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The Ben Thatcher Interview

Posted on 3 May 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).

Part one of the Ben Thatcher interview from Spurs News Online where March's Player of the Month discusses his slow start at the Lane and his recent superb form.

For part two, click here

BEN THATCHER HAS never really been the most prolific giver of interviews.

Bubbly, personable and friendly in a 'what you see is what you get' kind of way, Ben is simply not too keen or comfortable in discussing himself.

"Pencil me in in Biro," he chided after a few days of attempting to pin him down for a deep and meaningful with Spurs News Online.

Ironically, that statement might just also sum up what his current form is doing for our defensive leftie in the mind of Glenn Hoddle.

The fans have certainly noticed his contribution of late and Ben stormed through to win our online poll to determine Player of the Month for March. This accolade has not escaped the the 26-year-old's notice.

"Yeah, someone said that on the way into the ground to be honest, but I don't own a computer myself so I haven't seen it," admitted Ben.

But it hasn't always been that way for our recruit from Wimbledon, his first season at the club did not get off to the most positive of starts and he struggled with injury after that until earlier this season.

Ben explains that his sluggish beginnings at the Lane was due in no small part to being asked to fill a wing-back role he is not comfortable in playing.

"Obviously last season I played the majority of my first few games at left wing-back - it doesn't suit me and I didn't enjoy it," he reflected. "Unfortunately there was no-one there at the time to play there.

"He (George) asked me to do a job and it went pretty badly to be honest, probably as badly as it could go."

Injury then struck and Ben suffered with combination of groin and abdominal problems. He feels that his progress this season has been slower than he would have liked due to missing the entire pre-season and the chance to impress Glenn.

"This season I got over my injury, but missed pre-season. To be honest I've been chasing the lads fitness-wise for most of the season. I got in quite quickly at Tranmere in the cup game and I thought I did okay, I was quite disappointed not to play in the following games.

"I had a little run on the bench and have been a squad player. Whenever I have been given a chance of had to come on from the bench I think I've done okay.

"It's just been over the last couple of months that I've been playing Saturday-Wednesday, Saturday-Wednesday and my fitness has come on a bit more, caught the rest of the lads up and I've been quite happy with it."

And so have the supporters, who he appears to have won over after a rocky beginning to the relationship.

"Obviously it's not nice, you can hear what they say," he recalled of his early days at the Lane. "When I had the bad run at left-wing-back last year it coincided with the team going out of the Worthington Cup.

"You can hear things, my dad's up there and he tells me, it's not nice. But now, during the Leeds game the other week my dad told me the fans were singing my name and so it's going well for me now in that respect.

"All I can do is play my normal game and hopefully get games at left-back or left of a three where it suits my game."

By Richard Hubbard