White Hot Lines

February 2008

Friday  29.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling claims that Tottenham have shown interest in him, but that he wants to stay in the Bundesliga.  Some papers run the story about Juande Ramos going for Dani Jarque and Carlos Kameni of Espanyol for a joint fee of £10 million.
   Reserve midfielder Jake Livermore has joined MK Dons on a month's loan.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger is furious that teams are being instructed to "play Arsenal off the park."  Coming after their 1-5 defeat in the League Cup semi-final second leg, the Arsenal coach says that he would prefer teams to roll over for his side, as they are cracking up and might struggle to maintain their league position without this.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Wenger did offer fans some excitement though, by saying "Also, I should invite you sometimes to come into the dressing room and look at the legs of [Alex] Hleb after a game. You would be amazed."

Thursday  28.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gus Poyet has revealed that two players from Espanyol are on the club's summer shopping list.  Central defender Dani Jarque and goalkeeper Carlos Kameni of Cameroon are both interesting Spurs.
   Pascal Chimbonda is reportedly being fined two week's wages for his slow exit when substituted against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday and his route straight down the tunnel rather than sitting on the team bench.
   The Daily Telegraph reports that the club may be looking to move away from White Hart Lane to increase capacity and increase income from attendances.
   Former Spurs defender and assistant manager Chris Hughton has been appointed as assistant coach at Newcastle United, seemingly without the knowledge of manager Kevin Keegan, according to the Daily Mail.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Jonathan Woodgate picked up a sprained ankle in the first half of the League Cup Final and will likely miss the game at St. Andrews, while Ledley King is not likely to play his second game running.
  Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Gareth Bale (foot) are both out for the rest of the season, but better news comes in the form of Michael Dawson and Gilberto stepping up their training and both may feature in the match against the Blues..
   BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Olivier Kapo misses the match with a thigh injury, while Liam Ridgewell
will face a late fitness test.  Martin Taylor is suspended after his sending off for the tackle that broke Eduardo leg.
   For a match preview, click here.

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Wednesday  27.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   West Ham United are reportedly keen to sign Darren Bent from Spurs in the summer, but for only £10 million, while various sources say that Dimitar Berbatov will commit to Tottenham after being offered a huge pay rise.  .
The following press release has been received from ESPN and might be of interest to those of you with Sky ...
ESPN Classic is delighted to announce that ‘The Season’ will be kicking off with a celebration of the great achievements of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in the 1981/82 season in an ESPN produced documentary at 10.30pm, on the 3rd March 2008.  With insights from Spurs legend Steve Perryman and a whole host of memorable footage from the Lilywhites great season in English football, this is a programme Spurs fans will not want to miss. 
Having won the FA Cup the season before, Keith Burkinshaw’s side were hoping to build on this success, challenging for honours in all domestic competition as well as the European Cup Winners Cup.  A Charity Shield draw with the Division One champions Aston Villa kicked off the season in an encouraging fashion, and Spurs early league form was impressive with Crooks, Villa, Hoddle, Ardiles Archibald, Falco and co recreating the slick, exciting football that had wowed fans the season before.     
Knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round with a Garth Crooks strike was inevitably loudly celebrated by the White Hart Lane faithful, and another Crooks goal against Leeds was enough to take them through to the 5th round where they met Villa.  A Falco goal this time was enough to see off the League Champions, and a thrilling tie against Chelsea in which goals from Hazard, Archibald and Hoddle meant they won the fixture 3-2 to put Spurs in the Semi Final.
Meanwhile, Spurs had played well to reached the final of the League Cup, where they lost to form side Liverpool 3-1.  European Cup Winners Cup victories against Ajax, Dundalk and Eintracht Frankfurt set up an epic two leg semi-final with Barcelona, in which they drew the home leg one-all, before losing to a solitary goal at the Nou Camp – a highly credible European campaign in which they were unlucky not to go all the way.  Spurs excellent league form steered them into fourth, and despite being held by QPR in the FA Cup Final, a Glenn Hoddle penalty one them the replay and ensured the trophy would stay at White Hart Lane for one more year.  A great end to a great season, all brought to life on ESPN Classic.
The Season is presented by Gary Imlach, who said “
This was Steve Perryman's choice. The FA Cup win from the season before, with Ricky Villa's winning goal in the replay is more famous, but Steve reckons repeating the trick the following year, while chasing trophies on three other fronts, was the greater achievement. And he should know.  Fascinating stuff on the personalities and relationships within the team.”
ESPN Classic will be celebrating Spurs’ Glorious 1981/82 season on Sky Channel 442 at 10.30pm on 3rd March, 2008

