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Thursday 31.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle admitted that the Tottenham squad is stretched and tired, but that was no excuse for the slack second half performance last night.  He said that you cannot give Bellamy and Shearer the chances Spurs did and expect to get away with it.
  Former Spurs captain Gary Mabbutt will take charge of the Afghanistan side with Lawrie McMenemy in a charity match in two weeks time.  The pair will boss the Afghan national side or a peace keeping force XI in Kabul's Olympic Stadium on February 15th.  Mabbutt said that in the last three years he has received offers from 3 First Division clubs, 2 in the Second and 3 more from the Third.  Mabbs has been part of the FA's International Development Programme and has previously done work in Russia and South Africa, but added that this shows that there can be a democratic way back for the nation after the atrocities of the Taliban regime.
  Tottenham's reserve away game against Leicester City has been moved from Monday 4th February to Wednesday 6th February.  This is because of the clash with the first team's re-arranged FA Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers.
  Yannick Kamanan has played a trial match at Bristol Rovers and impressed watching boss Garry Thompson with two goals.  The Pirates are hoping to take him on loan until the end of the season at least.
  Chris Armstrong is looking to play in a reserve fixture at the end of February to make his comeback after a year out being operated on for groin injuries.  
  After a 0-0 draw with Canada, the USA won 4-2 on penalties to go through to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they will meet Costa Rica.  Spurs keeper Kasey Keller saved two of the Canada spot-kicks.
  Mario Melchiot has received a three match ban for the slap on Teddy Sheringham in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg, after the red card was initially awarded to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
  Nine Chelsea supporters - five season ticket holders and four members have been banned after the trouble at the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Wednesday 30.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 1-3 at home to Newcastle United tonight with the Spurs goal scored by Steffen Iversen.
  Spurs are ready to challenge Charlton Athletic for the singing of Stirling Albion youngster Alex Williams.  The 19 year old striker has scored 16 goals this season and Tottenham are believed to be set to move for the player who has already spent some time training with the Addicks.

Tuesday 29.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TEAM NEWS : - Glenn Hoddle is hoping that Les Ferdinand will be fit to face Newcastle United after suffering a whiplash injury from heading a ball in training and Anthony Gardner could overcome his knee injury which it was thought could keep him out of the team.
  TEAM NEWS : - Robert Lee is out suffering with a calf strain and Gary Speed a broken toe, but both Nikos Dabizas and Laurent Robert are back following their suspensions.  Kieron Dyer's foot injury is the major doubt for the visitors and he is unlikely to play.
  Stephen Carr has praised George Graham's will to win and believes that he will do well in the game should he return as a manager somewhere.  The Irishman said that although the former Arsenal boss was not liked at Tottenham, no-one could fault his commitment.
  Steffen Freund has returned from surgery in America, the official website tells us and he has suffered nothing in addition to his cruciate ligament tear.  Hoddle said that was enough, but that the German is back and walking without crutches already.
   Glenn Hoddle has said that the team have at last given Spurs fans some hope and he can see that some progress is being made in the direction he wants to go.  He said that there is belief within the team and also amongst the fans and this has helped them do well this season.  The Spurs boss went on to add that the fans can make a big difference and that the night games at White Hart Lane have a special atmosphere about them and that boosts the team.
  John Jackson played 82 minutes of the reserve game last night after coming back from tendonitis in both knees and felt exhausted !!  He told the official site that he was keen to play as long as possible, but he expected some reaction, as the medical team have told him that is part of the recovery process.
  Manager Colin Calderwood was particularly pleased with his reserve side saying it was the best performance by his team on the Spurs website.  He felt that everyone did well and those who were returning from injury or stepping up from the Under-19s did very well against an experienced Charlton line-up.
  Former Spurs youth player Garry Brady has gone to Kilmarnock on trial with a view to a permanent transfer.  The Portsmouth winger has been out of favour and is keen to get first team football again.

Monday 28.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been linked with a £6 million bid for Brazilian striker Mario Jardel, currently playing for Sporting Lisbon.  The lanky forward has scored lots of goals wherever he has played and is keen to try his luck in the Premiership.
  Les Ferdinand is a worry for Wednesday night's game against Newcastle United with a neck injury.
  Mouscron Excelsior are waiting on contact from Spurs about the link-up to exchange young players and coaches between the two sides.  The Belgian First Division club have had talks late last year with David Pleat, but are keen to finalise a deal.
  Kasey Keller had an easy time in the USA's 4-0 win over El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter final.  The team now move on to face local rivals Canada in the semi-final.
  Matthew Etherington has said he is in no hurry to leave Tottenham, despite the fact that he will have to battle for a place in the side.  he said that he realised that he will not walk straight back into the side, but with seemingly good times ahead, he is willing to work hard and if it doesn't work out for his at White Hart Lane, then he might have to consider leaving Spurs.
  Spurs reserves beat their Charlton Athletic counterparts 2-1 tonight at Stevenage Borough's Broadhall Way ground.  The Tottenham goals came from David Galbraith and Steven Ferguson.

Sunday 27.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham will face Tranmere Rovers at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup Fifth Round, if they overcome Bolton Wanderers in the rescheduled Fourth Round match.  The match should be held the weekend of the 16th or 17th of February.
  Spurs are vying with Arsenal for a big sponsorship deal from mmO2, the BT mobile phone company.  The contract is expected to run for three years and be worth £5 million for each year it runs.
  Tottenham are rumoured to be ready to watch Bartosz Karwan of Legia Warsaw in a couple of friendlies for his Polish national side in February in Cyprus before deciding on the an offer for the player.  His agent said he was working on the deal after Spurs had asked for some videos of the player in action to view.  The 26 year old midfielder has been watched by Schalke 04 and Hertha Berlin, but he is believed to favour a move to England.  Karwan's current deal expires in the summer and therefore Legia might be willing to sell soon to get some money for him, with a £700,000 price tag allegedly being included in his present contract.
  Glenn Hoddle told the club's official website that Steffen Iversen could do a good job for Spurs.  He said that the Norwegian striker had been unable to show what he is truly capable of because of his run of injuries, but he said he has a lot of potential and now that Spurs have four fit forwards, they could match what any of the top teams have to offer.

Saturday 26.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Fourth Round FA Cup tie at home to Bolton Wanderers was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.  The match will now be played on Tuesday 5th February 2002, with the kick off at 7.45 p.m.
  All the Junior games for the Ladies teams tomorrow are postponed because of waterlogged pitches.
  Tottenham have been linked with a loan move for unsettled French  Parma midfielder Johan Micoud. 

