My interview with former Spurs player David Sunshine:

My interview with former Spurs player David Sunshine:

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Born in Bethnal Green east London, former Spurs man David Sunshine joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1957 after being scouted by former Spurs player Arthur Hitchins. Sunshine would go onto play for the old A team and reserves side throughout one of the most successful periods in the clubs history. I traveled to Hertfordshire to meet up with with the former fullback, a player who is remembered by his teammates for his tenacity on the field. Sunshine also has an exceptional sense of humour!

What are your earliest footballing memories?

David: I was born in Bethnal Green, Hackney. But just after the war my mum and dad moved to Walthamstow. My first footballing memory was when I was at junior school, a ball was a ball back then. When I was seven or eight we had quite a good school team because in them days there were a lot of schools and you had a lot of games and that’s how it started off. We had a good side at school at that time and we played some good schools in the local area. In the last year of junior school I don’t know  what happened all I know is that the headmaster called me in and he said that you’ve got a trial for Walthamstow boys. I was 10/11 years of age down at the George White ground, and there was loads of people. There was loads of kids there and they’d select who was playing in the final team for Walthamstow and I managed to get into that and have a few games, but it was nothing special. By the time that I’d left junior school and went into senior school I went straight into the Walthamstow district side along with a few other kids and that was great. We got together a good team because we had some good players there including Paddy Stack who would also go onto play for Spurs. As the time went by we were doing really well and in those days there used to be the English schoolboys trophy and we managed to get into the quarter finals where we played Dagenham boys, who had Martin Peters. When we got to the George White ground to play them there was a crowd of 1,000 there to watch a schoolboy game. Unfortunately they won 1-0 and I think that they might have gone onto win the competition. Anyway I saw my dad talking to two older men after the game and he went come here Dave. He said to me this is Arthur Hitchins and he’s a scout for Tottenham. There was another man there called Dickie Walker who was a mercenary scout. At the end of the day he said there scouts and they’re impressed with you, and they want you to go to Tottenham Hotspur. I said what do you mean Tottenham? Because I got all big headed. So the next week I went to Tottenham but I didn’t meet the manager because the manager at the time was Jimmy Anderson. Anyway we went to the ground and we met the club secretary and he took us around the ground.

What an impression as a 14, 15 year old boy and you’ve got Tottenham Hotspur, one of the top clubs in the country and there I was going into the directors room having tea and cakes and then going into the old press box. You can only imagine that. I was always a Spurs fan, the first time I went to Spurs was a floodlit game against Racing Club De Paris in 1952/53 and that’s where my love of Tottenham Hotspur started. Fast forward a few days and my dads there telling me that I can’t go out tonight. I said why? And he said that you’ve got someone coming round tonight and he said that it was Bill Nicholson. To be quite honest with you I’d never seen Bill Nicholson as I was only 15! Anyway he came around and spoke to my parents and he asked if they’d be willing to let me join the ground staff, because there was no apprentices in them days. He (Bill Nicholson) told my parents that I’d spend the morning training and then I’d end up working on the ground, and I was over the moon and my parents were well pleased. When word got round at school I was mister big head! My dad took me down to Spurs for the first day and we met up with a man called Johnny Wallis who was in charge of the youth and the A team. There was a couple of boys there like Frank Saul and Roy Moss and the first job that I had to do was get all the players kit and hang all there training gear up, such as shirts and sweat tops. And then when they’d start training you’d start to train with them and then go off with your own respective squads. Then when it was all finished and everyone had had a bath we all used to go over to the pub the White Hart or the Bell and Hare. However, before you had your break you had to clear all the training gear up and sort out the shirts before then sweeping dressing rooms out and all of the communal baths, before you could have your lunch. After that you’d be directed to the guy who was in charge of the ground staff and one of the things that you would do was sweep all of the stands in the stadium, so you’d always have a busy afternoon.

Anyway, getting back to my playing days, we had a junior side which I played in and we used to play in the Wood Green and district league and you’d play all local teams such as Wood Green youth club, and I used to think that this was no different to what I was doing before. However, I think that was a way of adjusting you into the football and seeing if you were good enough to be taken on. So that’s how it all kicked off really. I was on seven pounds a week which was good, I also used to get £2.50 a week for expenses. After a few games I got into the youth side and one of the first games was against Leyton Orient at Woodford, we lost about 6-3. The Tottenham assistant manager Harry Evans gave us a roasting! In them days there also used to be a metropolitan league and there used to be loads of clubs in the midweek league and that was used for giving some players who couldn’t get into the reserves, a chance to have a game. All of a sudden there was a game I was playing in and I went for a ball, turned and went down and I did my cartilage which meant that I had to go to hospital. I ended up being out for a couple of weeks but I came back and I had a really good season. Then after Christmas I looked up one day at the team sheet for the youth side and I noticed that I wasn’t playing today. So I said to the reserve team coach Jack Coxford, I’m not playing and he said of course you’re not in the youth side you bloody idiot, you’re in the A team! And I couldn’t believe it. We played Lowestoft Town on a terrible day at Cheshunt and it was raining and raining. So to cut a long story short I’d had a good game and to crown it off I scored a goal, with a little help from the wind! There was quite a good write up in the local papers.  However, there was a lot of players who didn’t hack the eastern counties league, although I didn’t mind it. However, players such as Ronnie Piper didn’t handle it well. During pre-season I had a couple of run outs with the reserves but I didn’t think I was ever going to make the reserves, who I was in awe of really.

