White Hot Lines

April 2005

Saturday  30.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apologies for the difficulties in providing the usual service through the site in the last few days, but technical problems have prevented us updating the site as regularly as we would have liked.
  Reports today indicate that Jermain Defoe's contract is closer to being worth £35,000 a week.
  The Daily Star claim that Aston Villa are interested in signing Robbie Keane.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea won the Premier League today with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers ... Nottingham Forest were relegated to League One after losing 1-2 at QPR ... Kidderminster Harriers were relegated to the Nationwide Conference today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... To celebrate Chelsea's title win, literally tens of fans, some of whom had supported Chelsea for as long as up to five weeks, poured out onto the streets of West London and sang songs such as "Is this the way to Stamford Bridge ?" 

Friday  29.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe has signed an improved four and a half year deal, believed to be worth £25,000 a week, that will run from now until the summer of 2009.  Defoe was believed to be on £15,000 a week on his previous deal.  This kills speculation that the forward was being lined up for a move to Chelsea for £5 million plus midfielder Scott Parker.  Jermain told the club website, ďItís a special day for me. Since Iíve been at the club the staff, the players, the fans have all been great and Iíve thoroughly enjoyed my time. Itís all gone so quickly."
Martin Jol said that Defoe has made a good transition to the Premier League after leaving West Ham and although he is a fine player, he still has some improvements to make, but the Head Coach believes that he has the right mentality to succeed.  Jol also added that the young players at Tottenham are the future of the club and he was very pleased that Defoe had signed the new contract.
Anthony Gardner and Michael Brown (both foot), Noe Pamarot (knee) and Pedro Mendes (toe) both miss Sunday's match and Noureddine Naybet (ankle) is doubtful, which will probably mean that Michael Dawson will retain his place in the centre of defence.  Martin Jol has ruled out Mendes and Brown for the rest of the season.
Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell returns after suspension, which should see Mark Delaney return to his favoured right-back slot.   Centre back Olof Mellberg and midfielder Gavin McCann will both miss the game.
  The London Evening Standard reports that Spurs Academy manager Peter Suddaby is leaving the club with England Under-21 assistant coach John McDermott coming in as Academy Director.
  Apparently, Tottenham have been linked to Glasgow Ranger's 30 year old Croatian striker Dado Prso, but manager Alex McLeish has said he is not for sale.
  Former Spurs defender Ian Hendon has signed a new two year deal with Barnet.
  Dave Jackson has come up with an idea for the Blackburn game on 15th May.  MEHSTG will be backing the campaign and hope that many Spurs fans will follow suit.
"We really need to get behind the boys, even more than our usual fantastic support. Jol wants us to be the 12th man !
We all know that if we play well its gonna go to the wire and therefore we need to make that game like a cup final !  We tried the yellow day at WBA, but it was wrong colour and time of year to make a huge impact.
So I propose that against Blackburn Rovers, everyone wears WHITE.  Even if you don't own a spurs shirt everyone owns a white shirt, so everyone from kids to directors can join in on this. The sun will be out so its the perfect time to do it !
If the THST feel this is a good idea, which I sincerely hope it is, would be great to be able to spread the word !
Please spread the word to all fellow Spurs fans, can make the Blackburn game the most important and memorable home game for over a decade !
Hope you all feel its worthwhile doing!"
  OTHER NEWS ... The referee at the centre of the German bribe scandal has been banned for life ... Cambridge United have filed for administration after being £900,000 in debt ... Keith Curle has been named as the new manager of Chester City ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Manchester United might be worried about Malcolm Glazer buying out the club, but they nearly had the family of the former Libyan Dictator Colonel Gadaffi poised for a take-over at Old Trafford.
  MEHSTG's no- spin story 2... Sunderland clinched the Championship championship tonight by beating West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park.
  MEHSTG's no- spin story 3 ... David Beckham has won the right to gag the nanny !!

