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Posted on 20 August 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).

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Everton manager Walter Smith is set to name an unchanged side from the one which won 2-1 at Charlton on the opening day of the season.

Summer signing Tomasz Radzinski has recovered from a hamstring problem, but is unlikely to break up the partnership of Kevin Campbell and Duncan Ferguson, which was so effective on Saturday.

Radzinski will have to settle for a place on the bench, and could be joined by defender Gary Naysmith, who is fit again after a thigh injury.


Tottenham expect Argentinian full-back Mauricio Taricco to be fit for their clash with Everton at Goodison Park tonight.

The former Ipswich man was forced to come off in Saturday's goalless draw with Aston Villa after suffering from cramp, but is unlikely to join Spurs' lengthy injury list.

Strikers Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand and Chris Armstrong plus midfielder Tim Sherwood and Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Carr are all virtually certain to miss the Goodison Park clash.

And England midfielder Darren Anderton, who has recently returned from further Achilles trouble, is likely to be restricted to a substitute's role.

StatPack by Trevor Simmons

Head to Head
Played 128
Everton won 42
Tottenham won 46
Drawn 40

Tottenham have an excellent recent record over Everton. They are unbeaten in the last eight Premiership games (winning 5) and have lost only one of the last 19 (winning 10). Everton have gained only 3 pts from last 24 available.

Everton's last win came in April 1997, when Gary Speed scored their 1-0 Premiership winner at Goodison Park.

Tottenham have gained more Premiership points off Everton than against any other side. In the 18 Premiership meetings, Tottenham have gained 37 pts from a possible 54, while Everton have gained only 10 pts.

There have been 19 goals scored in the last five games, despite the last game ending in a goalless draw.

Everton suffered their heaviest ever League defeat, when losing 10-4 at Tottenham in a Division One game in October 1958.

Head to Head (at Goodison Park)
Played 64
Everton won 29
Tottenham won 14
Drawn 21

Tottenham are unbeaten on their last four visits to Goodison Park (8 pts from a possible 12), and have lost only one of the last nine (winning 4).

Everton's only home Premiership win v Tottenham came in April 1997 (see above).

In the nine Premiership meetings here, Tottenham have won four, Everton won one, with four draws. Tottenham have conceded only five Premiership goals here.

Now in their 48th consecutive season in the top division. Only Arsenal have had a longer unbroken stay in the top division.

Everton have been involved in a relegation battle in 5 of the 9 seasons since the Premiership was formed, including 2 last-day escapes (1993-94 and 1997-98).

This is their 99th season out of 103 in the top division since becoming founder members of the Football League in 1888 (no other club can better that). Spent only 4 seasons out of the top division in their history.

The club's only major honour in the last 14 seasons was the FA Cup in 1995, when Joe Royle's side defeated Man Utd 1-0.

In the 9 seasons of the Premiership, Everton have only once finished in the top 10 (6th in 1995-96). In the last 5 seasons, Everton have finished no higher than 13th - 15th, 17th, 14th, 13th and 16th.

Everton won their first opening day fixture in five seasons on Saturday at Charlton.

Pre-Season News
Everton spent almost half the £10m they received from Arsenal for Francis Jeffers (May), on Canadian international Tomasz Radzinski from Belgian champions Anderlecht (July). Their only other summer signing was Alan Stubbs, who signed on a Bosman-free transfer in July, having spent the previous 5 years at Celtic.

Everton were linked with a move for Romanian international, Daniel Prodan, during the summer, but after impressing during a week's trial, transfer talks later broke down.

Other departures this summer were: Stephen Hughes (free to Watford), Phil Jevons (£150,000 to Grimsby) and Peter Degn (nominal to Brondby), while Richard Gough retired at the end of a 21-year career. Alex Nyarko's turbulent Everton career is over for the foreseeable future after agreeing an extended loan spell with Monaco, who have an option to buy him after that.

