Tour 2014 - Amy keeping it in the Spurs family
21 July 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
The Rowe family name will always have a special place here at Spurs - and over 70 years since Arthur Rowe led his famous 'push and run' team to Championship glory, his great grand-daughter is following in the family footsteps in Toronto.
Amy Rowe, 17, has just earned a soccer scholarship to attend the University of Louisiana-Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana.
An all-action midfielder, Amy has played football since the age of six and after taking a starring role at her club, Glen Shields, and Aurora High School, she has been selected for the university's Warhawks team to compete in the NCAA’s Division I Sun Belt Conference.
Her family history isn't lost on Amy, however, who is well aware that football runs in her blood.
Her father Duncan - Arthur's grandson - is Spurs through and through, a former President of the local Spurs Supporters Club and took Amy and his family to visit White Hart Lane back in 2005.
"Everyone on my dad’s side of the family talks about Tottenham Hotspur," said Amy.
"My dad has a shrine devoted to Tottenham Hotspur, my grandma as well and my great uncle on my dad’s side. He’s really excited for me.
"I didn’t realise quite the extent of Arthur's impact at Spurs. My dad was always looking at soccer books where he was featured and that helped me realise.
"When we visited in 2005, we had a tour of White Hart Lane and then we all really saw what he meant to the club."
Amy's performances - particularly for Glen Shields, where she’s played since the age of nine - are making sure the Rowes are still represented on the pitch - and she hopes her scholarship may just be a stepping stone to a possible career in the ever-popular women's game in the USA.
"The scholarship is a big deal for me," she said. "I started playing competitively around 10 years ago (aged six) and as I got older, I realised it was possible to get a scholarship and about two years ago, I decided that’s what I wanted to do, committed to a high-level team and really pushed for it.
"I’m not exactly sure about the future, I’m taking it a step at a time, but if university goes well and there is an opportunity, I would love to take it further."