White Hot Lines

MARCH 2002

Sunday 31.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : -  Glenn Hoddle hopes to have Neil Sullivan and Christian Ziege fit after picking up knocks in the internationals last week.  Teddy Sheringham is expected to start the match in place of Sergei Rebrov after being a substitute on Saturday.  Dean Richards could come into consideration for a place in the starting line-up too, after missing the Middlesbrough game.
  LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  David O'Leary will give Jonathan Woodgate a late fitness test to see if he is ready to play after a knock in yesterday's game with Manchester United.  Rio Ferdinand is also expected to have a late test, although he is very doubtful to play.  Harry Kewell will miss out after picking up an ankle injury on Saturday.  Olivier Dacourt and Michael Duberry are definitely out of the game.
  Spurs are reported to be giving a short term contract to Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, as it is expected that Kasey Keller may leave at the end of the season, with his former club Leicester City one interested party.
  Steffen Freund was on Sky TV this morning and said his recovery form a cruciate ligament operation is going well and he expects to be fit for the pre-season programme after the summer.  He told "Goals On Sunday" that he felt that Tottenham must try to finish 7th in the League to show that they have had a good season despite the disappointments of losing in the Worthington Cup Final and the FA Cup quarter final.  The presenters of the programme produced Carling Opta statistics that showed that Spurs' form has dipped drastically since Freund's injury.
  Gus Poyet said today that a seventh place finish might get Spurs into Europe.  He said that the side are developing well, with Gardner, King, Etherington and Davies all progressing to be good players.  He felt that Spurs should have had the three points from the Boro match, as they created enough chances to win.
  Djibril Cisse, the Auxerre striker who is being chased by many of the top clubs in Europe, including Spurs, has told his suitors that they are wasting their time as he wants to stay there for another season.
  Spurs are reported to be looking at 10 million rated Glasgow Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson should they fail to attract Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp.
  There are also transfer rumours surrounding Tottenham and Empoli's 7 million midfielder Massimo Maccarone.  The influential player starred for the Italian Under-21s and came on as a substitute for the full national side on their trip to England last week, becoming the first ever non-Serie A player to feature in the national team.  While Chelsea also court the player, he is expected to join Roma.
  Sir Alan Sugar has said that clubs should use the next two years to trim wage bills in the light of falling revenue from TV companies when the new Premiership deal comes up for renewal.  He said that only Manchester United and Arsenal are making money and that many "businessmen" in football go nuts on Saturdays and let their acumen go out of the window as far as football is concerned.
  Former youth striker, 20 year old Ian Stonebridge, who now plays for promoted Plymouth Argyle, is interesting Sunderland.


Saturday 30.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium this evening, thanks to Steffen Iversen's goal.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Glenn Hoddle has said that he did try to get Fiorentina striker Nuno Gomes on loan on transfer deadline day, but it didn't come off.  He also alluded to the fact that some other moves failed to materialise.
  ... and finally ... Thierry Henry speaking on Soccernet said  'Sol Campbell never had problems when he was playing at Tottenham. Now he's at Arsenal he even has trouble when he's playing for England.'  That's because he was good when he played for Tottenham (apparently).
  MEHSTG mourns the passing of The Queen Mother, who died this afternoon.


Friday 29.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Les Ferdinand is expected to be fit for the game, but is struggling with his Achilles tendon injury, while Teddy Sheringham and Christian Ziege are the main injury doubts after the international matches in midweek.  Dean Richards is also only rated as 50-50 to make the starting line-up.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : - Paul Ince and Mark Schwarzer are both suffering with a virus that has attacked the Middlesbrough side.  Another keeper, Mark Crossley, has been carrying a knee injury and Marlon Beresford has been recalled from a loan spell at Burnley as a precautionary measure.  Midfielder Jonathan Greening and strikers Alen Boksic and Szilard Nemeth will all have late checks on their fitness before the match.
  Ledley King said he enjoyed the experience of playing for England, but he noticed the step up in quality of thought and movement amongst the international players.
  Matthew Etherington has denied the stories that he might demand a move away from White Hart lane if he doesn't get a first team place soon.  He says that he has been stitched up and is just fighting for a place in the side like everyone else, although he is frustrated at his lack of opportunities so far.
  Stephen Carr has returned from America with the news that he does not require another operation, but he does need to slow down his comeback.  having made good progress, he then slipped back with a reaction during training and he must now take things easier, meaning he might not play before the season's end and therefore miss the World Cup finals this summer.


Thursday 28.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun revealed that Spurs were apparently ready to sign Jaap Stam from Lazio, but were deterred by the 10 million fee.  Why they thought he would be any cheaper is anyone's guess.
  Meanwhile, Nuno Gomes of Fiorentina has today said that he could easily adapt to the Premiership and that there might be more news after the end of the season.  Whether this means that he has changed his mind over a move to Spurs or that he has had a better offer from another Premier League club remains to be seen.
  Gus Poyet has told the Sky Sports site that he believes that Tottenham will buy big and still have the big name to exert pulling power for the top players.
  Reserve midfielder Ciaran Toner has joined Bristol Rovers on loan for a month that will allow the Third Division club to take a look at him before the summer, implying that he will be a target for the West Country side.  The club site reports that the move is on a permanent basis.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Les Ferdinand and Dean Richards are struggling to be fit for Saturday's visit to Middlesbrough.
  Fulham are today saying that they have not signed Steffan Effenberg from Bayern Munich for next season.  Spurs were interested in the German midfielder and may join the chase for his signature, if this story is true.
  Kasey Keller explained how Christian Ziege beat him with a free-kick in Germany's win over the USA on the Daily Soccer site ... "I've seen Ziege do this in training all the time. You can't cheat against him. If you move a second early, he nails you to the other post. You basically have to give him the upper corner. And if he hits it, you shake his hand," said Keller.


