White Hot Lines

November 2003

Sunday  30.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs apparently want to sign Danny Mills from Leeds United to replace Stephen Carr, who they are resigned to losing in the summer.  The story comes from the News of The World and claims the England defender would cost 1 million and his wages of 30,000 a week should not be a problem to cope with.  Middlesbrough are also keen to make his loan deal at the Riverside stadium permanent.
  Brentford keeper Paul Smith is wanted on trial at Tottenham from tomorrow, with a view to signing up the England Under-21 custodian for 400,000 on a permanent transfer.
  Former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham is the target or a Russian tycoon, who runs Krylia Sovetov - a Russian team.  He said that even at 37, Teddy is a fine physical specimen and he could have a good effect on a team.  They are supposedly looking at another six players who are coming to the end of their days in the Premiership.
  For the latest match reports on the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC teams, including a 12-0 thrashing of Brentford, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... the draw for Euro 2004 has paired England with France, Croatia and Switzerland ... FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has hinted that Man. Utd. might be deducted the 15 points they have own with Rio Ferdinand in their side following his avoidance of a drugs test ... a Middle-Eastern sheik is not the man who wants to buy into Leeds United, but is said to be brokering the deal for another rich Middle-Eastern party ... 

Saturday  29.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  On loan Spurs reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson scored for Coventry City in their match against Crystal Palace today, equalizing in the last minute.
  The Republic of Ireland won their first World Youth Championship match against home nation Saudi Arabia and Spurs defender Stephen Kelly played the whole of the match.

  OTHER NEWS ... a fan was taken to hospital with a broken cheekbone after a firework from a display on the Molineux pitch flew into the crowd ...

Friday  28.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The official Spurs website reports that Chris Perry has been allowed to join Charlton Athletic for the nominal fee of 100,000.  The Spurs defender went to the Valley on loan with Paul Konchesky moving on loan to White Hart Lane.  He is able to sign a permanent deal because his loan period started inside the summer transfer window.
  Rohan Ricketts has agreed a one year extension to his contract and has thanked Robbie Keane and Jamie Redknapp for getting his first team chance.  The young midfielder, who Spurs fans have taken to their hearts, said that the senior players told Glenn Hoddle that he should take a chance on the ex-Arsenal reserve at Birmingham in the first game of the season.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will travel without Fredi Kanoute, who might be a sub on Wednesday in the Carling Cup after he has trained over the weekend.  Redknapp and Ziege are still out and Gus Poyet has gone abroad to have his wrist looked at, after wearing a light plaster for a number of weeks now.  Jonathan Blondel out with a knee injury.  Dean Marney has joined the squad of  - Keller, Carr, Richards, Taricco, Gardner, King, Ricketts, Anderton, Keane, Postiga, Zamora, Dalmat, Konchesky, Bunjevcevic, Doherty, Mabizela, Marney, Burch. 
  Jonathan Blondel's knee injury has prevented him goign on loan to an interested First Division club, David Pleat revealed on the club website.
  BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS : -  Lorenzo Amoruso and David Thompson definitely out, along with Lucas Neill and Andy Cole who are suspended, but Flitcroft and Tugay should play.  Young striker Paul Gallagher could be a starter.  Tugay has announced his retirement from Turkey's international team, so that he can concentrate on his club career.  The home squad consists of - Freidel, Enckelman, Johansson, Taylor, Babbel, Todd, Gresko, Short, Tugay, Baggio, Gallagher, Flitcroft, Reid, Jansen, Emerton, Yorke, Ferguson.
  Blackburn Rovers boss Graeme Souness said that nobody from Tottenham has contacted him about the manager's job at White Hart Lane and that all the talk about him taking over at the club was speculation.
  Alan Curbishley seems to have ruled himself out of the Tottenham manager's job by saying that Charlton Athletic can be a bigger club than Spurs.  In a Rupert "The Bear" Lowe moment, he said that by expanding the Valley to 40,000+, he aims to overtake West ham and Spurs as the third London club, after Charlton announced a 35 million turnover and only a 464,400 loss.  Balance sheets do not a big club make.  Ask Leeds !!
  Tottenham have released 19 year old defender Ronnie Henry and midfielder Jonathan Black (18) from their contracts.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has decided that he will not be able to play in the Premier League any longer after discussing his situation with Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dave Jones.  It is up to Gascoigne as to where he now sees his future.

  OTHER NEWS ... Internazionale defender Marco Materazzi has branded Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann a cheat ...

