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The foe you know - Burnley's Dean Marney

Posted on 25 August 2017  - 12:46

Continuing our new feature for 2017-18 entitled ‘The foe you know’, where we look at former Spurs players who now represent this weekend's opponents. Today, Burnley's experienced midfielder Dean Marney is in the spotlight ahead of Sunday's meeting with the Clarets at Wembley.

Dean Marney in action for us against Everton in 2005Dean in action for Burnley against Middlesbrough last season

Currently sidelined after suffering a second cruciate knee ligament injury of his career at Arsenal in January this year, Dean Marney remains an influential figure at Turf Moor thanks to his vast experience.

Now 33, the versatile midfielder came up through our youth ranks before heading out on loan to then-Division Two side Swindon Town in 2002. After nine appearances for the Wiltshire club, he returned to White Hart Lane and made his first team debut, featuring as a substitute against Birmingham City at the start of 2003-04 and following that up with another showing off the bench against Leeds United a week later.

A skilful player with good distribution and capable of filling in at right-back, Dean shone in our reserve side in the early stages of his career and after another loan spell, this time at Queens Park Rangers, he was thrown in for his first start in our colours away to Manchester United in March, 2004, where we suffered a 3-0 defeat.

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His next appearance for us, following further time out on loan at Gillingham, was one to savour, though. On New Year's Day, 2005, we hosted Everton at the Lane and Dean started and scored twice in a thrilling 5-2 victory. He made a further six first team appearances until the end of that season, bringing his overall total for us to 11, while also making his one and only appearance for England Under-21s in a 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in February, 2005. However, with the likes of Jermaine Jenas and Edgar Davids coming into the midfield around that time, he found his opportunities limited and joined Norwich City on loan. His time at Carrow Road was unfortunately cut short due to injury and after returning to the Lane, he eventually left us for Hull City in July, 2006.

He won promotion to the top flight with the Tigers in 2008 – something he’d go on to achieve twice more in his career. It was manager Brian Laws who first took Dean to Burnley in 2010, but it wasn't until 2012 that he started to play regularly and really stamp his mark on the side.

A team-mate of Kieran Trippier at Turf Moor between 2011 and 2015, he won promotion from the Championship with the Clarets twice, in 2014 and 2016. During his first season back in the Premier League with Burnley, he unfortunately suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in February, 2015, but came back to surpass the 200-game mark during 2015-16 back in the second tier and featured regularly for Sean Dyche's side during the first half of last season prior to again being sidelined in January.

We meet Burnley at Wembley on Sunday for the first time since beating them 3-1 in the 1962 FA Cup Final.