White Hot Lines

April 2006

Sunday 30.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane 1-0 this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
   The News of the World claim that Spurs and Arsenal will battle it out for the signature of Curtis Davies of relegated West Bromwich Albion.
   Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker has announced that he and his wife Michelle are to split after 20 years together.

  OTHER NEWS ... Reading set a Football League record points total after today's win took them to 106 points ... Stoke City manager Johan Boskamp has confirmed he will be leaving the Potteries club ...

Saturday 29.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Former Spurs defender and Reserve Team manager Colin Calderwood has led Northampton Town to promotion from League Two.
   Spurs will not be playing neither Birmingham City nor West Bromwich Albion next season, as Portsmouth's win assured them of Premiership football, while sending the two Midlands clubs into the Championship.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alan Curbishley announced that he will be leaving Charlton Athletic as manager at the end of the season ... Chelsea won the Premier League title today ... Southend United were promoted from League One today ... At the other end of that table, Swindon Town were relegated ... Rushden & Diamonds were relegated from League Two today after five years in the League ...
 Wayne Rooney has fractures a metatarsal in his foot and may be doubtful for the World Cup Finals ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 1 ... Steve McClaren has tried to make himself interesting like Sven Goran Eriksson, by a story claiming he has had an affair with his secretary.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... Jose Mourniho said today after Chelsea won the Premier League championship that managing the club was the worst job in the world.

Friday 28.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Apologies for the lateness of the news, but myself and some MEHSTG colleagues enjoyed a rousing night of Rhythm and Blues at the 100 Club watching Nine Below Zero, a band fronted by Spurs fan Dennis Greaves.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Spurs are likely to be without Jermaine Jenas (shin) and Mido (knee) for the game against Bolton Wanderers.  Edgar Davids is serving a one match suspension.
   BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : - The Trotters welcome back two players recovered from injury Rory O'Brien (thigh) and Radhi Jaidi (hamstring) for Sunday's match.

  OTHER NEWS ... Luis Filipe Scolari has announced that he will not be taking up the England manager's post as he is contracted to Portugal until 31st July and he has been besieged by s0 English journalists camped outside his house while he was having dinner... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Portugal manager Luis Filipe Scolari has said he would not be joining the Sun as a columnist after the FA kept pestering him to take over from Sven Goran Eriksson.  The former Brazilian World Cup winning manager said that he had been beset with calls from staff from the newspaper asking him to take the job while he was eating dinner.

Thursday 27.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   There was little Spurs news today, apart for lot so praise for Aaron Lennon, Lee Barnard and Robbie Keane from team-mates on the Spurs website.
   For a preview of Sunday's match against Bolton Wanderers, click

  OTHER NEWS ... Middlesbrough won 4-2 against Steaua Bucharest to go through to the UEFA Cup final 4-3 on aggregate ... Zinedine Zidane will retire from football after the World Cup finals ...

  CRIME WATCH ... Chelsea have been fined £10,000 for failing to control their players in a game at West Bromwich Albion when they surrounded the referee ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... On the TeamTalk website there is an item in which it suggests that The Daily Record reports that "A Lithuanian woman - known only as Rima - is the new-age therapist who is influencing team affairs at Hearts."

Wednesday 26.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are to enter the race for Derby County's talented young midfielder Giles Barnes, who is interesting Arsenal, Newcastle United, Everton and Liverpool.  A scout was sent to watch the 17 year old in Saturday's game against Ipswich Town.  Sven Goran Eriksson is to visit Tottenham to find out the fitness situation with Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas.  The England boss reckons Jenas will be OK, but is concerned about the Spurs skipper, who will not play before the end of the season.  Eriksson also said of Aaron Lennon, a player he has watched a fair bit lately, that if he does not go to Germany for the World Cup finals, he thinks he will play for England very soon.  Some papers speculate that he might take Shaun Wright-Phillips' place in the squad as an understudy to David Beckham.
The club has announced that Donna Cullen, the Club's Director of Communications, will step down from her position when her replacement is appointed, when she will become a Non-Executive Director.  We would like to thank Donna for her help in arranging interviews and providing information in response to requests from MEHSTG and wish her good luck in the future.