  OTHER NEWS ... After Ian Brightwell was removed from his post, Keith Alexander had been appointed as manager of Macclesfield until the end of the season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... From the BBC London website ... Inside Out 29th February 2008 - BBC One 7.30pm
Broken Promises
Arsenal is the richest football club, not just in the capital but in the country.  Two years ago the Gunners moved to the new Emirates stadium, promising to regenerate the area and give back to the community.  Now with the club doubling its income to £200 million, in just twelve months, the neighbourhood is seeing red.
The community feel Arsenal have failed to deliver their promises of major transport improvements, a sports centre in the new development and an integrated housing policy.  To top it off, the club has forced through planning permission for 32 phone masts opposite a primary school.  Geraint Hughes reports.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... On the TeamTalk website an article on Nice and Ivory Coast striker Bakary Kone was asked what Premier League teams he likes and replied, "Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa are all good teams, even Portsmouth, and West Ham are not bad."

  MEHSTG's spin story ...  The earthquake that was centred on Market Rasen in Lincolnshire was felt as far away as Chelsea's training ground, where Didier Drogba was knocked off his feet.

Tuesday  26.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Guardian reckon that Paul Robinson's Tottenham future remains shrouded in doubt.  Reports today claim that Juande Ramos will be given £40 million to spend in the summer to take advantage of the impetus of the League Cup win, with some of it going on Juventus' Portuguese midfielder Tiago and some more on Sevilla winger Diego Capel.  Meanwhile, The Sun claim that making way will be Pascal Chimbonda, who is in Ramos' bad books for his sulky slink off the pitch on Sunday (among other things if you believe what you read).
   In other sources, it reveals that Chimbonda was annoyed at being substituted in such an important game, but having had it explained to him by the Head Coach as to why he came off, he has apologised to his team-mates and everything is now alright.
The club will not be taking the League Cup on an open top bus parade through the streets of Haringey, but Juande Ramos and Ledley King will attend a civic function with it some time in the future, with the trophy being shown to the fans prior to the home UEFA Cup tie against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday of next week (6th March).  Additionally, the Cup will be on display in the Spurs Megastore this weekend.
   Meanwhile, Juande Ramos has spoken of his hard graft to be where he is today, working his way up from small clubs in Spain to Tottenham, where he has had granted everything he has asked for and there are plans to build a training complex at Bull's Cross which the Head Coach believes will be better than Real Madrid's !!
   Jacob Livingston asked if we could feature this ... happy to help out
In celebration of our glorious cup final win over Chelsea, we've come up with a plan to let the rest of the nation know how proud we are of the team !
We, the fans, should try and get a Spurs related song into the top 40 !
The charts start tallying up from Monday morning, so we might have a little catching up to do, but with 1.1 million proud Spurs fans around the globe we may even be able to get the 10,000 sales required to push for a top 10 slot !
We've had a look on iTunes and it appears to be pretty much devoid of any explicitly Spurs related songs apart from Tip Top Tottenham, which without being too disrespectful, is tosh.
Therefore we've decided to opt for Barry Manilow's legendary anthem 'Can't Smile Without You'. It's a song that has often been sung at the Lane and and away trips it does epitomize the love we all feel for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
The idea is for everyone to go and download (legally, from iTunes) 'Can't Smile Without You' by Sunday lunchtime. It only costs 79p and
there are you may even be able to find free download vouchers online somewhere, so there's no excuse. JUST MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD IT FROM iTUNES OR IT WON'T GET REGISTERED!
This is something that any fan can do, as it's not too expensive and even the least tech-savvy of us should be able to download a song from iTunes !  You might say the plan was foolproof, or even Avram Grant proof !
Just type 'Can't smile without you' into iTunes' search function and it should be the top search result.
COYS and Can't Smile Without You!

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... It turns out that the fella who got in on the Spurs photo as they posed by the Carling sign was none other than Joe Cole's cousin, who is a Spurs fan !!

Monday  25.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   News on the internet today implies that Paul Robinson and Dimitar Berbatov are both keen to stay on at Tottenham following the League Cup win yesterday.
Dates for the UEFA Cup quarter final ties with PSV Eindhoven have been announced.  The home leg will take place first on Thursday 6th March kicking off at 8:05 p.m. and Spurs travel to Holland for the second leg on Wednesday 12th March with a kick off of 7:45 p.m. (UK time).
   Rosenborg's Norwegian international midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred is being linked with interest from Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City.
   The Reserves hosted West Ham United reserves at Brisbane Road tonight and lost 1-3 after a Danny Rose free-kick had put them ahead.

