Letters August to September 2001
Surely Mr. Hoddle can
now see the folly of letting Luke Young go. To contemplate
paying £7.5M for at 27 year old, cumbersome and slow, central
defender from SCBC having released a Young England defender for a
mere £4 million is sheer madness. What can Hod be
thinking about? Where is the future Sol Cumball ??
Certainly not Dean Richards.
Where is Anthony
Gardner? Is he fit and if so why is he not given a chance? He
could save the club money that could be spent on a much needed
replacement for Freund. Will the club ever again challenge for
honours - not with the kind of transfer business Hod is currently bent
Ed : - Gardner is still
recovering from his injury in the last game of last season against
Manchester United, when he twisted his knee. He is on the
comeback trail, but I think Hoddle might be easing him in gently
rather than burn him out at a young age.
As for Young, we heard
that towards the end of last season (around April time) that he Hoddle
had told Luke to find himself a new club, as he didn't have a future
at Spurs. It is a shame as he would have been a very useful
squad player (although not a direct replacement for S.Cumball),
although I doubt if Hoddle feels that he would have fitted into his
system of play. The whole point of the matter is that this has
cost the club a lot of money, one way or another. Is it money
that the club has or can afford ??
in mind the cavalier way many historical video records have been
discarded - early Steptoe, Hancock etc. Do we know if any of the early
Spurs games covered in match of the Day etc. from the sixties on,
still exist in vaults somewhere? Would it be possible for us to at
least get copies of these - even if copyright is a problem for posting
them on a board right now I believe owning an archive copy is not a
problem. Do we have contacts at BBC or ITV companies or info where old
videos might be stored to get as complete an archive of Spurs games
: - I know for a fact that the BBC are going through a process of
burning CD versions of their old video tapes and that the old Match of
the Day programmes are on their list. Therefore, there must be a
whole host of Spurs matches there. The "Football in the
Seventies" series they did a while ago showed that they have
loads of footage that they could sell to fans in the form of
videos. As for ITV, all the old "Big Match" tapes
could be going through the same procedure and the memories of Brian
Moore (God Rest his soul) screaming over the visions of sun streaming
onto the boys in white beating a hapless team from the lower reach of
the First Division still linger. So what about it Spurs ??
Approach the TV companies and make our treasured memories become
something more solid.
A few quick concise
points which have probably already been expressed by other MEHSTG
Dean Richards; OK, so we don't really want to give South Coast Big
Club much money, but if we paid the sort of £6-8million it would
probably take, they'd be worse off and we'd be better off in the
long run. He's the only decent defender in the Premiership that
seems to be available, so let's make sure we get him.
need a striker. Four league games now this season and none of
our strikers have scored. The only reason we beat South Coast Big
Club is that we had midfielders who could hit the target, but that's
not really enough. We need a 30-goal striker from somewhere. The
likes of Shevchenko are being bandied about, but realistically we're
not going to get players of that calibre until we get in the
Champions League and we're going to have to score goals to do that.
Someone like Robbie Fowler would be perfect, if we can get him, to
link up with Teddy, but failing that Hoddle has a reputation for
spotting players (Beattie in particular last season springs to
mind). He needs to find another class forward. And if Rebrov
can't get into a forward line that hasn't scored in four, it'd
probably be worth flogging him.
3) Knight Bill Nick and
save Dave Mackay's medals. Nuff said.
4) Be confident Spurs
fans. It's still early doors, and Hoddle is Hoddle, and ENIC must be
given a decent chance. It will come right, and sooner rather than
later. I predict we'll be in Europe one way or another next season
and in the Champions League in 3-5 years.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!
Phil Drummond, Dorset
Ed : - I assume
(and it's dangerous to assume) that Rebrov didn't play against SCBC
as he was on a hiding to nothing against Richards, as he was twice
last season. Not sure where that leaves him though, with Armo
and Iversen both out injured. A poacher should be top of our
list rather than a centre half, as goalscorers win matches and our
defence doesn't look too bad generally. Not sure that the
money being touted for Richards couldn't be better spent on other
players from somewhere else other than the Premiership. All
right, it might be a bit of a risk bringing in a foreign player, but
Hoddle hasn't done too bad with Bunji, who looks class.
Agree on Point 3, but
on 4, I will give Hoddle time, but ENIC are playing a dangerous game
with the fans. Coming on strong on one hand, but doing what
they want on the other without seeming to care about the supporters.
Your article about The Kids sounds as if things have improved for
children playing football but I would suggest that a lot of talent
will be missed for the following reasons:-
1. Several children I
know have given up playing football by the time they reach
secondary school because they have been discarded and scarred by
amateur parent coaches.
