White Hot Lines

NOVEMBER 2002

Saturday  30.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew with Birmingham City at St. Andrews this afternoon, with Teddy Sheringham getting Tottenham's goal.  For reaction, click here.  For a match report click here.


Friday  29.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have announced on the Stock Market that they are raising 75 million through merchant banks against future season ticket sales and the value of the ground to pay for the Academy at Abridge  and to expand White Hart Lane (65 million) and money to pay off loans over 10 years (10 million) giving another 10 years on top to clear their debts.  This must mean that the club are satisfied that the planning permission is to go through for the Academy and that they will be getting an Underground station near Northumberland Park to go ahead with increasing the capacity of the stadium. 
  The privately placed bond is the biggest in football so far and the issue of senior loan notes makes it possible for Tottenham to decide when they are drawn upon.  This gives the club flexibility in how they use the money and Daniel Levy has hailed it as an innovative way of funding projects at the club.  While none of the money is earmarked for transfers, it is hoped that the development projects will now be funded from this source and other revenue streams can be put into areas such as player purchases and salaries.
  The London Evening Standard does not share the confidence that the club will achieve a tube station near the ground and claim that the Board are already looking for possible sites for a new stadium.  Without mentioning any locations at this time, the proposed Olympic bid and a stadium on Hackney marshes is one option, while Picketts Lock would still offer the nearest available site which is not too far removed form their current site.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Gus Poyet will be fit to be included in the squad for the trip to Birmingham City tomorrow.  Les Ferdinand, Matthew Etherington and Mauricio Taricco are all still not ready to play yet and Simon Davies is serving a one match ban.
  BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : - Damien Johnson is vying for a recall after being out of the side for a few weeks and Stan Lazaridis is back on the wing.  Geoff Horsfield is suspended and Daryl Powell is doubtful with a knee injury.  Stern John, Robbie Savage and Oliver Tebily are all to have late fitness tests, but are expected to feature for the Blues.
  Referring to Robbie Savage on the club's official site, Welsh team-mate Simon Davies said he was great to have on your side, but when you are in opposition ... "I suppose you just want to kick him!"  You can put Justin Edinburgh in that category I think !!
  Robbie Keane has told TeamTalk that he hopes to stay at Tottenham a long time and win some silverware with the club.  The Republic of Ireland striker said he looked around the dressing room recently and realised that the mix of experienced and young players meant that the side could be successful over the next few years.
  Neil Sullivan has been given the all clear to resume training by a specialist after breaking his thumb near the start of the season.


Thursday  28.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The FA have announced that there is insufficient information about the tunnel incident at Highbury to take any action and the matter will now be forgotten.
  Following a blast about Glenn Hoddle on his personal website, Les Ferdinand had been told that he will reluctantly be allowed to leave if he wants to go.  Les has said he would not be content to sit on the bench for the rest of the one year remaining on his contract, so Hoddle has said that should the club receive an acceptable offer, he will be allowed to leave.  Wolverhampton Wanderers had been very interested in gaining Ferdinand's services and may come back in for the former England striker in January.  However, they may have changed their mind, as they today took Chelsea's young striker Carlton Cole on loan.  Having seen Ferdinand play like a dog last night in the reserves, we may not be inundated with offers.
  Mauricio Taricco said that he enjoyed the 45 minutes of action he had at Ipswich Town in the reserves last night last night, after being laid off with a groin injury.  After the first half, he came off to be rested, but said he felt no pain and was looking to get back into the first team picture as soon as possible.
  The London Evening Standard report that winger Matthew Etherington will have to miss out on football for three weeks because of bruising to the bone in his ankle, meaning he needs rest to cure it.
  Middlesbrough will seek compensation in court from Liverpool and Christian Ziege over the player's departure to the Merseyside club in 2000.


