By Pete Stachio
|ST. ALBANS CITY 2 SPURS 6 -
Tuesday 11th August 1998
the shadows lengthened across Clarence Park, an almost
full-strength Spurs took to the field and soon took the
lead with Sir Les heading in Ginolas free-kick from
the left. Spurs second came when a Carr drive
ripped into the net from the edge of the box. Baardsen
had little to do in the first half and Ferdinand added
number three with a low shot. Just before half-time,
Ginola was brought down and got up to hit the penalty
firmly to the keepers left to make it 4-0.
the interval, Spurs slackened off allowing the home side
two free headers, which were off target. Spurs did force
three good saves from the St. Albans goalie, before Les
completed his hat-trick by dummying two defenders,
rounding the keeper and slipping the ball home. Sol hit a
loose ball across the face of the Spurs box for a St.
Albans player to volley home, then Espen had to save
smartly at his near post from a low shot. Foxy rounded
off Tottenhams scoring with an angled drive from
inside the box, although St. Albans got a second with a
It was a good run-out for most of the first team
squad and Tramezzani showed he can put in a decent cross,
while Jose twisted and turned and tormented the St.
Albans right back. His replacement showed a few classy
touches and Justinho may have found his true
position. Stephen Clemence has looked comfortable in
possession, always seeking to receive the ball and Sol as
usual was a rock in defence. So, now its all down
to Wimbledon on Saturday for the real thing. Hold tight
for the usual Tottenham Hotspur roller-coaster ride of a
|QPR 0 SPURS - 1st August 1998
The stiffest test so far for Tottenham,
especially when you consider Vinnie Jones is the QPR
player coach. Running out in their new all purple away
kit - another triumph for the kit designers at Pony - the
team started with trialist Titi Camara in the line-up. The Guinean (or Ghanaian, depending on which paper you
read) international looked a bit like Faustino Asprilla
and played a bit like him too, with moments of skilful
play interspersed with instances when it looked like his
touch had completely deserted him. Although he had not
been at the club for very long, he linked up fairly well
with Armstrong and his cross from the right provided
Chris with a header, which was saved by Harper's feet.
Fox headed Tramezzani's cross against the bar and
Camara's mazy dribble along the goal-line ended with a
low cross into the six-yard box, but there were no Spurs
players around to convert it. Meanwhile, at the other
end, the red-booted Gavin Peacock forced Walker to
scramble his far post header away for a corner and later,
his long cross bounced away after hitting the angle. The
QPR full-backs, Rose and Barraclough, had obviously
undergone special training with Vinny, as they regularly
clattered into Spurs players, thus prompting a similar
response from Clemence and Tramezzani.
The second half lacked incident. A couple of long range
efforts from Saib and Sinton were easily saved and QPR
had the better opportunities with Slade heading the wrong
side of the post from six yards and Murray's long
distance drive being pushed away by Walker.
Both teams will be hoping for better things in the season
to come, but left the fans wishing they had opted to
enjoy the sunshine elsewhere.
|BILLERICAY TOWN 2 SPURS XI 5 -
23rd July 1998
A reserve team
friendly which featured Baardsen, Clemence, Fenn and
McVeigh saw Spurs go 1-0 down early on to a header,
before Mark Gower's strike eventually got Spurs back into
it following a period when Billericay's determined
approach would not allow them to settle. A similar shot
from Fenn gave Tottenham a 2-1 lead on the sloping and
bumpy New Lodge pitch.
In the second half Tottenham took a hold on the game and
began opening up the defence of the Rymans League side.
Success was achieved through further goals from Clemence,
Dominguez and Gower, who all waltzed through the back
line. Although the home side managed another goal, there
was little to trouble Tottenham's second string despite
their play being ragged for periods of the match. Peter
Gain played at left-back and made a decent fist of it,
while Gower and Clemence looked good in midfield.
All in all, a match Spurs managed to win against a team
who were determined to give a good account of themselves.
|PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0 SPURS 6 -
15th July 1998
Football on a
July evening didn't quite seem right and the empty Spurs
end was in stark contrast to the heaving mass that
assembled there for the FA Cup 3rd round a few years ago.
Luckily, the result was better this time round and
although the match was unimportant, it was good to see
that Tottenham can be ruthless in finishing teams off.
The first half was the better of the two in terms of
providing some competitive opposition, but even then, all
Walker had to do was to field a couple of long shots.
Spurs had the better chances and took the lead when Paolo
Tramezzani hit a free-kick which was supposed to curl
over the wall, but deflected off it and looped gently
into the net. Saib and Ginola fired fierce shots wide and
the Algerian hit the post with a close range header, when
it might have been easier to score.
There was a strange substitution at half time, when
Peterborough fielded their second XI instead of the first
half team. Unfortunately, the floodgates opened as Spurs
ripped the "possibles" apart. Ginola ran across
the face of the box and curled a delightful shot into the
top corner and shortly after, Rory Allen won a race to a
long ball, lobbing it over Gremink for 3-0. Subs came and
went, but Tottenham continued to press and Walker had a
fairly relaxing time at the other end. Three more goals
came, all resulting from passes pulled back from the
goal-line on the right side of the box. Saib, Sinton and
Fenn all profited from the supply from the flank,
completing an easy win in this oddest of
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