Letters January to March
ONE !!!!! Tottenham
Hotspur were demoted from Division One all those decades ago because of
FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES ( not much has changed there - except you get
away with it these days ).
TWO !!!!! Arsenal were ELECTED to Division One at the same time.
By whom? The Football Association, that's who. As for not EARNING our
place in the top flight..???!!!!!????
DON'T YOU THINK THAT AVOIDING RELEGATION EVER SINCE, KIND OF JUSTIFIES
ARSENAL'S PLACE THERE, AND VINDICATES THE F.A.'S CHOICE ????????
Any sane person would, but sanity goes out the window when it comes to
people's attitude to the last bastion of the British Empire.
Hit the nail on the head, didn't I?
But there's more.
Want me to say the "unsayable" truth about why Arsenal are
REALLY hated? OK.
The founding member of the original Dial Square F.C. was not a manual
labourer from Scotland called Fred Beardsley, as the official club
history would have you believe.
He was a high-ranking
officer, who went by the name of Robert Beasley.
The relevance here?
He later became more well known in the 1930's as Alex James, possibly
the greatest footballer in history.
But HERE'S THE RUB.
During the war, he was known to millions more people as ....
How do I know this?
I was that soldier.
Deryk James Beasley x
Ed : - Well, that's
cleared that up then !! (Anyone who knows what this about, please
send their answers on a postcard please.)
As our season continues to disintegrate I would like to make a couple of
1. Most Spurs fans would have watched the shambolic second half
performance against Bolton on Monday night , and I'm sure that 99.9% of
those would agree that Bolton were worthy winners . However, once again,
Hoddle was quoted in the Evening Standard saying that overall a draw
would have been the right result. He must have watched a different
game from the rest of us. Some of our performances this year have
been disgraceful, WHU away, SOTON in the cup and now Bolton, where the
OPTA stats were dreadful . Hoddle rightly pointed out that we
shaded the first half and then griped about Bolton's "direct "
approach in the second half. Why didn't he react during the game
by changing our tactics to deal with the problem. We were overrun
2. It seems to be
increasingly common knowledge that GH has a poor relationship with
various players - Freund, Thatcher and Teddy. Talk Sport this
morning announced another training ground bust-up between Teddy and
Glenn. Alan Brazil is extremely well connected at Spurs and was
the first with the "RSOL to the Scum" story six months before
it happened. GH's man-management skills appear to be awful,
witness the treatment of Sir Les, Rebrov and Sherwood.
3.Rumour has it that
Season Ticket prices are going up by as much as 16%. No doubt we
will soon find out, wouldn't it be refreshing for the club to treat us
with some honesty during the summer months regarding transfers.
Everybody was stunned when we signed Klinsmann, there had been no leak
until the day itself. In recent years we have been exasperated by
the "nearly" signings. If the club cant be discreet
about its targets, can they at least keep the "Spin" vaguely
realistic. We know the club has some financial problems, so on the
basis that we can no longer break the bank to sign
"Superstars" and neither are we likely to be able to offer
European football to prospective signings, shouldn't we try to sign some
"Star" youngsters who will see us as a step up in their
careers i.e. Zamora , Dawson , Ashton, McFadden etc (we all have our
personal faves), rather than ageing players nearing the end of
their careers looking for that last decent contract.
hopes/expectations are always high at the Lane, I think that only a
change of manager will take us forward over the next few seasons.
GH was one of my favourite players over the last 30 years, but many
great players do not make great managers. I acknowledge that Glenn
has had some financial constraints, but not as bad as those on
Moyes, Strachan and Curbishley. Look also at Paul Hart at Forest
and Mickey Adams at Leicester who have done great jobs with very limited
5. Capacity- all the top
6 have bigger grounds than us thereby generating (although I accept we
charge more than Everton or Liverpool for example) more revenue than us
every season, therefore the gap will widen between us and the likes of
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man.Utd. etc. in the coming seasons. Now comes
my controversial point ! We should consider the possibility of
GROUND-SHARING with the Goons, be it at Ashburton Grove or Wembley. We will never be able to afford a 50/60,000 capacity
ground on our own, witness the financial trouble we've experienced over
the redevelopment of the Lane over the last 20 years. If you think
calmly and rationally ,this will be our last chance to keep up with the
Goons financially and therefore from a football point of view as
well. All the great clubs in Europe, Real, Barca, AC Milan, Bayern, Juve and Man
Utd. all have big grounds and support and therefore
big revenues to support their ambitions. Before you dismiss the
idea of ground -sharing , REMEMBER, we support and love the club and the
team, not the ground itself. We must have a bigger ground if we
are ever to a big club again.
Kind regards to all Spurs fans,
Ed : - All valid points
Martin many of which I can't argue with.
However ... Alan Brazil always seems to have a downer on Spurs (probably
because he couldn't cut it there) and I would not want to believe what
he has to say. Mind you, there are rumours that Teddy hasn't been
speaking to Hod for about four weeks, but what do you believe ??
While Hoddle didn't treat Rebrov well, he is not the first manager to
"not fancy" someone else's buy and his treatment of Sherwood
was spot on. Anyone who says they are happy to stay and not play,
but draw their wages should be outed.
Managers who have done well on restricted budgets can not always cut it
at the top level ... Gerry Francis anyone ??
As for the ground, I am not against moving out of the Lane, but it would
have to be a bigger ground for us. The logistics of a groundshare
with Arsenal would preclude it's inclusion ... the two boards would not
agree on all the points needed to pull off the deal.
Forget the fact that we give up half way through the season, we've
done the same in virtually every MATCH!
Looking at the problem
subjectively, I struggle to think of a game when we have upped the
tempo in the second half. There must surely be a reason for this
and I think it's pretty obvious to me.
We have too many old
players who are past their prime. Sheringham, Poyet and Anderton always
look absolutely knackered within five minutes of the start of the
second half and none of them have any pace left. In today's game
you cannot get away with it. The knock on effect is that younger
players like Keane, King and Davies are running themselves into the
ground to make up for the immobility of the geriatric players.
Couple this with Glenn's apparent inability to effectively change
tactics mid-way through a match and you see the problem.
I agree with you 100%
about giving the youngsters a chance. However, our record in
bringing youngsters through the ranks is very poor. When a young
lad does progress, it's usually a player we've bought from the lower
Anyway, I'm hacked off in
a very predictable way. As with every season since 1987 all the
hope has evaporated and we are back where we were when the man in the
raincoat got the heave-ho.