Michael Ball has been training with Glasgow Rangers with the full permission of Everton, even though his move to Ibrox has yet to be finalised. His knee injury prevented any deal taking place prior to Champions League Qualifier deadline, and Rangers insisted he proved his fitness before any move could be sealed.

Kevin Campbell was named the new club captain.

Pre-Season Friendly Results
July 28 v Preston (a) W3-1 (Moore, Unsworth, Campbell)
July 31 v Burnley (a) W1-0 (Alexandersson)
Aug 4 v Tranmere (a) L0-1
Aug 7 v Wigan (a) W6-1 (Campbell 3, Stubbs, Ferguson, Alexandersson
Aug 11 v Hereford (a) W2-1 (Chadwick, Tal)
Aug 13 v Espanyol (h) W1-0 (Moore)

Last Season
Finished 16th - their third lowest ever Premiership finish (came 17th in 1994 and 1998).

Gained 42 pts from their 38 games, winning 11 and losing 18 - their most number of defeats in a 38-game Premiership season. The fewest amount of points they have gained in a Premiership season was 40 in 1997-98, when they finished 17th.

Despite winning three successive games in November 2000 (v Bradford, Arsenal & Chelsea), Everton struggled to put together a decent run of results. On only one other occasion did they win back-to-back League games.

Scored 45 goals - 14 short of the amount they reached in 1999-2000 (59 goals).

Conceded 59 goals (14 in last 6 games) - the most they have conceded in a 38-game Premiership season. Only the bottom three (Man City, Coventry & Bradford) conceded more.

At Goodison Park Last Season
Won only 6 of their 19 home League games - equalling their record for fewest home wins in a Premiership season (also won only 6 in 1998-99).

Lost only 5 games at home, however. Only Tottenham and Derby from the teams in the bottom half of the table lost fewer games at home.

Scored 29 goals - more than any other side in the bottom eight.

Had the third worst defensive record at home in the Premiership, conceding 27 goals. Only Bradford (29 goals) and Man City (31 goals) let in more.

Forthcoming Premiership Games
Aug 25 v Middlesbrough (h)
Sep 8 v Man Utd (a)
Sep 15 v Liverpool (h)
Sep 19 v Leeds (a)
Sep 22 v Blackburn (a)
Sep 29 v West Ham (h)

Walter Smith
* Appointed Everton manager in July 1998, taking over from Howard Kendall.
* His contract keeps him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2003.
* Smith won 13 major honours during his 7 years at Ibrox.
* During his 37 months in charge, he has spent almost £55m (£53.8m) on 28
different players. He has recouped almost £50m on 35 players.

Everton Under Smith In Premiership
115 35 33 47

Everton Under Smith In All Comps
133 44 38 51

The last of Tottenham's two title wins came in 1961 under Bill Nicholson (now the club's president). They, of course, completed the `double' that season by also winning the FA Cup.

The club have won two major honours in the last 17 seasons - the 1991 FA Cup, and the 1999 Worthington Cup.

Tottenham will be hoping to end this season higher than 10th, for the first time in six seasons, since finishing 8th in 1995-96. Their best Premiership finish is 7th in 1994-95 under Gerry Francis.

Tottenham's last 5-year Premiership record: 10th, 14th, 11th, 10th and 12th.

This is their 24th successive season in the top division, since gaining promotion from the old Div 2 in 1977-78.

Pre-Season News
The club have signed five players since the end of last season (all internationals), for a total of £6.9m. Teddy Sheringham was the first player to arrive on a Bosman-free transfer, only a week after playing his last game for Man Utd. He joins Tottenham for a second time after a 4-year absence. Gustavo Poyet was next to arrive when he cost £1.5m from Chelsea in June. Yugoslavian international central defender, Goran Bunjevcevic (£1.4m from Red Star Belgrade), Christian Ziege (£4m from Liverpool) and Kasey Keller (free, played for Rayo Vallecano last season) completed Hoddle's summer spending.

Tottenham had a £4m bid for Southampton central defender, Dean Richards, rejected last week.