Thursday  28.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Reserves ended their season with a 2-2 home draw at Stevenage Borough FC to Coventry City tonight.  For a match report click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sporting Lisbon beat AZ Alkmaar 2-1 and Parma and SCKA Moscow drew 0-0 in the UEFA Cup semi-final first leg matches ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester City have tied up Richard Dunne in a new two year deal.  WHat happens when he is untied in 2007, who knows ??

Wednesday  27.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dean Marney has signed a two year extension to his current contract at Spurs.
  Rohan Ricketts has said that he intends to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he is currently on loan, if Glenn Hoddle stays at Molineux as manager.
  The Daily Star claims that Spurs are keen admirers of Newcastle United
's midfielder Kieron Dyer, who might leave the club after a number of misdemeanours.  Aston Villa and Everton are also interested. 

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool and Chelsea drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi-final first leg ...

  Crime Watch ... Rio Ferdinand and Jody Morris both questioned about a fight with a photographer outside a Hampstead club

Tuesday  26.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Edson Sousa Silva looks like he might be on his way back to Tottenham after FC Den Haag will be terminating his loan as he refused to play for the reserves at the Dutch club.  This is news, as it had appeared that Tottenham had released him from the contract they had with him !!
  Lauren will not face punishment from the FA following his elbow into the face fop Erik Edman in last night's match.  It has been regarded as an "accident" and he did not intend to hurt Edman, he said.
  Former Spurs reserve midfielder Mark Hughes has been offered a one year deal with Oldham Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ... Barcelona will top Chelsea's shirt sponsorship deal when they sell advertising on their shirts for the first time to the Chinese government for £65 million in a five year deal  ... AC Milan took a 2-0 first leg lead in the Champions League semi-final ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Rangers will be hauled up in front of the SFA's disciplinary committee after a paper drinks cup struck Celtic's Stilian Petrov on Sunday.  This could lead to all paper based products being removed from fans on their way into the Ibrox ground.  Well, Rangers have to do something to raise some revenue !!
  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... Alan Curbishley intends to bring Lee Bowyer in at Charlton Athletic in the summer and to axe Francis Jeffers, Paul Konchesky, Jason Euell and Bryan Hughes.  Well, it beats fist fighting with Kieron Dyer !!
  MEHSTG's no-spin story  ... Sebastian
Larsson has been offered a new two year contract by Arsenal.  The young player said "It is very fun," Larsson told Expressen.  "It is a real contract this time, that feels better."

  Crime Watch ... Former Spurs winger Chris Waddle has been arrested after a fight at a pub in Sheffield on Thursday 21st April, where a 20 year old man suffered facial injuries.  Waddle has been released on bail.

Monday  25.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 to Arsenal at Highbury tonight.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea signed a shirt sponsorship deal with Samsung worth £50 million over five years today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Gary Megson plans to axe two team's worth of players in an attempt to get Nottingham Forest back into the Championship next season, should they get relegated.  He will chop Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday !!

Sunday  24.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The People newspaper reckon that a £7 million bid for Crystal Palace goal-scorer Andy Johnson will be forthcoming from Spurs should the South London club get relegated.
  The Sunday Mirror claim that Tottenham are interested in buying West Bromwich Albion's skillful Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera, who has had some good performances against Spurs this season.
  Arsene Wenger has said today that he did not think that Paul Robinson was "the finished article" when Arsenal looked at the keeper while still at Leeds United.  The Arsenal manager said that Robinson had improved since his move to Tottenham and that the promotion to England keeper had helped him mature and dominate a game now.
  The People also carries a story saying that Leeds United's 18 year-old winger Aaron Lennon will be sold this summer and a £1 million deal could be agreed with Tottenham in the next few days.  There is also a rumour that he might be loaned back to Leeds for a season if the deal does go through.

  OTHER NEWS ... John Terry won PFA Player of the Year and Wayne Rooney won PFA Young Player of the Year ...

  Crime Watch ... Arsenal's Quincy Owusu-Abeyie was arrested at 3.00 a.m. last night after a fight outside the Cafe Royal where the PFA Awards were held

Saturday  23.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Under-18s lost 1-7 away to Arsenal today, but only after Stuart Lewis was sent off after twenty minutes.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sunderland clinched promotion to the Premier League today ... Cambridge United lose their place in the league, while Luton Town were crowned as Champions of League One today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Peterborough United will be playing League Two football next season after being relegated today.  Some people say they have been playing League Two football all season !!

