White Hot Lines

SEPTEMBER 2002

Monday  30.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Steffen Freund has been added to the Tottenham squad for tomorrow's Worthington Cup tie against Cardiff City.  It will be his first inclusion in a Spurs squad since the start of the year when he was injured in the semi-final first leg of the same competition.  Christian Ziege will be out for the game and also misses Germany's internationals against the Faroe Islands and Bosnia next week.  Rohan Ricketts, Jonathan Blondel and Ronnie Henry are also in the squad.  Milenko Acimovic should be available after getting a kick on the ankle on Saturday.
  Glenn Hoddle has said that the Spurs fans were right to boo the team at half-time, as the performance deserved it.  
  Please remember that the Tubes will stop running at 20.00 p.m on Tuesday night, so getting home after the match might be difficult.
  TeamTalk have a story stating that Chris Perry might be back in training this week and be available for Sunday's match at Ewood Park. 
  The same site tell us that Spurs scouts are watching Albion Rovers' goalkeeper Scott Shearer.  The 21 year old is on trial with Everton at the moment for five days, but David Pleat is said to have made enquiries with his Scottish club.
  Simon Davies has been included in the Wales squad for their Euro 2004 qualifying match against Italy on October 16th in Cardiff.
  DC United's young keeper Nick Rimando has been linked with a move to Tottenham to cover for injuries in that department, but this has been dismissed as he is not an international and would find getting a passport very difficult. 


Sunday  29.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle says that because Kasey Keller is touch and go for the Cardiff City Worthington Cup tie, he might have to seek exceptional permission from the Premier League to bring in another goalkeeper.  Lars Hirschfeld is the only fit goalie in the first team squad at the club at the moment and Hoddle could try and bring another glove-man in on a short term deal to cover for Keller's injury.
  Hoddle also told the Spurs website that Christian Ziege has strained his calf muscle (or will that turn out to be a strained back ?) and that Milenko Acimovic and Jamie Redknapp both took knocks which make them unlikely to pay against Cardiff City.  The side could have some of the younger players at the club drafted in with about 15 players likely to be unavailable for the match.
  Spurs Ladies crashed out of the Women's FA Cup 3-5 after extra time at Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon.  The score was 3-3 at full time.  For a match report, click here.  The reserves lost to Charlton 3rds 6-1, the Under 13s beat Denham United 4-1 and the Under-11s lost to Watford Ladies U-11s 1-4.  For the latest news. click here.


Saturday  28.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham crashed to a 0-3 defeat to Middlesbrough at home today.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Glenn Hoddle said after the game that this was the poorest performance by a Tottenham side since he took over as manager. He also revealed that Jamie Redknapp (Hamstring) and Kasey Keller (calf) are both unlikely to be ready for Tuesday's Worthington Cup tie despite playing through the pain today.
  Tottenham's Under-19s beat Millwall at Spurs Lodge this morning 4-3.


Friday  27.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are to play American side DC United on October 17th in a  charity match, which will feature the return of Jurgen Klinsmann in the lilywhite shirt.  Glenn Hoddle is also expected to pull on his boots again for Spurs in the match, with Gary Mabbutt and David Ginola also rumoured to be ready to play for Tottenham again.  All money raised will go to ex-Spurs players who have fallen on hard times, via the Tottenham Tribute Trust, the Ananova website tells us.  Tickets will be 15 or 20 for adults and 5 for children and OAPs.  The match will kick off at 7.45 p.m.
  Glenn Hoddle said that Tottenham had the option to sign Italian striker Massimo Maccarone in the summer, but at the time, the funds were not available to bring him to White Hart Lane.  Instead Middlesbrough paid 2.15 million more to sign him from Empoli.
  Fernando Morientes has revealed on the Ananova news website that he was flattered and has been looking out for the club's results.  He said he was pleased that they are having a good start to the season, but this did not mean he would be joining Spurs in January.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Christian Ziege is added to the squad for tomorrow's match.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : - Szilard Nemeth misses the trip to White Hart Lane, but Boateng looks like he might be fit to start the match.
  Glenn Hoddle has named Arsenal as the benchmark that other teams must reach to challenge for the Premier league, rather than Manchester United.