Sol Campbell completed his departure from White Hart Lane early in July, joining Arsenal on a free transfer, after his contract expired at the end of last season.

Other major departures since end of last season: Ian Walker (£2.5m to Leicester), Dave McEwan (free to QPR) and Luke Young (£4m to Charlton).

Sheringham was named the new club captain on Thursday, in succession to the departed Sol Campbell.

Pre-Season Friendly Results
July 13 v Stevenage Bor. (a) W8-1 (Poyet 3, Ferguson 2, Kamanan 2, Freund)
July 17 v Swindon (a) W3-1 (Iversen, Kamanan, Piercy)
July 19 v L Orient (a) W2-0 (Davies, Rebrov)
July 21 v Wycombe (a) W2-1 (Sheringham, Iversen)
July 25 v Portsmouth (a) W5-2 (Rebrov 2, Sheringham, Iversen, Clemence)
Aug 1 v Reading (a) W2-0 (Poyet, Rebrov)
Aug 4 v Millwall (a) W2-1 (Rebrov, Ferdinand)
Aug 7 v Luton (a) D1-1 (Rebrov pen)
Aug 8 v Fiorentina (h) W3-0 (Ferdinand, Poyet, Iversen)
Aug 11 v AEK Athens (a) L1-2 (Poyet)

Last Season
Finished 12th - their third lowest Premiership finish (came 15th in 1993-94,
and 14th in 1997-98).

Tottenham's terrible away form (only 2 wins from 19) was a major factor in them not gaining a top 10 finish. They gained only 10 pts from a possible 57 on their travels, compared to 39 pts gained at White Hart Lane.

Won only 6 of their final 23 Premiership games.

Had the 7th worst defensive record in the Premiership, conceding 54 goals.

Away From Home Last Season
Had the fourth worst away record in the country, gaining only 10 pts. Only Bradford (7 pts), Tranmere (7 pts) and Oxford (8 pts) had worse away records.

Sergei Rebrov's 1-0 winner at Man City on February 10, ended the club's 10-month away jinx (1st win in 15 away games since April 2000). Their only other away win came at Sunderland in April 2001.

Lost 13 of their 19 away games. Only Bradford (lost 14) suffered more defeats on their travels in the Premiership.

Won only 3 of their last 24 away Premiership games.

Forthcoming Premiership Games
Aug 25 v Blackburn (a)
Sep 9 v Southampton (h)
Sep 16 v Chelsea (h)
Sep 19 v Sunderland (a)
Sep 22 v Liverpool (a)
Sep 29 v Man Utd (h)

In February 2001, the club's new owners, ENIC, moved in at White Hart Lane. Alan Sugar stood down as Chairman, as the English National Investment Company took over with a 29.9% stake in the club. Daniel Levy, managing Director of ENIC plc will act as non-executive Chairman of the club. The responsibility of the day-to-day running of the club is down to David Buchler, who has been appointed vice-chairman.

Glenn Hoddle
* Officially appointed Tottenham manager on March 31 (5-year contract).
* Took with him Saints assistant John Gorman.
* Returned to the club he left as a player 13 years ago.
* Spent 14 months in charge at Southampton. The club were lying 17th in the
Premiership when he took over in January 2000, and when he left, they were
lying in 8th place - only 5 pts off a Champions League place.
* During his 12 years as a player at White Hart Lane, he scored 110 goals in
494 appearances in all competitions. He signed professional forms in 1975,
making his debut at the age of 18 as sub against Norwich.
* Won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1981 and 1982.
* A boyhood Spurs fan, he first saw them play at the age of 8.
* Won 53 caps for England (8 goals).

Hoddle's Managerial Career
Club Seasons
Swindon 1991-93
Chelsea 1993-96
England 1996-99
Southampton 2000-01

Tottenham Under Hoddle In All Comps
9 3 2 4

Tonight's referee is David Elleray. In 21 Premiership games he took charge of last season, he issued 68 yellow cards and 3 red