White Hot Lines

March 2006

Friday 31.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have announced a 1 million rise in profit in the last six months compared to the previous year, with the total turnover of 36.3 million resulting in a 4.4 million profit.  Much of the rise is due to player sales, which overcame the loss of being knocked out of the Carling Cup in the first round the club played in.  However, a warning about the next six months trading figures was given as it will include the losses incurred by getting knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage.
   News comes from the Daily Express that Jose Mourinho has banned Frank Arnesen from first team training sessions.  Seems like Jose is getting nervous about something ... perhaps who Arnesen might take with him to his next port of call ??

  OTHER NEWS ... Wembley will not be available for football matches until 2007, the FA have announced, meaning that the first two home European Championship qualifiers will have to be staged at alternative venues ... Graham Poll will be one of the referees at the World Cup this summer ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... As reported in the Daily Mirror ... " Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has branded the Birmingham board as "imbeciles" - and claimed he is not surprised by their business ethics because "they sell dildos for a living.""

Thursday 30.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror and The Sun run the story from yesterday about Tottenham's interest in Nicolas Anelka.  That's about all really apart from Martin Jol saying that the Mido deal will come down to money in the end, which is true of all transfers when you think about it !!
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Teemu Tainio, with a throat infection, is the only doubt for Spurs ahead of the game at Newcastle United.
   For a Newcastle match preview, click

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Wednesday 29.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sochaux centre back Souleymane Diawara is attracting interest from Spurs, Everton, Glasgow Rangers, Marseille and Paris St. Germain, but the Senegal international is thought to favour the Premiership as his destination.  Sky Sports website claims that Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom, who seems to have been linked with a move to Spurs for years, is being linked again, as well as being associated with a move to Glasgow Rangers.  France Football reckon that should Martin Jol be looking for a new striker in the summer, he will cast his sight towards Fenerbahce, where Nicolas Anelka will be his target.  Oh, really ??  Meanwhile, Marton Fulop sees to see his future away from White Hart Lane, as he wants his loan move to Coventry City made permanent because he cannot foresee getting a lot of first team action with Paul Robinson doing so well.  The agent of Mido is trying to force Tottenham's hand in signing the Egyptian in the summer by saying that other, bigger clubs have moved ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign his client.  He said that he was talking to AS Roma who now have a new coach who might want to take Mido back and to other clubs about a move for his player and how he could not believe Tottenham had made a move to make the loan permanent.  Agents eh ??  Away from the playing staff, London mayor Ken Livingstone continues to go on upsetting various parts of London society by stating that football teams will not be moving into the Olympic Stadium at Stratford after the 2012 Olympics.  Legal undertakings have apparently been given to guarantee it's future use as an athletics facility.  Spurs and West Ham United are said to be disappointed.
   Spurs Reserves won the Barclays Reserve League South title tonight when Arsenal lost 1-5 at SCBC.  Both teams are now unable to catch Spurs, who still have three games left themselves and have become champions for the first time since the
1994-95 season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have announced a link-up with US side LA Galaxy in the MLS ... Liverpool are in talks with potential investors about a takeover of the club ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Martin Jol has said he would not swap Jermain Defoe for Miss World.  be afraid Jermain ... be very afraid !!

Tuesday 28.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Great news as two of our young players have extended their contracts at White Hart Lane.  Winger Aaron Lennon has signed on until 2010 and defender Michael Dawson has signed a new deal until 2011.  Both player shave said they love it at the club and are happy to be part of such a good group of players.  Sky Sports website reveals that Paris St. Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen looks likely to leave in the summer and Valencia, Monaco and Tottenham have been linked with a move for him.
   Spurs Reserves beat Ipswich Town 3-0 at Stevenage Borough FC tonight.  Click
here for a match report.

