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Players know the Derby score

Posted on 16 November 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).

Glenn Hoddle says that overseas players quickly come to realise the importance of the North London Derby when they join the club.

The boss reflected that the major difference now to when he played in Derby matches is that both teams then had a heavier British presence in them, which maybe resulted in a bit more local pride coming into play.

Nowadays, teams have a greater overseas influence, but Glenn feels the imports know what the game means to supporters.

"Thinking back to when I was playing, there was a lot more British players involved - probably more London players," said Glenn.

"There was maybe a little more local rivalry and pride there. I still feel that, even though there are a lot of foreigners in each team now, the Derby still has an influence to it.

"It seeps through, you know the traditions when you come to a club as a foreign player and you know, certainly, that this is a massive game for the supporters. Players do find that out pretty quickly.

"The club is not going to change its traditions - the player has to change to the club. The foreign players understand that.

"When I played my first Derby way, way back in the seventies it was different - but it is no different now in the stands to what it was in those days."

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