2. Some children
have a natural talent for football whereas others will listen,
learn and implement whatever they are taught.
3. Potentially able
children do not have access to the required level of coaching
which will help them step up from community level to academy
level. They are therefore disadvantaged and unable to compete.
4. Football in
the community courses are not cheap, they are few and far between
and of varying standards.
Your article implies
that persistence and determination should prevail if you are not
chosen to attend an academy or if you are rejected from an
academy. This is not as easy as it sounds e.g. some children do
not play again after leaving an academy.
If a child is to try
to stay in the game they are mostly reliant on parents who
have to taxi them around to football practice and matches; listen
to their woes about the game - which tend to dominate the
atmosphere of the house for the weekend and; pick them up and
brush them down and help them to move on when they realise that
their dream may be slipping away.
There is no doubt that
if a child gets this far then they become extremely tough
mentally, quite ruthless and find it difficult to trust and remain
loyal to managers and clubs, because this is what they have learnt
from adults from an very young age. And before you say it - yes
this experience will stand them in good stead as adults but it
still doesn't justify the fact that children are disillusioned at
too early an age and for no good reason.
Ed : - Micky wrote
the article you refer to and as a parent of kids going through the
system, he probably has a good viewpoint to comment from, but his
kids have an advantage in having a famous footballer Dad.
You are right that the lack of quality coaching and the pressure
on kids from a very young age ends up leaving them disillusioned
or burnt out, but it's like everything else in this world ... you
get out what you put in. The real trick is being able to
shape what they put to to get the maximum out of it.
I feel that Spurs
could do more in youth development, despite what Mr. Pleat ranted
at the Annual General Meeting last season. We were supposed
to have a link up with Ajax a couple of years back and copying
their set-up would stand this club in good stead for the future.
Not all youngsters
are going to make it. Some will, some, as you say, might
never play again, but what the training should prepare them for,
is to enjoy the game at whatever level they can play it.
I read with interest
your comments about Anthony Gardner. You stated that he
is not as strong as other centre-halves - I saw him play at
Leicester last season and was most impressed with the strength he
showed in holding off Akinbiyi (who may not be skilful, but is
certainly a handful). On top of this, it should be
remembered that he is still only a relative youngster. Aside
from this slight difference of opinion, I share your view that he's
a cracking prospect.
Glenn seems to be
obsessed with buying a centre-half when we already have King,
Doherty, Bunji, Perry and Gardner. Surely we more
urgently need a creative midfielder and a sniffer in the box.
Muzzy Izzet and Marcus Stewart would do me, although it
would be nice to have Guardiola and Solskjaer.
Finally, can I add to
the growing disquiet with regard to ENIC. We're
being fobbed off aren't we? Forget that fact that we
wouldn't buy Richards. Not long ago we were sharing the tag of
biggest London club with Arsenal. Now we've fallen well behind
the Arse and Chelsea. This year may well see us being taken
over by Fulham and Charlton. It's a good job that West
Ham keep pressing self-destruct or we'd be slipping even further
down the rankings.
Please, Please Please,
will Messrs Levy and Buchler prove us all wrong and spend some
Ed : - What I meant
was that he is slight in build and may have trouble with the centre
forwards who are built like brick outhouses. Having said that
I was at Leicester too and he did very well, but did go to sleep on
occasion and that will be eradicated with experience. I also
think he will fill out as he gets older and will be a very good buy
As for ENIC and the
lack of money going out of the club, they are saying Hoddle is to
blame as they will fund transfers that he wants. How long this
honeymoon period between the two of them remains is to be
seen. The fans will be getting het up if there is no
noticeable improvement on the early form and no players being
brought in to improve things either.
Right, I have been
saying for a number of years now, we seem incapable of getting a
manager that can buy. Only the great Ossie Ardiles was able to
get in the players we needed to make Tottenham great, he was cut short
by Silus (Sugar) Marner at the last minute, when all we needed was a
playmaker and a decent central defender.
Hoddle is a great manager, just look at what he did for Chelsea, where
would they be now if it wasn't for him? So why can't he do it at
Spurs? We don't want to wait 5 years, we want a team that can
challenge the Gooners NOW. What happened to the apparent
£30-£50 million he had in his kitty, Shevchenko and Seedorf would
make great additions to the squad, as would have Stam. Have
ENICs shares dropped and so tightening purse strings?
Also on to the subject of Dean Richards, a quality player, so why are
we faffing around. Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool wouldn't, the
fee is upped they would say fine here you go now give me Richards, but
no, same old Spurs haggle, barter and pull out seem to be the buyers
motto. COME ON SPURS SPEND SOME MONEY, SPECULATE TO ACCUMULATE.