  OTHER NEWS ... Hayden Mullins and Luis Garcia will miss the FA Cup final after being sent off tonight when West Ham played Liverpool in a league match ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday 25.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times claims that Mido will not play again this season because of a knee injury that he has picked up.  The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs are set to back out of a deal for the Egyptian as AS Roma are now asking £6 million for his permanent transfer, while Spurs have said to be willing to go up to only £4 million.  Mido has told the Internet that it will not be the end of the world if he does not join Tottenham, as he will end up at another club.  Now there's the sort of enthusiasm we need from players who want to join Spurs.
   The good news is that Teemu Tainio's toe got the thumbs up today as it is not broken and he should be fit to play the rest of the games this season.
   The Blackburn chairman John Williams in response to rumour that Spurs are to bid for Craig Bellamy and Lucas Neill has said Craig Bellamy is going nowhere.  At Rovers he's not far wrong in his assessment.  The Daily Express claim that Tottenham will join Arsenal and Liverpool in a £5 million chase for West Bromwich Albion's central defender Curtis Davies if the Baggies get relegated.  We need a Davies after our previous player bearing that name (Simon Davies) has left as well as Sean Davis, leaving us with only Edgar Davids with a similar name.
   The Reserves finished off their Championship winning league programme with a 3-1 away win over Coventry City at Rugby Town FC tonight.  Johnnie Jackson, Dean Marney and Jacques Maghoma were the scorers.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... the FA are having trouble getting Big Phil Scolari to take over as England manager as successor to Sven Goran Eriksson because he wants to manage Portugal in the World Cup and feels that there might be a clash of interests if he agrees to take over England after the finals.  Not if England go out in the group stages there won't.

Monday 24.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Teemu Tainio may miss the remaining Spurs games of the season with a broken toe.
The Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph report that Arsene Wenger and Edgar Davids had to be separated in a tunnel bust-up after Saturday's north London derby, but the Police have denied a bust-up took place.  I know Davids is called "Pitbull", but I am not sure of Wenger's nickname.  "The French Poodle" perhaps ??  Meanwhile, the Daily Star reckons Martin Jol thought that Arsene Wenger was shaping up to head-butt him during their confrontation at Highbury.  I know who I would have put money on.  On the Sky Sports website, Jol is quoted as saying "Everyone saw what happened and I think I did well to hold myself back.  I really don't think he knows how strong I am.  Otherwise he wouldn't approach me with head-butts and everything. I hate it when I'm right and I offer somebody a handshake and they walk away. That's very difficult to take."

  OTHER NEWS ... Steven Gerrard has been named as the PFA Player of the Year and Wayne Rooney as the PFA Young Player of the Year ... Man U owner Malcolm Glazer is recovering in America after suffering a stroke ...
Alan Wiley will referee the FA Cup Final after Mike Dean, the FA's original choice stood down as he comes from the Wirral, close to Liverpool and did nto want any suggestion of favouritism aimed at him ... Walsall have sacked Kevan Broadhurst as manager after the team were relegated to League Two ...