Ps. Gary Doherty
should never be allowed near our own penalty area - he's a
Ed : - You're not wrong
Daz. You can see it, I can see it, almost everyone else can see
it, but one man can't !! At the moment, I think younger players,
wherever they are from, would help the dynamics of the side ... which
is not a word you would necessarily associate with Tottenham of late.
be honest I had to laugh when Bolton scored in the last minute last
night. It was absolutely typical and brought home what being a
Spurs supporter is all about. Great expectations, but at the end
of the day mid table mediocrity. Another dismal performance by
pretty much the whole team (although Keane can be excused after coming
back from injury) against a team fighting for relegation but who were
easily good enough to beat us.
know us Spurs fans have a reputation of whingeing, but I think we have
more reason than most other clubs. We have one of the best and
most loyal away support of any Premier League team. Home tickets
are one of the most (if not the most) expensive in the League.
we hear all week by the senior players is how we are still in with a
chance of qualifying for Europe. What a joke ! We are as
far away now as we were when Glenn took over.
may as well bring the kids in for the last seven games starting with
giving Slabber a go up front with Robbie.
Ed : - I agree about
the kids having a chance, as there is nothing to lose now, apart from
a few places in the League, but the current side need to be given a
rest and the young players who might form some of the sides next
season given an opportunity. We can live in hope. And
often do !!
I am writing to the club with an idea. As they are prepared to sell
half-season tickets for the second half of the season, would they do the
same for the first half? As half the team give up at the 40 point mark,
why should I stick around?
There are five players who have added value to the Spurs campaign this
season: Keller, Richards, King, Davies and Keane. That is to say that
their contribution can be evaluated as a positive outcome. So I also
propose that we abandon the Premier League and set up a five-a-side
Keep singing about the past and Arsenal, Spurs fans. If I'm miserable I
may as well be bored to tears too.
Ed : - Well they could
sell half season tickets and everyone goes home at half time, as that
was what the team did yesterday. IT would be nice if we could get
something out of this season now by preparing for the next campaign and
stick some youngsters in to see how they do.
just witnessed another dismal performance against Bolton, I'm beginning
to think maybe Hoddle has had his chance. In a success driven business
he is just not performing, i.e. results speak for themselves.
: - The only problem in replacing Hoddle now is who comes in to replace
him and the money we have to use to pay him off could have been spent on
players. There were some reservations about Glenn as the Spurs
boss when he arrived, but he still is learning, but needs to do so
I think the main problem at Spurs in
recent weeks is that we have too many players who are happy to be
decent supporting players but not to be the leading light in their
area of the pitch.
In defence for example, the likes of
Perry, King and Bunjy all play better when Deano is there to take
charge of things, but as soon as Deano is away they fall apart, and
Up front Sheringham looks good when he
has a decent forward to play alongside, but as soon as Keano gets
injured he just looks out of his depth. And in midfield just about
everyone gets scared because the defence and attack aren't doing
It appears therefore that the secret
is....players whose nicknames end in ... eano. The problem being that
other than Roy Keane and Dean Windass I can't think of any, and we're
not going to sign Roy Keane.
Oh well, we're f***ed then...
ED : - OI suppose that rules out any
of the "-inho" Brazilians then ??
Who will we sign ??
JON DAHL TOMASSON
All of the above are
players linked with the club since the close of the transfer window.
Now without my extended knowledge of playing champ manager i would
have no idea who most of these players are. But all must not be lost
at least we signed TODA, and QU BO's coming over.
hopefully in the summer we
sign someone who gets our pulses racing like when Klinsmann
signed, but this will only be achieved if we secure a European place,
which can be done if U Man U win the champs lg. and Liverpool win the
waffa cup 7th might get us there, you can only hope.
Richard, relying on others.
Ed : - The
signing of Toda and Qu Bo look more and more like financially minded
transfers. Bo looked good in pre-season, but Toda looks out of it in
the reserves. Heaven knows what will happen if he gets on in the
Premier League. As for who will come in, a lot depends on
European qualification, but also on the funds released or realised
through player sales. Whatever way it happens, I don't envisage
much movement in the summer.
Hi to everyone at MEHSTG.
Having watched the Celtic vs. Liverpool
game last night, I couldn't help but be very impressed with Celtic
youngster Jamie Smith who wore the number 39 at right-back.
He showed all the attributes of being a
top class player for the future. And with the uncertainty that
surrounds Stephen Carr's inevitable contract expiry, I feel that we
should keep a close eye on Smith.
I honestly feel that should he come to
Tottenham, he could develop into an even better player than Carr. Now
don't get me wrong, I love Carr as much as the rest of the White Hart
Lane faithful. But it just boils down to the feeling of if Carr will
really be committed to staying at the Lane once his contract is up.
Campbell has a lot to answer for
because of how many of us feel towards this situation.
I know that it would almost certainly
depend on the prospect of European football next season, and I doubt
if Celtic would be too keen to let a promising player go so early.
But, as they say, every player has his
price. It couldn't possibly do any harm to keep an eye on him could
Because he won't improve much in the
Ed : - I think you have hit the nail
on the head there Jason
I think that Hoddle has
made a big mistake regarding Rebrov it does not matter that he does
not get along with him. Glenn Hoddle should always put T.H.F.C.
If Rebrov was playing up
front for us against Fulham and West Ham we might have six points
instead of one.
I would love to see him
back playing for us. His treatment has been out of order.
"NO REBROV = NO
Ed : - sight, it does
look a mistake to sell Rebrov and also to get rid of Ferdinand, but
Hoddle wasn't to know that two of the main strikers would get
injured. The mistake is selling players without having adequate
replacements lined to to bring in. Not sure how Rebrov would have
done long term in England, as he seemed to get knocked off the ball too
easily for my liking. A class striker who we didn't get to see the
best of though. I think the loss of Keane will be more of a factor
in determining if we get into Europe or not.
I've just sent this to Spurs365. I'm afraid I went all Jewish and
opinionated with regards to the recent "Outburst" from bloody
busy bodies "Masters" Bates and Dein... Here's the piece, in
it's original form.
In response to the "Holier than Thou" attitude from Masters
Bates and Dein ... all I can say is, that as a Spurs fan, and a Jewish
one at that, our hand has been forced over the years to adopt such a
"siege mentality" when it comes to the use of the word "Yiddo".
Colloquial it once was, offensive, not necessarily.
It was only from misuse
of this colloquial word for Yiddish (a perfectly inoffensive, but less
commonly used language ... it's in the dictionary!) that ever deemed it
offensive in the first place. Now we have taken the name on, as it were,
and given it over-use therefore surely diminishing it's offensiveness.
It may not be
"politically correct" to say it, but surely the members of the
Black community who have adopted the word Nigger are making a similar
statement. It has the same effect. I realise that it's a race issue,
rather than religious one, so therefore not an ideal comparison, but the
principle is still the same. It will always offend some, but as a
collective group of people, isn't it just the age old opinion that it's
OK to mock your own. Spurs fans were, (somewhat unfairly, given the
broad range of ethnic support at the Lane) given this tag of "Yiddos"
by fans of OTHER clubs remember. All we have done is turned it around to
show how little such a word affects or indeed upsets us. The fact that
many non-Jewish Spurs supporters have no problem with identifying
themselves as "Yiddos" speaks volumes. Religious faith doesn't
come into it, Footballing identity and a collective feeling of
Regardless of your
opinions on other so called swear words nowadays, their constant use in
both the Media and in public have surely had a watering down effect.