You may not think I am a great supporter, but believe me I am. Hoddle,
come on, lets get our act together and get a top 6 place this
year. Maybe even make up for the FA cup defeat last year.
COME ON SPURS, LETS KNOCK THE SAINTS FOR 6.
Ed : - Some of the players you mention would
not consider coming here without the prospect of European football,
but there are class players out there who we could entice if we gave
it a go and would pay the fees and wages asked. I can understand
the prudence of those with the club's money in their hands, but as you
say a little expenditure now could recoup itself many times over if it
means getting into Europe.
The pre season optimism
I had regarding Spurs has suddenly vanished. It's taken just
three weeks this season.
Where is the
money? I've read on a website that David Buchler is about to
announce a £20,000,000 loss sometime this month. The amount
ENIC paid for the club. They can't be going to include this as part
of THFC's trading figures. What they paid for the club must be
taken from ENIC direct, not from the clubs funds surely. Have
I got the wrong end of the stick or have I read this right?
I don't know where I
stand at the moment. First they sack GG at a terrible time
which I've gone into previously. Then Glenn
Hoddle and Jimmy Greaves talk about how they have a better feel for
our club than anyone who has owned
it for decades. Suddenly, we're scraping around the lower
divisions trying to sign players for £1-2M or Europe's 2nd
XI's to get players on free transfers or making ludicrous offers for
established players (whether you like Southampton and Dean Richards
or not, £4M is an insult in today's market) and it's quite obvious
that ENIC have no intention of spending any money. Yet Ted has
stated he wouldn't have come back if he thought the club weren't
heading in the right direction. And what about the story in
The Guardian in the summer regarding Shevchenko? Do ENIC have
the power to deceive through the press? And in the meantime
Arsenal and Chelsea are spending £26M and £32M respectively
adding to squads that are already superior to ours
I'm very worried.
Can you enlighten me?
Ed : - I wish I could Jeff, but
I'm as bamboozled as you. ENIC have made lots of big claims
and I am awaiting them to make Spurs the flagship of their
footballing fleet, but that will take money and big money at
that. Buchler said we would stun the footballing world by
making a big big money buy, but that hasn't materialised. They
say the money is thee to spend when Glenn wants it, but this sounds
eerily familiar from the previous board about previous
Nice words and platitudes are
easily made. Making Tottenham successful again is not.
If that money is taken from Spurs then questions certainly need to
be asked, especially in view of he money from the new TV deal coming
into the game.
I have just read the news posted on White Hot Lines over the weekend
regarding Dave Mackay and his medals. I strongly believe that ENIC
should do all they possibly can to either ensure that Dave is in a
position to keep these medals or bring them to White Hart Lane and
display them as a lasting tribute to one of the true Spurs
Please ensure that MEHSTG does all it can to guide ENIC in the right
direction as I'm positive that you will agree with my sentiments.
This morning I have e-mailed Mr. Levy to offer my opinion and I am
encouraging other Yids to do the same. Can MEHSTG instigate a campaign
to encourage it's readers and contributors to write to the club to
raise it's awareness of the importance of making sure that these
medals either remain with Dave or are kept at White Hart Lane.
Ed : - Tony, if only
MEHSTG had that much sway with the board !! If only they knew
that we existed. I think it is a matter that could be taken up
through the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust to let the board know
how we feel and I will certainly be hoping that Dave's medals are
preserved in some form or other. With the campaign to get Bill
Nicholson knighted, this should prove that there is some sense of
protecting our heritage at White Hart Lane.
It gave me great
delight to read your comments towards my e-mail. I would just like
to point out to some of your other writers that as I'm from
Stoke-on-Trent, I get a lot of questions about the former Vale
defender Anthony Gardner, who my friend who is a Vale fan
thinks could be a ideal replacement for Campbell. I would be
interested to here the views of others on this
Ed : - Gardner looks
like a great prospect and hopefully, when he retains fitness, he
will get his place back in the side, as I reckon he will be a very
good player for Tottenham in the future. He certainly didn't
look out of place when he played at the end of last season and while
not physically as strong as other centre-halves, he has the ability
to bring the ball out and pass accurately. What does everyone
else reckon to him ??
What the hell is going
on? 3 games in, 2 points out of 9 and we pull out of a deal for a
centre half at £4 million when the manager believes we
urgently need one. Are we negotiating or are we going down hill
very quickly? I was looking forward to seeing really good football
and commitment from Glenn and ENIC. I'm still waiting....and it
doesn't make sense. Help!
