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Posted on 23 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 regular feature keeping tabs on Spurs in the news, old boys, links to the club and a 'Blast from the Past'...

Sunday June 23

With pre-season less than a month away, you can expect the transfer rumour mill to start ticking over more and more.

There are a few titbits of interest in Sunday's tabloids. The Sunday Mirror's Chat Zone gossip column suggests Schalke are interested in taking Steffen Freund back to Germany. It adds, however, that the midfielder wants to stay in England. Steffen is currently working his way back to fitness after a cruciate ligament injury.

The News of the World links us with Belgian U21 midfielder Jonathan Blondel.

The piece quotes Gino Gylain, boss of his club Excelsior Mouscron, as follows: "We expect a call when Spurs' director of football David Pleat returns from Japan. Jonathan should be talking to Spurs within a fortnight."

Finally, a two-liner in the Sunday People says we have made a shock inquiry for Stockport defender Robert Clare.

Saturday June 22

TEDDY SHERINGHAM'S post-match interview appears in most of Saturday's newspapers.

Our super skipper says we have to learn from our defeat against Brazil and that keeping possession is the key at world level.

THE MAIL AND Star say we are locked in a battle with Everton and Blackburn to sign Danny Higginbotham from Derby.

The 23-year-old centre-half was an impressive performer for the Rams last season despite the club suffering relegation. It is suggested that Derby will listen to offers in the region of £4m, although the Star pitches the fee at nearer £7m.

CHARLES SALE'S COLUMN in the Mail reports that South Korea's Dutch boss Guus Hiddink could have been managing Spurs six years ago.

He says that the former Holland coach, who had enjoyed great success with PSV Eindhoven, was lined up in 1996 along with David Pleat - who would have become general manager. It is said that then chairman Alan Sugar met the pair at a London restaurant to discuss details of the appointment.

The ex-chairman eventually appointed Gerry Francis from QPR and later Christian Gross.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM SAYS England's momentum will carry England to victory over Brazil on Friday.

The 50-cap striker is quoted in the Mirror as saying: "I know we haven't won anything since 1966 but there is a sense of momentum in the camp, similar to what we had in Euro 96. I think we have what it takes now, we just have to produce it.

"Beating Argentina in the first round gave us a lot of confidence, there is a great feeling among the players. Brazil happen to be in our way but we think we can go on.

"We'll have to on top of our game all over the pitch, no doubt about that. We'll have to attack - we can't let them come at us or we'll be in trouble. We must make sure we are ready for everything they can throw at us. The atmosphere will be amazing.

"I am not in the least bit worried about Brazil's history. Let them build it up - it's good for us."

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Graham Smith wrote in: "Could you please tell me what Chris Jones is up to now? As you know he was a great player at Tottenham and I'm interested to know what happened to him on leaving us. He was with us in the 70s. Any info would be much appreciated.

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

The last I heard of him he was back in his native Jersey. Chris was involved at the local St. Peter FC during the early Nineties but not sure if he still is. After Spurs he played for Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Orient and St. Albans City.




Wednesday June 19

With the World Cup reaching the 'business end' and dominating the back (not to mention the front) pages, there has been little in the way of club mentions or the usual transfer tittle-tattle that the summer generally brings. But we've found a few mentions of Spurs and ex-Spurs over the last few days.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM FEELS that England are about to face the most attractive side in the World Cup on Friday in Shizouka.

Ted said of Brazil: "I've watched quite a bit of the World Cup on television and I think it's been a really exciting competition, but the one team that has impressed me the most has been Brazil."

Our sure-footed striker, who was once described by 1994 Brazil coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira as 'an Englishman who plays with the intelligence and style of a Brazilian', is relishing the prospect of playing the 2002 vintage and rejects the theory that they are weak at the back.

"It will be something special to play against this Brazil side. Everyone loves watching them. You want to see players that can do things that no one else in the world can and, like so many Brazilian teams of the past, this is what these guys can do.

"I haven't seen any problems so far with their defence. Basically, they've just gone out and won the games they needed to."

IT WAS REPORTED in the News of the World that our new midfield recruit Jamie Redknapp ha set his sights on winning his England place back once he gets going with Spurs.

"When I was at Liverpool I just had to concentrate on getting fit and back in the side again, so there wasn't any time to think about playing for my country or dreaming of the World Cup," he is quoted as saying.

"But now that the tournament is well underway and you see all the lads playing out there in Japan, it really hits home. Of course, I would do anything to be out there with them but I have to accept I'm not.

"One of the things that has always driven me on has been playing for my country again. The first thing for me to do is get back playing regularly in the Premiership - yet England is always a target for me."

FORMER SPUR RAMON Vega has been released by Watford as part of a cost-cutting exercise that has also seen the departure of manager Gianluca Vialli and his sidekick Ray Wilkins.

Ramon, 31, has been freed from his two year contract and has stated that he would like to get back to the Premiership.

"Watford and I have come to an amicable agreement and I've been released from the club on a free transfer.

"The way things have ended up is not anyone's fault. I haven't spoken to Gianluca Vialli or Ray Wilkins, since their departure from Watford, but I wish them all the best for the future.

"It would be great to play in the Premiership again and I am keen to stay in England. So right now I am open and listening to every single club in England."

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Email address larkieboy wrote in: My dad won 2 tickets for the 67 cup final. I was 10 at the time. Spurs won 2-1 and so from that day forth I became a Spurs fan. Bit shallow, but there you are. FRANK SAUL and JIMMY ROBERTSON were the scorers. What became of these two heroes?

Club historian Andy Porter informs...

Frank Saul lives Essex, works in the building & decorating trade. Jimmy Robertson runs a successful computer insurance business in the Potteries.