Friday 25.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TEAM NEWS : - Dean Richards, cup-tied for the Worthington Cup, will return in place of ankle injury victim Anthony Gardner.  Les Ferdinand is being given every opportunity to play, but it is more likely that Steffen Iversen will retain his place in the starting line-up.
  TEAM NEWS : - Bolton will be able to select Dean Holdsworth and Paul Warhurst who have both served their suspensions, but both picked up knocks in the reserves in midweek, so might be doubtful.  Per Frandsen and Colin Hendry are both definitely out.  Simon Charlton is likely to be replaced in defence by Mike Whitlow and the side are bolstered by the signing of German striker Fredi Bobic.
  Tim Sherwood has said the team will work hard to make sure they don't slip up after the terrific performance on Wednesday night.  He said Bolton Wanderers will be up for the Cup game and Spurs should not underestimate them.  He went on to say that he will be trying to maintain his own good form to get a place in the Worthington Cup Final, which if it happens will be his first in a final.
  Dean Richards is keen to take Tottenham all the way in the FA Cup to make up for his omission from the Worthington Cup Final team, due to him being cup-tied in that competition.  He said that he will do all he can to improve the club's performance last season in reaching the semi-final, but he is aware that Spurs will have to cope with the pace of Michael Ricketts on the break if they are to progress to the Fifth round.
  Glenn Hoddle has said that viewing of action replays to sort out controversial incidents should not be introduced into the game, except for disputes about whether the ball has crossed the line for a goal.  He said that the referee and his assistants should be the final arbiter of decisions like penalties and sending offs.
  Hoddle told the club's website that he feels that Darren Anderton has finally nailed his "Sicknote" nickname after impressing for the team this season.  
  Spurs away Premier League game at Chelsea has been rescheduled for Wednesday 13th March.
  Graham Poll has been selected as referee for the Worthington Cup Final.
  The FA have confirmed that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's red card has been transferred to Mario Melchiot after the mistaken identity chaos of Wednesday's Worthington Cup semi-final second leg tie.
  Tottenham's triumphant Youth Team will play Leeds United at Elland Road on Wednesday 6th February with the kick off at 7 p.m.  The match will be decided on the night, so might go to extra time and penalties.  Ticket prices are £3 for adults and £1 kids.
  Former Spurs manager George Graham has been made favourite o take over the vacant manager's post at Aston Villa.

Thursday 24.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have been allocated the "unlucky" end of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the Worthington Cup final.  Spurs will occupy the South Stand as they will be arriving from London, while Blackburn Rovers fans will take the North Stand, which was filled by the teams winning all seven domestic matches with something at stake last season.
  Tottenham will also have to wear their change kit after the Football League tossed a coin and Blackburn Rovers came out in favour of wearing their regular colours.
Both clubs will have 30,000 tickets and half-price concessions will be available to under-16s and over-65s for the first time. Tickets will cost £60, £49, £39 and £29.
  Glenn Hoddle believes that Darren Anderton is a cert for the England World Cup squad as he is playing at the top of his game and Sven Goran Eriksson could not do worse than take him to South Korea and Japan.  Hod said Darren can create, hold the ball and cover the whole pitch over 90 minutes now he is fit on a regular basis.
  Teddy Sheringham said he was trying to tell the referee that he did not see who pushed him in the face in the incident that saw Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sent off, but also that he thought they didn't deserve to be sent off.
  The FA are to view a video of the incident to see if Mauricio Taricco will suffer punishment for hitting Mario Melchiot on the head. If they agree that he has a charge to answer, then he could be banned for the final.
  Both finalists are looking to contest cards dealt out in the semi-finals.  Blackburn Rovers are to appeal against Gary Flitcroft's red card for a two footed challenge on Trond Egil Soldvedt, while Spurs will ask for Sheringham's yellow card to be wiped out.
  Rotherham United manager Ronnie Moore has dismissed rumours that he is trying to sign Chris Armstrong.  In the market for a striker, he said that Armstrong's wage demands would be out of his reach.
  Goalkeeper Rob Burch saved a last minute penalty in the FA Youth Cup last night to deny Bolton a draw and to put Spurs through to an away tie at Leeds United.  The Yorkshire side have struggled through to the 5th round by going through on penalties for the last two ties.
  Under-17 Academy goalkeeper, Nicky Eyre, has been chosen in the England Under-17 squad to face Slovakia on February 13th at Stevenage.
  Former Spurs beanpole striker, Peter Crouch, is reportedly being eyed by Fulham, Sunderland, Arsenal and Everton.
  Former Spurs striker Colin Lee was today appointed as manager of Walsall.
  Manchester City youth player Dickson Etuhu, who Spurs were reportedly interested in, has joined Preston North End.

Wednesday 23.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Spurs thrashed Chelsea 5-1 tonight at White Hart Lane in the pouring rain and go through to the final 6-3 on aggregate. Spurs goals came from Iversen (2 min.), Sherwood (33 min.), Sheringham (50 min.), Davies (76 min.), Rebrov (87 min.). Chelsea's consolation goal came from Forssell (90 min.).  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was sent off for violent conduct.  Click here for a match report and here for reaction.
  Spurs will meet Blackburn Rovers in the final in Cardiff on February 24th at the Millennium Stadium.
  Les Ferdinand says he is fit for tonight's game with Chelsea and that he is thankful that someone is looking over him after his quick recovery form injuries this season.  The Spurs striker said on his Icons.com site that the team would not change their style after the bad run that they have had against Chelsea, but hoped that the luck would favour Tottenham tonight.
  Former Tottenham defender has slammed Ossie Ardiles for his management style while at Tottenham.  Austin said it was the unhappiest time of his career under a man who was his idol as a player and that Ardiles had no man-management skills nor any idea about defensive coaching.  The Palace player said on his Icons.com site that should Ossie take over at Derby County, then the back four need to be tightened up and that was not Ardiles' forté.
   David Pleat said today that he believes that Sergei Rebrov can still be a hit at Tottenham despite having few chances to impress during the season so far.
   The Spurs Youth Team beat Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium tonight 2-1 with two goals from Jamie Slabber.
  Ben Bowditch has been chosen for the England Under-19 squad for their match against Germany on February 14th at Ipswich Town's Portman Road.
  Tottenham's fan representatives have won a place in the Final of the Worthington Fives competition which will take place before the Worthington Cup Final itself.  They beat Oldham Athletic's fans 8-2 and then Blackpool 4-2 in the semi-final to earn the right to play Stockport County at the Millennium Stadium.