Friday  22.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Versatile Werder Bremen right back Paul Stalteri, who can leave on a free transfer in the summer,  is said to be a target for Tottenham Hotspur.  The 28-year-old Canadian international can play on either flank or as a full-back with Martin Jol seeing him as a defensive replacement for Noe Pamarot, who is out long term with a knee ligament injury.  The player said that he has not heard of the interest and did not comment on speculation, despite having turned down Crystal Palace in the summer.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Fredi Kanoute should be fit again after missing Wednesday night's match with West Bromwich Albion with a neck injury.  Michael Brown is still suspended and there are some worries over Michael Dawson who suffered cuts and bruises to his leg in the WBA match, but should be fit and Mido, who's stomach muscles are still playing him up, although he should be in the squad.
  ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : -  Thierry Henry will be missing with a groin injury and Freddie Ljungberg who has a hip injury.
  The Daily Star seems certain that Jan Venegoor de Hesselink will leave PSV Eindhoven in the summer to join Tottenham Hotspur.
  Tom Huddlestone's final four games for Derby County are not ones he will forget, he said today and he hopes that he can leave them on good terms when he comes to Spurs in the summer, by helping them to promotion.
  Tony Cottee's unpaid £15,000 fine for selling tickets for the 1999 League Cup Final against Spurs on the black market has earned him a ban from football by the FA.

  OTHER NEWS ... Lee Bowyer received a three match ban and a £30,000 fine for his part in the brawl with Kieron Dyer on 2nd April ... Fabien Barthez has been sentenced to a three month ban for spitting at a referee while playing for Marseille in a friendly in Morocco ...  

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Brighton boss Mark McGhee is considering dropping Leon Knight for the rest of the season after the player was declared bankrupt.  Financially that is not morally.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Leeds will not be pick midfielder Seth Johnson for the last three games of the season, allowing them to avoid paying Derby County a £250,000 transfer payment as Johnson is currently one appearance away from 60 for the Championship side, which would trigger the payment to their rivals.

Thursday  21.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fredi Kanoute missed last night's game with a neck injury.
  In the Peace Cup (the pre-season tournament Spurs are taking part in during their pre-season programme), Tottenham have been drawn against Argentinian striker Martin Palermos's Boca Juniors team on Saturday 16th July in Suwon (one hour from Seoul) and stay in that city to play Mamelodi Sundowns (featuring former Coventry and Birmingham striker Peter Ndlovu) on Monday 18th.  Spurs then meet Real Sociedad (with former Sheffield Wednesday man Darko Kovacevic in their side along with Russian Valeri Karpin) on Thursday 21st at Ulsan (right down in the south of the country).
Thanks to Paul Rogers, who sent this information and he has extended his help to any Spurs fans who are thinking about making the trip and they can e-mail Paul on peejayrogers@hotmail.com and heíll try to help out if he can.
  England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has said that he will stay with Bayern Munich one more year and not move to Tottenham or Aston Villa.
  French side Rennes have allegedly given up their pursuit of Erik Edman, who they wanted to sign in the summer according to Sky Sports' website.

