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Les smiles through the pain

Posted on 14 March 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).

Walking round Spurs Lodge with a big cheesy grin on his face, accepting the congratulations of passers by, Les Ferdinand displayed just what the FA Cup means to players — particularly ones of a certain age.

Les is happy to admit that Cup success might just mean more to him than most as it is a trophy he has craved throughout a long and successful career.

“Without a shadow of a doubt,” said Les. There’s a big prize at the end of it and we’re hoping we’ve taken a big step up the rung of the ladder there and hopefully we can go all the way.

“I think it had everything the neutral supporter wanted, there was plenty of goals, good attacking football and the right result for us at the end of the day.”

You did not have to enjoy expert status in the game to notice that Les was somewhat fired up from the start on Sunday — a state of mind he did not let wane until he submitted to a knock in the closing stages.

“I think we all were, definitely, when you look at the performance. Not just the players, the supporters, management, I think everybody was fired up for it.”

Such was the pace and intensity of the game, West Ham’s Christian Dailly suffered a broken foot in a collision with Les.

“Yeah he has unfortunately. I think it was from when I was going for the shot. Mines’ not feeling to clever either as it goes, but I’m hoping it will be okay.

“It’s from where I kicked the bottom of his studs, I’ve got a bit of bruising.”

Les appeared to have two major contests on Sunday — one with fellow veteran Stuart Pearce and another with referee Andy D’urso, with whom he had an ongoing dialogue. So who was the tougher opponent?

“Probably Stuart Pearce because he was the referee yesterday!” said Les with cheesy grin spread right back across his face.

By Richard Hubbard