(The Guardian, in their wisdom have been using the full printed version
of F**k, for F***ing years!) They are, after all, only words.
I for one have no problem
with the word Yiddo. I find it a lot less offensive than the regular
"mock gas chamber" hissing noises that used to come out of the
mouths of those oh so Cherubic Chelsea fans not so many years back. I
"witnessed" it with my own ears. Mr. Bates you should first
maybe take a look in your own back yard, before getting too vocal with
Park Lane Lower
Ed : - I think both
chairmen are trying to score points off what they see as an easy
target. Bates to deflect any criticism of his fans by using the
"they say it so it must be alright for our fans to repeat it",
while Dein is aware (or maybe not) that it all started with his clubs
fans calling us that name and we adopted it to make their use of it less
damaging to Spurs fans. The fact that Arsenal have a large Jewish
following (not just in their boardroom), makes his comments a little
hard to follow.
We really have become a
laughing stock. I can no longer summon up the energy to defend our
shambles of a club, when confronted by the laughter of rival
We've all said it.
Rebrov and Ferdy let go - Doctor Dolittle and a once
great has-been left in. Teddy has an extra yard in
his head ? Better get it out then Ted because you're
certainly showing signs that you need it on the ground. The
Doc is a little like the lad who turns up at your local club week
after week - dependable but very limited. I think Glenn feels
sorry for him and gives him a game because he brings a good ball
and the oranges for half time.
Then we have the perennial
under-achieving injury prone lot ... perm any one of about 10.
Iversen has never been fit in the many years that he's been at the
club. Anderton and Redknapp ... well, what can you say ?
Stephen Carr looks every bit a man who has lost interest. If he
is still at the Lane next year, it will only be because, his lack of
enthusiasm has been mistaken by Wenger as a loss of pace.
I think that the big
turning point of the season was against the Gooners at WHL.
As the match was drawing to a close, I realised that the
same old false dawn had been and gone (again). Like a fool, I
fell for the fact that the boys had bothered to turn up. They
had (for 90 mins) hidden the soft underbelly that has been all too
often exposed at the club since ... oh, let me see ... about
Many of these players were
found wanting last week against two dreadful teams in West Ham and
Next year, I have (for the
first time in years) the opportunity to make use of a season ticket,
because I'm changing jobs. Who in their right minds wants to pay
silly money, to be fooled in the way we have been fooled
every year since the Premiership began ?
ENIC are quite simply
taking the piss and Hoddle has turned into a 'yes man' who is content
to make do with mediocre players finishing in mid-table each year.
I'm off to order my Rushden and Diamonds season ticket ... now
there's value for money!
Ed : - I know at
least one other Spurs fan who is a regular at R&D and there are
others who might be appearing at grounds local to them more often than
they will at WHL. The fare is not as progressive as we might
have hoped for right now, but then where are such changes made over a
short length of time ? Everton ? Will it be a one season
wonder ... we will have to wait and see. The noises coming out
of THFC are right, even if the actions are not. Long term
success will need time to be built up. There is a five year plan
in place, which should have yielded European football next season,
which looks touch and go now, if your recent performances have been
anything to go by. But would anything be achieved by bringing in
a new manager ? And who would it be ? Even those who know
the "Tottenham Way" might think twice. And now ENIC
have said we have £17 million debts, who will buy them out ??
Hush! Is that the sound of poultry arriving
at chez-nous. Even W Ham made us look ordinary. GH speaks a lot about
a long term plan, but although this may be verging on the heretical
for some of you devotees - But I am beginning to question his man
1. He gets rid of Rebrov -
apparently one of the Champions League's top goal scorers wasn't quite
good enough - now we are reduced to playing Granda Teddy and
Gary Doh - A man whose undoubted commitment and sincerity is
only eclipsed by his overwhelming mediocrity. (Sorry Gary). Who
is responsible for the depletion of our frontline - GH
2. We pay zillions for
that stalwart of defence Dean. - We've all heard the expression in the
land of the blind the one eyed man is King, I think this about sums up
our defence. Who was instrumental in bringing in Dean for what was
even then serious bucks - GH
3.We bring in Jamie Red
who although a sound player is too prone to injury. Who brought him
4.Let's just look at the
numbers of players who have departed this listing ship.
i) Sir Les - a sincere and
genuine player who Glen rather unfairly dismissed I don't want
anyone here who doesn't want to play for the club. - I find that a bit
offensive; no one was more committed to the club than Les ... he would
- and frequently did - give his blood for the cause. (I don't recall
Glenda throwing his head in at a defenders boot in a 50 50 fight
for a ball. I seem to recall a strange dearth of tackling too,
although that may just be selective memory).
ii) Rebrov cost the club
millions who never got the opportunity was humiliated by Glenda - his
only crime he wanted to play.
iii) Deadwood well not
anyone's favourite - but I have a lot of respect for him he told it
like it was.
Rather ironically all
players who have achieved elsewhere to a greater or lesser extent. The
lesson is they know how success comes - if they saw it about to dawn
at the Lane they would have been quite content to stay.
We don't have
ambition, we will not invest. The board seem to be happy with mid
table consistency. Just stay in the Premiership; just keep the
big games coming in - the Arses twice a year, Man U Chelsea,
perhaps even get through to the sixth round of the FA Cup every 3
years. Steady unspectacular financial results hike the ticket
prices up once in a while I can almost hear them say -
"they are Londoners they are used to being over-charged".
But football is not
like that. It is not a predictable balance sheet of half
yearly results. The money is dependant upon Premiership survival
- at the minute we are not Premiership standard. For Gods sake
West Ham thrashed us - 10 man Fulham out-played us. Our season was
effectively over by Christmas!
I am old enough to
remember being relegated - actually at the time it seemed to do us a
lot of good we came back stronger in the next decade. It is
rather appropriate since most of the players are Nationwide standard.
Not good enough to get us out again. But if we don't do
something we will be in serious danger of going down next year. Aside
from the older players, of the younger ones who would get their place
in any other top 6 Premiership side?
Davies ? I once was a fan
but I feel he is playing himself in for a transfer.
Carr not what he was.
Robbie K the only bright
light but he is so lonely up front at times I think he is in danger of
phoning the Samaritans.
Bunjy - Catch the
Acimovic - Should
catch the next bus but he always arrives late.
Anderton- Couldn't move
outside London since the climate up North would be a bit cold and he
might pick up a nasty cold that would leave him out for 18 months.
