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Posted on 13 June 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).

Our ongoing media watch for Spurs in the news, progress of old boys and a 'Blast from the Past'.

GLENN IS REPORTED in the Star to be locked in a transfer battle with former club Southampton for the services of Russian World Cup star Valeri Karpin - available on a free transfer from Celta Vigo.

Karpin, 33, is also said to have attracted the interest of Fulham. Capped 71 times by his country, he scored in Russia's 2-0 win over Tunisia.

Glenn is quoted as saying: "I am looking to strengthen our midfield and there are a couple of players who I think could do a decent job for us."

TEDDY APPARENTLY STRUGGLED to contain his delight at the elimination of Argentina from the World Cup. Ted, a member of the England squad in 1998, has mentioned before the disgust they felt at the OTT celebrations by the Argentinians in their team bus after they defeated England on penalties.

"Very sweet," said Ted in a number of this morning's papers. "Very sweet indeed. It's just a shame we didn't knock them out ourselves. I would have been great to walk off and see their faces if that had happened.

"If we see them on the coach on their way home maybe we'll give them a wave.

"We've got a great chance now," he added. "But now the two big boys are out, you never know. It's up for grabs.

"But it's like the FA Cup - you look at the draw and think you have a chance, then you come unstuck against someone you shouldn't.

MILENKO ACIMOVIC POINTED to a positive future for Slovenia after an improved showing in their final group game against Paraguay on Wednesday.

Slovenia took the lead with an Acimovic goal before Paraguay emerged 3-1 winners and they now join Spain in the second phase where they will take on Christian Ziege's Germany.

"I believe that Slovenia will be able to give great performances in the future," said Milenko, who is set to join Spurs.

"The Paraguay match has shown possibilities for Slovenian football."

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Email address jspurs asked what has happened to Jose Dominguez.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Jose has been with 1FC Kaiserslautern in Germany since leaving Tottenham during November, 2000. He has not however been a regular in their Bundesliga team, netting once in seven outings in season 2000-01 and making two appearances in 2001-02.


Wednesday June 12

THE MAIL REPORTS that impressionist Alistair McGowan's next target is BBC reporter and former Spur Garth Crooks, who he is going to portray asking one of his famous long questions that the subject loses track of.

The snippet adds that England coach Steve McClaren once remarked, as Crooks began a question, that he was off for a shower and would be back before Garth had finished.

MORE FROM THE Teddy Q & A in July's FourFourTwo mag - Ted was asked if it annoys him that he's constantly referred to as having 'a great footballing brain'? And what is the square root of 81?

To which Ted replied: "It doesn't annoy me. I'm a slow player, so people must look at me and say, 'how does he get into those positions?' Hence all the first yard in his head stuff!

"The square root of 81? (instantly) Nine! Is that right, yeah?

So he is a clever Teddy after all.

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Michael Schloss asked for an update on Martin Chivers.

Club historian Andy Porter supplied this passage from the Spurs v Southampton programme in January 2001...

Martin Chivers broke into the professional game by writing to Southampton requesting a trial. Placed with their nursery side, he made his senior debut at the age of 17 and went on to net 220 goals in a Football League career spanning 469 appearances.

Capped 24 times by England he led the national forward line during the early Seventies, notching 13 goals. It took a reported record transfer fee of £125,000 to prise him from
Southampton in January, 1968 yet that fee was repaid many times over with 174 goals in 367 senior games during his nine seasons with us.

Born at Southampton on April 27, 1945, Martin Harcourt Chivers attended Foundry Lane and Taunton Grammar schools. His trial application to Saints resulted in him being placed with C.P.C. Sports in May, 1961 and he signed professional forms in September the following year.
He made his League debut in a 1-0 home win over Charlton Athletic on September 8, 1962 and
went on to net 107 goals in 189 games for Southampton. His best season for goals was 1965-66, leading the second division scoring chart with 30, helping Saints gain promotion as runners-up to Manchester City.

A regular member of the England Under-23 side, he won 17 caps - 12 as a Saint plus five with us - prior to his Full international debut against Malta during February, 1971. His final game for Alf Ramsey's side was the ill-fated Poland game at Wembley in October, 1973.

At club level, Chiv won League Cup winners tankards in both 1971 and 1973 with a UEFA Cup medal as a reward for his 42 goal contribution to season 1971-72. Amazingly, throughout his career, Martin did not score a League hat-trick yet he notched several in cup competitions.
Indeed, his tally of 23 goals in the League Cup and 22 in Europe both remain as club records.

On leaving Tottenham he enjoyed a two year spell with Servette, netting 38 goals, winning a Swiss Cup medal in 1978. Chiv resumed his League career with spells at Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion, making his final League appearance for Brighton against Norwich on October 27, 1979.

Spells followed as player/manager of Dorchester Town, player/coach at Norwegian club Vard and a playing stint at Barnet in the Alliance Premier League.

Martin ran a pub at Brookmans Park for a number of years and now works as a sales manager for a Hertfordshire firm as well as organising our Veterans' team.