Sunday 23.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ruud van Nistelrooy is to decide on his future at Manchester United with his agent, the Sunday Mirror claims and if he leaves, Spurs, Real Madrid and PSV Eindhoven will all be interested in signing him up.  The Sunday Mirror claim that Villarreal and Valencia are also watching the player's decision with interest.  The Star on Sunday come up with a story that might beggar belief in that Tottenham will make a move for Blackburn Rovers pair Craig Bellamy and Lucas Neill in the summer !!  The News of the World re-work the old story about the club's interest in Juventus' French full back Jonathan Zebina, while the same paper reckons Arsenal and Spurs are watching MK Dons striker Izale McLeod.  Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool were believed to have scouts at the Ajax match when they played Feyenoord yesterday in the play-off game for the remaining Dutch Champions League place, with the suggested targets all being strikers.  Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), who scored and Dirk Kuyt and Solomon Kalou of Feyenoord were thought to be under the microscope by the representatives from the Premier League clubs.  The stormy match saw a player formerly linked with Spurs - Ajax midfielder Steven Pienaar sent off with two Feyenoord players and another player who nearly signed, Ron Vlaar presented the ball to Ajax for their first goal.  Meanwhile, back at the News of the World, they claim that young Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has priced himself out of a move to Tottenham.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Ham United beat Middlesbrough to reach the FA Cup Final and ensure UEFA Cup football next season, as Liverpool already have Champions League qualification  ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Saturday 22.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Arsenal at Highbury this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction click here.
   The newspapers are claiming that Jermaine Jenas might miss out on the World Cup with England as it is feared he may have a stress fracture of his shin, picked up in a training ground tackle.  Martin Jol said today that the midfielder might be ready next week.  Sven Goran Eriksson told reporters today that the doctors have told him that Ledley King's stress fracture was a "good one" and that he was hopeful the Spurs skipper would be fit for Germany.
   Tottenham are being linked with a move for Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson, who is rated at £6 million and is rumoured to be leaving the Eagles in the summer whether they get promotion or not.  Internazionale's Ivory Coast striker Obafemi Martins is also being linked with a move to Spurs.
   Spurs Under-18s won 2-1 away at Norwich City this morning..

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final tonight to deprive the West Londoners of a Double ... Walsall were relegated to League Two today ...
Carlisle United were promoted to League One today ... Peterborough United manager Peter Bleasdale left his post an hour before his side's game against Macclesfield Town today, leaving chairman Barry Fry to take the reins ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Apparently, Arsenal vice-chairman and FA board member David Dein is championing former Brazil and Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari as the next England boss instead of Steve McClaren.  He is obviously desperate for the goal difference in the league next season.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alan Shearer has had to finish his football career three games before he planned because of a knee injury.

Friday 21.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail are very Spurs orientated today.  They reckon that Chelsea and Liverpool will go up against each other in their desire to sign up Tottenham's £8 million rated striker Jermain Defoe.  £8 million !! Pah !!  They also claim that the club are with-holding the selection of the a shirt sponsor until they discover whether they have a Champions League place or a UEFA Cup place, so that they might be able to maximise their income.  Now that's nearer the mark !!
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Jermaine Jenas has been added to the missing list for tomorrow's game at Highbury.  His shin injury means he will join Ledley King in being ruled out for the match.
   Former Spurs defender and assistant manager John Gorman has been given compassionate leave by Wycombe Wanderers after his wife died recently.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Premier League have allowed Glenn Roeder to carry on as caretaker manager at Newcastle United until the end of the season even though he has not got the appropriate coaching badges ...  ...

Thursday 20.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun report that Helder Postiga might be making a return to English football in the Premier League with newly promoted Reading.
   The Daily Telegraph tells us that Spurs will challenge the governing body of European football UEFA if they do not get a place in the Champions League should they finish fourth and Arsenal win the competition, thus depriving Tottenham a place in next season's tournament.  The PL have backed a change in the rules to allow Spurs to have a place if they finish in a qualifying position, but UEFA have said no, although Tottenham will consider recourse to the courts to claim that they are being discriminated against as it is only English, Spanish and Italian clubs who are not allowed to enter the fourth placed team should a non-qualifying team win the trophy.
   Former Spurs defender David Tuttle has parted company with Millwall as their manager by mutual consent.
   For a match preview of the Arsenal match, click

  OTHER NEWS ... Altrincham have been hit with an 18 point deduction and a £1,000 fine for fielding an ineligible player and that will leave them bottom of the Conference...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Lee Trundle and Alan Tate have received formal cautions from the police after waving a flag with an offensive message about Cardiff City on it after their Football League Trophy victory ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... As reported on the BBC Sport Football webpage ... "Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is incensed at Real Madrid's attempt to unsettle Steven Gerrard by claiming he was top of their wish list. (The Sun) " ... How does it feel then Rafael ??