By 1960 I’d signed pro, during my first season as a pro the ball came across from the right and this big old guy who I didn’t know from Adam caught me right on the head. After missing a few games they sent me to a private opticians as I had a blood clot coming underneath my eye. I was out for about three weeks for that, but as I say it was a really, really good life. Going off topic in the first year I was there as a youth player we went to Holland for a tournament, a place called Groningen. We played Ajax there before later winning a tournament in Germany! It was really just a great time. I was earning more money than my dad was when I signed pro. The highlight of it all was Spurs doing the double and my mum and dad had to go up to London to buy me a new suit for the cup final before going to the Savoy hotel, which was something special. I think we had a five course meal and a few drinks too! And then of course it happened again the next season! My football was going good I’d had a good season and then the next season after that I was also doing well, but then we played March Town, and I got caught badly in that game and I ended up fracturing my fibula and tibia and the only thing that they could do was put a splint on it, and here I was in the prince of Wales hospital. And I think that mucked my career up, because as a 17/18 year old I knew in my eyes that I wasn’t doing well. I wasn’t right, I was hesitant and I’d lost a bit of pace. So by the end of that season I went into see Bill Nicholson as all players did and he said to me that you’ve not had a good season and we know that you’ve been troubled by injuries especially the fracture of the two legs. And without being nasty about it he said that we’re going to have to release, you and so they did. And what they did was they put my name on a list of released players which was sent around different clubs and to be honest after all this stuff I’ve told you I’d lost my enthusiasm a bit. One because I knew I wasn’t playing well and two because I’d lost it big time. Anyway I got a phone call from Millwall who I went to for a trial. I don’t know whether it was because I was good or because the guy who I was playing against was rubbish but I did alright and I played a couple of games for them. However, I just wasn’t enjoying it. My ex wife who was my girlfriend then had a customer (and this is true!) at a hairdressers and she said that Dave wasn’t doing so good and that he wasn’t playing much football and that he wasn’t doing nothing. So this customer said my husband Bill works at Smithfield’s, so send Dave round to see him.

I had a union card which happened to help me out massively and so I met Bill at a pub, and by the morning he wanted me to get to Smithfield by five o’clock! Anyway so I got to Smithfield meat market and it was bloody freezing, and my first impressions of the place were that it was a weird place. Anyway I met Bill and he took me up to the union office, they took my name down and the following week I started work for a meat firm called R.L Crisp. It was a good job but it was a hard job coming from football. Anyway I started there and the money was really good because the union was negotiating with Harold Wilson’s government for a maximum pay of 20 pounds a week, which I was laughing at really. Later on I worked in the cold store at Smithfield’s which made me earn even more money a week, because I was in the cold. I had a friend of mine called Arthur Banner who was looking for players and he was a security man, anyway I went up to see him and he said that he was taking over as manager of Faversham Town. The only thing I knew about Faversham Town was that they had a lovely brewery there! He wanted to build it out as we’ve got good money here, but the problem was that I was pro! Most the team worked on the market so we all met up at Mile End station in preparation for our first game which was against Snowdon Colliery and they were all Geordies. Before we knew it we were 2-0 down, but I was enjoying it. In the end we put it together and we ended up drawing 2-2 with them, and that was the first time that they had drawn a game in three years. So there I was with 15 pounds in the back of my pocket! Interestingly Arthur Banner got me to change my name to David Lancaster because I was a pro. Anyway we had three really good seasons which included getting into the final of the Kent cup. However, the club soon after that arranged a meeting and they expressed their desire to fill the team with local boys. Anyway it got taken over and a new chairman, and Arthur got sacked and so we all dispersed and went to different clubs. Arthur would eventually phone me and tell me that he had another team I could play for as David Lancaster, and that team was called Tooting and Mitcham United.

The ground was called Sandy Lane and I was doing alright there but most importantly of all I was enjoying it. Then one night we were playing Dulwich Hamlet up at Champion Hill as we were warming up this bloody cameraman came up and took a picture of me! And then as I came off at halftime I was talking with Arthur Banner and he’s here with another guy taking a photograph of me, so I thought what’s all this. Anyway after the game I’m in the bar and this tall guy went Mr.Sunshine, and I said no. Anyway he said for a young player you’ve had a very illustrious football career, and there he had a picture of me playing for Tottenham Hotspur. This guy worked for a now defunct paper called the daily chronicle and the next thing I know I didn’t go to work the next day, and the next thing I know my wife’s come into the room and said you’re in the national paper! And there there was a picture of me in the back page of the daily chronicle and that was really the end of my career. What I did as a pro player to be playing for an amateur club was totally taboo and devious at the time, because the amateurs were an old school time mob. Anyway I didn’t drop Arthur in it because he had helped me out and all the boys. Anyway I had to go to Lancaster Gate to see the FA. I told them that I’d done it because I’d had an accident and broken my leg as a pro and that I wanted to play football however, I couldn’t get back into it. I was the first one that ever got caught at it so them and the FA banned me and suspended me from playing football at all. Anyway I got married in 1966 when one day I was mucking about playing a bit of football when these guys who I’d played against at school asked me if I was playing, and I’d told them that I was banned. So they asked me if I’d like to play for them at a place called Wadham Lodge. So the manager of the football club told me totally unbeknownst to me that I could get my suspension revoked, and that I could play as a permit player. So me and him went up to the FA and got a permit to play for Fullers electric which was the name of the team and they played in the London commercial league. Anyway we didn’t get paid but they said that I could have as much I’d like to drink! I had about four or five seasons for them before all of their football and cricket teams were disbanded and everyone was made redundant, and that was sort of the end of my career apart from playing for some good Sunday sides and running various junior sides.

What was your time at Spurs like on the whole?

David: It was great. It was really, really wonderful other than the little bit that I’d told you at the end. However, that didn’t piss me off because I could tell in my own mind and body that I hadn’t had a good season. Just walking into that place (the Spurs ground) was wonderful and something I’d still like to do now!

Did you have any footballing heroes or inspirations and if so who were they?

David: well Tommy Harmer was one as was Johnny Brooks who were not long after leaving Spurs when I had joined them. Another player who I loved was Dave Mackay and then there was Danny Blanchflower but they talk about him as a motivator and as somebody who was skilful but he was a bit of a wimp! And it was the man behind him Peter Baker who covered up so much for Blanchflower because he wasn’t the fastest of players and he didn’t cover a large area. And he was lucky to have a real workman like fullback behind him, and Peter Baker never got the full appreciation for what he did for Danny. Also Bobby Smith was a good laugh. I just happened to be there at the right time as they were all such great people. The only one who was quite quiet and moderate was the goalkeeper Bill Brown who like Danny Blanchflower was a bit of a family man.

