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Posted on 17 October 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).

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 <A href=""></A>&nbsp&#59; <P>Pat is&nbsp&#59;now a&nbsp&#59;goalkeeping consultant at the club and&nbsp&#59;is still out there where it matters, on the training ground at Spurs Lodge, come wind, rain or shine...&nbsp&#59; <P><STRONG>I'VE GOT to start with Northern Ireland.</STRONG><P>Sammy McIlroy<IMG src="/media/images/decorative/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg" align=left border=1 DESIGNTIMEURL="/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg">&nbsp&#59;moved on to Stockport County this week after our final Euro 2004 qualifier against Greece.<P>The unfortunate thing is that the country simply isn't big enough to keep producing teams years after year.<P>Even going back to 1958, that was the first time in my lifetime that they qualified for the finals of a tournament and then we didn't qualify again until 1982, 1986, the teams I was involved in.<P>We don't have the players to pick from and we can't keep it going against the bigger nations. We've never been able to call on a squad of Premiership players or even First Division as it was in my day, we always looked at Division Two or Three.<P>Having said that, all the teams have given 100 per cent and you couldn't ask for more from the players, they try out of their skins in every match. Even to get beaten just 1-0 in Greece is a great result for Northern Ireland.<P>The worrying thing is the goal drought at the moment so you can imagine what it must be like for the goalkeeper, concede one goal and you start thinking that's it.<P>The good thing is that we've actually defended well, not conceded to many goals. That was always a strength in my day when we had the likes of Billy Hamilton, Gerry Armstrong and Chris Nicholl - we were always dangerous from set-pieces and we didn't concede too many goals either.<P>WHAT&nbsp&#59;A great result Everton was. I don't think you'll see a better goal than Fredi Kanoute's, no keeper in the world would have stopped that. It was a great start for us and the goal just after half-time stopped any comeback from Everton.<P>We need to get a run going now. That's important. We didn't make the best of starts but individuals made mistakes and you can't make allowances for that. It happens in football. Maybe we've turned the corner now and our luck will change a little.<P>I THINK Filbert Street was one of the great stadiums. The crowd was right on top of you and it was always a nice place to play, I might have had a few good results there over the years as well!<P>It always takes a little while to get used to new stadiums and it will be nice to go up against Ian Walker again. We all knew Ian was a brilliant goalkeeper and could play in anyone's team but when George Graham came in he signed Neil Sullivan. It's all about opinions. To be fair, Sully did a great job and Ian sat behind him for a season but once you played in the Premiership, you can't just sit there on the bench. It might&nbsp&#59; be different for a 21, 22-year-old but for someone like Ian, who had been in the first team for a long time, it was a difficult time and he did well.<P>Micky Adams has done a great job on limited resources, got Leicester working as a team and it won't be easy. As long as we don't get beaten we've then got three home games but as I always say, it's a game at a time!<P>All the best, <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Pat</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;