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Riding the rollercoaster

Posted on 9 December 2004  - 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).

Clive Allen knows what life at Manchester City is all about - he describes it as a 'rollercoaster'.


Our Development Coach spent two years at City between 1989-91 after returning to England from French side Bordeaux.


He helped them to fifth place in the old Division One in 1991 before going back to London and West Ham.


In the 13 years since Clive's days at the then Maine Road, City have been relegated into the old First Division and then, unbelievably, the Second Division.


They bounced back with successive promotions into the Premier League in 1999-00 only to go straight back down the following season.


Naturally, promotion back into the top flight followed at the first attempt in 2001-02 and they've now more than consolidated under Keven Keegan with the arrival of the likes of David James, Danny Mills, Trevor Sinclair, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Nicolas Anelka and emergence of youngsters Joey Barton and, most impressively, Shaun Wright-Phillips.


We now travel to the fantastic City of Manchester Stadium for a Barclays Premiership clash on Saturday.


"I've seen it at close-quarters," said Clive. "I've played for the club and I know the nature of the football club. It's always a rollercoaster and they go up and down dramatically.


"If you get them on a good day you're in trouble, if you get them on a bad day, you have a chance.


"We've had some real ding-dongs with them in the past,it's a great history between the clubs and it's always entertaining.


"Hopefully, after Blackburn, we can go there and get the right result."