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      23.03.2010 14:27
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      A rollercoaster, but wouldn't support anyone else

      I won't go into where we come from and where we play, just a focus on what is going on at the moment! I have supported Spurs since 1967 (I think it was during the FA Cup run when we beat Chelsea in the final), but as I was only little at the time, I may be mistaken. Since then we have had many false hopes, only to be dashed when the push came to the shove. A few trophies in the interim, with the Carling Cup win a couple of years ago (again against Chelsea) the best times in recent memory. So, what about this season, lying in 4th place in the Premier league, I get a little dizzy when I think about it, as I am not used to such lofty heights (remember what happened last time - a dodgy lasagna put paid to it!). With only 8 games to go at time of writing, it looks good for 4th, but..... isn't it funny that we are so excited about 4th, what on earth would be happening if we actually were challenging for the title -I would probably need bed rest for the rest of the season! Our run in includes playing the top three and a visit to Man City, who are our main rivals for the spot, also, you can never rule out Liverpool, though I think the Aston Villa are now out of it. Hitting 9 against Wigan has given us the best goal difference, but being a true Tottenham fan, you always think that it is going to go wrong, but maybe, just maybe this time. Harry is proably the best manager that we have had in a while and he will keep the team grounded and focussed on what matters - winning. Sorry, who am I kidding!!! It will come crashing down and will will be pipped at the last. (I am hoping that this form of doom and gloom will have a reverse effect and we will finish fourth, of course) With the FA Cup replay against Fulham tomorrow, a win would pit us against Portsmouth in the semi-final, to meet either Chelsea (them again) or Villa in the final. I do think that this is our best bet for glory this season. Come on you Spurs, this season has been great so far, let's cap it off with some glory. 24/3/10 10 p.m Great Night - Through to the FA Cup semi and Man City lose - woohoo!!!

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        13.12.2009 01:31
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        I am a Spurs fan, I have been now for 41 years. Let me explain. I was born in West Ham, went to a school in East Ham and got bombarded with West Ham songs, stories, players coming to local events, by, the time I was six I was fed up with them. Now Spurs had won the FA Cup the year before (1967) so I thought, they must be the team for me. Over the years I have endured some serious heartache I can tell you, and since I have been supporting them we have never won the Premiership, or indeed the old first division. Our last title was in 1961. We have won the league a total of 2 times and boy do I want to win the Premiership whilst I am still alive. We have a fair old cup run however, having won the FA Cup some 8 times, last time being 1991, League Cup (or whatever it is called these days) 4 times, Charity Shield 7 times, UEFA Cup twice and the old Cup Winners Cup once. Any Spurs fan has to admit however we do live in the past a bit and the glory days of White Hart Lane are often fantasised about at the beginning of each season, only to be dashed by christmas. As I write this, we suffered a shocking home loss to Wolves of all clubs, at our beloved home, and started the slide down the table from our previous dizzy heights of 3rd. Yep, so far this has been our best seasons start for years, yep we have some real talent in the club now, yep we have a decent manager, so why, oh why do I sense deja vu and that inevitable end of season dissapointment coming. In terms of our squad now there is no doubt there is talent in abundance; Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Dawson, Palacios, Lennon, match winners all, but when the going gets tough these days (and for many years) we seem to cave in. We need to break into the top four to be considered a good club, a club that European and World stars will want to play for. We managed two 5th places under Martin Jol, then the mad directors got rid of him and we had a right mess under Juande Ramos....to te extent where we had, last season, 2 points from the first 8 games and were seriously looking at relegation. Up pops Mr football eyes (one at home, one away) Redknapp and we all hailed the latest saviour of the club. We (well i did) rushed out and bought my latest shirt and predicted that this year, yes this season, 09/10, Spurs would break into the top four. My friends laughed, I took bets.....oh well, a long way to go i tell myself, anything could happen. Our motto is (translated) 'To Dare is to Do', very similar to the SAS, yet SAS in our terms often means Sod All Saturday. Our ground (hopefully soon to be rebuilt) reflects our ambitions, it has one of the smaller capacities, and compared to Man U, Arsenal (spit as I say it) and other 'big' clubs it is paltry. We are amongst the top 20 richest clubs in the World believe it or not and Harry has been told he has to sell in teh transfer window to buy new players in....I have no idea who we will buy, but we could certainly do with a few defenders. And still I support the Spurs, because next year, well next year will be different, we'll be up there from the start and finish in the top 4, actually if we finish in the top 6, as long as it is above Arsenal I would be happy. To win the Premiership before I die, now that is a dream. ~~~The Squad~~~ 1 GK Heurelho Gomes ~ Decent enough Shot stopper, liable to serious lapses of concentration when hassled 2 DF Alan Hutton ~ No idea how good this big man is as he never plays and is fast becoming a new Darren Anderton (sick note) 3 DF Gareth Bale ~ Not fulfilled his early promise as an attacking wing back 5 MF David Bentley ~ Ego bigger than his talent, occasional flashes of brilliance 6 MF Tom Huddlestone ~ A serious contender for player of the year for Spurs in my opinion, just gets on with it, plays central defender if he has to, holding midfield, gragter, big lad, occasional goal and/or assist 7 MF Aaron Lennon ~ Incredibly talented, fast, dribbles past people like they were statues, but a bit predicatble in his movement and not always the best finishing passes...could get to be a top player though 8 MF Jermaine Jenas ~ Fast, decent passer, occasional goal, inconsistent 9 FW Roman Pavlyuchenko ~ Groaner, expensive, never lived up to his hype, can't cut it in the Premiership 10 FW Robbie Keane (team captain) ~ My favourite Spurs player, Irelands top goal scorer, had more clubs than hot dinners, great reader of the game 12 MF Wilson Palacios ~ Not a bad buy at all, tackles, passes, assists, job done 14 MF Luka Modric ~ Absolute class. With him playing at the beginning of the season we had a real playmaker forcing the team forward, since he has been out, we lack creativity, glad he is back 15 FW Peter Crouch ~ Cannot fault his goal scoring record at International level, not really done it for Spurs yet, could come good 16 DF Kyle Naughton ~ Meant to be special, so why aint he playing? 17 MF Giovani dos Santos ~ Hype and no substance 18 FW Jermain Defoe ~ Possibly te best finisher in thePremiership, currently one of top two scorers, 'nuff said 19 DF Sebastion Bassong ~ Another good buy, solid at the back, can move up 20 DF Michael Dawson ~ Inconsistent but when on his game, great defender 21 MF Niko Kranjcar ~ great passer, grabs the odd goal too, good free kick man 22 DF Vedran Corluka ~ Solid 26 DF Ledley King (club captain) ~ One of the best central defenders in teh country, if only he had kness that worked for a run of more than two games 32 DF Benoit Assou-Ekotto ~ Okay, nothing more, nothing less 39 DF Jonathan Woodgate ~ Another injury prone defender. We need: Two central defenders, under 28, who are injury free and proven. A natural left midfielder who can step in for Kranjcar if needed A creative midfielder who can tackle to back up Modric Then we might get somewhere.

