Looking back at the Spurs A team who won the Eastern Counties League during the 1960-61 season:

Looking back at the Spurs A team who won the Eastern Counties League during the 1960-61 season:

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(This is the only photograph that I could find that had the most Spurs players together who played in that A team. Included in the photograph is David Sunshine, Barry Roffman, Terry Lloyd, Roy Moss and Roy Low. A big thanks must go to David Sunshine, Derek Tharme and Eddie Clayton for helping me to write this article.)

During the 1960-61 season, apart from our first team winning a historic league and cup double, our old A team also won the league, the Eastern Counties League. Made up predominantly of non league sides and reserve teams, the young Spurs boys had to adapt to the physicality of playing against grown men. The physicality and the toughness of the Eastern Counties League could make or break young players. This was the second season in a row that Spurs had won the Eastern Counties League, after winning it in 1960, they would also win it again the following season in 1961/62. However, during the 1960/61 season Spurs started the campaign against Cambridge City Reserves on Saturday the tenth of September 1960. Spurs won 4-0 thanks to goals from Norman Lee, Joe Fleming, Bert Wilkie and Ronnie Piper. After beating Cambridge the young Lilywhites would go onto win their next five league matches, before losing 3-0 to March Town United in early November. March Town United would be one of Spurs’ main competitors for the league that season. Spurs were consistent throughout the season and they thoroughly deserved to win the league. Recording some memorable victories along the way, such as their 9-0 win over Sudbury Town and another 9-0 win over Biggleswade Town. Spurs picked up 53 points from 32 matches (they won 25 of those games) and they also scored a phenomenal total of 114 goals and  conceded just 27. A side of which included future first team players Ronnie Piper and Roy Low contained important regulars such as goalkeeper Frank Smith and full back Derek Tharme. Prolific centre forward Colin Brown led the line with distinction while you had the likes of Norman Lee creating chances from midfield.

Then you had some of the younger members of the side such as Ronnie Piper, Barry Roffman, Roy Low and Terry Lloyd who all did well for the A team when called upon. This was a really talented Spurs side and many of the players had they have been playing in a different era, would have likely gone onto play for the Tottenham first team. After a long and tough season the Spurs players were presented with the Eastern Counties League trophy on the first of May 1961 at White Hart Lane, after their final league game of the season against March Town United (Spurs lost the game 2-1). It was a very successful time in Spurs’ history at all levels of the club, and in the following piece I am going to be looking back at the Spurs players who made up the A team side that season.

Some questions with former Spurs A team player David Sunshine:

Could you describe to me what it was like to play in the Eastern Counties league?

David: To be quite honest with you it was great because I broke into the Eastern Counties league when I was young and when I was still on the ground staff. Coming from junior football (the South East Counties League) to playing with men such as Derek Tharme and Frank Teece was great and I really loved it. That league sorted the men out from the boys, because a lot of them (young boys) only played a few games and then never played again. However, I thought that it was a good strong league and in a way it built confidence. Playing up at Eynesbury Rovers or March Town United (country boys) they were all out to get you with you being a Tottenham player because that was the highlight of their careers (they would also have there biggest crowd of the season) but I enjoyed it although it was a tough league. It brought out the best of players like Derek Tharme, Bert Wilkie and Frank Teece and including myself. Them players from the other teams would run around like chickens with no head, and we thought that we were fit! However, they were good and tough games, and it was a good league for the up and coming players.

What was the most difficult thing about playing in the league?

David: I didn’t find anything difficult about it I just enjoyed it and that’s the honest truth. I had better games in the Eastern Counties League then I did in the South East Counties League because I was playing with men in the A team.  

What are your memories of that season?

David: Well of the 1960/61 season the thing I remember about that was spending two lovely evenings at the Savoy hotel when Tottenham did the double! You had Johnny Wallis keeping an eye on you in case you had a drink as we were underage. I used to take football as it came and that included the Eastern Counties League because I didn’t win a lot of trophies in my career however, I’d have still enjoyed that league just as much if we’d have been struggling because that was my attitude towards the game.

What was it like to win the league and be presented with the trophy at White Hart Lane?

David: It was great but I still took it as it came. After winning the league we had a buffet in the directors boardroom at White Hart Lane and I was even allowed a few beers. However, as I say we won it but I would have been just as pleased or happy if we had have been battling relegation.

Who were the toughest opponents that you came up against that season?

David: One of the toughest we came up against that season was March Town United and I tell you what they were big boys and they wouldn’t have looked out of place at Twickenham. They were a really tough side who loved to pump the ball up the field. Another good side in that league was Cambridge City Reserves and they were a good team but there were also lots of good sides in that division because it was a strong league. I loved it!

Do you remember much about that game against March Town United at White Hart Lane (the final game of the season)?

David: I remember it was at the end of the season and in them days Tottenham’s pitch was atrocious and nothing like it is today. It was a good game but not a great game as the ground was rock hard and uneven however, I can’t remember much more than that about it.

The team:

Frank Smith: The Colchester born goalkeeper was by all accounts a very talented one who was unlucky not to make the grade at Spurs. The big goalkeeper who joined Spurs from Colchester Casuals is still fondly remembered by by his former A team teammates. Tall, slim, strong and very good in the air, Frank Smith was trusted by his defenders. The goalkeeper made 28 appearances for the A team that season and he also featured on one occasion for the reserves in the football combination league. After leaving Spurs in 1962, Smith joined QPR before later playing for Wimbledon who he made over 150 appearances for. Upon retiring from the game Smith went into the banking business, now retired he lives in County Surrey.

Brian Lumley: Hailing from County Hertfordshire, goalkeeper Brian Lumley made four appearances for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season (Lumley used to play for Hertfordshire boys). Lumley has been described by former Spurs A team teammate David Sunshine as quite a shy man. It is unknown where Lumley went after leaving Spurs.

Derek Tharme: An A team stalwart, Brighton born fullback Derek Tharme played 26 times for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season. Tharme was a very intelligent player, who was strong and pretty fast, was also as a good all round left back. Formerly on Brighton & Hove Albion’s books Tharme would join Spurs in 1956 and upon his arrival he lived in digs in Ponders End with Spurs great Mel Hopkins. Tharme was a very important player for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season and his presence and experience helped out the younger members of the side. After leaving Spurs in the early 1960’s Tharme would later play for the likes of Southend United, Whitehawk and Hastings United. Now retired, Derek lives back on the south coast. I have been privileged enough to have got to know him over the last two years. 

