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Academy Hotseat - Mark Wright

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).

Name: Mark Wright
Age and Academy year group: 17 years old and I'm with the under 17s
From: Just around the corner in Buckhurst Hill
Position: Left back.

How did you come to join Spurs?
I was at Arsenal from Under 10s to14s, I left there for Charlton and stayed there until Under-15s, then left them to come here about a year and a half ago.

How is the season going so far?
It’s going well, we’ve got a few wins under our belt, we’re third in the table but just need to get into the top two places to take us to the play-offs, hopefully if we can keep doing well, we can do it.

Favourite personal footballing moment: When I scored a good free-kick for Charlton against Wimbledon that I bent into the top corner to give us a 2-1 win, and also when I signed for Tottenham, that was a happy day for me.

Most memorable game for Spurs so far: Probably the Arsenal game when we beat them 2-0, that was a great result for us, they’re a good side and obviously our rivals. I had a good game and the whole team played well.

Favourite player from boyhood: Roberto Carlos, he plays in my position and he’s a brilliant player, one of the best in the world.

Favourite current Spurs player: Robbie Keane or Jamie Redknapp, both of them are great players and really nice around the training ground, they always have time to talk to us.

What are your ambitions within the game: To get a pro-contract at the club and go on and play for the first team in the Premiership and maybe one day play for my country.

Are you any good with your wrong foot: I’m not bad, but it’s not the strongest part of my game, but I have got a right foot and can use it if I have to. I spend time working on it when I can in training.

What is the strongest part of your game: Attacking, getting forward with the ball, joining in with the play and passing, I don’t often give the ball away.

And the weakest: One thing I do need to work on is my positional play, but it’s coming along, Jimmy Neighbour has spent time with me working on it and I’m getting better.

Favourites:

Food: Indian, chicken tikka masala
Drink: Pineapple juice
TV Programme: The Premiership
Film: Con Air