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          09.11.2009 20:32
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          a great club ready for the next level

          I am writing this article to state my reasons why I believe that tottenham have all the credentials to at the minimum finish in the top four of the premiership and are potential and realistic contenders to win it. I will now go ahead and state my reasons: 1) We now have a world class and proven manager in Harry Redknapp who when he took over during our darkest time last season instilled great belief and gave us a winners mentality. 2) We have reason to believe that we can chalenge for the title due to our reasonable success against the top four clubs in recent seasons including leading manchester united 2-0 last season before admittedly losing quite badly, beating chelsea in the carling cup final two years ago, getting to the final of the carling cup again last season, drawing with arsenal 4-4 at the emirates last season, beating liverpool twice last season and adding to that record by beating liverpool 2-1 in our first game this season. 3) Our starting XI - Within out starting XI we have some very exciting and established players as well as some good prospects such as: Heurelho Gomes - Brazil's second choice goalkeeper has been in top form putting in world class performances that we knew he was capable of when first signed although he has had a few blips in form. Ledley King - our inspirational captain who battles chronic knee injuries to play every week, an asset to any team. Gareth Bale - the brilliant welsh left back is a great future player and has shown signs of his ability for Wales and Spurs. The exceptional Luca Modric - A brilliant playmaker who controls the game for us and is extremly skillful. Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas - Two brilliant young talents who can pose more than a threat for any team and are both players in the frame to play for their country in South Africa. Jermaine Defoe - Arguably the most in form english striker at the moment with I think 6 or 7 goals to his name, Defoe has been a revelation since his return from Portsmouth and is an important player for us. Those just a selection of the brilliant players that Harry has in his starting XI, others include Robbie Keane, Arron Lennon, Peter Crouch and Jonathan Woodgate. 4) The depth of the squad - We have finally got a squad that is capable of competing with the top four (Liverpool aside, whos squad seems paper thin) , with the likes of Pavlyuchenko, Crouch, Bentley, Dos Santos, Kranjcar and Cudicini waiting for their opportunity there is real competition for places should anyone slip up. 5) Our belief and desire - With our reputation of being a cup side and having so much expectation on us to break into the top four for the last couple of years I think it is about time we actually did so and proved the critics wrong. we believe that it is possible and that we have the players, managers and support to do it. In conclusion I believe that we ave every chance of making it into the Champions League for next season and I believe we have every chance of challenging for the Premier League and the Carling Cup (in quarter final against manchester united) this year and challenging for the Premier League on a more consistent basis, although it is early on in the season we have had some good results and with plans for a brand new stadium I think the future looks bright for Tottenham Hotpur. Please feel free to comment and express your own views and opinions on this

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            12.08.2009 19:16

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            The History speaks for itself.

            Before i begin let me say i am a very loyal and passionate fan, even when we had that nightmare of a start last season. Tottenham were set up in 1882 but was called Hotspur Football Club, They were the first and only non-league team to win the FA Cup in 1901 only a few years after turning professional, this was the first out of Eight times Spurs have won the FA Cup. Tottenham's nicknames are Spurs or Lilywhites, They play there football at White Hart Lane where they have called home since 1905. Spurs were the first English team to win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and the first team to win the league and cup in the season. The Current Manager is Hary Redknapp who arrived in October 2008 after Juande Ramos was sacked after only obtaining 2 points in 8 games, he quickly brought spurs back to winning ways and finished 8th in English Premier League only a few points away from European football which looked inpossible at the beginning of the season. He also took Spurs to the Carling Cup final but we lost to Manchester United on Penalties. Recently we have spent fortunes on players sometimes they have not worked out which includes the likes of Darren Bent & David Bentley. So far for the 2009/10 season we have signed Peter Crouch from Portsmouth for £9million, Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle for £8 million and brought Sheffield Utd Youngstars Kyle Naughton & Kyle Walker for an undisclosed fee. We have sold Darren Bent to Sunderland, Didier Zakora to Sevilla, Chris Gunter to Nottingham Forest and released Gilberto & Ricardo Rocha. Tottenham's most fierce rivals are Arsenal managed by Arsene Wenger, Are other rivals include Chelsea, West Ham & Fulham. After Last seasons finish we hope fo finish near the european area but i dont think we have the talent yet to break into the top four.

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            14.03.2009 15:49
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            One Day They Will Come Good

            Tottenham Hotspur are an English professional football club that play in The Premiership. They were founded in 1882 and are commonly known by their nickname "Spurs". They have a second nickname "The Lilywhites" but this is rarely if ever used now. They play at the White Hart Lane stadium which has a supporter capacity of 36,310. Spurs are known for having one of the largest percentages of Jewish supporters in any football club outside of Israel. This is only matched by Ajax of Amsterdam's level of Jewish support. Spurs are also well known for in recent years paying way over the odds for players that are either nearing the end of their careers or that bigger clubs are desperate to off load at inflated prices. They also went through a period of acquiring so called "cold weather players" hailing from Scandinavian countries and Iceland; it should really be "snowing" from, not "hailing" from! They also have the habit of chopping and changing their managers very often with each new arrival being "the one" who will "definitely" bring back the glory days to them. Tottenham's best ever season trophies wise was their League and FA Cup Double winning season of 1960-61 under the management of Bill Nicholson. Their best ever time for pure footballing entertainment in my opinion was in the 1980s when they had the great Argentinean's Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa playing for them, a moment crowned by Villa's stunning virtuoso goal in their 3-2 winning FA Cup Final victory against Man City in 1981. Also great was when the aforementioned Ossie Ardiles managed them in 1993 and 1994 and played 5 forwards in his team formation producing tremendously attacking and exciting football to watch but also causing defensive weaknesses that ultimately lead to his sacking.

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              23.11.2008 20:34
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              Good team

              Instead of just doing a generic review on Tottenham Hotspur FC, that most people have done here, what I will do is a player by player analysis on the current first team and then make updates ever summer. Gomez - Well I was a fan of his before he moved to tottenham and a few mistakes is forgivable, however this guy makes a blunder a game and is almost a dead cert to be replaced as spurs number 1 in january Bale - A bundle of potential, however many would have expected him to improve more by now, but with Redknapp taking over you should see Bale turn into a quality left back over the coming seasons Woodgate - Always a decent defender, although prone to injury problems and if he can keep those away, then he can be a rock in the spurs defence King - Has worse injuries than Woodgate and it is said that he is not allowed to play two games in a row, however for a professional footballer he should be looking to play every game and the coming months will be vital to his spurs careers. Quality defender when full fit though. Corluka - Has been prone to his dodgy moment, but not a bad defender, again needs a first team slot to show what he can do. Jenas - I am not the biggest fan of Jenas, although he has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, a bit like a poor mans Lampard. Can conntirbute with 7-10 goals a season, which is not bad from midfield. Modric - Another player I was a big fan of before he arrived at spurs, however since Redknapp has come he has looked like his old self and has moved up a few levels into a quality player Lennon - Reached a very high level a few seasons back when he was only 18-19, now he is going through the mid life crisis for a football and no one is exactly sure how good he is. On his day though he can terrify defenders with his pace and skill. Bentley - Was a force at blackburn and for a short period of time was beckham's natural replacement for England. However like the rest of the Spurs team under Ramos his form dipped and has now gone up again with Redknapp. Pavlyuchenko - Was quality in the Euros and Spurs forked out a lot of money for him. Since Redknapp has come he looks to be justifying his price tag and only over next few months will we see if he can really cut it. Bent - Pacey striker who is having a great season. Banging in the goals like his first season at Charlton, and has potential to be top scorer in the premiership over the coming seasons.

