White Hot Lines

October 2004

Sunday   31.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are looking to bring in Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge in the January transfer window to supply crosses for our forwards to feed off.  It looks as though Routledge will be Santini's number one target after being knocked back in the club's attempts to buy Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City and Andy Reid from Nottingham Forest according to the News of the World.
  Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell is keen on midfielder Michael Brown and will offer Spurs 1.5 million for the player in the transfer window.
  The Sunday People are tipping West Bromwich Albion managerial target Glenn Hoddle to take over from Chris Coleman at Fulham.
  The same newspaper claims that Owen Hargreaves has said he will not be leaving Bayern Munich in January despite interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Djibril Cisse has had a successful operation on his broken leg, but will not play again this season...

Saturday   30.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-2 at Fulham's Craven Cottage this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Head Coach Jacques Santini said that injuries and tiredness had caused Tottenham's slump in the League.  The Frenchman told the media that his players had been playing a lot recently and with injuries and suspensions, he had to keep the same nucleus on the pitch.  Santini was not unhappy with the spirit of the side, he told the club website, but admitted that was not enough to get the right result. 
  Calum Davenport wants to extend his loan at West Ham United until the end of the season.
  Spurs Under-18s drew 3-3 with Bristol City at Spurs Lodge this morning with Charlie Lee, Kieran McKenna and Andy Barcham scoring the Tottenham goals.

  OTHER NEWS ... Djibril Cisse broke his leg playing for Liverpool at Blackburn Rovers tonight ...

Friday   29.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Hotspur will hold a memorial service for Sir Bill Nicholson at White Hart Lane on Sunday 7th November with the gates opening at 10.00 a.m. and the service beginning at 11.00 a.m.  Ex-players under Sir Bill will take part in the service including Martin Chivers, Jimmy Greaves, Dave Mackay, Pat Jennings, Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbutt and Glenn Hoddle.
  A scurrilous story in the Daily Mirror reckons that a bust up behind the scenes by Michael Carrick over his exclusion from the first team might mean he is heading out of Spurs.  The story, which appears to be based on his upset at not being involved in last Saturday's League match against Bolton, has since been overtaken by circumstances, with him taking part in the League Cup tie on Wednesday and stating in an interview that he is looking forward to establishing himself in the Spurs side.  The Spurs website also carried a feature that flies in the face of the Mirror story, although Santini laid down the law by saying that whether players cost a lot of money or were internationals, it was him who picked the starting XI".
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Sean Davis will continue in place of suspended Jamie Redknapp, while Reto Ziegler looks likely to keep his place on the left side of midfield.  There is a problem at left back, where Edman is still troubled by his head injury and that leaves Mauricio Taricco an option to come in there, although Goran Bunjevcevic is probably ahead of the Argentinian after playing the two League Cup games this season, whereas Taricco has yet to play under Santini.
  FULHAM TEAM NEWS : - Edwin van der Sar misses out with a bad back, so Mark Crossley will be between the posts.  Claus Jensen's hamstring prevents him taking part, while Andy Cole sits the match out through suspension.  Tomasz Radzinski will play after overcoming a hamstring pull.  Other absentees are Lee Clark (calf), Jerome Bonnissel (groin), Alain Goma (calf), Sylvain Legwinski (ankle) and Ian Pearce (knee).
  Sean Davis has said that he does not expect to be called up by England and that at the age of 24, he would have expected to have caps to his name by now.  With the strength in depth in midfield for the national side, Davis said he is intending to concentrate on his club football and get Spurs into Europe where they belong.
  Glenn Hoddle is apparently the front runner for the manager's job at West Bromwich Albion.
  Sky Sports website has reported that Spurs are watching 20-year old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who is rated as the best young player in Croatia and looks set to leave his club in the January transfer window.  Also interested in the young Croatian are Dynamo Kiev, Milan, Seville, Arsenal, Internazionale, Anderlecht and Feyenoord.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have sacked the 16 million forward Adrian Mutu after he was tested positive for drug use ... Hearts boss Craig Levein has been announced as the new manager of Leicester City ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester City have revealed that the extent of their debt has risen to 62.2 million.  It is thought they are currently investigating the opportunity of applying to the FA to allow them to hunt down the back of Roman Abramovich's sofa to try and pay off their debt with the loose change they find there.