  OTHER NEWS ... Embrace have been chosen as the group to record the England World Cup 2006 song ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Monday 27.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at White Hart Lane tonight.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
   Radek Cerny will be staying at Tottenham until 2008 on loan rather than the rumour that had been reported that he would be signing permanently from Slavia Prague.  Martin Jol has reiterated that Aaron Lennon is not unsettled at Tottenham despite rumours that he wanted to move back North.  Jol admitted that the young winger did suffer homesickness, but that having spent some time back in Leeds, he has returned in a positive frame of mind and he has not indicated that he wishes to leave.  Another player who is rumoured to be moving on is Stephen Kelly.  Meanwhile, keeper Paul Robinson said that he admitted that the team had been going through an "indifferent" spell of late, but added that it had not cost them many defeats and the team had continued to collect points.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... from the Sun ... 'WELCOME TO THE CHELSEA ZOO ... THERE'S 3 LIONS AND A HUGE CHEATER'

Sunday 26.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Forwards once more dominate the Spurs news.  The News of the World claim Tottenham have offered 15 million for Atletico Madrid's rising star Fernando Torres, while the People report that Jermain Defoe has clarified that he has not asked for a transfer and intends to stay at White Hart Lane.  At the other end of the pitch, Manchester City's teenage defender Micah Richards is supposed to be sparking a transfer battle involving Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.  Michael Carrick is expecting contract talks to be held over the summer to keep him at White Hart Lane, he told The Independent yesterday.
   Apparently, Liverpool Chief Executive Rick Parry is talking to Spurs to try and resolve the row that has blown up by Rafa Benitez' comments about Tottenham being "desperate" to sell Jermain Defoe.  He said Spurs are making it clear that they are not interested in their player and they are not interested in ours, so hopefully the matter can be put to bed.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Anthony Gardner's viral infection is the only worry in the lead up to the game, but he is expected to be fit.  Andy Reid and Lee Barnard are both included in the squad as they successfully came through last Monday's Reserve match.
   WEST BROMWICH ALBION TEAM NEWS : -  Diomansy Kamara is a doubt for Albion with a hamstring injury, while Chris Kirkland's broken finger rules him out and Nigel Quashie is suspended.  Kevin Campbell has got over his calf injury and can be picked now, with Zoltan Gera also available.
   For a match preview, click

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Didier Drogba admitted to diving sometimes on Match of the Day last night.  Then he denied it.  If only he was so indecisive when he went past a player who was coming in for the tackle.

Saturday 25.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TeamTalk speculate that Martin Jol might make a bid to keep Stephen Kelly at White Hart Lane.  With the Irish defender's contract up at the end of the season, he looked set to move on after not getting a starting place in the first eleven, but having played last week, Jol might test Kelly's desire to move with a new offer.  Martin Jol also said that Ledley King would be fit for the World Cup finals this summer after carrying knee and groin injuries.
   The Benitez row rumbles on with him saying he is professional because he gets told a lot of things by agents and believes and remembers them.  Ohh, how professional does that make him ??  Oh, and Daniel Levy is unprofessional because he talks to agents and then can't remember what was said.  The Premier League have been approached by Spurs as the Liverpool boss will not apologise for his words and Martin Jol said the ludicrous comments have upset his players and he shouldn't have to put up with that.
   Tottenham's Under-18s lost out on their trip to Leicester City 3-4.

  OTHER NEWS ... Reading clinched promotion to the Premier League today with six games still left of the Championship season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday 24.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Well, Rafa Benitez has said that Spurs are desperate to sell Jermain Defoe.  MEHSTG is not sure where he gets that from, but he seems to think that it is linked to Tottenham bringing up Djibril Cisse's name up on a regular basis.  Well, the only time Cisse's name is mentioned by Spurs staff is when they have to respond to stories of his agent hyping him up for a move to Tottenham.  Anyway, come the evening, Daniel Levy issued a statement on the club website stating that the club have no intention of bidding for Cisse nor Louis Saha and that he expected Benitez to withdraw his "wholly inaccurate and inappropriate" comments, which were unprecedented with one manager commenting on another club's player.  Levy was resentful that he had to set the record straight and said that the comments were beyond belief and could only be interpreted as an attempt to unsettle Defoe.  I guess that we have not heard the last of this issue and that there will be an investigation to fully examine Benitez' part in this outrageous slur.
   Radek Cerny looks to be another player who will sign a permanent deal with Spurs according to the Czech press.  Despite only getting a handful of games, the goalkeeper looks set to become Paul Robinson's back-up on a regular basis, after being at the club on loan for 18 months. 

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... BBC Sport website report that Arsene Wenger wants divers banned from the game.  No really .. he does.  They quote him as saying "Wenger said: "We have to fight it and there is only one way to punish people diving obviously: suspension."