Ed : - The money
question is not just one of being able to afford players. I am
sure that Spurs did not want to get turned over by SCBC. They
were trying to push up the price to get some money back off
Tottenham over the Hoddle departure and if you look at it Stam only
cost Lazio £15 million. I know we are not likely to sign that
level of player, but for £10 million, we could probably have the
pick of quite a few who would relish the challenge. Whether or
not that sort of money is available to Glenn is a question for
Messrs. Buchler and Levy.
I can't help feeling
that the fans have been conned by statements put out by the present
board re the ambitions for the club. The alleged £4 million offer for
Richards was a joke, if they rate him so highly why not offer the
market value of the player. It is time for straight talking by Mr.
Levy and co. buy us a decent striker and cut out all the flannel.
Ed : - The point that
Davy makes is one that has crossed MEHSTG's mind since ENIC took
over. Never trust a company with initials. Their
insistence that they would make some big money signings that would
turn a pretty Spurs fan's head have come to nought and now the
Richards debacle. Frankly, I am glad we haven't wasted money on
him, as in the first two games, he has cost his side two goals.
If they are talking about £10 million for him, let's get someone
decent. but Davy, you must realise that flannel is an expensive
cloth and ENIC must cut it according to their budget (and we all know
that doesn't stretch to £20 million, don't we ??).
As a Spurs fan from
Stoke on Trent and in the past a shift worker, I was looking forward
to watching Spurs live for the first time in several years.
You can imagine my disappointment at the poor start to our season
and apart from Gus Poyet, the new boys have yet to shine. It
is also nice to see Taricco back in the side and performing
As for a certain Mr.
Campbell, Spurs are better off without him as he is nothing short of
a money grabbing wimp who chose that other team ahead of Europe so
he could be near his mummy.
Ed : - The first
few games have not produced the points yield we would have hoped for,
but there area number of elements missing from the side. Carr's
absence on the right has made the team a little unbalanced, although
Taricco has done well. The loss of Rebrov and Ferdinand have
meant that we are without a recognised goalscorer, as Iversen has been
out of sorts. And the new players have not really fitted in
totally. There are signs that the passing game is coming
together, but the need to battle for points must not be forgotten.
I would like to appeal to the Spurs fans who continually
chanted Sol " the Gooner" Campbell's name (all be it in a
derogatory way) at the Blackburn game.
Ledley King should be
given the recognition he deserves based on his own merit and
ability. He is a better all round player than The Gooner was at the
same age. He has composure, speed, strength, reading of the
game and ball skills, far in excess of his age. So when we sang
"We've got Ledley at the back" with pride as I did at
Blackburn, let's leave the Gooner out of it and support our
team. All we did is expose our weakness, we feel betrayed
and rightly so. No self respecting "Spurs-man" would chose
to join the South London nomads; can you imagine Mackay, England,
Roberts, Mabbutt or even Vega (we wished) going there. Even
Emmanuel Petit realised the disrespect he would have shown, should
he have joined us in the summer.
supporters took great delight in singing the Gooners name
to taunt us and taunt us they did, so lets let the
Gooner go and move on. We have a cracking player in Ledley King and
he will more than adequately fill the Gooner's
Paxton Road upper
season ticket holder
Ed : - There is much to
be said for the merits of Ledley. He has been our outstanding
player so far this season an will be for a long time to come. If
we get behind our youngsters it can only do the team good. As
for the other bloke, let him get on with what he is doing until we
face him in a match that is.
Get rid of Rebrov,
Iversen, Armstrong and Ferdy. Why, because they can't find the
back of the net or they' re injured. Maybe Sol HAS done the
right thing by going. We need world class goal scorers like
Kliuvert, Ronaldo, Batistua, Suker, Rivaldo, Henry, etc, etc or at
this rate well be in Div 1 next year.
Ed : - Stephen's views
are a bit early in the season, but do highlight the paucity of depth
in our squad. I think that Rebrov has had a knock in the face,
while Les was doing OK for the 12 minutes he played against Villa
!! I agree that we need a poacher style player who will notch 20
odd goals a season (if not more). As for the player named
Rivaldo, Kluivert, Ronaldo, Batistuta and Henry would not come here as
we do not have European football, nor would we have the money to buy
them. Suker would come here, but he is nothing more than a
mercenary who would not give his all for Spurs as he did not for West
I've been away for a
few days. Caught the highlights of the Everton match the other
day. Apart from obvious comments about the Ref, where was
Rebrov. He wasn't on the bench, and there was no obvious paper
comment about his absence. Have you any news please?
Ed : - Much the same
has been asked by nearly everyone. No official news so far, but
it was a shocker to see Sheringham (not fully fit) play alongside
Iversen (who's touch was just not there at Goodison). Let's hope
he is back soon and there s nothing more sinister to it. Perhaps
Hod thought he would not prosper against the giant Everton defence ??