Thursday  27.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs, along with Aston Villa, Everton and Leeds United are said to be the clubs who want the Premier League to be lenient with clubs how go into administration.  Six of the 20 clubs voted for a nine point deduction should clubs have to resort to the administrators, while some others favoured the penalty, but there were objections on slipping into administration for reasons beyond their control (i.e. another club fails to pay a transfer fee).  Ironically, if Leeds go into receivership in the Premier League, the London Evening Standard says they will not have to suffer the ten point deduction currently in force in the Nationwide leagues.
  Christian Ziege is considering a career in medicine after it comes the day for him to give up football.  Having spent the majority of this year in the gym or in hospital, the German international feels he is an expert on recovering from injury.  A bit of that expertise could see him back playing in the New Year, as he has been told that the ligaments in his knee have healed, but he needs to rebuild the muscle in his legs.
  Reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson has said he moved to Coventry City on loan as he wasn't getting a look-in at Spurs and it is his intention to get some first team action under his belt  with a view to impressing clubs who might be interested in his services when his contrac6t is up in the summer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson has been offered a contract extension until 2008 ... Ken bates has blasted the FA as a laughing stock over their delay in dealing with Joe Cole's disrepute charge from the end of  last season, when he was a West Ham United player ... Trevor Brooking has been appointed as the FA's Director of Football Development ... 

Wednesday  26.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's home game against Leicester City has been moved from Saturday 21st February 2004 to Sunday 22nd February 2004 to be covered by Sky Sports.  The game will now kick off at 4.05 p.m.
  Mark Hughes has ruled out a move to club management after extending his contract to manage Wales to the 2006 World Cup.
  Spurs reserves won 2-1 on their visit to West Ham tonight at Upton Park.  Fredi Kanoute did not play, as he is not quite yet ready to return to match action, but goals from Milenko Acimovic and Bobby Zamora in a strong Spurs side took the spoils.
  Goalkeeper Rob Burch has signed a two year extension to his current Spurs contract.
  Under-19s midfielder Nicky Wettner has been released by the club.

  OTHER NEWS ... WBA's Lee Hughes has been released on bail by Police after being charged with causing death by dangerous driving in an incident Sunday and failing to stop after an accident ... Leeds United have announced they might have to go into administration to deal with the reported 78 million debts they are carrying ... The FA are to announce a date for Rio Ferdinand's hearing about his missed drugs test ... Leicester City announced today that they lost 4.5 million in the three months after they came out of administration ...

Tuesday  25.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has said that Stephen Carr nearly missed out on playing in the Aston Villa match, as the Tottenham captain had been suffering with a stomach virus.
  Coventry City seem to be implying that the loan deal for reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson could become permanent in the summer when a lot of the Sky Blues players will be out of contract and they will be looking to bring new players in.
  Spurs are supposed to be watching Udinese's Danish defender Per Kroldrup.  Juventus, Hamburg and Stuttgart are also said to be watching the defender and if they do not get him, they might turn back to Martin Laursen of AC Milan.  Sky Sports website also hinted that the Tottenham representatives were impressed by striker Dino Fava, who they have been linked with for a long time.
  Former Spurs midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen has said he is trying to return to England, with his agent attempting to set up a deal with another club in this country.  The Norwegian international said he had been offered deals in his home country, but preferred to return to England where the training facilities are better. 
  Mark Yeates has been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad to face France on December 3rd.
  Spurs Youth lost out in the Third round of the FA Youth Cup 1-2 at West Bromwich Albion.  David Hicks scored Tottenham's goal straight from a corner.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds striker Alan Smith has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after his bottle throwing incident in the Carling Cup match against Man U ... WBA's Lee Hughes has been charged by Police with causing death by dangerous driving in an incident Sunday and failing to stop after an accident ... Dundee have released 20 playing staff after going into administration ... 

Monday  24.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Helder Postiga needs more time to acclimatise to the English game, caretaker manager David Pleat claimed today.  He said that he still is overcoming his language problems and although he is putting a lot of effort into his game, he was not getting the run of the ball to help him get the goals he needed to improve his confidence.  Team-mate Robbie Keane also said that the Portuguese star shows in training that he is a great talent and that he only needs one goal to set him on his way.
  Rohan Ricketts' contract talks are a long way advanced and it looks as though he will sign a contract with Spurs in the next couple of weeks.  His current deal expires in summer 2004, so he would have been able to talk to other clubs from January 2004.
  Fredi Kanoute's progress on his ankle injury has been so good that he might play a part in Wednesday's reserve outing at West Ham United.  The club were careful to say "may" and that if things went well, he "may" play at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.  Personally, I think that they will not rush him back too quickly.
  Yesterday's referee Jeff Winter has praised the way the Tottenham pitch played after the heavy and persistent rain that had fallen on it.  The North-Easterner said that he felt that the pitch was the best he had seen in the Premier league so far this season.
  Internazionale manager Albert Zaccheroni has said he is not interested in signing Santos' young midfield star Diego at this time.  The player was a crucial figure in the Brazilian clubs win over Fluminese in the country's championship match at the weekend and he had been linked with a move to Spurs during last summer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bryan Robson is announced as the new manager of Bradford City ... Dundee are about to go into receivership with up to 20 million debts ... WBA's Lee Hughes has been arrested by Police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in an incident yesterday ... 