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Sunday  24.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   SPURS WIN THE LEAGUE CUP AT WEMBLEY BEATING CHELSEA 2-1 IN EXTRA TIME !!  For reaction, click here.  For a match report click here.
It was not the only piece of silverware picked up by a Tottenham team today, as the Spurs Ladies Under-13s beat Beacons 7-1 in the London Youth FA Cup Final at Mile End this morning.  Click here for the latest Spurs Ladies results and match reports.

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Saturday  23.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Robbo was in good voice in Prague as this You Tube clip shows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-sDnhxmUiE.
This is a must for tomorrow ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWcWKS16mEg.
And while I am on about You Tube check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXuXu-jDN1E.  If Paul Gascoigne could only deal with life the way he dealt with a football.
Anyone wanting to meet up for the game on Sunday in Newcastle, should contact Michael to arrange to join his group of fellow Spurs fans.  Click here to e-mail him.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger claimed that Gael Clichy "should never play football again" after giving away a stupidly needless last minute penalty to let ten men Birmingham City get a point from a game Arsenal should have been allowed to win.  It appears that Wenger has had miracle eye surgery as he saw everything today ... even things that weren't there !!

Friday  22.02.2008   (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 : -  Ledley King, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Dawson all trained with a few days remaining in their battle to get match fit before the League Cup Final.  Gareth Bale (foot), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Gilberto (calf) are all definitely out of the game.
   The Spurs home game against West Ham United has been moved because of our progress in the UEFA Cup.  The match will now take place on Sunday 9th March, with a 3:00 p.m. kick off instead of Saturday 8th March.
   Former Spurs defender and assistant manager, Chris Hughton, is set to be appointed at Newcastle United as a coach in Kevin Keegan's set-up
, taking over from the departed Nigel Pearson.

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Thursday  21.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 1-1 with Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane tonight in the second leg of the Round of 32 in the UEFA Cup.  They progress to the quarter finals winning 3-2 on aggregate.  For a match report, click here and reaction to follow.
   Spurs will play PSV Eindhoven in the next round of the UEFA Cup, as they beat Helsingborgs on aggregate.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been detained under the Mental Health Act after his behaviour caused concern in a North-East hotel

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Wednesday  20.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ajax keeper Marten Stekelenburg has said he will not commit to a new contract at the Amsterdam club and will only talk about a new deal after the end of the season, which will increase speculation about him moving to Spurs, who were keen on trying to attract him in the January transfer window.
   TEAM NEWS : -  Ledley King is back in training, but may not be risked in tomorrow's UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague.  Michael Dawson is also out with a hamstring injury, but might be available for Sunday, as may be Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has the same problem.  Out for both games is Gilberto, who will not be back in training for a week after suffering a calf injury.  Some rumours in the Daily Mail indicate that Paul Robinson might get the nod to take the gloves in the game against the Czech league leaders.
For a match preview, click here.
Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh has left the post of manager at Grays Athletic by mutual consent.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Bolton Wanderers are furious after Atletico Madrid posted the Trotters' itinerary for their trip to Spain on the La Liga club's website. They were annoyed that their trip to the local monastery was over-looked and replaced by a visit to a lap-dancing club, which was only scheduled for after the match, if they won the tie.

Tuesday  19.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are supposed to be lining up the Italian second choice goalkeeper Marco Amelia of Livorno in the Daily Star, while the Daily Telegraph tell us that Sevilla winger Diego Capel is pleased to hear that Spurs and Arsenal have announced their interest in signing him.  Apparently Arsenal are our big rivals ... to sign Tommy Rowe - a 19 year old striker with Stockport County.
   The big news is that big NBA star Big Steve Nash is in "casual contact" with the big wigs at White Hart Lane about having some involvement with the club in the future, when he gives up the basketball game.  He said he is not like the Glaziers or Randy Lerner, as he has been a Tottenham supporter all his life and would not be involved financially, but in some other capacity, so he has been talking to Daniel Levy and Damien Comolli on a friendly basis not a business one.

