3 Development of White Hart Lane twice crippled the club in the 1980s 3 Six hours before kick-off, authorities refused to issue the required safety certificates and the match against Coventry City had to be called off.As the recession kicked-in and Tottenham’s other investments began to flounder, it soon became apparent that the added burden of paying for the new stand was taking a mammoth toll on the club. Not even the sale of Chris Waddle in 1989 for a then-record fee of £4.5m could cover the mounting debts. Scholar was forced to accept a £1m loan from press baron Robert Maxwell while the club came close to handing Gary Lineker and Nayim back to Barcelona as they struggled to honour transfer payments. With Tottenham broke trading in the club’s shares was suspended and it was eventually sold to Terry Venables and Sir Alan Sugar. Tottenham started the Premier League era in 1992 as senior partners, but financial shackles meant the opportunity was grabbed by others, while Spurs were left behind. What followed was Tottenham’s slide into the role of mid-table also-rans, plodders, fodder for Manchester United, Arsenal and, down the line, Chelsea to feast on. And there was the odd dalliance with the relegation zone. The die had been cast and there was no going back. Not until our very recent history. Of course blame must lie squarely at the feet of former owners for mistakes made a generation ago. Daniel Levy, please take note. 3 But those mistakes manifest themselves in the terraces, the seats, the pristine executive boxes of the East and West stands, which came perilously close to sending the club into oblivion.We all have memories that no one can ever take away from us. Let’s savour them on Sunday. Hopefully with yet another win. My first trip to The Lane was a 2-1 defeat by Derby County in November 1989, Paul Stewart scored for us, Dean Saunders equalised and Paul Goddard fired home a very smart winner. We had tickets for the players’ lounge after the match and I still have the programme, signed by Gazza, Lineker, Mabbutt and Co. My dad accidently stubbed his cigarette out on Erik Thorsvedt’s jacket – which was nothing to do with the big Norwegian being beaten by Goddard from 18-yards out for the deciding goal. Honest. Tottenham need the 61,559 shots in the arm that the new stadium will deliver to make the leap from entertaining hopefuls into Premier League aristocracy. We’ll all miss White Hart Lane, the Glory, Glory nights and our heroes never forgotten. But what we need more is the new. The next chapter. The new White Hart Lane. No tears, no regrets, no remorse. Leaving White Hart Lane really can’t happen soon enough.Memories of Bill Nicholson, Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Steve Perryman, Paul Gascoigne and the rest will – quite rightly – remain. But while evidence of a bright future shines on the pitch and the new stadium rises next door, remnants of years of underachievement and mismanagement surround us. Twice in the last 40 years redevelopment of the Lane crippled Tottenham financially and created a toxic environment which hindered the club, just as the bright new dawning of the Premier League began.The ambitious project to build a new West Stand from scratch in 1980 ran massively over budget, took 15 months to complete and delivered a paltry 6,800 seats and two rows of executive boxes. The stand pushed the club £4million into debt – a massive amount at the time – and, ultimately, led directors Arthur Richardson and Sidney Wale to sell to Irving Scholar in November 1982.Scholar floated the club on the Stock Exchange and diversified the club, investing in a number of companies in an attempt to grow Tottenham’s financial base. Keith Burkinshaw left soon after, uttering those famous words about a club he once loved. Then came development of the East Stand which involved the demolition of the much-loved Shelf to make way for yet more executive boxes. Once again the project ran hugely over budget and, embarrassingly, wasn’t completed in time for the start of the 1988-89 season.
WASHINGTON — Raising fears of a deadly flu pandemic, President Bush said Tuesday that he is considering the use of military troops to impose a quarantine in the event of an outbreak. Bush, in response to a question at a news conference, echoed warnings from health experts who fear a replay of the 1918 pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. He outlined a series of steps to deal with an illness that could overwhelm the nation’s health-care system. The World Health Organization says that an influenza pandemic is “just a matter of time.” Some health officials particularly are concerned about avian flu because it seems to be extremely lethal when it jumps from birds to humans. Of the 116 known cases in humans since 2003, more than half — 60 — ended in death. There are no confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission, but that could change at any time because influenza viruses constantly mutate. Jam-packed hospitals turned away patients and left many of those who were admitted without treatment. Morgues ran out of caskets. Schools, government buildings and churches closed in a desperate and futile attempt to stop the spread of the disease. If it happens again, experts say the death toll and economic devastation could far surpass the damage from Hurricane Katrina. And some fear that the government’s response could be equally inadequate. “The entire world has a long way to go to achieve even the most fundamental levels of preparedness,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “We’re going to need every possible asset within all of government — federal, state and local — to respond to a pandemic.” Drawing a lesson from Katrina, Bush suggested that he should have the authority to use federal troops to seal off an infected region in a pandemic, as well to help deal with natural disasters. “It’s one thing to shut down airplanes. It’s another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to avian flu,” Bush said. “One option is the use of a military that’s able to plan and move.” Bush said he is encouraging work on a new vaccine against the flu. No such vaccine currently exists, and developing one is difficult before a human-to-human virus emerges. Bush said he used his visit to the United Nations last month to “talk to as many leaders as I could find” about the need to report any outbreaks as quickly as possible. All of the known human cases have occurred in Asia. “Obviously, the best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins. … We’re watching it very carefully,” Bush said. He did not mention the cost of preparing for an outbreak, but health officials and members of Congress say it easily could cost billions of dollars to stockpile the necessary vaccines, anti-viral drugs and other supplies. The Senate approved an amendment last week that added $3.9 billion to a defense spending bill for anti-viral drugs and other flu-related expenses. “That is like trying to fill Lake Superior with a garden hose. That’s just a start,” Osterholm said. Barry, who spent seven years on his book on the 1918 outbreak, said no one can know how bad the next pandemic will be until a new virus emerges. It could be a replay of 1918, or it could more closely resemble the 1968 Hong Kong flu, which caused 750,000 deaths. “We don’t know whether it’s going to be a 1968 virus or a 1918 virus,” Barry said. “That’s frightening, without a doubt. We need to take it very, very, very, very seriously.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. It’s scary,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who has urged the administration to take a more aggressive approach. “If that pandemic hit next month, we’d be in a world of hurt.” Bush left no doubt that he takes the threat seriously. “I am concerned about avian flu. … I’ve thought through all the scenarios of what an avian flu outbreak could mean,” Bush said. “I’m not predicting an outbreak. I’m just suggesting to you that we’d better be thinking about it.” White House officials said Bush’s fears were heightened last summer when he read “The Great Influenza,” a nightmarish account of the 1918 pandemic by writer John Barry. In that outbreak, an avian flu virus passed to humans and left a trail of death across the globe. Most of the victims developed an extremely virulent form of pneumonia. Unlike a typical flu outbreak, the illness struck hardest against people in the prime of life. read more