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Les back in Toon

Posted on 25 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Les Ferdinand takes a trip down memory lane on Saturday. The big striker will be hoping to grab a piece of the action when we travel to Newcastle United in the Premiership.

Ferdinand, 33, joined Newcastle from QPR in 1995 and went on to score 50 goals in 83 matches in a golden period under Kevin Keegan. He capped the 1995-96 season by being named the PFA Player of the Year.

He said: "Of course it means a lot to me going back to Newcastle. Whenever you play against a former club it means that little bit more but I had a fantastic time up there. I've certainly nothing to prove to their supporters - I've just got to do it for myself and the Spurs' fans."

Ferdinand has impressed after coming on as substitute this season and scored in the opener against Ipswich Town last Saturday. He also netted at Middlesbrough on Tuesday - but it was ruled out for offside.

He knows better than most about crowds in the north-east and expects a tough time at St James' Park.

"It will be an amazing atmosphere," he said. "The ground has been developed further since I was there and they had over 51,000 in against Derby on Wednesday. I'm sure that will be the case against us and for the rest of the season. That atmosphere makes it one of the best stadiums to play at in the Premiership.

"We'll be optimistic though. I was very impressed with the way we played at Middlesbrough and at the end of the game the boys were disappointed not to have won. There is certainly an air of confidence about the place and if we can repeat that at Newcastle, we'll have a chance."

You can watch the Newcastle match live at White Hart Lane on Saturday. It will be shown on the Jumbotron and admission is L5 for adults and FREE for children (under 16s) and OAPs.