Skip to main content


Subscribe to newsfeed 

Academy round-up

Posted on 2 September 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).


Nottingham Forest U19s 3-1 Spurs

Pat Holland had few complaints after this defeat against a more experienced Forest outfit.

A goal each side of half-time left the lads with a mountain to climb but after going 3-0 down, they responded with a fine goal from Liam Francis (pictured right) and a spirited finish.

Pat explained: "I thought the lads worked really hard. It sounds like excuses but they had five Under-19s to our none, so you have to look at that. It makes a difference at this level.

"This is a young side and it will stay like that until lads start to come back down to us. It's a big challenge for these boys.

"It was a little bit of backs to the wall. Forest scored five minutes before half-time and that was disappointing because it was a basic defensive header that we got wrong, it got headed down and the lad volleyed it in.

"It was all positive at half-time but within five minutes of the second half we miscued another defensive header, the player's in and we're 2-0 down.

"We then had a battle on our hands and they scored a third goal.

"But we got a terrific goal back. Liam Francis, who has bundles of pace, charged down the left wing and smashed one into the top corner.

"So we finished with our tails up, 3-1 and generally I can't say I was too disappointed.

"A lot of these lads haven't had under-19 experience so it's a new experience and if they can keep the right attitude and not get too demoralised, they'll be better for it."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Francis, Watson, Hodges, Dobson, Hicks (Price, 70) Jenkins (Barnett, 65), Malcolm, O'Hara, Barcham (Thyer, 80). Unused sub: McKenna.


Nottingham Forest U17s 2-1 Spurs

Jimmy Neighbour was disappointed to leave Forest with no reward after a positive performance from his side.

Forest capitalised on a slow start and were 2-0 up by the time Charlie Lee (pictured left) pulled a goal back in the second half.

Coach Jimmy reflected: "It was similar to last week, we started slowly and went a goal down after a couple of minutes.

"Forest played well for half and hour, passed it well and scored another midway through the second half where perhaps we could have defended better.

"But generally in the second half we played well and pushed them and to be honest, we were by far the better team.

"Charlie Lee got the goal just after their second and we had a few more chances and if we'd have taken them, who knows.

"In the end I was disappointed we didn't get anything out of the game but I was delighted because the lads played well."

Spurs U17s: Forecast, Riley, Daniels, Welch, Peprah, Mascarenhas (Maghoma, 60), Lee, Lewis, Stevens (Kyriakou, 87), Seanla, Dawkins. Button.