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The lowdown on the semi-final

Posted on 8 April 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).

<P>While it would not be politic to associate &lsquo&#59;them up the road&rsquo&#59; with the TV programme Neighbours From Hell, it is fair to say that, among fans at least, it is hardly a case of Love Thy Neighbour.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Nevertheless, the North London Roadshow heads for Manchester this weekend (this week in some cases, reports have been received on fans going up on Wednesday). It is not unreasonable to say that fans could well be a little charged up by kick-off time. And why not?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>And that&rsquo&#59;s before the Sky-perbole kicks in on Sunday lunchtime! But does this game need any added hype? Probably not.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>The warm-up act at Highbury came and went &mdash&#59; and little stock is being given to that particular outcome. This is the Real thing.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>What more can a football fan ask for (apart from a ticket)? The chance to put one over the neighbours, a likely place in Europe for the winners, Glenn&rsquo&#59;s first match in charge and, it should be said, in a fitting venue.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Of course, it should not be forgotten, this is the FA Cup, and this game should help restore some of the supposedly diminishing &lsquo&#59;magic&rsquo&#59; that has long been associated with competition. Where Spurs and Arsenal are concerned you can probably forget about the &lsquo&#59;romance&rsquo&#59; factor &mdash&#59; another element often mentioned in connection with the Cup.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>As has been well documented, the Spurs players have spent the week recovering from their various ailments, getting to know the new boss and developing a game plan to enable fans to plot a route to Cardiff.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Arsenal, on the other hand, were engaged in Champions League combat, giving Glenn another chance to size up the considerable threats posed.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>It is difficult to tell where Arsenal&rsquo&#59;s priorities lie. Ask them and they would most likely claim that securing second spot in the Premiership is the most vital. Thereby offering another season of mingling with the elite.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Maybe so, but players want silverware and fans want to witness their club lifting trophies &mdash&#59; and Arsenal haven&rsquo&#59;t done that of late. The Champions League is a tall order, the Premiership out of reach so, make no mistake, they will be up for it.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>Winning is paramount for both sets of supporters on Sunday. After all, you can dine out on it for months.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P><I>By Richard Hubbard<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I>