Could you describe to me what type of player you were and what positions you played in during your time at Spurs?

David: I was a strong aggressive fullback with lots of pace and I was also strong and fiery. 

Who were your greatest influences at Spurs?

David: Dave Mackay was good, but they all influenced you because they all helped you and if they didn’t help you they’d make you laugh! All my life has been great and I’ve been a lucky man! I used to also like the trainer Cecil Poynton who had us all in hysterics. I do what I like and I like what I do sort of attitude. However, people don’t realise how much camaraderie and how much joy was in that football club.

Were there any players at Spurs who you would watch closely to try and improve your game or look to learn from?

David: Once again that reverts back to Dave Mackay and Maurice Norman. I was like Dave Mackay because I was strong, tough and aggressive whereas Maurice Norman was just the most strong player you’d ever see. For a county bumpkin his footballing brain was brilliant.

What was the greatest moment of your footballing career?

David: The greatest moments was going to the two cup finals which most Spurs supporters would give an arm and a leg for. Also how many 16 year olds then get to go for a luxury five course meal with dancers and everything else! If I said to you Lennon I’ve had so many ups and so few downs and just playing for Spurs and being scouted by Arthur Hitchins for Tottenham were all great moments in my career.

Could you describe to me what the legendary Danny Blanchflower was like?

David: He was a good player but a boring man! He wasn’t my player let’s put it like that, but going back to Peter Baker he wouldn’t have been so good were it not for Peter Baker.

What was the great Bill Nicholson like as a manager?

David: Typical hard Yorkshireman who did a job big time for Spurs and all of the players respected him, and I liked him. If you did something good he’d praise you and if you did something wrong he’d give you advice and tell you what you did wrong. I can remember at the beginning of one pre-season in training with all of the players sitting on the floor and Bill asked all of us to stand up. So we all stood up, and so he asked Dave Mackay what’s the most important part of your body. And he answered your brain, Bill said no. So he then asked Terry Medwin who said your feet and Bill once again said no. And so after asking various questions Bill told us that the most important part of your body was the following. He asked everyone to hold there arms out and to look forward but while your looking forward you can see the end of your fingertips. That’s vision, and that’s the most important part of your body. That’s always stood in my mind!

Who was the greatest player that you ever had the pleasure of sharing a pitch with?

David: Thats a hard question and I don’t really know. I can’t just say John White for example because I’d never shared a pitch him. However, there was a multitude of players who I shared a pitch with but as for saying one it’s difficult. Really they were all good players in there own right.

Could you talk me through some of your favourite memories in the Tottenham youth team and old A team?

David: It was when I’d first arrived at Tottenham and the first time I’d turned up and put a Tottenham kit on. Also finding out that I was going to play for the old A team as a 16 year old!

Who was the toughest player that you ever came up against?

David: There was a guy who played for Chelsea Gordon Bolland who was tough and strong and he has to have been the toughest player that I ever came up against.

Were there any players at Spurs who you were particularly close to during your time there?

David: I was good mates with Frank Saul until I left and I got on alright with him, but as I say there was a great camaraderie at the club. There was a couple of players who I didn’t get on with but I won’t name them! 

What would your advice be to the young Spurs players of today as they look to break into the first team?

David: First of all you’ve got to work hard and the other is you’ve got to keep working hard. However, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, to improve is the hardest thing to do! You should look at players as dedicated as Jamie Vardy who is such a dedicated player.

After all these years how do you look back on your time at Spurs and are they a still a club who you hold close to your heart?

David: One word – great!

Spurs under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Our under 18’s face bitter rivals Arsenal tomorrow in their latest game in the premier league south at the ‘ Gunners ‘ Shenley based training centre. Matt Taylor’s side have won three and lost four of their seven league games this season, but they won’t have played one as important as this. Arsenal who are managed by Ken Gillard occupy eighth spot in the league table after picking up seven points. Some of the ‘ Gunners ‘ danger men to look out for tomorrow (if they ever let people in to watch their games!) include goal scoring midfielder Ben Cottrell, forwards Sam Greenwood and Alfie Matthews, as well as Ireland under 19 international and defender Mazeed Ogungbo. This will be a tough game for Spurs however, Arsenal weren’t what they were last season, and like Spurs they have struggled for form so far this campaign. Spurs could be missing a number of players through injury and inclusion in the clubs development side however, I still expect Taylor to form a very strong side for this north London derby.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Walcott, Cirkin (c), John, Robson, Bennett, Pedder, Cooper, Asante.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Santiago, Whitaker, Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Arsenal centre forward Alfie Matthews, who has found the back of the net on three occasions so far this season. Matthews is a second year scholar. 

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s return to PL2 action tomorrow night when they host Leicester City at the Lamex stadium, in Stevenage. In Wayne Burnett’s sides last game they managed to impressively defeat league two side Colchester United in the Leasing.com trophy, on penalties. Wayne Burnett will be hoping that his young side can put in a similar team performance when they take on the ‘ Foxes ‘. Leicester occupy ninth spot in the P2 division one table, after picking up seven points from their opening seven league games. Spurs on the other hand have not won a league game since August, so they’ll be looking to change that tomorrow. Leicester are a physical side who have some talented players in their ranks. 20 year old centre forward George Hirst is the ‘ Foxes ‘ main danger man however, attacking left back Luke Thomas (England youth international) and centre half Calvin Ughelumba are other players to keep an eye on. This is a game that Spurs will be desperate to win although it will be a tough game for our development side. However, it will be interesting to see if Wayne Burnett sticks with the team which overcame Colchester United. That night Spurs started two second year scholars in central defence, Malachi Walcott and Luis Binks. Both performed excellently against the league two club. I shall be in attendance tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing how Spurs lineup. My in-depth match report of the game will be out on Sunday afternoon. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Binks, Hinds, Maghoma, Bowden (c), Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Okedina, White, Pochettino, Patterson.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-0. 

