White Hot Lines

February 2004

Sunday   29.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  According to a story in the News of the World, Spurs are embroiled in a row with Charlton Athletic over the playing of ghetto-blasters in the dressing room.  A Charlton player said that they did it at White Hart Lane to wind up Spurs and after their win, they said that Spurs players said they were annoyed by it.  However, the same player was outraged when Tottenham gave them a taste of their own medicine in the recent Spurs win at the Valley and the incident nearly ended up in a fight with tempers raised among the players on both sides.  Interesting how many ex-Wimbledon players on now on the Addicks staff isn't it ??  And how they feel they have been hard done by ??  Shame !!
  ... and finally ... Wupert "The Bear" Lowe - the SCBC chairman - has had his 4x4 scratched in an incident that is thought to have been carried out by irate fans who do not want Glenn Hoddle to return as their manager.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson has apparently told Lazio midfielder Pavel Nedved that he will take over as Chelsea manager in the summer, but has since denied this ... Liverpool are keen to replace Gerard Houllier with Kenny Dalglish as their new manager ... Middlesbrough won the Carling Cup beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in Cardiff ...  ...

Saturday   28.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Hughton has revealed that Helder Postiga and Anthony Gardner have returned to training while the squad are out in Dubai. 
  Spurs Under-19s lost 1-2 to Crystal Palace at Spurs Lodge with the Tottenham goal scored by Andy Bircham.
  Spurs Under-17s beat Reading U-17s 4-1 at Spurs Lodge.  The goals came from Stuart Lewis (penalty), Simon Dawkins 2 and Mark Wright.

  OTHER NEWS ... FIFA have decided that there will be a maximum of six substitutions in friendly internationals, that any player who removes their shirt will be automatically booked and that the concept of golden and silver goals will be scrapped after Euro 2004, with the settling of games reverting to extra time and penalties ... 

Friday   27.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has put his name to a new contract with Tottenham that will see him stay at White Hart Lane until 2008.  His current deal did not expire until 2005, but the 23 year old midfielder/defender was happy to settle things now.
  Reserve goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld has joined Gillingham on a month's loan.
  Spurs arrived this morning in Dubai for four days training, while they are without a game this weekend.  
  Jermain Defoe said today that he would be "devastated" if he failed to make the Euro 2004 squad this summer.  He said that he was told to keep working hard by Sven Goran Eriksson and that he knows it is the form players who will be selected to go to Portugal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Trading in Leeds shares was ceased today, as they failed to be bought out by the 5.00 p.m. deadline today ... From next season Coca-Cola will sponsor the Football League ... 

Thursday   26.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Helder Postiga is reported in the Daily Mirror to have travelled to Kuwait for treatment on a thigh injury that has been troubling him since he left the field in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Manchester City.  The Spurs website say there is no mystery injury and that he has recovered from a hamstring pull and will join the first team squad on a break in Dubai.
  The Daily Star claim that Leeds number two Kevin Blackwell has been linked with the assistant manager's post at Tottenham and Manchester United.  
  Former Spurs midfielder Nick Barmby has left Leeds United to join Nottingham Forest on a month's loan.

  OTHER NEWS ... A second consortium has pulled out of a deal to buy Leeds United ... 

Wednesday   25.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are being linked with PSV Eindhoven defender Kevin Hofland, who previously interested Arsenal and Manchester United.  It is rumoured that Spurs are willing to bid £5 million for the Dutch international central defender as they seek to bolster their defence in the summer.
  The Mirror claims that Spurs are set to sign Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jay Jay Okocha in the summer.  Celtic are also interested in the Nigerian international, who is having trouble getting the terms he requires from the Trotters.
  Newcastle United want to switch their match at White Hart Lane to Sunday 14th March as they might be involved in a UEFA Cup tie.  The FA have declined, but the decision might have to wait until they have played their current round on march 3rd. 
  A special dinner to commemorate the induction of Bill Nicholson into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame will be held at White's club in Paxton Road on March 11th.  Seats on a table of ten cost
£85 plus VAT each.  The price covers dinner with wine, souvenir programme and guest speakers who will form the bulk of the Double side, with John Motson hosting the event.
You can book your tickets on the THFC Sales Office line 020 8365 5010.
  Former Tottenham defender Ben Thatcher has been given permission by FIFA to swap his nationality to Welsh after having represented England at Under-21 level.