Wednesday 27.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King made his England debut as a half-time substitute in England's 1-2 defeat by Italy at Elland Road tonight.  Teddy Sheringham was also a sub, who got the last 20 minutes of the match.
  Neil Sullivan was in goal for Scotland in the 5-0 defeat at the hands of France in Paris.
  Captain Christian Ziege scored past Kasey Keller with a free kick for Germany, who beat the USA 4-2 tonight in a friendly international.
  Simon Davies played for Wales in the 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic.
  Sergei Rebrov played for Ukraine in their 4-1 loss in Romania.
  Spurs Youth team lost the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final 1-2 at Everton tonight, but gained a vital away goal through John Sutton's 25 yarder.  The second leg of the semi-final is next Wednesday 3rd April at White Hart Lane - Kick off is at 7.00 p.m. 
  Tottenham's home match against Liverpool has been brought forward to a Noon kick off so that it can be shown on Sky TV.
  Spurs have been linked with Gillingham striker Marlon King, who is being quoted as worth 5 million.  The regular goals he has been getting this season have shot him to prominence and other Premiership clubs have been eying the former Barnet forward.  However, the Kent club do not expect him to leave them just yet.  If Spurs were at Priestfield to check out his progress, they might also have been watching young defender Nayron Nosworthy, who had an outstanding game against Millwall on Sunday.
  Fiorentina striker Nuno Gomes has said he wants to stay with his Serie A side until the end of the season.  The Portuguese forward wants to remain loyal to the cash strapped Italian side, who look favourites to be relegated, despite revealing that Tottenham wanted to sign him before the transfer deadline of tomorrow.  There was also the fact that he thinks England is too cold for him !!
  Spurs have conceded defeat in the chase for Bayern Munich's Steffan Effenberg, who told reporters that he will be joining Fulham in the summer.
  Matthew Etherington has given Glenn Hoddle an ultimatum of a first team place or he will leave the club.  The England Under-21 international said in the London Evening Standard that he wants to be playing every week, not just 20 minutes here and there.  He continued to say that Christian Ziege is in front of him in Hoddle's pecking order and that there was no way he would see out the last two years of his contract waiting for Ziege to get injured for a chance in the side.  Come the end of the season, Etherington said he would consider his position and leave if need be.
  Former Spurs youth team striker Peter Crouch has signed for Aston Villa from Portsmouth for a potential 5.5 million fee.  He has been signed as a surrogate Ian Ormondroyd.
  Spurs appear to have been lined up for a pre-season friendly at Colchester United on July 23rd.  The match will double as a testimonial for Richard Wilkins, who had to retire in 2000.
  Spurs have extended the trial of Canadian keeper Lars Hirschfeld until the end of the season.  He played the whole of last night's win over Watford reserves and the club want to take a longer look at him.


Tuesday 26.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has gone to the USA to see Dr. Richard Steadman to determine if he will play football before this season ends. He has had a setback with his progress and wanted to see the specialist to try and get back on track for the World Cup finals.
  Spurs' attempt to sign Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp before the transfer deadline date has been foiled by Stephen Gerrard's latest injury.  Redknapp looks ready to be released from his contract in the summer, but Spurs were willing to pay a nominal fee to get him before Thursday.  However, in their present predicament, the Reds were not disposed to let their club captain leave.
  Spurs reserves beat Watford at Vicarage Road tonight 1-0 with Stephen Clemence grabbing a late penalty to win it for Tottenham.  
  Both Matthew Etherington and Anthony Gardner played for England Under-21s 1-1 draw with Italy at Bradford City's Valley Parade ground tonight.  Ex-Spur Peter Crouch also made his debut at this level.


Monday 25.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs' attempt to sign Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp before the transfer deadline date has been foiled by Stephen Gerrard's latest injury.  Redknapp looks ready to be released from his contract in the summer, but Spurs were willing to pay a nominal fee to get him before Thursday.  However, in their present predicament, the Reds were not disposed to let their club captain leave.  Tottenham have denied that the two sides had spoken on the official site though.
  Glenn Hoddle praised Steffen Iversen for his performance against Fulham as there had been little on pitch time for the Norwegian in the run up to the match and he did a sterling job for the side at Craven Cottage.


Sunday 24.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Fulham 2-0 with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Gus Poyet.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here
  Darren Anderton has missed out in being included in the England squad for the friendly next week against Italy.  Ledley King and Teddy Sheringham both made the squad despite the team's  poor form recently.
  Anthony Gardner and Matthew Etherington are both included in the England Under-21 squad for a friendly in Italy on Tuesday night, along with former Spurs youth striker, Peter Crouch.
  Ben Thatcher has been linked with a 3 million transfer to West Ham United, who are looking for a replacement for Nigel Winterburn.
  Spurs are being named as the team that has won the race for Steffan Effenberg. The Bayern Munich captain has said that he will join an English club in the summer and it is believed that he prefers a move to London and the Press have put two and two together and come up with Tottenham.
  Glenn Hoddle has been linked with an interest in Derby County's Danny Higginbotham, who has been moved from his central defensive position to left-back.
  Millwall are still hoping to take Matthew Etherington on loan before  Thursday's transfer deadline.


Saturday 23.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : -  Les Ferdinand is Tottenham's biggest doubt for tomorrow's London derby at Fulham. Sergei Rebrov should shake off his knock and play, while Teddy Sheringham's calf injury is likely to keep him out.  Dean Richards' groin and Ben Thatcher's hamstring make them big doubts too.
  Glenn Hoddle has denied that there have been an offer from Bordeaux for Sergei Rebrov or from any other clubs come to that.  Hoddle put it down to Rebrov's agent.  He also denied that Rebrov would be used as bait to attract Christophe Dugarry and Vikash Dhorasoo to White Hart Lane.
  Matthew Etherington is pleased to have the chance to show his ability in the first team, but would like to have a full 90 minutes to test himself at this level, he told the official website.


