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Jamie dreams of win double

Posted on 23 April 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).

It is a big weekend looming for Academy midfielder Jamie O'Hara with two special games occupying his thoughts.

On Saturday the under-17s take on Everton in the play-off semi-final at Spurs Lodge, while on Sunday his beloved club take on his former side Arsenal in the Derby at the Lane.

The Academy first years won through to the semi-final stage last weekend with a 3-1 away win over Leeds United - a game in which Jamie opened the scoring.

"It was a great result," he reflected of the encounter. "It was a bit of a scrappy game and in the first 15 minutes it was hard, getting up and down and working hard for the team.

"It wasn't really about individual performances, just getting the result. We went there and done well with a really good performance all round.

"It was a game that was about working hard, I got my goal and we went from there. In the end we were able to play our football and were controlling the game really."

Jamie has spent most of the season playing his football for the under-19s and reserves, but very much enjoyed being back with his own age group for the play-offs.

"It was a bit strange, but this is a good side and it was enjoyable going back to play together. There are a lot of good players in the team and they have done well this season to get second in the league - it was good to go back and just be part of the team and the buzz around it."

So it's Everton next, the club we came up against in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup two seasons ago when a certain Wayne Rooney made his mark in the competition. Jamie suspects another Rooney could be out to do similar.

"I've heard his brother might be playing, but I'm not sure. I think they are a good side, but we've gone a long while unbeaten and they will be worried about us."

And what about Sunday?

"I am a Tottenham boy and I desperately want us to win it. It is a big game for us and I'd love to see us do well.

"If I got to play in the Derby one day it would be a dream come true for me."