Tuesday 22.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Tottenham made an offer to Middlesbrough for Croatian striker Alen Boksic the player claims, but it was turned down by the Teesside club.
  Steffen Iversen has been talking to the official website about the night he took Spurs to the League Cup final.  He said he remembers it well, as he lobbed Neil Sullivan from the edge of the area and would love to do the same again tomorrow night.  Iversen told the site that he believes that Spurs should be in Europe more regularly than they have been in his time at the club and he will do his best to ensure that happens.
  Glenn Hoddle has said that the Spurs fans could be the important twelfth man in the semi-final against Chelsea and that they can inspire the team to success.  He went on in the Spurs website interview to discuss the problems with crowd trouble and said that fans must be vigilant to stop the matter getting out of hand.
   Gus Poyet said that one win tomorrow night can wipe out 11 years of disappointment when Spurs have played Chelsea.  The former Blues midfielder thinks that the game would not be a problem if it was a European tie as Spurs have the away goal, but because of the record against the West London side over the last decade, there is a natural reluctance in anyone predicting a win.
  There is another big Cup game tomorrow night as the Youth team travel to Bolton Wanderers in the 5th Round of the FA Youth Cup.  The kick off at the Reebok stadium is at 7.30. p.m.
   Tottenham's game at Fulham on Saturday 23rd March has been moved to a 4 p.m. kick off on Sunday 24th March for coverage by Sky TV.
 Wolverhampton Wanderers have said that Joleon Lescott will not be joining Spurs as rumours spread out our interest in the defender yesterday.  The Wolves Chief £executive - Jez Moxey - said that Lescott had signed a long contract and they would see him as one of the main players in the club's future.

Monday 21.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   The Sun carry a report that Spurs might be looking to bring in Bayern Munich's Carsten Jancker on loan for the rest of the season, with injuries likely to take their toll on the Spurs players.  They state that David Pleat was in Germany trying to complete the deal with the prospect of a permanent transfer in the summer, although Fulham, Sunderland and Middlesbrough are also quoted as being interested in the international forward.  On the Spurs website, manager Glenn Hoddle has laughed off the rumours, glad that the papers are focusing on the players he isn't interested in !!
  Ahead of the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg between Spurs and Chelsea, fans from the clubs have been implicated in the trouble that took place at Pittodrie on Sunday. It is said that Chelsea fans sparked trouble from within the Rangers section, while Tottenham fans were among the home support.
   The FA have meanwhile asked for a video of the first half incident when Paul Gascoigne clashed with Oyvind Leonhardsen, leaving him prostrate on the ground.
   Les Ferdinand has a 50% chance of playing against Chelsea after his concussion in Saturday's game against Everton.  The medical men have not said he cannot play, but a headache has left Sir Les feeling a bit "fuzzy" Hoddle revealed to the official website.
   Oyvind Leonhardsen said he enjoyed his first League start in the Spurs team and hopes that it will not be the last.  He knows that Gus Poyet will be back for Wednesday's game against Chelsea, but is training hard to stay fit for when he is needed.
   Hoddle was pleased that Steffen Iversen, Anthony Gardner and Oyvind Leonhardsen all made good contributions to the Everton game, showing that players who had not played for a week or so could come in and do a job.  Leo and Gardner came in for Gus Poyet and Ledley King who were rested.
   The Spurs website said that there was no set date for Stephen Carr's comeback, with Glenn Hoddle hoping he will be back before the end of the season.  It was explained that it is not the main injury that often holds players back, but other injuries, such as those suffered by Stephen Clemence and Goran Bunjevcevic have suffered in addition to the main one that kept them out in the first place.
   Wolverhampton Wanderers' young defender Joleon Lescott has been attracting the attention of SCBC (who's Chairman Rupert "The Bear" Lowe has denied that they would be in for the very good player), Spurs and Arsenal, while the First Division are keen to hold onto him.  It is reported on TeamTalk that Spurs Director of Football David Pleat watched him in the game against Portsmouth recently, while John Gorman was present at the Wolves v Coventry City match. The fact that Gorman was sent to Coventry has nothing to do with the fact that they were our next opponents in the FA Cup apparently.
   Defender Gary Doherty is maintaining good progress in his comeback from his broken ankle and hopes to be back in contention in February.  He has started fitness training and has done some light ball work, with a few reserve games being his target to get some match fitness.
   Bolton Wanderers' Danish midfielder Per Frandsen will miss the next six weeks of the season with an ankle injury picked up in Saturday's game at Middlesbrough.  The player will not be available for the upcoming FA Cup tie next Saturday. 
   Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has denied that Spurs have made an approach for their Croatian striker Alen Boksic.

Sunday 20.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand is doubtful for Wednesday's second leg tie of the Worthington Cup semi-final against Chelsea.  having suffered another head injury yesterday, he will be unlikely to play for Tottenham in this important match.
   Spurs are being linked with a move for Middlesbrough's Alen Boksic.  The Croatian striker is being made available for sale to raise funds for a bid for Manchester United's Dwight Yorke.  It is believed that Glenn Hoddle is a big admirer, although the forward's £73,000 a week salary might be a stumbling block.  The report in the News of the World went on to add that if the signing goes through, and it is thought that Hoddle wants Boksic to come in as soon as possible, then Sergei Rebrov's Tottenham career will be over.
  The same paper reports that Hoddle might return to his old club SCBC to poach goalkeeping coach David Coles.  Current Spurs keeping coach, Hans Segers is said to be considering his future and might move on in the summer, with his home country of Holland a possibility.
  Another former SCBC colleague, 33 year old midfielder Chris Marsden, is being linked with a move to Tottenham, but with a fair share of the players over 30 already, it is unlikely that this rumour will bear fruit.
   AC Milan's recent signing from Alaves, Javi Moreno, is out of favour and Spurs are being linked with a move for him, despite Hoddle not having any money available.  The report hints that a swap deal with Rebrov might be the way for the transfer to go ahead.
  Paris St. Germain's Nigerian international Jay Jay Okacha is being linked with a move to Tottenham as he is stalling on a new contract at the French club.  Sunderland and Fulham are also interested in the skilful midfielder.
   Former Spurs youngster Allan Tait is being eyed by Fulham.  The player has scored 17 goals in 15 games while playing for Deal Town, while on licence to be released for their matched while serving a spell in prison.

