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Late Daws

Posted on 4 February 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).

Michael Dawson reflected on a frantic transfer deadline day as he settled into life at Spurs Lodge this week.


It was a close run thing for the central defender, who completed the formalities of his switch from Nottingham Forest just minutes before midnight on Monday. He admits that his nerves were jangling as he waited for the paperwork to be processed in time for him to become a Spurs player.


"I think we managed to get it in with two minutes to go," said the 21-year-old. "As you can imagine, I was sweating a little bit. It was a long day and getting it done so late made it feel even longer.


"Once it got to 12 o'clock I got on the phone to everyone to tell them it had gone through. It must have been about 4am when I finally calmed down and fell asleep - and 7am when I woke up again. It was a long, long day and I'm still recovering.


"I shot back to Nottingham on Tuesday and got a few bits and bobs together. I've still got a few things to sort out, but it is good to be here now.


"I don't think it's sunk in properly yet! It is a dream come true, my chance has come and I'm going to grab it. I can't wait to play at White Hart Lane."


Michael explained he is aiming regain the early momentum of his career that saw him thrust into the Forest team at an early age and impress so much that he caught the eye of England coach Sven Goran Eriksson, who invited him to train with the senior squad. A downturn in fortunes for Forest, after reaching the play-off semi-finals in his first season, did not help his cause.


"The last couple of years have been a bit slow," he added. "In my first year everything went for me when I got chucked in and did well. I want to get playing week in, week out again. Obviously it is going to be tough here as there is a lot of good players and most of them are internationals.


"It will be difficult, but I'm going to get my head down, work hard and hopefully show what I can do.


"You do learn from the bad times, while it is easy when everything is going right. The last couple of years have been hard, with two different managers and onto my third just before I left.


"We were fighting relegation for the last two seasons and it was not been nice. As you say, I can hopefully learn from the experience I've gone through."


It was a member of our current first team that put a big dent in Forest's ambitions in the aforementioned semi-final of the season before last and Michael agrees that elimination from the end of season play-offs does seem to have a knock-on effect on the unlucky teams.


"I think that is right. Nottingham Forest played Sheffield United and I remember Michael Brown scoring at the City Ground and they went on to play in Cardiff. Unfortunately for them they didn't get promoted.


"They, like Forest, have struggled a little since then - but not as much as we did. Fingers crossed, Forest can stay up and next year push up the league a bit."


One little sub-plot of transfer deadline day was the draw for the 5th round of the FA Cup and the famous competition was up to its old tricks again with our pairing should we manage to overcome West Brom in the 4th round replay. Michael concedes his reaction was one of disbelief.


"If I hadn't been cup-tied it might have been a little bit different. When I saw the draw I couldn't believe it. Me and Andy won't be able to play but we will hopefully be cheering the lads on."