I saw the game live
against Everton 20.8.001. I think Iversen is a waste of space -
the chances he missed was bad. Not even on target. Get rid
of him. Who needs Sol when you've got King, ace player.
King and Doherty best players last night.
Ed : - Your wish about
Iversen could come true if SCBC want to take him in part exchange for
Dean Richards. You are right about Ledley and the Doc.
They were outstanding on the night.
Although I am
writing this in the full knowledge that what I am writing has been
said so many times before, I feel compelled yet again to reiterate it.
Why do Spurs persist
with the mediocre talent of players like Stephen Clemence? Every
home game I sit there with thousands of others despairing at his inadequacies
in what should be the powerhouse of the team.
I'm sure Stephen is
a lovely lad and this is no slur on his personal character, but the
Premiership is not for him. If we are building a team for the
future, then first of all secure your midfield and build around
it. With all the hard work that is going on in other departments
of the team why are we using a sewing machine to run a Ferrari.
This lad is an
average First Division player who has realised the height of his
potential and should now try to understand his limitations, as should
Hoddle. On Saturday against Villa, one of the best talents we
have for the midfield sat on the bench twiddling his thumbs. Simon
Davies is the future of the club, but he has also proven that he is
the present. He is more than capable of playing with the big
boys and oozes confidence and maturity when given the
opportunity. What is it that Hoddle could see at ground level on
Saturday that thousands of others couldn't - why did Clemence remain
on the pitch? It is very concerning to see the supposedly hugely
talented managerial mind of Hoddle, unable to spot that Davies would
have made such a difference to that game with his intelligent
Rebrov was having a
nightmare, Ferdinand was off and Iversen was having another average
game. Where else was the threat going to come from?
please Glenn, do Stephen Clemence a favor and sit him down to tell him
he will probably never make the grade at premiership level and
certainly not at Spurs.
White Hart Laddie
Ed : - Clem is not
one of the favourite players around White Hart Lane, but he has seemed
to fit Hod's bill as a player who can pass the ball. That might
only be ten yards, but he can pass the ball to a Spurs shirt. I
agree, he is not the top class ball player we all want to see in the
side, but he is left footed and Glenn probably believes that he brings
some sort of balance to the side.
I agree about the
potential and current ability of Davies and can only think that Hoddle
reckons Clemence has more of a defensive nature about his play than
Davies. Perhaps he did not want to risk throwing Simon
forward when Villa were coming on strong in the second half.
Just a thought, but then maybe he had other reasons.
I am a part of Spurs
fans and I want to decide that Tottenham should buy some youth players
in the team. I can see that Tottenham are using the player who
is near 30 or above. Now Newcastle will put Solano on the sale
list, I hope Tottenham will think about him. If not, Tottenham
also can search about others club in Europe including Spain and Italy.
I can see that Chelsea and Arsenal is use young player this season and
they will play well. I am very hate about Arsenal
So, I hope I can see Tottenham in 1 - 5 in the table
after the season and qualify to UEFA Champions League.
From, Davis Tan and Tottenham Hotspur Fans from Malaysia.
Ed : - Davis, the reach
of Spurs has made it out to Malaysia and it is nice to see that you
feel the same way as many Spurs fans in England. It is
interesting to hear you voice the same opinions about the age of the
signings as we all think that a few younger players should be added to
the squad too. I hope that your predictions for the season are
First things first (by far most importantly), I must mention Billy
Nicholson's testimonial game the other night. The football aside (a
pleasing, refreshing performance), it was truly great to pay homage to
the greatest superstar our club has ever produced in that way. It was
nice to see how happy he appeared in his seat at the front of the West
Upper, and even nicer to know that he can live the rest of his days
knowing that Tottenham is in safe managerial hands. Glenn rightly said
it; that if he can achieve half of what Bill did he'd be a very very
happy man. And rightly so. Long live SIR Bill.
Travelling back to London Victoria on the tube was an interesting
experience. I started to read the excellent match program in more
depth than my brisk arrival into the ground had allowed, and was
completely moved by the words that had been written. The last thing
that I was expecting to do in front of so many like-minded men and
boys was start blubbing (I didn't you know), although I came pretty
close. After a few seat adjustments and a 'low-key' rub of the old
eyes, I regained my composure and was glad that no-one had spotted me.
Later, I realised that there was no shame in feeling that way, that it
is bloody brilliant that the man who is the purest embodiment of
Tottenham Hotspur that there will ever be can make me feel like that
about the football team that I support. And it is. Never will I be
afraid to cry again! Never will a shirk the opportunity to look a wimp
on London's underground!! And never, never ever, will I be more glad
to have attended one particular football match in my entire life than
that one!!!! (Now I am crying). No, seriously though, a bloody good
night for a thoroughly decent man. Nice one to the club for that.
