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Keepers' Week:<br>Rock on Tommy!

Posted on 21 March 2005  - 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's Keepers' Week on - starting with words of praise for Academy keeper Tommy Forecast from none other than the legendary Pat Jennings.

We'll have a story a day on the stoppers at Spurs including big Pat's memories of his display for Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley in 1985 to book his country's place in the 1986 World Cup Finals - almost 20 years on, the teams meet again, this time at Old Trafford, in another World Cup qualifying match with Paul Robinson set to start for England.

Anyway, back to Tommy Forecast. The 18-year-old has grown and grown in stature this season under the guidance of Academy goalkeeping coach Perry Suckling, underlined by his performances in what must have been his biggest week of the season, a start for the reserves against Watford and then a clean sheet against the same opposition as our Under-18s won Thursday's FA Youth Cup quarter-final at Vicarage Road.

Pat was there for both games and has been impressed with Tommy. "He is a good kid, big and willing to learn," said Pat, who played 673 games for Spurs between 1964-1977 was capped 119 times for Northern Ireland, including two World Cups.

"The basics of his game are very good and that's the important thing for young lads.

"You'll probably get one or two missed kicks but he's only 18 and that happens. It's a learning process and you just hope whatever mistakes he might make he'll learn from them.

"Perry Suckling has worked hard with him and he has a fantastic opportunity - I didn't even have a goalkeeping coach until I was 32!

"He's a smashing lad, Tommy, and I just hope he keeps improving. He's got good hands, that's the basics, a nice build, he's agile and it's vital now you have good skills to deal with the back pass."

Coach Clive Allen was also pleased with Tommy's display for the reserves last week.

"He looked confident," reflected Clive. "We've had good reports with the way he's been progressing in the youth team and with Marton Fulop out on loan and Nicky Eyre unfortunately picking up a thumb injury we had the opportunity for Tommy to play.

"It was a good experience for him and one I'm sure he enjoyed."