White Hot Lines

December 2004

Friday   31.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The players of the Spurs squad have made a significant donation to the DES charity that is helping the millions of people affected by the tsunami that hit South East Asia.
  80 year-old Spurs Academy coach Dickie Moss has been given a MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Noureddine Naybet returns to the squad for the Everton match and will most likely start in place of Anthony Gardner.  Stephen Kelly is still ruled out and Thimothee Atouba misses out with a foot injury again.
  EVERTON TEAM NEWS : -  Steve Watson has a stomach problem and is doubtful, while Leon Osman takes a late fitness test on his knee.  Duncan Ferguson is suspended and Richard Wright will cover in goal for the injured Nigel Martyn.
  For a match preview click here.
  Celtic have been linked with a move for out of favour Spurs centre-half Dean Richards.
  Reserve striker Jamie Slabber has joined Swindon Town on loan until the end of the season.
  Reserve central defender Paul O'Donoghue has joined Hornchurch on loan for a month.
  Reserve midfielder Mark Hughes is the subject of an effort by Oldham Athletic to make his loan move permanent.  Lactics manager Brian Talbot hopes that the negotiations with Spurs will allow the Irish Under-21 international to leave on a  free transfer.  At the moment, the player was unable to agree personal terms, so he will have his loan period extended until February 19th pending progress on a permanent transfer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds have sent loan winger John Oster back to Sunderland after he was found guilty of misbehaving at the club's Christmas party ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Spain's national coach Luis Aragones has defended his stance on the racicist remarks he made about Thierry Henry and dug himself into a bigger hole, by telling the world that "Reyes is ethnically a gypsy, I have got a lot of gypsy and black friends, I consider myself a citizen of the world, I don't care about their skin colour.  All I did was to motivate the gypsy by telling him he was better than the black."


Thursday   30.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Hotspur have joined in with every other Premier League side in donating 50,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee to aid the people affected by the Indian Ocean earthquake.
  Spurs are reported as being interested in Deportivo La Coruna striker Diego Tristan, along with Liverpool and Fulham.
  There are rumours linking Spurs with a move for Newcastle United forward Shola Ameobi in the Daily Express.
  Spurs are reported on the Sky Sports website as being ready to sit down with Anderlecht officials to thrash out a deal for Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson.  The player claims that a number of Premiership clubs are interested, as well as Italian club Chievo.
  Czech midfielder David Limbersky has said on the Sky Sports website that he is keen to get working with the rest of the Tottenham squad.
  Wayne Rooney admitted violent conduct in the match against Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day and will receive a three match ban, thus missing the match with Spurs on January 4th.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bolton will appeal against the FA charge of improper conduct ...


Wednesday   29.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King is confident that, even though Spurs might get offers for Jermain Defoe, that the striker will stay at Tottenham.  The Spurs defender went on to add that Defoe is a player who can make a goal out of nothing and that coach Martin Jol has "given us plenty of confidence since he came in. He has told us that we are good players, and that we can do the job."
  Jermain Defoe explained away his goal celebration in yesterday's game by telling the London Evening Standard, "Robbo said to me before the game: 'Run to me if you score'. He's my mate, so I did."

  OTHER NEWS ... Wayne Rooney has been charged with violent conduct for pushing Bolton's Ben Haim in the face on Sunday.  The Israeli defender also faces an FA charge of improper conduct ... Romario has announced that he is retiring from football ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alex Ferguson believes that the media are having a witch-hunt for Wayne Rooney.  He said, "Because it is Wayne Rooney and because it is Manchester United, the emphasis is taken off the Bolton player completely.  That is sad because it is obvious to everybody what he did. He laid down there for about two minutes rolling around, which is absolutely disgraceful as far as I am concerned and should be more of a concern for football in general than talking about Wayne Rooney."  If we all complied with what Fergie wanted, what would there to talk about ??


