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Spurs 2010

It wasn't the typical Monday morning for these Spurs fans, the spirits were high, the sun was shining and they were about to pull on the Tottenham jersey and run out onto the hallowed turf at White Hart Lane. It had been an exciting season for the North London club and with Champions League qualification confirmed there was a real buzz about the place and Football Aid were equally delighted to be able to host our first match at the Lane since 2007.

Monday 10th May 2010
Tottenham Hotspur Home vs Tottenham Hotspur Away
Kick Off: 10:15am
Match Officials: Peter Munt, Paul Redmond, Gordon Manning and Steve Worsley

The day started on a slightly disappointing note when news came in that Spurs legend Dean Austin had been unavoidably detained due to a bout of illness in the family and couldn't make the game, but the players brushed off the disappointment and proudly marched out of the tunnel with the applause of their dedicated fans ringing in their ears.

It was the Home team who got the game underway but early on it was the Away team who posed the greatest threat and not before long went ahead from a set piece. Mark Darby was brought down just outside the area and quickly took the free-kick himself. His shot was heading towards the bottom right corner with goalkeeper Paul Shirran well positioned, but to everybody's shock Shirran had a momentary aberration and left the ball thinking it was heading wide, but to his horror it found the corner of the net instead, Shirran clearly thought the ball was going wide and was left holding his head in his hands! (0-1)

Moments later and the Away team nearly increased their lead when an effort from Eyal Fisher struck the woodwork. A looping ball from Daniel Brady found its way to Fisher at the far side of the box, Fisher struck beautifully first time but his effort struck the inside of the post and bounced back out across goal before being put behind for a corner.

However No 9 John Day doubled the lead for the Away team shortly after when Fisher played a looping ball to allow him to go through on goal, Shirran did well as he came out to narrow the angle but Day curved the ball to the keepers left before being surrounded by his fellow team mates in celebration (0-2).  

The Home team almost clawed one back on a few occasions; the first being from a dipping 30 yard effort, Jody Brooks tried his luck from range but Nick Brockhouse managed to punch it over the bar and out for a corner-kick. The next chance came when a perfect long-ball over the top from Captain Paul Byrne allowed Tom Sumpster to close in on the keeper, Sumpster's effort was decent but the keeper did well to parry it away.

The best chance for the Home team fell for Antony Wolfe-Cowen who had looked dangerous all game; Singh played the ball inside and the tall No 11, complete with bandaged head, struck sweetly over Brockhouse with power but his effort bounced off the bar and away from goal.

Half-Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur Away

The Away team got the second half show on the road and came out of the blocks flying. Their third goal arrived 10 mins into the half when Mark Wheeler sent a looping ball into the penalty area over the top of the defenders. Eyal Fisher chased the ball in and with a stretching diving header nodded it past the goalkeeper. A fantastic goal by Fisher! (0-3)

The Home team were denied again by the woodwork when Day laid the ball off to Robert Stringer for a long range effort. Stringer got power in his shot and kept it low, beating Brockhouse in the Away goal but the post saved the team in blue again!

Only moments later Daniel Brady almost scored the goal of the season. It was a strike which he would treasure for years to come.... if only the lineman hadn't raised his flag! The ball was crossed from the right before Day nodded it on to Brady, the left-winger let the ball bounce once before hammering it left footed into the postage stamp corner. The goal was phenomenal but it was not to be.

Again the Away team nearly bagged another goal but John Day watched his shot sail over the bar from only 7 yards out. Determined to make up for his miss, Day kept on fighting and got his reward. A long ball in to the middle from Brady found Day in the penalty area with one man to beat. Day chipped the ball over the defenders head, not once but twice before cutting back across the defender and slotting the ball in to the net. A magnificent Gazzaesque goal by the No 9! (0-4)

Along with his defence Nick Brockhouse had been outstanding in the Away goal and his save from Sumpster's shot late in the second half was superb! Sumpster tried a shot from just outside the area which looked destined for goal but a full-stretched Brockhouse managed to drive and turn it away, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.

That was the end of the meaningful goalmouth action, with the Away team running out worthy winners by 4 goals. The Home team were unlucky not to get themselves on the scoresheet, however they received a deserved round of applause, along with the Away team, when the final whistle was blown, bringing to a close the first Football Aid match at the Lane since 2007. And all those who attended will certainly be hoping to return in 2011.

Full-Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 0 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur Away

Man of the Match Home: Jody Brooks
Man of the Match Away:
Eyal Fisher
Moment of the Match:
John Day

Home Team: Paul Shirran, Jody Brooks, Paul Byrne, Howard Jessop, Baljinder Singh, Andrew Blocksage, Paul Walker, Jon Commisso, Ian Langley, Antony Wolfe- Cowen, Tom Sumpster, Ian Fenwick

Away Team: Nick Brockhouse, Colin Culleton, Dean Thorpe, Robert Thorpe, Mark Wheeler, Eyal Fisher, Daniel Brady, John Day, Mark Darby, Glenn Barnard, Robert Stringer, James Stringer, Scott Russell

Mascot: Shay Patten & Ryan Jack Darby