Junior dreams of Spurs date
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Junior McDougald chases his FA Cup dream on Wednesday night.
McDougald has been the name on everyone’s lips after scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Charlton in the third round 10 days ago.
The non-leaguers held onto that lead until four minutes from time at The Valley before the Premiership outfit forced tomorrow night’s replay. The winners play us in the last 32 on Saturday January 27.
McDougald spent 10 years on our books from the age of 9-19 and was a trainee at the same time as Sol Campbell, who is still a close friend.
Now he has the chance to play against his former team-mates — providing they are fit — and his former club in the world’s most famous cup competition.
Of course, the Daggers first have the hurdle of Charlton to overcome and McDougald, a born-again Christian, insists he hasn’t looked further than the replay.
"I would be lying if I said I haven’t thought about it," he admitted. "But we have the daunting task of Charlton first and we are definitely under no illusions about that game.
"We’re relishing the challenge though. We have nothing to lose, the pressure is all on Charlton and it’s an opportunity to go out and show everyone what we can do."
McDougald, now 26, admits his time at Spurs was ‘a dream come true’. "I know it’s an old cliché but I’d always supported Spurs. I think it’s well documented now that I even wrote to Jim’ll Fix It to ask to go training with them!
"It was a great experience, a positive experience and it was always my dream to play for the club."
Unfortunately, while Campbell went on to super stardom, McDougald was released at the age of 19.
"It was very disappointing to leave," he said. "But at the same time I was ambitious and when Liam Brady at Brighton called me I saw it as a great opportunity. I wanted first team football.
"Any disappointment was hidden by excitement. It was a new start."
He also had spells at Rotherham, in France and at Leyton Orient and his fair share of injuries but McDougald is clearly on the way back.
He admits his life has been ‘madness’ since scoring that goal. "I’ve lost count of the interviews but it’s been great fun, I’ve enjoyed it," he said.
He’ll enjoy it even more if he gets that chance to face Spurs and his friend Campbell — a spell in the spotlight that could lead to a return to league football, his ultimate goal.
"That is my ambition now," he concluded. "And I would say a lot of players are in the same position."