Tuesday May 11

THE DAILY MAIL reports that our director of football David Pleat escaped unhurt when his driver misjudged a railway crossing and the car was hit by the dropping barrier. We will contact David to check he is okay.

Also in the Mail, Christian Ziege is listed in the five best Mohicans but, as he informed us on Monday, Christian no longer sports the style.




SLOVENIA HAVE HAD a fairly miserable time out at the World Cup. Defeated by Spain and South Africa and the star player sent home, but Milenko Acimovic has enjoyed welcome happy thoughts to divert him from his nation's troubles.

"Spurs is the start of something big for me," said the 25-year-old who has agreed to join. "The World Cup hasn't been very happy for Slovenia so it is good to have something else to think about."



TEDDY SHERINGHAM IS the subject of a no-holds-barred Q & A in July's FourFourTwo magazine and he didn't shirk a question. We'll throw a few in during the course of this week, and this is for starters...

Q - How many and what kind of sit-ups do you do each day to achieve that washboard physique?

Ted - Haha, I think I've been blessed with that physique. My dad's very slim and I'm similar. But I was always told as a young boy at Millwall that your stomach is the core of your body strength and to keep a check on that. So I do a couple of hundred sit-ups twice a week - no more than anybody else really. But, perhaps as I've worked on it as a kid it's, er, stayed tight. Just turned 36 and there's still a couple of ripples there.

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Matthew asked what Jurgen Klinsmann is up to these days.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Jurgen lives with his wife and family in Los Angeles. We will be hearing more from him over the next four years as he is one of the DFB ambassadors for the 2006 World Cup. His Spurs colleague Gary Mabbutt remains in regular contact with Jurgen.



Monday May 10

MILENKO ACIMOVIC STARTED for Slovenia against South Africa on Saturday but could not prevent his country from going out of Group B contention. They were beaten 1-0 by the South Africans following a 4th minute goal from Nomvethe.

Slovenia did not carry much of a threat, Acimovic providing their best opening before the interval when he drove in a powerful shot that drifted just over the bar.



IN A REPORT suggesting Juan Veron is tobe dropped for Argentina's now vital clash against Sweden, Ossie Ardiles is quoted as saying their World Cup dreams could be hampered by a complacent approach.

"If you start dreaming about the World Cup final before you get there you will come unstuck," he said in Monday's Mail. "No team in the World Cup has a devine right to advance."



TEDDY SHERINGHAM STILL feels that France, Germany, Italy and Argentina will rescue their World Cup and progress to the knock-out stages.

"I fully expect them to get into the next round," said Teddy in the Star. "Argentina don't have an easy game against Sweden, but you'd still expect them to get into the next stage.

"That's the way World Cups are. It is very rare that you see teams of that calibre fall by the wayside when it's in their own hands."

THE NEWS OF THE WORLD Planet Football gossip column tags Spurs with a few players linked with other clubs.

Torino are supposed to have joined the race for Ipswich midfielder Matt Holland - with George Burley saying he is unlikely to be able to retain the Republic of Ireland star. The NOTW says he is also wanted by Fulham Leeds and Spurs.

Nigerian star Jay-Jay Okocha has seemingly priced himself out of a switch to Bolton and is planning to use the England game as a showcase for his talents. The report says he is eyeing a move to either Spurs or Chelsea.

Real Madrid are reported to be looking for a buyer for Steve McManaman and the NOTW suggest that Leeds and Spurs are interested.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Karen Baker asked for any information on Shaun Close.

Club historian Andy Porter informed...

The following extract appeared in the club programme v Torquay last season.


Shaun Close made a dozen senior appearances in our colours during a 15 month spell in 1986 and 1987 having progressed through the ranks as a YTS player. A prolific goalscorer he led our Junior, Youth and Reserve team scoring charts prior to emerging in the first XI. He scored twice in three League Cup outings, netting in home ties with Barnsley in 1986 and Torquay a year later.

Born at Islington on September 8, 1966, Shaun Charles Close attended King Harold School, Waltham Abbey. He represented Harlow, West Essex and London schoolboys before joining us on the YTS scheme in September, 1983. Shaun had already made his mark by leading our Junior goalscoring list as a schoolboy in 1982-83 with 11 goals in 17 appearances.

He signed professional forms in August, 1984 and notched 36 goals in 33 games for our
senior Youth side during 1984-85, following this up with 22 in 32 Combination appearances the following season.

A loan spell with Swedish club Halmstads BK during the summer of 1986 preceded his goalscoring debut against Barnsley in October, 1986. Six of his nine League games for us were as a substitute.

Following a two month loan spell with AFC Bournemouth Shaun joined the south coast outfit for an £80,000 fee in March, 1988, netting eight goals in 39 League matches. Ossie Ardiles signed him for Swindon Town in September, 1989 making 44 League appearances, scoring once, in his four years there.

A single season stint at Barnet yielded two goals in 27 League games. He ended his playing career in season 1994-95 with spells at Isthmian League clubs Bishops Stortford and St. Albans City.

Since 1994 Shaun and his wife have run The George public house at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire although he does hope to continue in the game in a coaching capacity.