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FEBRUARY 2003

Friday  28.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Despite having to leave the pitch on Monday, Gus Poyet will have a late fitness test for tomorrow's game against West Ham and is included in the squad.  Rohan Ricketts and Kazuyuki Toda are also included in the 18 man squad.
  WEST HAM TEAM NEWS : - Paolo Di Canio misses the match with Gastritis.  Freddie Kanoute misses the match through suspension, while Joe Cole returns after missing one match because of a ban.
  The Liverpool home match has been moved to Sunday 16th March to accommodate the Reds progress in the UEFA Cup.  There will be a 3.00 p.m. kick off.
  The Spurs website announced the death on February 25th of Johnny Wallis MBE.  Johnny was at the club from 1936 to 1994, firstly as a player before moving on, but he returned in the capacity of 'A' team manager, reserve team manager, physio and trainer before becoming kit manager.  He also helped out as assistant kit manager and a member of the club ground-staff before he retired.
  On the injury front, Christian Ziege has been doing light training and is ahead of schedule for playing again.  he might get back into the picture before the end of the season if he continues in the same vein.  
  Robbie Keane is about two weeks away from being fit again and again he seems to be recovering quickly.
  Middlesbrough's youth team overcame Luton Town on penalties to set up a home tie with Spurs in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.  The game will be played at the Riverside Stadium on Thursday 6th March 2003 with the kick off at 7.00. p.m.
  This game means that the reserve fixture at Watford on Wednesday 5th March will now be postponed.


Thursday  27.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steffen Freund has blasted Glenn Hoddle for blaming financial restrictions for getting rid of the German midfielder.  Freund feels that the matter is personal as he clams not to have been offered a contract, acknowledging that he is on a good contract now, but would be willing to take a pay cut to stay.  However, not having been offered a new deal, he cannot say if it would be at a salary he could accept or not.
  Matthew Etherington's agent has said he is surprised that Spurs have not started talks with the winger about a new contract, as his current deal expires in the summer.  Linked with Charlton Athletic and Everton, Etherington could be in the same boat as other Spurs players such as Chris Perry, Neil Sullivan and Teddy Sheringham, who are all out of contract in the summer, but David Pleat stated some time ago that the club will only open talks after the season has finished.
  The Sun newspaper reckons Sheringham will have to take a 50% wage cut to stay at Spurs.  It is claimed he will drop from 42,000 to 20,000 a week and that the condition about Spurs having to make a decision to keep him having to be made by the start of March only applies if it is on his existing salary.  Therefore, Spurs will speak to him in the summer, but contractually, he can talk to other sides from Saturday.
  Glenn Hoddle has reiterated his desire to avoid taking part in the InterToto Cup.  He said if the players can be kept fit, he is convinced that they will qualify for the UEFA Cup through a league placing.  Meanwhile The Mirror newspaper considers the manager to be under pressure from the board to enter the competition to allow the prospect of European football to attract new stars to the club.
  TeamTalk claim that both Gus Poyet and Milenko Acimovic are doubtful for Saturday's match at West Ham United after picking up knocks on Monday night.
  White Hart Lane might become the European base of Soccer Australia, after they were given permission by FIFA to play their international matches in England.  Loftus Road is the most likely venue for their "home" games, which will allow European based players the ability to play for their nation without travelling 24 hours each way.  However, both Chelsea, West Ham United and Spurs have been linked with having talks with the Australian FA and some of the players prefer the Lane as an option.  It was rumoured that they used the facilities at Spurs Lodge for their recent friendly against England.
  Kazuyuki Toda has said on the Spurs official website that "hopefully soon I will be able to get out onto the pitch and show those fans what I can do."  Having seen him in the reserves on Monday, I hope it is better than he showed then !!  He did add however " ... I still have some mistakes that I don't like myself and I still need to improve."
  Dean Marney has returned to Tottenham after being on loan at Swindon Town for two months. Manager Andy King said he was sorry to have to let him go, but financially he could not afford to keep him and has to pan for the future without him.
  TeamTalk claim that Southend United are keen to tie up a deal to keep Stephen Kelly on loan until the end of the season.  The situation is complicated by the fact that Kelly is due to play for Republic of Ireland in the World Under-20 Championships in the Middle East next month.
  Apparently, Spurs and Everton are looking at Parma defender Matteo Ferrari.
  Some sources are saying that Jody Morris has said that he will not come to Tottenham if he leaves Chelsea in the summer.