And Kasey Keller arrives. Once again I feel Glenn Hoddle must be given
full marks under a little bit of pressure to deliver, for what seems
to be a better signing the more I think about it. Keller was a good
keeper at Millwall and then particularly at Leicester, so I predict
that a healthy competition for the number 1 jersey is alive again.
Hoddle himself continues to attract players to the Lane, its arguable
whether other personnel would have the same influences. (Glenn, if
you're logged on, Spanish fella, about 5 "10, "Pep" I
think his name is? Ur.. we'll have him next. If that's ok? Lovely
Anyhow, 7 days and counting, Can't wait at all! Shame about Stevie'e
injury, lucky Dazza's fit to cover. Maybe Taricco who knows! I'm
getting over excited already!
Regards to all, let the good times roll and
Ed : - Yes, it was a
night to remember for Bill and for us. He deserves everything he
gets from the fans of today, who might not remember him and those to
whom he is an icon. More worthy than a million Beckhams for what
he has done.
Glad that Glenn sorted
out the goalkeeping situation as it was getting a bit close to the
wire (as the Americans say). He will provide good experienced
cover for Sully. Hopefully, he will not be the last to arrive.
Stand up if you hate
Campbell...........Stand up if you hate
Well in the light of
all that has happened, yes, I despise Scumball and I certainly have no
love for the Arse but I have no wish to bob up and down like a
demented Jack-in-the-box just because some sad moron in the South
stand doesn't know the words to any other song! What on earth
Billy Nick made of all that last week I shudder to think, and all that
on a night where we came to celebrate his achievements at the club.
The fact that some
money grabbing Judas has slunk away to ply his "not so
brilliant" trade down the road did not deserve to be mentioned
during that game. Nor does it deserve a mention at any other game this
season (bar two of course). The world and his dog must know by
now that every Tottenham supporter the world over despises the toad,
so why do we need to keep boring everyone with the fact?
Last season it was
"We want our Tottenham back" well judging by the Fiorentina
game, Glenn is well on the way to giving us just that! So why
don't we get behind him and the team and give them the support they
need rather than pouring bile on a player who may well be found out before
the season finishes? Certainly we can give him stick when he
comes to WHL (if he has the balls to play that game) I would expect
nothing less, but during the other games GIVE IT A REST!!!!
P.S. You can stand up if you hate the Pet Shop Boys.
Ed : - There is rightly
a backlash against the Pet Shop Boys ... err ... sorry ... S.Cumball
(are they one and the same thing ??), but there is a time and a
place. Let's save it all for one big show of strength - that
Tottenham are sorry he has gone, but even sorrier that he will come
back with them. November 17th is the date. Don't be late
Like many other Spurs fans, I have been frustrated by the lack of
success during the Sugar years. But I have a genuine feeling
of optimism for the clubs future under Hoddle. But, I think we
are more likely to see forward progress this season rather than out
and out success. I expect a better style of football, but I would be
surprised (and delighted) if we finish above 7th/8th.
During this time it
needs the fans to back the club and the manager. I'm not
convinced that the fans will be patient.
Could you please answer
a question for me - does Willem Korsten exist or was it just a dream
I had. I have heard no mention of pre-season involvement,
injuries or anything about him. Can you shed any light?
Ed : - It appears
that Korsten not only has the ability to disappear from games, but
also from clubs. He does have a squad number, so Glenn must
expect him to turn out in at least a couple of games this season
!! He could be resting him after his stunning performance
(well two shots) against Man. U. A good time to sell him would
have been after those two goals.
As for the season ahead, I agree whole-heartedly. It is about
steady progress and not just winning things. A long term
strategy is what we want to re-establish the club at the top for a
lengthy period, not just a season or two. It will be hard,
take time and patience, but too many managers in a short time have
lead us to the position we are now in. Glenn needs a solid
five years and maybe more, with the fans behind him. Let's
prove all our detractors wrong and show that Spurs fans are not
fickle - especially as Hoddle is the one that most Spurs fans wanted
After a lot of
thought on the matter of revenging our once loyal captain, I am
still at a loss of fully repaying him for what he has done.
He was our best
player for at least five years and to me this situation can only be
compared to your wife running off with your worst enemy. I hope for
a life-long campaign against him, but to kick it off I would like
you to appeal on your website to any one who has tickets for the
England game to create a banner. The best I could come up with was
"YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE" or something along those
lines. Although he won't be there it would guarantee at least back
page coverage if not front-page and therefore guarantee him to see
Please, it is the
least we can do until he finally comes to White Hart Lane and gives
us the chance to give him some proper stick!
