As we prepare to welcome our former manager back to White Hart Lane a brief look at his time at the club.
A period that brought a couple of tremendous highs with the crushing 5-1 win over Arsenal followed by the League Cup triumph when we beat Chelsea in the Final.
He also oversaw our worse ever start in the League.
Rohan Ricketts has played for Dempo in India and Spurs in London. Having looked at Rohan Ricketts career before he reached India. We now turn our attention to his experiences in the I-League which did not have a happy ending. So what did he say about India, the countries footballing future and what did they say about him. Rickets signed for Dempo FC in August 2012. He scored once in his ten games for the club in his stay that only lasted five months.
Rohan Rickets has played for Tottenham Hotspur and in the I-League. Becoming somewhat of a footballing nomad along the way. He started at Arsenal and despite playing for England at U18 and U20 levels and twice winning the FA Youth Cup he only played one first team game in the League Cup. The midfielder then become one of the few players to travel the length of the Seven Sisters road joining Spurs in 2002. Since then he has played around the world and has strong views on India and its footballing future.
Today we look at the journey that took him from North London to Goa and beyond.
An Open Letter to Jimmy Greaves on his 74th birthday lamenting his absence from the Tottenham Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Greaves is one of the greatest natural talents that has ever played football.
I grew up watching him and marveling at his skill.
Here is a personal tribute to the great man who will 74 tomorrow.
Thank you Jimmy for the magic and the memories.
Every kid in our schoolyard wanted to be Jimmy Greaves, even the West Ham boys.
Such was the esteem he was held in back in those days. It might have been 20 a side but whoever scored they yelled out ‘Greaves gets another.’
He was simply the best striker I’ve ever seen. In full flight he resembled a big cat chasing down its prey. The ease of movement, no energy wasted here was a goal machine at its peak.
Once again with International boarders emerging and changing in recent years we have only met Ukrainian opposition once before in competition. However we did play in the country when it was still part of the Soviet Union and a Ukrainian has played for Spurs.
There has also been a couple of links in the international arena with one Spur scoring for England and one Spur playing at the Dnipro stadium.
Maurice Norman was born in Norfolk in 1934 and so will celebrate his 80th birthday in a few weeks. Signed by Jimmy Anderson he joined us from Norwich City in 1955. Costing us £18,000 plus winger Johnny Galvin going the other way. He became a key member of the team during that golden era of the early 1960’s and if not for injury would have been in the England World Cup team of 1966.
Some of his performances were so masterful the press compared him to the ‘Colossus at Rhodes’.
You might be wondering why there is a futuristic picture on a column that normally tends to trip through the archives. I expect you have seen over the last week that the Secretary of State is expected to make a decision soon on Haringey Councils plan to compulsory purchase some properties near White Hart Lane and thus help move the new stadium a little closer. Therefore it seems a suitable moment to look back at "The Lane" and a few moments in its history.
In the second part of our look at some of Tottenham’s Italian connections we hope to complete ’The Italian Job’ starting with a few of the links at international level. Of course ‘The Italian Job’ is a great title and a great film, and is set against the backdrop on a Italy V England game in Turin. Where England have actually played Italy four times. When we think of our international connections the one that springs to mind is ‘Italia 90’ which will be remembered for Gascoigne and Lineker and the semi-final with Germany.
Italy are the next country to come under the microscope as we explore some of that countries connections with Tottenham Hotspur.
Considering that this season is our 20th European campaign (1). We haven’t been drawn with Italian opposition too often. We certainly have met them on a number of other occasions in various parts of the world.
This trip we are going back to the beginning and one very small link to Tottenham. The idea of a world tournament was discussed at the first meeting of FIFA in1904. I suspect that none of the delegates realised that when the first competition finally took place 26 years later it would involve unfinished stadiums, a ref who couldn't tell the time and a one armed hero.
Flying Down to Rio
History of T.H.F.C.
Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
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The 100 Year War
Interview with Marina Sirtis
A Long Dark Shadow
By Royal Appointment
School Report: An Insight into the Younger Eric Dier
All Change At Spurs
History Of THFC: Part 1
Passage to India: Rohan Rickets
Thanks For The Memories
Our Tommy Carroll
The AVB Files: Part1
You The Jury
The Hand Of Hugo
Connection - Argentina
Creating a Reputation