Thursday  26.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mauricio Taricco has told the Spurs website that he is improving after pulling a groin muscle against West Ham United.  However, he is ready to go into light training, but will not play again until the injury has healed completely.
  The official site also reports that Gus Poyet took part in a practice match at Spurs Lodge.  The Uruguayan said he is focusing on getting fit, but is not sure if he will be required to play in the reserves before making a first team comeback.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : -  Christian Ziege has returned from treatment in Germany and hopes to be ready to return to the team for Saturday's game.  He told the official site that the problem was not in his calf, but his back, which his doctor has advised him on.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : -  Gareth Southgate is expected to be fit for the match.  Boksic might replace Szliard Nemeth and midfielder George Boateng hopes to have recovered from a hamstring pull, after getting over a bout of flu.


Wednesday  25.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Perry has said he hopes to be back in the first team within three weeks.  The specialist dealing with his gashed leg has told him he should be able to be back playing by then.
  Steven Ferguson has said that he did not enjoy being at Tottenham and turned down Stoke City to go on loan to Motherwell, where he rates Terry Butcher as the best manager he has worked under !!  The young Scot said he was not training that hard and whenever he got close to being on the first team subs bench something would come along to spoil it.  He said on the Planet Football site that he was glad he went to Motherwell.


Tuesday  24.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has announced that "as of today, there are no international matches planned for White Hart Lane".  It is believed that this statement may have been prompted by the Israeli FA's request to Daniel Levy requesting that they stage their Euro 2004 qualifiers at our ground.
  The official website reports that Stephen Clemence should be back in training in a couple of weeks time after further treatment on his Achilles injury.
  Simon Davies had been talking about the Manchester United game on the Spurs site and said he went out there with his "defensive head" on.  Looks like Hod's teachings are getting through to the players.
  Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has said that his interest in taking Les Ferdinand to Fratton Park is over, as the club couldn't afford his wages.


Monday  23.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has said on the official website that all the players who missed the match against Manchester United on Saturday are not likely to be fit for the next fixture against Middlesbrough.  Hod did add that at least there were no more injuries to add to the list of 13 first teamers currently out.
  Spurs reserves drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest reserves at The City Ground tonight.  A Jonathan Blondel goal was equalised before half-time. 
  The Israel FA are to approach UEFA about playing their club European games and their national side's Euro 2004 qualifying matches at White hart Lane.  At the moment, they are not allowed to play in their homeland, because of the sensitive political situation there and are playing games in Cyprus, with Hungary, Ukraine and Romania also considered as possible venues.  With Cyprus in their Euro qualifying group they would not want to hand home advantage to that country by having to stage their home games there.


Sunday  22.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Torino striker Cristiano Lucarelli is being linked with Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Everton.  The 5 million rated forward was expected to quit Serie A at the end of the season, but it might happen when the transfer window reopens in January.
  Tottenham Ladies grabbed a 3-3 draw away at Redbridge Raiders today.  Click here for all the latest from the Ladies teams.
  Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has told the Sunday Mirror that he believes that should Christian Gross choose to come back to England now, he would have success.  He said it might have been the wrong club and the wrong time to arrive as a boss when he was installed at Tottenham, but Houllier thinks that the foreign culture is more accepted now and Gross will have more experience to do well. 
  Former Spurs manager George Graham is being linked with jobs at Sunderland and West Ham United should their present managers get sacked.


Saturday  21.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost to Manchester United 0-1 today at Old Trafford.  For a match report, click here and for reaction click here.
  On loan Spurs midfielder, Johnnie Jackson, scored a 25 yard free kick in his home debut for Swindon Town.


