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Big Pat

Posted on 10 January 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).

Pat Jennings - 673 games for Spurs, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, two League Cups, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers Player of the Year, 119 caps for Northern Ireland, two World Cups - gives his views via his occasional column on

Pat is now a goalkeeping consultant at the club and is still out there where it matters, on the training ground at Spurs Lodge, come rain, wind or shine...


THE LADS have turned things right around in the last two games. The win against Palace was convincing even though a lot of pundits had written us off and we followed that up against Birmingham on Wednesday, another great win and we've scored a few goals as well.

STEPHANE Dalmat has come into his own in those games. He looks a great player and now he's getting up to the pace of the English game as well. His fitness looks a lot better and he knows now about the two sides of the game, attacking and defending. It's good to have a player like that who is capable of making something out of nothing.

TO BE honest, we've a couple of players like that. It was great for Robbie Keane to score against Birmingham. He'd got himself in a few positions to score but it looked like it was going to be one of those nights for him. He did brilliantly for Dalmat's second goal and that's Robbie all over, getting in the box, quick feet and going past people because defenders can't touch him in those areas.

WHENEVER you look back at the some our our clashes with Leeds you look at that great Leeds side - Hunter, Bremner, Giles. They were superb. Funnily enough though, one of the great nights against Leeds was when we needed to beat then in the last match of the season to avoid relegation. That was unbelievable. We won 3-2 and there was as much satisfaction as all the cups we won. They are still a good side in my opinion, just look through the side and the likes of Robinson, Smith and Viduka, young Milner. They will be a hard team to beat, fighting for their lives and they've made it difficult for teams of late. It won't be easy.

I MIGHT be biased but for me, Kasey Keller is playing out of his skin. Look at that Birmingham match, what a save from David Dunn when it was 0-0, it was world class. If that went in it wouldhave been a different story. He was first class. I wouldn't swap him for anyone at the moment.

Until next time,