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Monday  18.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Anthony Gardner reckons that if he could, he would like to stay at Goodison Park, where he is on loan at Everton.  Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has denied that his goalkeeper David "Calamity" James is out of contract at the end of the season and that he does not want him to move to White Hart Lane.
   The Reserves match away at Birmingham City (to be played at Solihull Borough FC) has been moved from Monday 17th March to Tuesday 18th March with a 7:00 p.m. kick off.
   Anyone in the vicinity of Christchurch NZ
who wants to get together with like minded Spurs fans for the League Cup Final on Sunday, should contact us to meet Bob Marshall and some of his mates to watch the game together.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chris Coleman has agreed to take over as manager of Coventry City in principle ... Nigel Pearson has been appointed as the new SCBC manager ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Liverpool's owners are expecting Rafa Benitez to deliver the Champions League trophy at the end of the season.  So it seems the Spaniard's life after Anfield involves working for DHL !!

Sunday  17.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Mail on Sunday claim that Spurs want to sign David "Calamity" James to replace Paul Robinson in goal in the summer, while the News of the World seem certain that Spurs will secure the signing of central defender Dani Jarque from Espanyol in the nest transfer window.
As things are pretty quiet at the moment, why not take a few minutes to take part in a new quick fire football quiz, where Spurs DVDs and a full size replica FA Cup trophy are among the prizes.
ILC Media re the club's official DVD partner and you can play for Spurs to try and get them to the top of the quiz league.  Have a go at their ten football questions at http://www.ilcmediadirect.com/quiz/ and see if you can push Tottenham up the table !!

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Saturday  16.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are trying to steal Standard Liege and Congo defender Paul Jose Mpoklu, who is 15, from Spurs, who have had him on trial and are keen to sign him when he becomes 16.
The Spurs Under-18 team won in their Premier League Academy match away at Reading with the result being 2-0 to Spurs, thanks to goals from Andros Townsend and Alex Olsen.

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Friday  15.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Star claim that Tottenham have joined Manchester City, Everton and Portsmouth in the chase for £4million-rated Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia and also that Sevilla's Brazilian wing-back Daniel Alves is desperate to leave the Spanish club meaning that Spurs and Chelsea as well as club's in La Liga are all interested in his services .  Livorno goalkeeper Marco Amelia has said he will consider his future at the club at the end of this season, as Spurs have expressed an interest in the second choice keeper for the Italian national side.
   Best news of the day is that Middlesbrough have signed winger Stewart Downing on a  new contract for five years !!  Spurs have been linked with the player for about two and a half years, but it was rumoured that Juande Ramos was not keen on him.  Understandable really.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kevin Blackwell has been named as the Sheffield United manager until the end of the season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The group of big clubs in Europe called the G-14 have split due to footballing differences.  The group had a big hit in the 1990s with "Money (That's All I Want)" and will now encompass 100 clubs across the continent to form an even more powerful power-base band.

Thursday  14.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Slavia Prague 2-1 in Prague in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 32 tonight.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to come.
   Spurs are the 11th richest club in the world according to the 2008 Deloitte Football Rich List.  With turnover up to 103.5 million, they are just £3 million behind AS Roma and could break in to the top ten next year. 
Lots of papers cover the story that Spurs coach Marcos Alvarez reckons the team are only halfway to their target of losing 16 stones since he came in from Sevilla and was shocked that they pigged out on cakes, sauce drenched meals and sweets.  He told a Spanish radio station that the players were sceptical until they saw the results of their weight loss.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bryan Robson has been relieved of his duties as manager of Sheffield United ...  ...

Wednesday  13.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Alain Nkong, the midfielder player for Cameroon and Mexican side Atlante, claims to have been contacted by Spurs after a good African Cup of Nations.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Tottenham flew out to the Czech capital with Ledley King, who might play after missing several games resting his knee and with Tomas Pekhart in the squad, but they are without
Michael Dawson (hamstring), Gareth Bale (foot), Alan Hutton (ineligible), Kevin Boateng (hamstring), Gilberto (calf), and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee)Didier Zokora returns to the club after playing for Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations.
Tomas Pekhart has revealed in the Press that Paul Robinson incurred the wrath of Head Coach Juande Ramos, when he refused to warm up in the match against Arsenal in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, after being dropped for the first time.
   Spurs Reserves will play Chelsea at home in the Premier Reserve League on Monday 14th April with a 7:00 p.m. kick off after being postponed earlier this month
   The Spurs Youth team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup tonight, losing 0-1 at Port Vale.