  OTHER NEWS ... Blackburn's Andy Todd has been cleared of violent conduct against Robin van Persie in last Saturday's FA Cup semi-final ... El Hadji Diouf will be appearing in court charged with spitting at Middlesbrough fans ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Wednesday  20.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion tonight at White Hart Lane.  Match report and reaction will follow tomorrow.
  The Sun claims that should Robbie Keane leave Tottenham in the summer, the club will make a move for 26 year old Jan Venegoor de Hesselink of PSV Eindhoven.
  Fredi Kanoute is considering retiring from international football following the riot that happened in his last match fro Mali in the African Nations Cup.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have won the right to claim money for Adrian Mutu's transfer to Juventus after testing positive for drug use ... Andy Todd is denying the charge of violent conduct in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final ... UEFA have revealed that from next season clubs may have points deducted or be thrown out of Europe should their fans misbehave at matches in European competitions ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday  19.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The club have issued a statement to the effect that Noureddine Naybet has not had an operation on his hamstring and will not miss the rest of the season.  The Moroccan will not play tomorrow against WBA, as he is not yet quite ready to return, but hopes to be back soon.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Mido might return to the Spurs squad after recovering from pulled abdominal
muscles but Noureddine Naybet (hamstring), Anthony Gardner (foot), Michael Brown (suspended), Noe Pamarot (knee) and Pedro Mendes (broken toe) all miss out against West Bromwich Albion.
  WEST BROMWICH ALBION TEAM NEWS : -  With Jonathan Greening suspended,
Junichi Inamoto, Ricardo Scimeca, Richard Chaplow and Jason Koumas will vie to fill the gap in midfield.  Manager Bryan Robson wants to rotate his squad and Kanu or Earnshaw might come in to replace one of the partnership of Geoff Horsfield and Kevin Campbell.
  For a match preview, click here.
  For a match report of yesterday's reserve team game, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Andy Todd will be charged with violent behaviour after clashing with Robin van Persie in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final ... Wembley has lost out to Athens in the bid to stage the 2007 Champions League final.  Hampden Park will host the UEFA Cup final of that season ... The "Cole-gate" tapping up affair will be heard by the FA on 17th and 18th May, just a few days before the FA Cup Final ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United fans thought that Nicky Butt's performance against Manchester United was a disgrace in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, leading to him being booed during the match.  These are the same supporters who will be cheering Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer when they return from their bans.  Passionate supporters ??  You decide.

Monday  18.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Reserves beat Arsenal Reserves 4-3 at Stevenage Borough tonight.  For a match report click here.
  Jacques Santini has said that he had the opportunity to be Portsmouth manager during the January transfer window.  However, the former Spurs manager said that he wanted a break from the game and claimed that
"the five months I spent with Tottenham helped me to learn so much.  I know that I made a good choice in leaving this club.  I will explain some more later.  It is necessary to let the souffle fall down."  Hmmm.  Eric Cantona anyone ??
  Paul Robinson has said that he would like to finish his career playing in Portugal, as he would like to live out there when he retires.
  Former Spurs defender Mark Stimson will not be the new Peterborough United manager according to club owner and current manager Barry Fry.
  Spurs mascot Chirpy finished the London Marathon in six hours and forty minutes yesterday.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Freddie Ljungberg has joined Thierry Henry on the treatment table.

  MEHSTG's no- spin story 2 ... Leeds midfielder Shaun Derry wants QPR striker Kevin Gallen to pay half his fine after his sending off at Loftus Road on Saturday !!

Sunday  17.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The People and The Sunday Star report that Spurs would want Newcastle United's James Milner to be part of a deal should striker Robbie Keane leave for St. James Park. 
The Sunday Mirror run the story about Tottenham being favourites to sign Sporting Lisbon's young star midfielder Joao Moutinho. 
Birmingham City are said to want to buy Spurs midfielder Michael Brown to replace former Blue Robbie Savage by The People newspaper.
  Meanwhile, according to the Sunday Mirror, Brown is to be offered a new three-year deal to frighten off Aston Villa.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United beat Newcastle United 4-1 in the FA Cup semi-final resulting in seventh place in the Premiership being eligible for a UEFA Cup place ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Our magnificent media-savvy Head Coach Martin Jol said about yesterday's game at Anfield Jol said: "You come to Liverpool and it's always hard. They even rested Steven Gerrard in Europe for our game! They had an excellent side out there."

Saturday  16.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs earned a 2-2 draw at Anfield against Liverpool this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Spurs Under-18s beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 with Charlie Lee scoring twice and Claude Seanla adding the third goal.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has steered Hull City to promotion to the Championship with this afternoon's 0-0 draw with Swindon Town.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in the FA Cup semi-final this afternoon...

