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Derby daze

Posted on 16 September 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).

Glenn Hoddle agrees with the train of thought that suggests London clubs’ title challenges are made even harder by the amount of derbies they play in the Premiership.

Sunday’s eagerly-awaited clash against Chelsea at the Lane is the first of 10 derbies we face this season. Of course, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Fulham and Charlton are in the same boat.

Indeed, we face a spell of four derbies in five matches between November 17-December 15.

Pressed on the question, Glenn insisted: “I said that even when I was a player here. There is no doubt about that, it’s a fact.

“I just think there is a special atmosphere in derby matches, even when we played Wimbledon.

“When we play Charlton, if we played Crystal Palace in a cup game — there is always an added spice with the supporters and they are always difficult.

“I don’t know if it’s down to extra pride because it’s a derby and you don’t want to be defeated, I don’t know, but something comes out in those games.

“A lot of clubs have derbies twice a season. For London teams, it has certainly been detrimental to winning the championship over the years.”