My one to watch: George Hirst. Leicester’s 20 year old centre forward who has previously played for Sheffield Wednesday and OH Leuven’s first team. The physical George Hirst has found the back of the net on three occasions from his five appearances for Leicester’s under 23 side this season, and he definitely remains one to watch tomorrow night.

Some notes on Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden’s performance against Denmark under 19’s:

Some notes on Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden’s performance against Denmark under 19’s:

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It was a proud moment for Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden (18) on Friday night as he made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s under 19 side. The London born Bowden completed the full 90 minutes of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark, at the Sligo Showgrounds. I am currently over in Derry on holiday, so I made the three hour trip down to Sligo on Friday evening to watch young Jamie make his debut for the ‘ Boys In Green ‘. And it was an overwhelmingly positive performance from Bowden, who really grew into Friday’s game and he asserted himself well on what was a closely fought battle. The north Londoner wore the number six shirt on a chilly evening in Sligo however, he operated at RCM. In the following piece I will be going through Jamie’s performance in chronological order, kick by kick. Bowden operated at RCM as Ireland lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Alongside Jamie in central midfield was Celtic midfielder Barry Coffey. Jamie Bowden delivered an early corner kick into the Denmark penalty area, but it was headed away by Denmark defender Tobias Anker before being fired over the crossbar by Barry Coffey. A second corner kick was played short to Armstrong Oko-Flex shortly afterwards, but nothing came of it. A couple of minutes later, and after winning the ball off of Gustav Morgensen by making a sliding challenge, Bowden tried his luck on goal however, his resulting curling effort flew wide of goal. Sitting just in front of the Ireland back four, Bowden was dropping into some good pockets of space during the early stages of the game, but he was playing with real caution. He was also always looking to receive the ball, just like when he plays for Spurs. After giving the ball away to Gustav Morgensen in a dangerous position, Morgensen eventually tested Ireland goalkeeper with Jimmy Corcoran with a testing low drive. Bowden soon made up for his error by breaking up a dangerous attack from Ahmed Dagim, before giving the ball to Andrew Omobamidele who cleared it away from danger. Bowden had a low whipped corner into the penalty area which evaded everyone, before he passed the ball out to Arsenal’s Mazeed Ogungbo on the left flank, but his resulting whipped cross was cleared away by a Denmark defender.

Young Jamie then had a promising corner kick punched clear by Denmark goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas Hansen, before he had a whipped cross into the Denmark box cleared away by a defender. After winning a free kick out on the left flank, Bowden opted to take it. His resulting pumped ball into the danger zone was volleyed wide by Ireland captain Oisin McEntee. Bowden was becoming sharper and more assertive as the game progressed. Bowden had a sprayed pass to Armstrong Oko-Flex cut out on the left flank by Thomas Gundelund, before he sprayed a nice pass out to Mazeed Ogungbo on the left flank. Shortly before the end of the first half Bowden played an ambitious lofted forward pass up to Ireland centre forward Ryan Cassidy, but the Watford man failed to control the ball. Denmark took the lead on the stroke of halftime through Ahmed Dagim. Bowden had a corner kick cleared away by Tobias Anker at the beginning of the first half, before he embarked on a nice surging run through the middle of the park. Bowden eventually threaded a well weighted pass through to Armstrong Oko-Flex down the left side of Denmark penalty area but he squared it for Ryan Cassidy who was eventually intercepted by a Denmark defender. The Spurs midfielder had another sprayed pass to Armstrong Oko-Flex cut out before he had an ambitious through ball towards Ryan Cassidy cut out by Tobias Anker. Bowden sprayed another nice pass out to Armstrong Oko-Flex on the left flank before shifting the ball out to Andrew Omobamidele on the opposite flank. Bowden had really grown in confidence during the second half and he was playing some really positive forward passes. One such pass from Jamie was the pass of the game. After picking the ball up in central midfield Bowden played a glorious disguised through ball to Armstrong Oko-Flex down the left side of the Denmark penalty  area, but the Celtic mans resulting powerful effort was pushed away by Denmark goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas Hansen.

Jamie Bowden then delivered a corner kick into the Denmark box but it was headed over by former Spurs schoolboy Timi Sobowale. After Ireland had won a free kick down the left flank, Bowden’s resulting delivery was cleared away by a Denmark defender, a couple of minutes before he had another long pass cut out. Bowden had really grown in confidence in the game and the quality and precision of his forward passing during the second half was very good. After playing a lovely pass out to substitute Festy Ebosele on the right flank, Ireland won a free kick which Bowden delivered, but it was punched away by Nicolas Defreitas Hansen. This was a very positive performance from Jamie Bowden who asserted himself really well on the game, and made some excellent forward passes while also doing a sterling job at sitting in front of the Ireland defence. This is hopefully the first of many Ireland caps for the 18 year old Londoner.

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Colchester United (Spurs won 6-5 on penalties): (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Colchester United (Spurs won 6-5 on penalties): (match report)

Our development side took on league two club Colchester United on Tuesday night, in our second group game of this seasons Leasing.com trophy. Wayne Burnett’s side needed to win the game to stand any chance of progressing out of the group. Spurs put in a really positive performance at the Colchester Community stadium, it was a performance which showed great team spirit and resilience. Burnett’s young side played some good football during the first half however, they went behind on 44 minutes after Colchester opened the scoring. Spurs fought back during the second half and once again they played some nice, positive, attacking football. The young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ hard work was rewarded on 75 minutes when Tashan Oakley-Boothe drew Spurs level, after being set up by TJ Eyoma, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. However, to determine who would get the extra bonus point the game would go to a penalty shoot out. And it was Spurs who came out of it victorious, coming out of it 6-5 winners to keep their chances of qualifying from the group still alive. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Jonathan De Bie started in goal. A back four consisting of TJ Eyoma, Malachi Walcott, Luis Binks and Tariq Hinds lined up in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Harvey White anchored the midfield, as Armando Shashoua played in the hole behind striker Rodel Richards, while Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks. Spurs got the game underway on a chilly evening in Essex. A good early move from Spurs saw Tariq Hinds cross the ball into the Colchester penalty area, where he managed to pick out Rodel Richards. After latching onto the ball Richards played a quick one two with Oakley-Boothe, before having a shot on goal blocked by Omar Sowunmi. After a steady start to the game league two Colchester launched their first meaningful attack of the night. After Jevani Brown burst down the right flank, he came inside onto his left foot before curling an effort over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. The lively Armando Shashoua then had a good pass to Shilow Tracey cut out by Omar Sowunmi before Kwame Poku had an effort on goal blocked by Luis Binks, before Tariq Hinds blocked Tom Lapslie’s effort. 

