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Gorman's Celtic relish

Posted on 7 August 2002  - 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).

John Gorman is excited by the prospect of Spurs facing his former club Celtic at White Hart Lane tonight.

The assistant boss started his career at Parkhead and was there during the most glorious passage in the club's history.

"I played for Celtic and they are my team," he beamed. "It's special for me this game, I was five years at Celtic, it is where I started my career.

"I had a great time there. I was there in the best times, when they were nine-times championship winners, European Cup winners and also beaten in the final. I left that year, after, funnily enough, Feyenoord beat Celtic.

"I've played against them when I was at Carlisle, but have never played against them with any other team I've been at.

"I really looking forward to it. Looking forward to beating my old club and us having a great game."

John was a Celtic player during the era of the great Jock Stein and he can see why the success of Martin O'Neill is drawing comparisons.

"He is and that's why he's well liked. Obviously the similarities are there and the history of Celtic, the demand, Martin O'Neill has given them that.

"I know Martin very well and all their backroom staff. Stevie Walford used to play at Tottenham so that's a nice little connection there.

"It'll be a great night and the fans will be out in force. Celtic always bring a great support - I've got friends I haven't heard from in years phoning up asking for tickets.

"It's a busy night for me."

John agrees that Celtic tend to raise their game against English opponents.

"They do. They've always done that. They've always wanted to do well against English sides because they want to prove they can live at this level.

"The other reason they want to play, and it's respect to Tottenham, is that they want to play games where it will be like when they play in Europe.

"In Scotland maybe they know they can win most games, that's why they take on the challenge of coming to places like Tottenham."

*Tickets for both home and away fans for tonight's prestigious pre-season friendly against Celtic may be purchased today from our Park Lane Ticket Office from 10am until half-time.

Ticket Prices for Season Ticket Holders/Club Members

West and East Stands Adults £30 and Juniors/Senior Citizens £15
North and South Stands Adults £20 and Juniors/Senior Citizens £10

Ticket Prices for Non-Members

West and East Stands Adults £35 and Juniors/Senior Citizens £17
North and South Stands Adults £25 and Juniors/Senior Citizens £12