Wednesday 19.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Apart from some player reaction to the defeat by Manchester United, there is little Spurs news today.
   Spurs Under-18s lost 0-2 to Birmingham City this afternoon.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former West Ham United and Ipswich Town manager John Lyall died of a heart attack last night ...  ...

Tuesday 18.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror reckons Spurs want to sign Sunderland's back-up keeper Ben Alnwick and make him Paul Robinson's understudy.  In the Daily Mail they claim that Mido may have put his Tottenham future in doubt after he walked out after being told he would not be in the team to play Manchester United.  Mido said he was fit to start, but the Spurs medical team thought not and the report goes on to say 'the club are concerned about his noticeable weight gain over the past few weeks, which has coincided with a dip in form.'  Martin Jol has said that the management team thought that he would not be able to play with his groin injury and he also had an infection, so was sent home, but expected him to be back in training for the Arsenal game.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alan Shearer's career might be over after getting injured on Monday and vowing to retire at the end of the season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Sun pierced Arsenal's defences to get a reporter and photographer inside their new ground.  Here's to Villareal doing the same !!

Monday 17.04.2006   (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 Manchester United at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction click here.
   Ledley King's foot injury has been diagnosed as a broken metatarsal and he will miss the rest of the season for Spurs and his place in the England World Cup squad has been put in jeopardy.
   Martin Jol has encouraged the whole country to get behind Spurs in their battle with Arsenal for fourth place, because Spurs have an English backbone to the team.
   Bayer Leverkusen's Sporting Director Rudi Voller has told Dmitri Berbatov to wait for a top three club to come in for him, after Tottenham's interest was made clear and a £10.7 million price put on the Bulgarian striker's head.

  OTHER NEWS ... Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall and Crewe Alexandra were all relegated from the Championship today ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd kept the fans behind after Watford's game against Ipswich so that the team could practice a penalty shoot out in a situation with a baying crowd atmosphere in case it happens in the play-off finals ...

Sunday 16.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   HAPPY EASTER to all our readers.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs look like being without Teemu Tainio, who picked up a hamstring injury yesterday.  Also injured were Anthony Gardner (ankle), Ledley King (ankle) and Mido, who has been carrying a groin injury, but MIchael Dawson is available again after serving his two-game suspension.
   MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Louis Saha's ankle injury is likely to keep him out of the game, while Mikael Silvestre could return for Patrice Evra.
   Spurs are rumoured to be ready to offer Manchester United £10 million plus £12 million rated Michael Carrick to secure the services of striker Ruud van NistelrooyCarrick is a player in demand, as the News of the World claims that Arsene Wenger has made him a target for Arsenal in the summer.  Meanwhile Ledley King is set to put pen to paper on a new contract worth £60,000 a week, something that might make Carrick sit up and take notice as he is reported to be on just £15,00 a week, the Sunday Mirror says.  The four year deal worth £15 million will make the Spurs captain the best paid played in the club's history.  The People claim that Arsenal and Liverpool have joined Tottenham in their appreciation of Bayer Leverkusen striker Dmitri Berbatov and the same paper reckons
Tottenham are going for Hannover's USA international Steve Cherundolo.  .

   For a preview of tomorrow's game, click

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Saturday 15.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.
   The Daily Mirror runs a story saying that with Noureddine Naybet and Goran Bunjevcevic leaving at the end of the season, the club intend to bring in Wayne Bridge to assist with the left side problem.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sheffield United won promotion to the Premiership today without playing ... Accrington Stanley will be playing league football for the first time in 44 years after winning the Conference title today ...

   MEHSTG sends its condolences to the families and friends fo those who died at Hillsborough 17 years ago today.