Wednesday  26.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs announced losses that were greater than those of the previous year's interim report.  The size of the debt is 8.6 million and has been put down to the writing off of the value of Sergei Rebrov and the lack of transfer activity because of the depressed state of the market and the transfer windows.  Spurs have effectively lost 5.1 million on Rebrov and said they are committed to bringing down the percentage of turnover that players wages constituted.  At the moment it is down to 52%.  The club's turnover was slightly up at 32.8 million, with the club valued at 17 million.
  Cambridge City are trying to sign Spurs reserve winger David Galbraith on loan until the end of the season.


Tuesday  25.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jean Tigana has accused Simon Davies of diving to get a penalty last night and said that the referee should have done something to stop this happening in the game.  Is this a man speaking from vast experience of the art of diving then ??  Glenn Hoddle defended his Welsh midfielder, but added that perhaps the laws relating to instant dismissal for goalkeepers who bring players down needs to be reviewed. 
  Tottenham's planning permission for the new Spurs Academy at Abridge was last night refused by Epping Forest District Council.  Tottenham will reconsider their position they said on the official website and may make an appeal against the decision to the Secretary of State.
  Spurs Reserves lost 1-2 to West Ham United reserves tonight at Stevenage Borough.  Tottenham's goal came from Michael Malcolm.  For a match report, click here.
  Planet Football tell us that Internazionale of Milan are set to pip Spurs and Liverpool to the signing of bald headed Turkish international Hasan Sas.
  The same site runs a story about Bohemians of Dublin taking Ukrainian striker Andrei Pereplyotkin on loan from SCBC.  However, it is claimed that the forward, who was brought to England by Glenn Hoddle when he was manager at the Old Dell, could be interesting the Spurs boss, although there might be work permit problems.
  Again at Planet Football, they claim that Kasey Keller will sign a new two year deal this week to stay as Tottenham's number one keeper.


Monday  24.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Fulham tonight at White Hart Lane.  Teddy Sheringham scored form the penalty spot and Darren Anderton got sent off for two yellow card offences.  For reaction, click here.  A match report will follow tomorrow.
  There was speculation today concerning the future ownership of the club, when ENIC announced to the Stock Exchange that a bid had been made to buy out the company.  Financial experts think that Daniel Levy might try and buy out ENIC as a management takeover and thus assume the ENIC shareholding at Tottenham and the other football clubs they have a stake in.  There are also opinions being voiced that he might take the company private.
  Teddy Sheringham's contract must start by the end of this week or the club will not be able to invoke the option of another year's addition to it.
  Christian Ziege could play again before the end of the season according to Glenn Hoddle's comments on the Spurs website.
  Chris Perry's absence has been due to a niggling neck injury for the last two weeks.


Sunday  23.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy is ready to offer Simon Davies an improved contract to fend off any interest from Manchester United the News of the World reports.
  TEAM NEWS : - Expected squads for tomorrow's game are
Spurs - Keller, Carr, Richards, King, Bunjevcevic, Taricco, Davies, Anderton, Etherington, Acimovic, Poyet, Sheringham, Doherty, Freund, Blondel, Thatcher, Sullivan .
Fulham - Taylor, Herrera, Finnan, Wome, Harley, Knight, Ouaddou, Djetou, Leacock, Goldbaek, Davis, Legwinski, Inamoto, Malbranque, Sava, Saha, Marlet. 


Saturday  22.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Redknapp will probably not feature for Spurs in Monday's derby match with Fulham, although Milenko Acimovic will come into the reckoning after playing in the reserves last Wednesday.
  FULHAM TEAM NEWS : - Junichi Inamoto does not know if he will feature in the Fulham side to face Tottenham on Monday and has pleaded with the manager to give him an extended run in the side.  With Sean Davis recovering from illness and Jon Harley being fit for consideration, it is doubtful whether the Japanese international will be picked.
  It is alleged that the stories put out yesterday, attributed to Les Ferdinand about the training at West Ham United, were not true, according to Glenn Roeder ... but then he would say that wouldn't he ??