David Sunshine: A tenacious and tough tackling fullback, the aggressive David Sunshine (nicknamed ‘ Monty ’) was a player with good pace who opponents wouldn’t dare mess with. A good both footed player, Sunshine was born in Bethnal Green, London and brought up in Walthamstow. David wasn’t the tallest of fullbacks but he had a good leap and he was good in the air and he provided good cover for the A side. Making 11 appearances for the A team that season, while still a youngster, Sunshine had been described by former Spurs first team player Eddie Clayton as a ‘ boy wonder ’. After leaving Spurs Sunshine went onto play for the likes of Millwall, Leyton Orient and Faversham Town. His career and my interview with David made absolutely fascinating reading, and he is one of the nicest guys that your ever likely to meet, he also has an exceptional sense of humour. Sunshine currently resides in County Essex. 

Freddie Sharpe: The Brockley born centre half played 22 games for the A team during the 1960/61 season. A good central defender who would play twice for the Spurs first team in competitive competitions, scoring one goal. Sharpe was an important player for the A team and he asserted himself well on the team. After leaving Spurs, Sharpe went onto join Norwich City who he played 111 competitive appearances for. Freddie would then later go onto play for Reading who he made 64 appearances for. After retiring from football Sharpe became a school football coach before later becoming a salesman. The 82 year old currently resides in County Berkshire.

Alan Dennis: Born in Ashcot, Somerset but brought up in Bermondsey, South London. The talented fullback who captained an England schoolboys team which included David Pleat. Dennis was very good as a schoolboy at Arsenal and he did well to progress to the Spurs A team for the 1960/61 season after joining them. He made three appearances for them that season. Dennis was a good left back who after leaving Spurs would later go onto play for Cambridge City (under former Spurs player Tony Marchi), Dover, Ramsgate Athletic, Harwich & Parkeston, Clacton Town and Tilbury. Now retired, Alan currently resides in County Kent.

Bill Dodge: The late wing half was a tough tackling defensive minded player who was also good on the ball. From Hackney in East London, Dodge was signed to Spurs from Eton Manor in October 1957 and he would go onto make 13 appearances for the Tottenham Hotspur first team (some of them came when the great Danny Blanchflower was dropped from the first team in the late 1950’s). However, during the 1960/61 season Dodge, whose main skill was his tackling, made two appearances for the Spurs A team in the Eastern Counties league. Dodge left Spurs in 1962 when he went to join Crystal Palace although he only played three games for the ‘ Eagles ’.  He would later go onto play for Kettering Town, Ashford, Leyton-Wingate and Aylesbury.

Dennis Walker: A right back by trade Dennis Walker only made one appearance for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season. Walker, who would only train at Spurs once a week, never did play for the A team a lot during his time at the Lilywhites. It is unknown where Walker went after leaving the North London club.

Anthony Smith: Strong and skilful centre half Anthony Smith was a mainstay in the A team during the 1960/61 season, making 28 appearances for them. Smith was a tall defender who was remembered for his ball juggling skills and communication skills, and he was a talented player who in the eyes of his former Spurs teammates was unlucky not to make the grade at Spurs. Smith was from Royston in Hertfordshire and after leaving Spurs he would later emigrate to South Africa where he played for Durban United under former Spurs great Peter Baker. It is unknown where Smith currently resides or who he played for after leaving Durban United.

Eddie Hawkins: Ilford born centre half Eddie Hawkins was of stocky build and he played on three occasions for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season. Hawkins was never on the Tottenham ground staff and it is unknown where he went after leaving the Lilywhites.

Norman Lee: Norman T Lee (nicknamed ‘ Rosy Lee ’) hailed from Trealaw in the Rhondda Valley, Wales. Lee was a midfield player (mostly on the right side) but he would have found it extremely difficult to break into the Tottenham first team  during the early 1960’s due to the quality of the players that they had in that position. Lee was a good midfield player who had good vision for making long raking passes. The Welshman who was quite tall, was also good in the air and he loved scoring goals from outside of the box. Lee made 22 appearances for Spurs’ A team that season, scoring six goals. After leaving Spurs, Norman went on to play for Southend United before then playing for fellow south coast club Bournemouth. Sadly Norman passed away in Brighton in July 2014.

Alan Reed: Ilford born and described as a brilliant wing half by David Sunshine, who was unlucky not to break into the Spurs first team. He was a real talent and during the 1960/61 season Alan J Reed made 23 appearances for the old A team, scoring two goals. Unfortunately it is unknown where Reed went after leaving Spurs.

Jimmy Lye: Ireland born during the Second World War but brought up in Hackney, East London. Jimmy F Lye operated as a fullback/midfielder and he would go onto become a good player for the Tottenham reserve team in future seasons. After leaving Spurs, Lye would go onto play for a talented Barnet side along with old Spurs teammates Ben Embery and Roger Smith. Lye who was described as a good player, only made two appearances for the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season.

Joe Fleming: Scotland born and formerly of the Banks O’ Dee football club in Aberdeen. Fleming was a little winger who possessed great pace, balance and skill and who according to David Sunshine his only criticism was that he would hold onto the ball for too long. The Scotsman made 20 appearances for the A team during the 1960/61 season, scoring five goals. Fleming would never play for the Tottenham first team and after leaving the Lilywhites he played for Cardiff City though I am unsure if he ever played for the ‘ Blue Birds ’ first team. After retiring the former winger moved to the Algarve in Portugal.

Roy Peacock: Roy Peacock made 18 appearances for the A team that season, scoring one goal. Peacock who is from Dagenham, was a strong player who was adept at playing as a centre forward or as an inside forward. Peacock’s current whereabouts or where he went to after leaving Spurs is unknown. 

Brian Fittock: A very skilful left winger, Brian Fittock was also a good striker of a ball, and he scored nine goals from 18 appearances that season for the A team. Fittock was a good two footed winger and he hailed from East Ham in East London. Fittock is remembered for having a good sense of humour however, it is unknown where he went to after playing for Spurs. 