Tuesday   24.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham were linked with a move for former SCBC manager Gordon Strachan in today's Sun.  Someone told the newspaper that the Scottish manager wanted to return to SCBC after a break, but that was not on, so they would not be surprised if he re-surfaced at another Premier League club in the near future and hinted that he had been approached by THFC.
  The Spanish press reckon Atletico Madrid are keen to take Helder Postiga off Tottenham's hands.  The same paper claims that Celta Vigo and AC Milan both approached Spurs about the Portuguese striker in the January transfer window, but were not given any encouragement because of the absence of Fredi Kanoute at the African Nations Cup.
  18 year old midfielder David Hicks has joined Northampton Town on a free transfer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Disgraced Boston United manager Steve Evans is set to take over at the helm of the club on March 2nd ...

Monday   23.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand told Sky Sports that he thinks that Jermain Defoe should be on the plane with the England squad going to Euro 2004.  The former Spurs hit-man said of his replacement that he was a natural finisher and there is no-one around at the moment sharper than the Spurs number 18.
  Another former Spur, Gary Mabbutt, said on Sky Sports today that he would like to see Ledley King and Anthony Gardner at the back for Tottenham with Stephen Carr and Johnnie Jackson on the flanks.  Mabbs said that Spurs need a solid pairing at the back and that thee two could form a long lasting partnership in the centre of defence.  The former Spurs captain also said that the club need to sort out the long term successor to Glenn Hoddle soon to end the uncertainty around the club.
  The reserves scored a 3-1 win over SCBC Reserves at Stevenage Borough tonight, with the goals coming from Rohan Ricketts, Jamie Redknapp and Dean Marney, returned from his loan spell at QPR.  
  Steffen Freund came out with a confusing statement about Taricco's involvement in yesterday's game.  the former Spurs and German midfielder said "It is up to him what he is doing.  I don't see it as cheating, I see it as using your home ground and your supporters to try and influence the game.  You don't have to agree with it. I am not saying that I agree or disagree with it. I can't say if it is right or wrong, you have to ask Tano."  It sounds like he disapproves, without actually saying that !!
  Those nice people at Seat Booker have informed us that now Non-members can purchase tickets on-line as well as Season\Members.  To find out more go to http://www.spurs.co.uk/article.asp?article=186970 or http://www.seatbooker.net/thfc

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal hope to be in their new ground by 2006/07 ... Thailand's Prime Minister might be looking to take over at Liverpool ... Former Charlton midfielder Matty Holmes accepted £250,000 damages in an out of court settlement after being forced out of the game by a tackle by Wolves' Kevin Muscat, although he accepted no liability for the damage done by the tackle ... Bradford City has applied to go into administration for the second time ... 

Sunday   22.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham drew 4-4 with Leicester City at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Jermain Defoe scored two, Michael Brown scored his first Spurs goal and Robbie Keane got the other goal.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  According to a story in the News of the World, David Pleat urged Dean Richards to go down holding his calf in the Charlton Athletic match should he be given stick by the Spurs fans following the booing at the Portsmouth game.
  Another story in the News of the World names Anthony Gardner and doesn't name some other Spurs players (including a 17 year old) in claims that they were involved in group sex sessions with a young woman.
  Steve Simonsen, the Everton reserve keeper, looks set to leave the Merseyside club and he could move to Tottenham, according to the News of the World.
  For the latest news on the Spurs Ladies' games, click here.


Saturday   21.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fabio Capello, the AS Roma boss, has said that the option of managing Tottenham is a tempting one.  The former Real Madrid coach said that he intends to end his career at the helm of an English club and that he is a great admirer of Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri, while he regards Tottenham as a team with a great history, who might be in interesting proposition to manage if the club has "the ambition and strength" to make them a "big team".
  There are claims on Tribal Football's website that Tottenham are not one of the clubs that Alan Curbishley can leave to join under the clauses in his new contract.  The clubs named are Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, with a figure of £3 million compensation quoted.
  Ex-Spur Matthew Etherington was sent off for West ham United today for the second bookable offence of time-wasting.

