White Hot Lines

February 2007

Wednesday 28.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The dates and kick off times for the UEFA Cup tie with SC Braga have finally been sorted out.  First up, the away leg will be played at the Estadio Municipal de Braga on Thursday 8th March with a 9.35 p.m. (local time and GMT) kick-off.  The home leg will take place on Wednesday 14th March, kicking off at 8.15 p.m.
   Viking FK of Norway are keeping an eye on reserve winger Emil Hallfredsson.

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Tuesday 27.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Robbie Keane's appeal against the red card he was awarded on Sunday for deliberate handball has been thrown out and the Irish striker will now miss the game at Upton Park on Sunday.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Arsenal and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players in the  League Cup final ... in addition, the FA have rejected the appeals against the sendings off of Adebayour and Mikel, but Adebayour ('reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately') and Eboue (violent conduct) have been charged by the ruling body ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will be out for two weeks after injuring his ankle when he kicked John Terry in the face in Sunday's League Cup final.


Monday 26.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham will appeal against the red card shown to Robbie Keane in yesterday's 4-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... QPR coach Richard Hill and the club itself will face FA charges of not being able to control ... Lille are to appeal against the decision of UEFA to allow Manchester United's goal in their Champions League game last week ... Emmanuel Adebayour and Jon Obi Mikel are appealing against their red cards in yesterday's League Cup final ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jose Mourinho has said "You cannot kill a player because something happened.  If Mikel did something wrong, it is not my job to kill him, it is my job to educate him."  Tricky choice for Mikel you would have thought !!


Sunday 25.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report click here.
   Tottenham are supposedly among a group of clubs including Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion who are watching Newcastle United's teenage  defender Paul Huntingdon, who is refusing to sign a new contract.

  OTHER NEWS ... It all kicked off in the League Cup final, as Chelsea won 2-1, but Arsenal won 2-1 in sendings off and John Terry was carried off unconscious after getting a kick in the face ...
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Saturday 24.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Our Under-18s lost 1-2 away to Reading, with Takura Mtandari scoring the Tottenham goal .

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Friday 23.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Tottenham could be without Anthony Gardner whose hip injury means that he will need a late fitness test and with Spurs being without Ledley King, with his broken foot keeping him out, Ricardo Rocha could come into the middle of the defence.  Mido's groin injury and Tom Huddlestone's hamstring are causing concern and full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is kept out with a knee knock.
   BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Nicky Hunt and Abdoulaye Faye should return for the Trotters, but Kevin Davies is definitely out with a knee problem.
   This is from Wikipedia on the fans of our opponents in the next round of the UEFA Cup ... "
The fans of SC Braga are known as Arsenalistas (Ed. : - Nothing to do with their team wearing Arsenal's colours then ??) due to their never-say-die attitude. Many of Braga fans are known for their crazy antics such as throwing flares in the field to get their players pumped up. However, lately, they have been disappointing. In Braga's round of 32 match against Parma in the UEFA Cup, only 6,500 spectators were present, because the tickets cost too much money."

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsene Wenger yesterday said "Whether I am big or small is not so important, it is not my obsession."


Thursday 22.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have taken Serie C1 side Novara's teenage goalkeeper Mirko Lamantia on trial until Sunday.  The goalkeeper will be 16 on 1st March and has already made his debut in Italian side's first team.  Another youngster playing in the Italian Serie B is Ghanaia midfielder Apimah Ahmed Barusson who plays for Rimini.  He is a target for many of the clubs in the topflight in Italy, but his agent said that Tottenham's representatives have been watching him recently.
   Spurs will play Sporting Braga of Portugal in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup - away on 8th March and at home in the second leg on 14th or 15th of March.

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Wednesday 21.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs won 2-1 against Everton at Goodison Park tonight.  For a match report, click here.
  
Steve Nash, a Canadian who plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA is said to be interested in becoming a major investor in Spurs, who he had a trial for as a youngster, according to in a story in the Sun.

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Tuesday 20.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have been chosen to feature in BBC's coverage of the FA Cup quarter final and will take to the field at 12.45 p.m. on Sunday 11th March.
   The Times claim that Tottenham are interested in Racing Santander's Serbian striker Nikola Zigic, who is 6'7" tall.
   Former Reserve team striker
Claude Seanla has been released from his contract at Watford by mutual consent.
   For a preview of tomorrow night's visit to Everton, click here.
 

