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Posted on 24 February 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).


Southampton U19s 1-0 Spurs

Pat Holland had plenty of positives as his young U19 side went down fighting at high-flying Southampton.

Saints, top of the division, won it thanks to a cracking strike in the second half.

Coach Pat reflected: "I was pleased with how the we approached the game.

"We played five in midfield because Southampton are top of the league and they are very strong physically and a very experience side.

"We had a younger side and I thought for 35 minutes we played some good stuff. The strength factor came into it after that.

"Anyway, it was 0-0 at half-time, so that was pleasing but their manager changed it around a little to counter how we'd set out.

"The second half was basically played in our half and we were hanging on a bit.

"The goal came when the ball was set up for the left-back and he crashed it into the top corner, so it was a good goal to beat us. In fairness, Nicky Eyre didn't have too much to do.

"There were some pleasing performances - Charlie Lee did well in the centre of midfield, Stuart Lewis made his debut and Simon Dawkins came on for the last 15 minutes, so if we're looking at the future, it was very pleasing."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, McKenna, McKie, Lee, Ifil, Dobson, Malcolm, Lewis (Dawkins, 80), Slabber, O'Hara, Barcham (Francis, 75). Unused sub: Forecast.


Millwall U17s 3-3 Spurs

Schoolboy Joe Martin grabbed a point for Jimmy Neighbour's very young U17s side at Millwall.

Three Under-15s were involved with David Button in goal, Martin coming on as subtitute after 47 minutes and scoring and Jamie Davies, who had 20 minutes off the bench.

Millwall stormed into a 2-0 lead, Claude Seanle and Chris Riley levelled it up, Millwall went ahead again only for Martin to strike for 3-3 with five minutes left.

Coach Jim said: "Millwall were a big, strong side and experienced for that age, they had a lot of Under-17s out.

"We played a very young side just as Pat Holland did with the Under-19s and give the lads credit because we went 2-0 down, deservedly so, but worked hard as a unit and started to get back into it.

"We eventually levelled it up at half-time at 2-2 and I was pleased with that because it could have gone the other way, the heads drop and end up losing five or six. That didn't happen.

"The first goal we got back was through Claude Seanla when we were on the attack, the ball was bobbling around and he threw himself in there, it's hit his body and gone in. A little fortunate but I was pleased for him.

"The second goal was from a corner, the ball went to the far post and Chris Riley was there to strike it home.

"They took the lead just after half-time with a good header from a corner but our equaliser was scored by Joe Martin, an Under-15 player who had gone on as substitute.

"He's a big lad, a strong lad, good left foot and he struck into the corner from the edge of the box.

"The good thing about it is we had young David Button in goal, an Under-15 player, two more U15s on the bench with Joe coming on and scoring and the rest were all schoolboys.

"It was a very young side. In the end it was a good game to get a point out of. I was delighted for the boys because they showed a lot of character on the day."

Spurs U17s: Button, Kyriacou, Wright, Maghoma, Riley, Peprah, Heller (Davies, 69), Mascarenhas, Seanle, Thyer (Martin, 47), Stevens.