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The Friday Feature

Posted on 20 October 2000  - 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).

<P class=MsoNormal>The memories will come flooding back for Dave McEwen on Saturday.<P class=MsoNormal>The visit of Derby County may not evoke too much feeling for many but for McEwen it will always mean that much more.<P class=MsoNormal>The young striker had his first and so far only taste of the Premiership when he made his debut for us against the Rams in April last season. He made quite an impression in his appearance as a second half substitute as well but unfortunately failed to take a couple of clear-cut chances that fell his way.<P class=MsoNormal>Nevertheless it was quite a rise to fame for the lad from Camden.<P class=MsoNormal>Just six months earlier he&rsquo&#59;d been balancing his university degree with non-league football at Dulwich Hamlet.<P class=MsoNormal>We snapped him up in January but allowed him to train part-time as he completed his studies. He did just that and as his new team-mates jetted off to all parts of the world on holidays this summer, McEwen was left at home to complete his exams.<P class=MsoNormal>All went well and now, as a full-time professional, he is living his dream at Spurs.<P class=MsoNormal>With Derby back at the Lane on Saturday, Paul Miles asked him for his memories of that April day and about his past, present and future &mdash&#59; and dodging Arsenal fans - in the latest of our Friday Features.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal><B>Paul Miles: We&rsquo&#59;re playing Derby on Saturday. That must bring the memories flooding back for you.</B><P class=MsoNormal>Dave McEwen: &ldquo&#59;I remember being told to warm up. I&rsquo&#59;d been on the bench for the previous couple of games but this time Stewart Houston said &lsquo&#59;get your kit off&rsquo&#59;. The butterflies started to go but once I was on it was trying to play a match. Once I was on I was fine but when Stewart Houston said I was going on it was a brilliant feeling.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>Your heartbeat must have risen when you ran out in front of 36,000 fans.</B><IMG align=left src="../title_images/2006_davemc_main.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;I just wanted my first touch on the ball to be a good one. That&rsquo&#59;s all I was concentrating on. Once you get into the emotion of the game you forget about the crowd, you can hear them obviously but you concentrate on what you are doing.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>That was your first taste of the Premiership and no doubt you want more.</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Playing in front of big crowds is what it&rsquo&#59;s all about. It&rsquo&#59;s a great feeling so you want more of it.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>Your story is a little different from most players here. You didn&rsquo&#59;t do any YTS schemes and came from studying at university. How did your football career progress?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;I didn&rsquo&#59;t really play much, just at home in the park. It all started for me when I started to play for Crouch End Vampires when I was 18, 19. I played a season with them and them moved on to Crawley Town. The manager left and went to Dulwich Hamlet and took me with him. It went from there.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>How did the connection with Spurs come about?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;I just heard that they were watching me and it progressed from there.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>When the offer came in from Spurs you were still doing your university degree. It was a dream move but you&rsquo&#59;d also been studying for a couple of years. Was it a tough decision?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Spurs were really good about it and said I could go part-time. The understood where I was coming from and that I had to finish my degree. I couldn&rsquo&#59;t have asked for a better response from the club. They handled it really well.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>When the offer first came in though did you think you didn&rsquo&#59;t want to waste two years&rsquo&#59; hard work or that this is your dream and you were going to take it?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;The fact was I&rsquo&#59;d done two and a half years out of the three. If I&rsquo&#59;d have just started then football had always been the first thing in my life and it might have been a different situation. The hard thing was that I&rsquo&#59;d done that time already. If I&rsquo&#59;d have just come here without consulting the club it would have been two and a half years of my life down the drain.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>A lot of youngsters start their footballing life on YTS schemes so when that passed you by at 18, 19 did you think you might miss out?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Not really because you see the likes of Ian Wright and Chris Waddle and you have to believe enough in yourself that you will get seen. The non-league scene has a lot of scouts about, a lot were watching our games so if you are there being watched and they think you are good enough they will pick you up.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>What did you think when you first walked into Spurs?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Just seeing the facilities and the players you watch on TV was unbelievable. It&rsquo&#59;s every kid&rsquo&#59;s dream. You get the chance to do what you&rsquo&#59;ve always wanted, play at a Premiership club and Tottenham are one of the biggest around.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>How long did it take you to settle down?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;I think I still am to be honest. It was such a big leap for me. Non-league to professional is hard enough but then people say even the First Division to the Premiership is a huge step. You only need to look at the clubs that have come up and struggled to survive every year. I&rsquo&#59;ve almost made two steps in one. I&rsquo&#59;ve settled down with the players but now it&rsquo&#59;s more about the football side of things.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>How has it changed your life?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s the dream job. It&rsquo&#59;s changed my life beyond all your dreams. I&rsquo&#59;m doing what everyone in the country must want to do for a living.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>You still live locally as well.</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Yes. I live in north London, just 20 minutes from the ground.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>So are people starting to recognise you?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;Not at all. I live in Arsenal area so I keep my head down. When I do get recognised I get a lot of stick!&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><B>Are you happy with how this season has gone so far?</B><P class=MsoNormal>DMcE: &ldquo&#59;I haven&rsquo&#59;t scored in the league for the reserves so my first objective is to score some goals. If I can do that and play consistently well I&rsquo&#59;ll be happy. Until you start scoring, as a striker that&rsquo&#59;s the major objective.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><A href="">To listen to Dave's interview in full, click here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>