Graham Thomson: From Kings Lynn and formerly a player of Kings Lynn FC who he still holds the record for, for being their youngest ever player. Thomson was a creative inside forward who was quite a skilful player and he made nine appearances for the A team that season scoring two goals. Thomson would also play for the reserve side on two occasions that season, scoring two goals. It is unfortunately unknown who the outside right played for after leaving Spurs however, now retired he currently resides back in County Norfolk. 

Bert Wilkie: A Scottish inside forward who was born in Dundee and joined Spurs from Lochee Harp in 1956. Wilkie made one competitive appearance for the Spurs first team however, during the 1960/61 season the prolific and skilful left winger scored 25 goals from 26 appearances. Like many in that A side Wilkie didn’t get a lot of opportunities with the Spurs first team however, his impact on the Tottenham A side during the 1960/61 season was immense. Now retired Wilkie is living back in Scotland. 

Roy Low: Watford born winger Roy Low would go onto make eight appearances for the Tottenham Hotspur first team but during the 1960/61 season he made two appearances for the Spurs A team. Low, who used to play for England schoolboys was a good winger who would later go onto play for Watford and Bedford Town. He left Spurs in 1967.

Roy Moss: The Maldon born centre forward was a goal scorer who was also a highly skilled player. Moss made 22 appearances for the A team scoring an impressive total of 14 goals during the 1960/61 season however he found it difficult to break into the first team and he left Spurs in 1962 to join then fourth division side Gillingham. Moss made 14 appearances for the ‘ Gills ’ first team scoring three goals. After leaving Gillingham the centre moved to Canterbury City before residing in the Chatham area of Kent for many years.

Ron Piper: Lowestoft born inside forward Ron Piper began his career as an amateur with Arsenal before joining Spurs in 1960 and staying until 1963 (he made one competitive appearance for the first team) before moving on and playing for Wimbledon and Guildford City. Another important member of the Spurs A team during the 1960/61 season, Piper made 28 appearances scoring 19 goals. Ron who is now retired, currently resides back in Lowestoft, County Norfolk.  

Roger Smith: A good left winger who was born in Welwyn Garden City, Roger Smith made one appearance for the A team during that 1960/61 season. Smith would later play for Exeter City and Barnet. He now works for Arsenal as a video scout and resides in County Essex.

B King: Most probably only a trialist at Spurs during the 1960/61 season, King only played once for the A team that season and is not remembered by any of the other members of the Spurs A team, and therefore I was unable to identify his first name.

Barry Roffman: The lively London born inside forward played two games for the A team that season, scoring a hat-trick in a 9-0 win over Biggleswade Town. Roffman sadly passed away in 2014.

Terry Lloyd: A centre forward by trade who was also adept at playing out wide, the young Terry Lloyd only made one appearance for the Spurs A team during the 1960-61 season. Lloyd was an extremely quick player and he was also good with both feet. He would compete with Frank Saul for a place in the A team the following season. From East Ham in East London, Lloyd would later go onto play for West Ham United and a host of non league sides. Lloyd would then go onto work in the London docks before later training to become a London black taxi driver. A job that he did for many, many years. Now retired, Terry currently resides in central County Bedfordshire.

Colin Brown: A prolific centre forward for the A team who was formerly of Aylesbury United where he netted 15 goals in 56 appearances, for the Buckinghamshire based club. Brown was an enthusiastic striker although only part time at Spurs however, the young Colin D Brown (also known as ‘ Buster Brown ’) who was born in Watford, was a goal scorer (he had a powerful right foot) who was also good in the air despite not being very tall. Brown was a key component of the Spurs A team who won the Eastern Counties league that season and he scored a hugely impressive 28 goals from 29 appearances for the Lilywhites. Unfortunately nobody knows where Brown went to after departing Spurs in the early 1960’s and it is not known if he continued his playing career. However, there is no doubting that the consistent centre forward was a major reason why Spurs won the 1960/61 Eastern Counties League.

(To any of the ex Spurs players from the old A team reading this it would be great to hear from you).

Some notes on Spurs loanee Armando Shashoua’s performance against Coruxo:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Armando Shashoua’s performance against Coruxo:

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After making his competitive debut for Atlético Baleares the previous week against Pontevedra after coming on as a late substitute, Spurs loanee Armando Shashoua made his first start Atlético on Sunday. Manix Mandiola’s table topping side traveled to Galicia to take on Coruxo in the third tier of Spanish football. Armando was handed his first start as a CAM after fellow attacking midfielder Jordan Holsgrove was out injured. After some good early pressing and off the ball movement Shashoua tried his best to link the play during the early stages of the game. Shashoua’s first real involvement in the game occurred around the 18 minute mark. After the 19 year old picked the ball up on the right flank he showed some nice skill before swivelling around and passing the ball to Atlético centre forward Gabarre who attempted to lay the ball off to Alberto Gil however, he was intercepted by Coruxo defender Borja Yebra. Shashoua continued to press the oppositions players well and he was also making some clever runs into the Coruxo box which weren’t being picked up. Around six minutes later and after winning the ball off of Borja Yebra, Shashoua advanced into the Coruxo penalty area before attempting to feed it into Gabarre however, Corxuo defender Crespo managed to get in front of him to intercept the ball. It was a scrappy game and frustratingly for the highly skilful Armando Shashoua, Atlético were playing the ball in the air quite a lot.

Armando continued to move around the pitch well and his control and first touch was impressive. During the early stages of the second half Shashoua managed to do well to win the ball off of Añon before doing a nice bit of skill, before he was fouled and won a free kick in a promising position (Shashoua was fouled quite a lot in this game). Armando was replaced by Piris in the 61st minute of the game. This was a solid debut performance from the teenager who will also be hoping to start Atlético’s next game which is at home to Ferrol next Sunday morning, in the absence of Jordan Holsgrove who is out injured for a couple of months.