Friday 14.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Martin Jol is supposed to be planning a summer clear-out at White Hart Lane, involving Stephen Kelly, Noureddine Naybet, Goran Bunjevcevic and Johnnie Jackson.  What seems to have escaped the attention of the journos is that all these players are at the end of their contracts in the summer and they will not be "cleared out", just not retained.  Heaven forbid the reporters find out what happens at junior level at clubs when hundreds are released each season.  The Daily Star reckon that if Spurs fail to sign Fernando Torres, they will switch their attention to Javier Portillo of Real Madrid.
   The papers are having a great laugh at Martin Jol as he said his ambition is to make Tottenham Premier League champions within three years.  The Mirror ran a headline "Great News for Spurs Fans ... 1,000 days to win title."
   For a preview of the Everton game, click

  OTHER NEWS ... Rob Kelly has been confirmed as manager of Leicester City on a permanent basis ... Sunderland drew 0-0 at Old Trafford, but were nonetheless relegated tonight ...

Thursday 13.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun reports that Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is set to snub Spurs to sign for Arsenal.  Scotland's Daily Record claims that Martin Jol is monitoring the form of Hibernian midfielder Kevin Thomson, sending a scout to attend the game at Celtic on Easter Sunday.  Sky Sports website also has us down as chasing 20 year old midfielder Scott Brown of the same club too.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Michael Dawson is the only absentee as he serves the second match of his suspension for a dismissal against Newcastle United.  Ledley King will play after training all week with no reaction to his ankle injury.

  OTHER NEWS ... Newcastle United have reported a loss of £6.3 million in the last six months compared to a profit of £9.2 million for the same trading period last year ... Ian Atkins has taken over from John Cornforth as manager of bottom of League Two Torquay United ...

Wednesday 12.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Former Spurs captain Gary Mabbutt has said that the Tottenham Hotspur board deserve a lot of credit for the club being where they are today both for appointing Martin Jol and also for funding the spending on players who have achieved the success this season.  Meanwhile, the missing man of White Hart Lane, Noureddine Naybet has said that although he might not be at Spurs next season, as his contract expires in the summer, he still will do all he can to ensure the club get Champions League football.  The Daily Mail links Spurs with a move for Borussia Dortmund's South African striker Delron Buckley.
   Good news for Aaron Lennon, who is nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award along with
Darren Bent (Charlton Athletic), Anton Ferdinand (West Ham United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal).
   Paul Robinson has expressed his concern about Arsenal catching Spurs for fourth place in the Premier League, but when asked about the fact they might win the Champions League and oust Spurs from the competition, he said, "
I'd love Arsenal to do well, but for them to get to the final and just miss out, that would be all right."

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wayne Rooney received £100,000 in damages from the Sun and News of the World after allegations of him slapping his girlfriend Colleen McLoughlin were proved to be false.  What are the chances of that happening ? 
  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... A blaze at Old Trafford had to be controlled by three appliances this afternoon.  Malcolm Glazer was not thought to be involved, although after pledging to give Alex Ferguson £25 million to spend on players in the summer, it is thought he might have money to burn.

Tuesday 11.04.2006   (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 ready to make a £6 million offer for Charlton Athletic's striker Darren Bent should they find that Mido goes off to another club according to the Daily Mail and if Spurs don't get Bent, they will move for Jonathan Carew of Olympique Lyonnais.  Arsenal and Valencia scouts joined representatives from Tottenham to watch striker Dimitar Berbatov inspire Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.  The Bulgarian opened the scoring for Leverkusen, but will not be allowed to leave for less than £10 million.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... FIFA have announced that they will use a golden ball in the World Cup Final and the winning team will be able to use this in all their games for the next four years.  I wonder if anyone has told David Beckham ??