Saturday 19.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Everton this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  Les Ferdinand got the Tottenham goal.  Click here for match report.  Click here for reaction.
  Les Ferdinand will need a scan on his injured head, which was involved in a clash of heads.  He will spend another night with concussion for about the fortieth time this season. 
  Dean Richards has said that he hopes to be able to emulate Sheringham, Ferdinand and Poyet by playing on into his Thirties.  He said that they all act as an example to the rest of the squad about training and eating properly to keep in god shape whatever age you are.
  Glenn Hoddle said that he has his eyes on a couple of goalkeepers who could come in at very short notice should the goalkeeping situation at Tottenham worsen over the coming week.  Kasey Keller would be second choice, but is away in the US playing in the CONCACAF Cup, which if his side get knocked out will mean he returns before the Chelsea game on Wednesday, but Spurs have ensured a call back situation in case anything should happen to Neil Sullivan.  If the US get to the final, Keller will not be back until February 4th.
  Keller performed well for the US in their match against South Korea, which they won 2-1 with a last minute goal.  Keller was beaten by a stunning 35 yard free kick, but had made a seventh minute penalty save to provide the platform for the late winner.

Friday 18.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Glenn Hoddle says he bears no grudge against Paul Gascoigne for the claims by the ex-Spurs midfielder that Hoddle nearly ended his career when he left him out of the 1998 World Cup squad.  The Spurs boss rates the decision made as England manager as one of the saddest he has ever had to make, but feels that there is no bad feeling between him and the player.
  Meanwhile, rumours surround the former Spurs player, as Gazza has been linked to a move to US side DC United, where an ex-Newcastle United player has taken over.
  Former team-mate in the England side, Teddy Sheringham, has also praised Gascoigne.  He said on the Spurs website that Paul was one of the best.  Skipper Sheringham added that the match against Gazza's Everton side would be a tough one as they are just getting things together and some of their injured players back.
  Everton face Tottenham without Mark Pembridge, Abel Xavier, Tomasz Radzinski, Danny Cadamarteri, Thomas Gravesen, Steve Watson and Alessandro Pistone, but welcome back Duncan Ferguson after a bout of flu.
  Spurs have Teddy Sheringham in contention after suspension and Gavin Kelly will take the goalkeepers place on the bench, as Kasey Keller has gone to the US to play for his national side in the Gold Cup (CONCACAF Cup) competition. 
  Christian Ziege has been ordered to rest for ten days and then report for ten days intensive treatment on his knee ligament injury, Glenn told the Spurs website today.  He said that he hoped the German international would be back playing within four weeks.
  On the same site, the manager said that it was time that some of the younger members of the squad started to make strides to push for a first team place.  He named John Piercy, Matthew Etherington and Alton Thelwell, who have all been in the squad for recent matches and he hopes that they will begin to show what they can do.
  TeamTalk run a story that Glenn Hoddle has been told that there will be no more money for signings this season, unless he sells first.  The Spurs manager is reported as wanting to wait until the summer to decide on the future of Sergei Rebrov and therefore, he might have to rely on loan players who are out of favour at their clubs in Europe if he wants to introduce fresh blood.
  Nottingham Forest youngster Jermaine Jenas is likely to be sold should the First Division club receive an acceptable offer for the midfielder.  A bid of around £5 million is believed a reasonable amount and Spurs have been linked with the player in the past, but Newcastle United and Leeds United remain favourites to nab the player.

Thursday 17.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Glenn Hoddle hailed the win over Coventry City in last night's FA Cup tie as a professional job and the team learned from previous games by not giving away sloppy goals at set-pieces and by getting good crosses into the box.
  The Spurs boss also said he was happy to have Teddy Sheringham back, having been rested during his enforced suspension.  He said Sheringham had not been training hard and had been given some days off, but has returned to the club raring to go.
  Gus Poyet said that despite his age, he wants to play every game for Spurs.  He was pleased that he scored with his head, as he feels that he should have had more goals from headers this season.
  Darren Anderton has said that Gus Poyet's signing in the summer from Chelsea was a steal.  The Spurs midfielder said that he has impressed his colleagues and with nine goals already, he has weighed in with his fair share of goals from midfield.  
  Anderton went on to add that the match against Coventry City was a chance to show the clinical nature needed to succeed and that the games against Chelsea and Ipswich Town were uppermost in their minds, in terms of not repeating their mistakes.  With Coventry parading the 1987 FA Cup winning team prior to kick-off, he said that it did not affect the Spurs players and now with a home tie in the next round, he feels they could have a good run in the competition.
  Spurs have revealed that they intend to increase stewarding at the Chelsea Worthington Cup semi-final second leg by 33% and will use CCTV to focus in on certain parts of the crowd.  Vice Chairman said that the missile throwing that has blighted Tottenham games recently has gone far enough and that these measures are directed at offenders who might tarnish the reputation of the club.  He said that anyone caught throwing items onto the pitch would be banned for life.
  Ossie Ardiles is in the running for the vacant manager's job at Derby County.  He is said to have applied for the position already.

Wednesday 16.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Coventry City 2-0 tonight at Highfield Road in the Third Round of the FA Cup.  Gus Poyet and Les Ferdinand scored the goals.  For a match report, click here. For reaction, click here.
  Tottenham will now face Bolton Wanderers at home in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 26th January.
   Spurs are allegedly looking at two Brazilian players according to the Sun newspaper.  One the club have been linked with before, Washington, a 26-year-old striker and his Ponte Preta club-mate Adrianinho, a 21-year-old midfielder are both available for £7.5 million the pair.  Both are also expected to be in the Brazil squad for the World Cup.
  The Sun also report on an old age pensioner who bought a jug at auction 11 years ago, only to recently find that it had been presented to Danny Blanchflower on a tour of Canada and that it contained his 1963 European Cup Winners Cup winners medal.  It is thought that it could be worth around £12,000 - not a bad return on the £25 he paid for the claret jug in the first place !!
  The Mirror, not to be outdone, has said that Jamie Redknapp could be joining Spurs on a free transfer in the summer and Nick Barmby might be returning tot he Lane for £6 million, although Sunderland are interested and as that is nearer his native Hull, he will probably plump for a move there.
  Kasey Keller has been called up for the USA's CONCACAF tournament game against South Korea on Saturday, which will leave Spurs without an experienced keeper in reserve.  With Dave Beasant returning to Portsmouth and only Gavin Kelly available, Hoddle might have to get someone in quickly to provide cover for Neil Sullivan.  Keller leaves for America after tonight's game against Coventry City.

