Saturday, April 05, 2008

This Editorial will appeal in the next issue of The Cockerel
Thank you Tottenham. Thank you for finally rewarding our loyal support with a trophy. Some may see the Carling Cup as the lesser of the priorities. In a way it is. But after our disastrous start to the season it represented the only gateway to Europe. Our road to the first silverware in nine years also made this cup extra special as we destroyed our biggest rivals Arsenal in the semi-final and then outclassed the other fierce London rivals Chelsea in the final itself.

I was lucky enough to be at Wembley. Allow me to use this space to thank my friends Sandro and Peter from Melita Cable, without the help of whom I would not have got my hands on a ticket. The rest of the Maltese contingent got their tickets through the Malta Football Association. The Club did its best to accommodate the biggest number of requests possible but tickets were in very short supply and unfortunately we had to disappoint a large number of Members. As many of you know we received no ticket allocation from THFC. A detailed explanation about the reasons behind the lack of tickets can be found on

Is the season over now? Yes and no. We are in Europe, safe from relegation and will not get near a Champions League place. There is a danger of our players switching to holiday mode but I believe Juande Ramos and Gus Poyet will not allow this to happen. Our coaching team will use the remaining weeks of the season to assess the players and build a clear idea of who will be with us next season and what reinforcements we need to sign. Ramos may also decide to give some playing time to young promising players like Taarabt and Pekhart.

There is also the small matter of trying to finish above West Ham in the final table.

Thank you Nenu. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Carmelo Debattista’s stint as President of Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club Malta. Nenu, as he is affectionately known among friends, has been at the heart of our supporters club since its inception. He has literally dedicated his life to Spurs and the Tottenham fan base in Malta. Nenu can always be found at our club premises in St Frederick Street, Valletta. If he is not behind the bar, he will be in our committee room cleaning or organizing our memorabilia collection, sorting the post or updating our members’ data.

A special word of thanks should also go to Nenu’s better half Carmen who has always supported her husband and our Club. So thank you both of you and may you keep he Spurs flag flying high for many years to come.

Enjoy this edition of The Cockerel and don’t forget to log on to Please also find time to visit our Club for a drink or a chat with fellow Spurs fans.

Mark Mizzi
March 2008

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