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Sounding off on Sol: Part I

Posted on 4 July 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).

We certainly received a heavy Sound Off mailbag when we asked<I> 'what do you think of Sol Campbell's move to Arsenal'</I>. It is such an emotive issue and, predictably, fans are unhappy at Sol swapping N17 for N5. <P class=MsoNormal>Have your Sound Off by e-mailing us in the&nbsp&#59;usual way - turn to our Sound Off section by<I> <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/shelf_life/display.asp?lid=178">clicking here</A></I> <P class=MsoNormal>Here is a selection from the first batch of responses on Sol's move to Highbury. <P class=MsoNormal>From Andy Rockall, Buckhurst Hill, Essex: Sol, how could you? Anywhere but there. <P>Unbelievable. When David Buchler said &lsquo&#59;there's not a cat's chance in hell of Sol walking out in an Arsenal shirt next season&rsquo&#59; he reflected the views of all Spurs fans - that Sol at least had some loyalty left to Spurs. Sol has turned his back on the one group of people he said he never would - the fans. Shame on you, Sol.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Jon Walthall, Boscombe: I wish Sol all the luck in the world, especially when he comes back to the Lane.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Tom Mitchell, Bude, Cornwall: I am gutted but not entirely surprised. Sol initially hurt the club by refusing to sit down and discuss a deal and has now completely spat in the face of the club and its supporters by signing for Arsenal.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Gary Herbert, Tottenham: Sol has shown a complete lack of loyalty to Spurs, despite his statement that '10 years means nothing to some people'. How right you are, Sol. As for the reception he'll receive, I would suggest some ear plugs on the day.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Wayne Tuckwell, Westbury on Severn: I cannot believe it, what a back stabber. He said he was Tottenham through and through and now he goes and does this - of all the clubs in the world to go to, he walks in to the Gooners camp. I hope that he gets a good reception when he comes back, as he did a far bit for us, but to be honest, I think he will have a really tough time of it. I think even the Gooners fans are going to give him a tough time. I just hope he remembers where he learnt his trade<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Steve Hubbard, Upminster: Sol Campbell - so very disappointing to think that he could have gone anywhere but there. What a slap in the face for the club and its supporters. What price loyalty? Come on Spurs shelve out some big cash &mdash&#59; and show Campbell and the rest that we mean business!<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From J Atkins, London: In modern day football loyalty takes a back seat to financial rewards and ambition, but this is taking things too far. I am in a state of disbelief that Sol can feel comfortable pulling on that red shirt. He had so many other options open to him, he has disgraced himself with this choice. I hope he can sleep at night. Any other team on the planet and he would have had everyone's best wishes and now he has the cheek to ask us to understand his decision - never.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Tim Sainty, London: He's a disgrace. The way he has led the club on over the last two years via leaks to the press has shown a complete lack of disregard for THFC. If he would have been big enough to say he wanted to leave then that would have been fair enough, but his comments about 'lack of ambition' could only be detrimental to our chances of getting other players to join. I for one, will not miss him.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>From Craig Skeggs, Newport, Isle of Wight: I don&rsquo&#59;t feel let down by him joining the Gooners. Let&rsquo&#59;s face it he let us all down months ago. But it proved that his &lsquo&#59;love&rsquo&#59; for Spurs was rubbish. Even Emmanuel Petit had the grace to admit he could not join his former club&rsquo&#59;s greatest rivals - and he's a Frenchman. I thought an Englishman would have more understanding. Sorry Sol, you have proved to be a very weak man.</SPAN>