Perry: I just can't think
of anything amusing to write about him - which is sad really
Thatcher : Ditto
Casey Jones: Well what can
he do when he has got a defence about as effective as a wet bog roll
in a force 10.
I am sorry if this rambles
a bit but I am spitting feathers, probably from those chicken
coming home to roost.
At least this time next
year when we are involved in a relegation battle our season will
probably go to the last game of the season when we will be at home to
Portsmouth who are vying with us for the final relegation place - I
wouldn't mind betting money that the player who steps up to score the
winning goal in the 92nd minute would be none other than Plucky Tim.
Wouldn't that be poetic justice for the PLC.
See you all at our next
big London Derby in 2 years time - yes at Leyton Orient. I will be
there shouting my lungs out for the Spurs. - Well I have always gone
for the under-dogs!
Ed : - ENIC have
a lot to answer for and Glenn has not covered himself in glory so far,
but I am a bit tired of people making Sherwood out to be some big time
martyr. He knew what he was doing and don't forget, he loved the
club so much the newspapers reckon he wouldn't leave until he got his
pay-off. In this day and age, it is players like him that are
driving clubs out of business. The real problem is not with
shipping these players out, but not having replacements for them when
they have gone. It has happened for years and where is the left sided
winger that was to replace Ginola ?? To quote Diana Ross ...
"I'm Still Waiting ... I'm just a Fool" !!
I thought it important that your site did not miss the opportunity to
congratulate the club on its latest effort at public relations.
After the Sunderland game, no doubt in the interests of openess and
honesty, the club Web site said Robbie Keane was to have a scan on
his injured knee the next day.
An ominous silence followed until the press picked up on the
story and stirred it up by saying Keane's injury would keep him
out for 6 weeks.
Only then does the club respond with Glen Hoddle saying that the
story is untrue and Keane is not out for ANYTHING LIKE 6 weeks but will
miss the Fulham and WHU games.
Hmm ... 2 weeks since the injury, another week until the West Ham game
and then 2 weeks until the next fixture. In my book of sums 2+1+2
= 5. So 5 weeks is nothing like 6 weeks then. What a relief to us
all and that is of course if Keane plays against Liverpool.
I wonder if the same abacus was used by ENIC when calculating the number
of strikers that would be left at the club after 2 were discarded and
none recruited during January.
Ed : - The disinformation
that is put out by the club to fool other teams, also helps to throw
Spurs fans too and that leads to a lot of annoyance as we need to know
what is happening at our club. We should be comfortable enough in
the strength of our team to be up front about the team news and let the
other side worry about THFC rather than trying to play mind games with
those who are better at it than we. Either that or get a new
Gary Doherty, the man who
burst onto the scene a few seasons back who grabbed some huge goals for
the club, at a time, when we really needed them. I love the guy for his
attitude and his commitment, but I cannot understand Hoddle's failure to
realise that his middle name is 'Nationwide'.
Surely Hoddle, as a man of supreme ability in his day and undoubtedly a
top quality coach, can realise that Doherty is simply not good enough as
either a defender or a striker in the Premiership. Injury to Keane,
appears to have left Hoddle with no choice but to play the big 'utility'
man, but it does throw into question the wisdom of off-loading Rebrov
and Ferdinand without bringing in extra cover. Understandably,
Glenn has removed £000's from the clubs wage bill by shipping out these
players, but it leaves us worryingly weak in probably the most important
If we were to seriously challenge for a UEFA spot, then Hoddle should
have stuck his neck out and paid a million or so for someone like
Malcolm Christie, who is a proven Premiership goalscorer with a bit of
pace. The transfer window is now securely locked and I fear for Glenn if
he cannot find the keys in the event of an emergency
Ed : - I agree
about not bringing someone in for the rest of the season. We have
heard that Hoddle didn't want to bring in a loan signing and I hope that
he has someone lined up for the summer, or the honeymoon period might be
over. Rumours continue about Morientes, but there appear to be
strings attached and the major one is European football. That
might preclude him coming to the Lane this summer then. Someone
like Christie wouldn't have been much of a risk, as even if Hoddle
didn't fancy him long term, they could have sold him on and got their
I feel a bit sorry for Doc, but he's just not up to it. Get fit
soon Robbie !
Observations from last
evening's lack lustre performance.
1. Without Robbie we are toothless. It was bad luck to lose Robbie and
Steffen at the same time but it was bad judgement to part company with
Ferdinand and Rebrov.
2. Glenn is in danger of turning Acimovic into another Rebrov by
destroying the lad's confidence. Sure he missed a sitter but he
was not the only under performer. To substitute him was cruel and
3. We are along way behind the best and unworthy on that showing of
4. Why is it that we suffer more injuries than most? Could it be
Hope springs eternal but cruelly dashed if you are a Spurs supporter.
Ed : - The lack of a
replacement for Ferdie and Sergei has left us short up front, especially
with the injuries. I feel that Acimovic should have put Milenko
out of his agony a bit earlier and brought Etherington on sooner.
Eight minutes at the end was never going to be enough time to do
much. Acimovic has not picked up the pace of the game here and is
skilful, but needs the application if he is to make something of his
time at Tottenham. As for Europe, we are better off out of it at
the moment, while the injuries just keep coming. Not sure what
goes on in training, but they are not getting better any quicker and not
all of them come from rushing players back too soon, which might be said
for Gardner and Keane.
I am so distressed at
something I read, that I have to "sound" off to someone
about it. By chance I got onto a chat website for fans from
other clubs. This one was for West Ham supporters - I know how
they despise Spurs fans, but I was shocked at the level of genuine
hatred they have for us.
My late father was born
in Europe and lost 35 members of his family in the gas chambers at
Auschwitz - well, on the website, some fan had written in saying that
if WHU joined up with THFC, it would avoid money problems for WHU.
The answer from one of their fans, and I quote: "I would rather
go into liquidation than share with yiddishe c--ts".
I am just gob-smacked at the level of racism and anti-Semitism.
What is wrong with them? I remember last year, when I was
wearing my Spurs woolly hat on a winter's day, stopping at the
greengrocer to buy some fruit, and when he saw my hat he refused to
serve me. I asked if he was a Gooner and he said no, he was a
Hammer. Even the Gooners don't hate us as much - their David
Dein whom they respect a lot is related to David Buchler, so I don't
think they would come out with such racist comments. I have also
suffered abuse from Leeds and Chelsea supporters, but I didn't realise
just how much people hate Tottenham.
I live 20 miles west of
London in Bucks, and every morning I walk past a car parked in a
street where most of the supporters are Gooners, Chelsea and West Ham.