Wednesday  27.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Football Association have declared that they will not be taking any action against Ledley King over the alleged "stamp" on Freddie Ljungberg on Saturday 16th November.
  Gus Poyet will not wear a mask to cover the cut near his left eye he picked up in the match against Leeds United.  Having had six stitches, he said he will have to be careful that he doesn't open it up again, but has been taking part in training without any protective face wear.
  Lee Bowyer is about to be put on the transfer list because he will not sign a new contract with Leeds United.  They intend to try and sell him in January, when the transfer window opens, but Football 365 reckon he will sit tight until the summer, when he can negotiate his own signing on fee.
  The same site also claims that Tottenham are showing interest in Romanian striker Adrian Mutu.  The Parma forward says his future is at that club, but Spurs and AC Milan are supposed to be ready to jump in if he leaves.  Mutu said that the clubs named do not interest him.
  Spurs reserves went down 1-2 at Ipswich Town this evening.  Ben Thatcher scored the goal.  For a match report, click here.


Tuesday  26.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has asked the FA to clear his name in the "stamping" investigation during the recent North London derby.  His action was not intentional and he could not avoid treading on the Swedish Arsenal star.
  In addition to all this, an incident in the tunnel after that game is to be investigated by the FA. It is alleged that three internationals were involved in scuffles where blows were exchanged.  It is believed that this was not in the match report, but it has come to the FA's attention and they will look into the matter.
  Mauricio Taricco returns to action tomorrow night in the reserves when he also returns to Portman Road, the home of the club he signed from.  The reserves roll on to play Ipswich Town at their home ground at 7.00 p.m., with both sides fielding strong teams with Thatcher, Perry, Blondel, Ferdinand and Rebrov expected to feature for Tottenham.
  Middlesbrough will be pursuing their claim for 2.5 million against Liverpool for tempting Christian Ziege away from them.  The North-East club have been given leave to appeal against the compensation they received for the transfer costing 5.5 million, which was written into his contract and Boro' claim the illegal approach left them out of pocket on the sale.


Monday  25.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has refuted rumours that Spurs are interested in signing jug-eared Gooner Francis Jeffers.  The Spurs boss said he did not know where this spurious story had sprung up from, but he has not enquired about the Scouse injury prone striker.
   The Spurs boss went on to say that players should understand that he will use squad rotation now that Tottenham finally have enough fit players to utilise it fully.
   Gus Poyet had to go off after a clash of heads left him needing six stitches, but he should be OK for Saturday's match against Birmingham City.
  Teddy Sheringham has hailed the current Spurs squad as the strongest he has played in at the club.  This is some praise from the captain, who believes that now the players are returning from injury, there is justifiable confidence that they can stay near the top of the table for the rest of the season.
  Apparently, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dave Jones will keep on "beavering away" to prise Les Ferdinand away from Tottenham and up to the Midlands.  A renewed bid may be made after Hoddle turned down a one month loan deal for the veteran Spurs striker.
  Spurs Youth team have been drawn at home to Swindon Town or Hoddesdon Town should they beat Portsmouth in the third round next week.


Sunday  24.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Leeds United 2-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon, with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Keane.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Spurs obviously felt that the match against Leeds would not be too difficult as they also managed a 1-1 draw at Harchester United this evening, live on Sky One, with Matthew Etherington scoring for Tottenham.
  Former Spurs youth goalkeeper Jamie Attwell has been released by Torquay United.


Saturday  23.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Christian Ziege looks set to start and Ledley King, Stephen Carr and Robbie Keane have all got over knocks picked up in the North London derby last week.  King has trained after his bout of gastro-enteritis, but will only play if he is 100%, while Simon Davies is keen to get back on the pitch for Tottenham after having to leave it after 27 minutes against Arsenal.
  Nicky Barmby thinks Terry Venables will get a good reception on his return to White Hart Lane because he did wonders for the club.  He said he also started his career there, but did not go on to say what sort of reception he would receive.
  Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has been linked with a move to Tottenham as his contract talks with his club broke down.
  On loan striker, Steven Ferguson scored for Motherwell in their 1-3 defeat by Hibernian.
  Spurs Under-19s lost away to Leicester City 0-2 and then got stuck in the mud in their coach (along with the U-17s) and didn't get back to London until 7 p.m.
  Spurs Under-17s grabbed a last minute winner away to Leicester City in a 4-3 win.  Andy Barcham scored at the death after goals from trialist Fola Orilouiske (2) and Andy Hodges had given them a 3-1 lead, after being 0-1 down.