  OTHER NEWS ... Birmingham chairman David Gold thinks Steve Bruce could be the next England manager ... Wales, Juventus and Leeds legend John Charles died today aged 72 following a long illness ....

Friday   20.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  For the time being Ledley King will continue to play in midfield for Tottenham.  David Pleat said that he realises that utility players like Ledley might have a preferred playing position, but good players can play anywhere ands Spurs need him in midfield at the moment.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Redknapp might not be quite math-fit enough to be in the Spurs squad, but Darren Anderton (back from injury and suspension) and Frederic Kanoute (back from Africa) are definitely included.  Christian Ziege should also be among the squad, while Anthony Gardner and Helder Postiga are both out with hamstring problems.  Simon Davies faces a late fitness test on the ankle injury he picked up in Wales' win over Scotland in midweek.
  LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -  City will have Muzzy Izzet back from injury as is Billy McKinlay.  New signings Peter Canero and Lee Morris have suffered differing fortunes.  The Scot Canero recovers from a shoulder injury and Morris misses out with a thigh injury. 

  For MEHSTG's  preview of the match, click here.
  Both Spurs and Arsenal are said to be looking at Real Madrid's Esteban Cambiasso, who is out of contract in the summer.  Internazionale were thought to be favourites to take the 23 year old Argentinian midfielder to Italy, but it appears that the player is not keen on that move and although Chelsea were once interested, it looks like North London might be his most likely destination.

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Scholes has been charged with violent conduct by the FA for his push on Middlesbrough's Doriva in the recent match at Old Trafford ...

Thursday   19.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King is to be offered a five year deal with pay of £15,000 a week according to the Daily Mirror.
  King has said in the London Evening Standard that he wants to have talks with David Pleat about playing at the back, a position where he feels he might be able to secure a place in the England squad to Portugal for the Euro 2004 championships.  
  Sergei Rebrov has told Sky Sports News that he intends to return to Tottenham in the summer when his spell on loan at Fenerbache is up.  The Ukrainian international striker wants to see out his contract at White Hart Lane and said that David Pleat was "counting" on his return !!
  Porto coach Jose Mourinho said he spoke with Spurs representatives in October last year to discuss a move to take over at White Hart Lane.  At the time, he felt that he could not leave the Portuguese champions and UEFA Cup winners until this summer.  The coach says he thinks he will start next season in charge at an English club with his preference being Arsenal or Manchester United, with Liverpool being a more desirable job than the one at Chelsea.  Mourinho said about his former Porto charge, Helder Postiga,  that Tottenham would not get the best out of him unless they feed him via wingers, which the coach said is not the way Spurs play.
  Having been linked with Tottenham, Palermo coach Francesco Guidolin has said that he wants to coach a London team and wasn't too bothered about who he took charge of.  Guidolin told Planet Football that his ideal style of football is English and that he would accept managing " a Charlton or a Crystal Palace". 
  Simon Davies is not as badly injured as first thought when he went down injured in last night's international against Scotland.  He went to hospital as a precaution and returned to Tottenham, where Chris Hughton told the official website that the Welshman should be fit for Sunday's match against Leicester City. 
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is being linked with the Nigerian national team manager's post today and Planet Football claim that he is the favourite for the post among the bigwigs at the Nigerian FA.


Wednesday   18.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King made his first start for England in the friendly in Portugal and scored England's goal in the 1-1 draw.
  Robbie Keane and Stephen Carr both played for the Republic of Ireland in their 0-0 draw with Brazil in Dublin tonight.  Gary Doherty was an unused substitute.
  Simon Davies came off injured after playing 33 minutes for Wales in their 4-0 win over Scotland.
  Kasey Keller played for the USA against Holland tonight in the 0-1 defeat in a friendly match.
  Gary Doherty is going to be offered a new four year contract following a string of impressive defensive displays recently.
  Milenko Acimovic told the Sky Sports website that he is keen to continue his career away from Tottenham where he might be able to get a game. The Slovenian midfielder said that there is not much chance for him to play at Spurs and although he has two and a half years to run on his current deal, he hopes that he might find a club where he can get regular football.  Acimovic hoped that Lille, where he is currently on loan, might be able to take him on permanently, but was not sure if that would be possible, although he said the pace of the game in France and the fact that they play football to please people (rather than to win like they do in England) suited his style.