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              14.11.2008 11:24
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              lets see how the season pans out

              After attending Portsmouth University for three years, I grew quite fond of the team and occasionally would go to the odd game or too. Knowing that Harry Redknapp had walked out on Portsmouth a few years earlier to join local rivals Southampton, it came as no surprise when I heard that he had opted to join Tottenham after his second spell with Pompey. Portsmouth fans although very angry and disappointed with Redknapp must be sad to see him leave, I just hope that they can continue in the same vein as they did under him and that they keep the majority of the squad which they brought up there. Let's face it Tony Adams is unproven as a manager, he appeared to do a good job as Harry's assistant, but thus came after a disastrous spell in charge of Wycombe Wanderers. I suppose we'll just have to see how he gets on there, I wish him all the best. So, back to Spurs then. Nobody can doubt that Redkanpp has literally worked miracles there since taking over, the best start in 111years I heard on the radio the other day, with five wins and a draw. Although I realise that Redknapp is an exceptional manager and in my opinion should have landed the England job after Steve McLarens departure, but I do feel a bit for Ramos. Whatever anybody says the players clearly weren't playing under him and it is disappointing the way many have condemned him now that he has left. However, saying this Harry Redkanpp has always been known as a great man manager and has a great talent in managing to get the very best out of every player on his team, you only have to look at the way he has prolonged the careers of players like David James and Nwanko Kanu to see this. Tottenham fans should be delighted over the appointment of Redknapp, I just hope they don't get too carried away with the whole thing, which is what usually happens. Lets remember it wasn't long ago that Spurs were rooted to the bottom of the table, I hope people don't moan if they don't make it into Europe this year! Well I suppose I should round this off by saying good luck to Harry and Tottenham, good luck to Tony and Portsmouth and ofcourse good luck to Juande Ramos, he did such a good job with Seville and I hope he can get back into management soon, I would love to see him return to the premier league one day and prove all of his critics wrong. Thanks for reading.

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                08.09.2008 21:25
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                It's not about the winning... fortunately!

                Ah, the Mighty Spurs! The greatest club ever to grace the United Kingdom! Such class! Such style! Yeah, anyway. So I've been a Tottenham fan since I was about 5. Non-stop. Well, I say non-stop. The thing was that there was one week when I was about 6 years old when we were not doing very well. All my family are Charlton and West 'Am supporters, so I thought I'd be a 'Appy 'Ammer instead. It lasted a week! What can I say? They were worse than we were! So, that was it. My flirt with glory hunting. At the ripe old age of 6 I realised that supporting your team wasn't about winning and losing. It wasn't about glory. It was about something more than that. Cut me in half and I would probably bleed to death. But that's not the point. Cut me in half and I would feel no more pain than the average Spurs fan! Year in, year out. There is no shame in coming 7th... again! What is it about Tottenham? Why did I decide on them? I ask myself the same question every day! I was born in north London - so there was only one team to choose. Don't get me wrong, I was a happy child. I didn't crave misery. It just found me. But I don't want you to get the wrong idea. When the Spurs are good, we're really good. Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, David Ginola, Gazza, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Pat Jennings, Martin Peters, Burkinshaw, Goddle, Linekar, Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen, 8 FA Cups, two UEFA Cups (including the first ever one), four League Cups - and I was there for one of them - 7 Community Shields and a Cup Winners Cup. We are brilliant... ...and then we come 7th. Again. To do is to dare. We dream and dare to hold the dream. Apart from a week when you're six. But I was six, so leave it! This season will be better than before. I've never said that before. Well, not on here anyway! This season, we will live the dream. We will fulfill our potential. We will be great again. And when we don't and we come 7th for a change, I'll be happy. Because I'm a Spurs fan. And I know what we can do. And what we are. COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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                  26.02.2008 10:47
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                  Bigger ground, bigger trophies..