   CRIME WATCH ... Former Spurs midfielder Steve Sedgley and his wife were yesterday found guilty of racism in their absence in a Barbados court after an incident in 2004 when they ran a water sports business on the islands.  A warrant is out for their arrest and if they return to the island they will be arrested.  The pair are due to be formally sentenced when the bench convenes on 16th March.


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Monday 19.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have been drawn away to Chelsea in the Sixth Round on the FA Cup to be played on 10th or 11th March.
   Apparently Fulham's Zat Knight had to apologise to a section of the Craven Cottage crowd after getting involved in an altercation with them after yesterday's game.
  
The Reserves beat West Ham United 2-1 at Bishops Stortford FC tonight thanks to goals from Charlie Lee and Jake Livermore.
   Former Spurs goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is spending a second loan spell at Doncaster Rovers from Leeds United.

  OTHER NEWS ... Iain Dowie has been appointed manager of Coventry City and has taken Tim Flowers to the Ricoh Stadium as his assistant ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea announced that they lost 80.2 million last season, but Roman Abramovich hadn't even noticed.


Sunday 18.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham won 4-0 against Fulham in the FA Cup Fifth Round this afternoon at Craven Cottage.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs are being reported to be ready to move with a 10 million bid for Lyon's 25 year old Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom, who the club have been linked with for some years now, according to the Sunday Mirror.  The same paper reckons that Spurs will make Wembley Stadium their temporary home while the expansion of White Hart Lane takes place.  The Sunday People run a story that Tottenham are set to make a move for Shrewsbury Town youngster Dave Edwards.

  OTHER NEWS ... Adrian Heath was today sacked as caretaker manager of Coventry City ...
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Saturday 17.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   15 year old left back Joakim Eyde of Valerenga hopes that his recent trial at Spurs earns him a move to White Hart Lane.
   FULHAM TEAM NEWS : -
Fulham midfielder Michael Brown is suspended, but defender Carlos Bocanegra is back after a ban.  Wayne Routledge cannot lay under the terms of his loan to the Cottagers.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Jermaine Jenas and Jermain Defoe are both suspended for gathering five yellow cards this season, while Ledley King's broken foot rules him out.  Anthony Gardner, Ricardo Rocha, Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon are all available again after injury and illness.
  
Spurs Under-18s beat Watford in the FA Premier Academy League 2-1 at Spurs Lodge with goals from Chris Casey and David Hutton's penalty.

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Friday 16.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Director Keith Mills has said the club must make a decision on the ground within a year to make sure they do not get left behind by the clubs with bigger stadia.  The club have been looking at alternatives as well as enlarging the White Hart Lane ground, but to realise their ambitions they might look at new sites for grounds to be built.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  Arsene Wenger said his half-time team talks take no more than seven minutes as his team are not capable of concentrating for longer than that.


Thursday 15.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Not sure where the rumours came from in the first place, but Real Madrid's Robinho has said he would not join Tottenham on leaving the Bernabeu as Spurs are not a "big club."
   For a preview of Sunday's FA Cup tie at Fulham, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kenny Jackett has left Swansea City by mutual agreement ...
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Wednesday 14.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's reserve match against West Ham United due to be played on Tuesday 20th February has been moved forward to Monday 19th February.  The game will take place at Bishop's Stortford FC's Woodside Park ground with the kick off at being 7.00 p.m.
   The club have announced that the Park Lane ticket office is to move to the Paxton Road next to the Members Office.  There will be ticket collection windows in the Park Lane, but these will be for away fans only.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wigan Athletic are getting their mums to write to the ref headmaster about the nasty man what swore at dere players.


Tuesday 13.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have been fined 8,000 for their part in the brawl that took place in the match against Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane in December.  4,000 of the fine has been suspended for 12 months.  Boro received a 4,000 fine with 2,000 suspended for the same period.  Both clubs received a warning as to their future conduct.
   Spurs Reserves lost 0-4 to Reading at Stevenage Borough FC tonight.  No, not Reading Reserves, but Reading.  For a match report click here.
   The Daily Express says that Tottenham are confident of signing Nigel Reo-Coker in the summer.  Oh, no !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Mike Newell, the Luton Town manager was fined 6,000 for his comments about a female assistant referee in one of his team's games ...
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Monday 12.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Spurs Reserve match due to take place tonight at Broadhall Way Stevenage was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and will now take place tomorrow night (Tuesday 13th) with a 7.00 p.m. kick off at the same venue.
   The QPR chairman Gianni Paladini said that he turned down a transfer window offer from Tottenham for winger Lee Cook.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bradford City have sacked their manager Colin Todd and replaced him with first team captain David Wetherall...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Marlon Harewood was cornered by angry West Ham fans as he drove away from the Hammers' 1-0 defeat against relegation rivals Watford.  Manager Alan Curbishley was so impressed he signed the fans up as his new defence.


