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Ask Ben: Part Two

Posted on 17 May 2002  - 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).

Here is part two of our Q&A special with Ben Thatcher.

From Rob Mills: With the recent signings, one or two more (hopefully) and return of Steve Carr etc, etc, do you think that we can break into the higher reaches of the Premiership?
Ben Thatcher: The injury list has been horrific and I went through it last year, so I've felt for some of the lads. We don't just seem to get little knocks, they all seem serious injuries with Steffen Freund, Goran, Carry, Clem, Steffen Iversen, there have been quite a few this season. Hopefully next season everyone will stay fit, the gaffer will obviously add one or two signings and that is all making the squad stronger. Maybe we just need a bit more luck on the injury front. Newcastle have shown you can get in there and they've had a great run.

From Martin Elvidge: Who is your room mate and does he have any annoying habits?
BT: At the moment I'm rooming on my own because the last person I roomed with was John Piercy who played on his computer non-stop. I asked to go on my own after that experience!

From Mike Hosking, Swindon: I'm a fan and member from Swindon. According to the yearbooks, you were born in Swindon. If that is correct, I wondered if you used to play for any of the local teams in the Swindon junior leagues before joining Millwall?
BT: I was born in Swindon and ended up going to Lynham because my father was in the RAF. I was with a team called St Thomas Moore in Bexley and they were quite a good side, big club and they used to sort out expenses for us so we travelled back there for weekend games.

From Jamie, Chesterfield: What is your best position? Left-back or centre-half?
BT: Anywhere I can get a game! I've enjoyed playing on the left side of a three, it's not that new to me and I've enoyed that immensely and when I've played left-back I've felt I've done okay. As long as I'm in the team I'll play anywhere to be honest.

From Tom Lewis: Do you think we should have applied to play in the InterToto Cup?
BT: There are pros and cons. You are in Europe if you win a lot of games but pre-season would start a lot earlier and with the World Cup this summer, players wouldn't be as fresh. You could argue all day about fors and againsts. We'll just have to make sure we book a place next season.

From Neil Fisher: Who is the worst dressed player at the club?
BT: To be honest it's a very poor club for dress standards. There are a few foreign lads but I don't think they understand too well. Stephen Clemence is very sloppy. I'd probably single him out as the worst. Nothing seems to fit him and when he does wear his gear on a night out it seems to have been pulled out the wash basket. Very sloppy. I'm obviously the best dressed by far. Second to me, well Doc buys nice clothes but can't carry them off but Clem, you could give him a million pound suit and he would make it look a fiver!