SCOOP can reveal that one of our number does not really have the stomach for it when it comes to the funfair. Following a tough five days out in Seville, the boys were given permission after the draw against Partizan Belgrade to visit the local theme park for an hour. Dinner was duly scoffed and the lads swiftly headed out on their short evening pass.
The next morning Gary Doc relayed that all bar one enjoyed the experience on the roller coasters etc - the odd one out being Brownie, whose dinner was swashing round inside him and he just found it all too much.
STILL in Seville - and again after the Partizan game - the team hotel bar was full of young fans decked out in authentic Spurs training gear. Roy the kitman was the most popular bloke in the bar as, with a delivery of new gear due from Kappa, he lightened his considerable load and made the night of a good few supporters.
ONE more from Seville. Our director of communications Donna Cullen claimed she was invited to a party by a young Serbian TV reporter who was out there covering Partizan. Now our Donna is at that, how shall we put it, 'don't ask' sort of age. Whether the reporter was asking her to a party or to iron his shirt for the party remains unclear.
THE team photoshoot took place at Spurs Lodge last week and scoop noted that there was one significant delay to proceedings. One empty spot remained in the line-up before the absent player eventually made his way into the photo. A voice then boomed out from the background - 'bloody Jacko, doing his hair again!'.
SCOOP was on the road during the pre-season campaign and plotting a route to new venues can pose a bit of a problem. On arriving on Hull attempting to locate the KC Stadium, Paul 'The Pie' Miles from the website spotted a spectacular blue construction in the distance and, despite protestations, insisted this was the stadium and steered the car in said direction. Undeterred by the fact that the building was right next to the 'park and ride', Milesey insisted this was the KC Stadium and drove right up outside. As it goes, the venue was not a football ground, but a distribution centre call Arco! The search continued...
PREMIERSHIP preview supplements are all the rage at this time of year and a player from each club is often assigned to offer views on forthcoming campaigns. The Times took the inciteful views of Kasey Keller for this season's offering and the goalkeeper was ever-pragmatic in his answer to the question of who will win the league. "The Team with the most points," suggested Kasey.
MEANWHILE, Scoop would like to wish many happy returns to Press Officer John Fennelly, who reached this milestone age of 50 this week. A gritty half century if ever there was one, Fenners is the longest serving official at the club, having clocked up nigh on 22 years at the Lane keeping the press corps in order. Happy Birthday Fenners.
FOOTBALLERS as superstars, eh? A nice moment in the tunnel after the Liverpool game as Match Of The Day approached Jermain Defoe for a post-match interview. Here's a young striker who had just scored his first goal of the season and probably knew he was in the England squad to be named that night. But the interview had to wait. "I've got to call my mum first," stated Jermain, flipping open his mobile.
A MATE contacted Scoop in the week. "What about Saturday?" he asked.
"Not sure," Scoop responded cautiously. "Tough one to call."
"No, definitely 1-1. Written all over it. Cisse will score, bound to now Owen's off and Defoe will as well."
Did he follow his dead cert up? What do you think?
ASSISTANT press officer Ashley Weller found out in no uncertain terms where the phrase of fans or injured players' 'kicking every ball' comes from on Saturday. Robbie Keane plonked himself down next to her in the press box for the opener against Liverpool at the Lane and, as expected, was like a jack in the box. "You really were kicking every ball in the press box," suggested Richard 'Moley' Hubbard from the website as Robbie wandered through the press office on Monday. "I know," retorted Ash. "And I've got the bruises to prove it!"