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Programme: Gary Doherty

Posted on 17 February 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).

FINISHING LINES &mdash&#59; GARY DOHERTY<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>LATEST<P class=MsoNormal>Best Goal: Sergei Rebrov here against Newcastle in January - and not just because of my brilliant assist! His finish with the outside of his boot was perfect.<P class=MsoNormal>Save: Neil Sullivan against Leicester at the Lane in November when Matt Elliott smashed the ball at him from point blank range. Also Ian Walker to keep out Southampton's James Beattie when my dodgy backpass let him in!<P class=MsoNormal>Tackle: Luke Young on the goal-line against Southampton after Ian Walker had parried Hassan Kachloul's shot.<P class=MsoNormal>Assist: Sergei to set up Stephen Carr against Ipswich here on the opening day. His pass inside was textbook.<P class=MsoNormal>Celebration: Can't think of a best one but Sergei against Charlton - with his two hands in the air - was the worst!<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>OFFSIDE<P class=MsoNormal>Last opponent socialised with: I often go out with my former team mates from Luton.<P class=MsoNormal>Did you ever meet your boyhood hero? Yes, it was Paul McGrath and he fully lived up to my expectations as a person when I met him and had the honour to play in his international testimonial in Dublin. McGrath is an inspiration having had such a wonderful career despite his injury problems.<P class=MsoNormal>Have any of your school friends become famous? No.<P class=MsoNormal>Where did you spend your summer holiday? It was a busy summer for me with the Republic of Ireland playing in the USA following my move to Spurs in April. But I did manage to have a week relaxing on Kos.<P class=MsoNormal>First ever trip abroad: I went to Malta with Luton schoolboys at the age of 11. My abiding memory is that we had to play on a concrete pitch when we were all expecting to be wearing boots on a proper surface. An even bigger problem was the bright sun reflecting off the surface. You couldn't see a thing!<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>ONSIDE<P class=MsoNormal>Best game you've ever played in for Spurs: The recent home game with Newcastle. There was just so much happening with the dismissals, penalties...and we won! We also deserved to because we played well.<P class=MsoNormal>First ever professional game you went to see: There were a few as a youngster but the one that stands out in my mind was Luton against Leeds at Kenilworth Road in the First Division. It was season 1991-92 and Leeds went on to win the title and promotion. They beat Luton 2-0 with goals by Rod Wallace and Gary Speed.<P class=MsoNormal>What detail sticks in your mind about your debut? Well it was at Old Trafford last season and it doesn't get much bigger than that! There wasn't really anything specific - just the whole occasion. I went on as substitute and the atmosphere generated by more than 61,000 people was amazing.<P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'&#59; FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><I>By John Fennelly</SPAN></I>