Sunday 11.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are being linked with a 3.2 million move for Liverpool's injury-prone Australian international left sided midfielder Harry Kewell in the summer.  To add to the Aussie presence at the Lane, Spurs are also supposed to be considering bringing in Middlesbrough's striker Mark Viduka who will be out of contract in the summer.
   The Sunday Mirror report that if Spurs Director Paul Kemsley succeeds with his takeover at the club, he will install Harry Redknapp as the manager of the side.  Fit the revolving doors now then !!  The man behind the move to buy pout ENIC is property expert Kelmsley and he recently bought the former Midland Bank HQ building in Poultry, City of London for 40 million.  Five months later he sold it on for 72 million.
   Former Spurs manager Doug Livermore has left Norwich City where he had been assistant manager for seven and a half years.

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Saturday 10.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 1-2 at Bramall Lane to Sheffield United this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.
   Illness struck to deny Tottenham two of their team today.  Tom Huddlestone was victim of a throat infection, while Aaron Lennon was hit by a recurrence of his stomach bug.  Anthony Gardner was also missing as he had a calf problem.

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Friday 09.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's bye through to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport today in Switzerland.  The CAS decided to back UEFA's ejection of Feyenoord from the competition, leaving Tottenham to progress without having to face the Dutch side.  Having dismissed the Feyenoord appeal, the organisation added a 40,000 fine for the Rotterdam club.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Jermaine Jenas and Teemu Tainio will return after overcoming ankle injuries and Aaron Lennon is better after his bout of gastritis.  Striker Mido is back from suspension, but his compatriot Hossam Ghaly is out after picking up five yellow cards.
   SHEFFIELD UNITED TEAM NEWS : -
 There will be a late fitness test for defender Rob Kozluk and new signing Ahmed Fathi is hoping to start.  United will be without Christian Nade (virus) and Keith Gillespie (suspended), while both Matt Kilgallon, Mikele Leighertwood and Luton Shelton are out with injuries.
   Prime Minister Tony Blair was at White Hart Lane to have a lunch to promote the NSPCC Full Stop campaign designed to put an end to child cruelty.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rafael Benitez has won the Manager of the Month award, while Cesc Fabregas took the Player of the Month trophy ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... UFOs have been spotted over Islington apparently with a view to picking people off.  I can think of one part of Islington where the people can UFO.


Thursday 08.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs feature at number 15 in the European top twenty richest clubs for 2005-06 with a turnover of 70.7 million.
   Aaron Lennon, Teemu Tainio and Jermaine Jenas could be fit to play for Tottenham at Sheffield United at the weekend. 
   Spurs are rumoured to be making a move for Everton's unwanted striker James Beattie in the summer, if he is available for a price considerably less than the 6 million the Merseyside club paid for him, according to the Daily Mirror.  The paper said that Mido was offered as part of a deal to complete the transfer in the January transfer window, but manager David Moyes would not entertain the deal.

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Wednesday 07.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Jermain Defoe was a 70th minute substitute who came on in England's 0-1 defeat by Spain at Old Trafford.  Paul Robinson and Michael Dawson were unused subs.
   The Republic of Ireland's 2-1 win in San Marino featured Robbie Keane playing all 90 minutes of the Euro 2008 qualifier.
   Dimitar Berbatov scored twice in Bulgaria's 3-0 win over Cyprus in the Cyprus Tournament.
   Egypt's 2-0 win over Sweden in Cairo saw Mido play the first hour of the game.
   Cian Hughton made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s in their 0-0 draw with Holland and his Academy team-mate David Hutton played in the same side.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Ham United have been told they will not be allowed to occupy the Olympic Stadium at Stratford after the 2012 Olympic Games ...
Keith Curle has been appointed Head Coach at Torquay United by Colin Lee, who was given the job of Director of Football ...

