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Famous Spurs

Posted on 6 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).

Darts star Wayne Mardle is preparing for the biggest night of his life on the oche on New Year's Day - but he'll still take time out from the practice board to keep an eye on how his beloved Spurs are getting on at Southampton.

Wayne is one of the rising stars of the sport and faces the ultimate test just hours after our Premiership encounter at St Marys.

At 8pm at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Wayne will take on 10-times World Champion, favourite and number one seed Phil Taylor in the third round of the PDC World Championship.

But Wayne insists he is relishing the prospect of facing 'The Power' and, just five hours before showtime, he'll 'have an ear to the radio' to see how Glenn Hoddle's boys are getting on at Southampton.

"It is the biggest game of my life, of course it is," said Wayne, a season ticket holder at the Lane until his travels around Europe's oches restricted his chances to watch the team.

"But I'll be keeping an eye on how we're getting on at Southampton, don't worry about that. I'll find a television or have my ear on the radio. Hopefully we'll get something out of it and it could be the perfect day for me!"

There was certainly a case of a family divided when Wayne decided Spurs were his first football love.

"My dad was a Gooner," explained Islington-born Wayne. "So I thought to myself 'I'm not supporting them!' and at about the age of six I started following the Spurs. I've done so ever since.

"I've been a season ticket holder but my darts is taking me all over the world, usually at weekends, so I've not been able to get the games as much.

"I could go anywhere from two to 20 games a season, but it's difficult."

Back on the oche, Wayne caught the eye in more ways than one at last year's BDO World Championships at Lakeside where his mixture of Hawaiian shirts, his bubbly character and, most importantly, his quality on stage won a lot of followers on his way the the semi-finals.

Nicknamed 'Hawaii 501', the Dutch Open champion and England international is now ready for the big one on Wednesday night.

"I've played Phil before and beaten him before," said Wayne, 29. "I'm not afraid to go out there and beat him. So many players are afraid of him, but I'll go out there and play my game.

"A lot of people have suggested I could just fold out there, but I know my ability."

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