After Luis Binks conceded a free kick on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, Luke Norris curled over De Bie’s crossbar. Shortly afterwards Jamie Bowden passed the ball to Rodel Richards who entered the Colchester penalty area before dragging the ball across the face of Ethan Ross’ goal, but it was cleared behind for a a corner kick by Tom Lapslie. After Bowden gave the ball away to Colchester’s Tom Lapslie he fed In Luke Norris whose effort on goal deflected off of Tariq Hinds before going behind for a corner. Jonathan De Bie punched clear Lapslie’s resulting corner kick, before winning a foul. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well. After Armando Shashoua played a nice pass through to Rodel Richards down the left side of the Colchester penalty area, Richards let fly, but his effort was saved rather painfully by the face of Ethan Ross who had come running out to meet Richards. After skipping away from Ryan Clampin, Tashan Oakley-Boothe whipped a low cross into the Colchester box by Tom Eastman. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick was controlled by Shilow Tracey inside the Colchester box, before being fired over by the Tottenham winger. Malachi Walcott was shown a yellow card by the referee for a challenge on Luke Norris, before Jevani Brown’s free kick was headed into the arms of Jonathan De Bie by Omar Sowunmi. Then in the 44th minute of the game the home side took the lead. Ryan Clampin’s cross into the Spurs penalty ares was met by Luke Norris at the back post. The Colchester forwards resulting header on goal beat De Bie before being cleared into his own goal by Malachi Walcott, on the line, 0-1. Harvey White blocked Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu’s shot on the edge of the Spurs box before the referee blew his whistle for halftime. Colchester got the second half underway. After receiving Kwame Poku’s pass, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu whipped a dangerous ball across the face of Jonathan De Bie’s goal. Harvey White then fired a speculative effort over Ethan Ross’ crossbar from long range, before Tashan Oakley-Boothe had a cross cleared behind by Omar Sowunmi.

Luis Binks blocked Kwame Poku’s shot on goal before Poku passed the ball to Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu inside the Spurs box however, his cut back pass was cleared behind by Malachi Walcott who was in the right place at the right time. Jamie Bowden was replaced by Phoenix Patterson before Jonathan De Bie gathered a cross from Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu. Jevani Brown then fired an effort narrowly over the Spurs goal after he received the ball down the left flank. Tashan Oakley-Boothe then had a cross cleared behind by Tom Eastman before Spurs drew level. A nice move from the young Lilywhites ended in Armando Shashoua passing the ball to TJ Eyoma out on the right flank, the Spurs right back then slipped a pass into Tashan Oakley-Boothe who burst forward, into the Colchester box. Oakley-Boothe’s resulting low effort came off of Colchester goalkeeper Ethan Ross before nestling inside the bottom left hand come of the goal, 1-1.  Wayne Burnett punched the air in relief. Dilan Markanday came onto replace Shilow Tracey before the newly introduced winger whipped in a cross which came off the Colchester crossbar. After receiving Harvey White’s pass on the edge of the Colchester penalty area, Richards turned before shooting narrowly wide of goal. Jevani Brown passed the ball to Ryan Clampin inside the Spurs box but his effort on goal was blocked by Tariq Hinds. After Luke Norris passed the ball to Jevani Brown down the right flank the Colchester man came forward down the right flank before being met by Malachi Walcott who made a good sliding intervention. Kion Etete came onto replace Rodel Richards up top. Soon after coming on Etete received the ball inside the Colchester box after Armando Shashoua went on a tricky forward run. However, Etete’s low first time effort was saved by Ethan Ross. Phoenix Patterson then played a quick one two with Dilan Markanday on the edge of the Colchester box before having a low shot saved by Ethan Ross. 

Dilan Markanday cleared Jevani Brown’s long free kick inside the Spurs box before Colchester came desperately close to winning it late on in the game. After Ryan Clampin passed the ball to Jevani Brown inside Spurs box, Brown laid the ball off to Courtney Senior who passed to Tom Eastman who somehow shot wide of De Bie’s goal. The referee blew his whistle for full time shortly afterwards. The extra bonus point would be decided by a penalty shootout. Luis Binks of Spurs stood up to take the first penalty and the left footed defender calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to put Spurs 1-0 up. Luke Norris then took Colchester’s penalty however, the physical centre forward blasted the ball against and over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. Harvey White then struck the bottom right hand post as Colchester had the chance to draw level in the shootout. And Jevani Brown fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner of De Bie’s goal, 1-1. Armando Shashoua then cleverly staggered his run to make it 2-1 to Spurs by slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, before Theo Robinson fired the ball into the roof of De Bie’s goal. Phoenix Patterson’s resulting effort hit the bottom right hand post before going wide. Ryan Jackson then scored to make it 2-3 despite De Bie getting a hand on the ball. TJ Eyoma then stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal before Noah Chilvers effort was saved by De Bie who had gone the right way. Kion Etete then made it 4-3 after he tucked the ball into the left corner of the goal despite Ross getting a hand on the ball. Tom Eastman then fired the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 4-4 before Tariq Hinds slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Ryan Jackson then fired the ball into the top right hand corner of De Bie’s goal with the Belgian getting a hand on the ball. Malachi Walcott then calmly stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 6-5. And luckily for Spurs Brandon Comley then shot wide of the goal as Spurs managed to claim that vital bonus point which, leaves them still in with a chance of progressing out of the group. 