Tuesday 15.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Les Ferdinand could make a surprise appearance in tomorrow's FA Cup tie at Coventry City, after he discovered that his ankle injury from Saturday's game at Ipswich Town was not as bad as first thought.  He said that he could play, despite Glenn Hoddle feeling that the Cup game was a little too soon for the striker.
  Good news on the Christian Ziege injury front too, as it seems he will only be sidelined for a month after a diagnosis of sprained ligaments rather than torn ones was forthcoming.
  Tim Sherwood said he is a bit perplexed by reports that he was to join Glasgow Rangers.  Talking to the London Evening Standard, Sherwood revealed that nothing had been said to him about a move North, but he has got on with getting match-fit in the reserves and had not asked for a transfer.  Despite his chance coming through injury to Steffen Freund, he said he was ready to make a contribution to Tottenham's season in the midfield.
  Ledley King told the club's website that he and his fellow defenders will learn from the mistakes made in conceding two goals from corners at Ipswich Town last Saturday.  He said that it was disappointing, but they are determined to make the next few games successful ones for the club.
  Glenn Hoddle is ready for a tough game at Coventry City in the FA Cup and said that he does not underestimate the opposition.  While Spurs are still in the Worthington Cup, Hoddle has said that the side have to imagine that they are out to ensure that the importance of this game hits home.
  Coventry City boss Roland Nilsson has said that his side will be on the end of a sound beating if they play like they did against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.  He said that they lacked confidence on the ball and they did not defend well, so they must do better tomorrow.
  Japanese international central defender Ryuzo Morioka, who only managed one day's training according to TeamTalk because he caught a cold while in England.  However, he seemed to enjoy his experience - of the football, not the illness.

Monday 14.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Christian Ziege has returned to Germany to get treatment on his damaged knee ligaments that are expected to keep him out of football for six weeks.
  Les Ferdinand's ankle injury could rule him out for three weeks, said Glenn Hoddle on the Spurs official site.
  Some sources report that Hoddle might be ready to bring in some loan signings to make up for the injured players who have had to drop out of the squad of late.
  Spurs reserves lost 0-1 at Nottingham Forest tonight.  One player in the side unusual to Spurs watchers was Anthony Elding, who is a striker on trial from Boston United.

Sunday 13.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Tottenham are rumoured to be ready to pip Sunderland for the signing of John Carew.  The Valencia striker's move to Fulham fell through in the last week, but Spurs might try to nip in to take the player to White Hart Lane as talks have been alleged to have taken place already with the Norwegian's representatives.  This could bear fruit, as Carew has turned down a move to the Stadium of Light saying that Sunderland are not ambitious enough for him and it is thought he would prefer a move to London.

Saturday 12.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Spurs lost 1-2 at Portman Road to Ipswich Town this afternoon.  Tottenham's goal came from Gus Poyet.  For reaction, click here
  Perhaps more importantly, Spurs lost Les Ferdinand (Achilles) and Christian Ziege (knee) with injuries during the match, which may affect their availability for Wednesday's FA Cup match against Coventry City.  They are expected to be out for two or three weeks.
  Dean Richards admitted today that Spurs do not have the depth of squad to challenge the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and SCBC (OK, we made up the last one).  Daily Soccer report that he said on his Icons.com website that Spurs need two or three players to boost their squad.
  Steffan Effenberg has said he will be leaving Germany to play abroad next season and this means that Spurs are in with a chance of signing him.  However, Atletico Madrid have already held talks with the 32 year old midfielder and might be favourites for his signature.  Effenberg's daughter is a boarder at a North London school and the thought of the family being together might sway him to come to White Hart Lane.
  Dave Beasant has left the club and played for Portsmouth today at Bradford City in their 3-1 loss.
  Ex-Spurs players Ian Stonebridge (Plymouth Argyle) and Darren Caskey (Notts County) were on the scoresheet today.
  Paul Gascoigne has today been speaking about his career and how it should serve as a lesson to younger players.  The ex-Spurs midfielder said that he regrets what happened in the 1991 FA Cup final and that his drinking was all at the wrong times, which affected his ability to become one of the best players in the world.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola is ready to be released by Aston Villa, their manager John Gregory said today.  He has been linked with a number of moves, but the boss said that some Nationwide league clubs had enquired and if a suitable deal was proposed, he would probably agree it.

Friday 11.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steffen Freund will miss the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with cruciate ligament damage in his knee which he sustained in the first leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final against Chelsea.  He suffered the same injury in his other knee (his left one) in the semi-final of Euro 96 against England at Wembley. 
  Meanwhile Stephen Carr is happy with his comeback, as is his specialist in America.  Carr is now kicking a ball and will step up his training by the end of the month, but admitted that he will have some catching up to do when it comes to match fitness.
  Tim Sherwood is expected to take the place of the injured Steffen Freund.  Dean Richards will return to the side for the Ipswich Town match tomorrow with Steffen Iversen added to the squad after his 64 minute run-out in the friendly at Dover Athletic yesterday.  
  For Ipswich Town, Marcus Stewart returns for his first League match since breaking his jaw in a freak training ground "accident".  He will replace Finidi George, who is away with Nigeria preparing for the African Cup of Nations.
  Mauricio Taricco is looking forward to visiting his old club for the first time since his move three years ago.  It will be his first Spurs game at Portman Road and although he has fond memories of the club from his time there, he will be out to get the three points for Spurs, he told the official site.
  John Gorman believes that if the first leg semi-final result had been gained in the UEFA Cup instead of the Worthington, everyone would fancy Spurs to win.  He said to the Spurs website that he would want to win the home leg, rather than playing out a draw had Spurs come back from Stamford Bridge with a result.
  TeamTalk reveal that Dave Beasant, not likely to get a first team game at Spurs, was ready to re-sign for Portsmouth, but because of FA regulations, this has been held up and despite hoping to play against Bradford City tomorrow, he has to sit out the game.
  Vice-Chairman David Buchler has said that he will assist Chelsea in identifying the perpetrators of the missile throwing at Wednesday's semi-final first leg.
  It was reported in the London Evening Standard that the son of David Dein is to marry the daughter of David Buchler.  Darren Dein had formerly dated Sir Alan Sugar's daughter.  Seems like he is desperate to bond with Tottenham somehow !!

