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Posted on 25 October 2002  - 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).

Our Tribute friendly against US side DC United not only offered Spurs fans the chance of a hefty bout of nostalgia, it also served to give the DC players a taste of football culture on this side of the pond - one which young Bobby Convey sampled with some relish.

While Gazza strutted, Ginola dazzled and Klinsmann galloped after every forward ball, Convey and our own Dean Marney were pretty much the pick of the bunch for much of the game last week.

The 19-year-old wore the No.15 jersey and was a constant threat down the left flank, particularly in the first half. Convey certainly enjoyed his trip to White Hart Lane and his first experience of English football.

"It was a good opportunity for me to come over here and play against one of the best teams in England," said Convey. "I just went out and played how I knew and it went pretty well, which is good for me.

"It's great, being out there in front of all those people. I'd love to be one of those guys with thousands of fans calling their names.

"The stadium is beautiful and the occasion was such a good thing with it being for a charity. It was just an all round good opportunity for everybody."

Convey added that for a young player seeking to make a name for himself in the game, being on the same pitch as Ginola, Klinsmann, Gazza, Sheringham and Poyet can only help him and is not something he is ever likely to forget.

"I watched those guys when I was ten years old. I've met Klinsmann before and he is a really good guy. He's been in America for a little while and it was just unbelieveable that I could be out there with him.

"In the first ten minutes it was a shock to be on the same pitch as those guys, the atmosphere here and the feeling is everything. It was great.

"I would have loved to have scored a goal past Kasey, but there's always the national team and hopefully I'll put a few behind him in practice."

Convey started his MLS career straight from High School three seasons ago as the youngest player to be acquired in the history of the league - he is now recognised as one of DC United's most valuable players. He was capped once by the full US national team in 2000 before injury struck.

"I've been in a few camps then I had hernia surgery last year and just came back at the beginning of this season. I'll be with the under-20s in a few weeks then the Olympic team and then, hopefully, back in the full team."

When he achieves that aim he hopes to follow the trail of Kasey and head to Europe to further his career. He feels that his display at the Lane will not have done him any harm.

"It was a great opportunity for everyone, not just me. I guess the only problem is I'm American so I'll have to play for the national team first and see what works out.

"It's great to play here and I can see even from one game how much respect people here have for soccer and have for the players.

"So why wouldn't anyone want to play here?"