Friday  22.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Both Ledley King and Christian Ziege should be fit for Sunday's game.  King is over the bout of gastro-enteritis he suffered on Monday and Ziege over recovered from his calf injury that has kept him out for two months.  Anthony Gardner is out with a knee injury, but Les Ferdinand could be back in contention after training for a week following his back problem.
  LEEDS TEAM NEWS : -  Bakke, Duberry and Mills are all suffering with ankle injuries that make them doubtful, while Fowler, Dacourt, Johnson, Matteo and Radebe have all missed games with various ailments.  Bowyer is back after a one game ban and Ian Harte may be recalled in defence.
  The FA have revealed that they are going to follow up Arsenal's claim that Ledley King "stamped" on Freddie Ljungberg in last Saturday's match.  He faces a three match ban f found guilty of the alleged offence.
  It was ten days ago that Glenn Hoddle rebuffed Wolverhampton Wanderers' attempt to take Les Ferdinand on loan according to reports today.  The veteran striker is still needed at Tottenham as part of Hoddle's squad.  This is despite Planet Football claiming Ferdie has sent out a come and get me plea to the First Division side.
  Despite rumours saying he is unhappy at Tottenham, Milenko Acimovic has told reporters that he has no problem with the manager using him sparingly.  The Slovenian told Planet Football that he is satisfied that Hoddle knows his business and is happy being rotated as part of the squad.


Thursday  21.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jamie Redknapp has denied he made comments about being upset at being left out of the England group who got together this week.  The midfielder said he told reporters that he was enjoying his football and if he was still in good form and fit in a couple of month's time, who knows.  This was translated into the report that said he should have been in the squad that Sven Goran Eriksson got together this week.
  Anthony Gardner is hoping to overcome his nagging knee injury that he aggravated at Burnley and has kept him out since.  The tall central defender has said he hopes to recover fully, to avoid the frustrating pattern of playing and then being out injured that has developed over the last year or so.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers are hoping to lure Les Ferdinand to Molineux on loan.  Hit by injury, manager Dave Jones is looking for firepower up front and sees the 35 year old as the man to lead the Wolves line.  It is rumoured the deal is trying to be pushed through before Saturday's match with Nottingham Forest.
  Christian Ziege might have to face a late fitness test on Sunday to see if he is ready to play against Leeds United.


Wednesday  20.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard claim that Tim Sherwood may have played his last game for the club after being pulled out of Monday's reserve match against Charlton Athletic, despite the players claims that he is over his knee injury.
  Someone who did take part in the reserve game - Christian Ziege - is back in the reckoning for a first team place after getting match fit again following a calf injury that has kept him out for eight weeks.  While it looked as though he was set to feature for Germany against Holland in a friendly, he has opted to stay at Spurs Lodge and continue training in a bid to be fit for Sunday's match against Leeds United.
  Gary Doherty played in the Republic of Ireland's 0-0 friendly draw in Greece.
  Simon Davies starred for Wales, setting up both goals in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier in Azerbaijan this afternoon.
  Norway beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly with Steffen Iversen in the side.
  Ramon Vega is looking to return to English football after getting a place in the French Second Division side Creteil in the summer.


Tuesday  19.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are rumoured to be planning a 6 million move for Bulgarian midfielder Stilian Petrov, who is unsettled at Celtic.
  Ledley King has pulled out of the England get-together as he is suffering with gastro-enteritis.
  Jamie Redknapp has said that he is disappointed to miss out on the gathering in Aylesbury, where England players were brought together by Sven Goran Eriksson.  He told Planet Football that he is as good as anyone in the squad and if he is playing regularly over the next couple of months and not getting a look-in, he will wonder what is going on.
  Portsmouth are still keen to take Tim Sherwood to Fratton Park.  The First Division leaders are looking to talk to the former Watford midfielder this week and apparently Harry Redknapp was at the reserve game last night (although I didn't see him), although Sherwood wasn't playing (perhaps pulled out at Harry's request ??).
  The Planet Football website is reporting that Tottenham and SCBC as being rivals for Dutch side Willem II's Gambian star Jatto Ceesay.  The 28 year odl can play in a forward position or on the wing and he has Dutch residency, so will not need a work permit, should he come to play in England.  However, it appears from the latter part of their report that SCBC and AZ Alkmaar are keener than Spurs on the player.
  Ahead of Sunday's league match at White Hart Lane, it appears that Leeds united are suffering an injury crisis of Tottenham size proportions.  They have Batty and Fowler, Dominic Matteo, Olivier Dacourt, Lucas Radebe, Eirik Bakke, Ian Harte and Seth Johnson all having treatment for various injuries.