Tuesday   28.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham drew with Crystal Palace 1-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For match reaction, click here.
  Jermain Defoe was named as the Spurs Members Club Player of 2004 at today's game.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Monday   27.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mail have issued the following correction in today's issue of their newspaper ... "We have been asked to make clear that headlines 'I'm fed up with being bottom of the England play league' and 'I want to stay but Spurs must pay me properly says King', which appeared in Friday's Sports Mail, were not directly attributable to Ledley King. We are happy to 
set the record straight."
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Thimothee Atouba picked up a foot injury in the game at Norwich and is doubtful for tomorrow's match, but Anthony Gardner and Reto Ziegler are both available for selection.  Stephen Kelly's knee injury keeps him out of contention.
  CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS : -  Jonas Kolkka is doubtful with a rib injury. 
  For a match preview, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Freddie Ljungberg has been seeking medical opinion about his alleged migraines.  He said, "The doctor I saw that week said I was quite stupid."


Sunday   26.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Norwich City 2-0 at Carrow Road for their fifth straight win for the first time in eleven years.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Spurs are being linked to two Arsenal youngsters in the newspapers today.  A move for Jermain Pennant is being mooted in the News of the World, as the Arsenal youngster is out of contract in the summer, while the Sunday Mirror say that Martin Jol is looking at bringing in Charlton winger Jerome Thomas, who left Arsenal in the summer and had a good game against Spurs in Jol's first game in charge.
  Fredi Kanoute is being linked with a move to Barcelona as the Spanish La Liga leaders need cover for the injured Henrik Larsson.  The story on the Sky Sports website claims that Spurs might be willing to let one of their strikers go if they sign another one in the transfer window
  Meanwhile Martin Jol has said that the club do not intend to sell Jermain Defoe even if someone bids 100 million for him.  The Spurs coach also added that he believes that Defoe can become so good that he could score in every game he plays.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Everton's Scots manager David Moyes said he will not waste any money on transfers in the January transfer window.


Saturday   25.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR READERS FROM ALL AT MEHSTG.


Friday   24.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has given Spurs fans some Christmas fear by saying that he will only stay at Spurs as long as they are making progress in the right direction and challenging for trophies in an interview in the Daily Mail.  The central defender said he would reconsider his future if the club started to falter and that he was proud to be mentioned in rumours linking him with Arsenal.  King went on to add that he felt that he could achieve all that he wanted with Tottenham, but his agent claimed he should receive a huge raise from his current 12,500 a week.  Jonathan Barnett was reported as saying that Tottenham would have to break the bank for his next contract to put his client in the same pay league as Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.  
  In contrast, Ananova carries a story stating that King has said that Martin Jol is having a dramatic effect on the team. 
"He is passionate about his football and wants to be a winner. He is trying to get that across to the players and it is great," said King. "I think it is what we needed, someone to push us on as we've got a lot of young players. We need to get used to being in winning ways and become winners.  Over the last few years the club has had to put up with the mediocre, winning a couple of games then losing. We need to get the right mentality to win games regularly and that is what we've started doing."  The Spurs defender went on to say that the confidence is spreading through the side and that "everyone is enjoying life at the moment. When you are winning and playing well you enjoy it and are happy about everything - that is how it is now."
  On the Spurs site today, Ledley states his shock at the above story, saying "I was amazed to read that article because it is just not true.  Tottenham will always be my first love and I am very happy here.  I only signed a new contract in the summer and am not interested in going anywhere else.
  Barnett is also gob-smacked by the article in the Mail, saying that he has been taken out of context and that Ledley was happy at the club and that there were no problems.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former Leeds United chairman has resigned as chairman of Barnsley ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has rallied to the defence of under-pressure Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.  Well, not until his side have had a go at the slumping Newcastle team !!


Thursday   23.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dominique Cuperley has left Spurs and will head back home to France to find a new club there.  The fitness coach said he enjoyed his time at Tottenham and found it an "interesting experience"
  Reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson has joined Watford on a month's loan.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Erik Edman is fit again after an Achilles problem, while Noureddine Naybet has recovered from his groin problem.
  The Daily Mail claims that Tottenham have told Robbie Keane that he will not be leaving in the January transfer window, despite Everton and Aston Villa being interested in signing him.
  Sky Sports site reckons Blackburn Rovers and Spurs are still watching Ousmane Dabo, the 27 year old Lazio midfielder, say reports in the Italian media.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Wednesday   22.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Wilhelmsson is very unhappy about the fee that Anderlecht are asking Tottenham for his services.  The Swedish midfielder thought that 3 million would be a fair price, but the Belgian side want 6-7 million and he is not pleased that the price tag is preventing his move to London.
  The Daily Mirror reports that Robbie Keane is to snub moves for him by Everton and Aston Villa to stay and fight for a place in the Spurs side and that he is willing to stay even if he is not playing on a regular basis.
  A dangerous rumour links Spurs with a loan move (which could be made permanent at the end of the season)  for Newcastle United's out of favour winger Laurent Robert, after the club apparently missed out on signing Blackburn Rovers' Australian winger Brett Emerson.
  The Tottenham youth team will face Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup 4th round on Wednesday 19th January 2005 at Anfield, with the match kicking off at 7.00 p.m.
  Former Spurs reserve defender Mark Arber has joined his old club Peterborough United on loan from Oldham Athletic.

