But he will enter the stadium for the UEFA Cup group stage clash with mixed feelings, as his primary task will be to spoil the fun for his favourite team.
Martin will, in fact, be representing the visitors, wearing the number three on the Danish team’s red and white striped shirt – and all sympathy for Spurs will be put aside for the duration of the match where he will do his utmost to cause an upset that no Spurs supporter would normally wish for.
“When I’m in the dressing room preparing and on the pitch playing there will only be one thing on my mind – and that is to do my very best for Aalborg. But before and after the game, I will savour every moment of my first visit to the Lane. It will be an experience for life,” Martin states.
Aalborg qualified for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup and beat Sampdoria in the final qualifying game to reach the group stage. On October 9, the whole Aalborg team gathered in front of the TV to watch the draw, and tension grew as teams were pulled from the bowl and the groups took shape. It came down to the last three yellow balls in the glass bowl – one of them concealing the Aalborg name – and the Spurs group was still short of one team.
“With both Aalborg and Spurs through, the chance of being paired in the same group was there – even though it was faint,” Martin continues. “But as the draw was held on my birthday, it was only natural to wish for a special present.”
Martin got what he describes as the 'best birthday present ever' and instinctively celebrated it with a jubilant roar while jumping to his feet in excitement much to the amusement of his team mates. But he was also quick to realise the seriousness of the situation.
“I know that you have to be careful what you wish for, because we are the lowest seeded team in the group, so the expectations might be limited on our behalf. But that is not the case within our team,” Martin explains. “We know it will be very difficult to get results in a very tough group. But everyone said the same when we were drawn against Sampdoria. We proved the sceptics wrong then, so why not do it again.”
By Jesper Jensen
This interview will appear in full in tonight's official programme...
This is a special day for Aalborg defender Martin Pedersen as it marks his first visit to White Hart Lane - home of the club he has supported since childhood.