Friday  20.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being tenuously linked with Lee Bowyer.  A swap deal involving Darren Anderton has been rumoured this morning.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Christian Ziege is not included in the trip to Old Trafford as he has a calf injury.  Anthony Gardner's thigh injury rules him out and Mauricio Taricco has not recovered sufficiently from his groin strain to take part.  Rohan Ricketts and Ronnie Henry have been added to the squad to travel North.
  MAN U TEAM NEWS : -  Gary Neville could replace John O'Shea as he has returned to fitness now.  Nicky Butt is definitely out with a bruised hip and Ruud van Nistelrooy will have a late fitness test on his injured calf.
  Teddy Sheringham has told the London Evening Standard that he would like to sign a year's extension to his contract to stay at Spurs a bit longer.  The club can take up the 12 month option and have until March to let Sheringham know.  The player says he is happy to keep playing and will put off a move to coaching until he feels his playing days are over.
  Planet Football are linking Tottenham with an overseeing interest in AC Milan's Brazilian defender Roque Junior.  His position is under threat from new signing Alessandro Nesta and it is believed that his availability has been circulated around Europe.  Tottenham have asked to be kept informed of the situation, although the defender is out with a shoulder injury for three months.  The website says he might be a summer target for Hoddle with a fee of around 6 million likely to be set by the Italian club.
  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he thinks it is a good thing that Tottenham are returning to good form, as it will be good for North London football.  The Frenchman added that much of the difference in the step-up this season is attributable to Jamie Redknapp, who has a "terrible habit ... of passing to his own team" ??
  Both Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand were today linked with loan moves to Portsmouth according to the London Evening Standard.
  John Piercy has signed for Brighton and Hove Albion and revealed that he turned down the offer of a one year deal to stay at Tottenham.  The Spurs midfielder has been on trial at the South Coast club for four weeks and goes straight in to the squad for the Seagulls match against Rotherham United.


Thursday  19.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newspaper reports today said that Tim Sherwood was set to join Portsmouth on loan, with the deal being made permanent when the January transfer window opens.  However, while David Pleat told the media that he was aware of Harry Redknapp's interest, nothing had been agreed with respect of off-loading Sherwood.  TeamTalk claim that Sherwood has been talking to Pompey for weeks and with Spurs having agreed to pay off his contract, he will sign a two year 10,000 a week deal with the South Coast club.  A figure of 250,000 has been quoted as a fee for him.
  The player has been out of action with a medial ligament injury, for which he is trying to avoid having an operation and is having injections to see if that helps.
  The official site informs us that Anthony Gardner is suffering from a recurrence of his thigh injury and Christian Ziege a calf injury.  Both are in a race against time to be fit for Saturday's match at Old Trafford.
  Steffen Freund has been hit by another set-back in his return from knee surgery ... this time a hamstring tear in the reserve game against Southampton the week before last.


Wednesday  18.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand's foot injury is likely to rule him out of a place in the Spurs team for Saturday's match at Old Trafford.  He also told reporters that he was happy that Robbie Keane had joined the club as it meant that he would be given the proper time for his injuries to recover rather than be playing with knocks as he had done before.
  Spurs reserves lost 1-2 with Derby County reserves tonight at home at Stevenage Borough's ground.  John Sutton pressured Horacio Carbonari to concede an own goal to equalise an early Strupar goal, but Tottenham were denied the draw by a late goal from Twigg.  For a match report, click here.
  Tottenham are being linked with Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil.  The England Under-21 player would be rated at around 4 million and Spurs are said to be planning a swoop when the transfer window opens in January.  Of course, they do hold an advantage on other clubs interested in the youngster, as Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is keen on Tim Sherwood and so a swap deal could be on the cards.
  Ben Bowditch and Marcel McKie both played in England Under-19s 3-1 win over Hungary in Budapest tonight.


Tuesday  17.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham will play Cardiff City in the Second Round of the Worthington Cup on Tuesday 1st October with the kick off at 7.45 p.m.
  Chris Perry underwent surgery to clear up the cut that he suffered to his knee in Sunday's game.  This was just a precaution and should not lengthen the time he is out of the side.