                  Fulll name Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Nickname(s) - Spurs, Lilywhites Founded 1882 as Hotspur F.C. Ground White Hart Lane (Capacity 36,310) Chairman - Daniel Levy Head Coach - Harry Redknapp 2009-10 Premier League, 4th Tottenham under Redkapp have already done big things for football. Not only have they broken the big four to enter the champions league, their Wembley Carling Cup final win three years ago was the first for clubs outside that tradittional big four for quite a while. It was also Spurs first silverware for nine long years, the 1998-99 Carling Cup the last, about the time Gazza was playing for Spurs, I recall. With Paul in the news for all the wrong reasons of late (apparently exposing himself in a hotel and talking to parrots, which he's clearly as sick as right now) at least it will give him a lift to know the glory days are on the way back for his beloved club. Redknapp can win trophies too, but can he get them into the last 16 in the ECL? Spurs remind me very much of the England national team, full or the best talent around but not quite able to push for the biggest prizes. They win the occasional domestic cup with dazzling football to keep the fans quiet but never really push for the Premiership, still a disappointing two championship titles to their name. In the 1990s they were definitely guilty of not investing for success, quite happy to sit mid-table and save on the twenty-five million pounds in transfer cash required to get in Europe, just taking the TV money as an attractive TV team and job done. But the arrival or Martin Jol seemed to suggest they could start the new millennium with a place in the lucrative Champions League, going oh so close in 2006 and 2005 until food poising struck. Although Jol was a slow starter in the league, once his teams were fit and zipping the ball around they looked unbeatable, as was the case now under Ramos early on unitl they fade out. Jol, of course, did look like he would take Spurs to the promised land of the Champion's League in the end, but never quite had that edge to move his side into that top four class where Tottenham now belong, so the end came. Even though Ramos started strongly the Spaniard went the same way as Jol. Ramos was no hot up-and-coming manager by any means, on his ninth club in twelve years before he had the success he did with Sevilla, but winning back-to-back UEFA Cups. With an incredible 27 managers since the war (16 during Ferguson's reign at United) its stability that Spurs need now under Harry. Are the Bill Nicholson days back?. It's also a new ground they need, no surprise that the two teams with 60,000 plus capacities sit atop both the English and Scottish Premierships. Spurs have a paltry 36.000. -Managers- 1898 Frank Brettell 1899 John Cameron 1907 Fred Kirkham 1912 Peter McWilliam 1927 Billy Minter 1930 Percy Smith 1935 Wally Hardinge (caretaker) 1935 Jack Tresadern 1938 Peter McWilliam 1942 Arthur Turner 1946 Joe Hulme 1949 Arthur Rowe 1955 Jimmy Anderson 1958 Bill Nicholson 1974 Terry Neill 1976 Keith Burkinshaw 1984 Peter Shreeves 1986 David Pleat 1987 Trevor Hartley and Doug Livermore (caretakers) 1987 Terry Venables 1991 Peter Shreeves 1992 Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence (first team coaches) 1993 Osvaldo Ardiles 1994 Steve Perryman (caretaker) 1994 Gerry Francis 1997 Chris Houghton (caretaker) 1997 Christian Gross 1998 David Pleat (caretaker) 1998 George Graham 2001 David Pleat (caretaker) 2001 Glenn Hoddle 2003 David Pleat (caretaker) 2004 Jacques Santini 2004 Martin Jol 2007 Clive Allen (caretaker) 2007 Juande Ramos Just as Arsenal has attracted the rarity that is the black football fan (shirts sponsors in 02 earning serious business off the back of that connection) Tottenham seem to get the pseudo celebrity fans on board, especially from the influential North London Jewish community. Simon Mayo on Radio Five is an example of how irritating that can get as the presenters have clearly received a memo at the BBC to talk up their love of football-usually Spurs-to the point of irritation, trying to boost their pseudo working class cred. There's nothing worse than the great and the good trying to have some blue-collar cred! = = = Honors = = = Domestic Leagues Football League First Division / Premier League 2 Winners: 1950-51, 1960-61 Runners-Up (4): 1921-22, 1951-52, 1956-57, 1962-63 Football League Second Division 2 Winners: 1919-20, 1949-50 Runners-Up (2): 1908-09, 1932-33 Southern League 1 1899-1900 Western League 1 1903-04 Football League North and South 2 1943-44, 1944-45 -Domestic Cups- FA Cup 8 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991 Runners-Up (1): 1986/87 Football League Cup 4 1970-71, 1972-73, 1998-99 2007-08 Runners-Up (2): 1981/82, 2001/02 FA Community Shield 7 Winners: 1920-21, 1951-52, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1967-68*, 1981-82*, 1991-92* (*shared) -European Cups- UEFA Cup 2 1972 First ever Winners, 1984 Runners-Up (1): 1973-74 European Cup Winners' Cup 1 1963 Anglo-Italian League Cup 1 1971 = = = The Squad = = = Spurs problems have always been defense and just when it looked like they had a settled pair of Woodgate and King, Ledleys cartilage damage still a problem, the sort of injury a fast bowler gets and so used sparingly. In many ways he is the Freddie Flintoff situation in great player but a limited amount left to get out of him. But Ledley battled on and may even start in the World Cup. Dawson, who did finally make the WC, is his number two and for me he's one of those guys who comes good late in the twenties and early thirties. Its also 5-0 to Spurs on players picked for England in the World Cup squad! Spurs wing - backs look promising with your Bale coming through but it's all wrong on the right side when the exciting pace of Lennon is switched mid match, Krankjar not quite as sharp out there. Midfield wise Bale and Lennon own the wings but I'm not sure they have a Roy Keane or Vierra in there, a guy that can hold the line in front of the back four. Carrick looked like he would be a colossus there until Uniteds millions tempted him and they haven't really filled that hole. Spurs front line can never be questioned in the old days but Darren Bent went and Pavlachenko survived last summers clear out, the occasionally superb Defoe could have them sitting forth under Redkapp againl. Keane was a big loss and he would have made a great Man United style striker to rival Mark Hughes. Him and Damien Duff are the two players I really feel Alex should have signed in the late nineties. That 18 million spent on Bent should have been on the defense with guys like Keane in the team back then. 1 GK Paul Robinson 2 DF Pascal Chimbonda 3 DF Lee Young-Pyo 4 MF Didier Zokora 5 DF Younes Kaboul 6 MF Teemu Tainio 8 MF Jermaine Jenas 9 FW Dimitar Berbatov 10 FW Robbie Keane (Vice- captain) 11 DF Gilberto 12 GK Radek Cerný (on loan from SK Slavia Praha) 15 MF Steed Malbranque 16 DF Gareth Bale 17 MF Kevin-Prince Boateng 19 MF Adel Taarabt 20 DF Michael Dawson 22 MF Tom Huddlestone 23 FW Darren Bent 24 MF Jamie O'Hara 25 MF Aaron Lennon 26 DF Ledley King (captain) 28 DF Alan Hutton 31 GK Tommy Forecast 32 DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto 33 DF Ricardo Rocha 35 DF Dorian Dervitte 36 FW Simon Dawkins 37 MF Danny Rose 38 DF Troy Archibald-Henville 39 DF Jonathan Woodgate 44 DF Chris Gunter Out on loan 7 DF Paul Stalteri (on loan to Fulham until June 2008) 14 MF Hossam Ghaly (on loan to Derby County until June 2008) 27 GK Ben Alnwick (on loan to Leicester City until June 2008) [49] 30 DF Anthony Gardner (on loan to Everton until June 2008) 39 FW Andy Barcham (on loan to Leyton Orient until June 2008) = = = LINKS = = = tottenhamham.hotspur.com wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottenham_Hotspur_F.C. topspurs.com Dedicated to NY2008 :>

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                    03.02.2006 13:09
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                    Excellent future prospects, and stable, unlike many Premiership clubs now.