Tuesday   17.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege has said he intends to return to Germany at the end of the season when his contract is up.  The German international said he has been away from home for seven years and his children do not know Germany and need to settle down with their schooling, etc.
  Giovanni Trapattoni has said he wants to stay on with the Italian FA following his contract which expires after Euro 2004 and his alleged proposed assistant manager at Spurs Mark Hughes says that no representative from Tottenham has approached him.
  After playing for Mali in the African Nations Cup, Fredi Kanoute hopes that David Pleat will bury the hatchet and give him the opportunity to play for Tottenham on his return.  He said that Pleat is a serious man and that he trusts that he will understand his desire to play for his father's country in the tournament.
  Mbulelo Mabizela has told Sky Sports website that he hopes to get his chance at Tottenham soon, as he is sure he can make an impact in the Premier League, as long as Tottenham play him at the back.
  Former Spurs reserve Richard Johnson has had his Stoke City contract terminated and he has joined Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer.


Monday   16.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jurgen Klinsmann is to act as a "technical advisor" to the Los Angeles Galaxy Major Soccer League team.
  Allegedly Alan Curbishley's new contract at Charlton Athletic allows him to leave should another Premiership club or England come calling, with only a minimal compensation payment to be made.  


Sunday   15.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chelsea have been reported in the News of the World to be interested in Nottingham Forest's Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid - a transfer target of Tottenham.  The paper reckons Spurs will return at the end of the season to make another bid for the left sided midfielder.
  The Sunday Mirror claim that Jamie Redknapp has told them he is targeting the match against Leicester City on Sunday 22nd February as the one he wants to make his Premiership comeback in.
  The Mirror also say that Robbie Keane believes that Jermain Defoe could be a vital factor in Tottenham qualifying for Europe this season.  The Irish striker said Defoe has settled in like he had been at the club months rather than two weeks and that the team are playing better now, so a string of good results could take them nearer to the places that guarantee a spot in Europe next season.
  Spurs are said to have offered Ledley King a four year contract in the News of the World.
  The News of the World also has an article with David Pleat claiming that he will leave the side in good shape for the future with the bulk of the players from the British Isles, so they know how the Premiership works and will settle in well together.  
  The Star Sunday claims Spurs are to make a £5 million bid for Matthew Upson of Birmingham City.  The former Arsenal central defender would be welcomed by the club who are said to be ready to move "Glenn Hoddle signing" Dean Richards out.
  A report has been submitted to London Mayor Ken Livingstone about the extension of the Victoria Line to Northumberland Park.  The local representative on the London Assembly has presented the report as part of a regeneration bid for the Northumberland Park area, which is one of the most deprived in the country.  The consultation for the report canvassed opinion from THFC and the local Council, who were both in support of the plan, while Transport for London felt that it did not meet their business case criteria and that there might be cheaper options to improve other transport links in the area, citing the fact that they did not believe that the Tube extension would be greatly used.  Tottenham's threat to move out of the area if transport does not improve has been mentioned as having a "catastrophic" effect in the local area, should it happen and thus matters such as poverty and deprivation should be considered when coming to a decision on the proposal.  The Mayor has said he will review the report and respond "shortly".
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is set to figure in a revival of Frank Skinner and David Baddiel's TV show "Fantasy Football League", which will return for a run over the period that Euro 2004 is on.


Saturday   14.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Without a game today, it is a slow news day.
  There are no Spurs players in the England squad to play Portugal in a friendly on Wednesday.
  Nor are there any in the under-21 England squad for a friendly with Holland on Tuesday.  

  OTHER NEWS ... ten man Man U beat Man City 4-2 in FA Cup and Tranmere and Millwall also got through ... West Ham & Fulham draw as do Sunderland and Birmingham ...