Friday 22.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard is carrying a story that Glenn Hoddle is looking to bring in Bordeaux's striker Christophe Dugarry and midfield playmaker Vikash Dhorasoo.  They surmise that Sergei Rebrov could be used in the deal, with the player admitting that Bordeaux made a bid for him, but it was rejected.  Dugarry has been switched to a wing position and would be available for a small fee, but he would not come cheap in terms of salary.  It is believed that David Pleat travelled to watch the two players recently.
  Rebrov went on to add that he never thought he would be sitting on the bench at Tottenham when he signed and feels that he has become a victim of a new chairman and a new manager, who favour their own signings rather than those of the previous incumbent.  
  John Gorman said that the fine line between winning and losing has been trod by Tottenham recently.  He was talking on the Spurs website, saying that the team are not playing badly as they are creating chances, but they are not sticking them away.
  Simon Davies said on the official website that the key to getting something out of the game against Fulham on Sunday is a clean sheet.  I think Glenn Hoddle's team talks having been getting to him, as he said the team would have to go to Craven Cottage with "their positive heads on" and maybe their "defensive head" on a bit more !!
  Darren Anderton, meanwhile, has taken to blaming the current state of the White Hart Lane pitch for the crash in results lately.  He said that some clubs have had their pitches re-laid, but Spurs have not for some reason (Hmmm.  Wonder why that could be ??).  Director of Football David Pleat said that it had suffered with the weather like many pitches this year, but would be replaced as soon as the season was over.  We await a comment from the club's Director of Pitches.
  Gus Poyet has said that he thinks Spurs might have to play on the break against Fulham on Sunday.  In a Spurs website interview, he told them that the whole team need to defend better and deny the Cottagers any space, while Spurs might have to look for breakaways to get forward.
  Stand-in captain Tim Sherwood has said that he thinks the recent bad run will help the younger players become stronger.  On the official site, he said that he tries to lead by example, but knows that any problems the team are having they will approach the same situation better in future.
  Apparently, according to Planet Football, Spurs and Bayern Munich are vying for the singing of a 17 year old Peruvian.  Gianfranco Labarthe of Sports Boys, is one of the highly rated youngsters coming through in Peru at the moment and was voted as best player at a recent South American youth tournament.  The striker was supposed to go on loan to Bayern, but that did not happen and it is thought that Spurs might now give him a spell at Chigwell to see how he does.  The player has an Italian mother and holds a European passport, so there should be few work permit problems.
  Jovial Joe Kinnear has upped the ante for his young defender Matthew Taylor, by saying that Sunderland's late approach with a cash-plus-player offer will "jolt Tottenham up a bit", as he says that Spurs believe that they already have the player in the bag.  The Luton Town boss then went on to raise the asking price by saying that his free scoring 20 year old left back was not far behind Wayne Bridge, who is rated at 7 million.
  Hoddle did take time out today to say that David Ginola would not be returning to White Hart Lane, the player having been offered in the summer of 2001, but no deal was done then and would not be done now.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Mauricio Taricco starts his ban, so will be out suspended.  Les Ferdinand is having treatment for a his Achilles tendon injury and has been joined by Teddy Sheringham and Sergei Rebrov, who have groin and back injuries respectively.  Dean Richards' groin injury makes him a doubt, as is Ben Thatcher, who is suffering with a hamstring pull.
  FULHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Midfielder Sean Davis hopes to be ready for the match after missing a few games with a bruised thigh.  John Collins is expected to be fit, but Lee Clark is definitely out for Sunday's London derby.
  Spurs have reached provisional agreement to buy land from the Abridge Golf and Country club to site the new Academy there.  They have also bought some land adjoining the location for additional buildings and development.  The total of 55 acres will house a state of the art Academy for the club and allow a prestigious, state of the art facility to be a production line for young talent to feed through to the first team. 
  Christian Ziege has been named in the Germany squad to face USA in a friendly match in Rostock next week.
  Reserve goalkeeper Gavin Kelly has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their friendly against Denmark on Tuesday 26th March.


Thursday 21.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has admitted that there is still a lot of work to do at Tottenham.  He said the team were not working hard enough and that there would have to be a lot of money found to turn things around. 
  Gus Poyet is his own harshest critic and thinks he should have scored on Monday against Charlton Athletic.  He said the one that hit the bar was strange that it didn't go in, but on the official website he reckoned he should have got the one that Kiely saved with his legs into the net.
  Goran Bunjevcevic wants to get back in action before the end of the season, he told the Spurs website.  He said that when you think of the team in the treatment room, it shows we have a strong squad and he wants to prove that he will be able to play before the games run out in May.
  Following news of three Argentinian players coming on trial at Tottenham,
Diego Magi is also getting a lot of interest from England and Germany.  The teenager has an Italian passport and his aerial ability makes him have the characteristics of an  English centre forward.  River Plate and Boca Juniors would like to keep him in Argentina, but  Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham want to bring him to England, while Borussia Dortmund and Hanover watching the situation carefully too.
  Celtic's 22 year old midfielder Stilian Petrov is rumoured by BBC Sport to be a target for Spurs.  The 10 million rated captain of the Bulgarian national team would be a real coup if he was signed, but assistant manager John Gorman said that he was not one who had been considered by the Tottenham management team.
  Spurs reserves lost 1-4 to Arsenal at Stevenage Borough's Broadhall Way ground tonight.  George Snee scored Tottenham's goal.  For a match report, click here.
  Calgary Storm goalkeeper, Canadian international Lars Hirschfeld, is having a one week trial with Spurs.  He is being given the opportunity to get a one or two year contract to develop as the third choice keeper at Tottenham, after similar spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth and Heart of Midlothian.  The keeper was given a run-out in the reserves against Arsenal tonight.
  Former youth team forward Steve Robinson has left Preston North End to join Bristol City on loan.