  For a preview of the Boxing Day game with Norwich City, click here.


  OTHER NEWS ... Jim Smith has linked up with Harry Redknapp at SCBC as assistant manager to renew the management partnership they had at Portsmouth ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester City's Joey Barton is to be fined 100,000 for burning a youth player on the eye with a cigar at the club's Christmas party.  Barton said in his defence, "well, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick."


Tuesday   21.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun claim that the 3 million transfer of Christian Wilhelmsson to Tottenham has been agreed, with Spurs seeing off late competition from Celtic.  Eurosport back up the claim by stating that the midfielder has said he will be arriving in January to join up with the squad.
  Spurs are among a number of clubs who were at Hibernian's game on Saturday to see Derek Riordan score a last minute winner.  The 19 year old striker has been getting rave reviews and manager Tony Mowbray knows that he might not be able to turn down a bid of 1 million for the player.
  The Spurs players visited sick children in the local hospitals around the Tottenham area today.

  OTHER NEWS ... the Spanish FA have been fined 44,750 for the racist abuse their fans rained down on England players during the Under-21 and full international friendlies last month.  They have been informed that they may be required to play games behind closed doors or face being expelled from the European Championship or World Cup should further incidents occur ... Velimir Zajec has been appointed as the new manager of Portsmouth ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Nicolas Anelka was left stunned after a boozed-up fan punched him at Manchester City's Christmas party.  It wasn't the blow struck by the supporter that shocked Anelka, but the length of the queue waiting behind his assailant.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Laurent Robert thinks he will be leaving Newcastle United soon.  The French winger told reporters, "The manager has no confidence in me," he said. "He says I am lazy in training and tells people I am no good."  It sounds like Souness has, for once, been spot on with his assessment of a player. 


Monday   20.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have signed Czech Under-21 and Viktoria Plzen midfielder David Limbersky on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy him on a permanent basis.  The player, who will be 22 years old on January 6th, nearly joined Udinese in the summer and will be monitored during his time at Tottenham.  Frank Arnesen said on the club's website that Limbersky can play on either side of midfield and will be a member of the first team squad.  He will arrive at Tottenham on December 28th.
  Aston Villa are considering Robbie Keane as a transfer target if they fail to buy James Beattie from SCBC.  The Spurs forward could be a player that the Midlands club are willing to bid 6 million for.
  Jermain Defoe today told the London Evening Standard how he appreciated the team play of fellow forward Fredi Kanoute, who has come through a tough time after conceding the penalty that let Liverpool back into the recent League Cup quarter final.  The player also told the paper in response to the rumours about his departure, that "I'm happy here. I'm scoring goals, I'm enjoying my football and I'm playing well. There's no more to be said.".
  Anderlecht's midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson's agent has confirmed he has spoken to Tottenham, among other clubs, about a move for his client in January and the 25 year old Swede has expressed his desire to come to London to join Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ronaldinho has won the World Footballer of the Year award in Zurich tonight ... Lord Burns will conduct an investigation into the FA's annus horribilis and the way the organisation is run ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Blackburn manager Mark Hughes admits he would love to draft in someone who could add a bit of magic to his side.  Top of his January shopping list will be Blackpool pier's Paul Daniels, who Hughes describes as a magical genius, who the fans will like.  Not a lot !!