Monday  18.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies will miss the visit to Birmingham City, after his red card in the weekend's North London derby was commuted to a single yellow.  His initial booking for a "foul" on Ashley Cole was wiped out, but he will still have a one match suspension for reaching five bookings for the season.
  Ledley King has joined the England party for a "get together" in St. Albans.
  Whingeing Arsenal are going on about an alleged "stamp" by King on Ljungberg in last Saturday's match.  They claim that it should have been highlighted on ITV's "The Premiership", but it was not featured.  They thinks it's simply not fair that Dennis Bergkamp gets done for an intentional stamp on a Blackburn player, while an injury picked up by the Swede is out down as "not intentional" by the Gooner.  Where's the justice ??  Hoddle has said on the Spurs site that the contact was accidental, but is disappointed at the way the media has blown the incident up out of all proportion ... a bit like Ljungberg's leg really !!
  Steffen Iversen has joined the Norway squad for their friendly match against Austria.
  Simon Davies has flown to Azerbaijan for Wales' Euro 2004 qualifier.
  Jonathan Blondel has been picked for Belgium's Under-21s who have  a match this week.
  Tottenham Reserves lost 2-3 to Charlton Athletic Reserves in the fog at Stevenage Borough tonight.  Stephen Clemence and Sergei Rebrov scored the goals.  For a match report click here.
  Spurs are being linked with Brazilian Gustav Nery of Sao Paolo. The 25 year old left back was among many young players the Spurs representative was supposedly watching, but a Sao Paolo official said that he was there to watch this player in particular.
  And Tottenham are also being associated with a move for Fabio Bazzani of Sampdoria.  The striker has scored five times in ten games and Planet Football says Spurs, Everton and Fulham have all had him watched.


Sunday  17.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steffen Freund has called on his team-mates to show more determination and to come together as a unit.  Coming after the loss at Arsenal and a run of four games without a win, he encouraged his colleagues to show that they can play by giving them their rhythm back to play in the style they had been before the poor run of results.
  Stephen Carr and Robbie Keane have both pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly match in midweek against Greece.
  Tottenham Ladies won their fourth straight game with a 4-0 victory over Southend Ladies.  The Under-13s lost out to Harpenden 1-5 and the Under-11s narrowly lost to unbeaten Luton Town Belles 1-3.  The Ladies Reserves staged a great comeback after going three goals down, but were just unable to pull a goal back at the death and lost out 3-4 to Brook House reserves.  For match reports, click here.
  ... and finally... The News of the World reveal that a version of Monopoly is being launched with an Arsenal theme.  In it S. Cumball is available for 120, with only Bob Wilson, Seaman (60), Keown and Cole cheaper than him.  Even Ray Parlour costs more !!


Saturday  16.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost at Highbury this afternoon to Arsenal 0-3, with Simon Davies being sent off just before the half hour for a second bookable offence.  For reaction, click here.  For a match report click here.
  Glenn Hoddle will ask referee Michael Riley to reconsider the cards he showed Simon Davies in today's North London derby, which saw him expelled from the pitch in the 28th minute.
  Spurs Under-19s lost 2-3 at home to Arsenal this morning.  Dean Marney and Mark Hughes were the scorers.
  Spurs Under-17s were away to Arsenal this morning and lost 1-2, with Kieran McKenna scoring the Tottenham goal.


