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Teddy Sheringham's programme notes v Manchester United

Posted on 28 April 2003  - 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).

Captain Teddy Sheringham is urging fans to concentrate on picking up another three Premiership points this afternoon and not to pay any attention to the bigger picture.

With today's game against Ted's old club Manchester United having a significant bearing on the Championship race, our skipper knows that we must only think about our own performance and what a result could do for our own campaign.

"Everyone wants to play in the big games and they don't come much bigger than Manchester United," says Ted. "Every football fan in the country looks to see when United are coming to town in the fixture list and I'm sure ours are no different. They want to see us play against the best and show what we can do against them.

"And we can't allow ourselves to think about anything other than today's game," he adds. "We have to look at ourselves, we want to put on a good performance in front of our own fans and get the three points. If that happens to swing things in the favour of our neighbours down the road, then so be it.
"I'm sure deep down, our fans would love to see us turn on the style today and beat United, what happens after that is nothing to do with us."

Teddy, who is just three short of scoring 100 Premiership goals for us, left us to join United in June, 1997, and enjoyed a trophy filled spell at Old Trafford before returning here in May, 2001.
He is looking forward to today's reunion with his former club and knows only too well just how tough a match it is going to be.

"I'd like to say a big welcome to all my United mates here today," he says. "It was a great experience playing for them and I have marvellous memories of my time at Old Trafford.

"Trophy wise, I achieved pretty much everything I could have wanted during those four years. Winning the treble was unbelievable, as well as both Player of the Year awards in 2001. It was a fantastic experience.

"Today is going to be a very difficult game, they are firing on all cylinders at the moment and will be disappointed to have gone out of the Champions League on Wednesday. But I'm sure they will be dying to win the Championship back and will be buzzing today, so we will need to be at our best. But, after today, I'd like to wish their players and the manager well for the future!"

As we enter the final throes of another Premiership campaign, Teddy is keen to point out to our critics that our season hasn't been as bad as many of them have been claiming.

"Gus (Poyet) brought it to my attention the other day that we've already got the same amount of points as we finished with last season - and there are still three games to go," reveals Ted. "So when people are saying it's not been as good this year, they perhaps don't appreciate the full facts.

"Obviously we realise we haven't played as well as we did at times last year, we've had to grind out results whereas last season we won a lot of games playing good football. It does feel like it's been a hard-working year which is frustrating from everybody's point of view because we are all striving to play the Tottenham way as such, which brings style and passion to the pitch, but it doesn't always work out like that."

The main topic of conversation surrounding Teddy at the moment revolves around his future. He is coming to the end of his two-year contract with us but, as he explains, there is no more news just yet.

"There's no change to my situation, my contract finishes at the end of the season and I will be taking it from there," he says. "The club have told me we won't be talking until the end of the campaign and that's not a problem for me. I've thoroughly enjoyed playing here and my first choice would be to stay."