Thursday 23.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Martin Jol has told the media that he did not make a late bid for Djibril Cisse on loan in January and that he would not be returning for him in the summer.  Jol has also responded to yesterday's story about interest from PSV Eindhoven and said that he is not interested in the job, as his focus is on Tottenham, where he believes that over the next couple of years he can get the team to challenge the top four.  Jermain Defoe has said that he is running out of time to prove to Sven Goran Eriksson that he should be on the plane to the World Cup in Germany.  The Spurs striker hopes that the England coach knows exactly what he can do, but acknowledges that his lack of on-pitch time might count against him, with his rivals playing regularly.  Defoe said that in the past he might have beaten a path to the manager's office, but has not done so, preferring to get on with his training and showing that he can knuckle down for the benefit of the team.  Martin Jol has said that he has given Defoe as many minute son the pitch as Robbie Keane and that he will have a chance again before the end of the season.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Mido is fit again after a groin injury and both Andy Reid and Lee Barnard are in consideration after full games in the Reserves on Tuesday.  Anthony Gardner is suffering with illness, but should be recovered by Monday and be in the running for inclusion in the squad.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Chelsea have been charged by the FA with failure to control their players at Fulham on Sunday ... Portsmouth's Lomana LuaLua has been warned about his future conduct after admitting to comments about Uriah Rennie's refereeing in the South Coast club's game at White Hart Lane in December ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... You are entering a pot and black kettle zone ...  Alan Shearer has hit out at Shaun Wright-Phillips for diving to get Robbie Elliott sent off in last night's FA Cup quarter-final.  No really ... he did !! 

Wednesday 22.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The only transfer rumour today surrounds the agent of Djibril Cisse's desire for him to join Spurs.  The price seems to have dropped to 6 million today, but he feels that Tottenham is a club on the up and his client will get more on-pitch time there.  He also reckons Tottenham contacted him on transfer deadline day about a move, but he wasn't interested then.  It seems that Spurs do nto share his enthusiasm according to a statement which denied the approach.
   Tottenham's away match against Arsenal on Saturday 22nd April has been brought forward to a 12.45 p.m. kick off and the home match against Bolton Wanderers has been moved from Saturday 29th April to Sunday 30th April with a 4.00 p.m. kick off.  Both matches have been moved to be covered on Sky TV.

  OTHER NEWS ... Graham Rix has been sacked as the manager of Heart of Midlothian ... The European Commission has dropped its interest in the Premier League's TV deal ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alan Shearer's dream of winning a trophy playing for Newcastle United dies with a 0-1 reverse in the FA Cup quarter final at Chelsea tonight.  Shame.

Tuesday 21.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Djibril Cisse's agent is bigging him up for a move to Tottenham in the summer, when he thinks 7 million - 10 million should secure the Liverpool striker's services.  He reckons he knows Tottenham are interested, but the Daily Mail claims that a Spurs spokesperson said that the club had not made a precious bid nor shown interest in the French striker with a particular line in weird facial hair and hair stylings.  Real Mallorca's Juan Arrango is another striker Spurs are supposedly keen on.  Sky Sports website reports that Tottenham are still in the hunt for the Venezuelan forward and that a 2.4 million offer has been refused by the La Liga club, who want nearer 4.5 million and West Ham United, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers are all watching the situation too.  Meanwhile, our Head Coach has been attracting admiring glances from Holland, where PSV Eindhoven will look to replace their out-going coach Guus Hiddink in the summer and Voetball International has reported that the Dutch Eredivisie club have made approaches for Martin Jol already.  Jol recently said that he will not feel that his job at Spurs is done until they have lifted the Premier League title.  It could be a while before he leaves then !!  Edgar Davids sees the meeting of the North London clubs at Highbury as the Champions League qualifier as both Spurs and Arsenal will be determined to win to secure fourth place.  He said there are other clubs involved in the chase, but he stated the club need to stay focused and that he is not worried about Holland's World Cup squad at the moment, as he is focused on what is happening with Tottenham.
   The Reserves beat Leicester City 2-0 at Hinckley United FC tonight, with the goals coming from Andy Reid and Lee Barnard.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool record a record away victory in the FA Cup with a 7-0 thrashing of Birmingham City at St. Andrews ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sir Bobby Charlton wants FIFA to act in an effort to stop the game being marred by ugly scenes of players rounding on referees.  This i bad news for Craig Bellamy and Peter Crouch.

