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Posted on 31 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).

We keep an eye on present and former Spurs in the news, links to the club, progress of old boys and a blast from the past.

Friday May 31
WORLD CUP
fever takes over and the only item of Spurs interest is a report in the Daily Express that reveals that Kasey Keller's elbow injury sustained in training will not keep him out of the reckoning for USA's first group game against Portugal on Wednesday.

Thursday May 30
JURGEN KLINSMANN SAYS the German public have adopted a realistic approach to Germany's chances of World Cup success in Japan and South Korea.

He reasoned in Wednesday's Evening Standard that the team is in the middle of their development and the attitude of the public is very different from normal - they know Germany are not going to win the tournament.

He traces the problems of the national team back to the Bundesliga.

"There are a lot of foreign players and not enough home grown leaders playing for the top clubs. We performed very badly at Euro 2000 when the players didn't get along with each other or the coach and then we struggled to qualify for the World Cup.

"So we have to admit that we are not at the same level as France, Argentina, Italy and maybe Brazil. No is the time to develop a new generation of players, but this takes years.

"Germany were always among the best so this new attitude might be difficult for the German fans to take in."

Meanwhile, a snippet in the Standard says we are one of a number of clubs being linked with Romanian hitman Adrian Ilie of Valencia.

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Anders Wallgren asks what Mark Falco is up to these days.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Mark still works as a matchday host at White Hart Lane. He lives at Braintree, Essex and works as a rep for a cleaning company as well as doing some football coaching. He featured in the March, 2002 issue of Spurs Monthly.



Wednesday May 29
SPURS ARE PRETTY well represented at World Cup 2002 when it comes to the battle of the TV stations.

The BBC are again going for a dash of Spurs glamour. Following the success of one David Ginola at France 98, Jamie Redknapp will take on the baton for Auntie and, of course, posing the questions will be former Spur Gary Lineker.

Another former Spurs striker will be on duty out in Japan and South Korea, Garth Crooks will again be donning his roving reporters cap.

On the other side, former WHL boss Terry Venables will continue in his chief pundit role alongside Des Lynam, while our very own director of football, David Pleat, will carry out his co-commentator duties from the Far East.

STAYING ON TV matters, over in Canada CBC and TSN are using British commentary for all their World Cup game coverage. It's something that's proven to be the people's choice with soccer fans over the years. "The BBC is to soccer is what Hockey Night in Canada is to hockey," said CBC World Cup host Brian Williams... TSN's World Cup analysts: Craig Forrest and Dick Howard... CBC's tandem: Bob Lenarduzzi and Jason de Vos.


BLAST FROM THE PAST!
Norma Howlett wrote in to ask if we have any records of Len Garwood, who played in the late 40s and early 50s for the Spurs.

Over to club historian Andy Porter...

Leonard Frank Garwood, born at Ranikhet, India (where his father was serving in the Forces) 28th July, 1923. A tool maker by trade he worked for Waterlow & Son - a Dunstable based printing firm. Originally a centre half he later converted to a wing half role. Played for Eton Bray, Cambridge Town & Hitchin Town before signing amateur forms for Spurs in 1944.

Made his senior debut in a wartime league game against Coventry City in May, 1946, signing part-time professional forms a week later. Featured twice in our League side during season 1948-49 and was a stalwart of the reserve & A teams making over 200 appearances.

In August, 1952 he moved on to Southern League club Bedford Town whom he served for seven years. Len Garwood passed away at Dunstable on 16th July, 1979.


Tuesday May 28
SPURS LEGEND RICKY Villa said in the Evening Standard that he would prefer Argentina's social and economic problems to be solved than the country win the World Cup.

He was responding to reports that the Europe-based players in the squad wanted to win in order to bring happiness to the suffering people at home. Ricky explained that this is a worthy sentiment, but a World Cup win would bring happiness for about a month and the problems would remain.

Ricky says the problems in Argentina are getting worse, but there is still excitement about the World Cup and he feels Marcelo Bielsa's team have a good chance of winning, with players like Aimar, Crespo and Batistuta at the coach's disposal. He did, however, point out that there was great confusion over the omission of Barcelona striker Saviola to accomodate Claudio Caniggia - 'he is an old man!' Ricky lamented.