This car is owned by a Spurs supporter as the scarf and badge are
displayed on the back shelf of the boot. Whenever it is a frosty
morning, someone scrapes swastika signs on every window, and every
time I go past, I wipe them off. The next day, they are there
again. I am so sorry for Christian supporters of Spurs, because
they too have become a target for hatred in supporting the "yids".
Please forgive me for writing to you like this - I am still upset
about it all. There are so many ignorant, racist, bigoted people
around. I think most of today's Hammer supporters must be
descended from East-End brown-shirts who supported the Hitler youth,
in London, during the second world war ?
On a lighter note, we
had a good win yesterday, - even though poor old Sunderland's defence
made our task look easy, at least we are still scoring goals, and I
loved Teddy's T-shirt.
Dear Fellow Frustrated
As I sit here before the Sunderland game, I realise I'm going to the
Lane tomorrow to watch my team. We will probably win (fingers crossed
hoping home form can see us through) although we look very thin in the
goal getting department. No Keano, so its down to Ted or Gus (unless
Iverson totally mis-times his jump over the ball and scores).
The root of the problem in my humble opinion is the Premier League. It
promotes mediocrity. As long as you don't go down you can make a profit
from the TV money.
Mid table is good enough,
if you can get lucky and win a cup or even a top six finish and qualify
for Europe the balance sheet looks even better.
The Holy Grail is the
Champions League but not even the most blindly faithful Spurs fan could
stretch his imagination that far. Let's just try and imagine that we
could buy a team that would challenge. We would be talking at least two
class defenders, two, possibly three, midfielders and two strikers. Even
if we could persuade these guys to come to us we would be talking £50m
plus even now that the market seems deflated and you have a team not
quite a squad.
They would probably take a season to gel. During this time Glenn would
probably fall out with one or two and sell them cheap or ship them out
for nothing. Oops! We don't manage to qualify for Europe and we have the
Leeds scenario all over again. Why gamble when we can see the
consequences. Not one Leeds fan questioned signings that made our mouths
drool and grew us green horns of envy. We all wanted a Ridsdale in
charge now they are burning his effigy at Elland Rd.
Most of us are screaming
"Spend the F*****ng money" but why should ENIC bother as long
as we don't go down. The Lane is sold out for every game and the TV
money is flowing in. This is a great money making machine.
I know Sugar was
unpopular but he saved us when we were knee deep in it and give the guy
credit, he did give his managers some cash (a bit more than this lot).
He was hard nosed and made no secret of the fact that he was treating
this as a business. Daniel Levy has spun his way into our hearts as the
genuine Spurs fan. Forget it this guy only sees the bucks and enjoys the
kudos of being a Premier League chairman. He is a puppet for a huge
corporation to whom Spurs are just another business.
I've only been a Spurs
fan for about 20 years and have seen teams built and destroyed all for
money ("we received an offer we couldn't refuse") or because
players realised we were going nowhere and moved on. Think of the
players we have seen go. It started with Waddle, Gazza (when he was
brilliant), and continued with Barmby (yes we used to love him) right up
until Judas left.
I'm sorry if this piece
depresses you, but it's the way I see it. Europe is slipping by. I
think we have missed out this year. We have some promising youngsters
who will keep us in mid table for the next 10 -15 years. Who knows we
are scheduled to win a cup in 2011. Till then I'll be settling for this
dross every SUNDAY and occasionally Saturday.
The real shame is that my
10 year old son has created a Spurs team on his PS2 containing among
others Ronaldo, Zidane, Davids and Figo. The only current Spurs players
he has in his team are Keller, Keano, Davis, Carr, Ziege and Ted. I
haven't the heart to tell him it just ain't gonna happen.
Lets just get to 41 points and hope we don't go down.
Just off to cry into my pint and play on my son's PS2
Ed : - Well, three points
tomorrow and we're safe !! Safe enough for ENIC to pull the well
trodden pre-season stunts as outline in the mail below. The PS2
thing is fantasy really, but then the Premier League has been like that
for the last ten years. Awash with silly money, the clubs now have
to come to their senses. Die-hard fans I know are considering if
it is worth it next season. Our one cup voucher this season has
cost us £50. Oh, no, sorry, the game was free wasn't it ??
That is what this club have come to, penny-pinching from it's own
fans. Well, the cash cow might nearly be bled dry. Then the
Leeds scenario comes home to roost with the sheep in the crowd baying
for blood. Sorry I seem to be mixing my metaphors. Perhaps
tomorrow might make things clearer !!
I see from your replies to
the last few contributors to the post box that you are hopeful that we
will splash the cash during the close season. I have felt the same way
every close season for years and I'm still waiting for that signing
that makes you really excited. The last one was Klinsmann!
I wouldn't bet a copper
coin on there being a spending spree or even on us capturing a world
class striker. However, I can give you some early pointers to how
things will go from May onwards.
1: We will be linked with
some staggering world class players
2: Season ticket renewal
dates will be earlier AGAIN this year to capitalise on expectation due
to our "leaked" interest in a host of world class
3: No signing will
actually be made until early August
4: Said signing(s) will be
loan players or cheap 32 -34 year olds who were once of a decent
5: At some point expect a
"We nearly signed Ronaldo" story, probably in June
6: We have all renewed our
Season Tickets, ENIC laugh into their wallets and so the whole sorry
cycle begins again
7: The Payoff - Most of
the season we hover between 10th and 6th Place, with a goal difference
which also hovers as usual around the equal mark.
You really could have
applied the above to any of the last 10 seasons couldn't you? This
year has been especially disappointing as there has been no cup run to
deflect attention from what really happens at WHL.
The down side to the
collapse of TV money is that this has probably put back following
Spurs home and away on Pay Per View by years. Not getting off my arse
to watch Spurs. Now HAS been worth considering lately!
Ed : - Well, at the
moment my glass looks almost half full !! I nearly crashed the
car when I heard we had signed Klinsmann. Now I nearly crash it
when I hear we haven't signed anyone before the transfer window closed
!! The tiny carrot that is dangled in front of us continues to
get higher and further out of reach each year. How we ever get
to touch the carrot, I don't know, but significant investment in a
step-ladder might help. Anything that will give us a leg up in
the chase for the elusive European idyll would be great.
With the recent Part-Time
appointment of Chris Hughton as assistant manager of the Republic of
Ireland, In feel that it may have opened up a similar position at
I have been following
Spurs since 1992, and have been a fan since 5 years of age. and in all
the time I have been following them, I have been unfortunate to have
witnessed a few (putting it mildly) pitiful performances at the Lane.
Along with some dire ones on the T.V.
Namely 6-1 Vs Chelsea, 5-3
Vs Man Utd etc etc... And more recently 4-0 the non-showing at
Which leads me on to the
question of the coaching staff that have been in charge down the
Take the situation from
1992 for example, can you ever recall any member of the staff that
looked or even seemed capable of giving the team a much needed
I can't. Well, maybe
Gooner Graham. (Sort of!) but he wouldn't have done it with the love
of the club in his heart would he?