Monday 20.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Apart from Aaron Lennon describing his goal and the news that Lee Barnard will return for the Reserves against Leicester City at Hinckley United FC tomorrow night, .

  OTHER NEWS ... the FA will undertake an investigation into the fan trouble on the pitch after Fulham's win at home to Chelsea yesterday ... Chelsea have appealed against the FA charge that they did not properly control their players in the recent game at West Bromwich Albion ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wembley suffered a set-back in it's construction when a rafter fell following a welding failure.  So much for the new national stadium becoming weld-class !!

Sunday 19.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Express claim that Jermain Defoe could be moving to Liverpool for 10 million in the summer.  MEHSTG claims that Jermain Defoe could be moving to the moon in the summer.  The Star on Sunday claim Aaron Lennon has turned down an opportunity to represent the Republic of Ireland.  The Sunday Mirror have Tottenham and Reading chasing 17-year-old Margate striker Osman Sesay.  The News of the World meanwhile run stories that Spurs could buy Wayne Bridge for 3 million from Chelsea this summer and somehow they see this as ending the row over Frank Arnesen's departure from Spurs for Stamford Bridge !!   The same paper reveals that Birmingham City have Spurs defenders Anthony Gardner and Stephen Kelly in their sights, although this might depend on their Premiership survival.
   Perhaps Brum were so impressed with Gardner's performance in Sky TV's soccer soap "Dream Team" tonight, in which he played a Spurs footballer who wanted to know why the game against Harchester United (the fictional Sky team) was being called off at short notice.
   Please note that the MEHSTG Auction is now closed.  Another auction may be on the site in the future and we will bring you news of it when it is to be available for bidding.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... It seems Tottenham's luck is still out.  Last week William Gallas scores a last minute goal against Spurs and this week he gets a last minute red card against Fulham.  It's so unfair !!

Saturday 18.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Birmingham City 2-0 at St. Andrews tonight.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
   Good news all round with new signing Tomas Pekhart telling the media what he thinks of Spurs.  The Czech striker said that he had been on trial at Spurs in 2005 and had a similar try-put at Liverpool too, but he reckons he made the right move in coming to White Hart Lane.  Talking to a Czech newspaper, he said,
"It certainly helped that Tottenham and Slavia Prague have the same owners but there is a more familiar atmosphere in Tottenham.  I cannot describe the atmosphere but the people have been very friendly to me and they behaved so much better to me than they did at Liverpool."  I think this lad will go far.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The BBC Sport website report "Europe's 18 most powerful clubs, the G14, want to kill off the current format of the Champions League and set up a breakaway competition (Guardian). "  Shurely shome mishtake in the Grauniad ?

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Robbie Savage got sent off for the first time in his career today for Blackburn Rovers against Middlesbrough.  No, really ... it's the truth !!  Yeah, I know, but it rally is the truth !!

Friday 17.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are closing supposed to be looking at making bids for Real Mallorca's Venezuelan striker Juan Fernando Arango and Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina, according to the Daily Mirror.  Sven Goran Eriksson has said that he is concerned that Jermain Defoe is not getting as much time off the bench as he would like to allow the England coach to see him in action.
   BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Chris Sutton has failed to overcome a hip injury and will miss tomorrow's game with Spurs.  On top of that
David Dunn, Jiri Jarosik, Muzzy Izzet and Julian Gray are very doubtful and that leaves ex-Gooner Neil Kilkenny and ex-Spur Stephen Clemence emerging as possible starters in the game.

  OTHER NEWS ... FIFA's new anti-racism dictat will see clubs fined, have points deducted, undergo match suspensions, relegated, excluded from European football and national associations banned from international football, with the penalties being applied immediately and Scottish clubs also likely to be hauled before the FIFA disciplinary committee if they continue their sectarian chanting.  These rules apply to all clubs at all levels and clubs can expect
three points being deducted for a first offence, six for a second and relegation for further offences, with member associations being banned from international football for two years ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The BBC Sport website claims that the Independent report that "West Ham's loan signing Lionel Scaloni says he slept in a shirt bought from the club shop when he first arrived to "immerse himself in the club as quickly as possible."  Why couldn't the club get him a room to sleep in like other players ??