Monday  16.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Spurs website reveals that Chris Perry is likely to be out of action for about three weeks, after getting a badly gashed knee in the match at the Lane yesterday.
  West Ham manager Glenn Roeder has cleared Jamie Redknapp of any blame for Tomas Repka's injury in yesterday's match.  He said Jamie would not go in to injure a fellow professional on purpose.
  The official site also has a warning for fans travelling by train to the game at Manchester United on Saturday.  That is that they should find another way of getting to the game, as there will be a strike by Arriva train staff on that line and trains will be severely restricted.
  Teddy Sheringham said he still harbours hopes of playing for England, despite being left out of the last squad.  He told Sky Sports that if you are good enough you are old enough and that applied at both ends pf the age range.


Sunday  15.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat West Ham United 3-2 this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  Spurs scored through Simon Davies, Teddy Sheringham (pen) and Anthony Gardner in a second half that contained all the goals and a sending off for West Ham.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.


Saturday  14.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have been drawn at home to Cardiff City in the Second Round of the Worthington Cup, which will be played on October 1st/2nd.
  Chris Perry might not be risked against West Ham despite the X-ray showing that there was no fracture to his jaw after the clash in the Fulham match.
  Tottenham are supposedly interested in South Korean Seol Ki-hyeon striker based at Anderlecht according to Planet Football.  The 23 year old has scored six goals in four games in the Belgian league and may be a target when the transfer window re-opens in January.
  Spurs Under-17s drew 2-2 with Reading this morning.  Goals from Owen Price and Gareth Jenkins put Tottenham in front, but the home aide got a draw with a two late goals.
  Spurs Under-19s beat Chelsea at Myddleton House 2-0.  Goals from Slabber and Marney secured a well earned win. 


Friday  13.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  ENIC might get a 20 million influx of income into the company by releasing a share issue to raise money for the plc.  This could be reinvested back into the team and the new Academy being planned for Abridge.  In addition to the sale of their shares in other football clubs in their portfolio, it is believed that they are also selling off their Warner Brothers stores to concentrate on Tottenham. The share issue will also make it more difficult for any person or body corporate to make a takeover bid for Tottenham Hotspur plc.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Darren Anderton will not be fit for the visit of West Ham United, but Jamie Redknapp might make the match, being rated as 50-50 after picking up a knock on his calf in training.  Chris Perry and Mauricio Taricco might face late fitness tests to see if they will feature in the game, with Perry more optimistic s there was no fracture from his jaw injury on Wednesday.  Christian Ziege should be restored to the starting line-up and Robbie Keane is tipped to make his debut in place of Les Ferdinand.
  WEST HAM UNITED TEAM NEWS : - Joe Cole looks likely to recover from a face injury to play and veteran Steve Lomas could come into the midfield alongside Cole.  Gary Breen looks set to keep his place in the side.
  Gus Poyet is hoping to be back playing within a month after having surgery on his knee injury.  He is already kicking a ball again and realises that he has to take his recovery slowly, so as not to set back his progress, he told the club website.
  Lazio's Simone Inzaghi has been linked with a New Year move to Tottenham or Arsenal, but his agent claims the player will be staying in Rome.
  Les Ferdinand believes that Glenn Hoddle will return to manage England at some stage in the future.  He thinks his club manager has the desire to prove people that he was wrong to be sacked form the national manager's post because of non-footballing matters.
  Johnnie Jackson completed his loan move to Swindon Town and looks like he might find a place in their side for tomorrow's match against QPR.  The reserve midfielder will be at the County Ground for three months.  Swindon wanted Jackson to complete his ban before he signed.
  Ben Bowditch and Marcel McKie have been named in the England Under-19 squad to meet Hungary next Wednesday in Budapest.