Even now, with the trio of
Hoddle, Gorman and Hughton, none of them seem like the sort who
could create a storm in a tea cup, let alone give the team what for
when it's needed.
So, I would like to put
forward my nomination for the person who I feel would fit Hughton's
role perfectly. Or could even be an addition to the staff.
Step up, Mr. Graham
Roberts. A true Spurs man at heart.
What do you reckon?
Jason Lake, Northampton.
Ed : - I know
Robbo was hoping for a recall when Ossie and Stevie P were in charge,
but it didn't come. I know what you mean about the players
sometimes needing a kick up the backside. Often you get the
impression that Glenn will say to them to keep playing their own game
and the rest will fall into place. I'm not sure how good GG was
at inspiration ... remember the three 0-0 draws on the trot ??
Thank God Middlesbrough
bought Michael Ricketts. In a football world where the money is
being sucked out, I am delighted another club prevented us from buying
another slightly better Steffen Iversen for £3.5 million.
I think if most fans
are completely honest they would rather buy a world class striker like
Morientes in the summer, than buy a player now who used to play in
Poland (Ricketts at Warsaw).
I also feel by not
bringing second rate foreigners to plug a gap, we will see some of our
good youngsters break into the first team. Two of which, Blondel and
Ricketts after seeing them in the reserves look great prospects.
Finally, however much Steffen
Freund gets the crowd going and gives his all, I think the right
decision has been made to let him go. When you see Spurs play and
especially live at WHL you will see Steffen starts many of our attacks
off, and is he the type of player we really want to do this ? Even
though I feel it is the right decision to let him go, he will be missed.
Richard - a Spurs fan who
should have been doing homework.
Ed : - Ricketts could not
have been one of Hoddle's top targets, otherwise, I think we would have
got him. Hopefully, Glenn is saving his money for the summer and has
some signings lined up for then.
Why is it that this
programme seems to be totally dedicated to three teams, Saturdays
programme was the limit, more time was spent analysing the Goons game
than the highlights of ours. Then our game is shown right at the
end - even following Ron Atkinson's appearance in Stars in Their
Eyes!! Surely a Chelsea/Spurs game should have more exposure.
Roll on when the programme goes
back to the BBC, hopefully we wont have to put up with Scumball right
at the start of the programme as well!
Ed : - Yes, the title
is almost getting to be a case for the Trade Description Act !!!
Funnily enough, there is an article about just this phenomenon in the
next issue of MEHSTG out on Saturday.
5 year plan ? Phah! Hoddle and the board have made some fundamental
mistakes this season. If you (Hoddle) were not going to play
Rebrov why didn't we sell/loan him out at the start of this season and
the second point is, why let Ferdinand go before we had a replacement
? Hoddle's attitude towards Rebrov and Ferdinand's age meant that
we needed at least two strikers and the way Iversen is, we really need
transfer window was a golden opportunity to catch up with and cement our
credentials for Europe, by buying/loaning affordable quality players.
That has gone, and all we can hope for, is West Ham to go down, United
to win the league and a top half finish for ourselves.
: - There is a certain amount of frustration among Spurs fans about the
way that transfer dealings have been conducted. Mainly through the
Press, but also in what Hoddle has said about players. Remember
his comments on Keane ? Perhaps they are putting their money away
for a rainy day ... or more hopefully, a sunny one in the summer !!
When did we sign the
'Young lad with great potential and a killer finish' (Gerry Francis
Steffen Iversen is dire. Surely we can do better than this 'log'!!
Maybe Jurgen would be prepared to make another comeback....
Darren, Milton Keynes
Ed : - Whatever we think
about Iversen, it appears Hoddle has the same view as Francis. And
to replace him ,we will have to wait until the summer anyway. Let's face
it, he is all we have apart from Keano upfront !!
And anyway, I thought Hoddle got rid of all the "deadwood" !!
I don't know about you
but I am speechless why we haven't signed a new striker.
The penny-pinching attitude of Levy and ENIC is really beginning to rile
me and I hope our European hopes do not get dashed because of the
over-prudent attitude of the Board.
Ed : - There were parts
of the squad that needed to be bolstered. The forward line was
one. We are all aghast that the board's pecuniary attitude has
left us one (or two) strikers short.
Might I suggest that
instead of ridding himself of Rebrov, Sherwood and Ferdinand, we might
have been better served by seeing the departure of Glenda who has proved
to have a petty mind which penalises any player who does not fit into
Now he appears to have
turned his petty attentions to arguably one of our best defenders
(Steffen Freund), who at least has never given less than 100% in all his
appearances ... which is more than can be said of some whom I will not
Hoddle has shown that he
can at no time inspire the team when it is needed.
As a long time supporter
and a Season Ticket holder (West Stand Old and New) for more than Fifty
years, I see no hope of us entering Europe this season, as we are short
of at least two goalscoring forwards.
Sorry to sound a
pessimistic note but that's the way I see it.
Upper West Stand
Ed : - Controversial
stuff Jeff !! Freund might not be Hod's (long term) cup of tea,
but at least he ahs brought in someone in that position, before the
German leaves. Something he hasn't done with the forwards !!
As for his tactical
ability, there have been question marks over his man-management and his
use of substitutes. I suppose his dealings are to try and
formulate "his" team rather than the players he has inherited
and then he will be asked to be judged on that. Whether he gets
the luxury of the time for that to happen, as he said the target this
year was European football, remains to be seen.
Enough is enough.
And I have had enough. After tonight's result I am totally fed up
I got my first inkling
when I read Hoddle saying Rebrov had been given a chance. Which five
minute appearance constituted his "chance" Glenn ? And
THEN he goes and says, Ferdinand would only be allowed to leave when a
replacement had been signed. Moving along a couple of weeks, Ferdy
and Rebrov leave WITHOUT said replacement arriving, Robbie Keane does
his ankle tonight and by God didn't we look lightweight on the bench !
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
Hoddle, you didn't give Rebrov a fair crack, we all know it, so stop
putting you considerable ego in front of the good of the club.
WHERE IS THE REPLACEMENT ? We need a decent striker, one article
quotes Hoddle as saying "We are working really hard toward bringing
someone in, but the game has changed, it really has." What a
load of bull ! Fowler was on the market, Dugarry WAS on the
market, Ricketts IS on the market, Morientes IS interested in a move, so
football hasn't changed Glenn, it really hasn't.
Another thing that hasn't
changed is our standing within the game. Still mid table, same old
goal difference, same, same and more of the same. Where is the
improvement ? It is now becoming increasingly obvious just how
limited the ambition really is at White Hart Lane. Everybody knew
the rules when this new transfer window was implemented. A window
would open in January and are the fans the only ones who seem to think
that the ground work for bringing in a new signing should have been done
in November/December, which would then have had any new signing to
arrive on New Years Day or as near as dammit ?