Monday 10.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs Reserves collected the Premier Reserve League South trophy after beating Coventry City Reserves 1-0 at Broadhall Way tonight with a goal from Johnnie Jackson.
   The Daily Mail claims that Martin Jol is trying to ease Edgar Davids out of the club, coming just a day after the Spurs Head Coach said that the Dutch midfielder has a future at White Hart Lane.  Manchester City's goalkeeper David James has said that he expects Paul Robinson to be England's number one keeper in the World Cup this summer and accepts that, saying they have always had a good relationship, even when the situation was reversed.
   Jamie O'Hara has suffered a calf and knee injuries in a game at Barnsley, while on loan at Chesterfield and has returned to Spurs.
   Thanks to Jay for this from the Trinidad Express about our former defender ...

"Just a few months after serving a four-match ban and paying a $12,000 fine, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick was in the news again.
T&T Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene and administrator Julia Baptiste confirmed that Fenwick received a red card for using offensive language at match officials during Jabloteh's season opener on Saturday against San Fernando Starworld Strikers and was dismissed from the bench at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
Yesterday, Skeene said he could not yet determine the severity of Fenwick's action and what punishment he faced.
"I will have to first get a report from the match commissioner and the referee. I should have that tomorrow (Monday) and will then determine what course of action we take," Skeene said.
Last November, Fenwick was fined $24,000 and banned for ten matches after he elbowed W. Connection's Brazilian midfielder Gefferson Goulart, who was celebrating his winning goal near the Jabloteh bench during the Toyota Classic Final at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium."

  OTHER NEWS ... Sir Bobby Robson has been treated for a lung injury after a skiing accident ...  ...

Sunday 09.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Among the rumours in today's newspapers are that Gordon Strachan wants to take Calum Davenport, his former protégée at Coventry City, to Celtic in the summer (News of the World); Goran Bunjevcevic looks set to join Lille on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires (News of the World); Lyon's £4 million rated Norwegian striker Jon Carew is being linked with a move to Tottenham (The People); Sampdoria have told Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea to look elsewhere after it was reported the clubs were interested in striker Salvatore Foti (The People);

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Apparently Wayne Rooney has run up huge betting debts, which were prompted by his punting on the question "I bet you don't know how to separate a fool and his money ?"

Saturday 08.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Manchester City at White Hart Lane 2-1 this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction on the match can be read by clicking here.
   The Under-18s beat SCBC 1-0 in the Premier Academy League today.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sunderland's game was called off after 21 minutes as snow and rain made the pitch unplayable.  It came at a time when all the Sunderland team were just about to change into sleeveless shirts, so mild did they think the weather had turned.

Friday 07.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail claim that Edgar Davids is torn between staying on at Spurs for another season or returning to his former club Ajax.  Spurs are also said to have been interested in Glasgow Rangers' Danish winger Peter Lovenkrands.
   Prime Minister Tony Blair visited White Hart Lane as Spurs launched their part in a pilot scheme called Kickz initiated by the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League to get inner city kids involved in football.  He told reporters that he enjoyed Martin Jol's post match interviews and thought Spurs had done well to get to fourth place.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wayne Rooney has been selected as Barclaycard Player of the Month and Alex Ferguson as Manager of the Month ...  ...

Thursday 06.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Star record that Real Madrid are interested in Spurs defender Michael Dawson, despite the fact that he signed an extension to his contract last week.  Sky Sports website reckons Spurs are trailing Manchester United and Newcastle United in the chase for Deportivo La Coruna's "feisty" Argentine midfielder Aldo Duscher.  A 17 year old from Sicily, Salvatore Foti of Sampdoria, is being linked with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea, with the Pensioners said to be offering £4.7 million for the young striker, although the Genoa club are keen to hold onto the player.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Spurs will have Teemu Tainio back in contention for a place in the team for Saturday after over-coming a throat infection, but Ledley King faces a late fitness test on his injured ankle.  Michael Dawson is suspended for the game.
   For a match preview of the Manchester City game, click

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United have signed a four year £56.5 million shirt sponsorship contract with American firm AIG ... 