Thursday   28.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's League Cup Fourth Round game with Burnley will be shown live by Sky Television.  The game will be played on Tuesday November 9, with a 7.45pm kick off.
  Jacques Santini has joked that he would like Spurs to play only in the league Cup, where they score lots of goals !!  The French Head Coach told reporters that he sees the situation changing in the next month, with goals coming in the League, but he stressed how important Jermain Defoe is for the side and how good it was that he scored twice last night.
  Khalilou Fadiga has been released from hospital after fainting in the warm-up for Bolton Wanderers prior to their match with Spurs last night.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Ham have announced profits of 11.8 million after losing over 5 million the season before ... Charlton Athletic have sacked their stadium announcer after he made disparaging remarks about opponents Crystal Palace before their League Cup tie last night ... Kidderminster Harriers Director of Football Jan Molby has quit his post ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The grandson of the founder of Sainsburys supermarkets is behind the bid to takeover at Leeds United.  It is thought that the chain are looking for a new outlet in the Elland Road area.

Wednesday   27.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Bolton Wanders 4-3 after extra time at the Reebok Stadium tonight in the Third Round of the League Cup, after finishing 90 minutes at 2-2.  For a match report, click here.
  Spurs will now travel to Burnley in the Fourth Round on 9th or 10th of November.
  Jamie Redknapp has received an additional two match ban for his foul on Everton's Tim Cahill in the match on October 3rd.  He will miss tonight's League Cup tie with Bolton and Saturday's League game at Fulham.
  Iain Dowie hopes that Wayne Routledge will turn his back on the interest Spurs have shown in the 19 year old winger and stay with Crystal Palace to continue his development.
  Thimothee Atouba may be out for between 3 and 6 weeks with his ankle injury.
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is being linked with the vacancies at Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.

  OTHER NEWS ... Trouble broke out at the League Cup tie between Chelsea and West Ham ...

Tuesday   26.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)


  OTHER NEWS ... A Derby MP has handed in a 7,500 signature petition for Brian Clough to receive a posthumous knighthood ... Gary Megson was today relieved of the post of manager of West Bromwich Albion after saying he intended to leave in July ... Liverpool supporting DJ John Peel died today of a heart attack while travelling in Peru.  The 65 year old was a great supporter of new bands and broke many top acts, but also loved his football and will be sorely missed ... 

Monday   25.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs' South African defender Mbulelo Mabizela has been released from his contract by mutual consent following his failure to break into the Tottenham first team.  The 24 year old central defender had lost the captaincy of his country while at the club and although he featured in the squad a few times, he has failed to impose himself and make a place in the team his own.
  Spurs reserves beat Portsmouth Reserves 2-0 at Broadhall Way tonight.  In form striker Lee Barnard hit the first and substitute Spase Dilevski sealed the win with a goal twenty minutes from time.
  Sky Sports website is today linking Spurs with Benfica's Brazilian central defender Luisao.  The 23 year old has earned rave reviews with Real Madrid and Internazionale interested, although the club have said that Deportivo La Coruna and Spurs are both keen.  No move might take place until the summer, but Spurs will keep tabs on the player.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Sunday   24.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fans have been flocking to White Hart Lane to lay flowers and pay tributes to 'Sir' Bill Nicholson.  A book of condolence will be available at the ground from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day this week and an on-line version can be used at http://www.spurs.co.uk/article.asp?hlid=233369
  The Press have slammed Jacques Santini for refusing to attend the press conference after yesterday's match, but he has issued a statement saying he thought it best to let people who knew him remember him in their own way.  He said he was watching a video of the Bolton Wanderers match to see why the team had not won, as he wanted that more than anything on the day Bill Nicholson died.
  Jamie Redknapp ahs said today that he wants to play for two more years before looking at going into management like his father Harry.
  Spur have supposedly put a 21 million price tag on the head of Ledley King to deter potential suitors.
  Sky Sports website claims that
Norwegian coach Trond Sollied was close to joining Tottenham last summer.  The 45-year-old Club Brugge coach revealed that Spurs were keen on taking him as their manager before they gave the job to Jacques Santini.  The coach said he was flattered, but he was not sure about Tottenham's potential, so might not have said yes to Daniel Levy.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal's unbeaten run came to an end today with a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford ...

