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When Harry met Kev...

Posted on 9 July 2010  - 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).

HARRY REDKNAPP and Kevin Bond's long footballing relationship started all the way back in 1988 when Harry signed Kevin at Bournemouth.

So with a trip to Dean Court on the horizon, Xtra thought it about time to talk to them - about each other.

Harry, of course, had a story about Kevin, now his assistant manager but then a central defender. "I only ever saw him flustered once," he said.

"We went to Stockport and they had a six foot seven centre forward called Kevin Francis. He was the biggest player I've ever seen.

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"He was causing us all sorts of trouble, we were getting beaten 4-0 and the floodlights went out!

"Kevin was hoping the floodlights wouldn't be coming in again but unfortunately, someone managed to fix them! We ended up losing 5-0!

"But he was a very good player, Kevin, a great reader of the game, good passer, understood the game and as I said, he never looked flustered."

Over to Kevin. What was Harry like as a manager back then? "Harry was exactly the same then as he is today," said Kevin. "He's not really changed.

"His man-management was excellent, he knows the game inside-out and was great then to play for. I'm sure that's the case now, the players enjoy working with him. He did a fantastic job at Bournemouth."

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BACK TO pre-season training and Friday saw the lads concentrate on football as they prepared for that first pre-season friendly at Bournemouth on Saturday.

First up it was back to the medicine balls and hurdles for a session of stretching, movement activation and injury prevention exercises before the squad was split into three groups for small-sided matches, the emphasis on short, sharp possession work ahead of Saturday's match.

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