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Leicester City: (match report)

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Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side took on high flying Leicester City in the PL2 on Friday night. Spurs started the game well and they took the lead on 18 minutes through Dilan Markanday. However, after squandering a number of golden chances Spurs allowed Leicester to draw level before halftime. The ‘ Foxes ’ then managed to take the lead before the interval through Callum Wright, it in no way reflected how well Spurs had played in the first half. In the second half Burnett’s side managed to draw level through Jubril Okedina before Leicester regained the lead and went onto secure all three points. Spurs lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi started between the sticks while a back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Jonathan Dinzeyi and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Captain Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Harvey White anchored the midfield while Maurizio Pochettino and Dilan Markanday operated out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Rodel Richards. Centre forward Kion Etete started up top for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a cold night at Holmes Park in County Leicestershire. After defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott had passed the ball to Dilan Markanday on the left wing, the Spurs winger advanced forward before whipping in a low deflected cross which came to Brooklyn Lyons-Foster on the edge of the box however, his low first time effort flew just wide of Viktor Johannson’s goal.

A couple of minutes later and after latching onto the ball on the edge of the Leicester box Harvey White forced a save out of Johansson from his lowly struck effort. White then whipped in a corner kick which was cleared away by Callum Wright. After doing well down the left wing Tottenham fullback Dennis Cirkin managed to dribble into the Leicester box before forcing a low save out of Johannson. Cirkin then cleared away Callum Wright’s corner kick before George Hirst had a goal disallowed after handling the ball. Then at the other side of the pitch Josh Eppiah shot wide from the edge of the Spurs box before Spurs took the lead through Dilan Markanday in the 18th minute of the game. After Rodel Richards received the ball he passed the ball to Markanday out on the left flank, who dribbled his way into the Leicester box before shooting. Markanday’s effort deflected off of Leicester defender Darnell Johnson before nestling inside the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. The home side came close to drawing level after Josh Eppiah advanced down the left side of the Spurs box before shooting however, Oluwayemi did really well to push his powerful effort behind for a corner kick. Markanday then cleared away Callum Wright’s corner kick before the same player blazed an effort over Oluwayemi’s goal from range. Oluwayemi then punched away Vontae Daley-Campbell’s corner kick.

After Maurizio Pochettino latched onto the ball he passed it to the overlapping Jubril Okedina down the right hand side of the Leicester box but Okedina shot wide of the Leicester goal. A couple of minutes later Maurizio Pochettino latched onto Viktor Johannson’s loose pass. Pochettino then played through Rodel Richards whose effort was saved by the Swedish goalkeeper after taking a deflection off of Calvin Ughelumba. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Sam Hughes before Spurs had a golden chance to double their lead. After Markanday managed to find Fagan-Walcott who was unmarked inside the Leicester box with a pass. Fagan-Walcott had only Johannson to beat however, he placed his effort straight at the Leicester goalkeeper before Richards blazed over from close range. At the opposite end of the pitch Josh Oluwayemi punched away Luke Thomas’ cross before Josh Eppiah latched onto the ball inside the Spurs box. However, Oluwayemi came out quickly to close down Eppiah well and save his resulting shot, before he comfortably gathered Luke Thomas’ cross. Pochettino then had a cross gathered by Johansson before Jonathan Dinzeyi blocked George Hirst’s shot inside the Tottenham box. Shortly before the break Dennis Cirkin gave away a penalty after he fouled Vontae Daley-Campbell inside the Spurs box after the former Arsenal man had turned around him. George Hirst stood up to take the resulting penalty kick before burying it powerfully down the middle of Oluwayemi’s goal, 1-1. Jonathan Dinzeyi made a good challenge on George Hirst inside the Spurs box shortly afterwards.

A couple of minutes later and deep into first half stoppage time Leicester managed to take the lead for the first time in the game. Callum Wright met Vontae Daley-Campbell’s cross from the right flank and he powerfully headed the ball into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Oluwayemi on the line, 1-2. The halftime whistle was sounded by the referee less than a minute later. The home side got the second half underway and soon into the half Oluwayemi was called into action to save Matty James’ effort from range. Kion Etete then headed wide Dilan Markanday’s good deflected cross before at the other end of the pitch George Hirst latched onto Vontae Daley-Campbell’s cross before shooting but it was blocked by Okedina. Viktor Johnansson then gathered Dennis Cirkin’s cross before Darnell Johnson blocked another cross from the Dublin fullback moments later. After Rodel Richards had played the ball into Dilan Markanday down the left hand side of the Leicester box the Spurs winger shot wide of the goal before Spurs drew level. Cirkin passed the ball to Dilan Markanday who shifted the ball out to Jubril Okedina down the right. Okedina picked the ball up on the edge of the Leicester box and he looked up before rifling the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-2. The Spurs players then had a penalty shout waived away after Darnell Johnson appeared to handle the ball inside the Leicester box.

Josh Oluwayemi gathered Luke Thomas’ cross before Dinzeyi cleared away Vontae Daley-Campbell’s corner kick. Leicester regained the lead shortly afterwards after Matty James found George Hirst inside the Spurs box, Hirst turned sharply around Dennis Cirkin before firing the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 2-3. In response Spurs made a double change as Rayan Clarke came onto replace Maurizio Pochettino while Jeremie Mukendi came onto replace Kion Etete. There was then a half hearted penalty appeal after Darnell Johnson challenged Dilan Markanday inside the Leicester box before Jonathan Dinzeyi headed wide Dilan Markanday’s corner kick. Jamie Bowden would then come onto replace Jonathan Dinzeyi as Brooklyn Lyons-Foster slotted back into central defence. The powerful George Hirst then fired an effort just wide of Josh Oluwayemi’s goal before Bowden had a shot blocked by Calvin Ughelumba inside the Leicester box. Leicester came close to netting a fourth goal after Matty James passed the ball to the newly introduced Tyrese Shade, he continued forward down the right flank before firing an effort just wide of Oluwayemi’s goal. The referee then sounded his whistle for full time a couple of moments later.

