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Brothers in arms

Posted on 4 April 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).

Ben Bowditch experienced an unusual, yet enjoyable experience for the second time this season in Monday evening's reserve team fixture against Ipswich Town - playing against his younger brother Dean.

Dean, just 16, is making rapid progress at Portman Road and has already featured on two occasions for the first team. He was playing in attack for Ipswich's second-string at Stevenage, while Ben was anchoring our midfield with some authority and the game finished honours even at one goal apiece.

Earlier this season the two brothers met in under-19 combat and the score was, yes, 1-1. However, Ipswich did win an injury-time penalty on Monday that Ben feared his brother would fancy and the banter could well have been flying on the way home.

He didn't step forward, the penalty was missed and harmony reigns in the Bowditch household.

"I was looking forward to it and have been for a long time," said Ben of the game. "Both me and my brother were obviously hoping we were going to start and it was a good occasion to be playing against each other.

"It happened once at the beginning of the season for the under-19s, it finished 1-1 and he scored that day. It was the same tonight, but I thought he was going to take that penalty at the end, get the winner and I would have got a bit of stick for that.

"I really enjoyed it out there and I think he did too. It was a fair result from the family point of view - I would obviously have preferred the three points. It saves one of us getting stick so it was a good night."

Ben is beginning to make an impact at reserve team level - featuring in three of the last four games - having previously been restricted by injuries and international call-ups.

The 19-year-old is a regular England age-group player and, while he is delighted to get the recognition, he absences do give others the chance to steal a march.

"I was unfortunate at the beginning of the season - missing games through injury or being away with England.

"I missed opportunities at the club, which didn't do me any favours at all. Since Christmas I've been getting a bit of a run and hopefully now I can carry that through to next season and get as many games as I can.

"It is a great honour to play for England and, don't get me wrong, I've loved playing and getting picked - it is such a great boost for me. But my main interest is with the club and trying to secure a future, to impress the gaffer here and get games in from now on."