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Kasey recalls Filbert treats

Posted on 8 February 2002  - 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).

Kasey Keller looks back with some pride at his time at Leicester City.

Our number two goalkeeper and USA skipper played over 100 games in the recent glory years under Martin O'Neill.

Joining the Foxes from Millwall for £900,000 in 1996, Kasey helped O'Neill's men to ninth in the Premiership and a League Cup Final triumph in 1996-97, tenth place and played in the UEFA Cup in 1997-98 and tenth again and another League Cup Final (don't mention that final to him!) in 1998-99 before leaving for Rayo Vallecano in July 1999.

He now prepares to meet his former club at the Lane on Saturday as they fight to stave off relegation.

Kasey recalled: "We had some great times at Leicester, couple of cup finals, got into Europe, it was a lot of fun.

"The team got promoted and a few new faces came in like myself, Spencer Prior, Matt Elliot 10 games into the season and we just got stronger and stronger.

"Everyone thought we would get relegated before Christmas but we ended up finishing ninth and winning a cup.

"It continued from there. In the next two years we finished in the top half, got to another cup final, less said about that the better, and the following year after I left the club won a cup again and had another good season.

"The team spirit was fantastic but it was more than that because you have to have quality players as well.

"The combination worked. Martin O'Neill set us out to play in a way that suited the players. For the most part we competed in every game and we nicknamed ourselves 'the grinders' because we could grind out results.

"It's a different team now, different manager, a few familiar faces I'll be looking forward to meet but for the most part it's changed a lot from when I was there.

"There have been a lot of changes. I left, Martin O'Neill obviously went to Celtic, Neil Lennon went there as well, Emile went to Liverpool, people like Steve Walsh, who was so important to the club, retired, Tony Cottee left - it was a good run while we were there but Martin is continuing his success up in Scotland with Neil and Emile is doing great things for Liverpool.

"It was a great group of players and a great time to be there, a time I have a lot of fond memories from."

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