Player reviews: 

  • Josh Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper made three saves on the night including a couple of hugely impressive ones. Oluwayemi also dealt really well with crosses and set pieces.
  • Jubril Okedina: This was a good performance from the right back who apart from defending solidly (the south Londoner made some good blocks), Okedina also showed some great skill on the ball. The 19 year old stayed deep when he had to but he also got forward well and he went on some good overlapping runs. Okedina took his goal really well (his first in the PL2).
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The RCB formed a strong defensive partnership with Jonathan Dinzeyi at centre back. Fagan-Walcott was strong in the air and good on the ground. He also read the game well.
  • Jonathan Dinzeyi: Like Fagan-Walcott, Dinzeyi had a good game and he was good in the air and he made some really good challenges on the ground. The 20 year old also brought the ball out well from the back.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The attacking left back went on some promising forward runs during the early stages of the game before later opting to stay deep.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The Spurs captain operated as a number four for Friday evenings game against Leicester City and I thought that he did a good job in that position. Lyons-Foster was aggressive and he did well at snuffing out the danger and sweeping up in front of the back four. Lyons-Foster’s energy levels and stamina was impressive on the night.
  • Harvey White: The central midfielder patrolled the midfield and he did a good job alongside Lyons-Foster at sweeping up in front of the back four. White showed good bite to his game and he remained tenacious throughout Fridays game. He also made some nice forward passes.
  • Maurizio Pochettino: Although Spurs didn’t focus their attentions down the right hand side, Pochettino used the ball well when he got it. The Barcelona born winger showed some nice skill and he made a couple of clever passes.
  • Rodel Richards: Operating in the CAM role Rodel Richards showed good energy and he created a couple of decent chances.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kion Etete: The 18 year old didn’t get great service although he did do a good job at holding the ball up. 
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The second half substitute pressed well when he came on.
  • Rayan Clarke: The late substitute worked hard out on the right flank and he tracked back well after him.
  • Jamie Bowden: It was great to see the Ireland under 19 international back in action, after he returned from a recent injury to come on as a late substitute against Leicester. Bowden looked nice and sharp when he came on in central midfield.

My man of the match: Skilful winger Dilan Markanday put in a very good performance out on the right flank. Markanday chipped in with a goal and an assist. The 18 year old dribbled forward with the ball well before finding the back of the net before later showing good vision to pick out Jubril Okedina for his goal. The Barnet born first year pro went on many a good jinking run down the right flank and he also tracked back excellently after himself, and he made some good tackles. This was a good all round performance from Markanday who was always direct and looking to whip low crosses into the Leicester box. 

Leicester City: Johansson, Johnson (C, Ndukwu 64), Thomas, James, Hughes, Ughelumba, Daley-Campbell, Wright, Hirst, Leshabela (Reghba 64), Eppiah (Shade 74). Substitutes (not used): Arlott-John, Stolarczyk.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Cirkin, Lyons-Foster, Fagan-Walcott, Dinzeyi (Bowden 85), Pochettino (Clarke 78), White, Richards, Etete (Mukendi 78), Markanday. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Thorpe.

Goals: Leicester – Hirst (penalty) 44, 74, Wright 45+3; Spurs – Markanday 18, Okedina 58.

Yellow cards: Leicester – Daley-Campbell 66.

Referee: Martin Woods.

Venue: Holmes Park, Leicester.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Armando Shashoua – 5

Harvey White – 3

Rodel Richards – 3

Jamie Bowden – 3

Dilan Markanday – 3

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Malachi Fagan-Walcott – 1

Jubril Okedina – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Dilan Markanday – 5

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 3

Armando Shashoua – 3

Rodel Richards – 3

Tariq Hinds – 2

Harvey White – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

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 are in action tomorrow night when they take on second place Leicester City at Holmes Park, in the Leicestershire countryside. Wayne Burnett’s side who are hovering just above the relegation zone, will have to adapt quickly to losing a number of players during the January transfer window. Steve Beaglehole’s Leicester City on the other hand are only three points away from league leaders Chelsea, and they have been in fine form this season picking up 29 points from 16 league games. The ‘ Foxes ’ have a number of players on their books who are capable of influencing matches. Experienced Polish midfielder/forward Bartosz Kapustka is one, while Irish centre forward Ali Reghba is another. Portuguese midfielder Sidnei Tavares is also another player to keep an eye on. Like Spurs, Leicester who impressively reached the quarter finals of the EFL trophy, have loaned a number of players out and this could affect them tomorrow night. This will be a very tough game for Spurs who in Leicester will be playing one of the finest sides in the league. However, this is also a good opportunity for some of the younger members of Burnett’s side to play. Spurs could however, be boosted by the return of Ireland under 19 international Jamie Bowden for tomorrow’s game, his return would be a massive plus for Spurs. I shall be travelling to Holmes Park tomorrow to report on the game, and I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Okedina, Fagan-Walcott, Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, White, Bowden (c), Markanday, Patterson, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: De Bie, Statham, Hinds, Thorpe, Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Rodel Richards, Jamie Bowden.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Physical 20 year old Irish centre forward Ali Reghba who has netted two goals from 12 appearances in the PL2 this season. 

 

My piece on our under 18’s dynamic attacking midfielder – Max Robson:

My piece on our under 18’s dynamic attacking midfielder – Max Robson:

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Max Robson (17) is a first year scholar in Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy who has been making waves for our under 18’s so far this season. Robson predominantly operates as a CAM, although he is comfortable filling in at CM and CF if he needs to. The teenager who was born in Haywards Heath in County Sussex, but brought up in Burgess Hill and attended Birchwood High School, is a highly talented young player who I am writing the following piece about to give Spurs fans a feel for what type of player the skilful attacking midfielder is, and in this piece I will be talking about the teenagers best attributes and style of play. Robson would have first come to the attention of followers of the Spurs Academy set up as an under 15, when he was a part of a Spurs under 17 side who competed in the ALKASS Cup in Qatar (Robson scored a goal in the game against Guangzhou Evergrande). Robson, who was a mainstay in our under 16 side last season where he chipped in with a number of goals and assists, had to wait until August 2019 before he made his competitive debut for Spurs’ under 18’s. Max made his under 18 league debut in a game against Brighton & Hove Albion in the August of 2019 which he gave a good account of himself in. Robson has been in fine form so far this season for Matt Taylor’s under side 18 side and Ryan Mason’s under 19 side. Directly involved in 11 goals from 21 games (Max has netted six goals and registered five assists). 