Sunday   19.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frank Arnesen has said he is confident that none of the big players at the club will leave during the January transfer window, but he admitted that should a "ridiculous" bid come in for one of them, the club would have to make a decision on it.
  According to the Sunday Mirror, Spurs are to sign Thomas Buffel from Feyenoord for 3 million as a replacement for Chelsea bound Jermain Defoe.
  The paper also claims that Ledley King has said he is not going anywhere.  The Spurs defender told the Mirror "Why should I move anywhere? We've got what is virtually a new set-up at the club now and I want to be part of that" as he has signed a deal until 2008 and wants to see his contract out, as "Spurs are in my blood."
  However, the People dig at the club again, by quoting Arsene Wenger, who says that if Arsenal wanted Ledley King, there would be nothing Tottenham could do to stop them.
  The Daily Star claim that a 2.5 million deal to bring Christian Wilhelmsson to White Hart Lane from Anderlecht has been agreed, confirming a rumour we heard at the Lane yesterday.
  Spurs will play their Third Round FA Cup tie against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 8th January 2005 with a 3.00 p.m. kick off.
  Birmingham City owner David Sullivan said that he wished he had pushed his deal for Tottenham through in the early 1990s, but feared that the 25 million debt and taking on Terry Venables would have been too much for him.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Ritz Hotel has sent a letter of complaint to Newcastle United concerning the behaviour of some of their players who used the hotel for their Christmas celebrations three weeks ago ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Gordon Strachan has turned his back on the chance of managing Portsmouth.  He said that the move would not be suitable for him at the moment, but should Rupert Lowe ever take over at Fratton Park, he might reconsider ;-)
  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Sepp Blatter has said that player should NOT walk off a pitch if they are racially abused.  He said that the fans perpetrating the abuse should be identified and brought out onto the pitch to be booed by the rest of the crowd.  Blatter went on to add that in Britain, we have video cameras and should do this.  But Sepp, the problem is worse on the continent and things happen to the idiots who do it in Britain when they are identified.  Does this man think before he speaks ????????????????????


Saturday   18.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat SCBC 5-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United have fined John Oster after the on-loan winger was arrested outside a night-club in Durham ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson has pointed to the summer tour of the USA by his club as the reason they have started so slowly.  The way the team performed in America was a barrier to a good start this season and the hamburger eating competitions have taken their toll on his players in the early months of 2004-2005. 


Friday   17.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal will make a 20 million bid for Ledley King in January to test Tottenham's resolve to keep their best players.  The story goes that they want King to shore up their leaky defence and think Spurs will take the money to rebuild their squad.  Later manager Arsene Wenger denied that his club were in the market for another centre-half and certainly not Ledley King.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Reto Ziegler is back in the squad, which is missing Noureddine Naybet, who is still troubled by a groin injury.  Stephen Kelly's knee knock keeps him out, but Jermain Defoe is back after suspension, with Mark Yeates keeping his place in the squad.
  SCBC TEAM NEWS : - James Beattie returns from injury, but the team will be without Rory Delap, who is suspended and a number of other players who are injured.
  Former Spurs manager and Director fo Football David Pleat is being linked with the manager's post at Nottingham Forest.

  OTHER NEWS ... Keith Curle has been sacked as manager by Mansfield Town ... Chris Turner has been appointed as manager of Stockport County ... 


Thursday   16.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Express confidently state that Harry Redknapp will sign Jamie from Spurs in the January transfer window.
  Both Reto Ziegler and Pedro Mendes could be fit again to be include din the squad for Saturday's home game against SCBC.
  For a preview of the match click here.
  Rumours linking Nottingham Forest winger Andy Reid with a move to Tottenham in the January transfer window have been denied by the struggling Championship club.
  Zenit St. Petersburg have said that Spurs have shown strong interest in their striker Alexander Kerzhakov, offering very good money for a Russian club, but they did not want to let the player leave, as they think he cans till develop with them.
  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear has resigned as manager of Nottingham Forest.
  Former Spurs reserve defender Ian H
illier has gone on loan from Luton Town to Chester City.

  OTHER NEWS ... UEFA are to look at using video technology to assist officials in deciding whether balls have crossed the goal-line.  Another idea they have is to limit squads to 25 players with four players would have come through the youth system and four more trained within the same national FA ... Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Sporting Lisbon ensures they progress to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup ... although Hearts lost 0-1 to Ferencvaros and will not take any further part in the competition ... three Blackburn Rovers supporters have been banned from all football ground sin the country for five years following the racist abuse of Dwight Yorke in the match against Birmingham City ...  