Friday   13.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham might have been pursuing Alan Curbishley as their new manager, but the Valley boss has signed a new three and a half year deal to stay on as the Addicks manager.  This rules him off the list of bosses that Tottenham might have chosen their new man from.
  Speculation about Glenn Hoddle returning to the New Dell have been put on hold, with Gordon Strachan's departure from the club and first team coach Steve Wigley stepping up into the manager's role until the end of the season.
  Fredi Kanoute's Mali side finished Fourth in the African Nations Cup after losing the bronze medal match to Nigeria 1-2.
  The International Football Association Board are considering allowing matches to be played on artificial surfaces; only five substitutes to be used in friendly matches; half-time to be extended to 20 minutes maximum; removal of his shirt by a celebrating player will automatically receive a yellow card and that free-kicks being moved ten yards forward be widened to the whole game, but the kick is not allowed to be forwarded into the penalty area.  These changes are proposed and will be voted on in a meeting of the IFAB on 28th February in London.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United were given until 27th February to avoid administration ... Boston United manager Neil Thompson was sacked today, two days into the reign of the new club owner ... Martin Foyle has been announced as the new manager of Port Vale ... Wayne Rooney has been accused of spitting in the face of a woman in a Manchester night club ...

Thursday   12.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is to be dismissed from the thinking of Rupert "The Bear" Lowe for the position at the New Dell to be soon vacated by Gordon Strachan.  He had talks with the ex-England boss about rejoining SCBC, but shareholder shave forced a volte face in the chairman's thinking.  Now that is the action of a strong minded, big club chairman.
  Charlton Athletic are unhappy about the amount of cash they received as part of the sell-on clause in Jermain Defoe's contract when at West Ham United.   With Bobby Zamora only valued at £750,000 (despite Spurs paying £1.5 million a few months earlier), the club miss out on £112,000 for Defoe, because of the difference in Zamora's valuation.  Therefore, the Addicks will have to settle for the £800,000 they will get in installments.
  Brooklyn Beckham has been taking part in the Football In The Community coaching sessions at White Hart Lane recently.

  OTHER NEWS ... Fulham could face action after a bottle was thrown on the pitch in last night's game v Villa ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football club owner Malcolm Glazer has increased his holding in Man U shares to 16.31% ... Manager Brian Horton has left Port Vale by mutual consent ... 

Wednesday   11.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham won 4-2 against Charlton Athletic tonight at the Valley.  Goals from Simon Davies, Jermain Defoe, Ledley King and Johnnie Jackson wrapped up a victory for Tottenham.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Fredi Kanoute's Mali side were knocked out of the African Nations Cup at the semi-final stage, losing 0-4 to Morocco.
  To hear an exclusive interview with David Pleat, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Magnier and McManus have increased their shareholding in Manchester United ... 

Tuesday   10.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear has been announced as the new manager of Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle has been rumoured to be the new manager of SCBC and his appointment could be announced as soon as the end of the week according to some sources !!  Oh, sweet irony !!  If he takes Richards back to the Dell as well ...
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Postiga and Taricco will still be missing through injury, Anderton through suspension and Jamie Redknapp is still not yet match fit.  Gary Doherty might be able to feature and Mark Yeates and Lee Barnard could be included in the squad, the Spurs website says.
  CHARLTON ATHLETIC TEAM NEWS : -  Jason Euell could play after overcoming a bruised foot and Carlton Cole is available to play.  Jerome Thomas, a transfer window signing could make his debut and Graham Stuart is over his stomach bug.  South African striker Shaun Bartlett could be seeking a start in the absence of Kevin Lisbie, while Richard Rufus has just had surgery on his knee and will not play a part.

  For a preview of the match, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Thierry Henry scores his 100th Premier League goal ...

Monday   9.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark Hughes is allegedly in talks with Tottenham about becoming the assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni, while still keeping his Wales national manager's post.
  Eddie Gray believes that Paul Robinson might stay at Leeds United in the summer despite interest from Spurs.
  Spurs Reserves drew 1-1 with Chelsea Reserves at Stevenage Borough tonight, with Lee Barnard getting Tottenham's goal.  For a match report click here.
  Newcastle United have revealed that they fooled their fans by saying they were interested in signing Stephen Carr, while all the time it was to stave off the ire of the supporters over the sale of Norberto Solano.
  The FA Premier League have said they did not delay telling the clubs that Paul Robinson's loan-back deal could not go ahead.

