Planet Spurs - 2
Planet Spurs tries to collect together those odd stories and images that are weaved into the tapestry of the club and that might just slip pass you otherwise.
This time around we have the Chairman's orchard, a celebration, a ref acting badly, of course a transfer tale and the POTUS himself!.
As the summer brings us endless transfer titillation but little evidence of it containing fact we look back to the summer of 2002 and a story we can confirm. Spurs came very close to signing Brazilian Superstar Rivaldo. Manager Glenn Hoddle was Spur manager and Daniel Levy flew to Spain where Rivaldo was with Barcelona.
In the end he decided to join AC Milan, but so impressed with Tottenham was he that he actually wrote a letter to the club saying ‘I’m very excited about the possibility of playing for Spurs in England. I would like to thank the club for their efforts in trying to sign me.’
Can you image that happening with today’s ‘stars.’
A few days later then midfield captain Tim Sherwood was fined £30,000 by the club for publicly claiming Spurs were not showing enough ambition.
Great picture of three former Tottenham captains toasting the League Championship in 1951.
On the left is Arthur Rowe manager of that side.
On the right Ron Burgess captain of Spurs and Wales.
The gentleman in the center is Arthur Grimsdell (former skipper of England) and our 1921 FA Cup winning side.
Football chairmen don't get much praise but this story from the Hackney Gazette from 1908 suggests maybe Charles Roberts, our longest holder of that post deserves a thumbs up.
Charles will be appearing in the forthcoming Tottenham Mysteries.
That top picture and yes that is Paul Gascoigne during his time with Glasgow Rangers. During a game the ref dropped his cards. Gazza picked them up and took to the ref. He couldn’t help himself and ‘red carded’ the official. Who in turn yellow carded Paul. Not often you hear both sets barracking the ref at the same time.
And finally please be upstanding for the President of The United States. Well before he changed jobs. Back in 1991 Jimmy Greaves and Ian St John where in New York for the World Cup draw and were going to make the domestic League Cup draw on their TV show.
So they looked around for somebody who would welcome some free publicity and alighted upon Donald. All I could find was this screen shot of the event.
Below Right - With Potus and Spurs in America this seemed the right badge to sign off.
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