                    I am a fan of the mighty Tottenahm Hotspur. I admit it, berate me, point the finger, but I will still stand up proud and shout. Ever since I was a youngster I have loved the club. My first experience of a football match on TV was when I snook out of bed one night to watch Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker line up for the spurs. For those who are trying to work it out, I'm not 23! Since those days I've watched us win the league cup, avoid relegation by a hairsbreadth (in the days of good old Gary Mabbutt) and I've seen us have so many false starts its unreal. However, I have found myself overcoming the pessimistic side of me and joining in openly with the new wave of optimism over Spurs future... Here's why: THE FINANCES: Spurs are doing something that other clubs seem to struggle with. We don't pay over the top wages for over-rated players. And the fans appreciate that. We pay what the club think they're worth, and if they want more then we don't pay them. While this sounds harsh and undoubtedly means we've missed out on some major talents in the past, it also means we won't go bankrupt or struggle financially in the future (anyone remember Leeds?). It also means we have a strong enough financial background to ensure we don't undersell players for the 'quick cash' like some teams do. Despite this attitude (or maybe because of it!) we are able to invest when we need to - buying in players at key times and building a team for the future, instead of overpaying some already over the top stars for one years good work and then overpaying them the rest of their 5 year deal. THE FIRST 11: Spurs have a solid backline now, with Paul Robinson in excellent and consistent form in goal. In fact, the England goalkeeper never seems to make a mistake! The comes the defence itself, with Spurs now looking more solid having disposed of the services of the sometimes doubtful Timotee Atouba. Now we see a far more consistent pairing of Matt Dawson and Ledley King. In Midfield Spurs have the superb talent of the slightly older Edgar Davids, a younger Michale Carrick and the experience of Danny Murphy. On the wings we have just loaned out Wayne Routledge - a superb looking talent for the future, and we have the pacy winger Aaron Lennon. Lennon is a real talent bought from Leeds - and is proving an immediate hit. Fans also got a glimpse of another youngster, Tom Huddlestone, who showed he is both a composed player and an excellent passer of the ball. Up front Spurs have the great young Egyptian Mido. Although Mido has taken off to the African Cup Of Nations just now, he is a quality player with height and strength. Alongside him spurs also play either Robbie Keane or Jermaine Defoe. Defoe is another young English talent who may find his way into the England squad, while Keane is currently shining with goals and superb runs. We also have Rasiak, but unless his performances improve, I cant see him staying for long. THE MANAGER: Martin Jol is the current Spurs manager. He's got tactical knowledge and ability, and works really well with the youngsters. Under Jol Spurs have found a new reliability and resiliance that was lacking under their previous managers. While Spurs can still show how good they are going forward, we now work as a unit in defence and that has made us good enough to go fourth in the league just now (and above Arsenal!). MY HOPES FOR THE TEAM: While Spurs currently sit in fourth, I feel Europe and the Uefa cup is our more realistic option this year. However, the future looks bright as many of our players are young and developing... in fact, we have so many young and developing players that loaning them out is the best way to get them experience, even though they would feature in most Premiership sides. This year I think 6th (hopefully above an underachieving Arsenal), but next year I would like 5th and then Champions League within 3 years.... Here's to hoping.

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                      It seems that at long last Spurs fans up and down the land have something to get excited about. Things are looking up at the Lane and I, like all Spurs are looking forward to next season. Tottenham Hotspur are under-going a massive transformation. They have recently appointed the current French coach Jaques Santini as the new first team coach. The arrival of Martin Jol, Santini's number two, has been confirmed. The new Sporting Director Frank Arnesen is thought to have been instrumental in the appointment of these two highly regarded figures. The arrival of these new faces, 9 months after Hoddle's departure, has seen many of Spurs non-playing staff sacked. The caretaker manager, David Pleat, has been sacked and was also not re-appointed as Director of football. Chris Hughton, assistant to Pleat and previously Hoddle looks set to lose his job. The changes have also seen reserve team coach and Spurs legend Clive Allen sacked. Jaques Santini is highly regarded among players and managers alike, around the world. He rejected offers from all corners of the world to join Spurs. He said of his choice, 'Spurs are a bug club with great history and great prospects'. Arsene Wenger has publically supported Santini's decision to join Spurs and has backed him to succeed in the Premiership. Santini boasts an impressive record with France, losing only once and conceeding fewer than 10 goals in his two-and-a-half year reign. He quit former club Lyon to join up with the French national side after the disaster of the 2002 World Cup. Frank Arnesen joined Spurs from Dutch giants PSV and lured Santini to the Lane. He has a reputation for producing quality youngsters. He will look to improve Tottenhams academy and bring it into line with that at PSV. In his role as Sporting Director, he will over see club affairs. Recently, Ronaldo spoke of Arnesen as being the man who made him the player he is. Ronaldo spent a short time at PSV where Arnesen developed and honed his striking prowess. I'm sure Santini, with the help of Arnesen and Jol, will look to strengthen the Spurs squad in the summer. They will want to add to the capture of England and former Leeds keeper Paul Robinson and Hungary U21 international Fulop. Spurs have already been linked with moves for several French stars including out of contract Silvan Wiltord of bitter rivals Arsenal. Lillian Thuram, Saliou Lamouchi and Bixente Lizarizu are among the French players linked with a move to Spurs. Spurs are also keen on Edgar Davids and may wish to rekindle interest in James Milner of Leeds. The midfield, as Santini has said, will be the main focus. They are two or three players short in this department and have been for some time. With the right additions to the squad and an enthusiastic manegerial approach, Spurs could just be going places. It won't be easy however, so the fans have to give it time. It will take the new arrivals a while to get intp the swing of things. The management staff will perhaps take a little longer as none have managed in the Premiership before. Tottenham fans will expect this new formula to be a winning one, but if things start poorly they will pile on the pressure. A solid start to the new reign is in order. If Spurs can round off the 2004/05 season in the top half, showing signs of promise, they will have done well. The should hopefully be able to upon that and progress further. I feel I should give a little mention about Chairman Daniel Levy. He has, quite rightly, come into some heavy criticism of late. His failure to appoint a manager for 9 months was appalling. But, to his credit he has managed to hold out for a world-class manager in Santini. He has also built a good team around the new boss. Levy has also made some cash available for transfers of which much will be used in the close season. It seemed that Levy, and his company ENIC, had little interest in THFC. Most suspected they d idn't care about the club and were just in it for the money. Now it appears they have a vision and some objectives. Claudio Ranieri recently commented that, 'Spurs have a great project'. He was offered the vacant managers position but favoured a return to former club Valencia in Spain. Lets hope that next season is a happy one for everybody who supports the Yid Army. Lets hope the new signings are good and the management gets it right. I can hardly wait for the 2004/05 season to begin. This Premiership season has the makings of being very exciting for Tottenham Hotspur and the football fan as a whole. Spurs have recently completed the signings of Sean Davis and Pedro Mendes, along with 16-year-old starlet Leigh Mills. The central midfield looks very strong with Davis and Mendes joining Michael Brown and Jamie Redknapp. Shaun Davis is a promising player who made the England squad at one stage last year. He is a hard tackler and is blessed with a tremendous amount of control and skill. He is an ambitious player and he has shown this by moving on from Fulham to a bigger club in Tottenham. Pedro Mendes is proven at the highest level, winning the Champions League with Porto. He is also a keen tackler and at times adds a bit of creative flare to the team. Tottenham have been missing that link between the midfield and the front two for a number of years now, so hopefully Mendes will take up that role. After hearing Jaques Santani speak at the press conference last week, I feel that Frank Arnesen will be doing a lot more of the talking. Arnesen has a good grip of the English language, as most Dutch people do. He has already spoken out on a number of occassions to both the national media and spurs.co.uk. He has promised that there are still a number of new faces to be added to the squad before our opening match of the Premiership season against Liverpool. Portsmouth's young left back has been mentioned and P ompey have admitted that Spurs are interested. He would act as competition for Argentine Mauricio Taricco and be his replacement in the long run. The arrival of Leigh Mills and the possible transfer of Matty Taylor, would go further to fulfilling Frank Arnesen's plan of a young, British squad. He is very much looking at the future as well as at the present squad. Arnesen has a proven track record of developing young talent and turning them into world class players, just look at what he did with Ronaldo. Oh and Ronaldo expressed his interest in a move to Spurs. I have it on good authority that he will consider his future after playing one more season at Real Madrid. I don't believe that there needs to be too many more changes with the squad, we just need to use the players we have to maximum efficiency. David Pleat left out Rohan Ricketts for most of last season and under Glenn Hoddle he showed a lot of promise. If he plays on the left and Simon Davies on the right, Spurs should have some good service in to the strikers. Ledley KIng will be able to slot back into central defence and that will clear the way for Dean Richards to be offloaded. Also the young players such as Stephen Kelly and Johnny Jackson will be given more of a steady run in the first team if they are selected at all. C'mon you Spurs!

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                        I feel I should apologise to those of you who don’t like football but hey – I just read a massive review on a graphics card that bored the pants off me so I feel I can get away with this. I’ve always thought it a bit odd to write a consumer review on a football team, I’m thinking not too many of you are in the market for a premier league outfit and that anyone with a spare 100 million is going to be shopping in slightly different circles to the commoners. However, having been inspired by a recent review by Mr ‘Thespurs’ and a current revolution down at the lane (Tottenham’s stadium) I decided that there is a consumer perspective that warrants a review. After all, I scrape the barrel all year to raise the £700 for my season ticket so I would like to provide my justification for doing so and to perhaps help persuade the more open minded that the promise that Spurs are showing for the next football season would be a good reason to spend your £30 (£16 Junior, £25 Senior citizen) to go and see Tottenham Hotspur Football Club play a game of football, or even £700 to watch a whole season. What you get for your money I don’t think the casual supporter should go for a season ticket and instead go along to a few games just to see what its like. An average match day ticket is £30 this season and it is will worth buying one if only to sample the exciting atmosphere of a premiership game, to share the enthusiasm of 35,000 fans and to watch quality players at the peak of their game. However I really do believe that to truly appreciate the experience of being a Tottenham supporter you need to buy a season ticket. For the less enlightened I should explain a season ticket is a ticket that effectively buys you a seat in the stadium for all the teams home league games for a season (and 2 of the cup matches). The prices you are looking at range from £525 for the cheapest up to £1300 for the best seats, I feel t hough that you can get a good seat for £680 (that’s how much mine costs). Not only do you get a season ticket for this but you also get all the additional extras that really give you the warm glow that accompanies being a fully fledged Spurs supporter. These include: - A guaranteed seat in all of the 19 Home premiership games and 2 cup matches of your choice (in the first 2 rounds of either competition) - Being a member of the club with access to ‘special ‘ areas of the website and more information about he team - Pre and Post match hospitality - Priority in getting tickets for the big cup games (a rarity of late but could be vital in the near future) - You get to see all the youth, reserve and away matches (on a screen) for free What its like to be a Spurs fan I’m going to make an assumption here, if you have read this far you probably have an interest in football and therefore know that Tottenham haven’t had the best of times of late so I’ll to try and explain why we’ve been moaning about the team all this time and more importantly why this is going to change. Being a Spurs fan over the last 20 years has to be honest, a pane in the arse. Spurs fans are often chastised for complaining all the time about the team but I feel it is justified. Traditionally Spurs have been an exciting team to watch, always providing excellent entertainment and challenging for honours. This was (usually) the case all the way up to 1991 and was what first attracted me to the team, apart from their relative close proximity I used to love the excitement and feeling the team generated. I have fond memories of Gary Linekar, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Mabbot winning us the 1991 FA cup, good times. Since then however Tottenham have done nothing. People may say we are fortunate not to have been relegated and we achieve often respectable league positions so why the complaints? I would argue it may have been nice to have been relegated at one point because to be honest Tottenham have been by far (bar Sheffield Wednesday) the worst team to support from a viewers perspective, at least Leeds and Manchester City have had a bit of fun, the highs of European football, the excitement of a relegation dogfight and the galvanising spirit and passion of a team striving to push for re-promotion. Spurs have had none of this, they’ve just been good enough to avoid a dogfight but not good enough to push for Europe or a cup (bar once). Its mid –table, season over by Christmas disappointment every time. Season after season there have always been the hopes of a new, brighter era but every time, bar a lame Worthington Cup win its just been frustrating. Its been going on for so long that it now seems there is no longer any heart in the club, the players just don’t seem to want to win for the team. Our best player, whom I believed to have the spirit and passion to lead Spurs to glory, a Mr Sol Campbell, strung the fans along pretending he would sign a new contract and left on a free transfer. No one would blame a young man with ambition wanting to move onto a bigger club and the fans would still love him if he were a £15 million Manchester United player but for him to go to bitter rivals Arsenal, on a free, leaving Spurs in the pan just to earn even more silly money for himself I think ripped the soul from the club and has been indicative of past and previous Spurs failures. So Yes, I feel I can moan about the club as much as I want. That would be the downside then, not a particularly convincing argument to go and buy a ticket but I shall now and justify why Spurs do have a bright future and why next season will not be another false dawn. The Non – Playing staff The main reason for my hope for change is based around the change of non – playing staff. Finally Mr Alan ‘look – you can see the clubs doing well be cause we’re not losing money’ Sugar is gone to be replaced by Daniel Levy and ENIC. At first I was slightly dubious as they have dealings in a number of other teams but they do seem to be investing. I have no Idea what it means to underwrite £15 million worth of shares but if it buys us Defoe, Davis, Robinson and Mendes with a few million to spare I’m not going to complain. Further to the new chairman there has also been a new coaching staff brought into the lane. Into replace the whinging David Pleat and Glen Hoddle have come Frank Arneson and Jaques Santini. Arneson would appear to be an excellent signing as Director of football, anyone who managed to discover Ronaldo and Ruud Van Nistleroy must be doing something right and there seems no reason why he cant bring this touch to the already