Wednesday 20.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ariel Seltzer - an Argentinos Juniors defender, not a cure for a hangover - is being given a trial with Spurs.  The 21-year-old has a German passport and was tipped off to David Pleat by our former midfield star Ricky Villa.  Another two stars of their country's Under-20 side will also travel to Tottenham - Emanuel Frances is an 18 year old midfielder who holds an Italian passport and Mariano Pavone is 19 and a striker with Estudiantes .
  According to the Daily Mirror, David Ginola has been offered to Spurs on a free transfer and a pay-as-you play basis (at the reported cost of 10,000 per game).  However, a later statement from Everton said he would stay until the end of the season, unless a club came in before the transfer deadline on 28th March.
  Steffen Iversen came through 45 minutes of the Charlton Athletic game without reaction and said that for him, the season is just beginning.  The Norwegian striker said he was keen to play in every remaining game and that he wants to help Spurs back to winning ways.
  Simon Davies said he has never known a run of results like Spurs are having at the moment, but, although it is hard, he is trying to stay positive.
  Gus Poyet is similarly perplexed, but said that if Spurs get a lucky goal and win a match, it might spark some good fortune in other matches.
  While neither Stephen Carr nor Gary Doherty were included in the Republic of Ireland squad to play Denmark in a friendly international, manager Mick McCarthy has said that he will give both of them time to prove they are fit and they both have a good chance of going to Japan/Korea.
  We think that Kasey Keller has been called up to the USA squad for a friendly against Germany on March 27th.  The comments from Daily Soccer say this ... "The match at Rostock will feature Kasey Keller at goaltender for the US side. He is 5-0 with a draw this year, having backstopped the Americans to a Gold Cup title." Whatever that means !!
  Neither Oyvind Leonhardsen nor Steffen Iversen have been included in the squad for Norway's friendly against Tunisia.
  Nicky Wettner came off the subs bench to play for England Under-18s in Italy this afternoon, where they lost 0-3.
  ... and finally ... following Tottenham's lead, FIFA will ban tobacco smoking in the stadiums at this years World Cup tournament.


Tuesday 19.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mauricio Taricco has not been given any extra ban to go with his two recent sending offs, as he was fined 5,000 on the charge of misconduct over the incident in the second leg of the Worthington Cup Semi-Final.  His crime of striking Mario Melchiot on the head earned him a reprimand about his future conduct too.  His ban for the two red cards will be five games in total.  On leaving the hearing he said that it was the media's fault that the charges had been brought and vowed never to talk to the papers ever again.
  Glenn Hoddle said today that he was sickened by the loss to Charlton Athletic last night, as Spurs created chances and could have won had they not conceded a "stupid" goal to slip to a fourth consecutive defeat.  Hoddle said that Ledley King must learn from the error he made in not clearing the ball that Chris Powell then bundled into the Spurs net.  His thoughts on the team are not concerned with the attacking side of their play as they are still creating chances (even though they are not taken), but he said they must defend better as a team.
  Darren Anderton has added to the grief over last night's loss by saying that the he and the team are just average.  He said that the team were still giving 100% and were shattered in the dressing room after the game.  The England midfielder added that he had been frustrated that he could not play as much as he would have wanted over the last four to five weeks, because of his hamstring problems, but went on to say that he felt fine after last night's game.
  Talking on the official website, Christian Ziege said that the team need to turn the poor run around quickly to make something of the remaining games, but they needed to do it soon and it didn't matter how they won a game.
  Les Ferdinand is suffering with a recurrence of his Achilles tendon injury which makes him doubtful already for Sunday's visit to Fulham.  Hoddle said he was already down to the last 16 professionals for the game last night and will be scrabbling around for a squad on Sunday too.
  Former Spurs defender Gary Stevens said that Hoddle must qualify for Europe at the end of next season to keep Spurs on track for the manager's five year plan.  "Shaky" said that Hod would have been ahead of schedule if the side had won the Worthington Cup, but felt that his former team-mate would be judged over three years rather than the one and a bit he had been in post by the end of this season.
  It appears that Alton Thelwell will not be joining Bradford City on loan as the two clubs had spoken about the deal, but could not reach an agreement over the terms of the short term move.  As he was substitute last night at the Lane, I presume that he will be retained as there are a number of injuries in the team.
  Former young Spurs winger Garry Brady has been handed a free transfer by Portsmouth as 16 players are cleared out of the South Coast club.


Monday 18.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 at home to Charlton Athletic tonight.
  Glenn Hoddle is reported to be ready to start scouting for new talent.  John Gorman said that the number of games recently has meant there has been little time to out their mind to such things, but now they will identify the sort of players they need and that the Tottenham crowd expect.  He did add that the money available will never be colossal, so they have to be clever with the players they buy.
  Mauricio Taricco faces a charge of misconduct for his part in the melee that lead to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being wrongly dismissed in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg.  If found guilty, he could pick up another three match ban, thus, effectively, ending his season when taken in conjunction with the bans he will receive for his two consecutive dismissals.  David Pleat is quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying the player will not be sold and that a couple of wild actions have added to the criticism he has received since his bad tackle on Thomas Gravesen early in the season at Goodison Park.
  Pleat went on to say that despite the defeats in the cup competitions, there is much to take form this season.  he admitted it was a blow not to qualify for Europe, but said that long term success would be gained form steady growth and not in the attempt to buy it, such as Leeds United.  The Director of Football went on to say "But we need to produce another three players quickly and these will be supplemented by two young signings. We must not fall into the trap again of buying second-rate, mediocre and mercenary foreign players like Dominguez and Tramezzani."
  Neil Sullivan has been called for the Scotland squad to face France on March 27th.
  Spurs have today again been linked with Steffan Effenberg of Bayern Munich, who will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
  Julio Cruz of Bologna was watched yesterday by scouts of West Ham united and Tottenham.  The 27 year old striker has been scoring well this season and notched his side's goal in their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.
  The dates for the FA Youth Cup semi-final are now March 27th (Goodison Park) and April 3rd at White Hart Lane.  Both ties will kick off at 7 p.m.