Thursday 16.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have announced that a deal to sign 16-year-old  striker Tomas Pekhart from Slavia Prague has been agreed.  Pekhart will join Spurs on 1 July on a three year deal and the club fought off two other Premiership clubs for his signature.  A Slavia spokesman said Tottenham had been following the player for some time and in 2005, the Czech Republic youth international was named the Junior Footballer of the Year.  Also on the striker front, the Sun claims that Newcastle United have put in a 15 million bid for Atletico Madrid's young forward Fernando Torres.  Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are also supposed to be keeping an eye on the situation with the 21 year old who is likely to leave the La Liga club in the summer.  In addition, Mido's permanent transfer from AS Roma looks to be completed in the next couple of weeks.  To supply these new strikers, the Daily Express reckon Martin Jol would be willing to take Arjen Robben to the Lane should Michael Ballack's arrival threaten his position in the Chelsea side.  The Spurs Head Coach is said to be ready to ask the board to "break the bank" to buy the Dutch winger.
Funding all this big spending might be funded by LG Electronics, who are reported to have withdrawn from talks with Manchester United over a shirt sponsorship deal.  The Korean firm have been linked with Spurs in a similar deal.

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Mido is the only doubt for Spurs' trip to Birmingham City and will face a late fitness test on a groin injury.  Andy Reid might be back in the squad after successfully coming through the reserve match against Portsmouth on Monday, but Lee Barnard misses out with his foot strain.
   BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Chris Sutton hopes to be fit for Saturday's match for the Blues, along with defender Kenny Cunningham.  David Dunn's hamstring pull will keep him out and Jari Jarosik's hamstring makes him doubtful.  The only other doubt is Matthew Upson, who has a groin injury.
   For a preview of Saturday's match, click

  OTHER NEWS ... FIFA have stuck to their 15th May deadline for World Cup squads to be selected ... Macclesfield Town have agreed a repayment scheme with the FA to allow them to continue playing and reimburse their creditors ...

Wednesday 15.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun reckon that Tottenham are set to make a 3m bid for 19-year-old Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri.  This is on top of their interest in Ruud van Nistelrooy being reported once more, along with AC Milan and AS Roma, as Manchester United seem ready to off-load him in the summer.
   Youth team defender Nathan Peprah Annan has been given a trial at Sheffield Wednesday, with a view to joining the struggling Championship club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Three Middlesbrough fans were stabbed in Rome ahead of their UEFA Cup tie ...  ...

Tuesday 14.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The 27-year-old Juventus right-back Jonathan Zebina looks likely to be leaving the Serie A club in the summer.  He has already been linked with a move to Tottenham in January, but a Spurs move for the defender might be on the cards.

  OTHER NEWS ... Brian Talbot has left the manager's position at Oxford United ...  ...

Monday 13.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   19 year old Craig Bryson of Clyde has been linked with interest from Spurs and Glasgow Celtic.  The midfielder is being feted by Clyde manager and former Spurs star Graham Roberts and although no solid move for the player, who has featured in the side's cup runs this season, has been made, Roberts knows that he is being watched.  The Daily Mirror proclaims that Martin Jol will be bidding for Chelsea left back Wayne Bridge in the summer, as the player who is currently on loan is not seen as a long term option for Jose Mourinho.
   Spurs Reserves beat Portsmouth Reserves 2-0 at Stevenage Borough FC tonight with goals from Stephen Kelly and Andy Reid.

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Sunday 12.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It seems Spurs might miss out on one of their potential shirt sponsors, if the Sunday Mirror is to be believed.  They claim that Korean electronics firm LG are set to sign a 40 million deal with Manchester United.  LG were thought to be one of a number of companies Spurs were negotiating with about a shirt sponsorship deal as Thomson's deal ends at the end fo this season.
   The News of the World claims that Spurs and Manchester City will slug it out for 3 million rated Lens striker Olivier Thomert in the summer.  In the same paper, former Spurs boss Terry Venables has written an article encouraging Liverpool to sign Jermain Defoe in the summer.  The Sunday People report that Martin Jol might be looking to extend the Dutch connection at White Hart Lane by bringing Hamburg and former Ajax star Raphael van der Vaart to Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alan Curbishley has been spotted with FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick and the FA out out a statement saying that he is one of the candidates for the England manager's job ...  ...

