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Michael's a mixed bag

Posted on 14 January 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).

Michael Brown veered on the side of modest when asked to describe himself in terms of what he brings to a team's midfield.

A box-to-boxer? Combative? Energetic? Good passer? Highly skilled?

All of the above in small measures according to the soon-to-be 27-year-old, who clearly values the work ethic above all.

"I think a little bit of everything and a master of none," he laughed. "I think that is me, a bit of everything. I am very hard working, give my best and I will always put my foot in and give it my best shot."

And his shot is certainly something he used to good effect last season - a campaign in which Sheffield United reached the semi-final stage of the two domestic cup competitions and the Division One play-off final.

"I did get a few goals last season," he recalled, without having to dip too deep in the memory bank. "It started building up the year before with eight and to get 22 last year was a bit of a dream. It was goals that added to my game what was missing and hopefully I can get a few more.

"I think it was 22 in 52 games, so it was a great return. Everything we did last season, both the team and personally, went really well."

Meanwhile, Michael will be taking more than a passing interest in tonight's FA Cup third round replay between Leicester and Manchester City. He began his career at the latter and his preference for our fourth round tie is definitely a trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.

"It was fantastic and City are a great club," he said of his time at what was then Maine Road. "I made my debut at 17 and went through a bit of everything after that - going down and coming up. I played under eight managers during my time there.

"We were in the first division when Joe Royle decided to sell me, but it is a fantastic club and I enjoyed my time there. Hopefully they do well on Wednesday so I can have another trip to Manchester, which would be nice."