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 www.spurs.co.uk
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...
IT WAS lovely to see Helder Postiga get off the mark against Manchester City and hopefully that will get him rolling. He is a very popular lad, very young and you have to be fair and give him time to settle. It's always difficult for players from another country to pick things up. With Helder, you can see he's going to be a great player and hopefully this will kick-start him.
IT WAS another great night at the Lane against City. I was lucky enough to experience some of the great nights under lights with us being in Europe and over the years they are always the magic nights you remember. I'm sure the fans miss Europe. We play in the Premiership week in, week out but it's always special to take on the different teams, players and styles of play. It would be great if we could get back in there.
WOLVES are next and that always reminds me of the UEFA Cup Final in 1972. I remember at the time a few people suggesting that some of the glamour had been taken out of it because there were two English clubs in the final, but we'd just beaten AC Milan in the semi-final and it didn't matter anyway - it's in the record books as Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Cup winners. Wolves were a great team in those days and gave us a lot of bother over the two legs but we came out on top in the end.
IT'S NICE to see Wolves back in the top flight. It's hard to believe with the size of the club, especially in my day, that they actually slipped down to Division Four at one stage. I suppose we've all been through a relegation but they've come all the way back. They are a huge club and have a massive following and the chairman has done a great job there. They had a disappointed result at Highbury in the Carling Cup but they've had a couple of good results of late. I know the manager fairly well and he will have them working hard to stay up.
FROM our point of view though, we need the three points. One isn't enough. We need to win our home games and nick points away. We got a nice win against Villa and we need to follow it up and that would be three home wins in the trot. We've a couple of tough games coming up, Newcastle away, United at home, so we need the three points on Saturday.
Until next time,