July Hotspur - out now!
Kyle Walker is the main man in the July issue of our popular monthly magazine Hotspur. Another packed production, it goes on sale today and offers readers the chance to win a signed match ball in our latest free-to-enter-competition.
Walker is featured in our new Under Armour training wear as we exclusively reveal the innovative new look that our players will be wearing this season. And don’t forget that our 2012-13 home and away playing strips will be unveiled here on this website on Thursday, July 12.
But back to Walker and there is no doubt that our flying right-back has just enjoyed an incredible season for Spurs and England. Can he improve on that? Well he certainly thinks so.
“I’m still at the bottom really,” says the 22-yerar-old. “My career has only just started and I hope it won’t stop here. I want to play for Tottenham for years to come, I want to win trophies here and I want more England caps.”
It’s exactly the right attitude and single-minded outlook that suggests Kyle has what it takes, both mentally and physically, to succeed and achieve those goals.
“True, it has been a mad year for me - but a positive one,” he adds. “I know there is still a lot I can improve on. I can sharpen up on my defending and accept that I am still finding my feet at this level.”
Gareth Bale is also featured in the July issue as he talks about becoming a marked man and what he has to do to shake off those intended shackles. He also finds time to pay tribute to Kyle who is making similar progress to what our Welsh international has achieved himself in recent seasons.
“Kyle needed a run in the team and he’s showing exactly what he can do as a result,” Gareth tells us. “He’s played really well. He’s set himself a standard and I know he can maintain it.”
Scott Parker was another major success in what was his debut season and he tells Hotspur: “It’s gone better than anyone could have expected. I feel like I’ve fitted in really well and, overall, I’m pleased with how it’s gone.”
Gareth certainly agrees: “Scott sets the benchmark for the rest of the team. He’s full of energy, great on the ball and is an example in training and matches.”
The July issue also contains a ‘cut-out-and-keep’ guide to our all our new season’s fixtures while Ledley King faces the ‘High Fives’ challenge where he recalls running for Belgrave Harriers in his early days - and listening to Roland Rat’s ‘Rat Rapping’ as a youngster!
Young midfielder Tom Carroll answers our ‘Box to Box’ questions and makes us all feel old by naming Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as his favourite players while growing up in Watford. He also recalls being ‘overwhelmed’ when first told that he would be turning professional.
In his exclusive column, Ossie Ardiles tells us how much he enjoyed Euro 2012, watching from his new home in Japan, and is already getting excited about our start to the 2012-13 season against Newcastle and West Brom - two of his former clubs.
Our celebrity supporter this month is writer Paolo Hewitt whose new book ‘The Mumper’ has now been turned into a film called ‘Outside Bet’ starring an amazing line-up of top names. But even that fades when compared with the day he watched a video of one of our great games alongside his hero, Martin Chivers!
With Brad Friedel continually raising the bar, we take a look at our oldest players from the past - and find that a large proportion are fellow goalkeepers! Kyle’s back in our focus on our best goals from last season while we look ahead to London 2012 in the presence of a whole host of Spurs-supporting Olympians.
We catch up with Ruel Fox and Neil Sullivan and recall other sports like boxing and baseball that have taken place at White Hart Lane. Jurgen Klinsmann is also in there.
Marking the 40th anniversary since we lifted the UEFA Cup in 1972, we listen in as goalscorers Big Chiv and Alan Mullery recall those two titanic encounters with Wolves. And coming back up-to-date, we take a closer look at what Premier League new boys Reading, Southampton and West Ham United will bring to the top flight next season.
All this and a lot more in the July issue of Hotspur. Don’t miss it!
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