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Ifil's trip to the flicks

Posted on 20 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).

For Philip Ifil, a simple trip to the cinema on a weekend might never be the same again.

The 17-year-old full-back made his Premiership debut against Liverpool in last Saturday's opener at the Lane - managing to keep proven top-flight performer Harry Kewell quiet for much of the game.

It is hard to believe that Philip is only just beginning his second year full-time at the club and, were it not for a bit of well-judged fast-tracking, he could well be beginning his season this Saturday up at Sunderland with the under-18s.

But now he is in the spotlight, something that is unlikely to faze the confident Londoner.

"It's been great," he beamed. "I went to the cinema on Sunday and everyone was coming up to me and saying 'well done Saturday, great game, how was it?' and everyone was happy for me.

"The fans were great for me. They gave me so much confidence, even in the little things like when I went to get the ball to take a throw-in. I could hear everyone shouting 'well done Phil' and when everyone's behind you, it is a great feeling."

Philip added that the pre-season trips to Sweden and Seville did much for his belief that he could perform on English football's biggest stage.

"I played in pre-season and that gave me confidence to go out and believe I could do it in the Premiership.

"I've been at the club since I was 10 and for those seven years, I've dreamt of that. All those years with my mum and dad taking me training, all the help of the coaching staff and there it was, all there for me.

"Hopefully I'll get into the squad for Newcastle but it's down to the manager if I'm in the squad, on the bench or even starting again. Who knows? I've trained hard again this week and we'll see where we go from here.

"Once you get the chance to play you have to show what you can do so now, if I drop back to the stand, the bench, whatever, if the manager needs me - I'm there. Hopefully he'll put his trust in me."