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Calum goes back to front

Posted on 26 November 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).

Calum Davenport admits he did not expect to make his Spurs debut as a centre forward.

The August recruit from Coventry City was recalled from a loan stint at West Ham and drafted straight into the squad for the trip to Aston Villa on Monday. He was selected for bench duty and, with us seeking a goal, was bought on with seven minutes remaining to add another dimension to the attack.

Not quite how he imagined making his Spurs entrance...

"No, not really," said the England under-21 international, who added that he will class his first start as his real debut. "But we were chasing the game and, with my height, it made sence to stick me up there to try and cause a few problems. I was more than happy to do it and have done it many times before late on in games. I haven't managed to score yet, but I like to think I make a nuisance of myself."

"It's funny really as I've had a few phone calls off people who saw the game on Sky, but I think I'll class my first start in my position as my proper debut."

Calum was impressing at Upton Park where he featured ten times for the Championship side and said he was not anticipating an early return to the club.

"It was a surprise, when I first signed for Spurs I thought I would probably be there for the season because of the centre halves that are here. Because of injuries they have called me back and obviously I'm delighted about it.

"My mind was set on doing a job for West Ham and trying to get them in and around the play-offs. My main aim though was to get back here at some stage and the sooner the better. It has worked out that way for me.

"In the first couple of days you don't really know what to expect and there is just small talk really. After that, once you get to know the lads, you get in with the banter and feel at home - which I do already."

Calum conceded that there was a sense of detachment when news of the recent changes to the coaching staff emerged.

"It probably sounds strange, but I felt like a West Ham player. I was only here for a few hours to sign then I was at West Ham so it didn't affect me in any way.

"Obviously though, like everyone else, I was listening in and watching TV to see what was going on. Martin has now got the job and has called me back which is great for me.

"It has all worked out brilliantly for me, I am back at Spurs sooner than I thought and want to do well."