Wednesday 05.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are to make a summer bid in excess of £10m for Bayer Leverkusen's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.  Reserve striker Mounir El Hamdaoui has returned to Derby County for the third time this season following surgery on his groin injury and will stay at the club until the end of the season, injury permitting !!

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Tuesday 04.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Jermain Defoe has said he is happy to commit his future to Tottenham and cannot imagine leaving the club at the moment.  The Spurs striker said that the talk was all positive about Europe and it would be heartbreaking if the team did not finish in fourth place, while on his own situation, he said to Sky Sports News that he was happy at the club although he would like to play more and believes if he did he would score more goals.  Mido has said that he is nto thinking about other clubs at the moment and is focused on Spurs, who he would like to come to an agreement with AS Roma to make his loan a permanent transfer.  He said that he knows that after this season he becomes a Roma player again and with a new manager he might have to return to the Italian club, who he regards as a "massive club".
   The Spurs website reveal that
there will be problems with GNER trains on the days of the Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers games.  The trains will start from and terminate at Finsbury Park instead of London Kings Cross from Saturday mornings until lunchtime Mondays on the weekends of the matches because of engineering work. Passengers are advised to travel on London Underground services between Finsbury Park and other tube stations.

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Monday 03.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs Reserves drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace Reserves at Bromley FC tonight with Danny Murphy scoring Tottenham's goal.
   Michael Dawson will miss two matches after his sending off at St. James' Park on Saturday.  This means Tottenham will be without him for the matches against Manchester City and Everton.

  OTHER NEWS ... Swansea City's Lee Trundle might face a charge from the Police and the FAW for wearing an offensive T-shirt and waving a flag with an offensive message on it about Cardiff City after they won the Football League Trophy at the Millennium stadium yesterday ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Manchester United have become embroiled in a row over shirt sponsorship, with gambling company Mansion House being outbid for the privilege of paying the Gold Trafford club bundles of cash.  The Malta based company claim that United have been "doubling dealing".  Bet you wouldn't have thought that would happen !!

Sunday 02.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Horrible rumours doing the rounds in today's papers are connecting Spurs with a £3 million summer bid for troubled Birmingham City winger Jermaine Pennant in the News of the World, while the Sunday People claims Spurs will make a £6 million double swoop for Chelsea defenders Glen Johnson and Wayne Bridge.  Having seen Bridge's wild mis-kick in his own area yesterday for Fulham and knowing Johnson's reported history (breaking wrist punching a wall, forgetting his passport when going to Barcelona), I would ask if they are better than we have got already and worth spending £6 million on.  I am not sure what Martin Jol has done to upset Paul Robinson, but the Spurs keeper thinks he should be the number one choice to take over from Sven Goran Eriksson when he leaves the England job after the World Cup this summer, according to the People.  The News of the World also have Spurs down for buying Anderlecht's Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson.  The 26 year old reckons Anderlecht blocked Tottenham's move for him in January.  Mido has told Sky Sports that he is happy at White Hart Lane and Spurs are happy with him, so he hopes on-going talks with AS Roma about a permanent move will come to fruition.
   Martin Jol has told the Spurs website that he hopes Ledley King will be fit to face Manchester City on Saturday, after it was decided to rest him yesterday following an ankle problem he picked up in training.

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Saturday 01.04.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 1-3 to Newcastle United at St. James Park this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Apparently, Spurs and Glasgow Rangers are watching Francois Modesto of Monaco.  The 27 year old has been watched by Spurs, according to the Sky Sports website and a good report of his play was posted, with Rangers' new manager Paul Le Guen also a keen admirer of the Frenchman,
   Former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown got sent off for Fulham today when he launched a two footed lunge at Portsmouth's former Spurs midfielder Sean Davis.  Davis is saying today that eh feels he shouldn't have left Fulham when he did and came to Spurs.  After the 3-1 win for Pompey, perhaps he will feel differently again !!
   The Academy Under-18 side beat West Ham United 3-2 at Spurs Lodge today with goals from Radwan Hamed 2 and Leigh Mills.

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