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Les chases more glory

Posted on 18 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Les Ferdinand is desperate to taste more glory at Spurs.

The 33-year-old won his first major trophy in his twelfth season in the game when we lifted the Worthington Cup in March 1999.

Winner of the prestigious PFA Player of the Year trophy in 1996, Ferdinand also boasts 17 full England caps but that triumph over Leicester City marked his first appearance at Wembley in a major final as a professional.

After a disappointing season both individually (he spent most of it on the sidelines with Achilles trouble) and club-wise (we went out in the early stages of all three cup competitions) Ferdinand now wants to get back on the trophy trail.

That starts at Brentford's Griffin Park on Tuesday night in a Worthington Cup second round, first leg encounter.

Some clubs have fielded weaker teams in this competition recently but with a UEFA Cup place still up for grabs for the winners, that will not be the case at the Lane.

Ferdinand insisted: "It’s a competition we take very seriously. We were winners of the Worthington Cup just a couple of seasons ago and I would like to get back to a final and hopefully into Europe again — no matter what the competition is.

"With that in mind we’ll be taking the game at Brentford as seriously as we take any other. It is important that we start well."

London-born Ferdinand knows all about his football in the capital and having played on loan for Brentford back in 1987-88 is well aware of what awaits us at Griffin Park.

He added: "I'm sure Brentford and their fans will be up for it and it will be a great little atmosphere down there.

"Hopefully we’ll have a few supporters there as well and we will be able to give them a better showing than we did at Charlton. That was a disappointing result after creating so many chances and it would be nice to bounce back straight away."