  OTHER NEWS ... David Batty has had his Leeds contract cancelled ... Chelsea have agreed the signing of Rennes Czech keeper Petr Cech ... Joe Kinnear is the favourite for the Nottingham Forest managers job ... Grimsby Town sacked their manager Paul Groves today ... 

Sunday   8.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sunday Express names Raddy Antic as the man who will be managing Tottenham next season.  However, Antic says he has had no talks with Tottenham about a move to take over at the club, as he does not know what the future holds for him at Celta Vigo. 
  David Pleat commented that people seem to be putting two and two together because he knows Antic (who played for him at Luton Town) and that they may be coming up with the wrong answer or they may be coming up with the right answer.  make of that what you will !!
  Charlton Athletic and Tottenham are both interested in West Ham United midfielder Michael Carrick and are expected to make moves for him should his side not get promotion at the end of this season.  The Addicks have pots full of money after selling Scott Parker and need to replace him, while Spurs have long admired the Geordie and might want to add him to the squad as a replacement for Darren Anderton, who, The News of the World, will not be offered a new contract.  
  Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle is being linked with the now vacant Nottingham Forest manager's post.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds have said they do not intend to appoint Paul Hart as their manager ... Chris Coleman wants to arrange a meeting between Duncan Ferguson and Luis Boa Morte to resolve the racial incident alleged to have occurred in the FA Cup tie at Goodison two weeks ago ... Wembley is to bid to host the 1007 Champions League final ...

Saturday   7.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Portsmouth 4-3 at White Hart Lane this afternoon with the goals coming from Robbie Keane 2, Gus Poyet and a debut goal from Jermain Defoe.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for reaction.
  David Pleat announced today that the deal to bring the new manager to White Hart Lane was "done and dusted" and they would announce the name of the man in the summer and not before.
  Fredi Kanoute scored once in Mali's 2-1 victory over Guinea to take them into the African Nations Cup semi-final against either Algeria or Morocco.
  Bobby Zamora score don his West Ham United debut today against Bradford City.  
  Tottenham's Under-17s beat Crystal Palace 5-0 this morning.
  ... and finally ... Arsene Wenger said that the match at Wolves today was difficult for his side because "the wind was windy" !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Hart is sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest ... Ruud van Nistelrooy nets his 100th goal for Manchester United in 131 matches ... 

Friday   6.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson was determined not to walk away from Leeds United and would only have moved to Tottenham if the contract allowed him to stay at Elland Road until the end of this season.  He said he had been at the club so long that he could not just walk away and leave them to their fate.  He was even prepared to sacrifice money that the club owed him. 
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jermain Defoe makes his Tottenham debut tomorrow replacing Helder Postiga, who did a hamstring on Wednesday.  Anderton's Achilles keeps him out, but Taricco and Doherty (who will face a late fitness test) might be available for the match.  Young midfielder Rohan Ricketts returns to the squad.
  PORTSMOUTH TEAM NEWS : - Loan star from Newcastle United Lomano LuaLua looks like he will make his Pompey debut and it will be between him, Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Ivica Mornar as to who will partner Teddy Sheringham.  Free transfer window signing John Curtis has a groin strain and suspension rules out Dejan Stefanovic, Kevin Harper and Richard Duffy.
  The away match at Middlesbrough has been moved to Tuesday 9th March with an 8.00 p.m. kick off, leaving Spurs a free weekend when they should have played Boro on Saturday 28th February.
  Johnnie Jackson has told the London Evening Standard that there have been tentative talks about a new deal for him at Tottenham, but nothing concrete as yet.  He said that when he was on loan, he thought that he would be leaving the club, but now he was involved in the first team, he feels as though he has more of a future at Spurs.
  Sky Sports website says Bayern Munich are keen on Stephane Dalmat.  The crack German side have watched his performances at White Hart Lane and believe he could spark their European adevntures.
  According to the Planet Football website, Guus Hiddink's future at PSV Eindhoven is in doubt after the board vetoed a three-year deal offered to him by the chairman.  He said he cannot accept the terms that are included in the deal and that has sparked rumour that he might re-join South Korea for the 2006 World Cup campaign or he might switch to England and take over at Tottenham.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds got another seven day stay of execution when they were granted another week before they go into administration ... Bolton boss Sam Allardyce won the Manager of the Month award and Thierry Henry the Player of the Month award for January ... 