Sunday  23.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Aston Villa 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Rohan Ricketts and Robbie Keane scored the goals that gave Tottenham three points.  Click here for a match report, with reaction available here.
  David Pleat hinted after today's game that the club may be looking to appoint a coach to take over team affairs while the Director of Football would take control of all other matters.  This would leave Chris Hughton in pole position should the board decide to go in that direction.  Pleat said a statement would be made before Christmas, but perhaps after the club's AGM on December 11th.
  Which is on contrast to a very strange rumour about David O'Leary being linked with the Tottenham manager's job that has sprung up, but nobody seems to be giving it any credibility.
  David Moyes is supposed to have been added to the Tottenham Hotspur board's wish-list to take the manager's job according to the Sunday Mirror.
  The Sydney Sun-Herald has issued an apology for the comments attributed to David Pleat about Glenn Hoddle's management of Tottenham Hotspur.
  For the latest on the Spurs Ladies matches this weekend, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... WBA's Lee Hughes is being hunted by Police after fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident this morning ...

Saturday  22.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Lineker, Pat Jennings and Danny Blanchflower have all been inducted into the National Museum of Football's Hall of Fame.  They join Jimmy Greaves, Dave Mackay and Paul Gascoigne as former Spurs players who are already there.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - The squad for tomorrow's match is ... Keller, Burch, Konchesky, Bunjevcevic, Carr, Doherty, Gardner, King, Richards, Taricco, Mabizela, Anderton, Blondel, Poyet, Dalmat, Ricketts, Keane, Postiga, Zamora.
  ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS : - The Villa squad is as follows ... Sorensen, Delaney, Mellberg, Johnsen, Samuel, Hendrie, Barry, Hitzlsperger, Whittingham, Allback, Angel, Postma, Vassell, Dublin, S Moore, Ridgewell, Cooke.
  Mauricio Taricco has said that he doesn't cheat on his wife, but he does what is necessary to win at football, which includes diving.  The Argentinian has criticised managers who have a go at him, while allowing their own players to get away  with the same things.  Perhaps he could concentrate on defending as that is necessary to win a football match !!
  In the same piece for Soccernet, Taricco added that he would prefer a manager to be appointed sooner rather than later, so that the players can get settled and the new man could start to steady the side.
  Spurs Under-17 side beat Crystal Palace on their trip to South London with Danny Stevens, Simon Hawkins 2 and Claude Seanla scoring the goals in a 4-1 win.

  OTHER NEWS ... Next month's World Cup qualifying draw will most likely see England as one of the six European seeds for the competition ... The FA are considering a proposal from a "think-tank" to increase the number of yellow cards from five to seven before a suspension is served.  A proportionate increase from ten to fourteen would be installed before a two game ban kicks in.  What UEFA would think about that when the other European countries have three cards as their lower level for a one match ban, I don't know ...

Friday  21.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner is fit to return to the side after the back problem that kept him out of the England squad last weekend.  
  ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS : - Darius Vassell will have a late fitness test on his injured knee picked up in Dubai last weekend.  Gavin McCann is out suspended 
  Gus Poyet has been featured in the London Evening Standard as he takes more coaching sessions with the Spurs first team to develop his skills for a career after his playing days are over.
  Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson has targeted Stephen Carr and Patrick Kluivert as his big January buys.  The Spurs captain has long been linked with the North-East club, but his future might be more settled at White Hart Lane now. 
  David Pleat has said that if Mark Yeates can make his mark in the performances he puts in at Brighton and Hove Albion while on loan, then he might be promoted up the ladder at Tottenham.
  Frederic Kanoute has said that he hopes to step up his recovery from injury by increasing the pace that he is running at, after starting to get back into training in the last week.
  Helder Positga is one of the Portugal Under-21 side caught up in a drugs testing row after their Euro 2004 qualifier with France this week.  Players were stopped by Portuguese officials from giving urine samples, as they said the French doctors were acting outside their jurisdiction.  UEFA are to look into the matter, but some sources are claiming that the country might have sanctions taken against them by the governing body.
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  OTHER NEWS ... Gordon Taylor of the PFA is trying to mediate between David Moyes and Duncan Ferguson at Everton, where they had a bust-up earlier this week ... Kevin Keegan might have to remove younger players from his Man. City squad to reduce the wage bill ... Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley believes football could clean up it's act by taking a leaf out of Rugby Union's book ... 

Thursday  20.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  There is doubt about Mark Hughes' continued managership of Wales after last night's Euro 2004 playoff defeat and Tottenham are one of the club's who might be looking at him to take over the helm at their club.
  Perugia have allegedly enquired about the availability of Stephane Dalmat with Internazionale, even though the French midfielder is on loan at Tottenham.
  Apparently, Spurs are supposed to be interested in QPR defender Marc Bircham.  He has been on duty with Canada this last week and reckons he came back to find 20 messages on his mobile asking him not to join Spurs.  He didn't say if they were from Tottenham supporters or not !!
  Reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson has signed on at Coventry City for a month's loan spell to get first team experience.
  Philip Ifil has been chosen in the England Under-20 squad for the world championships in Saudi Arabia from 27th November to 19th December, being the youngest player selected by his country.  At just 17, the Spurs defender has been playing reserve team football at club level and has shown a considerable maturity in his game.