Thursday  12.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  ENIC are to sell their share holdings in other European football clubs to concentrate on Tottenham Hotspur.  This means they will relinquish their shares in Italy's Vicenza, FC Basel of Switzerland, Czech club Slavia Prague, Greek side AEK Athens and Glasgow Rangers.  After the TV deal was struck for European competitions yesterday, the ruling that any club under the ownership of a party with a financial interest in another club in the competition would require one to drop out.  ENIC had tried to get this UEFA ruling over-turned previously, but were unsuccessful, so have decided to put all the eggs in the Tottenham basket and hope that the cockerel will lay them a Golden Egg.  While the TeamTalk report claims that this might make more transfer funds available for Glenn Hoddle, this will remain to be seen.
  Glenn Hoddle has said that the second half performance last night could have seen Spurs concede five goals, not just the three that won the game for the home side.  The manager added that there were harsh lessons that had to be learned and learned quickly from the match.
  The facial injury that Chris Perry picked up in a rash challenge from Pierre Wome will be X-rayed today to determine the extent of the damage.
  Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp should be ready to return to action against his father's former team, West Ham United on Sunday at White Hart Lane.  Mauricio Taricco is only rated as 50-50 for the match.


Wednesday  11.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost to Fulham 2-3 at Loftus Road tonight.  Dean Richards and Teddy Sheringham put Tottenham 2-0 up at half time and then we lost out to a last minute, injury time goal.  For a match report, click here and for reaction click here.
  Glenn Hoddle has told Tottenham fans that Robbie Keane might take a few games to settle in and he should not be judged on his early performances.  Hoddle even suggested he might have to wait to play his first game, as he might start off as a substitute.
  Jamie Redknapp missed tonight's game with a calf strain and Mauricio Taricco was out with a groin problem.  Sergei Rebrov also was the victim of a groin injury after playing for Ukraine in the week.
  Steffen Freund has had a slight setback in his recovery from his knee operation in the summer.  The German midfielder has received a knock on his good knee and may need four or five reserve games before he is ready to return to the first team.
  Sunderland and Tottenham are chasing the signing of Argentinian youngster Maximillian Lopez.  Although he has been talking to Reggina of Italy's Serie A, the deal looks like it might have fallen through and the English clubs are waiting to pick up the player should he not get his move to the country where he holds a passport.
  Long time Spurs target, Bobby Zamora has signed an extension to his Brighton and Hove Albion contract that should deter any more stories about him leaving for White Hart Lane or Goodison Park.
  Tottenham are also being linked with Crystal Palace's 17 year old forward Wayne Routledge, who played for the Eagles in the Worthington Cup last night.  Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are also keen on the winger, after watching him since last season.
  A worrying development is a story on the web linking Spurs with a move for Chris Sutton when the transfer window opens again in January.  It is believed that Hoddle thinks that Sutton will work well with Robbie Keane and is keeping in touch with the striker's position at Celtic through his brother - Spurs reserve John.
  Former Spurs defender Mark Bowen has resigned as assistant manager of Wales to concentrate on his role at Birmingham City, as instructed to by Steve Bruce.


Tuesday  10.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has been named as Barclaycard Manager of the Month for August for taking Tottenham to the top of the Premier League.
  Tottenham are reported as being ready to accept any offer for Sergei Rebrov to end his Spurs nightmare.  The club have told his agent that any team serious in taking him on permanently or on loan will be welcome to approach Tottenham.  Fulham are believed to still be interested in the Ukraine international ,but they would not be able to sign him until January as there are no loans between Premiership teams.
  Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is still working on a deal to take Tim Sherwood to Fratton Park.  He said that he needs to ad players to his squad and hoped Sherwood would be one of them, as he has been out of favour since his pre-season outburst against Glenn Hoddle and ENIC.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner hopes to be fit for the Fulham game tomorrow and Steffen Freund is hoping for a place in the squad after a reserve match last week.  All the internationals returned from their matches OK, but Doherty and Keane are a bit tired after their long trek back from Moscow.  Robbie Keane looks set to make his debut, but Hoddle has to decide who makes way for the new signing.
  FULHAM TEAM NEWS : - The Cottagers have a full strength squad to choose form for the match.
  On Saturday 7th September the Under-17s lost 0-3 at Blackburn Rovers and the Under-19s drew with Southampton away 1-1, with Mario Noto scoring the goal.