  OTHER NEWS ... Giovanni Trappatoni has been appointed as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday  12.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Once more, there is little news about Tottenham apart from Jermaine Jenas saying that Gus Poyet is a funny guy and Espanyol's £9 million rated central defender Dani Jarque saying he has not had talks with Juande Ramos about a move to Spurs.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Joey Barton escaped FA censure for his alleged attempted punch at Shaun Maloney ... bad-boy Bowyer gets let off a red card for a foul in the game against Birmingham City on Saturday.  Mark Clattenburg was "in charge" of the game ...

Monday  11.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No real news today, other than the Spurs players believe we can win all the cups we are in this season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Iain Dowie has been sacked as manager of Coventry City ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Joey Barton, fresh out of rehab, will be the subject of the FA's review of the footage from Saturday's game against Aston Villa when he took a swing at Shaun Maloney ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Sunday  10.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are reportedly watching Slovenian international goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who plays for Italian club Udinese, the News of the World reports, while it also claims that Juande Ramos wants his nutritionist Antonio Escribano - nicknamed Dr. Baby Food - to work just for Spurs next season.  The same paper also says that Chelsea and Tottenham are both keen on signing Valencia's midfielder David Villa in the summer, as the player has announced that he sees his future on the Premier League and this is a story that the Sunday Mirror also runs, seeing Villa as a replacement for Dimitar Berbatov, should he leave at the end of the season.  The Daily Star Sunday say Spurs will move for Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito when the next transfer window opens, with 25 year old Italian number two keeper Marco Amelia moving to Spurs too from Livorno, but Barcelona will snap up Tottenham central defensive target Ezequiel Garay from Real Santander.
   Michael Dawson is awaiting the result of a look at his thigh injury picked up yesterday, which could keep him out for three weeks of it is a torn muscle.
   Reader Sean Myles asks what pub Spurs fans will be using at Wembley for the League Cup Final on February 24th ?  Any suggestions will be passed onto Sean
.  Just let us know at mehstg@blueyonder.co.uk

  OTHER NEWS ... Egypt won the African Cup of Nations, beating Cameroon 1-0 ...  ...

Saturday  09.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Derby County 3-0 at Pride Park this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction click here.
   Tom Huddlestone has told the press that Juande Ramos urged him to give up tomato ketchup to keep his weight down !!
   Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson has revealed that Jermain Defoe turned down the opportunity to join the club as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka
   The Under-18 side continued their good run with a seventh game unbeaten seeing off leaders Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to a Ryan Mason goal and a David Hutton penalty.

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Friday  08.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have announced that they have entered the InterToto Cup should they fail to reach a placing to qualify for the UEFA Cup nor win a trophy this season which would qualify them for Europe.  The news was tucked away on the official site under the team news.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Jonathan Woodgate is suspended for one match as he has collected five yellow cards this season, while Ledley King is rested.  Didier Zokora stays in Ghana to play the third and fourth play-off place game in the African Nations Cup. 
DERBY COUNTY TEAM NEWS : -  Andy Todd and Darren Moore add to Derby's defensive woes with hamstring injuries which might keep them out of action for tomorrow's game at Pride Park.  Hossam Ghaly is not eligible to play under the terms of his loan to County from Spurs.

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Thursday  07.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Daniel Levy's suggestion that Premier League clubs should be allowed to have seven substitutes on the bench in league games was confirmed at today's meeting of club chairman and will be in place from the start of next season.
   Didier Zokora played for Ivory Coast in their 1-4 African Nations Cup semi-final defeat tonight
   For a preview of Saturday's game at Derby County, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... AFC Bournemouth have gone into administration and will be docked 10 points ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Premier League are looking to add a random fixture to the season to allow clubs to play in games abroad on an unspecified date in January from 2010.  When announced the games could take place anywhere around the world, MEHSTG asked, "Why not somewhere else ?"

Wednesday  06.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Spurs home Premier League match against Chelsea, postponed because of the club's involvement in the League Cup Final, will now kick off at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 19th March.
   Papers are linking Spurs and Arsenal with a move for Newcastle United winger Charles N'Zogbia, who looks as if he is keen on a move to London at the end of the season.
Jermaine Jenas scored for England in their 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley tonight, before being substituted on 60 minutes.  Jonathan Woodgate was an unused substitute.
   Young-Pyo Lee played in South Korea's 4-0 win over Turkmenistan in their World Cup qualifying group game
   Dimitar Berbatov played in Bulgaria's 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, but was taken off in the 82nd minute
   Chris Gunter played in Wales' 3-0 friendly win over Norway in Wrexham tonight
   Robbie Keane played in the Republic of Ireland's 0-1 friendly defeat by Brazil in Dublin tonight
   For Richard Kelly's full back analysis, click here

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... MEHSTG has been misinformed that the booing of Cashley Cole at Wembley tonight came from a large section of the Swiss fans, who are also the bulk of the membership of the Swiss Girls Aloud Fan Club.

