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Cirencester on Saturday

Posted on 20 July 2002  - 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).

Colin Calderwood takes a Tottenham X1 to Cirencester Town this afternoon for a match to celebrate the opening of the new Corinium Stadium.

The connection is Cirencester chairman Ken Chapman, who was chairman of Swindon Town during Colin's spell at the club.

"It's a village not far from Swindon so that is the connection I've got with them," said Colin. "The chairman of the club used to be chairman of Swindon and they've moved to a new ground and the match will mark the opening of that."

The Doctor Martens Western Division side are certainly a forward thinking club and the new ground has been designed with Conference football in mind, an aim which they wish to achieve within the next five years.

The club's focus is very much on Academy football and the production of young players. The reserve team comprises the Cirencester Football Academy (16 to 19 year olds) and it plays in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

In its short history since formation in 1995, Cirencester's Academy has four times been British National College Champions and has also won the English Schools under 19 Trophy four out of the five times that it has entered. The youth teams both play in the Football League Youth Alliance.

"They set up an Academy before any other was set up and they took boys that hadn't been picked up by clubs in that area, giving them the opportunity to continue their education, by joining a college, and their football by playing for a club in the lower leagues," explained Colin.

"They've had boys that have progressed. One boy went to Aston Villa and three or four others have gone on from their youth set-up. The others get the chance to play youth football against professional clubs, the likes of Swindon, Torquay and Bristol Rovers and City.

"The ones that don't get picked up then get the chance to go and play in Cirencester's first team in the Doctor Martens.

"They have virtually produced their own team and have a lot of young boys playing that have come through the system.

"It should be a special occasion on Saturday, Richard Scudamore from the Premier League is coming to officially open the ground.

"I've been told the pitch is very, very good and the stadium is of a decent standard."

Colin will be taking a young team with him mostly comprising of last season's Youth Cup side that have graduated to Colin's reserve squad for this season.

"All the third year boys, plus one or two others. We'll take a team down and it should be a nice day. It is an opportunity for the younger boys to play their first game and get 90 minutes under their belt."

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