This is the editorial that will appear on "The Cockerel" that will be published and distributed to Members of the Tottenham Hotspur Suporters Club Malta in June.
Spurs’ season could have been better of course. We were so near that Champions League place that it still hurts when I remember that we will not be competing in Europe’s elite competition. But, objectively speaking, I do think it has been a very successful season. We are back in Europe after so many years and if there is one positive to take from the fact that we will be playing in the UEFA Cup instead of the Champions League it is that our young players will go through a smoother learning curve.
Qualifying for Europe is only one of the positives of this season. Players like Michael Dawson, Ledley King and Robbie Keane have signed new contracts with the club and our Reserves side have been crowned Champions. Mansion are our new sponsors with a deal amongst the top ten in the World while the Club has splashed out on Bayer Leverkusen’s Dimitar Berbatov who admitted that he preferred Spurs over Manchester United. Moreover, Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon have all been picked by Sven Goran Erikkson to join England’s World Cup party in Germany. At the moment of writing Michael Dawson and Jermaine Defoe are on stand by.
The Club is also forging ahead with plans for a new training complex, an artist’s impression of which is on the front cover of this magazine.
As you all know the local club is celebrating its 25th anniversary so we encourage you to visit our premises in Valletta and also join us for the activities we are organizing.
Last April a group of about 27 Members traveled to London for the home game against Manchester United. Although the result was not what one might have wished for, a great time was had by all. A delegation of the Committee also visited Chigwell to present the Player of the Year Award to Edgar Davids. A big thanks go to all the people who made this visit possible, particularly Edward Ciantar from our Club and Martin Jol, Chris Hughton, John Fennelly and David Felstein from Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Hope you enjoy the Summer….and the World Cup finals!
31 May 2006
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