Feyenoord (AWAY)


Sunday 4th August 2002

Feyenoord  2   Tottenham  2   (Half time: 1-1)
Sunday 4th Aug 2002
Venue :  Stade de Kuip
Kick off : 4.00 p.m. 
Weather : 
Crowd : -  40,000
Referee : -  

Feyenoord  -   van Haaren 37, Kalou 73
Tottenham  -   Sheringham 24, Iversen 87


Feyenoord  -   None
Tottenham  - None


Tottenham : Keller; Carr, Bunjevcevic, Perry, Taricco; Davies, Anderton, Blondel (Sherwood 73), Ziege (Etherington 81); Sheringham (Doherty 64), Iversen.
Unused subs : - Hirschfeld, Henry, Jackson, Barnard, Sutton


Feyenoord  -  Red and white halved shirts, black shorts, 
Tottenham  -  Blue and black shirts, navy blue shorts, blue socks with black turnover

European trips are certainly a rarity for spurs fans these days so the opportunity to go to Feyenoord the UEFA Cup winners was one not to be missed.  However, based on this performance in the Stade de Kuip we are certainly able to mix with the cream of Europe though a new striker would confirm this further.  

After an early start and a long drive we arrived in the city at about 1 o'clock after making sure the car was parked as far as possible from the stadium.  After a walk around the city and accidentally bumping into the Spurs players coming out of their hotel to get on their bus to go to the stadium, we arrived at a busy Stade de Kuip at about 3 o'clock.  Already a fair number of the 600 travelling support was there including the Belgian Supporters Club, the others would arrive by police escort before the game started. 

The match itself was entertaining.  Tottenham dominated the early spells before Sheringham hit a sweet volley with his left foot from close range after good work from Anderton on the right in the 23rd minute.  Spurs fans taunted the quiet Feyenoord fans with chants of “We love you Ajax we do” which certainly got a response.

Feyenoord dominated the first half once Spurs had scored, hitting the bar and equalizing with a brilliant long rang effort from Van Haaren in the 36th minute and to be honest if they had led at half time, it would not have been an injustice.   

The second half was just as entertaining, as both sides had chances.  Blondel who was very impressive wasted the best chance for Spurs. Feyenoord took the lead through Bonaventure Kalou assisted by a Brett Emerton cross.  Feyenoord nearly made it 3-1 when a Van Hooijdonk free kick produced a brilliant save from the impressive Kasey Keller.  

With three minutes to go and an away defeat looking all the more likely, Steffen Iversen intercepted a weak Van Wonderen back pass and rewarded the travelling Tottenham fans with an equaliser.  Spurs could have won it at the death when Gary Doherty, who had earlier replaced Sheringham, miscued, however we hung on for a very creditable draw. 

All in all a very worthwhile trip, although having to be stuck in the ground for an hour after the ground did dampen the mood.  However the trip certainly succeeded in whetting the appetite for being involved in European football and brought all the "if onlys" about last season flooding back ... Sir Les against Blackburn at Cardiff certainly came to mind. 



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