Friday  21.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has said that Robbie Keane's strained knee ligaments picked up in the game against Sunderland will keep him out for a few more weeks.  The injury has laid the striker up since the match almost two weeks ago and although he does not need an operation, he will need to rest the joint until it is mended and Hoddle said he would not rush the Irish striker back before he is ready.  Hoddle later stated that he did not claim that Keane would be missing for that long and although he misses the derby matches with Fulham and West Ham United, the boss hoped the forward would return after that.
  Hoddle also stated that he would not push Kazuyuki Toda into the first team until he is ready.  The manager was happy with the Japanese international's play so far, but said he and Toda knew he could do better.
  The Sun rumours that Chelsea's Jody Morris might be on his way to Tottenham in the summer on a free transfer, with Charlton Athletic and Manchester City also interested.
  The Spurs site carries a story about Alton Thelwell, who is battling to recover his best form after suffering injury and is also trying to win a new contract at the club, as his current one runs out in the summer and talks about an extension are on hold until the end of this season,
  Lars Hirschfeld has joined Luton Town on a month's loan.
  The friendly match against Bohemians will kick off at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 4th March at Dalymount Park, Dublin.
  Apparently, Les Ferdinand is one player who has criticised the training at his new club West Ham United, as not being strict enough !!
  Spurs Under-19 keeper Rob Burch has joined Woking on a month's loan to replace the thigh injury victim Shwan Jalal, who had been on loan from Tottenham too.


Thursday  20.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will play Eircom League Premier Division champions Bohemians of Ireland in a friendly match in Dublin on Tuesday March 4th with an evening kickoff.
  Tottenham's youth team played Crystal Palace tonight at Selhurst Park in the Fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.  A goal in ten minutes by Michael Malcolm saw Spurs through 1-0 to the quarter finals.  Spurs will be away again to face the winners of the Luton Town v Middlesbrough tie to be played next Thursday (27th Feb).  That tie must be played by 8th March.
  Former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways has signed on with Walsall until the end of the season after being released by Spanish club Seville.


Wednesday  19.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dean Richards has told the TeamTalk site that he fears injury every time he gets a knock on his right knee as he has a history of problems with that particular joint.
  Spurs reserves lost 0-1 to Coventry City reserves tonight at Stevenage Borough FC.


Tuesday  18.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Monday's match with Fulham definitely goes ahead, despite the West London club having to play their fifth round FA Cup replay just 48 hours later.
  The Independent newspaper claims that Spurs will move for Crystal Palace's midfielder Julian Gray at the end of the season.  They propose the move to cover Christian Ziege's absence and also to cover for Matthew Etherington, should he leave in the summer.  While the young Eagle will be out of contract (he is currently refusing to sign a new deal), as he is under 24, Palace will be due compensation for his development.
  Steffen Iversen has slammed the reports about his back injury keeping him out until the end of the season, he has told the Spurs website.  he said he knew the newspapers in his home country were going to print something, but knew that it would be blown out of all proportion.
  The official website carries a story about Steve Carr saying that Europe is the target this season and with 11 games left, Tottenham must pick up as many points as possible.
  Spurs are being linked, along with Liverpool, with Internazionale's Italian midfielder Francesco Coco.  The 26 year old look set to leave the Milan side after failing to hold down a regular place.
  It was revealed today that the SCBC v Spurs FA Cup Third round tie gained an audience of over 7 million for BBC TV.  This was more than watched last season's FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea !!
  Swindon Town boss Andy King will speak to Glenn Hoddle in the next few days about keeping Dean Marney on loan at the County ground for a further month.


Monday  17.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege is making progress from his horrendous thigh injury at Christmas, the Spurs site reveals.  He has said that the light training he is doing now is building the muscle up, although it will be some time before he plays again.
  The London Evening Standard have issued and printed an apology to Tottenham Hotspur over allegations that improper payments were made in the transfer of Goran Bunjevcevic from Red Star Belgrade.  The deal is being looked into by the FA, but the Spurs staff involved (Daniel Levy and secretary John Alexander) have been exonerated.
  TeamTalk report that Steffen Iversen will not need surgery on his back injury, but will be rehabilitated to return to action within a month, according to his Norwegian doctor.