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger has been fined 15,000 and "severely reprimanded" by the Football Association after being found guilty of an improper conduct charge for accusing Ruud van Nistelrooy of 'cheating'.  However, the FA said that they would value M. Wenger's expert knowledge of the subject to determine future cases.


Wednesday   15.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with Racing Santander's Israeli striker and captain Yossi Benayoun again today and the 4 million rated player is set to interest Bolton Wanderers as well, according to the Daily Mirror.
  Zenit St. Petersburg have claimed that Spurs are interested in their striker Alexander Kerzhakov.  The 22 year old is a prolific scorer in the Russian league and the UEFA Cup and is rated in the 16 million bracket.

  OTHER NEWS ... Middlesbrough beat Partizan Belgrade 3-0 to progress to the next stage of the UEFA Cup, while Glasgow Rangers got knocked out 0-2 by Auxerre ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Tuesday   14.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being widely linked with a move for Chelsea's out of favour midfielder Joe Cole in the January transfer window.  His value is out between 3 million and 5 million, depending on which paper you read.  Jermain Defoe has urged the club to follow up their reported interest in the midfielder, as he feels he would fit in at White Hart Lane very well.
  Tottenham confirmed today that they have agreed a transfer fee for Emil Hallfredsson and will be discussing personal terms in the near future with the 20 year old Icelandic left winger.
  Spurs Reserves drew 2-2 with West Ham United Reserves at Upton Park tonight.  Mark Yeates and Jamie Slabber put Spurs 2-0 up before West Ham scored twice to bring the scores level.  Slabber had the opportunity to win it three minutes from the end, but on loan Spurs keeper Rob Burch saved his spot-kick.
  Former Spurs defender Neil Ruddock is keen to become Cambridge United's new manager and they want him too, although they have refused to comment on the speculation.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester City have put a 20 million price tag on Shaun Wright-Phillips, as they rate him "nearly as good as Wayne Rooney" and do not want to sell him ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The FA are to investigate comments made by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who complained about the quick free-kick that gave Arsenal their second goal on Sunday.  Being new to English football, he is unaware that everyone knows Poll supports Chelsea !!


Monday   13.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Star claims that David Sullivan's plans to buy wither West Ham United or Tottenham involve his good friend Alan Curbishley.
  Sullivan shrugged off the rumours though, saying he has been on about the travelling getting him down for ten years now, so he could still be at Birmingham City for another five years or until he dies.
  Rumours on Icelandic websites claim that Spurs have completed the signing of Emil Hallfredsson from FH Hafnarfjordur.  A speedy left winger, the player is a regular in the Iceland Under-21s, but as yet there is no official confirmation from the Spurs website, who might be waiting for the transfer window to open to announce the deal.
  Another Scandinavian import who might be signed for January is Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio of Auxerre.  A talented youngster, he attracted interest from Werder Bremen and AC Milan, while he also had trials at PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United.
  Stuttgart and Glasgow Rangers are said to be willing to contest Tottenham's interest in Feyenoord striker Thomas Buffel's transfer.  The 23 year old is holding out on signing a new contract, which might force the Dutch side to sell him during the January transfer window.

  OTHER NEWS ... Andriy Shevchenko has been named as European footballer of the Year for 2004 ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Following news that Gordon Strachan might be a favourite for the Pompey job, chairmen Rupert "the Bear" Lowe and Milan Mandaric are thinking of swapping jobs and then renaming the clubs as SCBC and Portsmouth.


