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Stevie P at Spurs Lodge

Steve Perryman was back at Spurs on Friday - and delighted with the club's progress in the Champions League.

Steve Perryman was back at Spurs on Friday - and delighted with the club's progress in the Champions League.

Our legendary former skipper and record appearance holder was at Spurs Lodge in his role of Director of Football with Exeter City as the Grecians trained ahead of tomorrow's League One clash at Leyton Orient.

Steve knows a thing or two about Spurs in Europe.

He's played more games in European competition for the club than anyone else and lifted the UEFA Cup twice, in 1972 and 1984 as well as reaching the UEFA Cup Final in 1974.

We're now back at Europe's top table for the first time since 1961-62 and ready for a glamour double-header against reigning champions Inter Milan plus Werder Bremen and FC Twente in Group A of the Champions League.

"It's fantastic, absolutely brilliant," said Steve, who famously scored both goals in a 2-1 win against AC Milan in the UEFA Cup semi-final, first leg in 1972.

"It's where the club belongs to be and deserves to be because of where they finished in the Premier League last season.

"It's been coming for some time but now it's here.

"Having said that, at 3-0 down in the first leg of the play-off it looked like it might be snatched away, but of course it all ended up coming together.

"Now it's brilliant that the club will pit their wits against the European champions, Inter Milan. That will be fantastic."

Meanwhile, Steve made a point of saying 'thanks' to Spurs fans for the messages of support for both himself after a recent spell in hospital and to the family of Adam Stansfield after the sad recent passing of the Exeter striker.

"I had septicemia and was in hospital for five weeks, I was even getting used to hospital food!" he smiled. "I got letters, cards, messages via websites and that was great. I thank them all very much.

"Harry Redknapp also mentioned it on the radio, so that was good of him.

"Spurs people also now link me with Exeter and saw the tragedy we had with Adam Stansfield, a loss of life at 31-years-old with three children under eight, and again fans have passed on their best wishes to the family through me. So on behalf of the family, I'd like to say thanks to all those people, including Spurs supporters, of which there were many.

"Although we're at different levels, we're all football people, players or supporters, and that was really touching."