Saturday   23.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs manager Bill Nicholson dies this morning after a long illness.  Aged 84, the former manager, Club President and Spurs legend passed away in a nursing home.  MEHSTG and all it's readers wish to pass our sincerest condolences to his widow Darkie, his family and friends at this sad time.
MEHSTG would like to compile a collection of your memories of "Sir" Bill and we would welcome your contributions to the great manager and very kind and unassuming man.  Click here to see the tributes to the legend.
  Spurs lost 1-2 to Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Jacques Santini refused to attend the post-match press conference today and the club said he did not disrespect the memory of Bill Nicholson, but was disappointed with the performance today and was re-watching the match as he was a passionate man who wants to get things right at the club.

Friday   22.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Head Coach Jacques Santini is hoping that his players are more focused on the League match with Bolton Wanderers rather than the League Cup tie on Wednesday.  He has set his sights on a three point return from the game, as Spurs have not been firing on all cylinders and he wants a home win after a 0-0 with Norwich and a 0-1 defeat by Manchester United in the last two games at White Hart Lane.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Reto Ziegler and Johnnie Jackson look set to form a very young left side of the Spurs side, with Anthony Gardner as Taricco, Edman and Atouba all out.  Sean Davis may make the bench and Michael Carrick is likely to join him there, as Jamie Redknapp will be restored to the midfield.
Squad : - Robinson, Pamarot, Naybet, King, Carrick, Pedro Mendes, Mabizela, Davies, Davis, Redknapp, Jackson, Ziegler, Defoe, Keane, Kanoute, Gardner, Brown, Barnard, Sousa, Keller.
  BOLTON TEAM NEWS : -  Fernando Hierro will play and Jay Jay Okocha is making progress to be included in the side after being sidelined with a groin injury.

Squad : -  Jaaskelainen, Hunt, N'Gotty, Jaidi, Gardner, Hierro, Giannakopoulos, Speed, Okocha, Nolan, Davies, Diouf, Oakes, Barness, Pedersen, Ferdinand, Fadiga, Cesar.
  Sven Goran Eriksson has been very pleased with Paul Robinson since he took over from David James as the England number One and will keep faith with him in March when the World Cup qualifiers resume with a match for England against Northern Ireland.  The England coach said that although there had not been too much for Robbo to do, his approach had impressed the manager and the Swede said that Robinson was a "talker" from the moment he left the dressing room onto the pitch and back again, something he felt displayed great self-confidence in the keeper.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jimmy Quinn has resigned as manager of Shrewsbury Town ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Adrian Mutu has said he only took cocaine to help his sex life, not realising that it might affect the lifestyle that allows him to have that sort of habit !!  However, the Romanian striker is now saying that he did not take cocaine in a vain attempt to get a more lenient sentence from football's governing body, like Rio Ferdinand did for forgetting something.