Friday  15.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
  Michael Brown's suspension will kick in after tomorrow's game, so he will miss the matches against West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Spurs have been hit by injuries that will leave them weakened at Liverpool tomorrow.  .
  LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : - Steven Gerrard, Mauricio Pelligrino, Fernando Morientes, Xabi Alonso and Djibril Cisse are all set to feature in the game at Anfield.  Milan Baros is suspended and Dietmar Hamann is still injured, so will not be available for selection.
  For a match preview of tomorrow's game, click here.
  Martin Jol has said that Barcelona could not afford Paul Robinson, following continuing speculation that the La Liga club are interested in signing him as their back-up keeper.
  Spurs have appointed Paul Barber as an Executive Director responsible for commercial operations.  The38-year-old is a former marketing chief of the Football Association.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United are concerned that the impending takeover bid from Malcolm the Glazer will be successful this time, causing major disruption to the running of their club ...

Thursday  14.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mido will be out for two weeks with a strained set of stomach muscles picked up in training.
  Noureddine Naybet has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having an operation on his hamstring.
  PFA chief Gordon Taylor has told the media that the emergence of talented English young players has been spearheaded by Tottenham with Jermain being the prime example, but with Paul Robinson and Ledley King also there, the team have moved forward and brought the best out of them.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Wednesday  13.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The club's tour to Mauritius from May 18th to 24th will feature a game against the national team on May 20, with the to be held at the Anjalay Stadium.
  The draw for the Peace Cup, which Spurs will feature in as part of their pre-season programme, will be made on April 21st in South Korea.
  Spurs Youth failed to reach the FA Youth Cup final tonight, losing 1-2 to Ipswich Town at WHite Hart Lane and 1-4 on aggregate.  Simon Dawkins scored Tottenham's goal.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Tuesday  12.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Rohan Ricketts has extended his loan stay at Molineux and will play for Wolverhampton Wanderers for the rest of this season.
  Spurs are allegedly keen on Malaga goalkeeper Francesc Arnau.  A scout was supposedly present when the Spanish side drew 2-2 with Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday.
  Tottenham are also among a number of clubs eyeing Sporting Lisbon's 18 year old defensive midfielder Joao Moutinho.  The youngster is one of the lowest paid players at the Portuguese club and his performance against Newcastle Unite din the UEFA Cup last week drew admiring reports from those watching representing Liverpool, Everton and 

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea reach the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-3 defeat at Bayern Munich, but win 7-5 on aggregate ... The other quarter final tonight between Internazionale and AC Milan was abandoned when Inter fans threw a flare at AC keeper Dida amid disgraceful scenes ... Luton Town gained promotion to the Championship without playing tonight as Tranmere Rovers lost and cannot catch them now ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Legal expert Roy Keane has said of Manchester United's poor performances of late ... "Everyone at this club needs to look at themselves and ask whether they are giving 100% to the football club.  I am not sure all the players can say they are. That is a crime in itself."  Having been in court a few times in his career, he should know !!

