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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 year 2001 was not an easy one to be an Everton fan.

First, their nearest and no so dearest neighbours go and stick five trophies in the cabinet, then two of their homegrown starlets are shipped out to ease mounting debt.

To make matters worse, Tranmere Rovers could claim to be the second strongest team on Merseyside after their resounding 3-0 thumping of Everton at Goodison in last season's FA Cup.

Whatever Liverpool get up to, the loss of livewire striker Francis Jeffers to Arsenal and coveted left-back Michael Ball to Rangers was not a confidence booster to Everton's loyal troop of supporters.

But, against the odds, Walter Smith's team found their feet fairly quickly in this season's Premiership and put points on the board to guard against another grim battle to avoid the drop.

It was only December that proved to be a sticky month for the Toffees when three straight defeats led to much speculation over Smith's future.

The new year has signalled a turn around. Despite a single goal defeat to Middlesbrough, things are looking up. The third round of the FA Cup was successfully negotiated following a tricky trip to Stoke City and league form is back on track after Sunderland were accounted for last week.

The return of Kevin Campbell is a major boost for Smith who, so short on strike power, was forced to play defender Steve Watson in attack for a spell.

It all seems so long ago when we travelled to Goodison for the second game of the season. Everton had just beaten Charlton at the Valley and we came off a goalless draw at home to Aston Villa.

Events were cruising along quite nicely for us after Darren Anderton fired in the opener. But then it all could have come undone.

Gary Doherty was dismissed following a dubious penalty decision and Gus Poyet followed for a reckless challenge when emotions were running high. Doc's red card was later recinded.

"It seems like three seasons ago now!," said Glenn recalling the encounter.

"That was an arkward game for us in the end, I felt we played really well and that if we hadn't have had the sendings off we would have won the game.

"We showed a lot of character, with going down to nine men and still churning out a draw. It was a good result for us in the end."

Everton have had to show their own character to emerge from their December slump, and one P Gascoigne appears to be orchestrating a Blues revival.

The colour blue features very strongly in our next two games - the boys will be battling to ensure we don't have to cope with the emotion.