Thursday   21.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has said that Jacques Santini's methods have been welcomed at Tottenham, even though he keeps the players on their toes.  The Welsh international said that he still has a lot to prove personally and that the way the team are playing has shown that they are more difficult to beat rather than the "gung-ho" side who played in high scoring matches last season.  Davies revealed that Santini often names the side just hours before the match keeping his players fighting for their place in the team.
  Santini himself has been talking about his aims for this season and because of the lack of depth in the squad he fears that a Champions League place will be beyond his young team and a more realistic aim is 5th to 10th in the table.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - With Erik Edman and Thimothee Atouba out for Saturday's match, Spurs might look to Reto Ziegler to fill the left side of defence, with a rearrangement in midfield where Jamie Redknapp could return after suspension and Sean Davis might be an option after resuming training this week.  Michael Carrick is likely to start on the bench once more.

  OTHER NEWS ... There were 1-0 wins for Newcastle against Panionios and Boro against Egaleo in the UEFA Cup ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Paul Gascoigne has chosen a nickname to replace "Gazza" and he will henceforth be known as G8 as he thinks he is as important as the eight most wealthy countries in the world and will strive to reach the summit every now and then.  Gascoigne said "I think summit had to change."  Alternatively, you can call him TFFKAG ("The Footballer Formerly Known As Gazza).

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Craig Bellamy has apologised for abusing Graeme Souness as he was substituted on Sunday.  Coward !!

Wednesday   20.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Reserves beat Coventry City reserves 5-0 away tonight, with a Lee Barnard hat-trick and other goals from Mark Yeates and Eddie Silva Sousa.  Coventry had a player sent off in the 27th minute and Spurs capitalised on the extra man advantage.
  Former Spur John Scales has praised Jacques Santini for turning Tottenham into a mean defensive unit in such quick time with a large number of new players.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea beat CSKA Moscow and Arsenal drew 2-2 with Panathaniakos in the Champions League tonight, while Celtic lost 0-3 to Shakthar Donetsk ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson is perplexed by the drought the forwards in his side are suffering.  This is despite being in Manchester where it always rains !!

Tuesday   19.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jacques Santini has said that Spurs missed Erik Edman and Jamie Redknapp in last night's defeat at Portsmouth.  The Spurs Head Coach also added that the young team were tired as many of them played their third game in a week and a half after international duty.
  Thimothee Atouba's knee injury he picked up in a challenge with Lomano Lualua will keep him out for a while.  He has had it scanned 
  Jamie Redknapp has requested a personal hearing with the FA charge concerning his tackle on Everton's Tim Cahill.  
The Spurs captain was cautioned for the foul on Cahill, but Redknapp now wants to defend himself, especially as Cahill was back playing this week.  His appeal means that the midfielder will be able to play this weekend against Bolton Wanderers.
  Chelsea are lining up Jermain Defoe as cover for the drug-positive Adrian Mutu, according to the Telegraph.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is being supposedly lined up to take charge at Rotherham United with Bryan Robson, but this has been dismissed by the club.
  Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher has been reported to UEFA by Poland for stamping on one of their defenders in the World Cu qualifying match last week.

  OTHER NEWS ... Adrian Mutu has been revealed as the Premiership player who has tested positive for cocaine ... Malcolm Glazer has taken his share of Manchester United to nearly 30% meaning if it goes above that level, he will have to bid for the whole of the club's shares ... Manchester United draw 0-0 with Sparta Prague and Liverpool 0-0 with Deportivo La Coruna in the Champions League ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Mark Bosnich has revealed that he wants to make a comeback.  However, the man who already plays Mr. Blobby has said he will not give up his job without a fight !!

Monday   18.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 at Portsmouth tonight.  For a match report, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Sunday   17.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sunday Mirror are claiming that Tottenham will demand Shaun Wright-Phillips should Manchester City want to sign striker Robbie Keane during the January transfer window.
  Fredi Kanoute has said that the supposed rift between him and Jacques Santini is non-existent.  Kanoute told the media that he was pleased with the way that the team had been organised and all the players are united in their approach under the French manager
  England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has said that he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich as long as he is being selected for the team there.  He had been linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kevin Keegan has said that Jose Mourinho will not win many popularity contests with his arrogant attitude ... a Premiership player has tested positive for a banned substance according to the FA, but they cannot publicise his name as he may wish to ask for a second test ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alex Ferguson has gone public and gone ballistic at the punishment that Arsenal received for last season's antics at Old Trafford.  He said that they had got away with murder and that the club would never suspend one of it's own players for what they got up to on the pitch.  Despite all this he said that the matches against Arsenal were usually very good.