It has been 10 days since
our last game, 10 wasted days. We could have had a new striker
playing tonight. So now, the powers that be at Spurs, you geniuses
you, let Sherwood, Rebrov, Clemence and Ferdinand leave the club, no
signing has arrived, Freund has been told to find a new club, lovely.
NO ambition. Has anyone actually sat down at Spurs and thought a
strategy out for signing players under the new system ? It appears
not. That is negligence, a sackable offence is almost any job you
care to mention, except at Spurs, where the guilty party can be assured
a long and continued employment.
You can stick renewing
your season ticket where the sun don't shine. Last summer the
"leaked" news was Rivaldo ! Who will it be this summer
? And for how long will we stay this gullible ? WHERE ARE
THE REPLACEMENTS ? Freund has to leave, and he really CARES about
playing for Spurs, yet Iversen continues to be employed by us ! It
now seems we have to accept that we are mid table dross, no better than
a Southampton or a Charlton, the men running our club seem to have
already done so. It makes you want to cry !!
Ed : - There are a number
of good points there. Just like we could have had three points
tonight, if we had had a decent striker on the bench or in the
team. Many people are losing their interest in an ENIC run club
and it is clear to see that there are many who believe that they are
just there to take the money from the fans by whichever means necessary
and then not put anything back into the side the supporters pay to
watch. I feel the remaining part of the season might get a bit
Sod's law really.
You get rid of two strikers in a week and end up challenging for Europe
with a mediocre centre back up front ! Quality up front this
season really will be the difference between success and failure this
season, and with no depth, we will struggle to stay in the top half.
Spurs didn't play that
badly at all last night, although we struggled down the left with two
right footers - both quality players but handicapped by their role.
So no Perry, Thatcher,
Etherington or Iversen on the bench. Does this mean that a
combination of them could be off to Bolton ? Whilst I'm relieved
to see some squad players move on, I'm not convinced that Ricketts is
worth the sacrifice of Iversen and Perry. Perry is always useful
and I can't see how Ricketts is any better than Ivo.
Ps. I'm sick of the Vieira song - he's still there, still top of the
league and you can see how the likes of Carr are annoyed by it - boring.
Ed : - There was not
quite the pace or flow to our game against Newcastle that there has been
when we have been playing well. even so, there were enough chances
to win. And the injury to Keane was always on the cards.
Iversen was also injured apparently, while we are light on experience
beyond him in the striking department.
If we bought Ricketts would we be changing one striker who had potential
for another who has potential ? Glenn might see him as a straight
replacement for Les rather than Ivo ??
But , The "Freund in Need" article ?
To say that Freund was
a "ball-playing, instinctive, inspirational leader", could
not be further from the truth have you ever watched him play ?
"No skill, touch or vision, but a blocker" on the other hand
is far more accurate. As much as I admire his commitment, he is
a below average footballer and Glenn Hoddle is doing the right thing
by letting him go.
A final point as
talented as Ledley King is play him in midfield instead of a liability
in defence. Maybe Tottenham could also think about pulling their
finger out and signing Ricketts, Morientes, Cisse, Fowler etc
... We have cut Ferdinand, Sherwood and Rebrov from the wage
bill now can we spend some ? Get rid of Steffen Iversen perhaps?
Chris Baker (16) , A true Tottenham Fan
Ed : - The thing with
Freund was probably his age more than anything. While another
consideration is that he was a GG signing and Hod perhaps wants to
clear out those who he did not bring to the club. Whether that
includes Iversen (who was a Francis signing) remains to be seen.
What with the
disappointing news that Steffen Freund will not be having his
contract renewed at the end of the season, I couldn't help but
notice the possible coincidence of this tying in with the signing of
Now, is it me or are
Spurs simply looking at this signing as a cheap way of making a
quick buck? The rumours upon Toda's signing was that the club were
looking at a possible £3m windfall from the sale of the club shirts
in the far East.
The official Spurs site
seems to prove this.
Toda has been given the
number 44, and Freund currently using number 4.
I may be wrong, but
could it be that after getting the proposed £3m from the shirt
sales, they suddenly change Toda's squad number in Pre-Season for
Freund's old number 4, thus creating another possible cash windfall
with the new number.
And better still, with Toda
only being here on a 1 year loan deal, they (Spurs) could so easily
say at the end of the deal that he wasn't good enough and send him
home with the Tottenham Hotspur brand name plastered all over the Far
East, and £6m in their back pocket.
Makes you realise why
they really wanted "Kevin" earlier on in the season
Ed : - Cynical
exploitation of a Far Eastern player or shrewd purchase based on
good scouting using ex-Spurs players in Japan ? Hmm.
Difficult one isn't it ? The only way we will be able to tell
if it was just a cheap money making ploy will be in 12 months time
if we sign Toda on a permanent deal.
I have been a Spurs fan
for 25 years, through the good times and the bad, I have always
believed that we have some of the most loyal and intelligent
supporters in the game. God knows we have had to be, anyone who
accuses us of being fickle confuses it with our desire to do well and
recover the lost ground over the last 15 years, if we were fickle we
certainly wouldn't keep selling out home games (look at the prices)
and travelling the length and breadth of the country (look at the
results). Recently however I feel that I may have to revise my opinion
of our fans, I am sick and tired with the homophobic dirge that
constantly emanates from our fans. This is not Nazi Germany, why
should someone's sexuality be an issue, a target of abuse. How do you
feel when clubs come out with anti-Semitic trash directed against us ?
Yes, it does still happen, (Leicester away last season, Sunderland
this, Chelsea, every game) … you know who I am referring to of
course, and what the chants are, apart from being offensive it is
boring and shows us up to be small-minded and bigoted, not epitaphs we
want surely. If you want to get Campbell's and Arsenal's back up
surely sing up for Spurs and laud our own players, show them that they
can have him and are welcome to him, Deano has been nothing short of
magnificent this season and in Ledley and Tony G, we have two
outstanding prospects, so forget him. What are others views on this,
are we prepared to let a minority tarnish our great name or are we
going to move on?
Ed : - It's a lot of
the problem with Spurs fans who seem to concentrate on slagging
Arsenal rather than getting behind our side ... even when we are not
playing them !! I would prefer a "wall of sound" that helped
our players terrify the other team. Interestingly enough, the editor
of WBA fanzine "Grorty Dick" wrote saying how quiet it was
at Spurs, although Arsenal and Newcastle were worse. Let's make it a
place to be feared and support our players.