Monday  9.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's fixture with Arsenal at White Hart Lane has been moved to Sunday 15th December to be featured on pay-as-you-view on Sky TV.  Kick off will be at 2.00 p.m.  This has also happened to the Newcastle United away fixture on 29th December, which will also kick off at 2.00 p.m.  The Leeds United home match will be pay-per-view, but will kick off at the allotted 2.00 p.m. time.


Sunday  8.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jonathan Blondel has told the club's official website that he hopes to have got used to the difference in English football by next season, when he can make a bigger impact.  The Belgian international said that he has always been interested by the English game, but has to adapt to it's physical ways.
  The News of the World relate a tale of rats infesting the Spurs ground and the club have had to have a rat catcher in to deal with them.  Why are Arsenal fans trying to get into White Hart Lane, eh ??
  Spurs Ladies won their WFA Cup 1st qualifying round match against Redhill Ladies this afternoon 4-3 on a penalty shoot out after the game finished 2-2 after extra time.  For a match report, click here.


Saturday  7.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  On  busy international day ... Simon Davies scored for ales in their victory over Finland in the European Championship qualifier in Helsinki.
  Robbie Keane's first international as a Spurs player ended in a 2-4 defeat in Russia in a Euro 2004 match, but his Spurs colleague Gary Doherty, on as a substitute, scored with a header.
  Milenko Acimovic played 86 minutes of Slovenia's 3-0 win over Malta in the Euro qualifier.
  Steffen Iversen played in Norway's 2-2 draw with Denmark in another qualifier.


Friday  6.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will show the Manchester United match at White Hart Lane on the Videotron screen, as their allocation of tickets is fully sold out.
  Matthew Etherington came on as a late substitute in England Under-21s 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia at the Reebok Stadium tonight.


Thursday  5.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy said the club has still got it's eyes on some new players and hopes to bring them in when the transfer window opens in January.  This came on the heels of the news that the club had made a 900,000 trading profit, a big move from last year's 3.5 million loss.
The figures showed a spend on transfers of 16.7 million with 6.3 brought back in from player sales.  Wages rose to take operating costs up from 43 million to 47 million, although total turnover figures rose from 48 million to 65 million, boosted by the sponsorship deals the club obtained in the summer.  Another North London club suffered a 22.3 million loss in the same period.
  Buried away in the report of the company was a line about expanding the brand internationally, which might include tours by the first team to exploit the Tottenham Hotspur name.  Look out for mid-winter break trips to the Far East !!
  Joe Cole has told the London Evening Standard that the player who had the biggest effect on him at the World Cup within the England squad was Teddy Sheringham.  The West Ham midfielder said that he spoke to Teddy about a few things that opened his eyes to looking at the game in a  different way and Cole said Sheringham would make a great coach if he went into that side of the game after he finished playing.
  TeamTalk report that Spurs are unlikely to pursue their interest in York City's 20 year old keeper Russell Howarth.  Having brought in Lars Hirschfeld, it is not thought that Tottenham will spend out more on another goalkeeper with Rob Burch and Shwan Jalal already in the Reserves/Under-19 set up.
  Spurs will have a yellow third kit out on 24th September 2002.
  SCBC's defender Michael Svensson lost his appeal against the sending off in the game at White Hart Lane last Saturday and he will have to serve his suspension.
  Former Spurs winger Ruel Fox is training with Southend United, but there is no deal in the offing, he is just there to keep fit should a club be interested.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne may be offered a chance to play for Carshalton, by former Spurs defender Graham Roberts, who manages the club.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola might be about to sign a deal with French club Nice.  Nice !!


