Day: April 1, 2009

The Spurs Time Capsule

Curious news from White Hart Lane, where Tottenham Hotspur have finally gotten around to confirming that the golden cockerel which overlooks their stadium actually is, as has long been rumoured, a time capsule that was put in place when the old West Stand was built a little over seventy years ago. Spurs are celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of their first promotion into the top division of English football this summer. They were elected into the Football League in 1908, and were promoted into the First Division at the first attempt. The club have long been coy about revealing whether there was anything in the ball upon which the cockerel sits, but they have confirmed that, during renovation of the stadium in the early 1980s, builders dropped the cockerel, causing the ball to split and the contents to be revealed for the first time. It was hastily repaired and put back in place, but the club feels that, to celebrate the centenary of the completion of their rapid ascension from the Southern League into the First Division, it is only right that the club should now make public what is a fascinating snapshot of what life at White Hart Lane was like in 1909.  The capsule includes the following: – A document marked sensitive, which is said to be minutes of a meeting to discuss what would have been...

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Strange Goings-on In Newport

An allegation of racism is a very serious allegation to make, but this is something that cuts both ways, as Blue Square South club Newport County are finding out to their cost this week. The allegations made centre around the (now former) Newport player Kevin Stephens, who left the club acrimoniously last week. Following last Wednesday’s home match between Newport County, Stephens made a serious allegation against a minority of Newport supporters and, after stating that he would never play for the club again, he has now signed for Ryman League club Boreham Wood. It had, it has to be said, been a bad day at the office for The Exiles. Their neighbours from just over the border with England beat them 4-0 – another very poor result in a season that has been one of almost constant disappointment for a side that many believed would be good for a Blue Square South play-off place at the start of the season. During the match, an allegation of a racist chant was made at someone that was ejected from the ground, and at the end of the match manager Dean Holdsworth became involved in an altercation with someone that called him (either offensively or, to a degree, truthfully, depending on who you ask) a “f*cking English c*nt”. In the car park after the match, however, things took a turn for...

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