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Academy Hotseat - Joe Watson

Posted on 7 October 2003  - 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).

Welcome to the section where we place the spotlight on and get up close and ever so slightly personal with the players that are currently attempting to make the professional breakthrough from our Academy system.

Next in the Hotseat is...

Name: Joe Watson

Age and Academy yeargroup: I'm 18 and in the 2nd year of the Academy - and captain

From: Wanstead

Position: Defensive midfielder

How did you come to join Spurs?
I was playing for Redbridge district at about the age of 11 and got scouted by Tottenham and asked to come for a trial - after two weeks I got signed.

How is the season going so far?
It's going alright. The first bit was a bit tough because we started with a younger team, but they are bringing down a few third year's now to strengthen us up. Some of the other teams are playing a few older boys and were a bit stronger so we have bought down a few now and it helps playing with older players.

Favourite personal footballing moment?
Signing to play at Tottenham.

Most memorable game for Spurs?
In the under-17s I scored a good goal against Wimbledon after taking on a few players and putting one in the top corner.

Favourite player from boyhood?
Roy Keane.

Favourite current Spurs player?
Robbie Keane.

Favourite non-Spurs player?
Don't know.

What is your immediate to short-term ambition?
To keep playing well for the under-19s and hopefully get a few games for the reserves this season.

Ultimate ambition?
To break through into the Tottenham first team.

Are you any good with your wrong foot?
Not bad - needs work.

What is the strongest part of your game?
Tackling, winning the ball back and trying to lay it off simply.

And the weakest?
Heading.

FAVOURITES
Food?

Chinese - Sweet and Sour chicken I like with special fried rice.

Drink?
Fanta Orange.

TV Programme?
EastEnders.

Film?
The Italian Job - I've just seen it.

CD?
Fifty cent album.