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Matt's back

Posted on 1 January 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).

Matthew Etherington has returned to Spurs Lodge after a successful two-month loan spell with Bradford City.

Matty is back slightly early after the managerial upheaval at Valley Parade, but he insists his time at the club was a useful learning curve that has definitely benefited his game.

"I really enjoyed it," said Matt. "I think I played pretty well and the fans were great with me. It has certainly helped my game. There is a huge difference between Division One and the Premiership, but it was a valuable experience for me. It was not greatly different to the reserve team football I'd been playing, but there was more on it and far more intensity."

Matt witnessed first hand the fickle nature of football when manager Jim Jefferies departed the club towards the end of his time there.

"I don't want to go into it, but there was a lot of politics going on that resulted in the manager leaving. I was quite looking forward to coming back in the end."

Matt's arrival at Bradford signalled an upturn in fortunes for the Bantams, with our nippy winger providing the creative impetus needed following the departure of Benito Carbone to Derby. He scored on his full debut and the team went seven games unbeaten after that.

"It is difficult settling in at a new club and getting to know the faces when you know you're only there for a short time," reflected Matt. "But that is the nature of professional football and you know it is not always possible to stay at one club all the time.

"I spent the first month in a hotel and that was a pretty lonely experience, but in the second month they put me in a flat which made life a lot easier."

So did any grizzly full-backs give Matt a hard time and a few kicks?

"Yeah, a few. Some of them though just try and talk you out of the game!"