Tottenham hotel was visited by police before infamous ‘Lasagne-gate’ incident which allowed Arsenal to win top-four race on final day of 2005/06 season, recalls Michael Dawson


Michael Dawson recalled how he felt ‘drained’ and ‘washed out’ just hours before one of the most important matches of his career.

The ex-Tottenham defender was feeling like this through no fault of his own as a dodgy lasagne at the hotel that he and his teammates stayed at led to him and other members of the squad getting a bad dose of food poisoning with Champions League qualification on the line.

It was a traumatic 24 hours for Tottenham’s class of 2006

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It was a traumatic 24 hours for Tottenham’s class of 2006

A win over West Ham at Upton Park on the final day of the 2005/06 season would have secured fourth spot for Spurs, but the task was made a whole lot harder…

“Saturday night we went to a hotel in Canary Wharf and WOW, late Saturday night and early hours of Sunday morning I was rough along with five or six other players,” Dawson told talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Back then it wasn’t like it is now when you’re in a hotel before every single game and it wasn’t even an early kick-off.

“I remember we had our evening meal, I went back to my room and I think at about 10/11 o’clock I’m thinking ‘wow, I feel rough!’ I phoned the wife up to tell her I hadn’t got any sleep and then an hour later I phoned her up again and I’m really, really ill, sick.

It seems Dawson wasn’t the only one who felt unwell

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It seems Dawson wasn’t the only one who felt unwell

“I thought ‘I’m going to be struggling to play the next day’. I didn’t want to phone the physio or doc but it got to 4 o’clock and I was really ill again so I phoned them. They both came down and I was like ‘I’m struggling, I don’t know how I’m going to play’.

“I remember saying that I didn’t think I’d be the only person who’d fall ill. I went for a walk in the morning and I felt washed up, drained. I wasn’t the only one, there were five or six of us really struggling.

“The police came round to the hotel. This is a major thing as Champions League was at stake and all of a sudden six or seven of us are going down.

“They said they might delay the game by an hour but I thought I’d need about three days to get over this!”

Spurs were walking wounded that day

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Spurs were walking wounded that day

The clash in east London went ahead as normal and Dawson started but Spurs didn’t get the result they needed as they lost 2-1. The defeat was made a whole lot worse by the fact Arsenal pipped Spurs to fourth with a win at home to Wigan.

“We turned up and we didn’t perform and I was one of them who had a nightmare of a game,” Dawson added.

“There were players coming in in the morning who hadn’t been involved all season – you’d have been better off playing them because we had no energy. I remember Michael Carrick coming off early in the second half and just completely washed out.

“It was devastating. Anyone can lose a game, we may have lost the game, we’ll never know but to not be on a level playing field was tough to take.”

Jermain Defoe cancelled out Carl Fletcher’s opener

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Jermain Defoe cancelled out Carl Fletcher’s opener

But a strike from Yossi Benayoun in the second half won the match

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But a strike from Yossi Benayoun in the second half won the match

And Tottenham’s Champions League hopes went up in smoke

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And Tottenham’s Champions League hopes went up in smoke

Perhaps the team would’ve got the job done if they weren’t ill

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Perhaps the team would’ve got the job done if they weren’t ill



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