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DAWS READY FOR REAL THING

Posted on 13 September 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson's only taste of European football came as a young lad watching Nottingham Forest - now he's preparing for the real thing.

Michael Dawson's only taste of European football came as a young lad watching Nottingham Forest - now he's preparing for the real thing.

Daws had just turned 12 when French side Lyon arrived at the City Ground in the third round of the UEFA Cup in November 1995 and a run that took Forest to the quarter-finals “ a run ended by Jurgen Klinsmann and Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

"I remember I went with my dad and uncle," recalled Michael. "I was quite young at the time and perhaps didnt take it all in. It didnt feel like anything different to me, just another game, but under floodlights.

"Luckily enough for me Im now involved in European football. I was watching that game and not even thinking about the future but its a dream for me to be at a club like Tottenham and now Im set to be involved in the UEFA Cup."

Michaels European debut arrives as we return to the UEFA Cup for the first time since 1999 and a first round tie over two legs against Slavia Prague. The first leg is in Prague on Thursday, kicking off at 7pm UK time.

"Its my first taste of European football, personally Im excited and from the Clubs point of view its great to be involved again," added Michael.

"Going away from home to these places will be a lot different, we know it will be tough and we expect to have some defending to do because its an away leg but I think we have to go there positive and take the game to them. It would be great to come back to the Lane with some type of lead.

"It will be a new experience and everyone involved is looking forward to it."