Sunday 17.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  John Gorman has denied that Stephen Carr will not play against this season and said he had suffered only a minor setback.  He said it has been frustrating for both team and player that he has not played a senior game since pre-season, but said that he might be able to make an appearance before the end of the current campaign.
  The Sunday People newspaper reveals that Spurs have beaten Everton and Aston Villa to the 4 million signing of Brighton and Hove Albion's Bobby Zamora.
  Links are being rumoured to a move for Leeds United's Robbie Keane once again.  A figure of 9 million is quoted as the fee to secure his services as Leeds have to sell to recoup some pf their outlay over the last few seasons.  Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both also interested in the Republic of Ireland forward.
  Spurs defender Ben Thatcher is a 4 million target for Wolverhampton Wanderers once they achieve promotion.  Manager Dave Jones is a long time admirer of the ex-Wimbledon full back and will make his move once their Premier League status is confirmed.
  Stephen Clemence could be the subject of a 2 million move from Birmingham City.
  Bradford City are to complete the loan signing of Alton Thelwell this week.


Saturday 16.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Three Spurs players face fitness tests before Monday's game against Charlton Athletic.  Dean Richards is most doubtful with a pulled hamstring, while Les Ferdinand and Ben Thatcher also will have late tests.  Darren Anderton's hamstring problem has recovered enough for him to probably be in the team.
  Dean Richards said that the team feel as though they have let the supporters down and want to finish the season with a flourish.  Talking to the official club website, he said the players wanted to start setting things right on Monday. 
  There is press speculation that Mauricio Taricco might return to Ipswich Town this summer, but the Suffolk side's boss, George Burley, denied the story.
  Yannick Kamanan will return to Gillingham to complete his trial and his agent reckons it will be a good move for him as he seeks first team action and is not getting that at Tottenham where he expected to break into the first XI this season.
  Spurs reserves match at Watford will be played at Vicarage Road on Tuesday 26th March instead of Wednesday 27th.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has left Everton to Join Burnley until the end of the season.


Friday 15.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand apologised to Spurs fans for letting them down in the latest 0-4 defeat.  he said he knew that the fans needed the side to repair some of the damage for the FA Cup loss, but hey were just not able to do so.  He said that there had been some heightened optimism from the way the team played in the early part of the season, but the team had not been able to carry that forward since December.
  Darren Anderton has said that although his hamstring injury might make him a doubt for Monday's match against Charlton Athletic, it will not keep him out for long after that. It has just been a case of over-doing things, he told the Spurs website and the player thinks it is a matter of "bad timing" that it occurred to keep him out of the England squads for the friendly last month against Holland.
  Gillingham had Yannick Kamanan watched in last night's reserve defeat at Charlton, with a view to a permanent 300,000 move to the Kent First Division side.


Thursday 14.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are reported to have had a 4 million bid for Middlesbrough's Alen Boksic turned down.  The North East club have not confirmed nor denied the reported offer.
  Spurs are suffering a long list of injuries after last night's game at Chelsea.  Les Ferdinand is still hampered by his Achilles injury, Ben Thatcher has an injury and Deano Richards has a slight hamstring pull.
  Christian Ziege has been fined 10,000 for his part in moving from Middlesbrough to Liverpool, who also got a fine of double that amount.  Boro are thinking of going to High Court to resolve the matter, which they think they should get 2.5 million compensation from the parties involved.
  Glenn Hoddle considered Mauricio Taricco's tackle that got him sent off last night as reckless rather than malicious and said that the club would probably not appeal against the decision.  This despite the fact that the ref told one of the Spurs players that he did not see the incident and Hoddle's opinion was that he reacted to the crowd and the Chelsea players.
  Taricco now faces a ban that might rule him out for the rest of the season after the Charlton Athletic game.  He is on a one match ban for the Manchester United dismissal and four for the one last night, plus he faces a FA inquiry into a misconduct charge in the next couple of weeks.  Hoddle said he would have to sit down with the Argentinian and talk to him about the incident, after admitting that before the game he told him to keep calm.  Hoddle said he would not comment on Taricco's future at the club.
  Steffen Iversen might be back in the reckoning for a first team place sooner than expected, as his torn muscle injury is clearing up enough for him to train next week.  He might feature for the reserves in a game next week too.
  It is reported that Stephen Carr has broken down in training.  The Republic of Ireland international fears that his dream of playing in the World Cup may now be in tatters and as he was due to play for Tottenham reserves at Charlton tonight, but has not appeared in the squad, his fitness must be in question.  He is not expected to play in any of the remaining matches this season and Mick McCarthy is not expected to consider him for Japan and Korea.
  Spurs lost that reserve game at Charlton Athletic 1-3 with the Tottenham goal from Johnnie Jackson.  The only bright note was the return of Gary Doherty, who played 45 minutes of the match.  Stephen Clemence also came through without any reaction to his recent injuries too.
  The club continue to watch Luton Town's young defender Matthew Taylor, but were joined by nine other clubs at Saturday's match against Exeter City.
   Johnnie Jackson was part of the England Under-20 team that beat Finland 4-0 at the Reebok Stadium last night.  
  Former Spurs youth defender Lee Gardner has been taken on trial at Bristol City.
   Former Spurs midfielder Kevin Watson has joined Reading from Rotherham United.


Wednesday 13.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-4 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.  Mauricio Taricco got sent off.  Again.
  Gus Poyet has not been chosen for Uruguay's friendly against Saudi Arabia on March 25th and might now miss out on being included in the South American side's squad for the World Cup.
  Peter Shreeves has said that Glenn Hoddle is under no pressure at Tottenham, where he is regarded as a god.
  Yannick Kamanan has been recalled from his trial at Gillingham to play for Spurs reserves against Charlton Athletic.
  Spurs Youth will meet Everton in the two legged semi-final, after the Merseysiders beat Nottingham Forest last night. 


