NOW SCOOP was always aware that our assistant press officer and programme editor Jon 'The Count' Rayner had a dark side - but didn't expect it to show up so blatantly at the Lane on Sunday. Jon turned up at the game with, literally, a dark side to his face - where he'd only managed half a shave. It was something like the Joker out of the Batman films. The story goes that he started to shave but 'the kids started playing up', he stopped shaving and forgot to go back to it. Don't you look in the mirror when you're getting suited up for matchdays, Count?
NICE moment in the tunnel after Sunday's draw against Norwich City. With our former coach and co-manager Doug Livermore happily chatting away in the corner, kitman Roy Reyland walked out of our dressing room at the same time as another ex-Spur, striker Paul McVeigh, came out of the away door. "Hi Roy, how you doing?" asked Paul, looking down at Roy from his own 5ft6ins frame. "What happened? Did I grow or did you shrink?"
SCOOP can disprove the theory that education and footballers is not a happy mix - or rather young midfielder Kieran McKenna can! The Northern Ireland under-19 international recently received his A-Level results and, in keeping with his former marks, got the happy news of straight As in Maths and Business Studies. This follows on from his ten GCSE As and top marks last summer in his AS levels. He was considering doing another A Level should he not have done so well this time around, but concedes to Scoop that he might give it a miss for a while! Congratulations Kieran.
NOW OLD Scoop did not really pick the best person when it came to a chat reflecting on the welcome return of Simon Davies to action against Norwich - saying how much we've missed him etc. It didn't quite dawn that the player in question was the one filling in for him on the right of midfield - the skipper!
JAMIE, HOWEVER must be a bit of a fan of the Welsh midfielder, discussing his attributes, he commented that Simon has 'good legs'. We presume this was purely football-speak...
STILL ON THE subject of the aforementioned skipper, it only seemed fitting to remind him of being lamped by cousin Frank Lampard in the build-up to Sunday's clash at Chelsea. Jamie, of course, sustained a painful lip-split during last season's encounter at the Lane.
"I don't want to get 25 stitches in my mouth again, that's for sure," said Jamie on Monday. "I'd never had any in my life and then got 25 from Frank - never mind, it was one of those things."
Or was it?
"He is jealous of my looks, that's what it is!" he concluded.