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Reserves for free at the Lane

Posted on 8 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Fans have been handed the chance to watch their favourites for FREE at White Hart Lane.

We will be playing our first three fixtures in the FA Premier Reserve League at the Lane with admission free to all. The first such match is against Chelsea on Tuesday September 12 (7pm).

Manager Chris Hughton revealed: "We play 12 games at home in total in the league and six will be at the Lane, the other six at St Albans. It's free to come in and we're trying to encourage as many supporters as possible to come along, particularly the youngsters in the local area. It's a great opportunity for them to come to White Hart Lane and see a good quality reserve game."

Reserve teams are becoming stronger and stronger as squads grow in the Premiership. In the first few weeks of the season Hughton has fielded the likes of Ian Walker, Ramon Vega, Luke Young, Mauricio Taricco, Simon Davies, Matthew Etherington, Gary Doherty and Dave McEwen.

Hughton added: "At some stage during the season all the professional players will play in the reserve team whether they are Sol Campbell, Les Ferdinand or Sergei Rebrov.

"That might be just because they have been injured and it's an opportunity to get a game in before going back into first team action. That is the importance of it and even more so for the squad players who need to maintain fitness levels for when they get a call into the first team."

The size and quality of Chelsea's squad suggests a few stars could be on show come Tuesday!

Meanwhile the Under-19s FA Premier Academy League derby against Arsenal scheduled for Saturday September 9 at Spurs Lodge has been moved to Tuesday September 12 (2pm).