Player reviews: 

  • Jonathan De Bie: The Spurs goalkeeper made one save in total and he generally had a solid game. De Bie’s kicking and distribution was good and he remained vocal throughout. De Bie saved one penalty in the shootout.
  • TJ Eyoma: I thought that this was a mature performance from the 19 year old at right back. A position which he hasn’t played in for some time. Eyoma defended his side of the pitch well and he also got forward a lot down the right flank. Eyoma also set up Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s goal.
  • Malachi Walcott: It was a really solid showing at RCB from young Malachi Walcott who, imposed himself really well on the game by making some strong and well timed challenges. Walcott read the game very well along side Binks and he also took his penalty kick very well.
  • Luis Binks: My man of the match, see below.
  • Tariq Hinds: The 19 year old put in a solid performance for Spurs at left back where he made some important blocks and interceptions. Hinds kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Harvey White: A calming figure in the middle of the park, LCM Harvey White moved the ball about well and he also did a good job at breaking up play and protecting the back four.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain who has just been called up to the Republic of Ireland under 19 squad, had a good game for Spurs on Tuesday night. Bowden kept the ball moving, nicely in the middle of the park and he made some important defensive interventions. He imposed himself well on what was a very physical game of football. 
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Oakley-Boothe had a good game out on the right flank where he went on some good surging runs. The 19 year old took his goal well and he showed good composure in front of goal.
  • Armando Shashoua: The lively attacking midfielder was always on the lookout for the ball, and he created some good chances for the forwards (he was involved in our goal). The hardworking Shashoua poached the ball well and he also went on some good, mazy forward runs. He also dispatched his penalty with real class. 
  • Shilow Tracey: Despite tracking back excellently, Tracey never really got into the game much from an attacking perspective.
  • Rodel Richards: The 19 year olds movement was good and he came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions, during his time on the pitch.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The attacking midfielder brought some good energy to the game. Patterson’s passing was good and he got into some dangerous positions in the final third. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The 18 year old went on a couple of good runs down the left flank and he also struck the Colchester crossbar.
  • Kion Etete: The second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net soon after coming on. Furthermore, Etete dispatched his penalty well in the shootout.

My man of the match: Left sided centre half Luis Binks (18) put in a very mature and well disciplined performance for our under 21’s on Tuesday night. Binks, who was partnered by the similarly impressive Malachi Walcott, made some highly intelligent decisions throughout the game. The second year scholar made some excellent blocks, interceptions and clearances and he was also good in the air. However, it was Binks’ reading of the game and his anticipation of danger which impressed me the most. Him and Walcott neutralised the threat of Colchester’s speedy striker Luke Norris for large periods of yesterday’s game. The centre half tucked away his penalty well.

Colchester United: Ross, Chilvers, Clampin, Lapslie (c) (Comley 68), Eastman, Sowunmi, Poku (Robinson 79), Sarpong-Wiredu (Jackson 75), Norris, Brown, Senior. Substitutes (not used): Vose, Kensdale, Dunne, Stevenson.

Spurs: De Bie, Eyoma, Hinds, Bowden (c) (Patterson 67), Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Oakley-Boothe, White, Richards (Etete 89), Shashoua, Tracey (Markanday 75). Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, R Clarke, Lyons-Foster, Pochettino.

Goals: Colchester United – Norris 44; Spurs – Oakley-Boothe 75.

Yellow cards: Colchester United – Norris 52; Spurs – Fagan-Walcott 41.

Referee: Alan Young.

Venue: JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester.

Attendance: 1,061.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Rodel Richards – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Harvey White – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Armando Shashoua – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Armando Shashoua -1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs under 21’s versus Colchester United: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Colchester United: (match preview)

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(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC).

It’s win or bust for our young development side in this season Leasing.com trophy. Wayne Burnett’s side need to realistically beat league two side Colchester United when they face them at the Colchester Community Stadium on Tuesday, to stand any chance of getting out of their group. Our development side have not won a competitive game since August and their recent form has left them struggling in the PL2. Spurs only narrowly lost 2-1 to league one side Ipswich Town in their opening group game in this competition, and they’ll be filled with confidence going into tomorrow’s encounter with Colchester United knowing what they achieved in that Ipswich game, where they played some really good football for spells in the game. League two side Colchester United who are managed by John McGreal, famously defeated our first team in the Carabao cup only a couple of weeks ago, so there is some added incentive for Wayne Burnett’s side ahead of tomorrow’s game. The oppositions sit in eight place in the league two table, having picked up 19 points from their opening 12 league games. Some of the Colchester players to look out for tomorrow night include (I expect them to play a weakened side) physical forwards Frank Nouble, Luke Norris and Theo Robinson. In addition speedy wing back Cohen Bramall could cause problems down Tottenham’s right hand side, while centre halves Luke Prosser and Tom Eastman are other players to look out for. This will be a game all about physicality and skill, and which will come up on top. If Colchester do rest a number of first team players which I expect that they will, Spurs’ skilful and technically gifted players could definitely expose some weakness in the league two sides defence. However, this is going to be a very tough game for Burnett’s youngsters who could be missing a couple of players due to the ongoing international break. Players such as Paris Maghoma, Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott are all unlikely to feature which is a massive disadvantage for Spurs. I do however, believe in Spurs’ ability to overcome Colchester United. My in-depth match report of tomorrow’s game should be out some time on Wednesday evening.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Binks, Hinds, White, Bowden (c), Markanday, Oakley-Boothe, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: De Bie, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Cirkin, Shashoua, Pochettino , Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi. 

Doubtful: Maxwell Statham, Maximus Tainio, Japhet Tanganga, Paris Maghoma, Enock Asante, Troy Parrott.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Colchester’s physical centre forward Frank Nouble, who has scored three goals from 12 appearances for the league two side so far this season.

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Aston Villa: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Aston Villa: (match report)

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(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC).