Tuesday 12.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton is doubtful for the game at Chelsea tomorrow with a further case of hamstring trouble.  He will fly to Manchester to see the German specialist - Dr. Hans-Muller Wohlfahrt - who will be with Bayern Munich as they play United on Wednesday.  Sherwood, Ferdinand and Davies all played with slight injuries, but came through none the worse for it.
  Teddy Sheringham said that he will probably move into coaching when he finishes playing, but he hasn't thought about that just yet.  The Spurs striker believes that he still has a lot of playing days left in him and wants to give everything to get a place in the England World Cup squad.  Of Sunday, he said that the opposition came to do a job and did it very well.  The Spurs team had an inquest in the dressing room afterwards and voiced their opinions, but he would not reveal what was said.  
  Meanwhile Alan Mullery thinks Sheringham is a certainty to go to Japan and Korea, but might not be a first choice starter in the team.  The former Spurs captain said of the current incumbent that he is a thinking footballer, who can make a lot of difference to the side.
  John Gorman refuses to write this season off as a failure, with one final and one quarter final already achieved, he said on the Spurs website that the last ten games should be important enough to fight for and give the team a lift at the end of the season.  he also added that the younger players in the side would have learned a lot against Chelsea, even though it was not a good experience, they would benefit from it.
  Spurs youth team beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at White Hart Lane tonight to secure a semi-final place against either Everton or Nottingham Forest.  The Spurs goals came from Lee Barnard and John Sutton.  A report will follow tomorrow.
  Simon Davies has been included in the Wales squad to face the Czech Republic on March 27th in a friendly, while Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen were both called up to the Norway squad for a friendly against Tunisia on the same day.
  Jamie Slabber and Nicky Wettner have been named in the England Under-18 squad who will play Italy on March 20th, with Ronnie Henry and Danny Foster on stand-by, if required. 


Monday 11.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are awaiting the FA's receipt of the report from referee Andy D'Urso to see if they will face an inquiry into a coin throwing incident when  a linesman was hit by a 50p piece.  Vice chairman David Buchler said that with CCTV evidence, the club are closing in on the culprit and that they would be banned for life from White Hart Lane.
  Dean Richards said on the Spurs website that he made the wrong decision to try and play Eidur Gudjohnsen offside for the second goal last night.  He hoped the team could bounce back and get a result on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge though.  He said that passions could still be running high after Sunday's tie, but neither side wanted another player sent off.  With three of the four games between the two sides having contained red cards, it is unlikely that there will be a peaceable game on Wednesday.
  Glenn Hoddle called for the players to show their character and get something out of this season in a run of League results.  Talking to the official website, the Spurs boss urged them to put the disappointments of the cup defeats behind them and get as much as they can, working as a unit, out of the remaining games over the next couple of months.
  Teddy Sheringham has admitted that the "dip" in his form over the last month has affected his chances of going to the World Cup finals with England.  He said that he was hopeful of getting back into the groove and regaining his place in the team, but said that he was running out of time to impress, as are the rest of the fringe players.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor, who is now Brighton and Hove Albion manager, has warned Spurs and Everton off of making an offer for striker Bobby Zamora before the summer.  Taylor said that he wants Zamora to stay and spearhead a promotion surge before deciding what his future holds.
  Yannick Kamanan has gone on trial with Gillingham with a view to a permanent move.  He will play in the friendly against Maidstone United and then in the reserve fixture at Norwich the next day.
  Spurs youth face their counterparts from Blackburn Rovers in the FA Youth Cup quarter final tomorrow night at White Hart Lane with kick off at 7.00 p.m.  Entrance is 3 adults and 1 children/OAPs.


Sunday 10.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup today 0-4 by Chelsea at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Tottenham are allegedly facing a FA probe after a linesman was hit by a coin thrown form the crowd.  A bottle was lobbed onto the pitch from the Chelsea end when a decision to give a yellow card to Richards instead of the red they wanted went against them and nothing was said about this.
  Glenn Hoddle said Spurs were over-committed and too hyped up to play their best football in the match today.  He said Chelsea deserved to win and there can be no complaint about that.  He said he was most disappointed that Tottenham did not pass the ball well and that they did not give themselves a chance by playing their normal game.  Hoddle went on to add that they gave away goals that could have been prevented and that you cannot afford to do that at this level.
  Spurs are supposedly watching Gareth Williams the talented midfielder at Nottingham Forest.  The ball playing Scotsman is rated at 3 million.
  Spurious rumour of the week is that Tottenham see Robbie Savage as the ideal replacement for Tim Sherwood in midfield.  Ha Ha Ha.  Even Savage is not as good as Sherwood.
  Tottenham are also linked with a move for Ipswich Town captain Matt Holland, who is believed to be ready to leave Portman Road if the Suffolk side are relegated.  He would cost in the region of 5 million, if he moved on.  Now there's a man who could replace Sherwood.
  Glasgow Rangers appear to be ready to release Tore Andre Flo from his Scottish nightmare and Fulham and Spurs are both keen, but neither London side would want to pay more then 8 million.


Saturday 9.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle fears that he might get the sack from Tottenham if he is not successful in his first three years.  He said that only a trophy or regular European football could be enough to keep him in the White Hart Lane hot seat.  He sees plenty of positives to take from the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg win, but said that no two games are the same.  Chelsea are a very good side and it would be a tight cup tie, he told the Spurs website.
  The Spurs boss also said that should Tottenham lose tomorrow, then they will not have a chance of winning anything, but the season would not be over.  With Chelsea and Leeds united still to play, Hoddle said that of they went on a run, then they could get fifth or sixth position.
  Speaking about the intention to increase the capacity of the Spurs stadium (wherever that might be located) Hoddle told reporters that he felt that it was important to keep up with the top clubs in terms of incoming revenue as there were three strands to progressing as a club; a larger stadium, investment in a strong Academy and buying players to produce a better first team. 
  Dean Richards is keen to help Spurs to victory over Chelsea tomorrow for two reasons.  Firstly, he missed out on the Worthington FA Cup before with Wolverhampton Wanderers and would like to go one step further.  He said the reason he joined Spurs was to feature in big games and Cup finals.  He didn't say it, but MEHSTG reads between the lines that he wouldn't have done that by staying at the SCBC.
  The Guardian newspaper tells of the deal for Kevin Philips almost being done and dusted for the summer.  Sunderland want 12 million, but Spurs don't have that much and want a player plus cash deal.


