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Lewis' Lane dream

Posted on 15 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).

Academy midfielder Stuart Lewis admits he was 'on the floor' when he found out he'd missed the cut for a starting place when the under-18s began their quest for FA Youth Cup glory against Nottingham Forest at the Lane back in December. A successful voyage to Anfield later and he is hoping for second time lucky when Everton visit in the 5th round tonight.


Pat Holland's side won the Forest encounter by a single goal scored by Andy Barcham before heading off to take on Liverpool in January - a tie they won on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.


The Spurs-supporting Stuart more than played his part on a glorious night for the boys, one that helped erode his disappointment at missing out in the previous round.


"It was a tough game throughout, played at a real fast pace and I think it got to both teams after a real frantic first half," he reflected. "When it got to extra time it became very difficult to find that next breath, but I think we worked well and had a few chances to win it.


"Goalkeeper Tommy Forecast really saved us towards the end, but in the whole game we did edge it on chances. When Tommy pulled out the save we were so pleased and I think it pushed us on in extra time.


"It was a brilliant night, we were in the tunnel and heard 'You'll Never Walk Alone', touched the sign and then it really does hit you that you are playing at Anfield. It was an experience I'll never forget, I think."


Stuart reasoned that he dealt with his personal disappointment over missing out on the last White Hart Lane date by realising the next game is always the biggest.


"It was unbelievable, after the hearing the team selection I was on the floor. I'd played all season and not being selected for the big game... I was gutted.


"I was pleased for the lads but disappointed on a personal level after the Forest game. But then I was at Anfield where I had a good game and felt pleased with my performance, I was on such a high and that is how football can change for you so quickly.


"When I was left out I was told the 4th round would be the next biggest game and I got selected and took my chance. Hopefully I will be in the side for the Everton game.


"It would be another chance to maybe get a game at White Hart Lane, I am a Tottenham fan and it would be a dream to play at the Lane. Hopefully I get that chance."