Sunday  16.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Charlton Athletic have joined Everton in their interest in Spurs winger Matthew Etherington.
  Meanwhile, Spurs are rumoured to have had talks with Udinese's Danish winger Martin Jorgensen. 
  Tottenham are also supposed to have been watching AS Roma defender Traianos Dellas, along with Everton and Middlesbrough.
  Spurs Ladies reserves won 2-1 at Denham United this morning, while the Under-13s beat Stevenage Borough Juniors 12-0.  For match reports, click here.


Saturday  15.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's under-19s drew 1-1 with Reading at Spurs Lodge today with a 93rd minute equaliser from Mark Hughes.
  Spurs Ladies Under-11s beat Hatfield Town 3-0 in the League Cup this morning and the Under-11 B team lost out 0-1 to London Colney.  For match reports, click here.


Friday  14.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Doherty has told TeamTalk that he is glad that the transfer window closed at the end of January, so that he can concentrate on his Spurs career without the rumours of a move away from White Hart Lane.
  Scotland boss Berti Vogts has cleared Neil Sullivan of any blame for the country's defeat against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.  While he was a bit rusty, the German manager said the whole team made mistakes and that Sully is a good goalkeeper.  Sullivan failed to claim a high ball, when electing to punch, that lead to the second Irish goal.
  Planet Football's site tells of Steffen Iversen's new regime to try and achieve fitness to play again before the end of the season.  The Norway national side's doctor will draw up a plan for him to train in his home country during the week and return to Spurs at the weekend.  This strict programme is, the doctor says, designed to strengthen his loins !!


Thursday  13.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle said Spurs will not be entering the InterToto Cup in the summer, as he believes that the team can earn a European place from their League position.
  Scotland and Spurs keeper Neil Sullivan has said that he might have to move on if he does not get regular first team football.  Speaking about his international position, he said it would be better of he had been playing in the Tottenham side, but that Keller had been doing well, so he would have to review the situation if things did not change.
  TeamTalk report that Teddy Sheringham has given Spurs a two-week deadline to talk to him about his future at Spurs.  he claims that nobody has spoken to him yet and that his contract says that they have until March to do so. David Pleat has previously stated that all talks will have to wait until the end of the season.
  The transfers of Goran Bunjevcevic and Milenko Acimovic are to be investigated by the FA Compliance Officer after a story claims that both players were available on free transfers.  Spurs paid 1.4 million and 500,000 for the Red Star Belgrade players respectively and agent Dennis Roach was the main person handling the deal in both cases.
  Apparently Viking Stavanger of Norway have beaten off a late bid by Spurs to take Johan Laedre Bjordal, a young defender, to White Hart Lane.


Wednesday  12.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steffen Iversen has revealed to a Norwegian newspaper that he needs a back operation and has been playing with a prolapsed disc in his spine for five years.  He said that if he has the operation then he will miss the rest of the season, while if he doesn't he won't be able to play again anyway.
  Neil Sullivan played the first half of Scotland's 0-2 defeat to the Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park tonight.  On the other side were Stephen Carr, who played the whole game and Gary Doherty, who was substituted in the second half.  It was also Chris Hughton's first game as the Republic's assistant manager.
  Ledley King made a second half appearance in the England defeat by Australia at Upton Park.
  Simon Davies played the full 90 minutes of Wales' 2-2 draw at home to Bosnia-Herzogovina.
  Milenko Acimovic played 77 minutes of the Slovenia friendly against Switzerland, which they lost 1-5.
  Goran Bunjevcevic started Serbia and Montenegro's Euro 2004 qualifying match with Azerbijan which ended in a 2-2 draw.
  Lars Hirschfeld played in goal for Canada in their 4-2 win in Libya.
  Tottenham have been as good as their word according to Kasey Keller, who is almost ready to sign a new contract following talks with the club.
  Spurs are reported to be one of a few clubs chasing Chievo's Italian defender Nicola Legrottaglie.  Spurs are said by Planet Football to be willing to match any bid made to the Serie A side and give the 26 year old a guarantee of first team football.  AS Roma were very close to singing him during the transfer window and will be back in the summer expecting to take him to the capital.


