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David Buchler on Sol

Posted on 15 November 2001  - 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).

Vice-chairman David Buchler is confident that fans will look at the bigger picture and not just concentrate all their efforts on Sol Campbell when Arsenal come to the Lane on Saturday.

Tensions are high as our former skipper prepares to return to his home of 10 years for his first derby wearing the red and white of the Gunners.

David said: "The game against Arsenal is always one of the most exciting we have."

David insists we have moved on as a club since Campbell's departure and that he has total faith in how our fans will behave as the world looks in at N17.

He continued: "You have to bear in mind that any game against Arsenal is a big game and from that point of view there is always going to be a lot of tension and a lot of fun as well. This will be no different.

"We will welcome Sol back in a professional capacity as part of the Arsenal team and I'm sure it will be a competitive match.

"But we as a club have moved forward, we've moved on and the defensive qualities we've shown have been outstanding with Dean Richards, Ledley King and everyone performing very well.

"From that point if view we're lucky. Any Spurs supporter who has seen the games over the last month or so will have seen a totally different Tottenham that Glenn Hoddle is shaping on behalf of the club. It's great to watch as well.

"We as a club will always have to be bigger than any individual, any player and when things don't go as we might want them to at board level or fan level we have to regroup, move on and become stronger for it.

"If you look at where we are today we are far stronger than we were six months ago.

"We're on a journey, a long journey and from that point of view while there is a long way to go, most fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel and Spurs becoming a true force again in the UK and in European football."

Back to Saturday's derby, David reminded fans to arrive a few minutes early to go through the extra security checks that the club has introduced in light of the current climate globally.

"Security is always tight and because of the situation within the country, as with the last few games, everyone is searched before they go into the ground. I would urge everyone to arrive slightly earlier to avoid any build up prior to the game.

"I have faith in our fans doing the right thing and enjoying the game. That's what it's all about on Saturday - enjoying the game and looking to the future."