Spurs' infamous Lasagna poisoning was exaggerated - reveals former starlet
Published 23:00 07/01/11 By Neil McLeman
Johnnie Jackson will return to Tottenham tomorrow for the first time since the infamous Lasagna-gate game at Upton Park in 2006.
Jackson, now 28, made 20 appearances in seven years after coming through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane.
And he is desperate to add to his remarkable tally of 13 goals from midfield for Charlton this season.
But Jackson, who came through the Spurs ranks in the year below Ledley King and Peter Crouch, had a strange farewell to the North London club nearly five years ago.
“This is a perfect draw for me - I haven’t been back there since I left,” said Jackson, who scored his only Spurs goal against Charlton.
“The last time I was involved I got a call at 7am from Chris Hughton saying a few of the lads had gone down ill and I had to get myself to the ground quick and there would be a car to take me to Upton Park.
"It turned out I wasn’t actually a sub but a few of the boys who had been called ended up on the bench.
"I think it was exaggerated a bit to be honest. The only one who I remember actually played the game who was struggling was Michael Carrick - I think he had to come off in the end.
"But they ended up losing it and missing out on the fourth and I think they made more of a deal of it than it actually was. There were some great stories going about like the chef was an Arsenal fan. I am not so sure about that.”
He added: “I loved my time there but and I always felt eventually some big name would come in to take my spot. I am not bitter about that - the club was going forward and has continued to do so. They are genuine title contenders and will probably end up winning the cup with the year ending in one!”
After spells at Colchester and Notts County, Jackson joined Charlton on loan in February last year before signing in July. And since being pushed further forward to left midfield, he cannot stop scoring with 10 in his last 11 games, including two in the last round against Luton. Tomorrow he will look to continue that streak under new caretaker manager Keith Peacock.
“I am playing probably as well as I ever have at the moment and I have scored more this season than I ever have before,” Jackson said.
“I am doing nothing different - everything is falling for me at the moment. Luck seems to be on my side. I will take a little deflection or tap-in or anything back at the Lane tomorrow.”