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Posted on 2 July 2000  - 12:00

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Part two of Matthew Etherington's spell in the Spurs website's question and answer hotseat.

From Jamie Ashdown: Obviously as a young footballer you dream of a Premiership club coming in for you. But can you describe how it felt when one ACTUALLY did make a move?

ME: My manager first told me about Spurs' interest about a year ago, but nothing happened. So when they came back I didn't take it seriously until I discovered they had made a concrete bid. It was then just a dream come true.

From Leanne: What are your goals for next season?

ME: Firstly, to get in the squad. I will then probably start aiming to play in 10-15 first team games. If I do well there is the England U21 side to target.

From Richard Ley: When did you make the big time, and how nervous were you when you came on at Liverpool?

ME: When I played at Anfield, I thought to myself "I've done it, I'm a Premiership player", but I wasn't really nervous because we were 2-0 down and weren't expected to recover. I was very nervous though when I made my full debut at Old Trafford.

From Simon Dean: What was it like working with Barry Fry and how does his style measure up to George Graham's?

ME: I have not got a bad word to say about Barry Fry, he gave me my chance and will always do you a good turn. He's got his ways, a great character and one of the old-fashioned type managers. George Graham is the one who signed me for Spurs so I will always be grateful. He has certainly got the respect of all of the players and I'm sure he will bring success to the club.

From Michael Michaelides: With the lack of left sided English players, do you think you will be able to get into Kevin Keegan's plans next season with a few more league games behind you?

ME: I've got to look to break into the under-21s first. I've taken a big jump up in coming to Spurs and I've got to make the first team here yet. But if I play well, having a left foot will help, as there seems to be a shortage.

From Geir Ove Eikrem: How important was it for you that your mate Simon Davies also joined Spurs when you did?

ME: Yes, it was very important. It was my first big move and it really helped when it came to settling in. We also live in the same town.

From Carl Beard: Who did you support as a boy?

ME: Liverpool, but I lived in Cornwall so didn't go to any games, just followed their results. I still keep an eye on them, but I am a Spurs supporter now.

From Matthew Codina: Who did you idolise in football before you turned professional?

ME: Ryan Giggs was always a favourite of mine and I also liked Steve McManaman. If I modelled myself on anyone it was Giggs.

From Darren Mundy: Would you like to play in Italy one day?

ME: I haven't even thought about it. I've got to make it at Spurs yet. It just depends on how your career pans out.

From D Trevillion: what kind of song/chant do you think we will be able to sing to include your surname?

ME: I don't know. At Peterborough it was: Oh Matty Matty - Matty Matty Matty Matty Etherington.


Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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