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Posted on 23 March 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).

Jimmy Neighbour has paid tribute to the Academy coaching staff after his Under-17s reached the FAPAL play-offs.

His young side finished in second place in their division to qualify for the knock-out last eight on a dramatic last weekend.

As the U17s came from behind to topple Watford 4-2 on Saturday rivals West Ham suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Fulham.

The win at Watford completed a run of just one defeat in their last 13 FAPAL games for the U17s - regularly including U15 schoolboys - and Jimmy was quick to praise everyone involved.

He said: "Perry Suckling has worked very hard with the goalkeepers this season and improved them and deserves a lot of credit for that.

"Michael Stone has worked with me throughout and does a lot behind the scenes.

"Pat Holland is always available for advice for the boys and for us and Peter Suddaby has been great as well. It's a team effort, everyone involved."

The top two from the FAPAL's four U17 divisions will now play each other in a knock-out format.

Jimmy explained: "It's knock-out from here and we play the winners of Group B, which will be Leeds United.

"It's a one-off game that has to be settled on the day.

"It's a different format from last season where every team was in play-offs and drawn in groups with teams who finished in the same position.

"Leeds have won their division and they will be strong but it's a great experience for our boys going up to places like that, playing different teams and playing under this format.

"Hopefully we can go up there and do well."