White Hot Lines

April 2007

Monday 30.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs Reserves beat Portsmouth Reserves 1-0 at Stevenage Borough FC tonight in their last game of the season.  Lee Barnard notched the only goal of the game.  For a match report, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sammy Lee has been appointed as the new Bolton Wanderers manager ... Chester manager Mark Wright and his assistant Graham Barrow have been sacked ...


Sunday 29.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sundays are full of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool's admiration for Dimitar Berbatov, with the stories claiming that Chelsea are content that they will be in prime position to buy the forward for anywhere between 20 million and 25 million.  Derby County manager Billy Davies is set to fight to keep young midfielder Giles Barnes, whether the Rams are promoted or not.
   Tottenham will face trips to Sunderland and Birmingham City next season, as the two Championship clubs bounced straight back to the Premier League after Derby County failed to get a point at Crystal Palace this afternoon.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sam Allardyce has resigned as manager of Bolton Wanderers with immediate effect ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger said he might well leave Arsenal if his young boys don't come up with something next season.


Saturday 28.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Middlesbrough 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
   Tottenham are reported to be showing an interest in Benfica's 29 year old Greek international central defender/midfielder Kostas Katsouranis, so the Daily MIrror reports.  Arsenal and Spurs are both reported to be interested in Le Mans' 24 year old goalkeeper Yohann Pele, who is keen on a move to England according to Sky Sports website.
   Spurs Under-18s lost 2-6 at home in the Premier Academy League
at Spurs Lodge this morning.
  
Tottenham's big money signing from QPR Dean Parrett played for England Under-16s at Wembley and set up the winning goal against Spain this afternoon.  Andros Townsend came on as a second half substitute, while Adam Smith was an unused substitute.

  OTHER NEWS ... Southend United were relegated from the Championship, while Chesterfield and Bradford City will go down to League Two after their relegation was confirmed ...
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Friday 27.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's Head Coach Martin Jol is being linked with a summer transfer move for Newcastle United and England midfielder Kieron Dyer.  The player will cost 5 million in the Daily Mirror and 7 million in the Times.  Luckily for Spurs, the injury hit ex-Ipswich man who is on 80,000 a week, is one player that Glenn Roeder does not want to lose at St. James' Park.  Meanwhile, across in the Sun, Jermain Defoe is said to be considering his Tottenham future and that has revived the link with Manchester United for about 10 million or a "take your pick" of Louis Saha, Kieran Richardson, Darren Fletcher, John O'Shea or Wes Brown.  Other reports reckon Portsmouth and Aston Villa will also be involved.  Didier Zokora's agent has denied that he wants to leave Spurs as rumours of interest from Valencia and Sevilla circulate.
   Spurs groundsman Darren Baldwin has been given a 1,000 cheque as reward for being named as the Barclaycard Groundsman of the Year.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Teemu Tainio (ankle), Anthony Gardner (broken leg), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Mido (groin) and Young-Pyo Lee (knee) are all missing from the team tomorrow at Middlesbrough, but Paul Stalteri returns from injury.
   MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : -  Abel Xavier and Julio Arca might be fit and that would leave Gareth Southgate with the strongest squad to pick from.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... West ham United survived the threat of a points deduction as they were found guilty of the breach in the ownership ownership laws over the signing of Javier Maschereno and Carlos Tevez.  Instead they had to settle for a fine of 5.5 million...  ...


Thursday 26.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are reported in the Daily Mirror to be interested in Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi to give Paul Robinson competition for the gloves.

  OTHER NEWS ... Lee Richardson has been appointed as permanent manager of Chesterfield having been given a caretaker role when Roy McFarland left the club ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jose Mourinho embarrassed himself when he claimed a handball against Steven Gerrard in last night's Champions League semi-final first leg.  It was pointed out to the Chelsea coach that the England midfielder was merely carrying a ball out onto the pitch with him as he led the team out for the match.


Wednesday 25.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Mark Yeates has finished his loan spell at Leicester City and has returned to White Hart Lane.

  OTHER NEWS ... 1966 England World Cup winner Alan Ball died last night after suffering a heart attack ...
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Tuesday 24.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Celtic's Russian midfielder Jiri Jarosik is being linked with a move to Tottenham and the 29 year old player seems to be very interested in having another go at the Premiership after leaving Chelsea and having had a spell on loan at Birmingham City last season.
   Having received over 300 reports of what happened in the away leg of the UEFA Cup quarter final, Tottenham have reported to have set up a meeting with football-focused barrister Jim Sturman QC for fans who were involved in Spanish Police attacks in Sevilla to discuss the possibility of taking civil legal action.  The club look likely not to take action on behalf of the fans.  Spurs are to send their report on the incidents to the Home Office, while fans have already sent their views to he British Consul in Sevilla, the Home Office and the Spanish Ambassador.

