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Happy Hawthorns for Jol

Posted on 25 August 2004  - 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).

Martin Jol has nothing but fond memories of his time at West Brom - he's relishing the prospect of a return tonight.


Our first assistant coach enjoyed three seasons at The Hawthorns in the then First Division between 1981-1984.


Playing with the likes of Cyril Regis, Derek Statham and Brendan Batson, Martin helped the Baggies reach the semi-finals of both the FA and League Cups in his first season only to agonisingly lose out in both - of course, to Spurs over two legs in the League Cup.


They were good days at the club - they finished fourth in the First Division the season before Martin arrived - and Martin cannot speak highly enough of his time there.


"I played for West Brom for three seasons, played 80 to 85 games and it was a pleasure to be there," he reflected at Spurs Lodge.


"My manager was Ronnie Allen, a good friend of Bobby Robson. I initially went for five days because I didn't really want to move abroad but after those five days I decided to stay.


"I played with Cyril Regis, Derek Statham, Brendan Batson, Ally Brown but Laurie Cunningham had left and Bryan Robson had gone to Manchester United. Basically, I came in for him. I had a very, very good time there. It was a well-organised club with a good crowd and I was very happy there.


"We played a very cultured style, good football and I enjoyed my time there."


Needless to say, Martin hopes his former club survive in the Premiership but believes we can go there and win on Wednesday.


"We have to respect every club in the league," he added. "They are still unbeaten with two draws, they will work very hard and I know from experience it is never an easy place to go and win.


"I hope they can stay up in the Premiership but I think we can win there on Wednesday night."