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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
Sol joins elite list
Sol Campbell
Campbell was adored by Spurs fans
BBC Sport Online's Mandeep Sanghera discovers that Sol Campbell can expect a hostile reaction from Spurs fans.

Sol Campbell has committed one of the cardinal sins for a player.

He has moved between clubs renowned as famed and fierce arch-rivals in Arsenal and north London counterparts Tottenham.

He is only the 10th player to make the switch from White Hart Lane to Highbury but by far the most high-profile.

The last player of significance to make the move between the north London rivals was Pat Jennings in August 1977.

"Circumstances were different then," said Spurs fanzine editor Bernie Kingsley.

  Players who have made the move
Pat Jennings August 1977
Steve Walford August 1977
Kevin Stead August 1977
Willie Young August 1977
Jimmy Robertson October 1968
Freddie Cox September 1949
George Hunt October 1937
Peter Kyle April 1906
David Black May 1898

"We had just been relegated and there wasn't the heat in the situation then as there is now."

Arsenal fans are likely to welcome England defender Campbell to Highbury.

For them his arrival will form a major part of the rebuilding of their ageing defence and his arrival might even convince Patrick Vieira to stay.

Spurs fans will be incensed by his decision, especially as he could have picked Barcelona, Inter Milan or Liverpool instead.

Campbell's reasoning in that he wanted to play top line European football and add silverware to a sparse collection is only likely to infuriate Spurs fans even more.

Andy Marshall switched from East Anglian enemies Norwich to Ipswich on Monday and he is already assured of a volatile reception from fans of his former club.


The majority of people will see it as a treacherous move
  Spurs fanzine editor Bernie Kingsley

But he is also likely to face some form of resentment from the Ipswich contingent until he proves himself.

That will not be necessary for England defender Campbell but the wrath of Spurs fans is only likely to be increased by the high regard with which he was held at White Hart Lane.

He is a player who came through the ranks and was a firm Tottenham crowd favourite as he graduated to the England set-up.

During the past decade when Spurs fortunes have endured a steady decline, Campbell has been the one thing they have been able to rely on.

Kingsley says he would like to see Spurs make the big name signings the new board have been promising.

And, although he is philosophical about Campbell's move, he knows it will not be echoed among the most fans.

He added: "The majority of people will see it as a treacherous move.

"There will be a lot of acrimony towards him and he is going to get loads of stick."

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