Friday  15.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King and Christian Ziege are in the squad for the match at Highbury.  
Possible Squad - Keller, Carr, Perry, Richards, Bunjevcevic, Poyet, Freund, Redknapp, Sheringham, Keane, Iversen, Davies, Anderton, Acimovic, Clemence, Ziege, King, Ferdinand, Rebrov, Etherington, Doherty, Hirschfeld.
  ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - With Seaman out coiffured, Rami Shabaan comes in for his League debut after featuring in midweek for the Gooners.  Lauren, Edu, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour and Kanu are all likely to be out.
Possible Squad - Shaaban, Luzhny, Cygan, Campbell, Cole, Ljungberg, Vieira, Silva, Wiltord, Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Taylor, Stepanovs, Toure, van Bronckhurst.
  The Daily Telegraph reveals that Spurs agreed to pay Leeds 7 million for Robbie Keane with 2 million immediately and 2 million within 12
months. The other 3 million was "dependent upon the performance of the player and of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club", according to the accounts.  This was conditional on Keane playing 10 games (the 10th match was at Sunderland last Sunday) or scoring 12 goals or Tottenham had to amass 30 points or stay in the Premier League. 
  Kasey Keller has said that he would like three or four more years at Tottenham, hopefully in Europe and then he would retire home to the USA to promote the game there.
  Tim Sherwood has declared his dedication to the cause by saying that he wants to prove that he is worth a contract extension at Spurs.  After coming through a reserve game on Monday after 14 weeks out with a knee injury, he praised the medical staff on Ananova and wanted to be in the squad for tomorrow's match.
  Christian Ziege has been called up by Germany for their match against Holland next week.
  Stephen Clemence has had a boost after just returning from injury, in that the club are ready to offer him a new contract.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is currently training with and will play for non-league Morpeth Town in an effort to get fit and win a contract somewhere.  He has been offered a deal in China if he can get fit.
  Tottenham's Under-17 away game against Arsenal will kick off at 10.45 a.m. tomorrow and the Under-19 game at Spurs Lodge will kick off at 10.30 a.m.  Both were scheduled to stat at 11.00 a.m.


Thursday  14.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Early indications from the Spurs website is that Anthony Gardner will miss the match with the knock he picked up at Burnley, while Ledley King and Christian Ziege are classed as fit, although their participation is by no means certain.
  The London Evening Standard says that Tottenham may have problems with two players whose contracts expire in summer 2004.  Matthew Etherington is one and he has not been spoken to yet, the report claims, about a new contract.  The other Spur is keeper Kasey Keller, who has a contract clause saying that he can renegotiate his contract after a certain number of matches.  That came up after the Fulham game earlier this season, but no agreement has yet been reached.  It is expected that there might be further moves in both cases by the club at some stage.
  Johnnie Jackson has been allowed to stay at Swindon Town for a further month, following his loan spell there which started two months ago.
  Spurs have been linked with NAC Breda's Hungarian star Csaba Feher, along with Manchester City.  There is a problem though, as there always is, in that he does not meet the Home Office's criteria for a work permit.  Scouts from both English clubs were at a recent club match, but his agent (the same one who represents Sergei Rebrov - so that rules out Spurs !!) said he might go to Spain where the transfer would be more straightforward.


Wednesday  13.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has been voted as the London Evening Standard Player of the Month for October 2002.
  Sergei Rebrov has asked the Ukraine coach to leave him out of the national side until he is playing regular first team football Ananova tells us.  In a radio interview, he revealed that he did not want to feature in the Ukraine team until he was playing for a team in which he could show the form of his pre-Tottenham days.  Do you think he is on his way out ??
  The home game against Everton on Saturday January 11th 2003 has now been moved to Sunday 12th January with a 2.00 p.m. kick off to allow PPV coverage of the match.
  Hod speak strikes again, with Kasey Keller saying that if Tottenham go to Highbury with their "right heads on" they can get something from the game.  Frrrrrightening !!
  Stephen Clemence is a target for Luton Town, after manager Joe Kinnear has enquired about the availability of some Spurs players to go to Kenilworth Road on loan.
  Retired Vicenza stalwart Fabio Viviani has visited Spurs to investigate their methods over a week long stay.  He hopes to join his former club as a coach and they have used the link with ENIC to send him over to England to learn at Tottenham, among other clubs he will visit throughout Europe. 
  Spurs Youth team have been drawn away in the Third round of the FA Youth Cup against Portsmouth.  The match will be played on Wednesday December 4th with the kick off at 7.00 p.m.
  Tottenham reserve keeper, Gavin Kelly has been allowed to stay on loan at Kettering Town for another month.
  Former Spurs keeper Chris Day has had his loan spell at Aylesbury United extended by QPR.


