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Introducing...Dawson's Diary

Posted on 4 July 2011  - 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).

Spurs Xtra has an all-new feature for 2011-12 - Dawson's Diary.

The title does give it away somewhat - our popular centre-back, now one of our longest-serving players and skipper for most of the second half of last season, will give Xtra the inside track on his season for the next 11 months or so.

We'll be talking to 'Daws' regularly throughout the campaign and he'll give us his thoughts from the heart of the dressing room.

We'll try to get the best banter out of him as well but as he told us on Monday, it's a bit early yet!

So look out for updates here at Spurs Xtra and across our other channels here at Spurs including our official Twitter page, SpursOfficial and video on Spurs TV Online.

Where better to kick-off Dawson's Diary than day one? Here goes...

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DAWSON'S DIARY - MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

We've all had a break, all enjoyed ourselves and now we're all back in the mix again. Pre-season is here and it's like 'welcome back lads, let's get on with it' straight away!

It's great to see all the lads again. The banter is flying around, as always. It's a bit too early for much more than that, but I'm sure that will all change soon!

Pre-season training has changed a lot, even in my time as a professional footballer.

In my youth team days at Forest we ran and ran, basically until we dropped.

It's more scientific now with the coaches, physios and medical team. It's still hard work, believe me, but everything is carefully monitored.

It's 10 days until we go to South Africa and we've all an eye on that first game in the Premier League against Everton in August.

All that really matters throughout pre-season is that we're ready for that first match. That's what we're all working towards.

We have three games in South Africa, good preparation, we then come back and play Brighton, another good game and then our friendly at White Hart Lane against Athletic Bilbao on August 6.

Before then, we've plenty of hard work to get through. It all starts here!