Thursday 10.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   After last night's Worthington Cup semi-final first leg, the hooligan element came to the fore, with 20 people arrested before, during and after the match as trouble flared.  Some weapons were found on fans outside the ground too.  One man was stabbed and another sustained serious head injuries.
  This followed the throwing of a glass beer bottle at Les Ferdinand after he scored his goal and coins from the Spurs fans at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while getting treatment on the sidelines.
  Midfielder Steffen Freund was having a scan on his twisted knee today to discover the extent of the damage.  He left the game last night after 26 minutes when he twisted his knee awkwardly in a challenge on an opponent.
  Yannick Kamanan has returned to Tottenham after a good trial at French club Strasbourg, who were impressed with the 20 year old striker and could move to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
  Despite yesterday's story that Matthew Etherington was due to join Millwall on loan, it appears that Glenn Hoddle has had a change of mind and has told the First Division side that he is not leaving the Lane at the moment.
  Former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann will return to football as a commentator for a German TV channel at the 2002 World Cup finals this summer.
  A Spurs XI travelled to Kent tonight to face Dover Athletic and beat their non-League opponents 4-1.  Goals from Iversen, Piercy, Sutton and Kamanan gave the predominantly young side a comfortable win.

Wednesday 9.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 1-2 Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final.  Les Ferdinand got Tottenham's goal.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  According to the Mirror newspaper, Spurs are to bid for Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
  Rival paper the Sun hints that a Tim Sherwood plus cash deal might be Hoddle's choice to bring Tore Andre Flo to White Hart Lane.  However, the Norwegian striker said he was happy in Glasgow.  The deal would be worth £10 million - £3 million for Sherwood and £7 million in cash.
  Emmanuel Petit has worryingly stated to day that he loves Glenn Hoddle.  He said he adores his sensitivity, his vision, his intelligence and knows no-one who speaks ill of Hoddle.  Not enough to stop him joining Chelsea then ... Hmmm.  Why would that be do you think ??
  Sergei Rebrov is said to be not too bothered about the fact that Spurs are keen to recoup the money they spent on him by selling him.  He is resigned to searching for a new club.
  Les Ferdinand has said he would be sorry to see Rebrov leave the lane, but can understand his desire for first team football.  The veteran England international added that the squad has needed strength in depth for many years and now that has been achieved, the players and staff at Tottenham hoped that Sergei would not choose to leave.
  In light of the rumoured move, Valencia striker John Carew has also been linked with Tottenham, after his move to Fulham broke down.  TeamTalk reckon Sunderland, Middlesbrough and SCBC are all looking at the Norwegian striker too.
  Additionally, TeamTalk think that Bobby Zamora will arrive at White Hart lane in the summer from Brighton and Hove Albion.
  Darren Anderton has said on the Spurs site that although there has not been a great deal in our past record over the last 12 years against Chelsea to be happy about, he is sure that in a two leg semi-final, that the opponents will be just as worried going into the tie.
  Chris Hughton has told the official website that it is a very exciting time to be at Tottenham.  He said it was all a step along the path that the management had planned, with a regular place in the top four their next aim, with a European qualification place to make the picture complete.
  Glenn Hoddle has said the talent and quality is present in the Spurs squad, but that there is still a lot of hard work to be done to achieve what he wants for the club.  He said that he hoped things would turn out right, but it was his job to make sure that they did !!
  A Spurs XI will play Dover Athletic on Thursday evening, with the kick off at 7.30 p.m.  The Spurs side will feature Goran Bunjevcevic, who is recovering from injury and Steffen Iversen, who is coming back from an abductor muscle injury.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers are reported to have reignited their interest in Tottenham full back Ben Thatcher.  A fee of £2 million was reported, but this would represent a considerable loss on the £5 million paid for him.
  Matthew Etherington has been told he can go out on loan again to gain more first team experience, with Millwall the favourites to take the winger from White Hart Lane for a spell.
  The chairman of Belgian club Mouscron Excelsior (known by their own fans as the Red Gunners - thanks for that info to Rudi Baldewijns) has said they will not be a satellite club to Tottenham.  He said that David Pleat had spoken about a link between the two sides, but that he would not sanction a deal that saw Tottenham have a controlling interest in his club.  As yet, no proposal has been put to the Mouscron management.
  Has anyone stopped to think what colours Spurs will wear when they play at Coventry City in the FA Cup ??  Spurs first choice kit is white and the change kit is light blue.  Both these colours comprise the Sky Blues home kit.  Does this mean a return to action for the dark blue shirt or will a new third kit be unveiled ??

Tuesday 8.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Team news ahead of tomorrow's Worthington Cup semi-final first leg is that Spurs have slight injury doubts over Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen  and Sergei Rebrov, while Dean Richards is cup-tied.  Chelsea have Marcel Desailly, Emmanuel Petit and Boudewijn Zenden available, while Graeme Le Saux is suspended and William Gallas is carrying a knock from Saturday's FA Cup tie at Norwich City and could be doubtful.  Eidur Gudjohnsson could be back in for the home side, while Kasey Keller is expected to retain the goalkeeper's shirt for Tottenham.
  Gus Poyet has said that he would be very happy if Spurs overcame his former club, Chelsea, in Worthington Cup semi-final.  He said that there was a belief in the Chelsea side over the last few years that something would always happen to help them win over Spurs, but with his new club just two games away from a final, he said the players were keen to do well for the manager and the fans.
  Following the collapse of Fulham's projected purchase of Valencia's John Carew, Sergei Rebrov is quoted as saying he would like to play under Jean Tigana at Craven Cottage.  The Ukrainian striker is said to be willing to make the move to get first team football, which he is sure would happen if he left Tottenham.
  David Pleat has told the media that some of the Tottenham players are not for sale as they are needed for the Cup competitions Spurs are in and that the next move is up to Glasgow Rangers.  This follows rumours that the Scottish side are keen to sign a number of Tottenham stars.  He did admit that he had spoken to Rangers boss Alex McLeish and a number of players were discussed, but no deals were done.  Allegedly.
  However, TeamTalk reports that Tim Sherwood could be on his way to Ibrox, but money at the Scottish side is in short supply, so a swap deal might be on.  The site reports that one of the over-stocked forward line of Shota Arveladze, Claudio Caniggia, Billy Dodds, Tore Andre Flo, Michael Mols and Neil McCann might be offered as bait .
  Millwall manager Mark McGhee has said he is keen to take Matthew Etherington on loan to the New Den, after missing out on the winger just before he went to Bradford City on a similar deal.  He sees the former Peterborough youngster as filling the gap left by injured Tim Cahill, who will be out for at least a month .
  ... and finally ... not content with having a team full of non-performing stars, Peter Reid is thinking of signing a new player called Gregory Dufer from Charleroi in France.  One more won't make any difference !!