Our under 18’s returned to league action on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Aston Villa at Hotspur Way. The ‘ Villains ‘ gave Spurs a really tough match and they played the game at a higher intensity than Spurs. The first half was edged by the visitors and Spurs goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz was forced into making some big saves to keep the scores level at the break. However, during the second half Spurs really started to fade away as Aston Villa took control of the game. Four Aston Villa goals left Spurs shell shocked although it also seemed to spur them into life. Schoolboy Dane Scarlett and Tarrelle Whittaker managed to pull goals back for Spurs, but by that point it was too late for Matt Taylor’s side to mount a comeback. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurylowicz started in goal for the young Lilywhites. A back four made up of Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, captain Dennis Cirkin and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Max Robson and Nile John partnered up in central midfield while Romaine Mundle and Chay Cooper operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Dane Scarlett. Second year scholar Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Spurs got Saturday afternoons game underway. Chay Cooper had an early cross gathered by Aston Villa goalkeeepr Amos Onodi before the visitors came close to taking an early lead. Paul Appiah’s pass deflected off of Dennis Cirkin before running through to Brad Young down the right hand side of the Tottenham penalty area. Young opted to square the ball for Aaron Ramsey whose first time side footed effort struck Kacper Kurylowicz’s crossbar. A couple of moments later Dennis Cirkin gave the ball straight to Brad Young inside the Spurs box however, Kurylowicz came out and made himself big to save Young’s resulting shot excellently. A couple of minutes later the dominant visitors came close to scoring once again. After Charlie Farr slipped the ball into the feet of Brad Young, the Aston Villa forward burst into the Spurs box before attempting to beat Kurylowicz with a curling low effort. However, the Tottenham goalkeeper was equal to his effort.

Max Robson had a whipped cross gathered by Akos Onodi, before Kion Etete flicked Chay Cooper’s cross wide of Onodi’s goal. A couple of of minutes later Cooper passed the ball to Romaine Mundle whose cross was headed behind for a corner kick by Myles Sohna. Resurgent Spurs went on a good move as Nile John passed the ball to Dane Scarlett who passed the ball to Romaine Mundle whose, cross came to Chay Cooper down the left side of the Aston Villa box. Cooper’s resulting curling effort was cleared off the line by Myles Sohna. Nile John’s resulting corner kick was volleyed onto Harrison Sohna by Dane Scarlett, before Marqes Muir had a shot saved by Akos Onodi. Kacper Kurylowicz punched away Charlie Farr’s free kick before Marqes Muir cleared away Kaine Kesler’s cross. After Nile John passed the ball to Dane Scarlett the Spurs striker who shot wide of Akos Onodi’s goal. A couple of minutes later Brad Young passed the ball to Kaine Kesler down the right flank but his resulting cross was blocked by Nile John. Kacper Kurylowicz gathered Kaine Kesler’s corner kick. Then in first half stoppage time Aaron Ramsey passed the ball to Tristan Goodridge who in turn gave the ball to Brad Young who shot narrowly wide of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal. The referee sounded his whistle for half time shortly afterwards. Aston Villa got the second half underway. Dennis Cirkin headed Chay Cooper’s corner kick into the arms of Akos Onodi before Nile John had a shot blocked by Harrison Sohna. After controlling Chay Cooper’s cross Kion Etete brought the ball down and passed it to Dane Scarlett who had a shot blocked by Harrison Sohna. A couple of minutes later Cooper first had a cross cleared away by Brad Burton before having another gathered by Akos Onodi. After Brad Young passed the ball to Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the Spurs box, the Aston Villa midfielder had a shot saved by Kacper Kurylowicz, moments before Aston Villa took the lead. After Charlie Farr received Tristan Goodridge’s pass the Aston Villa winger decided to go for goal some 25 yards out. Farr’s resulting powerful, whipped effort looped over the head of Kacper Kurylowicz and into the middle of the Spurs goal, 0-1.

On his return from a lengthy injury J’Neil Bennett came onto replace Nile John before Dane Scarlett had an effort blocked by Brad Burton inside the Aston Villa box. After receiving Carney Chukwuemeka’s pass some 20 yards out from goal, Aaron Ramsey decided to have a pop at goal. And Ramsey’s powerful effort flew past Kacper Kurylowicz and into the middle of the goal, 0-2. Tarrelle Whittaker came onto replace Romaine Mundle out on the wing before Harrison Sohna fired an effort wide of Kurylowicz’s goal. A couple of minutes later Tristan Goodridge managed to find Brad Young down the right hand side of the Spurs box with only Kacper Kurylowicz to beat but the Spurs goalkeeper produced a fine save before gathering the loose ball. J’Neil Bennett came inside from the left flank before having a curling cross gathered by Akos Onodi. Max Robson then saw his cross flicked into the arms of Akos Onodi by Dennis Cirkin inside the Aston Villa box. Aston Villa then made it 3-0. After Carney Chukwuemeka passed the ball to Brad Young he burst past Marqes Muir before entering the Spurs box and slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal, 0-3. Yago Santiago came onto replace Max Robson before J’Neil Bennett had a curling effort saved by Onodi. Bennett then had an effort on goal blocked by Harrison Sohna, before the Tottenham winger was shown a yellow card for pulling back Aaron Ramsey. Kacper Kurylowicz saved Mo Sylla’s effort from long range a couple of moments before Aston Villa made it 4-0. After Aaron Ramsey gave the ball to Mo Sylla inside the Spurs box the Aston Villa substitute managed to squeeze the ball into the bottom left hand corner of  Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal, 0-4. Spurs tried to respond. After Lusala gave the ball to Scarlett, the Spurs schoolboy gave the ball to Bennett who had an error blocked inside the Aston Villa box by Harrison Sohna. Spurs did manage to pull a goal back after Kion Etete’s curling effort was spilt by Akos Onodi, but Dane Scarlett was on hand to sweep the loose ball home at the near post, 1-4.

