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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 February 2007, 08:37 GMT
Were you there ...?

Tottenham's Christian Gross and David Ginola and Fulham's Mohammed Al Fayed and Chris Coleman

By Chris Bevan

If you think these are troubled times at White Hart Lane then cast your mind back to January 1998.

Another foreign boss, Christian Gross, was in charge and - like Martin Jol today - he was feeling the heat.

Back then the FA Cup was Gross's only chance of salvaging something from a miserable season of under-achievement.

Tottenham came up against a vibrant Fulham side in a third round tie that looked far from straightforward.

Millionaire owner Mohammed Al Fayed had completed his takeover of the Cottagers only months earlier - and he had already started spending.

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But, despite dishing out 5m on new players, Fulham were still in the third tier of English football and their team was a strange hybrid of expensive signings and lower-league journeymen.

It was the first time the two sides had met for 16 years and Tottenham won through 3-1 - but Gross's joy was short-lived - his side lost to Barnsley in the next round.

It was not a happy season for Fulham either - they missed out on promotion despite Al Fayed's millions.

Meetings between the two teams are far more common now and they clash on Sunday with a place in the FA Cup sixth round at stake.

But what do you remember of the Spurs and Fulham teams of nine years ago? Were you at this tie? And do you have other memories of the players involved?

Here BBC Sport finds out what happened to Espen Baardsen, Paul Moody and the rest - but do you know where Paul Mahorn is now?


Christian Gross
Manager - Christian Gross Came to Spurs in November 1997 after success with Grasshoppers but never convinced the fans during his nine months in charge and was sacked after his side lost two of their first three games of the 1999/00 season. Returned to his native Switzerland to take charge of FC Basel where he has successfully rebuilt his reputation.

Ian Walker Has been with Bolton since 2005 but the former England keeper, 35, has yet to play a Premiership game for Wanderers. Off-field problems saw him booked into Tony Adams' Sporting Chance clinic for depression in 2006 after his marriage broke up.

Colin Calderwood Became reserve-team coach at Tottenham when his playing career ended in 2001 before launching his managerial career with Northampton in 2003. Took the Cobblers up from League Two in 2006 and now trying to repeat the trick in League One with fallen giants Nottingham Forest.

Stephen Carr Youth team product who left for Newcastle in a 2m move in 2004. His career has been hit by injuries but the Republic of Ireland full-back remains at St James' Park.

Ramon Vega Fluent in five languages, the Swiss international already had a business degree in banking before he came to Tottenham and he is still involved in the world of finance today as a partner in an asset management company. Also runs a kids soccer camp in Marbella and is part-owner of a Romford jewellery shop.

David Ginola
David Ginola Heart-throb winger who starred in shampoo adverts and succeeded Diana Princess of Wales as Red Cross anti-landmine ambassador. Since retiring he has shorn his famous flowing locks and opened a secret health spa for celebrities in Wiltshire. Has also trained as an actor and appeared in two films (Rosbeef and The Last Drop) - but turned down a part in BBC series Holby City.

Clive Wilson Talented full-back who ended his professional career with Cambridge in 2000, aged 38. Was player-coach at Ryman League side Wingate & Finchley until 2003 and also worked for Le Coq Sportif and Ted Baker before starting a degree in sports science.

Jose Dominguez Pocket-sized Portuguese winger who left Tottenham for Kaiserslautern in 2000. Still playing in Qatar, aged 33, for Al-Ahly.

Sol Campbell Another youth team graduate who controversially moved to rivals Arsenal at the end of his contract in 2001. Campbell had a problematic season at Highbury in 2005/06 but has regained his form since moving to Portsmouth in the summer.

Stephen Clemence Son of former Tottenham keeper Ray, this was his first season in the first team and he scored his first senior goal for the club in this game. Never really established himself at Spurs though and moved to Birmingham in 2003.

Jurgen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann The German striker had just started his second spell at Tottenham and he retired after the 1998 World Cup. He then worked for a sports marketing consultancy in the US and was Germany manager from 2004-06. Stepped down after last summer's World Cup and is currently enjoying a break from football.

Garry Brady Was one of the brightest prospects in British football in 1998 and Spurs were unhappy to see him move to Newcastle at the end of his contract that summer. His career failed to take off at St James' Park and he had to rebuild his career north of the border with Dundee. Left Dens Park for SPL newcomers St Mirren in the summer.

Espen Baardsen
Espen Baardsen Replaced Ian Walker on 80 minutes
American-born Norway international who retired aged 25 in 2003 after a spell with Everton, saying he had lost his passion for the game. Spent a year travelling the world and now works in London as a financial analyst for a hedge fund. His preferred reading is Milton Friedman and Immanuel Kant.

Paul Mahorn
Paul Mahorn Replaced David Ginola on 43 minutes
Youth team graduate who stayed at Spurs until he was 24 despite playing only five first-team games. Had brief spells with Cambridge United, Cambridge City and Stevenage Borough but drifted out of football and his current whereabouts are unknown. If you know where he is please contact us using 606.

Also on the Tottenham bench were:
Gary Mabbutt left the club that summer after 16 years at White Hart Lane and is now a TV pundit and agent as well as working for the FA on their video review advisory panel and international development committee.
Danny Hill
Danny Hill now plays for Billericay in the Ryman League Premier Division and is a part-time plumber.
Jamie Clapham played only one game for Tottenham before leaving to make his name with Ipswich. Joined Wolves in 2006.