Tuesday  11.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has admitted that he thought he might never get back to playing for the Republic of Ireland after losing about 18 months of his career to injury.  Having suffered a series of set-backs on the road back to fitness, the wing back said he was at his lowest ebb during the time out and now feels that the experience has made him stronger for it.
  Former striker Les Ferdinand has said on his that he regrets that the Spurs crowd did not see the best of him during his time at White Hart Lane.  Hit by injury during his time at Tottenham, he felt that he might still have something to offer the club, but admitted that Glenn Hoddle seems to be getting it right with the team progressing nicely.
  Gary Mabbutt is among ten players who have been considered for the FA Premier League's 10 Seasons Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.  It will be awarded to the player who has made the biggest contribution to assisting in the social inclusion, education and helping to get people to participate in the sport at all levels. 
  Spurs reserves crashed 0-4 to Derby County at Burton Albion FC tonight.
  Goalkeeper Gavin Kelly has gone on trial at Mansfield Town for two weeks.
  Former Spurs defender David Tuttle has had to retire from the game following injury, but he will stay on at Millwall as a scout.
  SCBC striker James Beattie, called into the England squad for the friendly against Australia, today paid tribute to Glenn Hoddle, who helped him develop his game when he was manager at the Old Dell.


Monday  10.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle said that when he finishes playing football, Teddy Sheringham would make a good manager.  He said that he has spent time passing on what he knows to the youngsters at the club and he could continue that after he hangs up his boots.
  TeamTalk claim that Anthony Gardner could be playing again within four weeks after suffering a torn hamstring against Chelsea.


Sunday  9.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are set to hand Kasey Keller a new contract as stipulated in his existing deal.  It stated that if he played a certain number of matches he would be entitled to a new contract.  This casts doubts over Neil Sullivan's position, the News of the World says, with Arsenal keen admirers of his work.  The article also reckoned Spurs had been watching Gillingham's Welsh Under-21 goalie Jason Brown, but they may have been maintaining their interest in Nayron Nosworthy, the promising young Gills defender.
  Spurs are also said to be willing to move for Wrexham's 28 year old striker Andy Morrell in the summer, with Ipswich Town for competition.  The forward has scored 21 goals in the Second Division this season.
  The News of the World also runs an article that reckons Everton will try and take Matthew Etherington to Goodison Park as manager David Moyes is a keen admirer of the left winger.
  Steffen Iversen has been included in the Norway squad for the trip to Crete for a friendly with Greece, even though he was absent for the Tottenham 16 for yesterday's match against Sunderland.
  Spurs are supposedly watching Internazionale defender Marco Materazzi, who used to play for Everton, with a view to making a move for him in the summer.  Hmmm, just what we need, another defender.


Saturday  8.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Goals from Gus Poyet, Gary Doherty, Simon Davies and Teddy Sheringham sealed the three points for Spurs.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Ledley King is the only Spurs player in the England squad to face Australia in a friendly at Upton Park on February 12th.
  Robbie Keane will miss the Republic of Ireland friendly against Scotland on February 12th with the knee injury he picked up in today's Premier League match.  He will have a scan on it to see what the extent of the damage is.
  Spurs Under-19s beat West Ham United away 2-0 this morning with Mark Yeates and Jonathan Black scoring. 


Friday  7.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Both Robbie Keane and Dean Richards are rated as 50-50 for tomorrow's match at home to Sunderland.
  SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : -  Kevin Kilbane is banned for the match and Tore Andre Flo might have got over his injured ankle.  With Marcus Stewart out with a thigh injury too, the only good news for the Black Cats is that Paul Thirwell might return.
  Glenn Hoddle told the Spurs official website that Anthony Gardner's hamstring injury is not as bad as first thought and he might be out for a shorter time than originally estimated.
  Tottenham's opponents in the Fifth round of the FA Youth Cup has now been decided and they will be Crystal Palace.  The tie will take place at Selhurst Park on Thursday 20 February 2003 and the kick off is at 7.30 p.m.  The winner will face Luton Town or Middlesbrough in the quarter final.