Tuesday  12.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have today denied that Sergei Rebrov has been placed on the transfer list and that they have been contacted by a number of interested clubs.
  The Daily Mirror reports that Spurs are in pole position to sign Lee Bowyer in January from Leeds United.  The midfield player has had a chequered career on and off the pitch and has turned down a five year deal at Elland Road, worth 40,000 a week.  It is rumoured he wants to move back to London.
  Planet Football's rumour concerns Ajax players Nikos Machlas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  They are in different situations at the Amsterdam club, where Machlas has been told he can go if he doesn't like the fact he's not getting a game, while Ibrahimovic would raise a fee of around 12 million and is being eyed by Juventus and Roma too.
  Stephen Carr, Gary Doherty and Robbie Keane are all in the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2004 qualifying match against Cyprus next week. 
  Matthew Etherington has been included in a squad of England Under-21s for a three day training get-together next week.
  Spurs fan and top DJ, Norman Jay collected his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.  Congratulations.
  Former Spurs striker Rory Allen has supposedly ended his turbulent time at Portsmouth by not turning up for showdown talks about his future and sending in a resignation letter.  He is alleged to have said he has quit football to pursue a new direction in his life.


Monday  11.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Bad news for Tottenham ahead of the North London derby on Saturday ... David Seaman is likely to miss the game with a groin strain.  Non-pony-tailed youngster Stuart Taylor looks set to replace the easily lobbed England custodian.
  Spurs reserves played Leicester City reserves at White Hart Lane tonight and won 3-1 with goals from Clemence 2 and Iversen.  A match report click here.


Sunday  10.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 to Sunderland in the Stadium of Light this afternoon.  Match report to come.  For reaction, click here.
  Planet Football reports that the insolvency suffered by the main investors in Lazio and the money they still owe to Manchester United for Jaap Stam means that they might have to offload many of their players in January.  Apparently, Spurs, Juventus, Manchester United and Internazionale are all interested in Stefano Fiore and Dejan Stankovic.


Saturday  9.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Redknapp, Dean Richards and Matthew Etherington all face late fitness tests to see if they will be ready to play against Sunderland tomorrow.  Anthony Gardner came through the Burnley match without too many ill-effects and is ready to play if required.  Steffen Freund and Teddy Sheringham should return to the side after being rested in midweek.
  Sergei Rebrov's agent has announced to the media that his client is on the transfer list at the club.  He claims that the player would like to stay in Western Europe or England and has hinted that there are clubs in the Premiership interested in him.  With Spurs looking to receive in the region of 3 million for Rebrov, there might be a number of takers.  The agent also said that Sergei would have been turning out for the reserves, but has had to return to Ukraine to visit his father, who has been unwell.
  Another Spurs match has been scheduled for TV coverage.  The home match against Fulham has been moved from Saturday 22nd to Monday 24th February with a 8.00 p.m. kick off.
  Had Spurs progressed in the Worthington Cup, we would have drawn Manchester United at home !!  Burnley get their dream tie after being pulled out to face the Salford side in the 4th Round.
  Spurs Under-17s drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic at Spurs Lodge this morning, with the Tottenham goal coming from Owen Price.


Friday  8.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Matthew Etherington is out with an ankle problem, while Les Ferdinand's hamstring pull rules him out of the trip to the Stadium of Light.  Anthony Gardner and Darren Anderton are included in the squad, but Dean Richards might miss the game with his eye injury still giving him some trouble.
  SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : - The bulk of the team that won at Arsenal in the Worthington Cup will be out and also missing the match will be Jason McAteer (hernia), David Bellion (groin), Claudio Reyna (knee), Thomas Sorensen (elbow), Thomas Myhre (thigh), Nicolas Medina (knee) and Julio Arca (ankle).  Marcus Stewart might get a starting place after his two goal performance at Highbury.
  Marcel McKie played for England Under-19s in the 4-0 win over Romania in the European championship for that age group.