Sunday   12.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Following yesterday's Daily Mail story of David Sullivan being tired of travelling up to Birmingham from his Essex home and wanting to buy a club nearer there, either Tottenham or West Ham United, comes news of another takeover in the offing.  A consortium of millionaires have made 55 million and 65 million bids to buy Spurs from Daniel Levy.  These people believe that the club is a viable operation and Levy is said to have put a sale price of 90 million on THFC.  A spokesman for the group - Mr. G. Hoddle, who is also working currently as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers - said, these people believe that Joe Lewis is ready to sell up and is giving Daniel Levy one more chance to get things right, but if the pressure gets too much, they think Levy will walk away.  The consortium believe that the club is being run in an amateur fashion and that it is ridiculous that the manager has to go through five people to buy a player.  Mr. Hoddle added that if the consortium does take over he hoped they would say "Glenn, you run the football side.  You work hand in hand with the chief executive and you have three or four people full-time on the scouting side."
  Tottenham's PR company have hit back saying that this is nonsense and they felt that it was being put around by someone hoping to embarrass Mr. Hoddle.  The statement on the club's website said that the club was not up for sale and that it did not want fans to believe this type of rumour, but Daniel Levy had a tetchy tone to the comments attributed to him.
  Hoddle was a guest on Sky Sports this afternoon and was quoted as saying
"I can assure you I have never sat down with any consortium.  I don't know where it comes from but I am delighted to be Wolves manager. My first weekend back and there's a story I scratch my head about but it is great to be back in football."
It seems he is still scratching his head about things !!.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers also issued a statement through their Chief Executive Jez Moxey saying Glenn Hoddle had not spoken to the reporter and that the manager and club were committed to each other, so there could not be a parting of ways.
  The Sunday People seem to have it in for Spurs at the moment, as they also reckon that Spurs would be ready to sell Ledley King, Robbie Keane, Freddy Kanoute, Simon Davies, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Brown if they receive the right offer for the players.
  This is a line also followed by the Mail on Sunday, who also say there will be an exodus in January, but claim that the club has signed Auxerre's Finland midfielder Teemu Tainio on a free transfer.
  Jermain Defoe's future at Tottenham has been doubted by the News of the World, who claim that his contract talks have hit deadlock and Arsenal and Chelsea might nip in to sign up the England striker.
  The Sunday Mirror thinks that Jamie Redknapp will be used in a part-exchange deal with Fulham to bring Steed Malbranque to White Hart Lane.  The Cottagers seem to be open to offers for the French midfielder with an asking price of about 6million being mooted. 
  The Sunday Star claims that Martin Jol will have 14 million to spend in the January sales.
  The same paper claim that Harry Redknapp will make his son Jamie the first signing for his new club SCBC.

  OTHER NEWS ... Cambridge United sack their manager Herve Renard ... A bomb scare abandoned the Real Madrid v Real Sociedad game after 88 minutes tonight in Spain ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Saturday   11.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Manchester City 1-0 at the City of Manchester stadium this afternoon.  For reaction, click here.  For a match report click here.
  There is talk at the moment about a possible takeover at the club.  Birmingham City shareholder David Sullivan is interested in buying out Daniel Levy should he be able to sell his shares in the Blues.
  Spurs under-18s drew with MK Dons 3-3 this morning at Spurs Lodge.  Kieran McKenna, Claude Seanla and Stuart Lewis scored for Spurs. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Friday   10.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Thimothee Atouba has been cleared of the charge of violent conduct against Paul Dickov in the match last Saturday against Blackburn Rovers.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Erik Edman is in the squad that has travelled to Manchester City and Anthony Gardner joins him to offer more options in defence.  Eddie Silva Sousa or Mark Yeates could be selected if Robbie Keane fails to recover from his knee knock.
  MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Patrick Anelka is fit again, but may have to settle for a place on the bench as Kevin Keegan sticks with the pairing of Fowler and Macken.
  Spurs have been linked on the Sky Sports site with Swiss youngster Valon Behrami. who is a 19-year-old currently playing at Verona on loan from Genoa.  An offer in the region of 4 million for could tempt Genoa.
  The Daily Mail claim that Glenn Hoddle has asked his brother Carl, former Spurs youth player, to join him at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  Hoddle has said that he has no intention of buying Dean Richards and returning him to Molineux at the moment.  The former Spurs boss who bought the central defender at White Hart Lane added that Deano is not in the team at the moment and thus it would not be the right time to bring him in at Wolves.  Hoddle was responding to a story in today's Sun.

  OTHER NEWS ... Yeading will play their FA Cup Third Round tie with Newcastle United at Loftus Road ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... News from the Arsenal training ground is that Jens Lehmann refuses to help Manuel Almunia in training as he is keeping him out of the team at present.  The truth behind this vicious rumour is that Lehmann can't actually help Almunia as his weakness is on crosses !!


