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Loan Boys Return - Lee Barnard

Posted on 19 December 2002  - 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).

Lee Barnard had a slightly shorter taste of League football than his sometimes-strike partner John Sutton, but he enjoyed his four-game spell at Exeter City.

Lee headed for St James Park at the beginning of November and made a positive impression in his first game against Boston United, in which the Grecians won 3-0. Unfortunately, Lee sustained a groin injury that forced him to miss Exeter's next match.

He was then named Man of the Match in Exeter's defeat to Cardiff in the LDV Vans before concluding his loan spell with games against Cambridge and Bury.

"It was a good experience really," said Lee, who, unlike Sutton, did feel that Division Three football has a greater physical edge. "It was a different kind of football, it was more physical than what it is in the reserves and is faster.

"It wasn't controlled all the time and could be a bit helter-skelter, to be honest. I enjoyed my time there though."

The physical side of football would hardly faze Lee, who can sometimes play his game in a somewhat robust manner.

"I got bashed about a bit, to be fair. I had to try and be a bit more aggressive and you have to be stronger," he added, recalling that he did not endear himself to the Bury fans in his final game, one that he considered to be his best performance.

"The Bury fans didn't like me because I caught a few of their defenders and they pick up on that. A few times they were shouting at me but once you're playing you don't notice it so much and get on with it.

"I thought I played well in my last game. They were on top, but I came out with good marks really. I got on the ball and made a few good runs, but I didn't have a chance to score though."

Lee admits that changing environment can take a bit of getting used to for a young Premiership hopeful and, as in any walk of life, being the new boy is not easy.

"The first day or two was a bit horrible. Not knowing anyone and just standing there while people were having a laugh.

"Once I got to know them all they were fine and were a great bunch of lads to me. The manager (Neil McNab) was really good too. He made me welcome and every game I was fit for he played me in.

"It was worthwhile and I really enjoyed it. A month was enough to get a taste of it, but I wouldn't have minded a bit longer."

Lee made his Spurs return for our under-19 side last weekend against Wimbledon and acknowledged the benefit of his brief sojourn into League football.

"That was good and I did feel stronger - it was strange. I got a whack in the first five minutes though and it spoilt it for me."

It didn't stop him sticking one in the top corner to open the scoring though...