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The Dawson files

Posted on 18 February 2005  - 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).

Michael Dawson insists there is yet more talented young players rolling off the Nottingham Forest production line that we should witness in FA Cup action on Sunday.

The central defender, along with Andy Reid, were the latest high-profile prospects to depart from the City Ground, following on from the likes of Jermaine Jenas and David Prutton. Michael reports there are a few more where he came from who will be out to make an impression on the big FA Cup stage.

"Of the young lads, Wes Morgan in the last couple of years has come through from playing for a college team," he relayed. "He has done fantastically, he got himself in the first team and is a regular. He is the same age as myself.

"I came through the ranks with Gregor Robertson and Kris Commons was signed from Stoke - they are both top players.

"They are the young lads, but there are a lot of good players there. They have just signed Andy Melville and John Curtis, who both bring experience. Gareth Taylor captains the side, while they have Paul Evans and Shaun Derry across the midfield."

The prolific production line of recent years was put in place by former manager Paul Hart when he was in charge of the club's Academy, a man Michael says himself and others are indebted to.

"If you look back, there are a lot of lads who have a lot to thank Paul for. He has got a lot of players to where they are now with the people he had around him.

"He was the guy who gave me my chance and he has also brought through many players who have gone on to do well in professional football.

"You want to learn as a player and, at Forest, it is all about passing the ball and it stands you in good stead.

"The principals of Brian Clough still apply. Brian is a legend at the club and always will be - when you say Nottingham Forest everyone thinks of Brian Clough."

Meanwhile, Michael reports that he still a little way from fitness following a shin problem and can't wait to get going in a Spurs shirt.

"I'm still struggling a bit, still in the gym trying to keep myself fit and what have you. I'm not sure when I'll be fit and, as you can imagine with being at a new club, I am gutted about it. I just want to get out and get playing - I'm sure I'll be back soon and I can't wait to start playing."