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McDougald tipped for stardom

Posted on 17 January 2001  - 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).

Sol Campbell is convinced his good friend, former team-mate and current FA Cup hero Junior McDougald can make it back into professional football’s big time.

The ex-Spurs striker shot to fame by scoring for non-league Dagenham & Redbridge against Charlton in the third round of the FA Cup 10 days ago.

In the end an equaliser four minutes from time denied the Daggers the biggest upset of recent seasons.

Now Junior and the Essex boys have a second bite in Wednesday night’s replay for the right to play us in the fourth round.

Big Sol and Junior were together as youngsters both at Spurs and at the National School of Excellence at Lilleshall.

Junior eventually left for Brighton at the age of 19 and played in France and at Rotherham and Leyton Orient before moving onto the Daggers last season.

Sol said: "I’ve some fond memories of Junior. We used to play against each other when we were 13, then we were at Tottenham and Lilleshall when we were 14.

"I’ve known him over 10 years now. He’s a smashing lad and I can’t speak highly enough of him.

"He’s a good bloke, a good man and a fabulous footballer.

"He obviously moved through the ranks at Tottenham, got let go, but he was with us from an early age through to 19, so yes, I know him well.

"Junior is an intelligent bloke. He’s at Dagenham at the moment but he could play much higher.

"He was at Brighton for a little while and there is no reason why he shouldn’t get back up there. He’s a fit lad, great touch and a good player."

The friends could now face each other for a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup on January 27.

Sol added: "If we play it won’t necessarily be a personal battle just because we’re friends and he’ll play as if he’s playing against anyone else. It will be totally professional when it comes to that.

"Afterwards of course we’ll be chatting and whatever but on the field it won’t be any sort of vendetta. You just don’t do that.

"They’ve got one more game, the replay at Dagenham, and if they get through then we’ll be playing them. We’ll see what happens. We need to take things on from Orient. It’s the start of the year and it’s gone well for us so far. The future is looking bright. Ipswich was the bottom for last year as far as away form goes. Home form has been totally different."