Thursday   09.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs might be without Robbie Keane for Saturday's match at Manchester City with a knee injury he has been carrying for a number of weeks.  His absence will be a serious blow for Spurs, who are already missing Jermain Defoe who is suspended for one match.
  The Daily Express rehash an old story about Spurs accepting bids of in excess of 20 million for Ledley King should they be received.  The paper claims this would provide money for Martin Jol and Frank Arnesen to spend.
  Reserve goalkeeper Rob Burch has gone on loan to West Ham United for a month.
  Reserve striker Lee Barnard's loan to Leyton Orient has been extended for another month.
  The Daily Mirror claims that former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen will move from Valerenga in Norway to Newcastle United in January.
  For a preview of Saturday's match, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Millwall have been charged with the racist behaviour of their fans who are alleged to have made racist chants at Liverpool's Djimi Traore in a League Cup game at the New Den.  Both clubs have also been asked to answer charges of not controlling their fans ... Yeading will not play their FA Cup tie against Newcastle at their Warren ground.  It will now be staged at QPR or Brentford ... Former Argentine striker Ramon Diaz has been appointed as manager of Oxford United ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sean Gregan has hit out at the Leeds fans who abused him in front of his family and branded them "idiots."  Yeah ... and it took him that long to work that out about Leeds fans !!


Wednesday   08.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe has been named as the BBC Radio London Young Player of the Year at the BBC London Sports awards.
  Simon Davies has said that he is battling to get his place back in the team, after failing to recapture his old form when he has been included this season.
  The Sun has Everton interested in the Welsh midfielder and Spurs are alleged to have told them that they want 5 million for him, whereas Toffees boss David Moyes is only willing to pay around 2.5 million.
  The Sun also predict that Tottenham will swap Fredi Kanoute for James Beattie in the transfer window.
  Former Spurs defender Richard Gough has been named as the new Livingston manager.

  OTHER NEWS ... Harry Redknapp appointed as SCBC manager ... three more Blackburn Rovers fans have been charged following racist abuse aimed at Birmingham City's Dwight Yorke a couple of weeks ago ... Liverpool beat Olympiakos to go through to then knockout stages of the Champions League and Man U lost 0-3 at Fenerbahce ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Milan Mandaric has slammed the "cloak and dagger" antics of SCBC in making Harry Redknapp their new manager.  Rupert "the Bear" Lowe ... cloak and dagger .. throwing innocent managers out onto the street in winter ... complaining about cads and wide-boys ... with his reputation ???  Yes .. .it all adds up now, doesn't it ?


Tuesday   07.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Thimothee Atouba has denied the charge of improper conduct levelled against him by the FA after an incident in the game against Blackburn Rovers and his case will be heard on Friday.
  Apparently, Spurs are amongst a number of clubs who want to sign Portsmouth's midfielder Amdy Faye.  Middlesbrough, Fulham and Aston Villa are the other clubs involved in the chase for the want-away star, The Sun reveals.
  Cardiff City have denied that Simon Davies is the loan player they are looking to sign in the January transfer window.
  Spurs won their third round FA Youth Cup tie tonight against Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane with an injury time goal by Andy Barcham giving Tottenham a 1-0 win.
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle had been announced as the new Wolverhampton Wanderers manager.
  Former Spurs reserve striker Kerry Dixon has been sacked as manager of Hitchin Town after attending matches to work as a match-day host at Stamford Bridge rather than attend Hitchin matches.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stan Ternent has been named as the new Gillingham manager ... Arsenal won 5-1 against Rosenborg, Celtic drew 0-0 with AC Milan and Chelsea lost 1-2 to Porto in the Champions League ...


Monday   06.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Thimothee Atouba has been charged with violent conduct following the televised match against Blackburn Rovers in which he kicked Paul Dickov while on the floor.  The referee failed to administer any punishment at the time, but the FA intend to investigate and Atouba has until 18.00 p.m. tomorrow to appeal.
  Reto Zielger will miss three weeks of action after sustaining a hamstring pull in Saturday's game at Blackburn Rovers.
  Glenn Hoddle's advisers claim their has been no approach by SCBC for the ex-Spurs manager.
  Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has pleaded guilty to the charge of improper conduct after coming onto the pitch at White Hart lane at half-time to remonstrate with the referee for sending off Franck Queudrue.
  Spurs Reserves lost 1-2 at Barnet to Arsenal tonight.  Jamie Slabber scored the Tottenham goal.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Sunday   05.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been drawn at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Third Round of the FA Cup.  The game will be played during the weekend of January 8th/9th.
  Birmingham City are supposedly interested in buying Robbie Keane for 6 million according to the News of the World, who say that the striker does not feature in Head Coach martin Jol's plans.  Manchester City and Everton are also said to be watching developments.
  Some papers claim Chelsea are planning a 20 million raid for Jermain Defoe and are willing to pay him 75,000 per week.
  The People claim that Spurs are interested in Ipswich Town striker Darren Bent and Aussie winger Ahmad Elrich of Busan Icons, who played with Spase Dilevski in the Australian Olympic team.
  The Sunday Mirror reckon Tottenham will battle Liverpool for the signature of former Leeds United and French midfielder Olivier Dacourt.
  Spurs and Everton are both keen to sign Crewe Alexandra's striker Dean Ashton.
  Former Spurs striker David Leworthy was sacked last week from his post as manager of Havant & Waterlooville, even though he had been away from the club for a month with Glandular Fever.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United have been drawn at home to Exeter City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and Yeading are to play Newcastle United at home !! ...