Saturday 11.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 1-2 to Chelsea this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.
   The only news today concerns an alleged bid for Ruud van Nistelrooy by Martin Jol.  The Sun reports that the Spurs Head Coach wants the Dutch striker who is unsettled at Manchester United, but surely, if this is true, then Mido won't be coming to Spurs, as there will then be too many big strikers !!
   The Academy side lost 0-1 against Crystal Palace today.
   The latest MEHSTG editorial can be read by clicking

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Friday 10.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The only news today is old news that Marton Fulop is looking to leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season.
   I was sure I heard something on the radio that there will be FA representation at Stamford Bridge tomorrow to listen out for racist chanting, as there have been instances in the past at Chelsea with anti-Semitic abuse.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alan Pardew has won the Barclay's manager of the month award, while Kevin Nolan has won the player's award ...  ...

Thursday 09.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror runs a story that Michael Carrick is believed to want 50,000 a week instead of the 15,000 a week he is currently earning.  Should he fail to sign a new contract, which Spurs are opening talks on, Manchester United are said to be considering a big bid to test Spurs resolve in keeping the England midfielder.  The Daily Mail reckon that Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Newcastle are all going to fight each other for Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca at the end of the season.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Mounir El Hamdaoui will be out for about six weeks after undergoing surgery on a groin injury yesterday.  Andy Reid and Dean Marney are back in training, with both featuring in Monday's Reserve win over West Ham United.  Lee Barnard is still out with his foot injury though.
   The away Reserve fixture against Crystal Palace has been moved once more from Tuesday 4th April to Monday 3rd April with a 7.00 p.m. kick off at Bromley FC.
   For a preview of the Chelsea match, click

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Coming out of Stuart Pearce's insistence that Manchester City will not have to pay him compensation if they get rid of him as their manager, he said that "My wife thinks I am an idiot ."

Wednesday 08.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No news today !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool were knocked out fo the Champions League 0-2 (0-3 on agg) by Benfica, but Arsenal survived with a 0-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid ... 

Tuesday 07.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror have Spurs down as being interested in Sunderland left back Julio Arca and the Argentine defender would cost 2 million, while the Sun claims Martin Jol would like to sign Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel, as he fears that Jermain Defoe might wish to move on if he does not get a fair crack at a first team start.  Meanwhile, another forward will be heading back to Tottenham, as Mounir El Hamdaoui will return from Derby County for the second time this season as his loan has been cancelled, because he needs surgery on a groin injury sustained when scoring against Leicester City for the Rams.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea lost 2-3 to Barcelona in the Champions League, while also in Spain, Glasgow Rangers lost to Villareal on away goals ... 

  CRIMEWATCH ... Craig Bellamy has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault on a young woman in a Cardiff city centre nightclub.  His agent said he had voluntarily attended a police station and had been released on bail without charge but will return to assist with further inquiries ... Arjen Robben will serve s four match ban after his appeal against a red card in Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion was dismissed ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  Glen Johnson could not travel with the Chelsea party to Spain as he forgot his passport and only found out when he arrived at the airport.

Monday 06.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Martin Jol has told of his sympathy for Jermain Defoe, who almost made it onto the pitch, but did not get on and stormed down the tunnel in frustration.  Jol said this was understandable and that he wanted Robbie Keane to play against Blackburn, but that  Defoe might start next time out.
   Spurs Reserves beat West Ham United Reserves 1-0 at Stevenage Borough FC with a goal from Johnnie Jackson.

  OTHER NEWS ... Mick McCarthy has been sacked as Sunderland manager ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Chelsea will not be charged with making illegal payments to their players in their Champions League run despite claims to that happening by Jimmy Hasselbaink ... West Bromwich Albion will not be charged with intimidating the referee in Saturdays game with Chelsea, as he did not include that in his report ... Chelsea have appealed against the sending off of Arjen Robben in Saturday's match at the Hawthorns and his appeal will be heard tomorrow ...

Sunday 05.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for reaction.  For a match report click here.
   The Mail on Sunday reports that Martin Jol might be poised to steal Ajax's Tunisian defender Hatem Trabelsi away to Spurs while Arsenal thought that he would sign for them.  The 29 year old said he already knows where he will be playing his football next season and as he will be at the end of this contract, he will walk away from Ajax for free.  If you believe the Sunday People, then Arsenal do not understand the meaning of homesick, as the paper reckons they will try and take Aaron Lennon across North London from Spurs.  Tottenham appear to be watching wingers and the latest linked with the club is 18 year old
Razak Boukari of French club Chateauroux, but the starlet appears to be the subject of a 1.5 million offer from Liverpool, who might have jumped in ahead of Spurs and Chelsea.

