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Posted on 9 July 2002  - 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).

A fresh round of links to the club, transfer tittle-tattle and the progress of old boys in our regular feature.

THE DAILY MAIL speculates that we have lined up a £3m move for Turkish World Cup star Fatih Akyel. The Fenerbahce defender played in all Turkey's games in Japan and South Korea and the paper suggests that Glenn is poised to swoop for the former Galataseray and Real Mallorca right back who can also play at centre-half.

Monday July 8

THE MAIL SUGGESTS that Nuno Gomes is on the verge of completing a cut-price move to the Lane from Italian outfit Fiorentina, reporting that lengthy discussions took place with Spurs officials in Portugal over the weekend.

The reports says that talks went on from late Friday until 5am on Saturday at the Marina Hotel in Vilamoura and ended with Gomes expressing an eagerness to join the club.

FORMER SPURS BOSS Terry Venables is back in football management, having been confirmed as the new boss of Leeds United on a two-year contract. He replaces David O'Leary in the Elland Road hotseat following reports that Celtic's Martin O'Neill and Steve McClaren of Middlesbrough rejected overtures.

REPORTS SUGGEST THAT Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric is set to block Harry Redknapp's move to sign David Ginola, freed by Everton at the end of the season.

Ginola, 35, looked set to head south despite receiving offers from clubs in France and Belgium. It appears his reported weekly wage demands are proving a stumbling block.

Mandaric is quoted as saying: "I will meet Harry this week to discuss Ginola. There is no doubt he has been a great player but he is not young and we must be careful. We have lost a lot of money in the three years I have been here as chairman and Ginola would cost us a considerable amount in wages and other fees."


Neville Boylan asked for any information on his grandfather's favourite player, Len Duquemin.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Full Name: Leonard Stanley Duquemin
Born: Cobo, Guernsey July 17,1924

Position: Centre forward

Career: Guernsey Rangers; Vauxbelet Old Boys; Tottenham Hotspur trialist December, 1945, amateur January 17, 1946; Chelmsford City on loan; Tottenham Hotspur professional September 7, 1946; Bedford Town November 21, 1958; Hastings United 1960; Romford July, 1961, retiring in May, 1962.

Honours: Football League Division Two Champions 1950, Football League Champions 1951, Southern League Champions 1959.

First Team Appearances and Goals for Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs Debut: March 9,1946 v Fulham Football League South
Final Match: March 23,1957 v Newcastle United Division One

Football League Appearances 274 Goals 114
FA Cup 33/20
Wartime League 1/0

The son of a Guernsey farmer, after signing amateur forms for Spurs Len played a couple of games for Southern League club Chelmsford City under the management of Arthur Rowe, who later became his boss at Tottenham.

His tally of 114 goals for Tottenham in the Football League is the sixth highest ever by a Spurs player.

He featured for three Southern League clubs after leaving Tottenham. In 1958-59 he scored 22 goals in 22 games to help Bedford to the league title - including six in a 9-0 win versus Poole Town - and notched 33 goals the following season. He made eight appearances for Romford during 1961-62, scoring four goals.

Towards the end of his Spurs career he ran a newsagents shop at Northumberland Park in Tottenham. He later ran the Lord Nelson pub at Barnet and in 1988 retired after being mine host of The Haunch of Venison pub at Cheshunt, Herts.

Len now lives at Scotland Green in Tottenham, barely a ten minute walk from the Spurs ground. He is still a regular visitor to White Hart Lane on matchdays.