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Posted on 24 May 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).

The latest in our feature keeping an eye on present and former Spurs in the news, links to the club, progress of old boys and a blast from the past.


TEDDY SHERINGHAM INSISTS he is not planning to be at the World Cup simply to make up the numbers or improve his golf swing. Teddy is the most experienced outfield player in Sven Goran Eriksson's group for the finals in the Far East, but has yet to start a game for the Swede. His experience could yet prove valuable to the England boss, as he has the adaptability to excel in any given system.

"I have played every system you can think of in my career and believe I can cope with everything, whether it is the long ball game, the short ball game or a mix," explained Teddy.

"You can only be yourself. You cannot pretend to be somebody else. I am what I am and that is the reason the manager picked me. Perhaps I have a bit more experience than most of the other lads, but we need everyone in this squad.

"The morale is good despite the injuries. You need strong characters coming through all the time. This side is just evolving as the next generation of international players. I don't think they would be playing for England if they were not made of the right stuff.

"I don't want to come all this way just to sit on the bench. Ideally I want to be playing football rather than just be a bit part player."

Teddy has certainly made an impression on England's young wild card Joe Cole, who is relishing training with the senior players.

"You can learn so much from training with them," said Cole. "Teddy, in particular, has caught my eye. He is a world class player and shows that every day in his work. He sets an example."

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Joseph Azzopardi wrote in asking:
I would like to know what happened to Bobby Smith. I always felt he was a fine centre forward who should have led the England attack in the 1962 World Cup finals.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Bobby still lives close to Tottenham but rarely visits the club. He scored 13 goals in 15 games for England between October, 1960 and November, 1963 having been a non-playing member of the 1958 World Cup squad.

Thursday 23 May

REPORTS ARE CIRCULATING that Sergei Rebrov is being linked with a return to his former club Dynamo Kiev. A Kiev official was widely quoted on Wednesday evening as saying "we'll meet him in two weeks to discuss his transfer", while the Mirror reports Sergei saying he never imagined sitting on the bench.

"I did not come to England just to make good money," Sergei is quoted as saying. "I never imagined I would be sitting on the bench."

TEDDY SHERINGHAM JOINED England's walking wounded on Wednesday, suffering from a blister on his foot. Teddy's minor ailment appears to be the least of Sven Goran Eriksson worries ahead of the World Cup opener against his native Sweden. Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy requires a bone scan after injuring his foot in training, joining Kieron Dyer, Nicky Butt and David Beckham on the doubtful starters list. It is reported that under-21 players Alan Smith and David Dunn have been placed on alert. England were eliminated from the European Championships on Wednesday evening, suffering a 3-1 reverse to an impressive Portugal.




CHRISTIAN ZIEGE HAS been struck by a bout of national fervour and has done something of a Beckham. Christian's now trademark shaven skull has been mohican-ed but, not only that, in the colours of the German flag!

It could well have been an attempt by Christian to lighten the mood in a German camp that has been rocked by injuries, with Jorg Heinrich being the latest to drop out, following hard on the heels of Sebastian Deisler, Christian Woerns, Jens Novotny and Mehmet Scholl.

Meanwhile, Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen completed their season with a 1-1 draw for Norway in a home friendly against Iceland.




BLAST FROM THE PAST
Barry Gilbert asked whatever happened to Alfie Conn?

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Alfie Conn is alive and well, working at a Glasgow pub. He scored seven goals in 43 senior appearances for Spurs between 1974 and 1977 and also played for Rangers, Celtic, Blackpool, Hearts and Pittsburgh (USA). Fondly remembered by anyone who was a teenager in the mid seventies!

Wednesday 22 May

With the World Cup opener against Sweden only 11 days away, the sport pages are naturally pretty much concentrating on England's preparations and there is no mention of Spurs.

Pencils are being sharpened by 'Fleet Street's' finest as a 1-1 acclimatization draw with co-host's South Korea was not considered a job well done. Sven Goran Eriksson begins to take a bit of a bashing for not picking his best team and sticking with it and the papers doubt the wisdom of the selection of Kieron Dyer

BLAST FROM THE PAST
Carl Wood asked whatever happened to David Howells?

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

David and his wife run a pub near the Hampshire/Surrey border. David is still playing, for Hartley Wintney in the Combined Counties League. He scored their fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Chipstead on Saturday, March 23.



Tuesday 21 May

THE DAILY RECORD says Rangers striker Tore Andre Flo is ready to head south again, but he is only prepared to join either Fulham or Spurs, suggests the paper.

The Norwegian former Chelsea striker is rated at £12million. He still has a house in London and does not want to uproot his family, the paper claims.


EX-SPURS PETER Crouch and Luke Young both started for England under-21s in the 2-1 European Championship group defeat to Italy on Monday evening.

In something of a departure from usual managerial speak, boss David Platt accepted he got it wrong playing Crouch as a sole striker with Blackburn's David Dunn operating behind the now Villa man..

"I messed up a bit with the formation and we were all at sea until I changed it," said a candid Platt.

