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Dreaming of Cardiff

Posted on 14 May 2003  - 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).

On-loan defender Stephen Kelly could secure a dream ticket to the Millennium Stadium if QPR overcome Oldham in the second leg of the Division Two play-off semi-final at Loftus Road tonight.

The Republic of Ireland under-20 international's spell with Rangers has been an unqualified success and the team have not suffered a defeat since he joined at the end of March - seven games with six wins and one draw.

Unfortunately, a sending off for two bookable offences in the draw against Crewe saw to it that Stephen missed the first leg of the play-off semi that finished 1-1 at Boundary Park.

"It been a great time since I've been there - we are in the play-offs which makes it even more exciting," said Stephen.

"We had to keep on winning otherwise we would have fallen out of the play-off positions. Tranmere were on our heals and we had to keep on performing and did.

"We finished fourth and have Oldham in the play-offs - I was banned for the game on Saturday because I got sent off, but hopefully I will be back on Wednesday."

Stephen, not surprisingly, is in agreement with his manager Ian Holloway, who told us last week that the sending off was very unfair.

"I thought it was very harsh. I had my back to the ball, was walking away and he kicked it into my calf and I got booked for blocking a free-kick. The second one I thought I got a bit of the ball and thought the ref was a bit harsh.

"It is the first time I've been sent off so I was in a bit of shock as well."

The suspension is now over and Stephen allowed himself to briefly ponder the prospect of stepping out onto the pitch at the Millennium.

"It would be amazing to go to Cardiff with 70,000 people - what a day that would be. They would get the crowd as well so it would be incredible."

While his Rangers oddessy has been a memorable one, Stephen confirms that it is all being done with one ultimate aim in mind - breaking into the Spurs first team.

"It is giving me more and more experience, which is exactly what you need towards breaking into the team here. Hopefully I'll get more of the same.

"I would love to be back here next season. It just depends on what happens and what the gaffer has got in store for me.

"If they want me to go on loan again I'll be happy to do it and I think QPR would take me back. It would be ideal to go back with them in the first rather than second division!"

READ WHAT RANGERS BOSS IAN HOLLOWAY HAD TO SAY ABOUT STEPHEN