Saturday   16.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Erik Edman has told the Sun that his head injury may keep him out of action for another two weeks.  His attempt to return to training this week was unsuccessful, with him feeling dizzy and the medical advice he received was to rest.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Spurs hope to have Robbie Keane fit for Monday night's match at Fratton Park, although Sean Davis is still troubled by his knee injury.  Michael Carrick could come into the reckoning for his debut as Jamie Redknapp is suspended, along with Mauricio Taricco.  Erik Edman is still unlikely to play after his concussion at Everton and Spurs might need to 
  For a Portsmouth match preview, click here.
  Spurs Under-18s lost to Reading at Spurs Lodge this morning 0-2.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea and Luton Town both lose for the first time in the league this season ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Victoria Beckham is believed to be ready to put a gag on her family members to prevent them talking about her married life.  Or did that let the cat out of the bag ??

Friday   15.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has been awarded the Premier League Player of the Month trophy for September.
  The Sun claim that Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth are all interested in taking defender Dean Richards from Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Malcolm Glazer has increased his stake in the Old Trafford club to 25.3% at a cost of 45million ... Despite his club losing to Spurs, Everton's David Moyes has been voted September's Manager of the Month ... the deal to buy Fulham has crashed amid claims that Mohammed Al Fayed called the Turkish brothers bidding for the club "kebab shop owners" ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jose Mourinho has said that he is not bothered by miserable players at Chelsea because they are not getting a game at the club.  The former Porto boss said "I am miserable and I would not ask my players to not do anything that I wouldn't do." 

Thursday   14.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dave Mackay believes that although it is not the Tottenham Way, Jacques Santini is doing the right thing in grinding out results to give the team a sound footing to work from.  The inspirational former Spurs midfielder was at the Manchester United match and felt that the visitors deserved to win and that Spurs were poor, but he liked Ledley King and Jermain Defoe and thinks with a couple more signings, Spurs could flourish.
  Feyenoord's 21 year old Romeo Castelan has been watched by Spurs, Internazionale and Atletico Madrid.  The winger has attracted a lot of attention and he starred in Holland's 3-1 win over Finland in midweek.

  OTHER NEWS ... Andy Cole's six match ban for Fulham has been reduced to four on appeal following his sending off against West Bromwich Albion ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Malcolm Glazer has been shattered by the news that a deal with Manchester United has fallen through.  His business was due to install double glazing in some of the executive boxes, but the loss of this deal might force him into liquidation.

Wednesday   13.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apologies for the content on the homepage today ... it appears an old version was uploaded instead of the one for today's date.  Sorry for any strangeness that resulted from that !!
  Paul Robinson played the whole of England's 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Azerbaijan, while Jermain Defoe was brought off after 55 minutes.
  Robbie Keane scored the two goals that secured victory for the Republic of Ireland over the Faroe Islands in Dublin tonight.  His first goal took him to the top of the scorers list for his country with 22 goals.
  Wales 2-3 defeat by Poland in Cardiff saw Simon Davies complete 90 minutes for the Dragons.
  Rohan Ricketts has had to ask for forgiveness from the Coventry City fans before he has kicked a ball for them in anger, after scoring a goal in last season's League Cup that knocked them out of the competition.
  Tottenham's interest in Bologna midfielder Mourad Meghni could be scuppered by Juventus who have been in touch with the club about the talented 20-year-old Frenchman, who is also attracting interest from Marseille and Paris Saint Germain.

  Boston United have had an approach for former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton to take over from Paul Gascoigne as player-coach rejected by Birmingham City.