  OTHER NEWS ... Terry Butcher has been named as the new manager of Brentford, taking over on 7th May ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... News has broken that a couple of years back when Jose Mourinho was banned from the touchline in the Champions League, that he was smuggled into the team dressing room as a self-abashed football manager.


Monday 23.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Damien Comolli has rebuffed suggestions that he is on his way to Arsenal as Director of Football to replace the recently departed David Dein.  The Frenchman who holds the post of Sporting Director at White Hart Lane said that he is enjoying what he is doing with his project at Spurs and does his task with a passion, believing that the club are not far off breaking into the top bracket of the English game. 
   Spurs Reserves were at home to Fulham Reserves tonight and lost 0-1.
   Les Ferdinand has been appointed a the first ambassador of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation venture.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Queen claims that she is a Gooner.  Perhaps having a fellow German in goal was the attraction


Sunday 22.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov is being linked with a summer move away from the club.  Depending on which Sunday paper you read, it could be either to Manchester United for 16 million plus Louis Saha or Chelsea for 20 million.  The striker ha impressed so much in the Premier League this season with Tottenham that he is a top target for the top two sides.  In addition, Sevilla were so taken with the performances of midfielder Didier Zokora and defender Pascal Chimbonda against them in the UEFA Cup quarter final that they will return to London to do business with Spurs should the Spanish side qualify for the Champions League.
   To confirm how well regarded Dimitar Berbatov is he made the Premier League Team of the Season, voted for by his fellow professionals.
  
At the same Professional Footballers Association awards evening, Aaron Lennon came third in the Young Player of the Year category.

  OTHER NEWS ... David James creates a Premier League record for the most clean sheets (yes, he has been around for a long time) ...
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Saturday 21.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 2-2 with Arsenal at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report and here for reaction.

  OTHER NEWS ... Watford were relegated from the Premier League today ...
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Friday 20.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - Cesc Fabregas may be missing from the Arsenal line-up as he is suffering with a virus, whilst there are some doubts about Freddie Ljungberg and Abou Diaby.
  
For fans travelling to the Spurs v Arsenal game by rail, the BR train line between Edmonton Green and Cheshunt will be closed tomorrow for engineering works.

  OTHER NEWS ... Luton Town were relegated from the Championship to League One tonight ...
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  CRIMEWATCH ... David Moyes is suing his former Everton player Wayne Rooney, his publisher and Hunter Davies for comments made in the first part of Rooney's autobiography ...


Thursday 19.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Robbie Keane picked up a knee injury at Wigan on Sunday and will probably miss out on playing in the Saturday lunch-time game at White Hart Lane against Arsenal.  Young-Pyo Lee's knee surgery keeps him out for the rest of the season, while Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have not yet got match fit after their injuries.  Ledley King is fit to play, while Paul Stalteri is only half-fit and will probably not be risked.  It has been announced that striker Mido is fit too.  Really ??
   ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - Thierry Henry is out until the end of the season, with Robin van Persie also missing and Theo Walcott having dislocated his shoulder missing out too.
  
For a preview of the game click here.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Sheffield United have been fined 10,000 and Reading 5,000 for staff and players acting in a  disorderly fashion, while Reading coach Wally Downes got a 2,000 fine and a one match touchline ban ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Julio Baptista of Real Madrid has revealed that he has found settling in difficult at Arsenal, where he is on loan.  The Brazilian striker said, "The teams from the north of England are terrible.  When we play them I have counted their centre-backs booting up to 30 long balls upfield per game."  Perhaps he should concentrate on playing instead of counting.


Wednesday 18.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Today's Tottenham linked to West Ham United players stories include the club's interest in midfielder Yossi Benayoun and striker Marlon Harewood.  Portsmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle United and a number of clubs in Spain will test Tottenham's determination to sign up the Israeli international, while Aston Villa and Newcastle United (again) are associated with a liking for the lumbering forward Harewood. 

  OTHER NEWS ... David Dein leaves Arsenal as their vice-chairman with immediate effect over "irreconcilable differences" ...
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Tuesday 17.04.2007   (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 Martin Jol has been given the funding to make the joint 15 million signings of West Bromwich Albion's Curtis Davies and West Ham United's midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Roy Keane has said that the link with him taking over as manager of Manchester United in an insult.  Yes, he has heard some of the things they call the current United manager.


Monday 16.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Aaron Lennon has been nominated for the PFA Young Payer of the Year award, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney, Kevin Doyle and Micah Richards.
   Tottenham Reserves had a 0-0 draw against Sampdoria in Genoa this evening.
   Werder Bremen's 27 year old Croatian midfielder Jurica Vranjes
is reportedly a target for Spurs and Everton.