Ed : - Hoddle has come
out and said he is not happy about the campaign and that we should
concentrate on Tottenham rather than anyone else. I can see his
point, as I don't really want to waste any more time on someone who is
no longer willing to be at our club. Any protest will b futile
until the 17th November and then (if he actually bothers to play), he
will know the feelings of the Spurs fans he has turned his back on.
I'm sickened and feel utterly let down. I gave up on going to
England games because of our 'fans'' inability to have fun at away
games, just KILL the opposing supporters. Since Spurs' 2-2
draw with West Ham on Boxing Day 1984, I have ploughed THOUSANDS of
pounds into supporting Spurs.
Well, NO MORE. I
never thought I'd say it, but I've had enough. I've totally
Campbell, you SICKEN
me. All your big talk and hollow words, but you played it
beautifully though. You got just what you wanted. Money,
money, money, isn't it? No shred of decency. No, you
can't please everyone, but you just chose to make a mortal enemy out
of EVERY Spurs fan. I have never hated Arsenal. I would
much rather a London team wins the League than anyone else and
I want ALL English clubs to do well in Europe. I despise
the 'Stand up if you hate Arsenal' chant. We should be supporting
our own team, not getting wound up by someone else's. But
Campbell, you have burst the bubble, the one that turned me
into a kid every Saturday. Your act of joining our closest
rivals KNOWING it would gut Spurs fans was just vile. I've had
Arsenal fans tell me I shouldn't give up on my team. Well why
not? Just why NOT? Campbell gave up on us and it would take me
TEN years to earn what he makes in a WEEK! And THAT disgusts me!
I'd LIKE to transfer my allegiance to Arsenal, but it'll never
happen. My heart won't let it happen.
In seventeen years
I've been there to see us win the League Cup once. That's a
pretty lousy return for the thousands I've ploughed into the club.
Yet now, as a former season ticket holder from last year, why should
I continue to be shafted? They've taken our cup games and our
10% discount. They've introduced a new THIRD strip... WHY?
'Coz they know mugs like me and you will go out and buy it so we can
pay Ziege's wages. What is it, £50 000 a week? Yeah, right.
They take away my miniscule 10% to pay him a fortune every week.
Don't you think
they're just having a good laugh at you? They'll rip you off
left, right and centre, get you to treat them like gods, then send
you home broke. I've seen us lose 7-1 at Newcastle TWICE, 6-1 at
Bolton, I saw us lose in Kaiserslautern, the most crushing defeat I
have EVER known. I've been to Carlisle for midweek cup games
in the sleet and snow and up for friendlies in Glasgow and Dundee.
I've got NOTHING to prove.
But now, because of
you Campbell, because of you and your wage demands Ziege and because
of you, THFC PLC and your disgraceful sacking of George Graham
only because of his history, taking away our cup games and 10% to
satisfy the insatiable greed of your playing staff, I won't be
coming back. But then why should you care when there're plenty
more mugs lining up to take my place?
Ed : - I am
sure that you are not the only one Philip. Many fans said to
me at the end of last season that they were considering not renewing
this season, but the club announce that there are record season
ticket sales (although there are still some left !!). In the
seventeen years that you have been supporting the club (and many
more that many more of us have been) there has been a change from
the game to the business and that is all it is now. One where
the rich survive and the poor can try and fend for themselves.
I can understand your feelings and think that despite it all there
will be a good future for Tottenham. In the past there has
been good money thrown after bad (players), but at least Hoddle
appears to be shrewd enough to know the value of players. If
only the club's owners realised the value of our support.
It was really good to
see such a good crowd for Bill's big night. It was nice to see
Spurs play some neat moves and good passing football. With
better finishing, we could have had more goals. It was
disappointing to see that the crowd could only applaud Bill but not
sing his name. Maybe most fans are of an age not
remembering him. The inevitable Campbell/Gooner/Manninger
reaction showed that most fans only think of the present not the
past. Bill stood for everything that is good. Fans like me
who remember his era as a manager will never forget him and the
pleasure he gave us Arise SIR BILL.
Ed : - There were some attempts at "Oh, Billy, Billy, Billy Billy
Billy Nicholson", but the lack of a decent song for him was a
shame. He did get a number of rounds of applause amongst the
Anti-Arsenal stuff, with particular praise to the cameramen who kept
putting him in the frame.
I read with interest the
proposed sale of the WHL name to inject money into the club, all
supporters will relate to the WHL name, but if XYZplc pays for the
name what will they want in return? Seats in the ground for the
hospitality bandwagon will only mean less seats for supporters who
are already paying a high price to watch games.
