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Villa always a thriller for Tony

Posted on 30 April 2004  - 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).

Anthony Gardner will re-live his childhood dreams again when he steps out at Villa Park on Sunday.

The defender was a Villa fan as a youngster and used to watch his side from the Villa Park stands in the early 1990s.

Having come on as substitute in our 1-1 draw there back in December 2001, he now looks set to start for the first time on Sunday.

"Villa's my home-town team, the team I supported as a lad and I always enjoy going to play at Villa Park," he said this week.

"It's strange. When you are a kid you dream of it and never really think it will come true, that's why it's such a dream.

"When you are actually there and playing, it's crazy. You think 'I used to dream of playing here' and suddenly, there you are.

"You never know quite how you will take it, but thankfully for me I'm playing at all these grounds I dreamt of playing at and it's gone pretty well so far."

Capped by England this season, Anthony knows international team-mate Darius Vassell - who is likely to miss out on through injury - well and a former Spur, Peter Crouch. He could come up against the two on Sunday.

"I know Crouchy and Darius well. They are two totally different players with their own qualities.

"Two very good players, young players and we'll have to be on our toes.

"Villa are on a tremendous run. They will be looking to push on further. They've won a few games on the spin and they deserve to be up there."

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