Thursday  6.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Further to yesterday's stories about a new contract for Teddy Sheringham, today David Pleat announced that the club would not be holding talks with players about new contracts until the end f the season and that included both Sheringham and Anderton.
  Ben Bowditch played for England Under-20's tonight in their 2-1 win over Germany at Reading FC.  Bowditch left the field at half-time after having the ball blasted into his face from close range.  Spurs goalkeeper Rob Burch came on as a second half substitute.


Wednesday  5.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun have revealed that Spurs seem ready to extend Teddy Sheringham's contract for another year when it expires in the summer and he will continue to earn in the region of 35,000 a week.
  Jamie Redknapp told the Spurs website that he hopes to be ready for first team action when they meet Fulham on February 24th.
  Dean Richards is hopeful of being fit for Saturday's match at home to Sunderland.
  Steffen Iversen has been selected for the Norway squad to face Greece in a friendly international on February 12th.
  Planet Football say that Tottenham might switch the focus of their attention at Real Madrid way from Fernando Morientes to Javier Portillo.  The 20 year old striker is not first choice at the Bernabeu and AC Milan and Valencia are also interested in him, but Spurs might move to try and sign the forward, who has a buy-out clause believed to be of around 10 million, in the summer.
  Former Spurs striker Chris Armstrong looks like he may be on his way out of the Reebok Stadium.  Picked up on a free transfer at the end of last season, he has only played once and has had an almost constant chain of injuries, which has left Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce wondering if he can ever recover his old form.


Tuesday  4.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Hughton has been confirmed as Republic of Ireland's Assistant Manager to Brian Kerr.  This will be on a part-time basis and will not affect his full time role at Tottenham.  Hughton said that during international weeks most of the Spurs players were away on duty and so training tended to be quite light anyway, leaving him a bit redundant.
  Middlesbrough have told how Spurs tried to snatch Alen Boksic from them on the eve of the transfer window closing.  As he was injured and back in Croatia, there was not enough time to complete any potential transfer.  However, The Sun claim that once the striker has negotiated his way out of his Boro contract, he could sign for Tottenham outside of the transfer window, as he will then technically be a free agent.  But then again it is thought that if he makes himself intentionally unemployed, he may not be able to call himself a free agent and thus he will not be able to join another club.  I didn't realise it was all that easy !!
  Neil Sullivan has been included in the Scotland squad to face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on February 12th.
  Steffen Freund has said he would consider a return to his homeland should he not get a club in this country to sign him after Tottenham have said they will release him at the end of his current contract.
  Spurs director Sir Alan Sugar has laid into Leeds United manager Terry Venables, by claiming the latest furore over the sale of Jonathan Woodgate has covered up his inadequacies as a manager and that Leeds should not jump into a decision to sack him, as he will be due a big pay-off.


Monday  3.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton is hoping to earn a new contract at Spurs when his current deal expires in summer 2004.  The midfielder wants to start talks at the end of this season, as there is an option of a further year available, which he would like to take up as he is settled at the club.  He said that he is now pleased that nothing came of the rumours of a move to Leeds United, as it is not going well at Elland Road at the moment.
  The Spurs official website claims that both Robbie Keane and Dean Richards are doubtful for Saturday's home match against Sunderland.  Robbie has an ankle injury, while Deano has a knee problem which hopefully will not keep him out for more than a week.
  Spurs reserves beat Nottingham Forest reserves 2-1 tonight at Stevenage Borough.  The Spurs goals were scored by Matthew Etherington and Mark Hughes, while Kazuyuki Toda made his Spurs debut.
  ... and finally ... SCBC declared a 3.5 million loss today.  They probably think that makes them a big club like Leeds and Chelsea !!


Sunday  2.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner is expected to be out of action for 6-8 weeks after tearing his hamstring in yesterday's match against Chelsea.
  Spurs target Alen Bocsik looks set to have his Middlesbrough contract cancelled and retire at the end of the season.


Saturday  1.2.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction will follow tomorrow.
  Spurs target Michael Ricketts joined Middlesbrough for 3.5 million from Bolton Wanderers.

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