This latest proposal on
the back of the removal of discounts and less matches for season
ticket holders and the lack of any real expenditure in the
transfer market has dampened the optimistic words from ENIC post
No one expects
transformation overnight and GH must be given time with the high
expectations of all the fans - lets hope the backing is there.
Keep the Faith
Ed : - When ENIC took
over they made it clear that there was not the expected return on the
"brand" that they would have expected - i.e. not as much
money coming in. It looks like this may be the way the game is
going with all things held sacred sold off like the "family
silver" that Sugar talked about. He did say that he would
only sell to those who had the best interests at heart, so are ENIC
cashing in on the Tottenham name or staying in the chase with everyone
else who are making money from their club's good name ??
My name is Dan Carrier, and I am
privileged to be the President of the Guernsey Spurs Supporters
We have just put on an
amazing fundraising gig for a local primary school in Guernsey. They
did the double this season, (the first time any school football side
has done it here) so we got Chas and Dave over, and laid on a wicked
It was hilarious - I can hardly talk three days later, we sung our
hearts out. Any way, we bought the school a set of new football
kits - blue and white, of course - with Guernsey Spurs across the
chest. We had a raffle and gave away a load of Spurs goodies -
including a GSSC shirt signed by the players, and five shirts signed
by Guernsey-born Spurs legend Len Duquemin.
I moved here two years ago, and was
missing the Lane so much I decided to set the club up. We
charter a plane and take about 30 or so people over to home games. We
have got a great following here for a small place, again because of
Len Duquemin, Guernsey and Spurs have had a long historical
We have got a huge GSSC
flag which we bring to every game, so look out for it and give us a
wave. Anyway, to all supporters clubs, if you want my advice -
hold an end of season knees up and get Chas and Dave to do the
entertainment. I cannot remember having such a good time - they did
all their own classics, and then finished on "Ossie's Dream"
- it brought the house down. An absolute corker.
It costs me an average
of around £250 to get to each home game. Me and other yiddos in our
club have to pay a fortune to get to the games, so do us a favour and
make White Hart Lane the joyous cathedral of football it should be.
Get behind the boys. Down your beers and raise your voices.
All I want to say is
despite the relatively disappointing close season - Judas Cumball, and
not signing Shevchenko, Effenberg, etc - can we all make the effort to
bring back some noise to White Hart Lane. I have got a lovely
voice - and I want to harmonise with all my fellow yiddos, so lets get
behind the team and become a twelfth man.
Hoddle knows what he is doing, the
king has returned, the older boys he has bought in will bring on the
youngsters. I want to hear 'Hoddle, Hoddle, born to be king of White
Hart Lane' echo round the ground.
moaning. Cumball was shit on the deck and has not been the same
player since 1998. Lets just get on with supporting the team. It is
amazing how quiet we are sometimes.
Football is all about having fun -
and if the performance on the pitch does not live up to your hopes -
at £250 a time, my hopes are aimed pretty high - have a laugh about
it and give it some banter.
When the players hear us, they will
realise that playing for Spurs is a privilege, and the nippers like
Carr will realise how lucky they are.
COME ON YOU SPURS!
Cheers, Dan Carrier, El Presidento of Guernsey Spurs Supporters
Ed : - It is supporters like you who
put most of the Tottenham faithful to shame. Perhaps we are
spoiled by going every week and it is a short trip to White Hart Lane
for the majority of the crowd. Sometimes, the vocal backing is
good (Arsenal, Man U), but most of the time the singing is not very
loud. We must concentrate on who we are playing and not on the
Woolwich Wanderers (especially when we are not playing them).
Let's get behind the team and perhaps some of you can think of new
songs to help us do so.
I am looking forward to
the game at Reading tonight to see if we can maintain our good passing
game and our winning ways. I think that our real test will be
next week against Fiorentina.
It seems to have gone
really quiet on our transfer front. What has happened to the big
signings anticipated by David Buchler? I THINK THAT THAT WE
STILL NEED A CREATIVE MIDFIELDER. We also need cover at central
defence and maybe one more striker. However, we have failed to
attract two goalkeepers by not offering enough for personal terms and
also Jose Chamot did not like the money offered so maybe the purse
strings have tightened.
Do you have any
thoughts on this?
I remain optimistic for
the new season and I think that we will score more goals than last
Ed : - Richard, agree
on the midfielder and goalkeeper, while Glenn has said he wants to
bring in two more centre halves. And I thought it was GG who
collected them for fun ?? There is a concern over some financial
aspects of the deals rumoured not to have taken place because of
either Tottenham's attitude or inability to agree terms, but we will
see what comes out over the next two weeks. At least Hoddle is
patient enough to wait for the players he wants to add to the side,
who are passing the ball around nicely at the moment. And long
may it continue.
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