanks to losses from the two SF PDL clubs.

Facebook series – SF City vs Southern California Seahorses

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts. All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

SF City play out the string Thursday 7pm with their last home game against the Glens in the return leg of the SF Derby, followed by a road game Sunday July 15 at 4pm against the Santa Cruz Breakers.  The Seahorses return home to play against Fresno FC U23s Wednesday July 11 at 7pm before finishing their season slate hosting Orange County SC U23s on Sunday July 15 at 4pm.

Game summary from the team.