  OTHER NEWS ... England have been placed in the second ranked groups for Euro 2004 ... Teams could be kicked out of Euro 2004 if their fans misbehave at the tournament ... Duncan Ferguson has been told to stay away from Everton's training ground after a bust-up with manager David Moyes there on Monday ... 

Wednesday  19.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Milenko Acimovic played for Slovenia in their 0-1 defeat to Croatia that knocked them out of the Euro 2004 play off.
  Bobby Zamora had his tonsils out sometime during the last two weeks and it was a relief for him, as he has been suffering with tonsilitis for a year.
  Reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson looks set to go to Coventry City on a month's loan after impressing in a reserve game for the Sky Blues.
  Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher said he is embarrassed by talk of him getting a call-up to the England squad.  He should be because he's the only one who's hearing it !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United's Jody Morris has been arrested and charged with rape, while Jermaine Pennant was released after questioning, but Leeds say they will not suspend the ex-Chelsea midfielder until he has been found guilty ... Alan Smith will not be charged with throwing a bottle into the crowd at Elland Road, but the Leeds forward might face an FA ban for the incident ... Scotland lost 0-6 to Holland in their Euro 2004 play-off second leg and 1-6 on agg. ... Wales lost 0-1 tonight and by the same score on aggregate to Russia in their play-off ... Norway crash out 0-3 (1-5 on agg.) to Spain ... Turkey draw 2-2 on the night with Latvia, but lost out 2-3 on agg. ... 

Tuesday  18.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Venezuelan billionaire Gustavo Cisneros is back on the scene and is rumoured to be interested in buying into Spurs or Aston Villa again.
  The back injury that ruled Anthony Gardner out of the England friendly on Saturday will not keep him out of the Aston Villa game on Sunday.  He was advised not to risk it as a precaution and should be OK after training this week.
  Rivaldo might be available for less than he would have cost last season owing to his loss of the Pepsi advertising contract, because of his lack of appearances in the AC Milan team.
  Robbie Keane, Stephen Carr and Gary Doherty all started for the Republic of Ireland tonight in the friendly against Canada at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.  Robbie Keane scored twice in the second half against Lars Hirschfeld in the 3-0 win for the Irish.  Carr and Doherty were both substituted at half-time
  Helder Postiga played for Portugal Under-21s against France Under-21s tonight and his side won 2-1, leaving the score 3-3 on aggregate with both results the same in the two legs.  Portugal went through after winning the penalty shoot-out 4-1.
  Former Spurs and Reading midfielder Kevin Watson is interesting another of his previous clubs, Rotherham United.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ryan Giggs is free to play against Russia tomorrow although he has been charged with ungentlemanly conduct ... Alex Ferguson is set to sue one of his club's major shareholders John Magnier, over the share in Rock of Gibraltar - a racehorse, a share in whose breeding rights are worth 50-150 million ... The Financial Services Authority has dropped an investigation into the trading in Chelsea shares just prior to Roman Abramovich taking over ...

Monday  17.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are threatening legal action against the Australian paper that printed alleged criticism of Glenn Hoddle attributed to David Pleat yesterday.
  Spurs Reserves lost 0-1 to Charlton Athletic Reserves tonight at Broadhall Way.  A match report will follow tomorrow.
  Former Spurs assistant manager John Gorman has quit as Tony Adams' assistant at Wycombe Wanderers and thus sparked speculation that he might be joining up with Glenn Hoddle in a new management post soon.
  Millwall are supposedly looking at former Spurs reserve striker John Sutton, now playing for Raith Rovers.
  Former Spurs centre half Stuart Nethercott has been told by Millwall manager Denis Wise that he can leave the New Den when he has found a new club.
  Former Spurs trainee Narada Bernard has signed for Torquay United from Woking.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ryan Giggs is being investigated by UEFA after an alleged elbowing incident in the play off match against Russia last Saturday ... West ham fans have enough support to force a vote of no confidence in chairman Terence Brown at their AGM next week ... Franck Queudrue has been cleared of violent conduct in the match against SCBC recently after the video review committee looked at the dismissal again ...

