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Posted on 23 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).

Ronnie Henry claims all he expected for his first game of the season was a run-out in the reserves - it turned out to be a full game for the first team at Stevenage.

The 18-year-old central defender was the only player to remain on the pitch for the full 90 minutes on Sunday, quite a way to mark his first involvement with the senior side.

"It was a big surprise," he remarked. "It was good, I enjoyed it a lot and now I know what it's like. We'll see what happens from now.

"With it being the first game back I was only expecting to get a half for the reserves, but getting a full game for the first team... It can't get much better and hopefully it carries on."

Last season's under-19 captain showed plenty of composure at Broadhall Way and if nerves came into play it didn't show. He was expecting to make way at half-time with the rest of the team and was feeling the effects of the first game back, but was delighted to stay on and showcase his talents.

"It was a good solid performance from me I thought, I was pretty happy and hopefully I can go on from there.

"It was a surprise to get a whole game and I was pleased about it. I thought I was coming off but, with a few out, it worked to my advantage and I got to play a whole game.

"I was a bit half and half, but deep down I really wanted to stay on - you've got to get as much as you can. I'm happy, but I was tired as well."

Ronnie, grandson of the Spurs double-winning legend he shares a name with, says the senior players eased his transition to a higher level of football.

"It made my game a lot easier having Jamie Redknapp and people like that around me, they came and got the ball off me, are calmer and made it easier for me.

"They make a lot more space and the quality of passing makes it easier."