Friday 8.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle hopes that referee Mike Riley will take another look at the dismissal of Mauricio Taricco and withdraw the red card after he has reviewed the action.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Tim Sherwood picked up a groin strain recently and will have a late fitness test, as will Darren Anderton on his hamstring.  Les Ferdinand is Tottenham's biggest doubt with stomach and groin injuries.
  CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : - Eidur Gudjohnsen has recovered from a bang on the head against Fulham and Mario Stanic is available after suspension.  Emmanuel Petit is doubtful after limping off on Wednesday.  Zenden, Ferrer and Terry are all definitely out.
  Vice chairman David Buchler has been going on again about moving away from White Hart Lane.  He said that there was nowhere to park, trains were cancelled and buses did not run on time, with the traffic being horrendous.  He felt that this had been due to lack of investment and reiterated that if Haringey Council and the Government improved the infrastructure of the area, then the club would develop the current stadium further.  He hinted that if this did not happen, Spurs might have to move to keep up with the sort of stadium soon to be built at Ashburton Grove.
  Luton Town seem resigned to losing left back Matthew Taylor who could leave at the end of the season.  The Hatters want to recoup some of their money on his development and are looking for 2 million, but if they do not raise that amount they will go to tribunal.  Newcastle and Spurs have looked at the 21 year old, who cannot leave on a free because of his age.
  A rumour reaches us today from Alex, that Stephen Carr's agent is actively trying to get him a move away from White Hart Lane.
  Danish defender Martin Laursen said he has heard of the rumours linking him with a move to Tottenham, but he prefers to think about playing for AC Milan.


Thursday 7.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has today put forward the argument for professional assistant referees as well as the mina match official after last night's controversial dismissal of Mauricio Taricco for a professional foul and the subsequent award of a penalty, when the offence took place outside the box.
  Tottenham have also bee told that they will not be able to appeal against Treacle's dismissal, as that can only be challenged when there is a straight red card for violent conduct.
  Both David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson said that they thought the incident was outside the box when it took place, with Beckham saying he was getting ready to take the free-kick when the penalty was awarded.
  Hoddle is reported in today's Mirror newspaper to be ready to meet Glasgow Rangers' asking price of 10 million for midfielder Barry Ferguson and is reputed to be offering Tim Sherwood and Oyvind Leonhardsen as part of the deal in a hope to get the player before the end of the season.
  Stephen Carr said he is feeling a bit more of a part of things at the club now he is nearing full fitness and is back training with the first team squad.  He is excited about getting some competitive games under his belt, starting with a part of a reserve match next week if all goes to plan.
  Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle has denied that he is in the market for 5 million rated Dwight Yorke.  Hoddle also stated that the Spurs board had not refused to give him the money for the deal, probably as the matter never arose in the first place.
  On March 11th Tottenham launch an innovative ticketing system with a virtual view from the seat you are booking.  The Internet booking arrangements will be the first of their kind and will allow members to book seats at White Hart Lane and get a chance to see the view they will receive from that seat.
  Vice Chairman David Buchler has spoken out about how he expects Glenn Hoddle to emulate Alex Ferguson in his tenure at Tottenham.  He said there was progress being made and the excitement around the football we were playing was obvious.  He told of investment in the academy and his aim to have a 60,000 seater stadium.  But once again, he tried to coerce the local council and central Government into coming together to improve the infrastructure and transport links around the ground before committing to redeveloping White Hart Lane.
  Former Spurs youngster Scott Houghton has left Halifax Town and joined Conference side Stevenage Borough on a free transfer.


Wednesday 6.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-4 at Old Trafford against Manchester United tonight.  Mauricio Taricco was sent off just before half time in conceding a penalty as the last defender.  For a match report, click here.
  MUTV is a free channel with Sky, NTL, and Telewest on the 6th 7th and 8th March. The match will be shown at midnight on 6th March and again at 8pm on Thursday. (Thanks to John Chapman for the info.)
  Before tonight's game, Glenn Hoddle was still sure that Spurs could qualify for Europe through the League as they were only one win behind Aston Villa and 
  Tim Sherwood wants to discuss an extension to his Spurs contract and intends to finish his career at White Hart Lane.
  Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh has had to retire form the game after being unable to overcome a persistent Achilles tendon injury.  Later reports from his agent say the news of his retirement are premature, as the player intends to play on after seeing a specialist next week.


Tuesday 5.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Mirror newspaper reckon that Spurs have expressed interest in Dwight Yorke.  The 30 year old Manchester United striker would cost around 5 million.
  MAN UNITED TEAM NEWS : - Roy Keane and Laurent Blanc might return to the team for the match against Spurs.  Diego Forlan might replace Ruud van Nistelrooy, who could be rested, to make his first appearance in the starting line-up for the Reds.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Steffen Iversen will miss tomorrow's game against Manchester United and next Sunday's FA Cup Sixth Round game against Chelsea with a thigh injury.  Darren Anderton will also miss tomorrow night's match
  West Bromwich Albion have tried to sign Sergei Rebrov on loan from Spurs, but were told that he was not available to leave on such a deal.
  MUTV is a free channel with Sky, NTL, and Telewest on the 6th 7th and 8th March. The match will be shown at midnight on 6th March and again at 8pm on Thursday. (Thanks to John Chapman for the info.)
  Spurs have been given 750 tickets for the Premier League match at Craven Cottage against Fulham on March 24th.