Robson is a versatile player though it appears that his favoured or most natural position is as a CAM or as a shadow striker, although he is as similarly as good and effective when he plays in central midfield. As a CAM and as a central midfielder, the nimble footed Robson is a highly skilful player who loves to take opposing teams players on. His exciting style of play is combined with his high work rate, and his love of pressing players (he is aggressive and gets right up in players faces). He also has good ball retention rates and he covers vast amounts of the pitch during each match. Furthermore, Robson is quick and with his good close ball control and skill he is very difficult to dislodge once he is on the ball. Reminding me a little bit of a young Jack Grealish, Robson is a silky player who has great balance. In addition, like Grealish he wins a lot of fouls. Often involved in our under 18’s intricate attacking play, the teenager from County Sussex does a good job at trying to link the play and he makes intelligent decisions both on and off the ball. In addition Robson is good at dribbling the ball into the box and his runs into the danger zone are always impeccably timed. Robson also has good of the ball movement, vision for, and a nice weight of pass. However, it doesn’t matter whether he is playing as a CM or a CAM he epitomises Matt Taylor’s side positivity and he is always looking to drive forward with the ball, and he scans the pitch looking to make that forward pass and pull of a sublime piece of skill. 

The 17 year old makes just as a good an impact on the game when he plays at central midfield and with his strength on the ball and skill he is very good at filling in there. Robson is also defensively responsible and his high work rate and ability to fill in and cover for other teammates is another useful attribute of his game. While he is essentially a very elegant player, Robson also does the dirty and unappreciated side of the game well and he is especially good at scrapping for the ball, he also plays the game like Jamie Bowden and Harvey White and those before him, with real bite. And touching on Robson’s versatility and adaptability, he can also play up front as a number nine as he has done on a couple of occasions so far this season when we have been missing an out and out centre forward, and Robson can do a sterling job up top also. Like the older Spurs Academy graduate Jack Roles who is a player that Max really reminds me of when Roles played at under 18 level. Both players have excellent off the ball movement, are intelligent in their all round play and are able to link the play well. However, most importantly of all both players score goals from midfield and that is something which will take them very far in the modern game. Robson who has a thumping shot at his disposal, shares many similarities with Roles and I see a lot of the young Jack in Max. The alert attacking midfielder who scores all different types of goals, is a very exciting young talent who I am hopeful of having a big future at the Lilywhites. Despite having to limp off the pitch in our under 18’s last league game against Norwich City, Max will hopefully be back in time for our under 18’s next game which is against West Ham on February the 22nd.

Robson has been an absolute pleasure to watch so far this season and his influence on our under 18 side has been immense. Max should be very proud of the consistently very good performances that he has put in so far this season and hopefully he will make his under 23 debut before the season ends.

Some notes on Spurs loanees George Marsh and Shilow Tracey’s performances in the Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town game:

Some notes on Spurs loanees George Marsh and Shilow Tracey’s performances in the Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town game:

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On Saturday afternoon Tottenham Hotspur loanees George Marsh and Shilow Tracey went head to head for their respective teams in a league two game at The Breyer Group Stadium. Shilow Tracey completed 59 minutes of the game for Macclesfield Town on his debut, while George Marsh completed the whole game for Leyton Orient. In the following piece I shall be jotting down some notes and key points on both players performances (they both didn’t look out of place at this level). The game finished 1-1.

George Marsh: Operating at right back for this game Marsh had a very solid game on the whole, and he remained tenacious throughout the match. The 21 year olds first involvement in the game was to stop Frenchman Arthur Gnahoua from progressing down the left flank. Marsh dispossessed Gnahoua and Leyton Orient broke forward and came close to taking the lead. Marsh was given license to get forward during the early stages of the game although he often opted to stay deep. Marsh stayed close to Spurs teammate Shilow Tracey after the Spurs winger had switched flanks. Marsh then did well to win the ball off of Tracey on the edge of the Leyton Orient box before he made another good challenge on Tracey around ten minutes later to stop another Macclesfield attack. In the second half Marsh blocked substitute Theo Archibald’s cross, before he pumped a late free kick into the box which was cleared away by a Macclesfield defender. The Kent born player did well out of position in this match, and he didn’t allow Arthur Gnahoua to have much joy down his side of the pitch.

Shilow Tracey: The 21 year old winger made his Macclesfield Town debut as he started the game out on the right wing. After some good early tracking back, Tracey’s first involvement in the game occurred around the ten minute mark. After receiving defender Fraser Horsfall’s pass out on the right wing, Tracey pondered before attempting to cross the ball into the Leyton Orient penalty area however, it was blocked by James Brophy. Around five minutes later Connor Kirby passed the ball to Tracey out wide, he then managed to find Arthur Gnahoua with a fine cross however, Gnahoua tried to chest the ball down and it ended up going behind for a goal kick (Tracey switched flanks with Gnahoua shortly after). After receiving Connor Kirby’s pass out on the left flank, Tracey whipped the ball into the Leyton Orient box however it was cleared away by Daniel Happe before George Marsh managed to dispossess Tracey on the edge of the box as the game continued to be an end to end one. Tracey pressed the Leyton Orient defenders well. After playing a clever one two with Harry Hamblin down the left flank, Tracey passed the ball to David Fitzpatrick whose cross was cleared away. Tracey was back on the right wing for the beginning of the second half. After receiving Connor Kirby’s pass down the right flank Tracey crossed the ball for Arthur Gnahoua who shot just wide of the Leyton Orient goal. A couple of minutes later the Spurs loanee latched onto goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell’s goal kick before doing well to hold off James Brophy, before flicking the ball back to Daniel Whitehead who shot wide.