  OTHER NEWS ... Northern Ireland drew 3-3 with Austria in Belfast and Scotland drew 1-1 away in Moldova in World Cup qualifiers... Mohammed Al Fayed has said Fulham is not for sale ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... David Beckham has issued an apology for saying that he got booked deliberately when playing for England against Wales.  He said he really was that stupid !!

Tuesday   12.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Calum Davenport played 69 minutes of England Under-21's 0-0 draw in Azerbaijan this afternoon.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gazza Gascoigne has said that he no longer wants to be known as Paul or Gazza.  Gascoigne will seek to gain more respect with a new name.
  Unfortunately for Gascoigne he has not been selected as the new manager of Greenock Morton ... a job he wanted and resigned from Boston United for.

  OTHER NEWS ... Howard Wilkinson is the new manager of Leicester City on a temporary basis ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... David Beckham has admitted that he deliberately went out to get booked after he knew he had broken a rib in the game against Wales.  He planned his clash with Ben Thatcher to get a second caution in the competition that meant that he would miss the game in Azerbaijan and with an injury, he would have been out of the game anyway.  Beckham said that people think he is dim, but he is not.  By telling the world of his fiendish plan, he now faces a FIFA ban for bringing the game into disrepute !!

Monday   11.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Midfielder Rohan Ricketts has joined Coventry City on a month's loan.
  Spurs reserves came unstuck against Charlton Athletic Reserves at Broadhall Way tonight, losing 1-3.  Click here for a match report.
  Ledley King might be moved into the left back position for England on Wednesday, as Sven Goran Eriksson shuffles his pack with injuries hitting the side.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Kick It Out campaign has blasted football for still being racist with few black managers, coaches and directors in English football ... Micky Adams resigns as Leicester City manager ... Cristian Damiano has been drafted in at SCBC to coach alongside Steve Wigley ...

Sunday   10.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sunday People claim that Arsene Wenger will make Ledley King his prime target after receiving a large amount of the club's ground sponsorship cash to spend on players.
  Sean Davis, Michael Carrick and Fredi Kanoute will all be fit for the trip to Portsmouth on Monday 18th October.
  Noureddine Naybet said that he will be not at full strength for the month of October as he is celebrating the fasting in Ramadan, where he will observe the Muslim traditions of his religion.

  OTHER NEWS ... David Beckham has broken a rib ...

Saturday   09.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson played the whole of England's 2-0 win over Wales at Old Trafford and Simon Davies was on the opposing side.  Jermain Defoe started the match but was withdrawn after 70 minutes and Ledley King came on for the last three minutes as a substitute.
  Robbie Keane played for the Republic of Ireland in their 0-0 draw against France in Paris.
  Goalkeeper Nicky Eyre has gone on a month's loan to Grays Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Spain coach has apologised for his rude outburst about Thierry Henry, saying he didn't mean to upset anyone ...

Friday   08.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has said that he is disappointed at being dropped by England to make way for the return of Rio Ferdinand and other returning defenders.  The Spurs central defender has said that he is playing as well as anyone in the country and feels that being on the bench will be a step backwards, although he understands the reliance on experience by some managers.  Quite approvingly, he said that if he didn't play, he would return to Spurs in good shape to continue the good defensive form the club have shown this season.
  Jermain Defoe has said that he wants Sven Goran Eriksson to play a three man attack for England against Wales on Saturday. The Spurs striker said that they have been trying it out in training and it had been "dynamic".
  Robbie Keane has revealed that Spurs French manager Jacques Santini had wished everyone well in their internationals, except the Republic of Ireland !!
  In today's Guardian newspaper, Gordon Strachan reckons Wales should copy our defence.  "To guard against the threat of Defoe, Rooney or Owen, Wales have to play a bit like Spurs. That means keeping the full-backs at home, leaving the central midfielders in place and letting their good players - in this case Simon Davies, Ryan Giggs, John Hartson and Craig Bellamy - do the attacking."
  Calum Davenport played 90 minutes of England under-21s 2-0 win over Wales at Ewood Park tonight.  He looked marvelously compose don the ball and a very good distributor from the back.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA are to start testing for the body building chemical EPO, after Arsene Wenger said some of his players took the drug before they joined Arsenal ... last night some Man U supporters tried to set fire to an American flag on the pitch at a reserve match to show their disapproval for Michael Glazer's bid for their club