Sunday  16.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege is so fed up with his footballing injuries that if he gets one more serious setback, he is threatening to give up the game ... for crazy golf  !!  Having seen people suffer with wayward clubs hitting them, that might not be such a safe alternative !!
  For some reason, David Pleat has been quoted in an Australian newspaper to have said that the "dustmen, agents, mothers and cleaners" who have applied for the Spurs managers job would not have done a worse job than Glenn Hoddle.
  Rivaldo's agent has revealed that the offer made by Liverpool is closer than Tottenham's in terms of what they are looking for.
  Spurs and Leeds United are watching Cambridge United's 21 year old winger Luke Guttridge.
  Read match reports of the latest matches played by the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies teams by clicking here.

  OTHER NEWS ... England lose 2-3 to Denmark in a friendly international ... armed robbers broke into the hotel where the Republic of Ireland squad were staying prior to their friendly against Canada in a few days time ... 

Saturday  15.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner missed training with the England squad with a sore back, which it is reported will not stop him playing, although Sven Goran Eriksson thought it would keep him out of the players being able to be named for the friendly against Denmark on Sunday .
  Milenko Acimovic played 75 minutes of Slovenia's 1-1 Euro 2004 play-off draw in Croatia today.
  Helder Postiga played for Portugal's Under-21s in their European Championship play-off against France, which they lost 1-2.
  Lars Hirschfeld played in Canada's 1-5 friendly defeat in the Czech Republic today.
  The Under-17s lost 2-4 at home to SCBC this morning.  Danny Stevens and Charlie Lee scored the Spurs goals.
  The Under-19s lost 0-1 at West Ham United this morning.

  OTHER NEWS ... Scotland beat Holland 1-0 in the first leg of their Euro 2004 play-off ... Wales drew 0-0 in Russia in theirs ... Latvia beat Turkey in Riga 1-0 ... Spain beat Norway 2-1 ... 

Friday  14.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat will tear up Tottenham player's contracts if they misbehave off the field, like so many young stars who are hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.  The Spurs caretaker manager has told his squad that the club will terminate contracts if players are involved in scandals away from the game, as they have to be dedicated to their career and responsible for their actions.
  Two years after it came in, the FA have just recognised that clubs are due payment for their development of young players and in a landmark case, Crumlin United of the Republic of Ireland will receive 90,000 for their part in Robbie Keane's success.  The Irish club took the matter up with the FA and they acknowledged that the money was owed at 5% of the transfer fees paid for the Republic of Ireland striker, although this money will have to be stumped up by the FA and not Spurs.
  Tottenham are set to vie with SCBC for the Brentford goalkeeper Paul Smith when the transfer window opens despite the Saints supposedly having agreed a fee for the England Under-21 net-minder already.  Pleat is believed to have watched the goalie in the West London derby with QPR at Loftus Road on Wednesday night.
  Daniel Levy is reported to have had lunch with England coach Sven Goran Eriksson this week, but it was not with a view to offering him the Tottenham job, but to discuss the coaching structure at the club, with the Swede giving him advice on how it is organized elsewhere.
  Anthony Gardner has praised Glenn Hoddle for giving him his first chance in the Tottenham first team and in having great faith in his abilities.  Gardner also thanked his old boss at Port Vale - John Rudge - for being the manager who awarded him his debut in senior football.
  ... and finally ... we are indebted to Elfrid for the news that in the Bournemouth Daily Echo yesterday evening, a headline ran 'Are the Saints too small for Beattie?' ... That means he is some huge player if he is too big for SCBC !!

  OTHER NEWS ... The England squad are up in arms yet again, as Alan Smith was sent home from the squad's hotel last night, just hours after joining them, following his arrest for throwing a bottle into the crowd at Elland Road ... Manchester City have told Kevin Keegan that there will be no more money to spend on players ... England will play Sweden in Gothenburg n March 31st, unless they are drawn in the same Euro 2004 group ... Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson spent a night in a police cell after being involved in a fight with his ex-wife ...  Ex-Man U defender Paul McGrath was arrested by police after an incident outside his ex-wife's house and he is said to be homeless ... The Stadium of Light, St. James' park and St. Mary's have all been added to UEFA's list of grounds that can stage major finals !! ...

Thursday  13.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Last September, Tottenham bought out the conditions attached to the deal signed when Anthony Gardner came from Port Vale for just 110,000.  Now that he has been promoted to the England squad, he could have earned his former club 300,000 if he makes the team and another 100,000 in appearances now he is becoming a regular in the Spurs side.
  Jamie Redknapp hopes to be back training with the squad again within two weeks.  He saw the American specialist who attended to his other knee previously, while he was in the UK, being satisfied that he only had to let things settle down before he could step up his comeback to full fitness.
  Dean Marney is on trial at Queens Park Rangers with a view to going on loan at the Second Division club.
  Rivaldo has revealed that he has been talking to Liverpool about a January move from AC Milan.  He had expressed an interest in coming to Tottenham as well as being 
  Former Spurs winger Chris Waddle has been linked with the vacant Bradford City manager's job.
  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear has been linked with the vacant Crystal Palace manager's job.
  The Spurs reserve game against Chelsea at Stevenage Borough has been brought forward two days from Wednesday 11th February to Monday 9th February 2004 with a 7.00 kick off.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rio Ferdinand has refuted charges of missing a drugs test and has asked for a personal hearing ... Alan Smith of Leeds United has been arrested or throwing a bottle into the home section of fans at Elland Road during the Carling Cup tie against Manchester United ... just after being called up to the England squad to replace the injured Darius Vassell ... 