Reading this mornings tabloids fills me with dismay. I'm praying we
don't sign Ricketts. Over the years we have signed some great
strikers, i.e Klinsmann , Lineker , Sheringham etc ... and some who
proved poor signings for various reasons, i.e. Rebrov, Dumitrescu ,
Durie etc. However, all the "failures " came to us
with impressive "CV's" . Ricketts , if you believe the Press
, has been fined four times for carrying too much body-fat , has
attitude problems , and his strike rate is relatively poor ,
particularly when you consider he's Bolton's penalty taker. He feels
like the classic one season wonder who's been found out .
Signing other clubs
reserves hasn't usually been successful. I'd prefer to gamble on
someone from the lower divisions . We've had a lot of success in the
recent past with the likes of Davies ,Gardiner ,and to a lesser extent
Doherty and Etherington . Perhaps a purchase of Bobby Zamora and/or
Dean Ashton might be a much better bet. Both have been capped at
Under 21 level .
Also if Fowler is worth
7.5 mil. then Ricketts is worth a lot less than 3mil.
Let's hope the squad
we've got will enable us to qualify for the UEFA Cup , thereby
attracting greater TV revenue and maybe better quality players in this
summers transfer market.
Come on you Spurs!
Ed : - Looks like that
deal is dead for the time being ... with Spurs looking at "other
targets". Not many classy strikers who are out there who
are cheap, so not sure who we might end up with, Ashton is a
good call and I think Zamora could link well with Keano. Also,
recent rumour has us watching Nathan Ellington of Wigan
Athletic. He and Zamora were together at Bristol Rovers, so it
might be a pairing for the future ??
What a fantastic result today against the Villans. I still find
it astonishing that we hadn't beat em on their patch since
Ardiles and Hoddle were running the midfield. I think it's a
good win 'cos Hoddle still hasn't been able to put out what I believe
is the strongest team yet.
If everyone was fit,
would Bunje, Poyet, Taricco or Freund even be in the squad ?
It's about time Hod gave a chance to the likes of Blondel, Ricketts,
Jackson and perhaps Lee Barnard. Alton Thelwell deserves a
recall for Perry and Acimovic could be a factor also. My team:
(3-5-2) Keller, King, Richards, Gardner, Carr, Anderton, Ricketts,
Redknapp, Ziege, Barnard, Keane
Subs. Sheringham, Sullivan, Blondel, Davies, Etherington / Thelwell
Ed : - It is a line-up
which a few people might like to see, but can you really imagine
Hoddle putting that side out ?? I think the team you have chosen
has some merits (i.e. Blondel, who is a favourite of mine too), but
Davies on the subs bench ? I also think that Ricketts and
Barnard will get their chance (Ricketts being slightly in front of
Barnard at the moment), but can't see it happening for a while.
Hoddle will still ant the experience in the team for the rest of this
season and should we qualify for Europe, we might see some slight
changes. Bunjy was a player that Hoddle brought to the club, so
I can't imagine Glenn outing him yet.
Why no interest in
Ed : - Probably too
much in transfer fees and salary for Spurs to afford !! Fowler's
missus has also just moved back to Merseyside, so a move to London is
probably out of the question on that front too.
I tend to agree with
Peter Lis (30.12.2002 see below).
Ledley's been found out a bit this season. The defence
looks all at sea without Deano.
Perhaps, with all the Hoddle bashing that has been going on recently
(and I grant you there has been a little cause recently), we should
remember that his signings have generally been quite successful.
Robbie Keane - steal of the century
Jamie Redknapp - pure class, if fit (big if I know, but hardly Glenn's
Ziege - can't defend, but what a wing back
Sherry - did the job he was brought in for. Time to call it a
Gus - See Sherry
Bunjy - great unsung hero in my view.
Acimovic - errrr....who...??
Deano - see above
Give him the money ENIC!!
On a negative point, whilst I never really bought the idea that Rebrov
was the answer to our prayers, there is something very wrong when he
can't make the bench and that clown Iversen is in the side. What
the F*** is going on there ?? Whatever the problems
between Hoddle and Rebrov, surely the team should come first.
For years we have been waiting for Iversen to fulfill his 'potential'.
I dislike knocking players when they are down, but he's been down
since he came to the club. He is quite frankly, useless!!
What does he contribute exactly and how much are we paying him.
He is to Spurs, what Jokanovic was to Chelsea.
Sergei has been treated
extremely badly by Spurs and the fans deserve some answers. If
he didn't fit into Glenn's plans, he should have been up front and put
him on the market ages ago. I think that there is a great deal
more to learn about this issue.
Darren Wilkins, Milton
Ed : - Again, how
Rebrov fails to make even the bench is a thing that only Hoddle knows
the answer to. As for Iversen, Glenn can see something in him
that nobody else can. I would hope that ENIC do cough up some
cash for a signing or two, but I'm not holding my breath.
I am 30yrs of age and
have been a Spurs fan all my life. I have been concerned
lately by the Spurs strike force. With the exception of Keane
who was brilliant today we have no-one (in relation to the players
Hoddle is willing to play).
I have always thought
that Rebrov is a good player and feel that Hoddle has not given him
a proper chance to prove himself. My last memory of him was
scoring a cracker of a goal against West Ham in the FA Cup in March
My point is that he has
to be a better option than Iversen, Sheringham and Ferdinand.
He has been a world
class performer before and there is no reason that he cannot be that
Ed : - The mystery of
why Hod will not play Rebrov is one that has had us all scratching
our heads. Especially when we have a dearth of fit forwards at
the club. While the manager said he was going to put the
Ukrainian on the bench last Saturday, he was suffering from flu and
didn't make it. Probably just as well if we are going to sell
him, as we wouldn't want to knacker him now. We would all have
liked him to have had a run to see exactly hat he could do, but the
boss had other ideas and I regret that we will never see the best of
Sergei in a Spurs shirt.
living in Ipswich (where it has gone very quite on the football
front recently) due to work commitments, I am originally from
Somerset, where there is a large and loyal following for the mighty
Spurs. Watching our annual demise in the FA Cup
the other night, my mate Phill claims that in the UK there are
1 million people that follow the Spurs.
I was wondering if
any fellow Lilywhites can vouch for this and if so, how this
number has been reached?
One final point the
fanzine is superb and if any of you are planning holidays to Malta,
check out the Spurs bar in Valetta. Well worth a visit.
C'mon you Spurs and
here's to UEFA cup football next season.
Ed : - There is a
huge support for Spurs across this country and the world. I am
not sure of the figures for Spurs embers, but there are fans across
this country from Cornwall to the Shetlands that we are aware
of. Whether the team would generate the sort of support from
far flung places that the likes of Man U do remains to be seen, but
if successful, I can imagine it being the case ... and then we would
need a larger stadium !!
Thank you for the kind words about the fanzine and I know a few
people who have visited the Spurs bar in Valetta and also the one in
Vise, Belgium and recommend them.
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