Monday  11.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Michael Brown sustained a foot injury on Sunday against Newcastle United and will have a scan on the injured part to determine its severity.
  Brown will also miss the next two matches against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion after racking up his tenth booking of the season in Sunday's game.
  Mido strained his stomach during training and was excluded from the squad for the Newcastle United match.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Sunday  10.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Newcastle United 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction click here.
  Martin Jol said (in answer to a question "Will Robbie Keane definitely be at Spurs next season ?") that he did not know if Robbie Keane would be at White Hart Lane next season.  The Head Coach said that the player knows that Jol thinks he is a very talented player, but that he must not show his frustration in a football ground and must be kept behind closed doors and that it is about the team, not the individual.
  Stephen Carr has said he left Spurs because he was no longer playing as he had done before his injury, but it was not because of the operation that he had failed to recapture his previous good form.  Claiming to be stale and needing to win trophies at this stage of his career, he knows he was right to go to Newcastle, who are a much bigger club than Spurs because they have Champions League experience, despite not having won a trophy for over thirty years.
  The Sunday People runs a story claiming that Luis Figo will be leaving Real Madrid in the summer, with Liverpool, Newcastle United and Spurs all interested in the Portuguese midfielder.
  Barcelona are willing to pay Spurs £6 million for Paul Robinson or so says the Sunday Mirror.  £6 million ??  Dream on.  The People are also having a laugh when they state that Manchester United are interested and have been told £8 million will persuade Spurs to part with the England number one.
  The People (again) have another Spurs story.  Tottenham are favourites to sign Argentinian midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme from Barcelona for £5 million.
  If Robinson does go, the News of the World claim that Tottenham are lining up a £4 million bid for Norwich City goalkeeper Rob Green, should the Canaries get relegated.
  Once more, the People has Tottenham selling Simon Davies to Everton for £2.8 million at the end of the season.
  Lee Bowyer is not coming to Tottenham according to Martin Jol in the Sunday Mirror.  Hurrah !!
  The News of the World didn't want to be left without a Spurs story and run the one about our supposed interest in striker  Bonaventure Kalou of Auxerre.  Liverpool are also keeping tabs on him. 
  The Mail on Sunday reckon that Arsenal will beat Tottenham to the signing of Borussia Dortmund's Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
  The News of the World are reporting that Tottenham are keen to sign Leeds United's young winger Aaron Lennon for £ million.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wrexham beat Southend United in the LDV Vans Trophy 2-0 after extra time at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Saturday  09.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Express keep banging on about Manchester United buying Paul Robinson and say that Alex Ferguson will sell off players to fund the bid for the England number one.
  Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim that Martin Jol has said that Robbie Keane should be aware that no player is bigger than the club and he could yet be sold.
  For a short preview of tomorrow's game, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Barnet reclaim their place in the Football League with a 3-1 win over Halifax Town that also gives them the Conference title ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday  08.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has revealed that there was no way that the club could have kept Stephen Carr at White Hart Lane, as he would not sign a new deal and was set on leaving.  
  Former Spurs defender Carr has talked about Sunday's match and said ...
"I am looking forward to going back there.  I have a lot of happy memories from my time with Spurs and this was a game I looked for when I moved up here.  But that's all forgotten now as the Spurs fans have proved."  Like celebrating in front of the Spurs fans ... oh, no ... we haven't forgotten.
  Marton Fulop, Spurs' reserve keeper, will stay on loan at Chesterfield until the end of the season.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Spurs will definitely be without Noe Pamarot (knee) and Pedro Mendes (broken toe), while they wait on injuries to Simon Davies (calf), Noureddine Naybet (hamstring) and Anthony Gardner (foot).  Thimothee Atouba will serve the second of a three match ban. Michael Dawson and Goran Bunjevcevic stand by if required to play in central defence, while Reto Ziegler might have to play despite not being quite 100% with a troublesome hamstring.
  NEWCASTLE UNITED TEAM NEWS : - Jean-Alain Boumsong, Patrick Kluivert and Celestine Babayaro might be picked in the side after recovering from injury, but the team will be without Lee Bowyer, Kieron Dyer and Steven Taylor, who are all suspended and Titus Bramble who has a hernia.  Shay Given's hip injury is a matter of concern and a late decision on his availability will be made before the match.
  Spurs Youth lost 0-2 to Ipswich Town in the semi-final first leg of the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road tonight.  A match report can be found here.
  Spurs will be unsuccessful if they try to tempt defender Kevin Wilson away from Notts County, as he is set to stay with the Magpies despite interest from Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, who all watched him last week. 

  OTHER NEWS ... Referee Mike Dean has been suspended for the rest of the season after breaching his contract by getting involved in an internet betting website ...

Thursday  07.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mirror reports that Everton are set to snap up Robbie Keane from Spurs in the summer.
  Robbie Keane and Simon Davies are targets for Everton in the summer and they are ready to splash out £9 million on the pair according to the Daily Mail or £10 million if you read the Sun and the Guardian.  The Guardian say that Keane would be happy to move to Goodison Park, as Everton are almost guaranteed European football next season.
  The Yorkshire Evening Post has said that Spurs Head Coach Martin Jol was at Leeds United's match against Sheffield United on Tuesday night to watch 18 year old winger Aaron Lennon, who the club are expected to make a bid for in the summer.
  For a match report of last night's Spurs Reserves win over Derby County Reserves click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth have appointed Alain Perrin as their new manager ... Rotherham United have appointed Mick Harford as their new boss

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea captain John Terry today labelled Bayern Munich's Michael Ballack a "serial diver".  Terry - the man who scored when Carvalhao baulked the goalkeeper from a free-kick in the Barcelona match - said "Not only Ballack but a few other Bayern players were diving and it was disappointing to see".  It is nice to see some consistency in his approach to the game and wants to see cheating removed from the game.

