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Posted on 2 June 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).

Reserve hotshot Lee Barnard has little doubt that his loan spells helped take him up a level last season.

The 20-year-old stepped up to the plate with 17 goals in 17 reserve games to be second top scorer in the FA Premier Reserve League South - goals that earned him another year's contract.

As well as the influence of coach Clive Allen and a simple increase in confidence, he puts a lot of his growth down to his loan spells at Leyton Orient and Northampton.

"It’s gone well for me, I’m pleased," said Barney. "My aim was to score more goals and I’ve done that.

"The loan spells helped. People mentioned about not scoring goals but I felt I did well.

"All that was missing was goals but I’ve still got that experience under my belt and when I’ve come back from the loans I’ve felt a lot stronger and more confident. I’ve enjoyed that and it’s helped me."

Not surprisingly, Lee picks out his successive hat-tricks against Derby and Arsenal as his highlight.

"The special one was against Arsenal because they’ve always done well against us but that night we hammered them, played them off the park," he added.

"It wasn’t a 4-3 game even, they scored late goals. It was more more comfortable than that."