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Sunday 15.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 3-3 with Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.
   The Sunday People continue to peddle the story about Tottenham's interest in West Ham United captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
   The last ever issue of MEHSTG Volume 2 is now available and if you are interested in securing your copy, e-mail mehstg@blueyonder.co.uk

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... In response to the news that Arsene Wenger has changed his route to work to avoid seeing Highbury knocked down, Martin Jol will be going out of his way to see just that very thing.


Saturday 14.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No Tottenham news today.

  OTHER NEWS ... In League Two, Scunthorpe United were confirmed as champions and Hartlepool United will be promoted, while Torquay United drop out of the league into the Conference next season ...
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  The Sun claims that Jurgen Klinsmann will be the next manager of Chelsea, when Jose Mourinho leaves the club in the summer to be England manager !!.


Friday 13.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will welcome back Ricardo Rocha after him being cup-tied for the UEFA Cup tie and Lee Barnard is in the squad in place of illness victim MidoYoung-Pyo Lee misses out with a knee problem which might rule him out of the rest of the season, while Ledley King may continue in defence after coming through the Sevilla match without a reaction.
   WIGAN ATHLETIC TEAM NEWS : - 
The home side will be missing defenders Emmerson Boyce, Arjan De Zeeuw, Fitz Hall and David Unsworth while winger Antonio Valencia is suspended. 
   For a match preview, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Petr Cech won the Player of the Month award and Jose Mourniho manager of the month ...
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Things are going all Kroenke at Highbury with the American businessman buying up more shares to take his holding to 11.9%.  it is expected he will build on his shareholding at the South London club.


Thursday 12.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the UEFA Cup quarter final second leg tonight, losing on aggregate 3-4.  For a match report click here.
   The Daily Record reports that Spurs have met with Scottish agent Willie Mackay about the signing of Hibernian midfielder Scott Brown.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Premier League want England to play all their matches in two three week blocks at the end of December and at the end of the season.  At least that way, the agony isn't spread over too  long a period !!


Wednesday 11.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Independent claims that Portsmouth might make a move for Anthony Gardner in the summer transfer window, as Curtis Davies is out of their price range.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Young-Pyo Lee is out of the game against Sevilla with an injured knee, while Ledley King is back in the squad, as is Danny MurphyCharlie Lee comes in as defensive cover and Adel Taarabt keeps his place in the squad after a good showing as a substitute against Chelsea.  Paul Stalteri's hip problem makes him a doubt and Ricardo Rocha is once more cup-tied.
   Former Spurs joint manager Doug Livermore has been appointed as caretaker assistant manager at Leicester City.

  OTHER NEWS ... Lawrie Sanchez has taken over as caretaker manager at Craven Cottage until the end of the season after Fulham sacked Chris Coleman ...
Nigel Worthington has been appointed as Leicester City manager after the Foxes sacked their manager Rob Kelly ... Andy Ritchie has been named as the new manager of Huddersfield Town ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Fulham tried to bury the news of the sacking of manager Chris Coleman by issuing it on their own website late last night.  How shameful is that ??


Tuesday 10.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Adel Taarabt has told the media that he is not on loan at Tottenham, but has signed a five year deal at the lane, where he has settled quickly and wants to be a part of the future of the club.
   Tottenham's UEFA Cup quarter final second leg match will be shown live on ITV1.
   SEVILLA TEAM NEWS : -
 Goalkeeper Andres Palop will miss the second leg of the UEFA Cup quarter final at White Hart Lane as he has injured his calf muscle.  Striker Ernesto Chevanton is still injured and will not play and nor will midfielder Fernando Sales, but Luis Fabiano returns after suspension.
   For a match preview, click here.
   Spurs Reserves beat Aston Villa reserves 2-1 away at Villa Park tonight with goals from Jamie O'Hara and Lee Barnard.

  OTHER NEWS ... Brentford have parted company with manager Scott Fitzgerald ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Monday 09.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Guardian report that Chelsea have approached Tottenham about their experiences at the hands of the Spanish police ahead of their trip to Valencia this week in the Champions League.  .
   Indications are that Spurs will be trying to get Ledley King fit for Thursday night's UEFA Cup quarter final second leg match at White Hart Lane.

  OTHER NEWS ... Brentford were relegated from League One this afternoon ...
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Sunday 08.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   HAPPY EASTER.
   Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is said by the Sunday Mirror to be a 10 million target for Manchester United in the summer.  Meanwhile, Spurs scouts will be taking the opportunity when watching Sevilla today to see how Racing Santander's Nicola Zigic might fit into the Tottenham line-up should Martin Jol make a move for him in the close season to replace Defoe or Mido.  The Sunday Express reports that Spurs have missed out on Borussia Dortmund's German international defender Christopher Metzelder, as he has agreed to sign for Real Madrid.  News of the World reckons Manchester United and Spurs will be fined for the crowd trouble at their European games in midweek.  The paper also says that Dimitar Berbatov will turn his back on a move to Manchester United at the end of the season to stay with Tottenham.