Thursday   07.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson has told the Sun that moving to Tottenham has been the main factor in becoming an international goalkeeper.  With as many clean sheets already for Spurs as he had all last season with Leeds United, he has the confidence to move up a level and with David James not training with the England squad today, he looks likely to retain his place in the England side.
  Middlesbrough's participation in the UEFA Cup means our home match against Boro will now take place on Sunday 28th November at 3.00pm, moving from the original date of Saturday 27th November.
  The London Evening Standard says that Thierry Henry was quoted as saying "why not Spurs ?" when asked who would be his club's rivals for the title this season.
  Crystal Palace are the latest club to be linked with a move for surplus Spurs defender Mauricio Taricco, so say the Standard.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal's 100 million ground sponsorship deal with Emirates has been revealed as including a 32 million shirt sponsorship deal for six years, so the reward is not as large as first thought ... Newcastle United have announced their financial results, which show a 28% drop in profits on last season ...

Wednesday   06.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Leyton Orient in a behind closed doors friendly today by 3 goals to 2.  The game was designed to give Michael Carrick some match fitness and he came through the game without any reaction after playing 65 minutes, scoring one of the goals.  Eddie Silva Sousa and Rohan Ricketts were the other scorers.
  Colin Calderwood has signed a new contract to extend his deal at Northampton Town until 2008.
  London Mayor Ken Livingstone has told the Press that the Olympic Stadium at Stratford will not be used for football after the event should London win the 2012 Olympic Games.  The stadium will be scaled down to accommodate 30,000 for athletics events, with a lease option for West Ham United and Spurs to play there once the Games have finished not being pursued.

  OTHER NEWS ... Thierry Henry has been racially abused by Spain manager Luis Aragones who allegedly wanted to motivate Jose Reyes ...

Tuesday   05.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have announced their trading figures for the year ending 30 June 2004 and they tell of an operating loss of 1.189m, which is on a turnover of 66.3m - some 200,000 less than in the previous year.
A profit of 9.7m was made before player deals, but the transfers of five players, including Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe and Frederic Kanoute, led to the loss.  Daniel Levy said in the report that the spending was "clearly unsustainable" but the new set-up and the incoming players will change things at the club.  "Since the last year-end the club has seen a significant change in the make-up of the first-team squad, with 17 players leaving and 21 new players joining. This is an unprecedented degree of change for any club.  The result of the above changes is that the club has spent a total of 37.5m on transfer fees for new players since 1 July 2003.
Other items of interest were the loss of 0.9 million on media and broadcasting income and a 1.4 million drop in merchandising revenue.
  Sponsors income was down 0.8 million, but money from cup matches through the turnstiles was up 1.9 million.
  Erik Edman has withdrawn from the Sweden squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers because of the concussion he suffered after clashing heads with Tim Cahill in Saturday's match at Goodison.
  Everton manager David Moyes has said he does not wish Jamie Redknapp to receive any more punishment over his tackle on Tim Cahill in Saturday's match.  The Scot said that any extra punishment will not help his club, as if it was a red card offence, the sending off on Saturday would have been the time to do it, leaving Everton to take on ten man Spurs for the last half hour.
  Redknapp said he will fight any charge and possible ban arising from it, as he is "not that kind of player".
  Cahill has had a scan which showed no long term damage and he could be fit in two weeks ... neatly the period of time he would have been away with Australia playing minnow countries in World Cup qualifying.  So Everton have actually got something out of this ... in an odd way. 
  Everton and Spurs will be the two clubs who will battle it out for the signing of Chelsea's Scott Parker in January, after Charlton Athletic dropped out of the running to take him back to the Valley, according to the Daily Star.
  Former Spurs assistant manager John Gorman has been announced as Gillingham's new coach and will start work there tomorrow.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has left Boston United where he was player-coach.
  Former Spurs defender Graham Roberts is being considered for the post of Raith Rovers manager.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stephen Gerrard will have an operation on the fashionable fractured metatarsal injury he has picked up ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal's new stadium at Ashburton Grove will bear the name of their sponsors for the next fifteen years and will be known as "The Immigrants Stadium" in recognition of their move from South London.