Monday 4.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have a number of injury doubts ahead of Wednesday's game at Old Trafford.  Simon Davies is the most likely to make the match, while Steffen Iversen and Darren Anderton are definitely out with groin and hamstring problems respectively.  Tim Sherwood (groin), Oyvind Leonhardsen (calf) and Les Ferdinand (head) have all picked up troubles that might rule them out of the visit to Manchester United.
  Gus Poyet revealed today that the team dedicated their win to Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman who both had family bereavements last week.  The Spurs side appreciated that the two coaches had to work through their sorrow and wanted to beat Sunderland, so that they might have some time to reflect without the worry of another defeat on their minds.
  The rumour that Sunderland's Kevin Phillips is to join Tottenham has been replaced by an even more unlikely one that he is to move to North-East rivals Newcastle United.  His agent says there is no truth in it.
  Tottenham have cancelled the next three screenings to be held at White Hart Lane because of tickets still being available for the Manchester United and Chelsea away games, while the Fulham match will be covered by BSkyB TV.
  Les Ferdinand rued the fact that his goal against Sunderland could not have come along last week against Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff, but said that the important thing was to get three points from the match.  The team have talked about qualifying for Europe, whether that be through the FA Cup or the League and Les said that a run of results could make that a possibility.
  Glenn Hoddle praised Christian Ziege for his display against Sunderland on the official website and said that he has been top class since his move to Tottenham.  The Spurs boss said that he had always thought the German midfielder had a sweet left foot and that he has put it to good use since joining Spurs.
  Spurs reserves beat Leicester City reserves 2-0 at Filbert Street tonight.  Yannick Kamanan scored both the Tottenham goals, one in each half.


Sunday 3.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle pronounced himself proud of the way the players performed against Sunderland after what had been a difficult week.
  Hoddle also said that he reckons Teddy Sheringham will spark a good performance from the team on Wednesday at Old Trafford despite coming in for some stick from the Spurs fans as yesterday's match.  He said that the Spurs captain was an example to the younger players to shut themselves off from any criticism that might be thrown at them from the crowd and had a dig at the fans by saying that it is nice when the fans are behind you, but the team have to rise above it when they are not.
  Spurs have been linked with a move for 3 million rated Sheffield Wednesday central defender Leigh Bromby.  Chelsea are also in the hunt for the talented youngster.
  The club have also said to have sent Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman to watch Scunthorpe's young centre half Jamie McCombe, who is also highly rated.
  Spurs are being linked with a move for Danish central defender Martin Laursen.  The 24 year old is currently on loan to AC Milan from Parma, but Hoddle is believed to be ready to make a bid for the international.
  Tottenham Ladies Under-15's put in a strong performance in the London FA Youth Cup final at the Mile End stadium this afternoon, but lost out to Watford 0-5.  The result did not reflect the balance of the game and if the girls had taken some of their chances, there could have been a different outcome.  Click here for a match report.


Saturday 2.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Sunderland 2-1 this afternoon at White Hart Lane, with the goals coming from Gus Poyet and Les Ferdinand.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  There was a minute's silence to mark the death of Glenn Hoddle father that was immaculately observed by both sets of supporters, before the game today.
  
Anyone in East London on Sunday could support the Ladies Under-15s at Mile End Stadium in the London FA Youth Cup Final - kick off 3 p.m.  They play Watford and would appreciate any support they can get.
  The Spurs Under-17's won the FA Under-17 Premier League title with a 3-2 win over Millwall, while Arsenal lost their last match to put Spurs two points ahead with a game in hand.  Michael Malcolm scored twice and Mark Yeates another to give Spurs the title. 
  Kasey Keller played for the USA in their 4-0 win over Honduras in a friendly international today.


Friday 1.3.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  John Gorman has said that even if Tottenham do not qualify for Europe next season, the name of Glenn Hoddle will attract the top players to the club.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : - Dean Richards returns to the Tottenham defence after being cup-tied for last Sunday's Worthington Cup Final. 
Steffen Iversen meanwhile has suffered a thigh injury in training and although he hopes it could be limited to two or three days out, there are fears in some reports that he might miss the rest of the season.  
Darren Anderton might need a late fitness test after playing through the Blackburn Rovers match last week with a hamstring problem.
  SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : - Patrick Mboma will be in the starting line-up for the first time for the Black Cats.
  David Pleat responded to Father Christmas look-a-like, Chelsea chairman Ken Bates' comments about Spurs gloating over their 5-1 win in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg match.  He said that the man who was once chairman of Oldham Athletic and knows a thing about loyalty, was trying to illicit a response from his players.  The Tottenham Director of Football said that Spurs were a sporting club and that their traditions were well known, but they did not include gloating. Pleat added that Bates would be missed by the media and his "friends in football" when he eventually leaves Chelsea.  It can't come too soon for us at MEHSTG.
  Christian Ziege has said that if Tottenham can put together a run of results, then there is no reason why they cannot qualify for Europe through their placing in the Premiership.  The German wing back pointed to other teams who have done so and made progress up the league, including Manchester United, he told the Spurs website.
  Stephen Clemence has revealed to the Spurs official website that he had no reaction from his groin injury after playing an hour of the reserves match at West Ham United on Tuesday.  He is hoping to get 90 minutes under his belt against Leicester City reserves on Monday.
  Stephen Carr has targeted the away reserve fixture at Charlton Athletic for his return to football on Wednesday March 13th.  The Republic of Ireland international is convinced that he will be fit for the World Cup this summer, after recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of the side for the whole of this season so far.
  Defender Alton Thelwell has expressed his frustration in not being part of the first team as much this season as he was last time around.  He said he must continue to try and impress the manager into including him in the first team squad more often.
  Via the club's official website, Glenn Hoddle has thanked all the fans who sent messages of condolences after his father's death this week.

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