Monday 7.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   The Daily Star (so, believe it if you dare) state that Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for Sergei Rebrov, with Lazio the favourites to sign the Ukrainian striker.
  The Guardian are running a story that Tim Sherwood is set to leave Spurs for Glasgow Rangers for a reported fee of around £2 million.  They add "Sherwood, three weeks short of his 33rd birthday, is eligible for UEFA Cup service and is surplus to requirements at Spurs although he has played more than 400 first-team games."  I thought it just seemed like 400 !!
  Glenn Hoddle believes that Chelsea's "complacent" approach to recent games will disappear when they walk out against Spurs on Wednesday.  The Spurs boss feels that the home side will be up for the match and the Tottenham players are certainly looking forward to it.  Hoddle thinks that the best of Chelsea will be seen rather than the slip-shod side who have lost their way in the last couple of matches.
  David Pleat has clarified the talk of a link-up with Belgian club Mouscron Excelsior on the club's official site.  The Director of Football said that he was scouting out there last year and spoke with the Chairman about a meeting in the early months of 2002 with regard to a mutually beneficial deal to swap young players, but with no financial strings attached.
  The Spurs site also carries a story that Kasey Keller is fed up with seeing Allan Nielsen's Worthington Cup Final goal in 1999 on the Videotron screen prior to every home game.  He regards it as one of his career low points.  We all love it though Kase !!
  Spurs reserves lost 1-2 against Southampton reserves tonight at Stevenage.  David Galbraith scored the Spurs goal.

Sunday 6.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been drawn against Stockport County or Bolton Wanderers at home should they beat Coventry City in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
   In a Media Monitor style article on the Spurs official website, David Pleat has said that Chris Armstrong (remember him) should be fit and ready to play again at the end of February.
  Meanwhile, Pleat revealed that Yannick Kamanan has been the subject of an approach by a French club to go on loan until the end of the season and Tottenham may consider this to give his first team experience. It is reported today in the papers however, that the young Frenchman has joined Strasbourg on trial until Tuesday next week.
  The newspapers today are saying that there could be a clear-out at the end of the season at Anfield and it is believed that Nick Barmby could be one of the players leaving the club.  Aston Villa and Spurs are claimed to be interested in the 27 year old Liverpool midfielder should this happen.
  Chelsea's John Terry will face a court appearance on the morning of Wednesday's Worthington Cup semi-final first leg match.  The player was charged with affray and assault after an incident in a West End club last week.
  Glasgow Rangers could make a loan move for Oyvind Leonhardsen, following yesterday's news of their interest in the Norwegian midfielder.

Saturday 5.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Les Ferdinand has said that Jamie Redknapp would be a fine addition to the Spurs squad should they be able to prise him away form Liverpool.  He added on his website that he feels like he is going to score every time he goes out to play and wants to score 20 for the season for the first time since he was at Newcastle United.
  Glasgow Rangers have set their sights on taking Oyvind Leonhardsen to Ibrox as part of the team rebuilding that new boss Alex McLeish is undertaking.  Leo has said that he is under contract at Tottenham, but would like to play more often, what with being on the bench most of the time at Spurs.  He is also tempted by the opportunity to play in Europe.  I am sure that a reasonable bid would secure his move to Scotland as that would provide some funds for Hoddle to buy Jamie Redknapp.
  However, other stories indicate that Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood would be McLeish's first signing for a reported £2.5 million.
  According to a piece on the Spurs website from the Newcastle United website, Spurs are the second best supported English club in history with an average crowd of 33,270.  As expected Manchester United were top, but Liverpool were just behind in third place with Arsenal back in fourth.
  Kasey Keller told the official website that he had to adapt to a more technical way of playing when he moved to Spain from Leicester City, but has not found any difference in the way Tottenham play.

Friday 4.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's FA Cup Third Round tie at Coventry City tomorrow has been postponed.  The match will now be played on Wednesday 16th of January with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.  If a replay is needed, then it will take place at White Hart Lane on Saturday 26th January - the date scheduled for the Fourth Round ties to be staged.
  The Fourth Round draw for the competition will take place at approximately 20.55 hrs (GMT) after the Manchester United v Aston Villa match.
  Despite the game being called off, Glenn Hoddle said that Tottenham have to concentrate on all fronts and not just focus on the Worthington Cup  now they are in the semi-finals.  Hoddle went on to add that the loss of Teddy Sheringham through suspension would make the Tottenham task harder over the next couple of weeks, but it will allow someone else an opportunity to show their worth in the first XI.
  US striker, Devin Barclay has been invited over to England for a second spell of training by Glenn Hoddle.  The 18 year old Tampa Mutiny forward impressed in his first month with the club back in November and Spurs are paying for him to return and link up with the club again.  There is no hint of a permanent or loan deal at the moment though.
  Chris Perry believes that the Spurs fans are seeing the real side of him after two years at Tottenham.  The former Wimbledon defender said that for the last two years the team had concentrated on defending and now there is more emphasis on attack, while the coaching staff have been working hard with him to bring out his best form.
  Ledley King told the club's official website that the back three have had no trouble with a new keeper settling in behind them.  He said that the players had worked together on the training pitch and it had worked well, with only a last minute penalty conceded in the two game since Kasey Keller came in.  The keeper has said that he has felt comfortable behind the three defenders straight away and that his experience in England with Millwall and Leicester City and his international caps have given him confidence to take his career on at Tottenham.
  Spurs are being linked with an interest in the situation of Sylvain Distin at Newcastle United.  It looks like the Geordies are reluctant to pay the asking price of £5 million for the Paris St. Germain defender and Tottenham could move for the player they watched extensively last season.
  Spurs have been named as one of the clubs interested in signing Dwight Yorke should he leave Manchester United.  Spurs are said to have made an enquiry along with Fulham and Middlesbrough for the £7 million rated Trinidad and Tobago forward.  Reports in the London Evening Standard imply that Spurs might have to sell to buy him and could be put off by his wage demands of approximately £25,000 a week.
  The Standard also reveal that when Allan Simonsen left Charlton Athletic in 1982, he could have joined Tottenham, but opted to return to his native Denmark with small club Vejle.
  FA Cup hero (and villain) Gary Mabbutt has been talking to the official site about his experiences in the Final of the great competition.  He said that he can have a free drink whenever he likes in the Midlands after his own goal took the Cup to Coventry City for the first time.  Mabbs told the site that Coventry played to their full potential that day, while Spurs were a little under par, despite having one of the best squads of players during his time at the club.  Obviously his memories of 1991 are much better and he rates lifting the Cup to the Spurs fans as his greatest moment in the Spurs team.  Gary said of the current side, that Hoddle has turned the fortunes of the side around and although a couple of players are probably required for a push into the Champions League qualifying places, he believes a UEFA Cup place should be within the grasp of the team.
  Ben Bowditch's 15 year old brother - a striker at Ipswich Town - has allegedly caught the eye of Manchester United.

