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Walking on Eyre

Posted on 26 January 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).

Nicky Eyre has never known a week like it...


The young goalkeeper, 19, understudy in the reserves to Marton Fulop and Robert Burch all season, found himself on the bench in our Barclays Premiership clash at Crystal Palace on Saturday after a series of events that finally shot him into the limelight.


Incredibly, just seven days previously, he wasn't even set to turn out for our Under-18s in the FA Premier Academy League, but Tommy Forecast had a slight injury and was pulled out with our FA Youth Cup tie at Liverpool in mind.


So Nicky stepped in and then did the same for the reserves when Marton Fulop was a late withdrawal from the match at Palace on the Tuesday night.


To complete the set, Nicky found himself on the bench as cover for Paul Robinson at Selhurst Park on Saturday when Marton's back injury failed to improve in time.


"It was unbelievable," reflected Nicky. "It all started with a late call for the Under-18s when Tommy was struggling with an injury, then Marton pulled out of the reserves on the Tuesday and the week ended with me travelling with the first team squad to Palace.


"I wasn't sure if Marton was going to be fit or not because he travelled with us on Friday evening. I got up on the Saturday and thought to myself 'I'm here, let's enjoy it', I was around the first team squad anyway and that was a good experience.


"Of course, it went better than that because I ended up on the bench and got a squad number with the first team. That was brilliant. It was great to be around the squad and I didn't feel any pressure really, I was happy to be there and enjoyed every minute of it."


It's been a tough time for Nicky who has found match action limited this term with Tommy in goal for the Under-18s while Marton and Rob battled it out for the number one spot for the reserves.


Nicky added: "I feel the fact that I've been on the bench, even if it's just the once, will do me no harm in the long run. That's an achievement in itself for me but now I look at things differently.


"Six months ago I was looking at not playing and being disappointed every week but now I've done that I want to push on.


"When Marton mentioned about his injury my first question was if I would play for the reserves, I did and it went well for me.


"That's my main aim now, to get more reserve games. I've always thought if I do my best, I can't do much more. It can get you down when you are not playing but I feel different now.


"It was unbelievable to walk in and see my name on a shirt on Saturday. The last time I had that was when I was a kid and had Ian Walker on the back of my shirt, he was my hero as a lad. When I was playing as a kid someone said to me 'why have you got Walker on your shirt' and I told them he was my hero but they told me I should have my own name. That's happened now and it's home in a frame already."