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Gary backs Football Aid

Posted on 20 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).

Gary Mabbutt describes Football Aid as a 'win-win situation' - fans can bid for the dream of playing at the Lane all in the name of charity.

Football Aid gives you the chance to be Robbie Keane, Teddy Sheringham or Simon Davies for the day by bidding for positions in two teams to face each other on the hallowed turf.

You are not judged on your ability, just how much you are prepared to pay to charity for a place in a team, captained by a former player of the club - last season Gary and fellow legend Martin Chivers did the honours.

Gary has been heavily involved in Football Aid, has captained a team for the last two seasons and hopes to do the same again this time around.

He said: "It's to raise money for good causes and charities throughout the country will benefit but it also gives supporters who have watched the team play over the years the opportunity to put on the shirt and play at the ground.

"A lot of people watch many games, may sit in the stands for 10, 20 years but never actually see what happens behind the scenes, the build-up in the dressing room, the treatment room and walking down the tunnel onto the hallowed turf. For me, it's a win-win situation.

"Fans can go on the internet to bid for their favourite player and the higest bid for that player or shirt wins the place in the team.

"I think it's all done very well. It's a great concept. It means fans get the opportunity to perhaps live out their boyhood dreams while the charities benefit."

Gary graced the Lane for 16 years, 11 as captain, but insists walking out of the tunnel still feels special to him.

"I was lucky enough to be captain of the club so leading the team out was very special," he added. "Every time I walk out there it brings back some very special memories.

"It's always a lot of fun. I've been involved in the last couple of games, scored last year and it's thoroughly enjoyable, that's the main thing about it."

Last season we managed to raise £20,000 for Football Aid, which supports juvenile diabetes and the club's nominated charities.

For your chance to get involved and have a day to remember for the rest of your life visit: