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Star Man - Dean Holdsworth

Posted on 3 December 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).

One or two of our players might just be keeping a special eye on the Bolton number ten should he emerge from the tunnel to start the game on Monday night.

He is familiar to a number of our playing staff, but it is our rearguard that might need to pay particular attention to a southern boy making pretty good up north.

Dean Holdsworth is well known to Oyvind Leonhardsen, Ben Thatcher and goalkeeping coach Hans Segers, but Chris Perry and Neil Sullivan are likely to be the ones on watch at the Lane on Monday night.

From 1992 to 1997, Holdsworth was a fully paid up member of the team formerly known as the Crazy Gang - and fellow former subscribers Sully and Chris know full well what they could be up against.

The stealthy, if not prolific striker, notched 58 goals in 148 league appearances for the Dons - and also polished his shooting boots last week in the Worthington Cup success over Southampton at the Reebok stadium with his second goal of the campaign. His other camein a notable home win over Liverpool.

His opportunities to shine have been slightly limited this season by the scoring form of Michael Ricketts and the return to English football of Rod Wallace, but Holdsworth would surely relish the chance to mix it with a couple of old mates.

Chris for one is up for the challenge should it happen.

"I don't know if he'll be playing, I hope he does," said Chris. "I've played against him a few times and it's always a good battle against him.

"I would look forward to playing against him if he does, but I think they might start with Ricketts and Wallace maybe."

Sully reckons that the threat of the former Brentford front man, who left the Dons for a fee of some £3.5m, will be enough to keep him on his toes.

"He will be a threat, he's a good goalscorer. Anything in and around the box he'll be onto it, so he's definitely one to watch.

"He's a top class striker. When he was at Wimbledon he was brilliant and scored a lot of goals for us - he always will."