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Chairman's speech

Posted on 21 May 2005  - 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).

Here is the speech from our chairman Daniel Levy to British High Commissioner Anthony Godson at our visit to the British High Commission in Mauritius on Thursday night.

FIRSTLY, on behalf of us all here this evening from Tottenham Hotspur, I would like to thank you for inviting us here on this occasion and for your kind hospitality.

We are only in Mauritius for a brief time but we are delighted that we will be able to fit in so many things during our stay. It will certainly be a busy few days.

Our players and ourselves are thoroughly enjoying the experience. We have been totally overwhelmed by the wonderful hospitality we have received and the warmth and kindness of the Mauritian people.

Nowhere was that illustrated more than during our visit to the Rose Belle Government School, where we were greeted with huge enthusiasm by the children. They treated us to a colourful welcome and a delightful display of the many varied cultures of Mauritian society - it was a wonderful spectacle and it's difficult to know who enjoyed it more, the youngsters, our players or our coaching staff!

When we were last here in the summer of 1974, we included Tottenham legends such as Pat Jennings, Martin Chivers, Ralph Coates and Martin Peters in our squad and I'm delighted that this time around we have been able to bring with us many of the new generation of Spurs heroes - the likes of England internationals Jermain Defoe and Ledley King and the Republic of Ireland's all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane and his compatriot Andy Reid.

The match, playing football with the youngsters and scouting with the Under-17s, as Frank Arnesen did, is what this trip is all about - using the language of football to make new friends, promoting Mauritian football and, hopefully, leaving this wonderful island having made many new Tottenham Hotspur supporters.