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George wary going into O's zone

Posted on 5 January 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).

George Graham admits we’re amongst the potential shocks in Saturday’s FA Cup third round.

We take our less than impressive away record to Brisbane Road where we will come up against a Leyton Orient outfit with a home record to match our own — 15 games unbeaten all season including nine wins and three draws in Nationwide League Division Three.

But boss George usually deals with these hurdles well. Spurs fans will point to Wrexham’s win when he was manager of Arsenal but apart from that he has not suffered from many giant-killings.

Of course, we have lost to Fulham and Birmingham City in our last two Worthington Cup campaigns but defeats to teams who could hold their own in the Premiership can hardly count as shocks.

George said: “There are a few ties, I think we’re one, Arsenal at Carlisle another, Watford against Everton, quite a few that could be potential giant-killings. That is the glory and the wonderful draw of the FA Cup.

“Most of the big clubs do have a stumble now and then in the FA Cup - that’s why it’s the most famous club competition in the world.

“The David v Goliath situation is very appealing to the fans and they love it when it happens.

“Any time a big club from the Premiership gets drawn away against a minnow the media are rubbing their hands together thinking ‘this is great’.

“Fortunately I haven’t had that many stumbles. Wrexham was certainly one and it soon brings you back to earth again.

“That’s why I don’t blow my own trumpet many times in football — take the plaudits when you have success and the knocks when you get an upset.”

Listen to George's pre-match interview in full by clicking here

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