promising Tottenham youth setup. He also has excellent knowledge of players and a number of good connections (Ronaldo sees him as a father figure) so hopefully he will be helping us make some excellent signings in the near future. Santini’s appointment as coach may be a little less inspiring but there is reason to be hopeful all the same. Santini managed to win the French title, with Rennes, in a league dominated by larger teams and he did win all the Euro 2004 qualifiing games with France. Although it was against smaller sides he still got the team playing well together and did it in style with what is an ageing side. The players The reason for most of my enthusiasm comes from the potential of the players. For years now there has been loads of untapped ability in the side crying out for a good manager to bring it out. Goalkeepers Kasey Keller has become a regular in the team over the last couple of seasons and no one can have any serious complaints about him, he is an excellent shop stopper and commands good control of his box. In the past though he has suffered all too regular lapses in form that often coincided with the teams’ loss of form as a whole. Keller has not been able to inspire a shaky Spurs defence of late and as has been seen in the past, with Manchester United building a title winning team around Schmeichal and Arsenal emerging to greatness with Seaman, a top premiership team needs a world class goalkeeper to get them there. I do now believe that we have that goalkeeper in Paul Robinson. 1.5 million is a ridiculous price for the best young goalkeeper in England and one of the best in Europe. Considering Buffon cost over 30 million its clear people can appreciate the value of a good goalkeeper and Paul Robinson I believe will be a figurehead in Tottenham’s future successes. Defence Tottenhams defence managed to go from being its greatest asset to its weakest link in just a few months last season, the only encouragement being they are young and inexperienced and were at least able to show the potential in the first place. I feel that Ledley King and Anthony Garderner could become the strongest central defensive partnership in the league over the next 2 seasons, King has consistently shown great form for England and with new midfield arrivals he should no longer be needed out of position. Dean Richards also provides quality back up while have the more experienced Captain Stephen Carr, currently the best right back in the premiership to aid them, a more stable line up should pay dividends for the defence. The only area they struggle in is on the left, with Ziege leaving and Tarricco being erratic they need a good experienced left back. I’m sure we will sign someone and we have been linked with a number of players, including the excellent Bixente Lizarazu and I think this position may well become key to Spurs success next season. Midfield The Tottenham Midfield struggled for much of last season, with our mix of young and injured players every other team just seemed to walk over us. The additi on of Michael Brown over Christmas helped galvanise the midfield a little but with Redknapp and Anderton always injured, Dalmat being erratic, King playing out of position and Johnny Jackson showing some promise but looking a little inexperienced new midfielders were always going to be the first target for Santini and Arneson. The addition of Sean Davis to the team was an excellent one, I have no doubts that he will help fill the position of the battling midfielder as he was the catalyst for much of Fulhams success last season. The signing of Mendes will also further help to strengthen the team with his European experience. I feel that the team may need an extra one or two more midfielders and it was disappointing not signing Davids but a line up of Jackson, Redknapp, Davies and Davis would be enough to scare any opposing team. Forwards Tottenhams strike force however is the reason for most of my enthusiasm because a genuinely feel that we have one of the best attacking line ups in the league. To have 3 top class goal scorers in Robbie Keane, Freddie Kanoute and Jermaine Defoe is a big bonus because, as it has started to show these players are competing for positions which motivates them. Defoe was another steal at just 7 million, he should have gone for double that and I am sure he can go on to become one of the best in the league. Why he didn’t go to Euro 2004 will remain a mystery and all as he is a special player, something widely acknowledged by many people in the game. Playing alongside the stronger and more experienced Keane or Kanoute will provide him with an excellent foil for him to be one of the top scorers in the league next season. My only slight worry at the time of writing is that Spurs may lack a bit of strength in depth. I will always support a policy of signing good new young players and I have little doubt that Defendi, Leigh Mills and Martin Fulop will be good additions to an already promising youth set up but the se players are not ready to step into what is an injury prone Spurs side (I have little confidence in our new team doctor – I think its something in the water). If Tottenham are to succeed they well need an extra left sided player along with some quality back up but they do have the cash available and I now have renewed faith in the backroom staff with Santini announcing there will be 4 or 5 new signings before the start of the season. I am convinced that a season ticket for Tottenham Hotspur may be an extremely big outlay, but it is easily worth it to watch good football and just to feel part of a team that’s time is soon to come. My Spurs side for the European push next season: 1. Robinson 2. Carr 3. King 4.Gardner 5. Tarrico 6. Simon Davies 7. Sean Davis 8. Redknapp 9. Jackson 10. Defoe 11. Keane Information Prices: Matchday tickets: £30 adults, £16 Junior, £25 Senior citizen Seaon tickets: £525 - £1300 All the ticket information and forth coming fixtures for Tottenham are displayed on its website at www.spurs.co.uk Ticket Information: Tel :0870 420 5000 Fax 0870 420 5001 Tottenhams stadium is called White Hart Lane and is situated in north London. To get there by tube you should get off at Severn sisters tube station (victoria line and catch the train to White Hart Lane (special services on match day) then just follow the crowd. To get there by car you take A406 North Circular Road to Edmonton and at Fore Street traffic lights follow signs for Tottenham (A1010, High Road) and for White Hart Lane Stadium. The season restarts at 12.45am on saturday the 14th of August with Tottenham playing Liverpool at home.