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Tuesday 06.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Aaron Lennon is out of the England friendly against Spain at Old Trafford tomorrow night with a stomach bug and Paul Robinson, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe will not be in the starting eleven.  Jermaine Jenas had already pulled out with an injury.
   Tom Huddlestone played for England Under-21s in their 2-2 draw with Spain Under-21 at Pride Park tonight.  He was substituted in the 52nd minute.  Wayne Routledge and Ben Alnwick were on the bench, but not used.
   Kieran McKenna played for Northern Ireland Under-21s in their 0-4 defeat to the Welsh counterparts this afternoon. in Belfast
   Dimitar Berbatov played for Bulgaria in their Cyprus Tournament match 2-1 win against Latvia.
   A 1-0 friendly win for Ivory Coast over Guinea saw Didier Zokora play for the winning team.
   Playing at full back for the first half, Young-Pyo Lee starred for the South Korean side that beat Greece 1-0 at Craven Cottage tonight.
   Academy keeper David Button was stuck on the bench as England Under-19s beat Poland 4-1 at Bournemouth tonight.

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Monday 05.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham may face sanctions by the FA over screening of the Ronaldo dive in yesterday's match on the Jumbotron screens at White Hart Lane.  Strangely, no action is to be taken against the perpetrator or the match officials.  Surprised ??  No, me neither.
   Tottenham's away game against Everton has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st February.  If Spurs are involved in a UEFA Cup game on 22nd February, then the game will be moved to Wednesday 28th February, unless Tottenham are set to play a FA Cup Fifth Round replay that day !!
   Spurs and Manchester City are supposedly sending scouts to Germany to watch 24 year old Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung.

  OTHER NEWS ... Lubos Kubik checked out as manager of Torquay United today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Phil Scolari has said that Cristiano Ronaldo should join Barcelona ... I hear the water is crystal clear there.


Sunday 04.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 0-4 to Manchester United at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report and here for reaction.
   Jermaine Jenas has dropped out of the England squad for the friendly against Spain.
   The News of the World carries a story about Edgar Davids' departure from White Hart Lane, saying that he challenged Martin Jol about what he had won in the game after the Head Coach criticised him for not marking properly in a training session.  An insider told the newspaper that the Dutch midfielder had previously had a row with Robbie Keane and offered to settle the matter outside, without realising that Keane had been an amateur boxer back in Ireland.  It took Keane one punch to flatten Davids and he was sheepish about taking on anyone else after that.
   The Daily Mirror report that the deal to bring 15 year old Dean Parrett could be worth up to 3 million if he realises his potential.  There has apparently been a 1 million down-payment with 2 million linked to clauses in the contract to take the England Under-16 midfielder to White Hart Lane.

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Saturday 03.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times reports that Tottenham are the next club on the list for big money consortia to take over in the Premier League.

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Friday 02.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ledley King is out of the picture for Spurs for the next two months.  A setback with his foot injury has seen the club having to treat it as a broken foot, even though they claim it isn't.
   The England squad for next week's friendly against Spain at Old Trafford contains five Spurs players - Paul Robinson, Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe.
   Reports in today's papers claim that the fee for 15 year old Dean Parrett could rise to 2 million if the midfielder hits the heights as a player.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Mido is suspended for the game and Spurs will also be without Teemu Tainio who has a throat infection, while Ledley King will be missing too.  Dimitar Berbatov has a chance of playing and Jermaine Jenas should play despite getting a kick on the ankle on Wednesday.  Aaron Lennon will also be up for selection after being struck down by illness before the League Cup semi-final second leg.
   MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Having overcome a knee injury, Louis Saha will be trying to force his way back into the United side, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep his place in the side.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The FA are looking at the transfer of Javier Maschereno from West Ham United to Liverpool and if there are any irregularities, then the Irons could suffer a point deduction.  Like taking a bone from a starving dog.


Thursday 01.02.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham apparently failed in two late deadline day transfer deals.  A move to Manchester City for Mido fell through when the fee of 4.5 million was deemed too much by the North-West club, although Martin Jol said it was his decision to keep Mido after Dimitar Berbatov got injured and talks to bring Derby County's talented 19 year old Giles Barnes to White Hart Lane broke down, so no deal could be agreed with the club from the East Midlands.   
   Tom Huddlestone and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick are in the England Under-21 squad to face Spain's U21s on Tuesday 6th February at Derby County's Pride Park.  Wayne Routledge is also in the squad.
   Spurs have announced that they have signed exciting 15 year old prospect Dean Parrett from Queens Park Rangers.  The attacking midfielder will initially join the club as a student at the Academy, but in July 2008 will become a Academy scholar.  Spurs signed Parrett ahead of Chelsea, who were keen on having the youngster sign for them.
   Young reserve midfielder Stuart Lewis has left the club to join Barnet on a free transfer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stuart Pearce has formally been appointed as the part-time manager of the England Under-21 side ...

 

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