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Host Ricky Sacks was joined by John Wenham from Lilywhite Rose and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andy Reid on this Last Word On Spurs.
Skilful midfielder Andy Reid played for Spurs between the years 2005 to 2006. After protracted negotiations, lasting for the bulk of his last season at the club, Reid completed his move from Forest to Tottenham on the last day of the January 2005 transfer window. He was joined by Michael Dawson for a combined fee of £8 million.
Andy made his debut in a 3–1 win over Portsmouth on 5 February 2005, with Martin Jol saying “Andy Reid also did well on his debut, and you worry a bit how new players will cope with the Premiership”.
The Dublin born former player who won 29 caps for the Republic of Ireland over a ten year period, was a player who had a wand of a left foot and who was good at making key passes in games. After starting his career off at Cherry Orchard, Reid joined Nottingham Forest in 1998 where he spent seven years at before joining our beloved Spurs in the January of 2005.
Reid made 26 league appearances for the Lilywhites before moving onto Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2006. He would also go onto play for the likes of Sunderland and Blackpool before returning to Nottingham Forest in 2011 who he finished off his career with. Now retired from playing, Reid coaches Nottingham Forest’s under 23 side as well as being the head coach of the Republic of Ireland’s under 18 side.
The Last Word On Spurs celebrated it’s third birthday by welcoming Tottenham Hotspur legend Dimitar Berbatov to the show.
The Bulgarian featured for Spurs between the period of 2006-2008, making 90 appearances and scoring 46 goals along with winning the League Cup with Spurs in 2008.
A unique talent, Dimitar Berbatov simply oozed class. His languid style, flawless technique and temperament was never more illustrated than when he tucked home a penalty in the League Cup Final against Chelsea in 2008.
Berba signed for us in 2006 and his impact was instant, firing home within seven minutes of his home debut.
He returned to N17 most recently in March, 2019, playing his part in the second of two test events at our new stadium as our Legends took on Inter Forever, with the Bulgarian naturally finding the target with a fine looping header late in the second half.
Host Ricky Sacks was joined by John from Lilywhite Rose and special guest to the Last Word On Spurs in Tottenham Hotspur hero Michael Dawson on this very special edition.
Michael Dawson. Nine years a Spur, over 300 appearances, captain, leader, fans’ favourite, Spurs through and through. We went back through Michael’s career at Tottenham Hotspur.
Michael was part of the group of players who led us into the Champions League back in 2010, ‘Daws’ wore the armband on that famous night in February, 2011, when we beat AC Milan – Ibrahimovic et al – at the San Siro, keeping a clean sheet in the process, one of his many highlights with us between 2005-2014.
Host Ricky Sacks and Jason McGovern had the pleasure of being joined by former Tottenham Hotspur player Paul Stewart on this week’s Last Word On Spurs.
As a young lad growing up on a Manchester council estate, all Paul Stewart dreamed of was making it as a professional footballer. It was a dream that would lead him into a nightmare of sexual and physical abuse from which he has still not recovered.
Stewart was abused every day for four years by his junior football coach. He suffered in silence and embarked on a successful career that saw him play for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Sunderland, scoring in an FA Cup final and winning caps for England. Behind it all, he was a broken man many times he wished he could end his life. He turned to drink and drugs as a way of coping with his devastating secret.
In 2016, Stewart was sitting at his office desk one morning when he read a Daily Mirror story about a footballer who had been abused. His world was about to change.
Paul Stewart: Damaged is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged football life stories you will read:
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Host Ricky Sacks was joined by John Wenham from Lilywhite Rose and Tottenham Hotspur Paul Stalteri on this week’s Last Word On Spurs.
After being offered a scholarship at Clemson University in South Carolina, Paul left Canada to pursue his soccer career. Paul played one year for the soccer program at Clemson while maintaining a full academic schedule as well. He decided not to return to Clemson for a second year, and opted to stay in Toronto. He signed a three year deal with the Toronto Lynx, and enrolled at York Univeristy.
He played one season with the Toronto Lynx and was seen by a scout from Werder Bremen. He was bought by Werder Bremen from the Toronto Lynx in November 1997. He played with the clubs reserves from 1997 until 2000. In August 2000 Paul made his debut with the Bundesliga team in the first game of the season against Cottbus. Playing against Canadian team mate Kevin McKenna, both were the first Canadians to ever see action in the top German league. Paul went on to score in this game, making him the first ever Canadian to score in the Bundesliga. His success continued on in the Bundesliga when Werder Bremen was crowned Bundesliga Champions and German Cup winners in 2003/2004. He is the only Canadian international to ever win the Bundesliga title. To win the double, both the league title and the cup in that history making season makes that feat all the more impressive. He remained in Bremen for one more season and played his first Champions League game in September 2004 against Inter Milan. At the end of the 2004/2005 season he made the decision to leave the Bundesliga and signed a four year contract with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Tell most fans it was over 10 years ago and they can’t quite believe it. In fact, even the hero of the night responded by saying ‘wow, really?’ It’s a night Spurs fans, certainly those present will never forget – that night at Upton Park in March 2007. That night where we came from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, only to go behind again five minutes from time. That night where Dimitar Berbatov curled home an exquisite free-kick to level again at 3-3 on 89 minutes. That night where Paul Stalteri – yes, full-back Paul Stalteri – found himself with an open goal to pop home the winner in injury time.