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Saturday 07.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 0-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at the Premier League for making Spurs play Chelsea so soon after the UEFA Cup game, with his Manchester United side trying to maintain their gap over the Blues at the top of the table.
  
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on signing Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell in the summer.  The Sun reckons Tottenham and Chelsea will have talks about the safety of fans travelling to Europe.

  OTHER NEWS ... Dagenham and Redbridge clinched the Conference title this afternoon and will play in the Football League for the first time next season ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Friday 06.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The row over the violence that flared at the Spurs UEFA Cup tie in Sevilla last night has hit the news all day today.
   The Spanish officials say that drunken Spurs fans fuelled the trouble, while every other report indicates that over zealous policing from the Spanish force in the stadium was to blame, with a disabled supporter, children, women, two Spurs stewards and the club's disability co-ordinator among those attacked by police.
  
Club Secretary John Alexander has said that the club will be gathering evidence to present to UEFA to show the real events of last night and that the FA's representative, the local Police Commander and British Embassy officials will all provide statements to support the views against the local police handling of the match.  It was only due to Tottenham officials intervening to get the riot police removed from the Spurs section after half-time that calmed the situation down.
   Even so, Paul Robinson had to stop the team coach when it was leaving the stadium, as a Spurs fan was taking a photo of the coach and was set upon by Police.  The England goalkeeper stopped the incident and took the fan into the stadium so that he could receive treatment.
   UEFA say they will look into the events surrounding the match and have not made any decision on action regarding the outcome as they are in the very early stages of their investigation.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Young-Pyo Lee, Paul Stalteri and Pascal Chimbonda all received knocks in the UEFA Cup game in Sevilla and will be assessed before the game at Chelsea tomorrow.  Ricardo Rocha returns to the side after being cup-tied and some of the fringe players might be called upon to play if the need arises.
   For a match preview, click here.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... newspapers report that Robbie Savage is losing his battle to be fit for the FA Cup final.  Obviously he will be distressed that he will not be able to be there to cheer on his former club Manchester United.


Thursday 05.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 1-2 in Sevilla in the UEFA Cup quarter final first leg tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Crowd trouble marred the game, as Spurs fans in the sector in the corner behind the goal were involved in exchanges with local Police.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The owner of American soccer side Colorado Rapids, American Football club St Louis Rams, Basketball team the Denver Nuggets and Ice Hockey club Colorado Avalanche has bought a 9.99% share from ITV in English association football club Arsenal Losers.


Wednesday 04.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs continue to be without the injured Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Anthony Gardner, Danny Murphy, Tom Huddlestone and Ricardo Rocha is cup-tied.  However, Mido, Teemu Tainio and Hossam Ghaly will be available for selection for the game in Sevilla.
  
For a match preview. click here.

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Tuesday 03.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have been cleared of any wrong-doing by the FA in their investigation into the pitch invasion following the FA Cup Sixth Round replay at White hart Lane against Chelsea.
   The Daily Mirror claims Tottenham are leading three clubs in a chase for Monaco's midfielder Distel Zola, who plays for their Under-18 side.  According to a translated version of the AS Monaco website, the player is a 17 year old Frenchwoman whose post is "medium of ground."  He has played at Under-17 level for France in the same team as Adel Taarabt.
   Tom Huddlestone picked up a knee injury in Sunday's game against Reading and will be out for three to four weeks.
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Mathieu Flamini wants to buy his way out of his Arsenal contract. 


Monday 02.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have supposedly sent scouts to watch Vitesse Arnhem's 25 year old international midfielder Theo Janssen, who said Tottenham were a "nice club," which he might like to move to.

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Sunday 01.04.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Reading 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   Manchester City are said to be still interested in bidding 4 million for striker Mido according to the News of the World, but the same newspaper claims that both clubs are chasing Swedish striker Johan Elmander, who is with French club Toulouse.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Francesco Totti has thrown his toys out of his pram about Alex Ferguson not mentioning him as a danger man in their up coming Champions League meeting.  After being told that he would be man-marked and him thinking he would be put in "a cage", Totti said "When I grow up I won't be a footballer but I will go and work at the zoo with all the cages people have made for me."  The Roma midfielder went on to add in a very mature critique of our national game that "I don't like the way English football is even if some great players play there.  I don't like English football and I don't like England either because of the weather."

 

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