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HOW DOES the phrase go? Say it with flour?

Posted on 28 January 2010  - 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).

HOW DOES the phrase go? Say it with flour?

Tony Parks got more than he bargained for as he celebrated his birthday at Spurs Lodge on Thursday.

Training went as normal but Xtra knew 'celebration' plans were afoot when treated to the sight of Heurelho Gomes hiding a bag of flour in the trees.

The plan was hatched by Gomes and the rest of the goalkeepers and executed to perfection with a little help from Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane.

First of all, they needed 'Parksy' sitting in the target area, so Gomes went and sat alone on one of the benches in the central area of the training ground.

Next to get his attention and, with his sides still splitting, Jimmy Walker explained: "Basically, we told Gomes to look miserable and got Ben (Alnwick) to go and get Parksy. Ben went over to him and said 'Parksy, you better come and see Gomes, he's sitting on his own and looking a bit upset', so Parksy came over to the bench'."

Phase one complete, Tom and Robbie sprung into action. Legging it over from the little alley leading to the changing room - and therefore completely out of sight - the pair pounced, Robbie with the flour, Tom with a bowl of made up cold porridge.

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!

Parksy, such a great character, said he actually enjoyed the experience and was impressed with the meticulous planning that went into it.

He smiled: "It was great! I was in the gym when Ben came up to me and said 'you better come and see Gomes, he looks a bit upset', so I went out and sat next to him on the bench, but in the next breath he'd got up and legged it!"

The rest, as they say, is history - enjoy the pictures (more above, just click the arrows...)