The FA Cup quarter-final was abandoned after the Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field
Preamble Hello. On the face of it, Spurs have had such a bad month that Harry Redknapp could become the first England manager to be sacked before getting the job. The truth, as ever, is a little more complex. Spurs have lost their last three league games, but they were all tough fixtures and they played very well against Everton and Manchester United. They have a decent run-in, and the only thing that can stop them finishing in the top four is the weight of modern history. They should reacquaint themselves with victory in this FA Cup quarter-final at home to Bolton. Then again, if they don't, the press will officially announce that a drama has turned into a crisis.
Happy memories department Bolton have had their moments in north London in the FA Cup. Well, one of them anyway: a stunning, Phil Brown-inspired* destruction of the holders Arsenal in 1994.
* Slight artistic licence may have been used here. He did play, though.
Tottenham (4-4-2): Cudicini; Walker, Nelsen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale; Defoe, Saha.
Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Giovani, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Sandro.
Bolton (4-2-3-1): Bogdan; Ricketts, Boyata, Knight, Alonso; Muamba, Reo-Coker; Miyaichi, Pratley, Petrov; Klasnic.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Ngog, Ream, Vela.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Anything you want to talk about? It's a blank canvas, kids, a blank canvas.
1 min Bolton kick off from left to right. They are in black; Spurs are in white.
2 min Both Spurs' centre-backs, Gallas and Nelsen, were born in the 1970s. The fact this is noteworthy makes those of us born before them realise just how old we are.
3 min Bale moves smoothly past Sam Ricketts before being crowded out. Ricketts has drawn the short straw today, having been switched to right-back.
5 min Spurs are having plenty of the ball, as you'd expect, although it's harmless possession at the moment.
GOAL! Spurs 0-1 Bolton (Bale own goal 6) Gareth Bale scores his first FA Cup goal – at the wrong end. A corner from the left was flicked across goal by the head of Darren Pratley at the near post, and it hit the shoulder of Bale before flying past Carlo Cudicini.
7 min A good effort from Defoe, who runs infield from the left and drags a low shot towards the nar post that is palmed round by Bogdan.
10 min Modric plays a nice pass down the left to Assou-Ekotto, whose driven cross is cleared. Today's statement of the effin' obvious is that Spurs need to get Modric on the ball more.
GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Bolton (Walker 11) Spurs are level, and it's a cracking goal. Bale makes up for his own goal with a fine cross from the left, and Kyle Walker towers above Alonso at the far post to thump an storming header into the net. That was a real old-school header, the sort Mick Harford used to score.
13 min Bogdan spills Saha's well-struck shot from 20 yards, but he recovers to collect the loose ball just before the prowling Defoe.
14 min "Do keep me posted on Van der Vaart's effort levels on the wing, which I'm sure will be somewhere between 'afternoon nap' and 'mild exertion'," says Harsha Kodali. He's playing as a false seven, or an invisible seven, I forget which.
15 min It's all Spurs now.
17 min Defoe spins behind the defence onto a long throw from Bale, but Knight comes across and Defoe can only lob the ball into the arms of Bogdan.
18 min "Rob, you idiot," says Alex Netherton. "Van der Vaart's clearly playing as a 7.5. Not inverted. As yet."
22 min A bit of a lull in the game. I don't know what else to say.
23 min Almost a lovely goal from Spurs. A series of sharp, first-time passes ended with Assou-Ekotto curving over a beautiful cross towards the flying Bale, 15 yards from goal. He mistimed his leap, however, and the ball hit his shoulder before looping wide of the far post.
24 min "After the clockwatch riff (you are a busy man) would just note that Bogdan isn't really enjoying the orange look," says Phil Booth. "Still think that Jääskeläinen must be picking the goalkeeping kit for Bolton. They've had Bogdan in shocking pink and now orange, neither work with the hair, clearly nobody does colour-matching... sigh..." Alas, not all teams can ooze rampant, immaculately co-ordinated metrosexuality like the Guardian sports desk.
27 min Martin Petrov drills a cross-shot well wide from a tight angle on the left side of the box.
28 min Miyaichi almost gets in front of the dawdling Assou-Ekotto onto Petrov's cross. It eventually leads to a corner. Miyaichi drags it back towards Boyata in the Anderton/Sheringham style, but it's a fraction behind Boyata and he blooters it into orbit.
29 min "Ha!" chortles Colm Cosgrove. "I love this English loathing and mistrust of ball players. Any nation that prefers their footballers to be a cross between Geoff Capes, Forrest Gump and Hot Shot Hamish are inevitably doomed to failure." Yep, I hate them.
30 min Bolton are doing pretty well here. Spurs are the better side, of course, but Bogdan hasn't had much to do since the goal.
31 min What a chance for Bolton! They broke three on three through the marauding left-back Alonso, who then played a fine reverse pass to Klasnic on the left of the box. He was 12 yards from goal, through on Cudicini, but spanked his shot into the side netting at the near post.
33 min A chance of sorts for Spurs. Bogdan flaps risibly at Van der Vaart's right-wing corner, missing the ball completely, and the ball hits the unsighted Ryan Nelsen on the head six yards from goal before flying back whence it came. With a clear sight of the ball he would probably have scored.