Wednesday  12.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has told the London Evening Standard of how he dislikes the tag of "caretaker" as it makes him sound like a "scruffy bugger" !!.
  Mark Yeates, the 18 year old Irish reserve striker, has joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a month's loan, starting on Friday.
  Reserve team captain Johnnie Jackson is having trials at Coventry City with a view to him going on loan at the First Division club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Notts. Forest manager Paul Hart is not interested in taking the vacant Leeds United manager's post as he is fully committed to Forest ...

Tuesday  11.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner has been called up into the England squad for the friendly against Denmark on Sunday after Gareth Southgate pulled out with injury.  Sven Goran Eriksson said he had watched the Spurs defender on several occasions and was aware that he had a very good game on Saturday.  The England coach said he would take the opportunity to have a look at the player at close quarters and he said it was an opportunity for the player to show what he could do.
  As Charlton Athletic's match against Chelsea has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, their home game against Tottenham will now be put back twenty four hours from Tuesday 10th February 2004 to Wednesday 11th February 2004 with the kick off at 8.00 p.m.
  Both Chris Perry and Paul Konchesky will stay on loan at Charlton Athletic and Spurs respectively until 13th December.  Both clubs have agreed to a month's extension and both players are believed to want to make the move permanent in the January transfer window.
  David Pleat has told the London Evening Standard that he is "taking on the role of acting manager because I don't like the caretaker tag - it makes me look like a scruffy bugger."
  Glenn Hoddle's agent has said that moves by Nottingham Forest for the former Spurs boss are not true.  Forest were said to have made the initial contact as insurance should they lose their manager Paul Hart to Leeds United.
  Simon Davies has been sent home from the Welsh training camp ahead of their Euro 2004 play-off matches against Russia, as he has been ruled out of both games on 15th and 19th November with his hip/groin injury.
  The FA Youth cup tie against West Bromwich Albion has been set for Tuesday 25th November at the Hawthorns with a 7.00 p.m. kick off.

  OTHER NEWS ... Eddie Gray becomes caretaker manager at Leeds ... Steven Gerrard signs a new contract at Liverpool ... Dennis Wise is appointed player/manager at Millwall, with ray Wilkins as his coach ... West Ham revealed an 11 million increase in their debt after relegation from the Premiership and despite selling a large number of their best players ... Alex Ferguson will have his comments about Arsenal doing a deal with the FA looked into and in the next 48 hours is also expected to sign a new deal at Old Trafford ... 

Monday  10.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has taken the step of putting his row with David Pleat behind him to tell the London Evening Standard that he believes the caretaker manager should be handed the job full-time.  He said that David Pleat had got results since taking over and he considered him to be the fans' choice for the job, so why not let him have it and see how he could take the team forward.
  Harry Redknapp is considering another move for Darren Anderton in the January transfer window.
  Dean Richards believes that Helder Postiga will get goals for Spurs, but needs a bit of luck.  The Spurs defender said that the Portugal striker was getting into the right positions and the keeper did well on the two one-on-ones on Saturday, but he thought his work-rate was good and he is prolific in training, so it should all fall into place for Postiga once the first one hits the net.
  Chris Waddle has told the Sun newspaper that Spurs need stability in the manager's position to catch up with Arsenal and it might take ten years.  Waddle considers it will be at least five years before Tottenham can hope for regular Champions League football if they give the next manager more than eighteen months in post.
  No Spurs players were included in Sven Goran Eriksson's England squad for the friendly against Denmark at the weekend.
  Former Spurs midfielder Kevin Watson, who is out of favour at Reading, has been put on the transfer list.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United parted company with manager Peter Reid today ... Albion Rovers' manager Peter Hetherston may be in trouble with the Scottish FA after saying that the first female Scottish referee should be at home doing the cooking ...

Sunday  9.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gerard Houllier has said that he intends to stay at Liverpool despite rumours in the Sunday People linking him with the Spurs job.  Please Noooooo !!
  The News of the World claims that Newcastle United are offering Peruvian midfielder Norberto Solano in part exchange for skipper Stephen Carr.  The Magpies hope to sign the defender in January and have offered Carl Cort as another option.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alex Ferguson looks set to extend his contract as Man U manager ... Ashley Cole reveals that he was spat at by a Turkey player in the England match in Istanbul ... 

Saturday  8.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 1-2 at Highbury to Arsenal this afternoon.  Darren Anderton scored Tottenham's goal.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Tottenham's Under-19s won 2-0 at home to Wimbledon today with Michael Malcolm getting both goals.
  Tottenham's Under-17s lost 1-2 at  West Ham United today.

  OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth hit Leeds for six in their match delayed by floodlight failure ... meanwhile Leeds are looking to move into a new stadium - the best in the First Division they reckon !! ... Steven Gerrard is expected to sign a new contract at Liverpool quashing rumours he might move on ... Nicky Law was sacked as manager of Bradford City today ... 

Friday  7.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It is widely reported today that Brazilian AC Milan midfielder Rivaldo's agent has had talks with Tottenham and Liverpool about a move to England.  A story in the London Evening Standard says that the money for the planned move for Rivaldo last season would have come form a major soft drinks company, but it is not known if that source would now be available should the move go ahead.  His wages are said to be 6 million a year !!
  Meanwhile Helder Postiga has said he intends to make a success of his time at Tottenham.  The Portuguese forward has told the Evening Standard that his girlfriend had joined him in England and that he is gradually becoming accustomed to the culture here ... including the shops shutting three hours before they do in his home country !!  Helder loves the song about him that the fans sing and he hopes to be able to net his first goal soon, although he realises that he needs playing time to change his game and is happy enough as long as the team win.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Stephane Dalmat returns to the Spurs squad after being in France on family business last week, while Anthony Gardner has overcome a slightly sore hamstring to join the party for the trip up the Seven Sisters Road.
  David Pleat has revealed to the Sky Sports site that there are a number of respected managers who have made contact with Tottenham via many means.  The caretaker boss told reporters that they were keen to manage the club and that people would be surprised by some of the names involved.
  Apparently, Spurs, Charlton Athletic, Manchester United and AC Milan were all represented at the Porto vs. Marseille Champions League match this week, so the Sky Sports site tells us.  It is not known who Spurs were watching.  Maybe it was the manager ??
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle apparently turned down the chance to take over as manager of Crystal Palace because he did not want to work with chairman Simon Jordan according to the Daily Mirror today.
  Having recently joined Colchester United, former Spurs trainee Richard Johnson has now move on to Stoke City where he has signed a three month contract.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bobby Robson has been named as the Premier League manager of the month, while Alan Shearer is the player of the month ... The FC say there is no problem about sorting out bonuses for the national squad ahead of the Euro 2004 finals in the summer next year ... Southend United fans are thinking of calling for Stan Collymore to manage the side as they seek a new boss !! ... 

Thursday  6.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun revealed that Christian Ziege will be out for approximately ten weeks with damaged knee ligaments, after injuring himself in his comeback match against West Ham United.  However, David Pleat said on the Spurs website that Ziege's injury wasn't as bad as first thought, so he will be working hard to overcome the knee ligament strain over the coming few weeks.

  OTHER NEWS ... John Ward is named as the new Cheltenham Town manager ... Man. City's Robbie Fowler was smoking and drinking in an Essex nightclub before their game at SCBC last Saturday, while Christian Negouai was forced to break his Ramadan fast to take water in providing a urine sample for drugs testers recently ... Notts. County have been given until December 9th to form a rescue package for the club or risk being expelled from the League ... Newcastle win their UEFA Cup tie in Basle 3-2, Man. City drew 1-1 with Polish side Groclin and Liverpool drew 1-1 in Bucharest with Steaua ... Hearts win 1-0 in Bordeaux ...

Wednesday  5.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Spurs site carries a report that Simon Davies has done his first ball work for seven weeks as his recovery from his thigh injury progresses.  He is keen to be involved in Wales' play-off away leg against Russia on November 15th, but says he is realistic to know that he might not be up to playing.
  Meanwhile, Fredi Kanoute hopes to be playing again in two weeks after his ankle has improved quicker than first thought, according to his agent.    
  Kazuyuki Toda has told Sky Sports that he intends to stay in Europe after his Spurs contract expires in January.  In a report that indicates that Tottenham will not be retaining the Japanese midfielder, he said he has learned a lot, but does not see why he cannot get a place at another European club in the New Year and although grateful for Shimizu S-Pulse's interest, he does not want to go back to Japan just yet.  I hope he improves quickly, as I do not rate his chances of getting a move to a decent European league if he plays as he did in the reserves on Monday.
  Tottenham reserve and England Under-19 midfielder Ben Bowditch has been allowed to go to West Ham United for two weeks on trial and will play in two reserve fixtures for the Irons.  He scored in the first one against Wimbledon reserves on Tuesday night, the Tottenham Hotspur website reports.
  Former Spurs assistant John Gorman has been named as Assistant manager to Tony Adams at Wycombe Wanderers.
  Tottenham's home reserve match against Arsenal set for December 1st has been switched to Monday 15th March (kick off 7.00 p.m.), because of the clubs involvement in the Carling Cup that week.
  For reports on the latest Spurs Ladies matches, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Celtic beat Anderlecht 3-1 and Arsenal get a late winner against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League ... Monaco beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 in their Champions League match ... Alex Ferguson has been asked to explain his comments about the  penalties handed out to Arsenal for the Old Trafford incidents ... Sinisa Mihajlovic is facing a UEFA investigation into his spitting at Chelsea's Adrian Mutu in yesterday's Champions League match ... 

