MARTIN Jol and our press officer John Fennelly certainly did more than their bit for charity the other week. As part of BBC's Children In Need, Barclays offered to give £100 for every cliche used by a sports presenter or personality. Martin and John got together to produce the narrative below and with Martin throwing in a few more for good measure, it cost Barclays a tidy £1,000!!
Martin said: "It was a game of two halves against Arsenal and, at the end of the day, we were disappointed not to get back on level terms. We would have been over the moon at the end had we managed to hit the back of the net just one more time. I wasn't really as sick as a parrot at the final whistle because it's early doors as yet and it's a funny old game. We did well in the first half when it was one way traffic and they had 10 men behind the ball. Defoe scored a great goal for us - the boy's a bit special."
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Martin was everybody's favourite at the BBC and Children In Need and Spurs everyone's favourite club. It was hilarious and so good of him to do it."
MEANWHILE, congratulations to John - it is 20 years to the day that he first joined the club after a distinguished 'early doors' career in the regional and national press.
CLIVE ALLEN has revealed the secret behind his reserve team's magnificent recent run in the Barclays Premier Reserve League. The lads had put together a winning sequence of six in a run of eight wins in nine games to take them to the top of the Southern Division before Fulham grabbed a 1-1 draw at Stevenage on Monday night. So it's now one defeat in 10 and seven unbeaten and Clive explained: "They are under pressure now because as soon as they lose I get the choice of films on the bus and the music in the dressing room." Scoop isn't sure of Clive's music of choice, but as a 20-something in the 1980s, could a Phil Collins CD be tucked at the back of his kitbag? We'll keep you posted.
THE FA YOUTH Cup is looming and midfielder Stuart Lewis was holding court outside the Academy changing room the other week telling Scoop and a couple of assembled teammates exactly what team Pat Holland should be sending out to play Nottingham Forest at the Lane - and in what formation too! As Stuart was reeling off the names and positions, little did he know that Academy coach Jimmy Neighbour was creeping up behind him. He stuck to his guns and completed his line-up before Scoop enquired of Jimmy whether the team was a winner. "These kids," sighed Jimmy. "They haven't got a clue..."
LEDLEY KING is a well-known lover of his kip - King of the Kip, you could say. Now Ledley admits that the arrival of little Cobi King into the world is not doing his sleeping pattern of whole lot of good and he sounded just like a young mother when he revealed that when the baby sleeps, he too puts his head down. The problem with this, Ledley went on to explain, is that the baby often awakens five minutes later. "Five minutes is no good for me," protested Leds. "More like five hours!"
THERE WAS AN eagerness about Erik Edman as he dashed away from the training ground on Thursday - and he was not rushing home to bed. The Swedish full-back was off to Ikea, although not to do a spot of furntiture shopping for his new pad. Scoop discovered the Erik was heading to the food section of the Swedish superstore to stock up on a few treats from his homeland for Christmas.