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What the Papers Say: Sept 9-15

Posted on 14 September 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).

Saturday Sept 14

Big features today with Anthony Gardner in the Guardian, Milenko Acimovic in the Express and Simon Davies in the Daily Telegraph.

Simon is in the spotlight in Henry Winter's 'On The Spot' Saturday feature in the Telegraph. Writes Winter...'Echoing his weaving runs from midfield for Spurs and Wales, Simon Davies has moved stealthily and impressively into the limelight. An unassuming individual appreciative of his good fortune after seeing a friend's career destroyed by injury, Davies possesses a talent and enthusiasm which everyone respects. But few know much about him.'

Anthony talks to Jon Brodkin about his development at Port Vale...Gardner - like Etherington, Doherty and Simon Davies - was bought young and allowed to develop in the reserves. Those four cost Spurs about £3.2m, with Port Vale getting £1m for Gardner, but the investment looks sound. They are worth more than twice that now.

"It's a credit to the club and to David Pleat, who I think brought everybody in," says Gardner. "They were thinking ahead and it's nice to be playing in a team with other youngsters.

"When I first started at Vale I was about 18 and there was nobody within four or five years of my age, which made it difficult. I was trying to bed into a team by myself, whereas here there are a few youngsters breaking in."

Friday Sept 13

Les Ferdinand says Glenn Hoddle may one day return as England manager in an interview with the Star's Brian Woolnough. Most papers also reflect on Robbie Keane's omission from the side on Wednesday.

Thursday Sept 12

The papers reflect on Wednesday night's disappointing reverse against Fulham at Loftus Road.

Some, notably the Mirror, question the fact that Robbie Keane was on the bench.

Glenn is quoted as saying of the setback: "I'm scratching my head to know where that second half performance came from. Fulham scored three but it could have been five - that's how poor we were."

Wednesday Sept 11
Most of the papers quote Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp ahead of the clash with Fulham at Loftus Road.

Jamie, missing for the trip to West London, said: "After the start we've made we've got nothing to be afraid of. It will be a tough game for us but we go there full of confidence.

The boss added: "We've had a good start to the season and that is down to the coaching staff and the players."

Tuesday Sept 10
A diary item in the Mail speculates that ENIC plan to wind down their interests in other clubs to invest more heavily in Spurs.

Charles Sale suggests that the company are looking for buyers for their shares in Slavia Prague, Vicenza, AEK Athens, Rangers and FC Basle so they can concentrate all their energies on Spurs.

Monday Sept 9
England's draw with Portugal dominates the sports pages, but the Express picks up on Daniel Levy's interview with Radio Five Live on Sunday.

The chairman stated the club's aim to establish Spurs in the top flight of European football.

"We have set out to establish Spurs in the top flight of European football. That means we want to be in the Champions League. Certainly we are looking for a top six place this season - but it won't be easy."