Thursday   5.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Roberto Mancini admitted that Tottenham have held friendly, introductory talks with him about becoming manager, but the time these talks were held has not been specified and Lazio appear keen to hold on to him.  He said he would like to coach in England, where Spurs are an important club and the football is very enjoyable.
  Later reports claim that Mancini denied making such comments and clarified that he will be staying at Lazio next season, where he is contracted until 2008.
  Picked up some interesting gossip at the Lane last night ... before the match.  Apparently Mark Hughes was seen at the Crystal Palace match with Daniel Levy before the FA Cup tie.  They were shaking hands and Levy said "Welcome to the club."  (Thanks to the gent who told that that)
  Then, my good friend, The Good Doctor, said that Tottenham had to rip up Bobby Zamora's contract so that the deal for Jermain Defoe could go through.  With the FIFA ruling that players can only move once in twelve months, they had to annul his deal, so that he was a free agent and could move to West Ham United, with Alan Pardew refusing to do business unless Bobby was part of the transfer.  There is said to be a nominal value attached to his move, but  am not sure where that will leave Charlton Athletic, who are owed 25% of the transfer from the sell-on clause that was in his deal when he signed for West Ham.
  The London Evening Standard has run a story saying that some players have refused to apologise for last night's defeat.  Gus Poyet, Dean Richards and Ledley King all declined to speak about the dramatic loss.  Johnnie Jackson said that it wasn't for the want of trying, but everything went against the team in the second half.
  Stephen Carr has countered these stories by saying on the official website that the team are well aware that they were responsible for the defeat last night and it is only them who can put that right.  Carr added that there is a good spirit in the club and the players know they let the club the manager, themselves and the fans down.
  PORTSMOUTH TEM NEWS : - Striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu will not be re-joining the Nigeria squad, from which he was sent home on Saturday.  He intends to stay and fight relegation with Portsmouth and will be available for the game this weekend.
  For a match preview of the Portsmouth game, click here.
  Stephen Carr's wife gave birth to a baby girl last night, after he rushed from the game to be at the birth.
  Former Spurs midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen is currently without a club after talks with Lyn of Oslo broke down recently.


Wednesday   4.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 3-4 to Manchester City at White Hart Lane tonight in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay.  Tottenham's goals were scored by Ledley King, Robbie Keane and Christian Ziege.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Former Tottenham winger Tony Galvin phoned up BBC Radio Five Live tonight to express his hurt and upset after tonight's performance.  Galvin urged David Pleat to stand aside and let a new manager take control without interference.
  Rumoured Spurs midfield target, Wimbledon's Jobi McAnuff, has signed for West Ham United.


