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The lowdown on the O's

Posted on 5 January 2001  - 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).

Barry Hearn announced himself to the world of boxing by promoting the fight most of Britain wished to see &mdash&#59; loveable Frank Bruno versus born-again Aussie, Joe Bugner.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>The snooker magnate could hardly put on the show at the Crucible, so the Essex boy made good hired White Hart Lane and boarded up the sacred turf for the night.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Bruno won the contest and Hearn earned his Spurs, soon after becoming known as one of the country&rsquo&#59;s leading promoters, with Chris Eubank among the leading lights of his stable.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>At the end of the 1994-95 season Hearn added to his sporting portfolio by taking control of Leyton Orient. Now it is Spurs who will have to box clever on Hearn&rsquo&#59;s patch to avoid becoming a statistic in the column marked FA Cup &lsquo&#59;giant-killed&rsquo&#59;.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>During the above-mentioned season the cameras were allowed behind the scenes at Brisbane Road as the club battled against almost certain relegation. The result was a fly-on-the-wall documentary in which the then joint-managers, Chris Turner and John Sitton, effed-and-blinded their way through the whole programme.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Their passion did not have the desired effect on the players on the duo were released in April 1995 upon Hearn&rsquo&#59;s arrival. Inevitable relegation to Division Three followed.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Hearn&rsquo&#59;s first move was to install former West Ham favourite and Spurs youth team coach Pat Holland as manager. Holland did not have the desired impact, which was promotion, and eventually ended up back at Spurs as under-19 coach via a spell as assistant manager at Millwall.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Former Cambridge manager Tommy Taylor took up the reigns in mid-1996 and the club have enjoyed mixed finishes since then &mdash&#59; 16<SUP>th</SUP>, 11<SUP>th</SUP>, 6<SUP>th</SUP> and 19<SUP>th</SUP>. The 1998-99 season resulted in a visit to Wembley for the play-off final, and 25,000 O&rsquo&#59;s fans saw the team defeated by Scunthorpe.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>As is often the case, the club suffered a reaction last season in finishing 19<SUP>th</SUP>, but the current campaign offers much promise. Fourth in the table and unbeaten in their last five, Orient look good for at least another play-off campaign.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>It was former Spur Scott Houghton who secured Orient&rsquo&#59;s passage to the FA Cup third round, scoring the winner against Northwich Victoria off his ample rear, but the clubs have another notable player in common. John Chiedozie secured the East Londoners their record transfer fee received of &pound&#59;600,000 when Notts County stepped in for his services in 1981. He later played for Spurs from 1984-86.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>So it&rsquo&#59;s all set for a traditional Saturday Cup tie and all the ingredients are there for a classic. But Spurs must develop a taste for the Orient if the Cup year is to begin with some East End promise.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P><I>By Richard Haubbard<I><BR>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></I>