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Posted on 10 March 2005  - 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).

Thimothee Atouba returns to the scene of one of the favourite moments of his career on Sunday.

Turn the clock back to August and the Cameroon international introduced himself in style in his first start for us against Newcastle United at St James Park.

Having held firm under heavy Newcastle pressure in the first half, Thimothee stunned 50,000 home fans with a delightful curler in the 51st minute that won the game for us.

Now we're back in Toon on Sunday for the game of the season so far - the FA Cup quarter-final.

"This goal is one of the best of my life," said Thimothee, who also has a Champions League goal against Liverpool on his CV.

"We won the three points in an away game at a big club like Newcastle and I only have good memories of that day.

"I remember it well. It was a counter-attack, Jamie Redknapp passed me the ball on the left, I stepped inside the right-back and I was just thinking 'finish it off' because when you make a move like that, you need to do something even if it doesn't come off. Thankfully, I curled the ball into the corner. It was a great moment for me."

Newcastle's wonderful St James Park stadium - packed with 52,185 fans that summer's day - also made an impression.

"It was my first start after I came on against Liverpool and it was a great experience to play in a stadium like Newcastle's," added Thimothee, (pictured right with aRed NoseforComic Relief).

"I'd already played against Liverpool and Manchester United in the Champions League. It was a nice game to play. That's one of the main reasons that tempted me to England, the fans love their football and fill the stadiums and I like that."