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Dream tie for Brown

Posted on 23 January 2004  - 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).

Michael Brown was one of possibly few people in the Spurs camp willing Manchester City on in their FA Cup replay against Leicester.

City obliged with two goals in injury time to set up Sunday's fourth round tie at the City of Manchester Stadium.

It's a dream tie for Michael, as he explained. "I was willing City to win, I must admit.

"Going back to my old club, I still live in Manchester and on my birthday as well, I couldn't ask for more.

"All my family are up there as well so it should be a good day for me.

"That's what football is all about, playing on these stages and especially as it's my old club, in a massive new stadium, 47,000 fans there, I'm really looking forward to it."

Michael progressed through the ranks at City and, naturally, found it a huge disappointment when he found himself out of Joe Royle's plans in 1999.

Loan spells followed at Sheffield United and Portsmouth before he made a permanent move to Bramall Lane in January 2000.

He proved a massive success for the Blades, not least bagging 22 goals as Neil Warnock's men made it to the semi-finals of both cup competitions and the Nationwide play-off final last season.

He takes up the story. "I joined City when I was 14, 15, made my debut at 17 and played a lot of the season in the Premiership at that age when City got relegated.

"That's when everything started to change. I think they had about eight managers until the club got back into the Premiership.

"That's when Joe Royle decided to sell me and I moved to Sheffield United. It was difficult for me at the time because I felt I did my best for them, we got promotion but then the manager brought new players in to try and build again.

"I wasn't part of his plans and that was it really. There was no problems though, I wasn't part of his plans so I had to move on to play my football.

"It worked out well. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sheffield United and now I'm back in the Premiership. That's the place I want to play."

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