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                          I do not write very many opinions, but this time it must be said. Those of who know me, know that I am an avid arsenal supporter. This is about ledley king, on sunday he played a really fantastic game although the score was not the one we wanted we should all take heart that ledley is an england player. But as a gunner I am more than a little worried, he will go back to tottenham as a vastly improved player. Also going back to tottenham will be the man who turned france around in the second half of that match, that shows the quality of spurs new manager. So adding it all together next season spurs will have a new and very capable manager, they will have a central defender who is becoming as good as sol campbell, a team of that has got some very good players. I would also think they will have a few more wanting to join before the season starts. As an arsenal supporter I can see the start of a team who will begin to challenge us, to be honest this will be good for north london football, after all arsenal found winning the league so easy, nobody could beat us. I could see tottenham being the team to take away our unbeaten league run. The french influence has been great for arsenal and I think the same will happen at tottenham. Good luck tottenham in the coming season it would be nice to see you being a bit more of a challenge but arsenal are the champions.

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                            Being Jewish you'd think that this was the reason why I am an avid Tottenham supporter, not at all. My Father is a Liverpool supporter, the rest of the family hate Football and I was brought up in Sheffield where I was the one and only Spurs supporter in my School ! My earliest memory of Football is the 1980/81 F.A Cup final when my Father sat me down to watch the game with him, it was between Tottenham and Manchester City, almost straight away the game completely took my imagination but the superior ball skills and technique of Tottenham won me over and I decided to side with them. The game went to a replay after finishing 1-1, I was allowed to stay up late on a school night to watch the replay and Tottenham won it 3-2 mainly thanks to one of the greatest ever F.A Cup final goals from Ricky Villa who took on half the City side before slotting home. I was elated and was confident I had made the right choice about my team, we were the best ! Well things didn't exactly go to plan, in the preceding 23 years we have won 3 further trophies (1 F.A cup, 1 League cup and 1 UEFA cup) so that's one trophy every 7.6 years since I've been a supporter. I don't care though because I will only ever support Tottenham, I will always be loyal to them even if they drop down the leagues and that's the joy or the sadness of being a Football supporter. I will attempt to tell you a little more about my beloved Spurs. ~History~ Tottenham were formed in 1882 and played on Tottenham marshes (in those days they used poles for net post and tape as crossbars!). A group of boys from Hotspur Cricket club decided to start a Football team in winter as they were bored when the Cricket season ended (much how many other teams were formed). At this stage they of course were completely amateur but they had amazing success and quickly emerged as one of the best sides in North London, they moved to Northumberland Park in 1885 where they first started charging an a ttendance fee (3d) and their success continued. Eventually they turned pro in 1895 where they played in the Southern league and three years later moved to their current home of White Hart Lane where they have remained ever since. In 1898 they changed the club kit to the famous 'lilly-white' which is still used today and in 1901 won their first F.A Cup (the only club to achieve this still being a non-league club). After continued success in the Southern league they were elected into Division 2 in 1908 winning it the very next year. In the 1930's Spurs were attracting huge attendances (75,000 +) many coming from the large Jewish and Immigrant communities nearby, Spurs have always had support from the Jewish community and many are on the board and have bankrolled Spurs in the past. The fifties and sixties were Spurs golden years when they became the first side to do a league and cup double in the 20th century and were the first British club to win a European trophy. They have racked up 8 F.A cup victories (bettered only by Manchester Utd) and although the last twenty years have slackened off trophy wise they have been in the top division since 1979 and continue to be one of Britain's best supported and most famous clubs. ~Records~ Most goals in a season ; Clive Allen (49) 1987 Most Spurs goals ; Jimmy Greaves (266) 1961-70 Most Appearances ; Steve Perryman (655) League record Most International Caps ; Pat Jennings (74) Northern Ireland Record League win ; 9-0 v Bristol Rovers Record Cup win ; 13-2 v Crewe Alexandra Record Transfer ; Sergei Rebrov (11 million) League Titles ; 2 (runners up 4 times) Division 2 titles ; 2 F.A Cup wins ; 8 League Cup titles ; 3 European trophies ; 3 Notable achievements ; League and cup double 1960-61. First British Club to win a European trophy 1963. ~Matchday~ White Hart Lane, Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Rd, Tottenham, London, N17OAP. Tottenham are one of the most expensive teams to follow in the current Premiership elite, the ticket prices average thirty eight quid, the cheapest being twenty five and the most expensive as much as sixty. Although Tottenham is a London club and will always be expensive to follow (Chelsea/Arsenal also expensive) the ticket prices have shot up 25% in 3 years and it's nothing short of a disgrace in my opinion. Tottenham are using their fans and their pockets to try and finance a re-emergence (backed up by a recent underwritten share offer). I can see a day, unfortunately, when Football extravagance as we have seen will come home to roost, the situation at Leeds where they are fighting for their existence will re-occur again and again, clubs who spring to mind are Tottenham (overspending), Arsenal (new stadium on credit), Manchester City (high rent on stadium and big debt), West Ham (huge debt) and Chelsea (financed by a non-permanent billionaire). I hope I'm wrong. Despite the high prices, White Hart Lane despite being a nightmare to get to (nearest tube station is twenty minute walk) is one of the most impressive stadiums in the Premiership. The playing surface is immaculate and is encased all around by two-tier stands offering great views, the current capacity is 36, 217 all seater and the north and south stands have massive screens on them showing replays and other scores. The away supporters only get a corner in the north corner and their viewing isn't exactly great and neither are the price of refreshments which are to be frank a rip-off. Toilets are plentiful but expect to queue. There are suggestions Tottenham could be moving to a new stadium as White Hart Lane has limited expansion and joint ventures with other clubs have been voiced but personally I hope we stay at White Hart Lane, it has tradition, it has memories and history and has been our home for over a hundred years, it is a fine stadium despite it's failings and I being a Spurs fan am proud of it. On a personal level, I have been priced out of regular trips to White Hart Lane now as I simply cannot afford to pay out a hundred quid every week, I only get to see them once or twice a season now but that doesn't make me any less passionate about them and doesn't make me an armchair supporter not allowed to have a view on them either, just a victim of current circumstances. Instead I visit my local side (Kettering Town, non league) even if the quality is somewhat different. ~Famous players and the current side~ Tottenham have always been a side that have played attractive, attacking football and as a result great players have played for us down the years. Heres a selection ; 1960's : Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, John Pratt, Cliff Jones, Alan Gilzean, Alan Mullery, Bobby Smith. 1970's : Martin Chivers, Martin Peters, Pat Jennings, Steve Perryman, Mike England, John Duncan. 1980's : Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Ray Clemence, Gary Mabbutt, Chris Waddle, Clive Allen, Graham Roberts. 1990's : Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, Darren Anderton, Sol Campbell. The current side is struggling to be honest and has been for ten years or so, ever since the Premiership was formed. We are currently without a permanent manager, David Pleat (managed the side in the eighties) is caretaking until a permanent manager can be found which is supposed to be announced after the season has finished. The side in my opinion has lot's of young talented players in it (Ledley King, Anthony Gardner, Stephen Carr, Simon Davies, Johnnie Jackson, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Fredy Kanoute) and we also have some useful older, experienced players (Darren Anderton, Kasey Keller, Jamie Redknapp) but what we lack is some l eadership on and off the pitch. Pleat although he has done well in his caretaking tenure and has a good eye for young players, is slightly lacking in the modern game, I wouldn't dispose of his services totally as he is a useful man to have around but we need a manager who is tactically clever and can impose his ideas onto the players and win their respect. Of course a lot of other sides need the same thing but Martin O 'Neill and Sam Allardyce are the two men I'm hoping for in the announcement although I have a feeling it won't be. I feel Tottenham have been given some undeserved critisism from many parts many of it from within, there are certainly many clubs out there worse than us. In Defoe, Kanoute and Keane we have three fine strikers with good scoring records and thats the first time Spurs fans have been able to say that in a long time, if we can find someone off the pitch who can manage and someone on the pitch who can organise and discipline (defence and midfield) then Spurs can definately begin to improve their current mid table status. ~And Finally~ Here's some famous Spurs fans ; Iain Duncan Smith, Anthony Worrall Thompson, Emma Bunton, Rachel Stevens, Bruce Forsyth, Jerry Springer, Jude Law, Richie Benaud, Leslie Phillips and Sid Owen. You can now add to that list myself of course ! Thanks for reading ===================================== WormThatTurned2004

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                              Well, life in football commenced with supporting Liverpool FC at the tender age of seven, but my inclinations changed to a perilous turn, i started supporting Tottenham. Remember the days of Ozzy Ardiles and his tactic to win games with an 11 man attack? Well those days are gone but we now have entered the days of Hoddle's stability era(the era which continues the nothingness we have been stuck in for the past decade).Yes, Anderton and vintage Sheri are still in our team along with golden oldy Ferdy at the ripe old age of 36. So what can season 2002/03 hold in store for our success hungry fans? At the risk of sounding very negative the only way our hunger is going to disappear is by eating those greasy burgers after another 6-1 drubbing by Chelsea. At this point I urge you to refer to the title once more!! THINK ABOUT IT. In which case I am now a proud arsenal fan. Come on you gunners!!

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                              Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club, who play in the Premier League. The club is also commonly referred to simply as Tottenham or Spurs, while their own fans also refer to them as the Lilywhites because of their traditional white shirts. Their home ground is White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London. Tottenham were the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960-61 season. In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a European trophy - the European Cup Winners' Cup. The club has a long-standing rivalry with near neighbours Arsenal and the series of matches between the two is known as the North London derby. The club motto is Audere est Facere (lit: To dare is to do) and their emblem is a fighting cockerel standing upon a ball.