Wednesday  4.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has said that he is ready to fight for his place in the side with new arrival Robbie Keane.  The Spurs striker said on his Icons website that he is not going to warm the bench all season and intends to make it hard for Hoddle to leave him out.
  Anthony Gardner said that there was a decision taken to miss out on the SCBC match to prevent his thigh strain getting worse.  The tall central defender first felt it in the Villa match and then against Charlton, so opted out of Saturday's 2-1 win to make sure he was fit after the break for international matches.
  On the official website, Milenko Acimovic revealed that he will need more games to adapt to the physical nature of the Premiership, especially to keep going for the full 90 minutes.  he told the reporter that he was Ok up to 70 minutes, but the last 20 are testing him, so he will get used to the speed and intensity over a few more matches.
  Having come through yesterday's reserve match, Steffen Freund has announced himself available for the first team.  His first 90 minutes since his injury saw him performing naturally after his knee surgery and he told the Spurs site that he hoped to be back in the first team squad within a few weeks.
  Jamie Redknapp has also been talking about his injuries to the London Evening Standard.  He was happy to have his life back and said that the surgeon - Richard Steadman - has said that he would have to manage his training and playing, which he has done with Hoddle's help since coming to Tottenham.


Tuesday  3.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Leeds United chairman Peter Ridsdale has said that there is no deal to take Darren Anderton to Elland Road.  He added that Anderton was a player that Terry Venables admired and if fit, one that they might look at, but reiterated that the England midfielder was not part of the transfer of Robbie Keane.
  Portsmouth are still keen to do a deal for Tim Sherwood in January, if Tottenham drop the 250,000 asking fee for the midfielder.
  The official club site has told us that Lars Hirschfeld has been signed permanently on an 18 month contract and the Canadian international does not require a work permit as he has German citizenship.
  Serge Rebrov is supposedly thinking of buying out his own contract in a bid to escape from White Hart Lane.  The Ukrainian is desperate to move away and play first team football again.
  Goran Bunjevcevic is in the Yugoslavia squad to face Czech Republic this weekend in the European Championship qualifiers.
  Steffen Iversen is in the Norway squad for the match against Denmark at the weekend.
  Tottenham reserves beat Southampton reserves at Stevenage Borough FC tonight 2-0.  Les Ferdinand and John Sutton (penalty) scored the goals.  A report will appear on the site tomorrow.
  Johnnie Jackson's loan move to Swindon Town has been delayed while he serves a three match ban.


Monday  2.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham will remain at the top of the league for a week or so more, after Liverpool and Newcastle United drew 2-2 at Anfield tonight.
  Rumours are circulating from things that David Pleat is reported to have said about Darren Anderton.  The tales involve him possibly moving to Leeds United when the transfer window opens up again in January.  Pleat is supposed to have said that Venables has always been a big admirer of Anderton and we will have to wait and see what happens in the future.  Some whispers have it that he failed a medical to be part of the Keane deal and if fit, will move to Elland Road later, thus reducing the amount Spurs will have to find in cash.
  Spurs target Hernan Crespo joined Internazionale from Lazio to replace Ronaldo.
  Matthew Etherington has been named in the England Under-21 squad to face Yugoslavia in a friendly international match at Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium on Friday 6th September.  Russ Howarth, the goalkeeper Tottenham have had on trial, is also in the squad.
  Ledley King, Stephen Carr, Steffen Freund and Alton Thelwell are all ready to play for Tottenham reserves at Stevenage Borough's Broadhall Way ground tomorrow night (kick off 7 p.m.).
  Former Spurs winger, Peter Taylor, has joined the coaching staff at Peterborough United for a while to help manager Barry Fry out.


Sunday  1.9.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fernando Morientes has stayed at Real Madrid despite the signing of Ronaldo.  He turned down Tottenham and Barcelona to remain on the books at the Bernabeu.
  Christian Ziege missed yesterday's win over Southampton as he returned to Munich to comfort his father after the death of his mother.  He may be away from the club for a while and has pulled out of the Germany squad to face Lithuania in a Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday. Our condolences go out to Christian.

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