Wednesday  06.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Robbie Keane has been fined £10,000 for his show of disgust at not getting a game at Birmingham City on Saturday and depending which source you read, he was forced to train with the reserves or the youth team.  He kicked over some water bottles as he went from the bench to the dressing room.  The fine has been denied by the club who stated that it was an internal matter.
  The Sun claim that Keane wants to move to Everton in the summer.
  Juan Roman Riquelme has said that he is flattered that there is a lot of clubs interested in him, but he will not speak to other clubs until the end of the season.
  Spurs Reserves beat Derby County Reserves 5-2 at Stevenage Borough FC tonight.  For a match report click here.
  Former Spurs manager and Director of Football David Pleat is to act as an adviser to new Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin.

  OTHER NEWS ... In the Champions League Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-2 and AC Milan beat Internazionale 2-0 ... Ian Rush resigned as Chester City manager today ...

Tuesday  05.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Noe Pamarot suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage on Saturday in the Birmingham City match and will be out for up to nine months.  Spurs Head of Medical Services Dr. Charlotte Cowie said that the French defender might require reconstructive surgery. 
  The Daily Mirror claims that Tottenham are favourites to sign Argentinian Jose Roman Riquelme from Spanish side Barcelona, although he is currently on loan at Villareal.  The classy 26 year old midfielder would cost £8.5 million.
  The Times, the Daily Express and the London Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham are set to sell Robbie Keane after his display of disappointment at not being used as a substitute on Saturday at St. Andrews.  A fee of £6 million or £7 million is being mentioned.  The Sun say that he will talk to Arnesen and Jol to see if he has a future at Spurs.
  Paul Robinson and Michael Brown have both said that David Beckham would be most welcome if he joined Spurs in the summer.  They said that his experience and ability would aid the team's development if he decided to leave Real Madrid and come to White Hart Lane.
  Lee Bowyer has been banned for four matches after Saturday's on-pitch fight with Kieron Dyer, who received a three match ban for his part in the incident after the FA dismissed his appeal against the red card he received.  Both will be suspended for Sunday's match against Spurs.
  Lee Barnard has returned from his loan spell at Northampton Town.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rotherham United were relegated to League One tonight ... Jens Lehmann has been banned for two European matches after he twice threw water over the referee when Arsenal lost on aggregate to Bayern Munich at Highbury in the Champions League ... Liverpool beat Juventus 2-1 at Anfield and Lyon drew 1-1 with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League tonight ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Reading's USA international Bobby Convey (who nearly signed for Spurs) suffered an allergic reaction to a plastic pitch while away on international duty.  It just goes to prove there is nothing quite like grass !!

Monday  04.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frank Arnesen has said that Robbie Keane must not show his displeasure at not being used as a substitute again.  However, the Sporting Director was sure that Keane would be training hard so that he would be ready when called upon and that he had a future at the club.  He did add that Martin Jol is the one who makes the decisions about who plays and Robbie should not forget that.
Spurs will battle with Chelsea, Newcastle, Juventus and Barcelona for Argentine central defender Rodriguez  of Villarreal.  The 20-year-old has said he would prefer a move to move to Juventus but other clubs are watching his progress in La Liga.
  Chesterfield are hoping to extend the loan spell of Spurs reserve goalkeeper Marton Fulop until the end of the season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Lee Bowyer is to be fined six weeks wages (believed to be around £250,000) for his fight with Kieron Dyer on Saturday.  Newcastle will appeal against Dyer's red card, as the believe he was the innocent party ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Sun reveals that Alan Shearer feels "absolutely gutted" about the incident against Aston Villa in which Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer came to blows.  Is that because he likes a good punch-up himself and he is so old that he couldn't get there in time before the melee was broken up ???