On England, Ricky says Michael Owen and David Beckham are up there with the best and the Argentinians hope Beckham plays against them. He also mentions that a recent visit to Spurs Lodge reminded him that Glenn was the best English player ever seen.

This is the closing passage of Ricky's article on the hype surrounding Argentina v England.

"England-Argentina. It's a great derby for us and for you, but I just hope that we can keep down the ugly side surrounding it.

"I want to see a game played with 100 per cent commitment, a game that everyone will say was great. People get crazy about this game but I have to keep saying: 'It's a big match for both of us but, in the end, it's only a game of football'."

USA COACH BRUCE Arena admits he is considering alternating Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel in the opening two games of the group stage and then making a decision for the third.

"My first option is to play the same goalkeeper in all three games, while the second is to split them between game one and two and see who comes out best. The decision will be based on who I think will give us the best chance to win."

ASTON VILLA BOSS Graham Taylor says he will not permit striker Juan Pablo Angel to head to London, with Chelsea and Spurs being named as possible suitors.

The Star says agents are trying to fix up the Colombian with a move to London, but Taylor said of the unsettled forward: "Juan Pablo and his wife claim they don't like life in England and, if that's the case, I'm not going to agree to the lad joining another team in this country."

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Andrew English wrote in to say: "I would like to know what happened to two Players - Ally Dick and Nico Claesen?

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Ally Dick now works for a newspaper distribution company in and around Edinburgh. He retired from football in 1997 following a brief spell with Alloa on returning home from South Africa where he played for the Seven Stars club.

I believe Nico Claesen is now assistant manager at Belgian 3rd division club Turnhout. He was still playing with another club from the lower leagues, Beringen, a couple of years ago.







Monday 27 May

STEVE PERRYMAN gave the Independent on Sunday the benefit of his Far Eastern knowledge to look at the conditions teams might encounter in the World Cup.

The Lane legend told Andrew Longmore: "Sapporo (the venue for England v Argentina), in the far north, is different. Winters are tough. It is the only place in the country where the houses have central heating.

"But the climate in summer is generally just like an English summer and they've been growing the pitch outside the stadium to get the sunlight, so I don't think there will be any problems.

"Where England could find it hard is in the south where it can be bloody humid. I've got used to it now, but when I first arrived I was taking five showers a day. It was awful, I felt tired all the time.

"Those sort of conditions have to suit the Africans and South Americans. I remember the Confederations' Cup when France beat Japan in the final. There wasn't much in it, but when Japan played in Paris, it was like men against boys. That's the sort of difference it can make.

"If you've not quite got your legs, you might be going home early."

THE SUNDAY rumour mill is still ticking along nicely, despite blanket coverage of the World Cup.

The Sunday Mirror's Chat Zone reports that we are to offer defender Ben Thatcher a new, four-year deal. He is quoted on his previous injury problems: "I hope they are all in the past. I would like to stay at Spurs for as long as I can."

The same column suggests that Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is keeping tabs on Steffen Freund.

We are also tagged onto a story in the Sunday Mirror that claims David O'Leary is to swoop for Ipswich's Matt Holland. The story says O'Leary will face competition for ourselves and Aston Villa.

TWO EX-SPURS were also in the Sunday news.

The People's Planet Football pages linked Andy Sinton, now 36, with a move to Stockport County while Everton were in the hunt for goalkeeper Ian Walker, relegated with Leicester City last season.

ONTO THE WORLD CUP and local teletext reported on Sunday that Milenko Acimovic is doubtful with a thigh injury for Slovenia's opener against Spain next weekend.

USA COACH Bruce Arena's final press conference before departing for Japan was repeated on ussoccer.com where he admitted the choice between our own Kasey Keller and Blackburn's Brad Friedel is his toughest pre-World Cup decision.

He said: "The most difficult position is in the goal. We need to choose between either Brad Friedel or Kasey Keller. I think they both have been outstanding, both in camp and in the last couple of international games."

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Paul Neumann asked what Paul Allen is up to these days.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Paul Allen lives in Essex and now works for the PFA in their London office. He was one of the main organisers of the Masters tournament staged around the country last year for players over 35.