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Posted on 15 January 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).

Pat Holland is hoping for a positive result in 90 minutes as our Academy team return to the Lane in the FA Youth Cup tonight.

The lads take on Swindon Town in the fourth round of the country's most prestigious Under-18 competition. The winners face Crystal Palace or Notts County in round five.

"I think it will be quite a good challenge," said Pat. "It's a one-off and I don't like penalties, so hopefully we'll get the result in the 90 minutes and then look forward to playing Palace or Notts County."

The Academy staff were robbed of a final chance to watch their opponents when Swindon's game was postponed at the weekend.

But Pat, Jimmy Neighbour and Academy director Peter Suddaby have seen them and Pat reports that we can expect a lively striking partnership and no shortage of quality throughout the side.

Pat added: "Swindon's game was postponed on Saturday but we've had a good look at them.

"One or two of their players are quite good and they've a lad, a schoolboy who didn't play when we watched them, who they rate very highly. They will be competitive.

"I think the kids are excited about playing at White Hart Lane. One or two have played before - Jamie Slabber and Nicky Wettner - but the others have not had any experience at all of playing there.

"So for them it will be a good occasion."

Pat reports just one change from our win at Portsmouth in the last round.

"We'll make one change and that's enforced because Marcel McKie has a knee injury so we'll bring in Nicky Wettner.

"All being well, unless we get any last minute hiccups, we'll be okay."

Entry tonight is just £3 adults, £1 children. Kick-off 7pm.