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Posted on 28 November 2001  - 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).

Eagerly awaited London derbies are all the rage at the moment - Arsenal, West Ham and now Fulham. They have gone pretty well so far, but this one is all about an ultimate prize rather than hard-earned points.

The arrival of Fulham in the Premiership was a much-anticipated event in the Putney Bridge region. Would Jean Tigana's stylists and run-away Division One winners be able to cut it in the high-pressured environment of the Premiership?

It has not quite been the cakewalk that some optimistic Fulham fans were predicting, but few, if any, talk about the club in the same breath as relegation candidates.

International calibre players were drafted in to beef up the ranks, Edwin van der Saar from Juventus perhaps the most surprising. Tigana also used his know-how of French football to lure the likes of Steed Malbranque and Steve Marlet.

Fulham's free-flowing, purist style of football proved something of a shock to Manchester United on day one. They being the first to expose United's defensive frailties that have hit the headlines a few times since. Twice the led the champions, but were pegged back and eventually defeated.

Full points were then put on the board at home to Sunderland before the gathering of three points began to pose something of a problem.

Derby, Charlton, Leicester, Chelsea and Ipswich all then emerged from encounters with the new boys with a points, while Arsenal and Aston Villa took the full three.

It was not until a home game with Southampton in late October that another win was secured. Further wins have been gained against West Ham and Newcastle but, last time out, Bolton shared the spoils.

The opening round of the Worthington Cup was a troublesome affair, an 120th minute equaliser from Rufus Brevett saving the night and Fulham's blushes against Rochdale. A 2-2 draw then became a 6-5 win on penalties.

Derby then scared the home side in the following round, twice taking the lead before falling to a 5-2 defeat.

Now for round four and Glenn, determined to make a success of the competition, will be aware of the last time Spurs travelled to Craven Cottage in the Cup.

It was 1999, we were the holders, and fell to a 3-1 defeat after an abject performance.

Like Fulham, Spurs have moved up a notch or two since that night in early December at the same stage of the competition.

Just under two years earlier, Spurs accounted for Fulham by the same scoreline in the 3rd round of the FA Cup with goals from Stephen Clemence, Colin Calerwood and a Taylor own goal.

A repeat of that scoreline in our favour, as the credit card ad says, would do nicely!