Sunday  03.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Robbie Keane's reaction to not being used as a substitute in yesterday's match at Birmingham City has been dismissed as his own problem by Head Coach Martin Jol.  Keane seemed to mouth something to Jol as he left the bench to go down the tunnel and kicked over some water bottles.  This followed Jol putting Mido on for Noureddine Naybet instead of using the Irish striker.  The Dutch coach said that it was not about Robbie Keane, but he did what was best for the team and Mido had a good headed chance soon after coming on.
  The Sunday Mirror claims that Martin Jol wants to keep Keane at Spurs despite interest from Aston Villa and Everton, saying that he does not care who is linked with the Republic of Ireland forward as he believes he wants to stay and be part of the future of Tottenham Hotspur and that he can be at the club for a long time.
  The News of the World claim Internazionale of Milan are planning a £16 million bid for Ledley King.
  Auxerre striker Bonaventure Kalou is alleged to be a target for Liverpool and Spurs in the Sunday People.
  Manchester United's number three goalkeeper Ricardo has said he would like to play for Spurs, who he has heard are linked with him.  The 33 year old would like to have first team football and he likes Tottenham, who has been associated with thanks to rumours of a swap deal involving him plus cash for Paul Robinson.
  Hans Segers has said that he has spoken to Robinson about the speculation and he is settled at Spurs and keen to stay.  Spurs are believed to be ready to open new contract talks, even though his current deal runs until 2009.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA have said they will launch an investigation into the "blood spinning" technique used at Chelsea ...

Saturday  02.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Birmingham City at St. Andrews this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Spurs Under-18s beat Crystal Palace at Spurs Lodge today 3-0 with goals from Claude Seanla, Jacques Maghoma and Charlie Daniels.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stockport County were relegated to League 2 today ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were involved in an on-pitch fight at St. James' Park this afternoon in their game with Aston Villa.  Amazingly enough, Graeme Souness still found time to criticise the referee for not awarding his side a penalty when they were 0-1 down for handball.  Oh, if he had been so concerned about such incidents in the recent FA Cup tie with Spurs ??  And in conceding the penalty that put Villa 2-0 up, Steven Taylor handballed a shot on the line and then dramatically grabbed his stomach in what must be one of the poorest attempts to cover up a handball in football history.  Not sure if Souness saw that one though.

Friday  01.04.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Thimothee Atouba has been handed a three match ban starting immediately after being found guilty by the FA of elbowing Joey Barton in the match against Manchester City on March 19th.  The Cameron defender will miss the Spurs games against Birmingham City, Newcastle United and Liverpool.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Pedro Mendes is the only player out of contention for this match with his broken toe.  Sean Davis will probably start on the bench, while Atouba will be suspended for the first of his three games.
  BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Jermaine Pennant is available after being released from jail yesterday, but referee Howard Webb will decide if he is able to play with his electronic ankle tag on underneath his sock.  Salif Diao is ruled out with a calf injury and Stan Lazaridis might not be able to play after a long flight returning from Australia.
  Railway track work between Marylebone and Birmingham will restrict the ability to travel to the game tomorrow, with a bus service replacing the segment between Banbury and Birmingham.  Fans going to travel by train are advised to go into New Street from Euston on Virgin Trains
  For a preview of tomorrow's match with Birmingham City, click here.
  Iain Dowie has tried to take a mature attitude about the future destination of Wayne Routledge's talents.  The Crystal Palace manager said of his winger that he will make his won mind up about where he will play his football and if that is away from Selhurst Park, he will leave the club as a friend.  Dowie told reporters that if Routledge decided that he wanted to come to Tottenham then "that's the way it is".
  Jamie Slabber has left Spurs to join Conference side Aldershot Town.
  Paul O'Donoghue has joined Ryman Premier League side Heybridge Swifts until the end of the season.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The big April Fool story of this year has been that Alan Shearer will not retire in the summer, but will keep on playing for Newcastle United for another season.


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