Tuesday   3.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe was the centre of attention at a Press Conference held at Spurs Lodge this morning.  For more on what was said, click here.  Defoe will not be available for the FA Cup Fourth Round replay tomorrow night, as he has to be registered seen days before a cup tie, although he is available for selection on Saturday for the Portsmouth match.  From pictures of him in training, it looks like he will be wearing the squad number 18.  Charlton Athletic might get a windfall of up to £1.25 million from the deal as they are due 25% of the money after West Ham took Defoe from the Valley as a youngster.
  Tottenham were prevented from buying Paul Robinson and then lending him back to Leeds United by the Premier League, who frown on paying for a player before he joins the buying club.  There were even suggestions that Tottenham might pay 75% up front and the rest when he was signed in the summer, as this would not breach any Premier League rule, but the governing body were not happy about clubs paying money up front without getting anything for it.
  However, Robinson could be coming to Tottenham before the end of the season if Leeds United go into administration.  On Friday, the club must ensure a deal to satisfy their creditors and if that cannot be achieved, the club will have to reduce the playing staff and that could mean that Spurs could pick up Robinson before they thought he might be available.
  Other deals were being considered during the transfer window, but didn't come off.  See the above link to the Press Conference for more details.  
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Darren Anderton is still missing with an Achilles injury, while Mauricio Taricco might be back after suffering a foot injury in the first game against City.  Gus Poyet is available again after suspension and Dean Richards is still lacking match fitness.
  MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Robbie Fowler is expected to overcome a cold to play but Daniel van Buyten, the loan signing from Marseille is not registered to play in the FA Cup.  Icelandic keeper Arni Arason looks likely to stand in for Kevin Stuur-Ellegaard.
  The Reserves lost 0-1 to Fulham Reserves away tonight, courtesy of a Danny Foster own goal.  Jamie Redknapp played for 45 minutes as he starts his comeback from a knee injury.
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is said to be keen on the manager's job at SCBC when Gordon Strachan steps down.  His agent Denis Roach said "I'm sure he would be very interested in the job and I don't think Rupert Lowe is the sort to hold a grudge." HaHaHaHaHa !!
  Former Spurs midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu has been made coach of AEK Athens.
  ... and finally ... A Middlesbrough fan has been banned from the Riverside stadium for falling asleep during their 0-4 defeat by Arsenal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Middlesbrough will face Bolton in the Carling Cup Final after overcoming a 10 man Arsenal side 3-1 on aggregate ... Martin Keown was sent off in the first half ...

Monday   2.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham completed the transfer of Jermain Defoe for £7 million, which includes Bobby Zamora going to West Ham United as part of the deal.  The five year deal is for £6 million up front (of which Zamora is part of) and £1 million depending on appearances.
  The deal for Paul Robinson, the Leeds United goalkeeper, was not able to be concluded before the transfer deadline.  Personal terms were agreed and a medical passed, but the deal to loan him back to Leeds until the summer was not possible to close and so the Spurs website says that the club hope to conclude the transfer at the next earliest opportunity.  The problem occurred because Leeds already have two Premier League players on loan - Jermaine Pennant and Stephen Caldwell - so Robinson could not be loaned back to the Yorkshire side.
  Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard claims that Martin O'Neill could be back on as Tottenham's new manager.  With Sir Alex Ferguson signing a new deal and Gerrard Houllier looking more secure at Anfield, the Celtic manager could join Spurs when he leaves the Scottish Premier League champions, as is expected in the summer.  With Giovanni Trapattoni failing to sign a contract with Spurs, although it is believed he has made a verbal agreement to be the manager, Tottenham could make a solid approach to O'Neill to secure the services of the former Leicester City boss.
  Simon Davies is in the Welsh squad to face Scotland in a friendly later this month.  Also included is former Tottenham full back Ben Thatcher who has taken advantage of the FIFA ruling to be able to change nationality from English, as he had played for the England Under-21 side previously.
Your views on the rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal are required by someone doing an article on it in Sweden.  Send your answers to the following questions to Henrik Lenngren with some personal facts about yourself, as full name, age, marital status, your occupation and so on...  and if you have a high resolution picture of yourself attach it as a file.

The questions (please develop your answers as much as possible):

Tell me about the differences playing against Arsenal then a “ordinary” team in the league? 

 What makes the derbies so special?

Is there a lot of hate in the air? Please describe it.

Do you despise Arsenal?

 Could you describe the atmosphere when Tottenham plays against Arsenal?

 Why did you became a a supporter of Tottenham and not Arsenal?


Sunday   1.2.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has spoken about his injury hell in the News of the World, but said that he is happy at White Hart Lane despite the rumours of a move to Manchester United and he will be going nowhere.
  Sheffield United are upping the wages of full back Phil Jagielka to prevent Spurs and other clubs tempting him away from Bramall Lane.
  Milenko Acimovic scored on his debut for Lille against Metz.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former Sunderland FA Cup winning manager Bob Stokoe died today aged 73 ... Former Scotland World Cup 1978 manager Ally McLeod died this morning aged 72 ...



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