Manager - Ray Wilkins Was sacked in May 1998 after Fulham lost the last three games of the regular season - despite having already secured a play-off place - and replaced by his chief operating officer Kevin Keegan. Has since coached under Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea and Watford and was Dennis Wise's assistant at Millwall. Was back at the Den in a consultancy role earlier this season but is now concentrating on his work as a TV pundit.

Maik Taylor German-born Northern Ireland international keeper who came into football after a spell fixing tanks in the army. Spent seven years at Fulham but left for Birmingham in 2004 after losing his place to Edwin van der Sar.

Roberto Herrera Former QPR full-back who left to join hometown club Torquay in August 1998 and settled in Devon. Now player-manager of Western League Premier Division side Torrington.

Alan Neilson
Alan Neilson Also born in Germany - but Neilson chose to play for Wales. Now 34, he joined Conference side Tamworth at the start of the season but left the Lambs this week because of coaching commitments at Barnfield College and Luton Town. He told BBC Sport he is contemplating hanging up his boots to concentrate on that side of the game.

The wreckage from Chris Coleman's car crash in 2001
The wreckage from Chris Coleman's car crash in 2001
Chris Coleman A 2m signing in December 1997, Coleman's career was ultimately ended by injuries sustained in a car crash in January 2001. Tried his hand at coaching and initially worked with Fulham's Academy sides before being drafted in by Jean Tigana to work with the first team. When Tigana left in April 2003, Coleman stepped in as caretaker and kept the club in the Premiership to win the job on a permanent basis. Still in charge at Craven Cottage.

Matt Lawrence Another late-starter, Lawrence came into the game with Grays Athletic aged 21 after studying American Literature on a football scholarship in the US. Went on to have spells with Wycombe and Millwall and is now with Crystal Palace.

Neil Smith A former Tottenham trainee who got on the scoresheet against his old club in this game. Smith dropped out of the Football League in 2002 and joined Woking after a brief spell with Stevenage - and he is still going strong as captain of the Cards aged 35.

Paul Bracewell
Paul Bracewell Fulham's player-coach under Wilkins and stepped up to become manager in his own right when he succeeded Kevin Keegan in 1999 - but lasted less than a year in charge. Also had a spell in charge of Halifax, keeping them in the League in 2001. He has coached England's youth teams and was Walsall's first-team coach under Colin Lee in 2004.

Paul Peschisolido

On 5 Janary 1998
The Spice Girls were top of the charts with 'Too Much' - and their film 'Spiceworld - The Movie' had made 6m in its first two weeks
Salvatore Phillip 'Sonny' Bono, Cher's ex-husband and singing partner, dies after hitting a tree while skiing in California
A massive winter storm caused by El Nino strikes North America

Real name Paolo, a Canadian-born striker who cost Fulham 1.1m in October 1997 and scored 30 goals in four years at Craven Cottage. Married to Birmingham City's managing director Karren Brady, he is now 35 and something of a super-sub for Championship leaders Derby - scoring the winner in their fourth-round victory over Bristol Rovers.

Paul Moody
Paul Moody Giant striker who ended his playing days with Gosport in the Wessex League in 2004. Now makes a living buying and renovating houses.

Paul Trollope The third Welshman in Fulham's team and, at 600,000, was another expensive Al Fayed purchase. Skilful midfielder who ended his playing career with Bristol Rovers in 2005 and is now their first team coach.

Steve Hayward Energetic box-to-box midfielder who was forced to retire aged 33 in 2004 because of a knee injury sustained while playing for Barnsley. Now running his own property business.

On the Fulham bench were:
Richard Carpenter has been at Brighton for seven years and still a regular in their midfield.
Mark Walton played in goal for Norwich in the 1992 FA Cup semi-final and moved to Australia to join Bentleigh Greens in 2004.
Mark Blake won the FA Vase as player-assistant boss of Wessex League side Winchester City in 2004 but has been out of football since leaving Eastleigh in 2006.
Steve McAnespie
Steve McAnespie was assistant coach of New Orleans Shell Shockers when he had to be rescued from the roof of his house during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Still in the US as head coach of the Indiana Invaders.

Neilson could end playing career
14 Feb 07 |  Tamworth
Wilkins ends spell with Millwall
02 Oct 06 |  Millwall
Walker wins new two-year contract
10 May 06 |  Bolton Wanderers
Pompey complete Campbell signing
08 Aug 06 |  Portsmouth
Calderwood to spark Forest fire
31 Jul 06 |  Nottm Forest
Calderwood named new Forest boss
30 May 06 |  Nottm Forest
Palace sign Millwall's Lawrence
02 Aug 06 |  Crystal Palace
Rovers unveil Trollope & Lawrence
07 Nov 05 |  Bristol Rovers
Ginola 'narrowly escaped tsunami'
29 Dec 04 |  Football
Walsall sack Lee
16 Apr 04 |  Walsall
Blues seal Taylor deal
22 Mar 04 |  Birmingham City
Coleman's happy ending
16 May 03 |  Fulham
Moody calls it a day
23 Jul 02 |  Oxford Utd
Gross is all smiles
13 Nov 02 |  Champions League
Coleman injured in car crash
03 Jan 01 |  Wales


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