Tracey was definitely more involved in the second half and he was battling better for the ball. However, after making a good challenge on Jordan Maguire-Drew, Tracey inured himself and unfortunately he couldn’t continue. This was however, a good inventive performance from the winger who will hopefully return to action very soon for Macclesfield.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Brandon Austin’s performance against Silkeborg IF:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Brandon Austin’s performance against Silkeborg IF:

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On Friday afternoon Spurs loanee Brandon Austin was in action for Danish side Viborg FF. Viborg took on fellow Danish side Silkeborg IF in a friendly (former Spurs man Filip Lesniak was in action for Silkeborg) at the JYSK Park. Austin completed the first half of the game which finished 2-0 to Viborg. During the early stages of the game Austin could be seen barking out instructions and orders to his teammates as Viborg played out from the back, he was also pointing things out to them on the pitch. After impressing early on with his short distribution, Austin’s first real involvement in the game was to save a tame effort from one of the Silkeborg midfielders (apologies I couldn’t tell most of the numbers on the back of the Silkeborg players shirts) who shot from the edge of the Viborg penalty area. A couple of minutes later Austin managed to get the faintest of touches on Svenn Crone’s whipped cross to tip it away from a Silkeborg forward who was lurking at his back post. Austin’s next involvement came after Sven Crone’s cross was met by a Silkeborg player in the Viborg box however, his headed effort was comfortably saved by the composed 21 year old goalkeeper. Austin then did well to get low down to tip Mads Emil Madsen’s effort from 20 yards out behind for a corner kick. 

Austin then managed to punch away a corner kick before a Silkeborg player tried rather ambitiously to beat the Viborg goalkeeper with an effort from inside his own half however, Austin had it covered. The Spurs loanee was then on hand to push away a Silkeborg players powerful effort from range, it was a decent stop. Austin gathered Kees Luijckx’s cross comfortably before then making his fifth and final save of the game, and it was the pick of the bunch. After latching onto a pass on the edge of the Viborg penalty area a Silkeborg player tried to beat Austin with a powerful low effort however, the young goalkeeper managed to collapse his body well to make a great save and push the ball behind for a corner kick. This was a good performance from Austin, Viborg’s league season resumes on the 28th of this month when they play Hvidodre, hopefully there will also be a stream for that game.

An ode to the great Danny Blanchflower – My Spurs hero (with a foreword from Eddie Clayton):

An ode to the great Danny Blanchflower – My Spurs hero (with a foreword from Eddie Clayton): 

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Eddie Clayton: “ Danny was a very professional footballer and when he played he was very attack minded. He played with a smile on his face although he was still very serious about his football, but with Danny it was all about attacking football, he never thought about defending and that’s why he clashed with Bill Nicholson who was very defensive minded. Whereas Danny was attacking minded, he used to say look if they score one then we’ll score two, if they score two then we’ll score three and so on, and that’s how he was. That was Danny’s way of playing football, he was happy if we won 10-9! As a player Danny was very skilful and he was very good on the ball. He was also a good passer of the ball and even though he wasn’t very quick, his positioning and his reading of the game was very good. He was a good captain who was friendly, and he loved a bit of a laugh. However, he was still a serious guy and I would call him a true professional. ”

For many Spurs fans Danny Blanchflower remains one of the greatest and most influential ever players to pull on the famous Lilywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur. With his exceptional vision and incisive passing ability, the Belfast born right half was the on the field brains behind Spurs‘ double winning success of the 1960/61 season. The on the field manager as he has been described by former teammates, had a profound impact on the history of our great club throughout its most successful period. Blanchflower was a visionary, a man light years ahead of his time. He was also a hero to so many Spurs supporters including myself, even though he was long, long before my time. Robert Dennis Blanchflower was born in East Belfast on the 10th of February 1926, Blanchflower would later attend Ravenscroft public elementary school and then the Belfast College of Technology. Having started out with Northern Irish side Glentoran, Blanchflower earned himself a move to English team Barnsley who paid £6,000 for him to join them in 1949. After a spell in Yorkshire, the Ulsterman then moved to Aston Villa before transferring in 1954 to Tottenham Hotspur a club whose name he had liked the sound of since he was a young boy. Blanchflower would spend ten years at the Lilywhites and while he did clash with Jimmy Anderson during the former Spurs managers reign at the club in the 1950’s. Danny’s time at Spurs was overwhelmingly positive and along with manager Bill Nicholson and that great team that we had during the early 1960’s he helped to shape the history of Spurs.

Captaining them to winning the double in the 1960/61 season, the versatile and adaptable Belfast man also helped Spurs to win a further FA Cup, and also the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 before he went abroad to play for the likes of Toronto City, Boksburg and Durban City. After retiring from playing the beautiful game, Blanchflower turned his hand to management, taking charge of Chelsea and Northern Ireland (had Bill Nicholson have had his way then Danny would have replaced him as Spurs manager in 1974). He would later become a hugely respected football journalist where he wrote about the game for the Sunday Express. In this piece I am not going through Danny’s illustrious career with Spurs and Northern Ireland but instead focusing on his legacy and his impact on Tottenham Hotspur FC and on a generation of Irish supporters. Danny passed away almost 27 years ago however, his name and his many eloquent quotes are still commonly repeated by Spurs fans and followers of the club to this day. For me ever since I was a very young boy the name Danny Blanchflower has always been relatable with glory and triumph, the very best of Spurs. Being of Northern Irish heritage were it not for Blanchflower then my father and I and many others in Ireland would not have not have supported Spurs. In fact Blanchflower’s legacy has helped to make Spurs huge in Northern Ireland (still not rivalling Liverpool and Manchester United mind you!).

Since I was a young boy I have read extensively on that famous double winning team of 1960/61, and watched all of the available footage, and I have always been fascinated by their captain fantastic. Blanchflower as a player and as a captain was a great all rounder. A maverick in his thinking, Danny Blanchflower had the ability to galvanise his teammates. However, as a player he could tackle, make an incisive pass, shoot and track back. He was a stylish player who loved to attack. He also believed that the game should be played with panache, and that it was about glory. Some saw Danny as a professor, others as a visionary however, no one, absolutely no one can argue his impact on our great club. He was in many ways the on the field manager of that double winning side. Possessing a remarkable footballing brain he had the ability to change a game. My hero and our captain, Blanchflower was a fascinating character and I am truly grateful for all that he did for Spurs. I have been very lucky to have gotten the opportunity to research Blanchflower’s footballing career over the last couple of years. I am also truly grateful to all of his former teammates who have shared their memories of Danny with me over the past couple of years. Blanchflower was an inspiration to many including myself however, from extensively reading old match reports and watching old footage I have been able to get a little taste of what a wonderfully unique footballer Danny was. 