Thursday  7.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Both Les Ferdinand and Matthew Etherington suffered new injuries in last night's Worthington Cup exit at Turf Moor.  Les pulled a hamstring, while Matty got a knock on his ankle from a late challenge.
  Tottenham are being linked with a move for AC Milan's Danish international midfielder Martin Laursen in January, when it is expected he will be released by the Italian club.  Liverpool are interested in him too.
  TeamTalk reports that David Pleat has taken a keen interest in the form of Wimbledon's young winger Jobi McAnuff.  The Tottenham born youngster has attracted attention from Harry Redknapp and it looks like Spurs might follow the progress of the player who the Dons want to hang on to.
  Former Spurs keeper Espen Baardsen looks like having his contract cancelled by Watford, as they seek to remove him from the payroll at Vicarage Road.
  Just a quick reminder that this Sunday (10th November), a charity match featuring the Tottenham Legends will take place at Purfleet FC (near Lakeside Thurrock) in aid of Meningitis research.  For more details, click here.


Wednesday  6.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham crashed out of the Worthington Cup at Turf Moor tonight, losing 1-2 to Burnley.  Gus Poyet scored the Spurs goal.  Click here for reaction.  A match report will follow tomorrow.
  Spurs Director of Football David Pleat has been reportedly checking out Wimbledon's Lionel Morgan.  The 19 year old midfielder has just returned from a serious knee injury and Pleat was among the 660 odd other fans who huddled into Selhurst Park to watch him as the home side lose 1-3 to Rotherham United.
  Another Spurs target, according to Planet Football, is Brazilian Marcio Amoroso, who plays for Borussia Dortmund.  However, the article claims that they would want 20 million for him, so we can forget about that !! 


Tuesday  5.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Darren Anderton has been added to the Tottenham squad for the match at Turf Moor.  Keane, Richards and Redknapp are all still doubtful.
  BURNLEY TEAM NEWS : -  Dominating defender Ian Cox will be out of the game with a hamstring injury, while keeper Marlon Beresford is expected to recover form a knock picked up on Saturday.
  Tim Sherwood is the latest Spurs player  to seek talks with manager Glenn Hoddle about his future.  Following Iversen's unhappiness yesterday, the London Evening Standard reports that the former Watford midfielder will want to meet with Hoddle to talk about any future he may have at the club.
  Tottenham are believed to have made a bid for Peter van der Heyden according to Planet Football, who report that a Spurs scout was in Belgium to watch him last weekend.  It could fit in with whispers we heard that Tottenham are keen to sign a French speaking player to help Jonathan Blondel fit in at the club.
  Gianni Comandini, the Atalanta striker is another player that website quotes Tottenham as having looked at recently.  The 25 year old has been at the club for a year after joining from Internazionale for 10 million, thus he is unlikely to be allowed to leave in the near future.  A scout was apparently at the game to watch him, but the outcome of his report is unlikely to prompt a move for the forward, who would cost big money.
  Manager Glenn Hoddle says he has never forgotten the pain of being relegated with Tottenham as a young player and that was what drove him on to greater things.  He told the Sporting Life site that he made a point of talking to all his players after last season's Worthington Cup final defeat to get them to absorb the occasion and to use it to drive them on to more successful times.
  Gary Doherty said on the Spurs website that the team have had their "serious heads" on for cup ties in recent seasons.  Hoddle-speak really is taking off at the Lane !!
  Reserve striker John Sutton has had his loan spell at Carlisle United extended until Christmas.
  Former Spurs defender Dean Austin today had his contract cancelled with Crystal Palace.
  Young York City goalkeeper Russell Howarth, who was on trial at Spurs earlier this season, has joined Tranmere Rovers for a five figure sum.


Monday  4.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet has buried the hatchet with John Gorman after a row between the two when the Uruguayan was substituted in yesterday's match against Chelsea.  Poyet aimed a foul mouthed tirade at the assistant manager, but all that has been forgotten now and it was said in the heat of the moment between two people at the club who desperately wanted to win the match.  Well, that is what is being said anyway !!
  A stray finger in the eye caused Dean Richards problems seeing what was going on in the second half of the derby against Chelsea.  He told the media that he played a lot of the match "half-blind", but he still produced a blinder for the Spurs defence.
  This injury has made Deano unlikely to play at Turf Moor, along with calf injury victim Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane, who picked up a shoulder injury.
  Steffen Iversen is supposed to want to have "showdown" talks with Glenn Hoddle about where he features in the manager's plans at White Hart Lane.  Having been left out of the starting line-up for a while, the Norwegian is hoping to clarify his position, but has said that he does not need to hurry into any rash decisions.
  Simon Davies is included in the Welsh squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier in Azerbaijan on November 20th.
  On Sunday 10th November, a charity match featuring the Tottenham Legends will take place at Purfleet FC (near Lakeside Thurrock) in aid of Meningitis research.  Some stars of the Tottenham past will be taking part and there will be a raffle taking place with a  football signed by the current Spurs team and an auction including a replica World Cup 1966 shirt signed by Martin Peters.  For more details, click here.
  Carlisle United manager Roddy Collins is keen to retain the services of John Sutton, who's loan spell has come to an end.  He will ask Tottenham if he can extend the loan 


