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Posted on 3 February 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

<SPAN lang=EN-US>A new feature in the programme from John Fennelly this season that has sparked an enthusiastic response.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US></SPAN><P><SPAN lang=EN-US></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;<P><SPAN lang=EN-US>My first experience at the Valley was standing outside &mdash&#59; unable to afford the admission even if a ticket was available &mdash&#59; while The Who performed there live.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>My pal and I had spent what little pocket money we had on the rail fare but just felt that we should be there &mdash&#59; very much like football when you can&rsquo&#59;t get a ticket for the big occasions.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>We didn&rsquo&#59;t even stay to listen from outside as originally planned &mdash&#59; I had to get all the way back to Cheshunt and it was already past my bedtime!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Some weeks later I bought a giant poster of Roger Daltrey, taken at the concert, and that hung on my bedroom wall for years &mdash&#59; next to my Typhoo Tea picture of a 1960s Spurs line-up. Remember those?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>When older supporters like myself think back to life in Division Two in season 1977-78, we remember some great victories like the 9-0 hammering here of Bristol Rovers.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>We had also defeated Oldham 5-1 in our last home game that October &mdash&#59; but in between we travelled to Charlton.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>We were second in the table, indeed we were never out of the top three that season, while the Addicks were eighth. But they stuffed us 4-1 that afternoon!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>And, typically, the man who did the damage was a former Spurs junior released on a &lsquo&#59;free&rsquo&#59;.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Mike Flanagan was the man who gained revenge with a hat-trick. He had moved to The Valley in 1971 and was to go on to make almost 350 appearances in two stints with Charlton &mdash&#59; scoring 109 goals. They later sold him to QPR for &pound&#59;650,000 so he did well for them in more ways than one.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Hugh McAuley was also on target for Athletic with Peter Taylor scoring for us.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Before the return here in March, I spoke with Martin Robinson, another former Spurs forward then with Charlton. He told me that he was determined to score at The Lane &mdash&#59; and went out and did exactly that to give them a half-time lead!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>We needed a Glenn Hoddle penalty and a goal from John Pratt to keep us in top slot.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>In season 1982-83, Charlton had quite a strong Spurs presence in their squad with Don McAllister, Terry Naylor, Martin Robinson and young defender Kevin Dickensen all there.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Both Robinson and Dickensen played in an amazing game there towards the end of the season when Charlton stormed back to draw 3-3 with Wolves. Although McAllister played for much of that campaign, he was missing on the day in question.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I was covering the game for Beacon Radio in Coventry and was simply there to confirm Wolves&rsquo&#59; return to Division One. They had to win to achieve promotion but the Addicks also needed points to feel more comfortable at the wrong end of the table and this was not to prove as straightforward as it originally appeared.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>It looked simple enough as second-placed Wolves raced into a 3-0 half-time lead with two goals from journeyman Billy Kellock and one from Mel Eves. At that stage I was telling everyone in the Midlands that Wanderers were back because Charlton had hardly had a kick.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Yet they dragged themselves off the floor to stage a remarkable late comeback with goals from Kevin Smith, Steve White and Derek Hales &mdash&#59; probably just to ruin my afternoon!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Other results from around the country just confused the issue and I was due on air at the final whistle. So I erred on the side of caution. I put over my final report saying that it was total confusion in the Press Box (is it ever otherwise?) and we would have to wait before promotion could be assured but my colleague on BRMB announced to his listeners that Wolves were definitely up!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>His News Editor immediately called him to moan that Beacon were reporting that Wolves were still in Division Two while my News Editor telephoned me demanding to know why BRMB were certain that promotion had been achieved and had announced it with a burst of trumpets in direct contrast to my &lsquo&#59;so cautious&rsquo&#59; piece!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Thankfully, after all the dust had settled, it became clear that Wolves still needed a point to be sure so I was still in a job! But what a difference between then and today when TV gives you an immediate answer.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I had just arrived at the Daily Mail offices when I was immediately despatched to The Valley to cover the arrival of Danish international Allan Simonsen.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>This was back in November, 1982, and it was a big story. As I sat on the train, I pondered as to why a staffman had not been sent, totally unaware that the Mail that morning had dismissed the story as absolute rubbish and stated that a player of Simonsen&rsquo&#59;s quality would never sign for a club like Charlton!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Did manager Lennie Lawrence give me a roasting &mdash&#59; and a message to take back to the reporter responsible who was conveniently unavailable that morning!</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US><I>By John Fennelly</I></SPAN>