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Posted on 22 April 2004  - 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).

Fans: It's very important the fans get behind the lads. It's been a topsy-turvy season with some good spells and bad spells. Any extra backing the lads can get will be a huge benefit but I'm sure the players won't need any extra motivation. The team has been going through a tough period.
When we were third from bottom the team produced a run of victories so they have shown they have the character and they just need to break this run. There will be no better place to do it than against Arsenal. I believe we have a great opportunity to be the only team to beat Arsenal in the Premiership this season. I've spoken to as few people on the Arsenal side and they also have this horrible feeling that this could be the game. It's always a one-off game, always a cup-tie atmosphere no matter what form you are in going into it.

Game: Going into this game I'm confident the lads will be up for it, I know we have injury problems but whoever plays on the day, they will give it everything. Arsenal are a superb side and deserve to be where they are but I still feel, and it's showed over the last few games, they can be beaten. They will be nervous coming to White Hart Lane. They were lucky to get a point last season and I'm confident we can get something from it, despite the fact we've had a poor run. The likes of Kanoute, Keane and Defoe can cause any defender problems and the fact we haven't been scoring recently is a bit of a mystery. I believre we can turn the corner and what better way to do it than against Arsenal.

91sf: There were so many things happening that week. It was the first semi-final to be played at Wembley, Tottenham v Arsenal, Arsenal were going for the double, we hadn't been doing particularly well in the league but on our day we were capable of beating anyone. We had been quite inconsistent. I remember a lot of pyscology being used in the newspapers in the build-up with both sides trying to get an upper hand. I remember telling the team beforehand that the Arsenal players had already been measured for their Cup Final suits, so we used a bit of kidology ourselves to get everyone motivated. It was a huge game and we went out there and outplayed them at a time when Arsenal were flying.

The players realise it hasn't been a great season for the fans and certainly one way to repay them will be to give a great performance against Arsenal.

Fans: From my own point of view, I remember back in 1987 I had a chance to go to United, Arsenal came in for me, Liverpool, go abroad - my contract was up at Tottenham. I enjoyed my time at Tottenham but more importantly, from the moment I arrived at the club, the fans took to me very quickly. My relationship with the supporters meant a huge amount to me and means a huge amount to the players. The fans were always behind me and at Tottenham, especially when we're going through a bad run, this is the time when the fans really need to get behind the team. There are a couple of games when we haven't performed well enough to get the crowd going but that's when you want the fans to lift everyone by singing and shouting. That's what the fans can create and I'm sure for this game we won't need motivating to give us that.