Crouch scored in the opening group win over hosts Switzerland and is making quite a name for himself, one he can't quite believe.

"It's been an unbelieveable few months for me," he said reflecting on his big-money move from Portsmouth to Villa. "The move from Tottenham was a big thing and it's paid dividends.

"Gerry Francis knew me from Spurs and took me with him when he went back to Queens Park Rangers. He and the Spurs youth team manager, Des Bulpin (who also left for QPR), were massive influences on my career."


KEEPING AN UNDER-21 theme, the former successful boss of the young England side, ex-Spur Peter Taylor, is being strongly liked with the vacant Stoke City manager's job.

Stoke were promoted back to Division One last week, via the play-offs, but that was not enough to keep Gudjon Thordason in his job.

Taylor's reputation might have taken a bit of a battering at Leicester City, but his stock is back on the up after securing promotion for Brighton before recently resigning.

A FEATURE IN Monday's Evening Standard reminds us that only three years ago Chris Armstrong featured in Kevin Keegan's first England squad for the Euro 2000 qualifier against Poland.

He replaced the injured Les Ferdinand in the squad and was on the bench for the Wembley win. Chris has now been released by Spurs at the end of his contract, but he remains confident in his ability.

"I've had a lot of injuries and I just want to play football again. I'd like to stay in the Premiership and I'm confident when I'm fit I can score goals there. We'll have to see what happens in the summer.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Rebekah Blackburn writes in to say she'd love to know what's happened to Terry Dyson since he left Spurs.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Since leaving Tottenham in May, 1965 Terry played for Fulham & Colchester before dropping into non league football with spells at Guildford City, Kings Lynn, Wealdstone (manager), Wingate (coach), Ruislip Manor, Boreham Wood & Kingbury (all as manager). Also ran a sportswear shop in Middlesex until the early Nineties. Currently works as an observer for the FA Premier Academy League.



Monday 20 May

THE GERMAN NATIONAL side are taking a bit of a media bashing in their homeland ahead of the World Cup - moreso after losing to Wales in Cardiff. Pundits and ex-players are lining up tohave a pop at Rudi Voller's side and it is reported that the most common question from the German media in the press box at the Millennium Stadium after Robert Earnshaw scored what turned out to be the winner was "so you're saying he plays in your third division?"

But it is not uncommon for the Germans to approach a major tournament being written off before a ball has even been kicked, and Jurgen Klinsmann feels this side can still make a big impression.

"This team are on course to find their own identity and spirit," said the ex-Spur. "Maybe the have the potential to go to the semi-finals.

"Of course it would have been better to put on a good performance against Wales, but I don't think this is a drama."


WAYNE BRIDGE HAS named Glenn as one of the Southampton managers to have backed him as he contemplates playing in the World Cup for England.

Bridge entered the squad with a late run after making his debut against Holland in February and he credits the belief shown in him by his club managers for his progress.

"I've been lucky, every one of the managers I've had at Southampton - Dave Jones, Glenn Hoddle, Stuart Gray and Gordon Strachan - has believed in my ability."


GRAHAM ROBERTS SAYS he would relish the chance to manage a Football League club. The robust ex-Spur and a member of the side that won back-to-back FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in the early eighties is currently in charge at Ryman League club Carshalton Athletic after previous stints at Yeovil, Hertford, Chesham, Slough and Boreham Wood.

Roberts, 42, told FourFourTwo that non-league bosses should be given the chance to further their careers at a higher level, but doesn't feel it will happen.

"A lot of good managers in non-league don't get a chance. You wonder why chairmen aren't looking around. I think they are frightened to give a youngster a chance in case he does well, but I'd like these professional managers to come down to this level.

"I've been at clubs where you're scrimping and saving - at Hertford we'd split the bar takings for wages.



SPURS LEGEND STEVE Perryman's J-League club Kashiwa Reysol held World Cup qualifiers Senegal to a 0-0 draw in Shizuoka on Sunday. Perryman's boys enjoyed the better chances in front of 8,500 fans at Fujieda Stadium.





FORMER SPUR IAN Crook has been named Manager of the Year in Australia after guiding Newcastle to second place in the National Soccer League. Crook, who was at Spurs between 1982 and 1986, made 25 appearances for the club, scoring one goal.


BLAST FROM THE PAST!
Every now and again Spurs fans mail in and request the whereabouts of a former personal favourite. When he can, club historian Andy Porter delves into his files to provide the answer and the query is replied to.

There have been plenty, and now we're going to share the info to keep us all in know.

First up, Dr Michael Woolf requested the whereabouts of Tommy Harmer, the inside forward who made his first appearance for the club in a friendly against Hibernian in May 1950 and League debut in September 1951.

Andy Porter informs...

Tommy Harmer is still a regular visitor to White Hart Lane at the age of 74. Following his playing career with Spurs (51 goals in 222 league & cup games between 1951 and 1960), plus spells at Watford and Chelsea, he worked as a messenger for a bank in London. Still lives in North London.