Now coaching Canada’s Under-17s, Paul was more than happy to look back with his over his career and what it was like to play for Spurs.
Host Ricky Sacks was joined by Jamie from the Daily Hotspur and former Spurs player Ricardo Rocha on this week’s Last Word On Spurs.
Ricardo carried with him an uncompromising reputation from his time at former club Benfica that suggested he was no stranger to the physical combat that is not uncommon, particularly in cup football, within these shores. So it was perhaps to be expected that the 28-year-old was pretty much unfazed by the flailing arm that caused his welcome wound.
With injuries hitting Ledley King regularly, Spurs sought to buy an experienced central defender, but when some of their targets were snapped up by other clubs, they turned to Portugal, where Ricardo Rocha had been playing at Champions League level with Benfica.
His career started playing for a local club Famalicano, who spotted him as a youngster, before the bigger side in the area – SC Braga – bought him. His rise was fairly rapid, as he was only there for two years before his reputation as a good man-marker was noted by top side Benfica, who took him to the Stadium of Light.
Ricardo spent four and a half years at Benfica, playing over 150 games for the club including over 30 in European competitions, but the bid of £3.3 million from Spurs, plus the promise of the takings from two friendlies between the two clubs tempted them to part with the man who has represented his country on a number of occasions.
Coming into the Tottenham side, Rocha was required to play straight away and he showed good commitment and effort, while adjusting to the pace of the Premiership. He has a good jump and can shadow players well, but sometimes, he make makes errors, such as the one where he slipped when clearing the ball in the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal and presented them with a goal.
Injuries had struck the Portuguese defender and restricted him having a run in the side, but his patience is important as Spurs suffer a number of injuries in that department of the squad. With a change of manager, Rocha dropped out of the Tottenham defence, but showed true professionalism by not complaining about not getting a game and bringing on the defensive players in the reserves where he played the most games of all the player since 2008-09.
Rocha was released at the end of his contract at the start of June 2009 to find a new club, finding a new place to play at the end of the summer transfer window by signing for Belgian champions Standard Liege. Not settling in Belgium, Rocha was given a free transfer at the end of 2009 and moved back to the Premier League with cash-strapped Portsmouth, who were happy to sign him for free. He dad a nightmare first game, getting sent off in the first half against Sunderland, as he conceded a penalty and his part in the game was ended after just nine minutes. He would go on to be named man of the match in the FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs, but was part of the side that lost 0-1 to Chelsea in the final.
Host Ricky Sacks was joined by John from Lilywhite Rose and former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Kasey Keller on this week’s Last Word On Spurs show.
Kasey Keller squeezed just about everything into a 22-year professional career. Over a century of caps and four World Cups for the USA, cutting his teeth at Millwall, glory days at Leicester, 83 consecutive starts at Spurs, the first American to play in La Liga and a title challenge with Rayo Valecano, only the second American to captain a Bundesliga side during his time at Borussia Monchengladbach before a hero’s return home to Seattle, where he played until he was 41. He even lived in a castle during his time in Germany!
As part of Martin O’Neill’s golden spell at the old Filbert Street in the late 1990s, Kasey helped the Foxes lift their first trophy in 28 years – the League Cup in 1997 – and clinch three-successive top 10 finishes in the Premier League. He was also in goal for Leicester against is in the League Cup Final in 1999, won by Allan Nielsen’s late, late diving header. Kasey later played in the final game at Filbert Street as a Spurs player in May, 2002 and then had a game he’ll never forget in our first visit to the all-new Walkers Stadium, as it was then (now King Power Stadium) back in October, 2003.
After two years in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, Keller returned to England with Tottenham in 2001. Signed as a back-up to Neil Sullivan, who at the time was the club’s player of the season, he took a while to establish himself at White Hart Lane and wasn’t helped by playing behind an often mediocre defence. Spurs fans retain grim memories of the 2003-04 season when Glenn Hoddle was sacked in September with the club in 17th place. Under caretaker David Pleat they stayed in the bottom half for almost the entire season and finished 14th. Through an unstable period, Keller was seen as sound and reliable, often making last-ditch blocks with legs and feet to bail out team-mates.
At the age of 38 Keller finally made his MLS debut with Seattle Sounders where he stayed for the next two seasons before retiring.