Saturday   04.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park tonight.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for reaction.
  Martin Jol has been reported in the newspapers today that finishing 10th or 11th would be a good placing for Spurs.  He has denied this as a wrong interpretation of his comments at a press conference.
  Spurs Under-18s drew 2-2 away to Cardiff City this morning.  Claude Seanla and Scott Thyer were on target to secure a draw with the Welsh club.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal dropped Jens Lehmann from their side today.  Seems he is getting a taste fo his own medicine !!


Friday   03.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has said that his close working relationship with Frank Arnesen will ensure that he has the final say over players who are brought to Tottenham Hotspur.  He said today that he and Fran had a good knowledge of players in Europe and it is important as they have to sign the best for Tottenham, but stressed that if Arnesen wanted to bring in a player that Jol did not fancy, he would not arrive at White Hart Lane.
  Anthony Gardner will not be sold contrary to rumours about his departure from White Hart Lane.  Martin Jol today confirmed that the central defender was fit for tomorrow's game at Blackburn and as an England international and promising star of the future, his future was at Tottenham.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King is Spurs' biggest doubt with a foot injury picked up against Liverpool, while Stephen Kelly returns to the squad after his broken thumb and concussion kept him out of contention.
  BLACKBURN ROVERS TEAM NEWS : - Lorenzo Amouroso and Youri Djorkaeff are definitely missing from the Rovers line-up, while Matt Jansen misses out and Jonathan Stead will have to settle for a place on the bench with Jay Bothroyd who is back from suspension, as Mark Hughes keeps the same team that won at Fulham. 
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has joined Peterborough United after being released by Hornchurch.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jose Mourinho and Arjen Robben won the manager and player of the month awards for the Premiership ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Steve Bruce has said that striker Emile Heskey just needs time to settle at Birmingham City.  Maybe he should buy him a clock for Christmas !!


Thursday   02.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has said he has the utmost respect for what Crystal Palace manager Ian Dowie has done and does not want to get embroiled in a battle of words.  He said that John Gregory was not a manager and did not have to be careful about what he said as a match pundit.
  The London Evening Standard claims that Spurs will sign Crewe Alexandra forward Dean Ashton next month for 2.5 million, which will spark Everton into a major effort to prise Robbie Keane away from White Hart Lane.
  Rupert "The Bear" Lowe is said to be interested in taking Anthony Gardner to SCBC on the TeamTalk site.
  Spurs seem to be in pole position to sign 20 year old Icelander Emil Hallfredsson as Feyenoord have lost interest after the striker left them to take up another week's trial at Tottenham.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal's Robin van Persie will not face FA action over an elbow he threw at Kieron Richardson in last night's League cup loss at Old Trafford ... Walter Smith has been appointed as Scotland's national manager ... 


Wednesday   01.12.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 3-4 on penalties to Liverpool in Round 5 of the League Cup at White Hart Lane tonight.  The game ended 0-0 at 90 minutes and 1-1 at the end of extra time.  For a match report click here.  For reaction, click here.
  The Spurs Double goalkeeper Bill Brown died last night in Canada after a long illness.
  Ian Dowie said that he wanted a face to face meeting with Martin Jol about comments he made about the Crystal Palace manager and he thought the Spurs man should show some balls.
  Former Spurs assistant manager John Gorman has been given the vacant manager's post at Wycombe Wanderers.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

 

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