Tuesday  4.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fredi Kanoute is progressing well from injury and has had a protective boot taken off the ankle, the Spurs website revealed today.  The Frenchman hopes to be running soon and then he will have an idea of when he will be able to get on the pitch again.
  Apparently, Spurs and Liverpool are sending scouts to check out Portuguese side Belenenses centre back Pele.  The 25 year old Portuguese player is highly rated and has said he would like to play in England.   
  Spurs have been drawn away to West Bromwich Albion in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sunderland announced 36 million debt, with 21 million lost last season ... Man U beat Rangers in Champions League 3-0, while Chelsea overcome ten man Lazio 4-0 ...

Monday  3.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's Carling Cup tie at home to Manchester City will be on Wednesday 3rd December with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.  Kevin Keegan said that this competition might have to take a back seat if injuries continue to hit his squad, threatening to play a youth team in the next round at Tottenham.
  David Pleat quashed rumours that Stephane Dalmat failed to turn up for training on the day after the Carling Cup tie against West Ham United.  The caretaker manager said there had been a family problem and Dalmat had been allowed to return to France to resolve the matter.
  Jay-Jay Okocha has revealed that he wanted to join Tottenham before he signed for Bolton Wanderers.  He said he did not have talks with Glenn Hoddle, but his agent did, although Hoddle seemed to thin he did not need a player like him at that time.
  Pleat has admitted that losing Fredi Kanoute through injury is a big blow as he holds the ball up so well and now we have a problem scoring without him.
  The reserve fixture to be played away to West ham United on Tuesday 25th November will now take place on Wednesday 26th November with a 7.00 p.m. kick off.
  Spurs Reserves lost 1-2 to Derby County Reserves at Stevenage Borough tonight.  Johnnie Jackson score the Tottenham goal.  Click here for a match report.

  OTHER NEWS ... Crystal Palace sack Steve Kember as manager ... Southend United dismiss Steve Wignall as their boss ... 

Sunday  2.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Gascoigne has revealed that one day he would like to be manager of Newcastle United or of Tottenham !!  The former Spurs midfielder said he intends to take his coaching badges when he finishes playing and has learned under some top managers, although he wished he could have played under Alex Ferguson, but chose Spurs instead of United, as we were doing as well as them at the time.  Gazza said that both Newcastle and Spurs had done so much for his career and he would like to give something back.
  Spurs are among a number of clubs who are watching Peterborough United's striker Leon McKenzie.  The prolific forward is a former Crystal Palace player and would be available if the right offer came along.
  Glenn Hoddle is being linked with a return to football with his former club Monaco as coach at the French club.  The Daily Mirror claims that of he does go there he might return to Tottenham to take Helder Postiga on loan, a move the story implies might be to Tottenham's liking .
  Meanwhile, Hoddle's former number two - John Gorman appears to be the favourite for the manager's job at Wycombe Wanderers, where he will have to persuade Terry Gibson to stay on as assistant after being overlooked for the boss' position.
  Former Spurs reserve keeper Frode Grodas has retired from the game after leaving his latest club Honefos BK in Norway.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA are awaiting the referee's report on a tunnel brawl after the Boro v Wolves match ... a top lawyer has informed Rio Ferdinand that he would only stand a very slim chance of a legal challenge in the High Court to any punishment he might receive for missing a drugs test ... 

Saturday  1.11.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers today.  For a match report, click here and for reaction, click here.
  David Pleat believes that ground-sharing might be the way forward for clubs in the future.  With money being thin on the ground, this could be a way of saving doubling up on costs.
  Caretaker boss David Pleat said today that he had given the captaincy to Stephen Carr in Jamie Redknapp's absence in the hope that it might persuade the Irish international defender to stay at Spurs by signing a new contract.
  Helder Postiga has today said he has no intention of quitting Spurs and came here to learn and although that might take time, he was willing to continue in the Premiership to provide the goals that Tottenham bought him for.  He said he had not got this far in his career by giving up and that he has settled well on and off the pitch, helping him feel confident that he would do well in England.
  The Spurs Under-17 team won this morning at Spurs Lodge against Wimbledon with Danny Stevens and an own goal inflicting a defeat on the Milton Keynes side.
  The Spurs Under-19 team won this morning away at Norwich City 2-1.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wenger said today that his players being hanged twice would not be enough for some people (hmm, I think he has seen the light) in response to Alex Ferguson's claim that they got off lightly over the Old Trafford brawl ... five players, including England internationals have been accused of taking cocaine, with the FA Set to look into the allegation, although little substance has been given to the claim ...



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