After Aaron Ramsey passed the ball to Brad Young the Aston Villa forward had a shot saved by Kacper Kurylowicz. Chay Cooper then had an effort tipped over the bar by Akos Onodi before J’Neil Bennett had a cross cleared away by Myles Sohna. Then the skilful Dermi Lusala skipped past a couple of challenges before sending a nice lofted pass through to the substitute Tarrelle Whittaker down the left hand side of the Aston Villa box. Whittaker steadied himself before lashing the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 2-4. Kacper Kurylowicz saved Charlie Farr’s effort from long range before Seb Revan fired an effort wide of goal. After receiving Yago Santiago’s pass J’Neil Bennett forced a save out of Akos Onodi from a curling effort, before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. Spurs’ next game is against Arsenal after the international break.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right back stayed deep and he made some important defensive interventions.
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB made some intelligent decisions and he also brought the ball out well from the back. 
  • Dennis Cirkin: It was interesting to see the 17 year old left back operate at LCB. Cirkin was generally solid in that position, and he was strong on the ball while also bringing it out well from the back. 
  • Dermi Lusala: The left back had a strong game and he did well to set up Tarrelle Whittaker for his late goal.
  • Nile John: On his return from injury John patrolled the midfield well and he also embarked on some good, purposeful surging forward runs. The first year scholars passing was nice and crisp. 
  • Max Robson: The central midfielder kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park.
  • Romaine Mundle: The right winger worked hard and he tracked back really well however, he didn’t get many touches of the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Dane Scarlett: The schoolboy worked really hard in the CAM role and he linked play well. Scarlett chipped in with a late goal. 
  • Chay Cooper: The silky winger liked to take players on and whip crosses into the danger zone. Cooper also tried his luck on goal and he worked hard for the team.
  • Kion Etete: The second year scholar led the line well for Spurs on Saturday afternoon. Etete held the ball up excellently and he got himself into some good positions in and around the danger zone. Etete got the assist for Dane Scarlett’s goal after he took responsibility and had a shot.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The substitute went on some good surging forward runs and he looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The second half substitute took his goal well. 
  • Yago Santiago: The first year scholar made a couple of impressive passes during his short time on the pitch. 

My man of the match: Spurs’ goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz had an excellent game in between the posts. The extremely vocal second year scholar would talk his teammates through yesterday’s game by encouraging them to make intelligent decisions. Kurylowicz made eight saves in total including three very impressive ones all of which were one on ones. Kurylowicz’s kicking was good and he also dealt well with crosses and set pieces. It was a very mature performance from the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Lusala, John (Bennett 62), Muir, Cirkin, Mundle (Whittaker 68), Robson (Santiago 78), Etete, Scarlett, Cooper. Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Pedder.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 3

Kion Etete –  2

Kallum Cesay – 2

Max Robson – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Dane Scarlett – 1

Assists:

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Max Robson – 2

Chay Cooper – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Dermi Lusala – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Our under 18’s return to league action tomorrow when they host Aston Villa at Hotspur Way. Matt Taylor’s side will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in the premier league cup. So far Spurs have won three and lost three league games, and they currently sit in fifth place in the premier league south. Last season we did the double over tomorrow’s opponents, beating them 6-1 at home and 3-2 away. The ‘ Villains ‘ sit in seventh place in the league table after having a mixed start to the season.  Some of the Aston Villa players to look out for tomorrow include forward and top scorer so far this campaign, Jaden Philogene-Bidace. Another player to loook our for is Charlie Farr and striker Aaron Pressley, as well as defender Paul Appiah who has played in five of Aston Villa’s six league games this season. This will be another tough game for Spurs but hopefully they’ll have Luis Binks back captaining the side for tomorrow’s game which would be a big boost after his recent spell with the development side. Also Dennis Cirkin should return from injury for this game after he played against Bayern Munich under 19’s in midweek. If I remember correctly Aston Villa usually play with quite a lot of width at this level, and they like to pump the ball into the danger zone. My in-depth match report of the game will be out tomorrow evening. I would like to wish all of our lads all the very best of luck for this important game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, Robson, Cooper, Bennett, Pedder, Whittaker, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Muir, Santiago, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig. 

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Nile John, J’Neil Bennett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Aston Villa forward Jaden Philogene-Bidace who has scored five league goals for the ‘ Villains ‘ so far this season.

Some notes on our under 19’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich:

Some notes on our under 19’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich:

Our under 19’s hosted Bayern Munich in their second group game of this seasons UEFA youth league, on Tuesday afternoon. Ryan Mason’s side had drawn their opening group game 1-1 against Olympiacos, so they would have been looking to pick up their first win of the campaign when German giants Bayern Munich came to town. Unfortunately my note book got completely saturated in Tuesday’s heavy rain so I will be unable to do a report of the game. Instead I will write some short notes on what was a fairly one sided game. Bayern Munich started the game with an aggression which our young lads just couldn’t match. After just nine minutes the German club has carved open our defence on two occasions resulting in them leading 2-0. However, Spurs did fight back and a well taken goal from Rodel Richards gave Ryan Mason’s side hope along with the fact that goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi made some big saves. However, Spurs lacked the urgency and the intensity needed to mount a proper comeback and by the beginning of the second half they were already showing signs of fading away. Bayern would go onto score two well taken goals in a game which they completely dominated. On the day some of our best performers were 16 year old right back Dermi Lusala and goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi however, Spurs came up against the more technical team on the day, and it makes their chances of qualifying from group B that little bit more difficult. Apologies about the length of this piece!

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lusala (Fagan-Walcott 68), White, Bowden (c), Binks, Eyoma, Markanday (Etete 73), Oakley-Boothe (Pochettino 73), Richards, Parrott, Maghoma (Cirkin 61). Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Scarlett, Robson.

Bayern Munich: Schneller, Kehl, Waidner, Stiller (Mihaljevic 75), Arrey-Mbi, Daniliuc (c), Tillman, Rhein (Mosandl 58), Zirkzee, Günther, Herrmann (Cuni 71). Substitutes (not used): Mayer, Halbich, Lawrence, Johansson.

Goals: Spurs – Richards 27; Bayern Munich – Zirkzee 4, Günther 11, 72, Mosandl 62.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Bowden 28, Maghoma 51, Oakley-Boothe 56, Eyoma 69; 

Bayern Munich – Rhein 18, Cuni 81.

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO).

Venue: Hotspur Way, Enfield.

Attendance: 243.

Spurs under 19’s statistics:

Goals: Troy Parrott – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Assists: Rodel Richards – 1

Troy Parrott – 1