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Kids aim for cup Edge

Posted on 24 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).

Pat Holland reckons our name alone guarantees a tough time wherever we go at youth level — and that will certainly be the case in the biggest game of the season on Wednesday night.

We travel to Stockport County in the fourth round of FA Youth Cup - the most prestigious competition at youth level.

Boss Pat said: “There is no doubt about it that when you go to these sides they really gear themselves up.

“I’ve found through the years that Tottenham have become quite a scalp at this level.

“Through our success over the years, even at Academy level, when we get beaten and it’s a real big thing for the opposition and we’ll have to get the boys aware that it will be a big game for Stockport on Wednesday night.”

We travel to Edgeley Park in the Under-18 event after recovering from a poor first half to beat Bradford City at the Lane. County, meanwhile, overcame the odds to shock Watford.

“We’ve watched them twice,” said Pat. “Peter Suddaby, who is the director of the Academy here, watched them and myself, Jimmy Neighbour and Michael Stone went across to watch them at Watford.

“Watford were the favourites that evening but in fairness to Stockport I think they were worthy winners.

“They have one or two boys in the team with experience of the First Division.

“The centre-half has played regularly at right back in the first team and the centre-forward looked a handful as well.

“They are very competitive side, physically strong and up there it will be a tough battle.

“We’re at full strength and we’ve decided the team. It’s been difficult because we’ve had a few comings and goings, we’ve lost the boy Jonsson back to Sweden and that’s a blow because he was a talented lad.

“But in fairness we’re a young side and it gives a lot of these first years an opportunity. What it also does, if you do well, is make the future look a bit brighter.”

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