A highly influential individual who captained Spurs’ first team on 265 occasions, Blanchflower with his speed of thought and great ambition helped to make history in English football. All fans dream of their respective club having a charismatic and truly great captain who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, Danny was exactly that. Had the Irishman had been able to manage Spurs after Bill Nicholson’s tenure had ended in 1974, then who knows we may well have done the double again with Danny’s unique style of management. A man who loved books and was very much an intellectual, as former Spurs scout Ronnie Clayton recalled to me a recent interview, Blanchflower also famously refused to appear on the well known television programme “ This is your life ” in 1961, he was very much his own man. Spurs and Ireland have such a rich history however, Blanchflower is undoubtedly the most influential Irishman to play for Spurs and arguably their most influential captain. His great legacy lives on and will continue to live on, and Blanchflower makes me extremely proud to be a Spurs supporter. Thank you Danny for all that you did for Spurs!

Some notes on our under 23’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion:

Some notes on our under 23’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion: 

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Our under 23’s returned to PL2 action on Monday night after a three week break, as Wayne Burnett’s side hosted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Lamex Stadium (I will return to writing full in-depth match reports for our next game). Spurs lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Josh Oluwayemi started in goal. A back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Tariq Hinds partnered up in central midfield while Rayan Clarke and Dilan Markanday operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Phoenix Patterson. Summer signing Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Monday’s game was an end to end one during the first half. The visitors took the lead in the seventh minute of the game after Peter Gwargis tapped home Ryan Longman’s cross, after the Brighton winger had broke forward down the right flank. Spurs then equalised through defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott who powerfully headed home Harvey White’s corner kick on 17 minutes. Chances came and went for both sides during the first half, while goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi made an important save to deny Jack Spong from regaining the lead for Brighton.

Brighton started the second half well and Warren O’Hora netted what was the winner less than a minute into the half. O’Hora connected with Ted Jenks’ corner to head Brighton back into the lead. This was a disappointing defeat for Spurs who did manage to play some good football during periods of the game, but they didn’t play the game at the same pace as the ‘ Seagulls ’ who were marginally better than us on the night.

Player reviews: 

  • Josh Oluwayemi: The 18 year old shot stopper made two excellent saves on Monday night. His finger tip reflex save to deny Jack Spong’s powerful effort really was first class.
  • Jubril Okedina: The right back stayed deep and defended well down his side of the pitch.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The RCB scored a good headed goal during the first half and he also defended well for Spurs, and was good in the air.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The 17 year old left back did get beaten for pace by Brighton’s Ryan Longman on a couple of occasions last night. However, he recovered well and he won the battle between the two players. Cirkin went on some slaloming forward runs.
  • Harvey White: The LCM helped to keep things ticking in the middle of the park.
  • Tariq Hinds: Operating in central midfield for this fixture, Hinds had a strong first half where he was alert and made some good interceptions.
  • Rayan Clarke: The right winger went on some good forward runs during the first half.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The CAM who later drifted out onto the left flank, was energetic and he made some intelligent runs.
  • Dilan Markanday: The left winger had a strong first half when he went on some strong forward runs.
  • Kion Etete: Despite not getting great service on the night, Etete worked hard and he made himself a handful for the Brighton defenders. Etete also held the ball up well. 
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The second half substitute pressed well during his time on the pitch, he also had a shot blocked by a Brighton defender. It was great to see him back in action again after being out injured for over a year with a knee injury.

My man of the match: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Alert, composed and decisive in his all round play, the LCB was in my opinion our under 23’s best player on Monday night. I thought that Lyons-Foster really grew into the game and he got stronger as it progressed. The 19 year old worked hard to make sure that he got himself into good defensive positions, and he also made some delightful and positive long forward passes. The tall centre half also took one for the team in the second half when he needed to, and he also made several more  intelligent decisions to prevent the ‘ Seagulls ’ from winning by more. Lyons-Foster was also good in the air.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Cirkin, Hinds, Fagan-Walcott, Lyons-Foster, R Clarke (Mukendi 72), White (c), Etete, Patterson, Markanday. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Statham, Skinner, Muir.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Keto, Davies, Cochrane (c), Crofts, O’Hora, Roberts, Yapi (Leahy 90+1), Jenks, Longman (Cashman 61), Spong, Gwargis. Substitutes (not used): Desbois, Freestone, Packham.

Goals: Spurs – Fagan-Walcott 17; Brighton – Gwargis 7, O’Hora 46.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Cirkin 48, Lyons-Foster 61.

Referee: Elliott Swallow.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 470.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Armando Shashoua – 5

Harvey White – 3

Rodel Richards – 3

Jamie Bowden – 3

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Malachi Fagan-Walcott – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Dilan Markanday – 4

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 3

Armando Shashoua – 3

Rodel Richards – 2

Tariq Hinds – 2

Harvey White – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s return to PL2 action this evening when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Lamex Stadium (kick off is at 7pm). This is Wayne Burnett’s sides first competitive game in three weeks and it is one which they will be looking forward to. Our development side loaned out and sold a number of players during the January transfer window, so tonight’s squad will look a fair bit different to the one which lined up against Derby County in our last PL2 outing. Spurs are currently situated in ninth place in the division one table, four points behind this evenings opponents Brighton. The ‘ Seagulls ’ who have been good on the road this season, have a number of talented players. Players who helped to defeat Spurs 4-1 in the reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium back in September. Physical Serbian centre forward Bojan Radulovic was one player who caused Spurs problems on that night. Other Brighton players to look out for tonight are forwards Danny Cashman and Lorent Tolaj, winger and captain Alexander Cochrane and Irish centre half Warren O’Hora. This will be a tough game for Spurs who will likely have to promote a number of players from their under 18 side for this fixture however, I am looking forward to seeing how we line up. It is worth noting that Brighton like to play an attacking style of football so our defence will have to be on form if they are to prevent the ‘ Seagulls ’ from scoring. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for today’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Hinds, Fagan-Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, White, Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Thorpe, Richards, Etete.

Subs from: De Bie, Okedina, Clarke, Patterson, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: Jamie Bowden.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 

My one to watch: The ‘ Seagulls ’ physical centre forward Bojan Radulovic, who has scored four goals in the PL2 so far this season.