  OTHER NEWS ... Both WBA and Chelsea could be charged by the FA with intimidating referee Mark Halsey after incidents in yesterday's match ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  On a day of tardiness, Chelsea might face action from the FA for taking to the field for yesterday's match at WBA four minutes late.  This follows Arjen Robben's late arrival for a tackle that saw him sent off for his foul on Jonathan Greening.
  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... 
Mick McCarthy has branded Gary Breen as "ridiculous."
  MEHSTG's no-spin story 3 ...  Headline on TeamTalk's website talking about West Ham United striker Dean ...  "Ashton has no WC thoughts."

Saturday 04.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TeamTalk reckon that Mido will be the next striker to sign a contract at Tottenham, as he seeks to make his move to White Hart Lane permanent.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former Spur Luke Young has said there is no truth in the story about him wanting to leave the Valley and that he is "happy" to play for the Addicks ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  Bryan Robson says he will never get the respect he deserves as a manager because he was captain of England.  Well, Bryan, it got you off a lot of things when you were a player, so don't knock it !!

Friday 03.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Good news on the striking front as Robbie Keane has signed a new four year contract at Spurs.  The Irish striker said that he could see the club was going in the right direction and he has some good friends among the players and staff at Spurs, while Martin Jol commented that Robbie was an influential team player and a leader too, as he is now the vice-captain.  Also staying at Tottenham is Calum Davenport, who the Sun claim was blocked from going on loan to Leeds United by the club.  One player who might be moving on is Marton Fulop, who has said he likes it at Coventry City and at Tottenham he will not get much first team experience while Paul Robinson is there, so might need to take a move to another club to get the playing time he needs.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Teemu Tainio is back in the squad after overcoming an ankle injury, but Andy Reid (knee), Lee Barnard (foot) and Hossam Ghaly (groin) miss out.
Morten Gamst Pedersen looks set to be omitted from the Blackburn side to meet Spurs after suffering a hamstring injury and Mark Hughes could bring in either David Bentley or Sergio Peter on the left.

   For preview of the Blackburn match, click
   The Under-18 and Under-16 matches away to Birmingham City on Saturday have both been cancelled.

  OTHER NEWS ... England's European Championship qualifying fixtures have finally been set.  They will play the following games. 
2nd Sep 2006: Andorra (H); 6th Sep 2006: Macedonia (A); 7th Oct 2006: Macedonia (H); 11th Oct 2006: Croatia (A); 24th Mar 2007: Israel (A); 28th Mar 2007: Andorra (A); 6th Jun 2007: Estonia (A); 8th Sep 2007: Israel (H); 12th Sep 2007: Russia (H); 13th Oct 2007: Estonia (H); 17th Oct 2007: Russia (A); 21st Nov 2007: Croatia (H)  ... Ashley Cole is suing the News of the World and the Sun for libel concerning a story suggesting he acted in a 'perverted' way with other footballers and used a pixelated photograph of the Arsenal defender ...

Thursday 02.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   For Tottenham, I hope it is a case of no news being good news.  As that is what was in the news today about Spurs ... no news !!

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story (really) ...  Sepp Blatter has said that if Avian Flu turns out to be something like Cholera or the Plague, then FIFA will have to listen to the German government and may have to cancel the World Cup this summer.

Wednesday 01.03.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   International night saw lots of Spurs players in action.  At the end of the England match, five Tottenham players were on the pitch.  Michael Carrick played the full 90 minutes, as did Paul Robinson, while Jermaine Jenas and Ledley King came on at the start of the second half and Jermain Defoe played the last ten minutes of the 2-1 win over Uruguay.  In the Republic of Ireland match against Sweden, new captain Robbie Keane lead his side to a 3-0 win, scoring the second goal, while Stephen Kelly was an unused substitute.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Gary Neville will make an appeal against his 5,000 for improper conduct when he celebrated a Man United goal against Liverpool a while back ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  Former Spur Luke Young wants to leave Charlton Athletic in the summer as he feels he has outgrown the club.  Is anyone bigger than a club ?  Looks like Luke is !!



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