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*Pat on the back for Jamie

Posted on 21 March 2003  - 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).

Pat Holland has helped guide a host of youngsters into the big time in his two spells at Spurs - now he's hoping Jamie Slabber will kick-start a new batch of new kids on the block.

Having spearheaded Pat's Under-19 and FA Youth Cup attacks this season, striker Jamie, just 18, made his Premiership debut as a substitute in Sunday's clash against Liverpool.

Jamie hopes to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ian Walker, Ledley King, Steve Carr, Sol Campbell, Steve Clemence, Luke Young and Alton Thelwell - all made the grade in Pat's time at the club from 1988-1995 and 1997 to the present day.

"We're all delighted for him and I've seen him and told him that I hope it's the start of big things for him," said Pat.

"Hopefully he'll stay involved and if he gets the opportunity, he takes it with both hands.

"The boy's got ability, he's waited a while and hopefully after that taster, he'll get a few more.

"It's just that little opportunity, sometimes because there are injuries and we've a lot of injuries, especially up front.

"The boy's been given a little taster, people have had a look at him and we can go from there. He has ability, now we'll see if he's got the mental toughness."

Pat admits the Academy takes great pride in youngsters who successfully climb up the ranks.

He added: "It's nice to see the lads break through and it is difficult - they do have to be of a certain quality. You can't just put kids in.

"There is a lot of pressure now on managers to get results and it's difficult to be brave in that situation.

"I'm delighted Jamie got that opportunity - that first taste. He enjoyed it, said it was teriffic and hopefully that will take him on. The Academy side of the club are delighted."