Tuesday  05.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The London Lite has interpreted Juande Ramos' comments that he is finding it frustrating that Ledley King is unable to play every game as the Spurs head Coach is willing to sell him off at the end of the season.  Funnily enough, the Daily Mail says that King is being rested to allow him to lead the side in the Carling Cup Final. 
Portsmouth now claim that the transfer of Jermain Defoe was a permanent deal all along and that he was never on loan..
   Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon starred in England Under-21s 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland at the SCBC stadium.  Jamie O'Hara was an unused substitute.
   Andros Townsend, Dean Parrett and Adam Smith were involved in England Under-17s Algarve Cup victory in games against Denmark, France and Portugal

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Monday  04.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gareth Bale will not play again this season, as he is still suffering with a damaged ligament in his foot.  This is hardly surprising when he hobbled around the running track at the match on Saturday, still on crutches.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alan Knill has been named as the new manager of Bury ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Fabio Capello is calling his England players by their surname, which has caused a bit of a stir among the Press.  This is probably because the players were previously used to being called by someone else's surname by Robby Bobson.

Sunday  03.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Mirror reveals that Jermain Defoe's move to Portsmouth has been registered with the FA as a loan and this means that the striker will not be able to play against Spurs when Pompey visit the Lane later next month.  Portsmouth believe that the deal will be made permanent within days, as they have an obligation to buy the player and with Benjani's deal expected to go through soon, the money will be available to complete the signing.  The issue with Sky Andrew came after Defoe ditched the man who persuaded S. Cumball to run down his contract and was alleged to have moved to a new agent, but Andrew is reported to be due a slice of the signing on fee and may pursue it through the courts.  The Sunday People report that there are claims that Defoe represented himself in the deal and that his contract with Andrew was not honoured, leaving any complaint against him with a possible sanction from the FA of being banned from playing.  They paper says there is no maladministration by either club involved in the deal.
   Apparently, Birmingham City made a late transfer deadline day bid to take Teemu Tainio to St. Andrews for £4 million, but the Finnish midfielder could not agree terms.

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Saturday  02.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 1-1 with Manchester United at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here and for reaction, click here.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Pascal Chimbonda missed out on going to Aston Villa on loan because of a misunderstanding of the loan rules.  There are also rumours that agent Sky Andrew is about to sue Jermain Defoe as he was not aware of the player's move to Portsmouth and it is claimed that Defoe went down to the South Coast with his Mum to sign on for Harry's team.
Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate have retained their places in the England squad for the friendly against Switzerland even though it has been cut to 23 players.  Ledley King misses out because of injury.

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Friday  01.02.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs were linked with a late transfer deadline day move for Olympique Lyonnais striker Fred, which failed to happen.  Also Pascal Chimbonda was rumoured to have had talks with Aston Villa and there was also talk of a swap deal with Portsmouth with Younes Kaboul going to Fratton Park in exchange for midfielder Sulley Muntari.
   Tottenham are being linked with a summer move for Sevilla's young winger Diego Capel and also Atalanta's 17 year old Senegalese striker Gueye Serigne Amath, who plays for the Serie A's youth side.
   The fee Tottenham received for Jermain Defoe ranges from £7 million to £12 million, depending on which paper you read today.
TEAM NEWS : -  Gilberto and Alan Hutton go straight into the Spurs squad.  Ledley King will have a late test and while Darren Bent trained today, he is not ready to play just yet.  Spurs will still be without Gareth Bale and Benoit Asosu-Ekotto.
TEAM NEWS : -  Owen Hargreaves is hoping to get a start for United, while Carlos Tevez and Ryan Giggs will hope to return after being left out on Wednesday night as United beat Portsmouth.  Gary Neville, Mikael Silvestre and Louis Saha are their only absentees.
   For a match preview, click here

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Derby County's on loan to QPR defender Bob Malcolm got a £750 fine and a 20 month driving ban after parking up in the middle lane of the M1 and falling asleep ... and all because he was drunk following him being upset at the performance of the referee in the Plymouth Argyle v QPR match !!



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