Sunday  3.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham drew 0-0 with Chelsea this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here tomorrow. 
  Glenn Hoddle said that Spurs are progressing after they fought out a draw with Chelsea.  He said that the aim is to beat teams like Chelsea, but the result demonstrated that the team were getting there.  Hoddle was not pleased with some aspects of the play, with Tottenham losing the second ball too often, but he told reporters that he was reassured by the fact that Carlo Cudicini was the only thing between the two sides.
  Gary Doherty has admitted on the official website that he is not near match fitness for the first team yet.  When asked about his fitness levels, he said he was probably about 75% ready and felt that he needs to build up his match readiness in the reserves and maintain a good training regime to get back to the form he was in prior to his broken ankle he got last season.


Saturday  2.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has spoken on the club's website about divorcing himself form the fact that he will be up against hi old club tomorrow. He said that it is the professional approach that means that there is no emotional ties when he faces any of his previous clubs.
  Gus Poyet has been interviewed on the Spurs website about the record against Chelsea in the Premier League and said that Sunday would be a good day to end it. 


Friday  1.11.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner is the only member of the returning injured who played for the reserves this week, who is in the squad for Sunday's match against Chelsea.  Anderton, Thelwell, King and Clemence will all need more match practice before getting back into the first team picture.
Squad - Keller, Hirschfeld, Carr, Perry, Richards, Gardner, Bunjevcevic, Doherty, Freund, Poyet, Redknapp, Davies, Etherington, Acimovic, Sheringham, Keane, Iversen, Ferdinand.
  CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : - Gronkjaer, Zenden and Stanic are all missing from the West London side's squad for Sunday's match.  Injured keeper de Goey is replaced by young reserve keeper Lennie Pidgeley.
Squad - Cudicini; Melchiot, Gallas, Desailly, Le Saux, de Lucas, Babayaro, Lampard, Petit, Morris, Hasselbaink, Zola, Terry, Ferrer, Oliveira, Kitamirike, Pidgeley.
  Apparently Gooner George Graham has been saying that Stephen Carr could cross North London if he left Tottenham.  Manager Glenn Hoddle told the media that there was no reason for the Irishman to leave Spurs, as he could achieve what he wanted with the club.  Hoddle believes the same can be applied to Simon Davies, as he builds a young core of the team, that could stay together for a long time.
  Reserve striker Lee Barnard has gone to Exeter City on a month's loan to get some first team experience.  He could go straight into the team against Boston United on Saturday.
  Thanks to Hans Meekers, who tells us that news in Belgium is circulating that Jonathan Blondel might join Nottingham Forest or Portsmouth on loan in January, as Glenn Hoddle wants him to get first team games, but does not want him returning home.
  Tottenham have announced that the reserve fixture moved to White Hart Lane on November 11th versus Leicester City will be free to season ticket holders and members.  They just have to show their tickets on the night.  For others, the prices are 3 adults and 1 concessions (OAPs and Under-16s).  Entrance is via the West Stand and the match will kick off at 7.00 p.m.
  Lars Hirschfeld has started a diary on the Spurs page of the Sky Sports website, in which he reveals that he shares a room on away trips with Jonathan Blondel, as he is the only other French speaker in the squad and that although he wants to be playing first team football, he is willing to wait his chance, playing behind the solid keeping of Kasey Keller.
  Former Spurs defender Dean Austin looks likely to become the first victim of Crystal palace's cost cutting exercise, by having his contract terminated.  The player is said to be willing to do so to "progress his opportunities elsewhere."

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