36 min Spurs have lost the rhythm that they had after the goal, and the last 10 minutes has been Bolton's best spell of the match.
39 min Pratley sends a booming lob over Cudicini, and over the bar, from way out on the left. It was an imaginative effort but I think Cudicini would have had it covered had it been on target.
40 min "What about Spurs having to do with two sponsors; Investec and Autonomy in the same season?" says Tito Toroitch. "That was last season, but I have not kept an eye on the same this season." With the level of insight you've come to expect from the Guardian, I can confidently announce that I do not have a solitary clue.
42 min Fabrice Muamba appears to have suffered a very nasty injury. I'm not sure precisely what happened, but you can tell from the grave tone of the ESPN commentator Jon Champion – and the body language of the players – that this is extremely serious. Rafael Van der Vaart has his hands over his face, and ESPN's Jon Champion says that there are attemps to resuscitate Muamba. This is awful. All the players are in complete shock.
44 min There's a woman crying in the crowd. This is horrific. The whole crowd is completely silent, and medical staff from both teams are gathered round Muamba. ESPN's cameras are not even showing the players anymore. Howard Webb has both his hands clasped together; he looks in significant distress.
45+1 min After a brief chant of Fabrice Muamba's name, the crowd falls silent once more. Nigel Reo Coker is on his knees, resting his chin on his fist.
45+2 min Attempts to resuscitate Muamba are still ongoing, and apparently a defibrilator has been used. This is just horrible.
45+3 min Muamba is now on a stretcher, and is being carried off. This does not mean he has been resuscitated; apparently they are still attempting to do that. The Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is down at the pitchside, talking to Howard Webb and Owen Coyle. How can you carry on a game after this?
45+4 min Howard Webb has called the game off, at least for the time being. It's the only decision he could make.
6.21pm ESPN have confirmed that Howard Webb has not officially abandoned the game; he is taking further advice and, presumably, waiting to see what happens with Fabrice Muamba. The ground is completely silent.
6.22pm I didn't see what happened with Muamba; apparently he collapsed with nobody near him.
6.24pm On FiveLive, Ian Dennis has reported that Fabrice Muamba is fighting for his life.
6.27pm ESPN have confirmed that nobody was near Muamba when he collapsed. It doesn't matter, of course, but I'd say there's no chance this game will continue.
6.29pm Sky News have reported that Muamba had CPR on the field. The ESPN tunnel reporter says that many of the players have tears in their eyes, and that Muamba wasn't breathing when he was stretchered off the field.
6.30pm The game has officially been abandoned, and Fabrice Muamba is reportedly on his way to hospital. We don't yet know whether attempts to resuscitate him have been successful.
6.33pm ESPN say that Muamba is still receiving CPR on the way to hospital.
6.38pm The crowd are slowly, solemnly filing out of the ground. Jon Champion, the ESPN commentator, is talking about players who have died after collapsing on the field. Both he and the presenter Rebecca Lowe say they are "fearing the worst". As the ESPN summariser John Barnes points out, however, there are myriad examples of players who have collapsed on the field and survived.
6.44pm The ESPN reporter in the tunnel says that Bolton are preparing a statement to confirm that Muamba is on his way to hospital. There is no further information, and we still don't know whether attempts to resusciate Muamba have been successful. It's hard to articulate just how shocked everybody looks, from the referee to the players to the ESPN team.
6.48pm ESPN have confirmed that Muamba collapsed face down, with nobody near him. He was turned onto his side and then his back, which is when attempts to resuscitate him began.
6.51pm ESPN have ended their coverage. Rebecca Lowe, John Barnes and Kevin Keegan did their job admirably in impossible circumstances, but ultimately there is nothing they can say. Everyone is just waiting to hear whether attempts to resuscitate Muamba have been successful.
6.54pm We'll keep this MBM going until we hear further news.
6.56pm Bolton have released a short formal statement to confirm the horrific events of the past hour.
Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final.
There is no further information at this stage.
7.01pm Apparently Owen Coyle and Kevin Davies were in the ambulance with Muamba.
7.07pm For those who did not experience the incident when it happened, there were no players near Muamba when he collapsed. Within 10 or 20 seconds it became apparent that something very serious had happened, and we soon found out that he had stopped breathing. He was treated on the field for almost 10 minutes, with a defibrilator used in an attempt to resuscitate him, before being taken off on a stretcher. Howard Webb took the players off the field, and the game was officially abandoned a few moments later.
The last we heard was that Muamba was on his way to hospital, that he was not breathing and that he was still receiving CPR. That was 35 minutes ago.
7.12pm We should say that Howard Webb could not have handled such a horrible situation any better than he did. He had to call off the game, of course, but the speed and calmness with which he acted does him great credit.
7.15pm There is still no further information. It's been almost 45 minutes since Muamba was taken away from White Hart Lane in an ambulance.
7.30pm It's now an hour since Muamba was taken to hospital in an ambulance. That was the last update.
7.50pm We're going to end this blog now; it doesn't feel appropriate to carry it on indefinitely while a man fights for his life. There is some more detail of this horrific incident in this story from Paul Doyle and Amy Lawrence, who are at White Hart Lane, and we will have updates on the site as the evening progresses. Bye.