Monday   04.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jamie Redknapp will face a charge of violent conduct for his tackle on Everton's Tim Cahill after Graham Poll submitted his report to the FA.  He has 14 days to respond to the charge.
  Glenn Hoddle's agent was at the New Dell on Saturday sparking speculation that the former Spurs manager is set for a return to SCBC.

  OTHER NEWS ... Martin O'Neill has accepted damages from the BBC after it was claimed that he favoured certain agents when buying players ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... BBC football commentator Alan Green has been ticked off by the radio watchdog for saying that Eric Djemba-Djemba said "Me no cheat" to a referee.  His use of pidgin English was criticised and the Irishman was remorseful afterwards.  "Me am sorry" he said in apology.

Sunday   03.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson, Ledley King and Jermain Defoe are all include din the England squad to face Wales and Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifiers in the next ten days.
  Rohan Ricketts has made an impassioned plea for first team football to Jacques Santini.  In most of the papers today, they run a story from RR saying he can add something different to the team and if he was a Spurs fan, he would want to see himself in the side.  I am sure we all see ourselves playing for Tottenham, but his frustration in not getting a run in the side, like he did when Hoddle was manager, means he is hoping to persuade the coach to play him.
  Erik Edman spent the night in hospital after suffering concussion in a clash of heads in yesterday's game.  He has had x-rays and was unable to remember anything after the incident even though he initially wanted to carry on playing.
  Former Spurs defender and reserve team manager Colin Calderwood is the man that Steve Wigley wants to take over as coach at SCBC.
  Apparently, according to the Sunday Mirror, Spurs and Aston Villa will battle it out for the 8 million signing of SCBC's James Beattie.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne could quit Boston United to take over as player-manager of Morton in Scotland.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ian Dowie says he fears the sack unless Crystal Palace start picking up points soon ...

Saturday   02.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park today to go fourth in the table, courtesy of a first goal for Tottenham from Noe Pamarot.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Spurs Under-18s beat Aston Villa today 2-1, with Andy Barcham scoring both goals.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Friday   01.10.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frank Arnesen was apparently at the Anderlecht Champions League game in midweek to check on the form of striker Aruna Dindane.
  Also at the game was ex-Spurs striker Ronnie Rosenthal, who is now working as a scout for Arsenal, according to Sky and was reporting on Vincent Kompany, the Anderlecht defender.
  Spurs have agreed with Bolton Wanderers to offer free tickets for under-16s to the Carling Cup tie on Wednesday 27th October.  Up to two children will be admitted free of charge with each adult, senior citizen or student ticket purchased for the tie, with additional children or unaccompanied children being charged 5.
  Calum Davenport is in the England Under-21 squad to face Wales and Azerbaijan later this month.
  Former youth midfielder David Lee has signed for Oldham Athletic.
  OTHER NEWS ... Four Millwall fans were stabbed in brawls before their UEFA Cup game at Ferencvaros and the Hungarian club are to be charged by UEFA with the behaviour of their fans who threw things at the visiting Lions supporters and hurled racist abuse at Millwall's black players ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Apparently there was a fight on the Arsenal bus after their Champions League match at Rosenborg and Arsene Wenger said "I did not see it, but the players have explained to me what happened.  It was a minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor,   minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor,  minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor, minor incident."



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