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Posted on 24 July 2009  - 12:00

Wilson Palacios is the main feature in the August issue of hotspur.

hotspur - out NOW!

Wilson Palacios is the main feature in the August issue of hotspur.

Our Honduran international midfielder shares his optimism for the new season with Spurs and admits that the big London derby with neighbours Arsenal was a whole new experience for a man who has seen so much in football.

"It was very emotional - the fans were incredible," he reflects. "You could tell it was a big occasion and how much it meant to the supporters."

Wilson impressed many that day and has continued to do so as our new midfield enforcer - with manager Harry Redknapp inspired enough to have compared him with the great Dave Mackay.

"There are not many players in my lifetime who will come anywhere near Mackay," says Harry. "Yet Wilson is a terrific young player, one we needed and who will only get better."

Wilson also talks openly about the murder last year of his brother Edwin following his kidnap. And he admits that he has found strength in adversity despite that anguish thanks to his family, his football - and the Spurs fans.

"In a match situation...that's all you can focus on," he says. "But I could hear the fans singing my name, they're very close to my heart. Their support has helped me through."

Harry Redknapp is again on hand to share his views with Spurs fans as he answers questions on many subjects.

Meeting his legendary predecessor Bill Nicholson is one special memory for Harry who was playing for East London Boys at the age of 11 when Bill spoke with him for the first time.

"Bill was amazing, a fantastic manager, one of the all-time greats," recalls Redknapp.

Harry looks back with relish at the great Manchester United side of the late 1950s but opts for a later Red Devil when asks what player from any era would he like to sign.

Harry goes for George Best - plus Mackay and Jimmy Greaves. What a foundation to any team!

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is also anwering questions on life and football - and when asked what's the best thing about Spurs, answers: "The history of the club - a history everyone here wants to be part of.

And the craziest player he has ever played with? "Paolo Di Canio. I was with him at AC Milan - totally crazy!"

Ossie Ardiles looks back on his early days at the Lane with great affection. And he echoes the words of Danny Blanchflower.

"I believe that I was born to play for Tottenham," he tells us. "It was not only about winning but it was about doing it in style. That was also my philosophy."

Ossie talks about life back in Argentina, how the move to England came about, how he would have loved to have played alongside Gazza - and tips Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric as players with major roles to play this season.

Clive Allen is interviewed about how he was quickly up and running in season 1986-87 with an opening day hat-trick at Aston Villa. It was, of course, a special campaign for Clive who banged in an amazing 49 goals to cement his place as a Spurs legend.

"That opening day win certainly set us up as a club and it was to become the best season of my career," he recalls. " If we can start well against Liverpool this season there's no reason why the team cannot emulate some of the achievements of that 1986-87 side."

We catch up with more of our former players at the London Masters Cup where Steve Sedgley, Justin Edinburgh, Vinny Samways, Dean Austin and company were rolling back the years - but without a recognised forward were always going to struggle !

But they were delighted to come back from 3-1 down to Arsenal to draw 3-3 with Willo stabbing in a last second equaliser. Clearly the old enthusiasm is still all there.

"We're a team of defenders who didn't defend," smiled Sedge. "But we'll be back next year to put our ageing limbs through it all again!"

Darren Caskey is the subject of our ‘Still Going Strong' feature as our former midfielder is tracked down coaching in non-league - and fishing!

But he stays in touch with events at the Lane and predicts: "I feel there are good times ahead for Spurs."

We also catch up with comedian and EastEnders actor Bobby Davro who recalls his first visit to the Lane as a boy with his father.

"There have been some great memories since but for me our sensational 1991 FA Cup Final triumph probably ranks as my all-time cherished Spurs moment," recalls Bobby who ended up doing the' hokey-cokey' with the trophy at the after-match party!

Celebrity hair stylist Nicky Clarke is our guest columnist and talks about he dedication of the Spurs players and the professionalism behind the scenes at Tottenham.

"The preparation behind our pre-season schedule and the run-up to the new season is conducted with laser accuracy - and all with the first minute of that first game in mind," writes Nicky.

And we also take a look behind the turbo-charged scenes as the Superleague Formula Championship get underway with our new driver Craig Dolby already enjoying a good deal of success behind the wheel of the Spurs racing car.

It's all in the latest issue of hotspur, our official monthly magazine.

And there's a great deal more including FanZone, the section where our readers play their part.

To celebrate the start of the 2009/2010 season we have put together a very special hotspur magazine subscription offer.

If you subscribe to hotspur before August 31, 2009, you will not only get 12 issues delivered to your door, without having to pay any P & P costs, but will also receive the 2009-2010 official club handbook (worth £7) with our compliments.

UK subscriptions cost just £34.50 - that's 12 issues for the price of 10 and postage and packing is free. So why not treat yourself?

To subscribe call 0844 499 5000 or CLICK HERE...

The August issue of hotspur is out now. Don't miss it!