Thursday 3.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham's appeal against the red card against Ipswich Town on the 22nd December has been refused by the FA and he will now miss the matches at Coventry City in the FA Cup, Chelsea in the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg and the away League match at Ipswich.
  Christian Ziege will face an FA inquiry in March over his move from Middlesbrough to Liverpool.  Both the player and the club will answer questions over the controversial transfer.
  Kasey Keller has said that his chance in the Spurs first team might help him regain his USA place in time for the World Cup.  The keeper told the official website that he will miss out on the Confederation Cup as he is playing in the Premiership, but he hopes it will help his international career in the long run.
  Whilst the Lazio manager is keen to take Sergei Rebrov to Rome, his chairman has intimated that the finds for the transfer will not be available unless some players are sold.  Lazio are £13 million down on transfer dealings in the first six months of this financial year and with a couple of unhappy players wanting out, they might have to be sold before a bid might be forthcoming for the Ukrainian striker.
  Glenn Hoddle admitted that the fatigue of the players who had played four games in little more than a week and a half, took it's toll against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.  The Spurs manager added that Darren Anderton, although a creative player, still got around in the second half of the game to get his tackles in on the visiting side.
  Tottenham's FA Cup opponents, Coventry City, have appointed former Derby County manager, Jim Smith, as their assistant manager to Roland Nilsson.
    Tottenham are having Japanese defender Ryuzo Morioka   training with them for a week and the 26-year-old captain of Shimizu S-Pulse hopes he may secure a move to the Premiership after the summer's World Cup. He arrived at Tottenham a day after his club won the Emperor's Cup, to learn some English and to take in the lifestyle in England.
  Peterborough United manager Barry Fry has said he has argued with his chairman over the sale of Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington to Tottenham.  Fry felt that £1.24 million for both of the players, plus additional payments when they have completed a number of appearances, should have been the cost of each player and he said that he had turned down a £1 million bid for Etherington alone, a few months before the sale to Spurs.
  Spurs might be ready to allow Matthew Etherington to go to the New Den and join Millwall on loan to get more first team experience.
  Andres D'Alessandro, a long-time transfer link with Spurs, has today been rumoured to be moving to Juventus in the summer.
  Former Spurs centre half Ramon Vega has said on his personal website about Saturday's FA Cup tie against Arsenal ... "Being an  ex-Spurs player it makes me even more determined to beat the Gooners! I hope that I can make the Tottenham fans happy by beating the old enemy on Saturday."
  ... and finally ... the FA have set up a panel of three men to decide on Wimbledon's proposed move to Milton Keynes.  Luckily for the Dons, one of them is the chairman of a club who moved form South London to North London, despite lots of opposition to the relocation at the time it was made and has just fought a campaign against local people who did not want his club to put them out of their businesses when they moved grounds again.

Wednesday 2.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Coventry City, who's match yesterday was a casualty of the weather, are fighting to ensure that Saturday's FA Cup tie against Spurs goes ahead.  They have taken extra measures including a hot air blower to try and soften the pitch to get the Tottenham game on.  A view will be taken on Friday as to whether or not the game will go ahead.
   Dean Richards revealed on the official website that several of the Spurs players were suffering from viruses over the Christmas and New Year programme, which is why they tired late in the games.  He said that the result yesterday had to be ground out, but the manager had told the squad before the Christmas period that they would all be used to counter the number of games that were to be played in the short period.
  Glenn Hoddle said that Spurs showed that they no longer have a soft centre as Tottenham teams in the past might have had.  He said that Blackburn Rovers pushed men forward in an attempt to gain an equaliser, but Spurs stood firm, even into the extra time added by the referee.  He admitted that after playing some nice football in the first twenty minutes, Spurs were hanging on towards the end.
   Visiting manager Graeme Souness has said that he felt his side were unlucky and should have had something from the game.  He described Spurs defending as good, but the goal as poxy, from his point of view.
  Teddy Sheringham is hoping to hear the result of the appeal against his sending off against Ipswich Town on December 22nd.  The Spurs captain hopes to be able to lead them into the FA Cup and play in the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg too.
  Steffen Iversen has got an abductor muscle problem that he prevented him training and he will not be part for the Tottenham squad for their FA Cup tie at Coventry City on Saturday.
   Manchester City's 19 year old midfielder  Dickson Etuhu has turned down a couple of offers of a new contract at Maine Road and as his current deal expired yesterday, he could be open to approaches from other clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Tottenham who are all watching developments in this matter.

Tuesday 1.1.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Spurs started off 2002 with a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane, with a 44th minute goal from Dean Richards.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   No sour grapes or anything, but Graeme Souness tried to gee up his £8 million new signing, Andy Cole, by throwing the words of Glenn Hoddle back in his face.  Hoddle has stated that it took Cole four or five attempts to register each goal he scored and Souness said that Hoddle knows so much, because he also said that Michael Owen was not a natural goalscorer.  Returning to the ground where he failed to make an impact as a player, Souness obviously feels he needs to try and find fault with the current set-up in his juvenile attempts at psychological warfare.
   Sergei Rebrov's agent is reported to be ready to meet Tottenham  officials to see if they want to sell his client.  Rebrov has attracted interest from Barcelona, Lazio and Valencia and with the Italian and Spanish transfer windows open until the end of January, any deal would have to go through soon.
   Matthew Etherington said he was glad to be back at Tottenham after his loan spell at Bradford City, but he did enjoy the experience.  Returning quicker than expected due to the need for an emergency goalkeeper to cover for the first choice, Matty said he was glad of the first team football he got at Valley Parade and that the behind the scenes politics that caused manager Jim Jeffries to resign were pressures that made him glad to get back to White Hart Lane.
   Jamie Slabber, Marcel McKie, Nicky Eyre and Michael Malcolm have all been chosen to attend an England training camp at La Manga.  The youngsters will represent the Spurs Academy and show that many players coming through the system are capable of representing their countries.


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