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Kelly eyes cup shock

Posted on 27 January 2001  - 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).

Gavin Kelly is counting down the minutes to his biggest day in football.<P class=MsoNormal>As we take a back seat waiting for the winners of Dagenham & Redbridge against Charlton on Saturday our reserve team goalkeeper aims for another slice of giant-killing action in the FA Cup.<P class=MsoNormal>Kelly is currently on a three-month loan at Kingstonian and was hailed the hero of the&nbsp&#59;non-league club&rsquo&#59;s third round triumph at Southend.<P class=MsoNormal>Now the Irish youth international has Bristol City in his sights at Ashton Gate. &ldquo&#59;I can&rsquo&#59;t wait,&rdquo&#59; he admitted. &ldquo&#59;It is the biggest game I&rsquo&#59;ve been involved with since I started playing football.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;No-one will expect us to win there but the lads are quietly confident. It will be a very, very hard game and if we get a good result it will be big surprise.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>The 19-year-old joined the Nationwide Conference outfit for playing experience with Ian Walker taking over in goal for the reserves following Neil Sullivan&rsquo&#59;s arrival.<P class=MsoNormal>Now he has been thrust into the limelight with manager Geoff Chapple&rsquo&#59;s FA Cup magic working again.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;All the lads got together for training on Thursday night and it was madness with all the press and television crews there,&rdquo&#59; he said.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;To be honest I&rsquo&#59;ve tried to stay away from that side of it. Soccer AM wanted to do something with us all in vests and boxers shorts but I steered clear of it!<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It has opened my eyes to what it is like in the spotlight, rather than just playing for the reserves. This is what it is all about.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>The standard of football has also opened Kelly&rsquo&#59;s eyes. &ldquo&#59;When I first arrived I didn&rsquo&#59;t really know what to expect but the quality of the football in the Conference has taken me by surprise,&rdquo&#59; he revealed. &ldquo&#59;There are a lot of quality teams in the league. It must be on a par with Division Three.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>FA Cup heroics aside, Kelly knows he has a job to do at Kingstonian &mdash&#59; he is determined to use the experience to good effect at Spurs.<P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;At the end of the day I came down here for experience and to play games &mdash&#59; the cup run has been a real bonus.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The extra coverage can only be good for me but I just wanted to play games and hope it helps me earn another contract at Spurs.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>