LEE BARNARD clearly has little sympathy for the life of a goalkeeper. Scoop has done his time between the sticks and, as all keepers know, goalkeeper training is just as hard as outfield players - if not harder - yet those pesky players think it's a piece of cake. That feeling was underlined when 'Barney' explained how extra work on the training field has helped him to four goals in his last three reserve team starts. "The keepers are always moaning because they have to stay out longer," he laughed to Scoop. "It's easy for them though, all they have to do is pick the ball out of the back of the net."
TALKING of Barney, Scoop was privileged to witness first hand the effort that goes into styling his hair after the reserve game against Leicester City. Put it this way, Scoop was outside the dressing room when Lee was dressed and only had his hair to do - and still there about 10 minutes later...
THINGS ARE hotting up on the new table-tennis table at Spurs Lodge. It's widely regarded that Marton Fulop is the number one with Johnnie Jackson not too far behind. It's as competitive as you'd expect as well. Simon Davies and Michael Brown played the other day and as they walked out, Brownie had a smug grin on his face. "Who won?" asked Scoop. "Taught him a lesson," came Brownie's reply.
WHAT could have left young Philip Ifil asleep on the leather sofas in the AV room at Spurs Lodge? Given everything in training? Of course he had, but no. A tough session in the gym? No.His amazing start to the season finally catching up with him? No. "I was playing on the Playstation and started to feel tired," he explained. 17-year-olds today, eh?
PEDRO MENDES certainly showed a great sense of humour when a national newspaper arrived to interview him at the Lodge last week. Our Portuguese midfielder speaks excellent English but as the newspaper concerned simply presumed that he did, Pedro devilishly elected to pretend that he didn't and, for the first five minutes, went into Fawlty Towers mode with a superb impersonation of Manuel! Just as the reporter's stress levels were rapidly rising, Pedro piped up again in perfect English and said: "Would you like us to conduct the photographic session first before we do the interview?"Although the reporter knew that he had been the victim of a wind-up, throughout which Pedro’s acting was superb, he took it very well!
SCOOP has to admit that eyebrows were raised when stumbling into a conversation between The Evening Standard's Adrian Curtis and our own Head of Communications Donna Cullen. "I've a bruised finger from rubbing players' bottoms," Adrian explained to Donna as Scoop spluttered on a mouthful of coffee. Surely this was taking persuading the lads for a quick word too far. Thankfully, the conversation was actually about Adrian's expertise on the Subbuteo table. It turns out that Adrian had recently travelled to the Subbuteo World Cup with his son, Sam. Representing England, Adrian tried to to gloss over the fact that he was, as he explained, 'hammered' in the veterans' section but he was rightly proud of Sam who at just nine, was the youngest member of the Under-19 team that made it to the semi-finals.
THANKS TO Teddy Sheringham, Press Officer John Fennelly has had his bathroom sink unblocked! John lives out in the sticks and was having trouble persuading the village plumber to return to Fenners Towers to sort out what was a complicated problem. But a mutual friend offered to intercede, telling him that the Ipswich-supporting artisan was on his way to West Ham on Saturday and, should the Tractor Boys win, would be in such a good mood that he would certainly do the business. In the end, Town came back to draw 1-1 but the plumber was so relieved to see Teddy miss a penalty that the Spurs connection was enough for him to turn up, plunger in hand! And we’re all so grateful that full washing arrangements have resumed!