Enfield Town's first pre-season friendly is less than two weeks away when a team representing FA Premier League side Aston Villa visit The Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Since our move to the new Stadium in 2011 the Town have an impressive unbeaten record versus teams from the top division of the English game. We have beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the stadium opening game and drew with Norwich City 2-2 last summer. Admittedly both sides sent by Spurs and The Canaries were that of development/youth team but it's still a decent record in my book.
The only other time Town have faced a Premier League side was in the summer 2006 friendly v Spurs which was lost 1-7 at Goldsdown Road in front of 502 people.
With the Villa game coming up TheColdEnd thought it would be a good idea to see 'Where are they now?' for the two Spurs sides and the Norwich side from last season. Have we witnessed a star in the making?
Goalkeeper who never made a first team appearance at White Hart Lane but did spend time with (deep breath at there are many of them) Grays Athletic (two spells), Rochdale, Bournemouth, Luton Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, Crewe Alexandra (two spells), Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle, Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley on loan during his time with the club. Moved to Championship side Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2012. Capped by England at u16, u17, u19 and u20 level.
Made the reserve side at WHL in season 2006/07 but left the club without making the grade at first team level. Turned out for Ebbsfleet United, Horsham, Jerez CF in Spain before representing Caernarfon Town and Bromley.
Son of Alvin. Moved to Blackpool in 2008 after his time with Spurs and is currently playing for Gillingham having joined the Kent club in 2010.
Born in Welwyn GC and was with Spurs from 2004 to 2007 after crossing North London from Arsenal where he had been in the youth team from 1998. Moved on to Barnet, Stevenage Borough, Gillingham and Dagenham & Redbridge before joining Wycombe Wanderers in 2011 where he had made nearly 100 appearances.
Loaned to Gillingham in 2008 where he made 12 appearances. Never made a first team appearance for Spurs. Joined Winchester City in 2010 before playing for Eastleigh and now represents Blackfield and Langley.
Capped by France at u16 to u21 level. Spent a very successful loan spell with Southend United in 2009 when he came second in the player of the season vote. Joined Spanish side Villareal B in 2010 and moved back to England in 2012 when he joined Charlton Athletic.
Released by Spurs and had a trial with spell with Leyton Orient before playing for Grays Athletic, Team Bath, Bitton and joining Thurrock in 2011 when they were a Conference South side. TheColdEnd is not sure where/or if Davis is playing at present?
Joined Burton Albion in 2009 and was a real success playing over 150 times. Was named in the PFA League Two side of the season for 2012/13. Recently signed a two year contract with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
Now aged 25 and still on the books at White Hart Lane. Was originally released in 2009 but re-joined in 2011. Played for Leyton Orient on loan in 2008 and 2009. Spent 2011/12 on loan at San Jose Earthquakes where he played 53 times scoring 12 times for the Major League Soccer side. Spent last season on loan at Aston Villa where he played four times in the Premier League.
A dislocated knee injury blighted his time with Spurs whom he left in 2008 for West Ham United whom he joined in February 2009. Didn't progress beyond the reserve side and was released. Went on to play a handful of games for Stevenage, Ware, Tooting and Mitcham before re-appearing at Bradford City who signed him on a year long contract in August 2011 and was loaned to FC Halifax Town. Left The Bantams for Dover Athletic in January 2012 where has played since.
Aged 23 and born in Enfield. Has progressed into the first team at Tottenham where he has made 38 appearances. Also capped by England once when he came on as substitute for Frank Lampard v Italy in August 2012. Another player to do the rounds on loan spending time with MK Dons, Crewe, Derby County, Peterborough United, Ipswich Town and Leeds United.
Left Spurs for Leyton Orient in 2009 and went on to make over 100 appearances for The O's. Joined AFC Bournemouth in 2012 and has made 50 appearances for the south-coast club.
Released by Spurs in 2009. Had trials with PSV, Gillingham, Lincoln City, Norwich City and Crystal Palace. Born in Edmonton. TheColdEnd is unsure where he is/or if he is playing for a club at present?
Goalkeeper - Still at Spurs in the reserve and development squads. The 20 year old Spent sometime on loan at League Two Dagenham & Redbridge last season where he played two times against Barnet and Bristol Rovers.
20 year old reserve squad member at White Hart Lane. Played four times for League One side Brentford at the beginning of the 2012/13 season. Has one cap for the England Under 19s.
21 year old Attacking Midfielder who is currently without a club. So much was expected of him when he signed from Crystal Palace for a reported £700,000 as a 16 year old. He has already played four times for the Eagle's first team. Only made four official first team appearance for Spurs as well as spending time on loan with Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and most recently Major League Soccer Side Toronto FC between March and May of 2013. Made seven appearances for Toronto but has since been released. Capped by England as Under 16, 17 and 17 level.
20 year old Australian Under 20 international. Still at Spurs but spent time on loan last season at Ipswich Town (9 appearances) and Swindon Town (7 appearance, 1 goal). One first team appearance for Spurs in the League Cup versus Stoke City.
Released by Spurs in the Summer of 2012.Played for Redbridge FC in the Ryman Division One (North) towards the back end of last season.
19 year old born in Enfield and a former pupil of the town's Grammar School. Spent sometime on loan at Crewe Alexandra in March 2013 where he made 4 appearances.
Spanish player who was a trainee at Barcelona. Really impressed in the Next Generation series for Spurs last season scoring and setting up many goals. Pacey left sided attacking midfielder/forward with a real eye for goal. The 20 year old is very highly rated by Spurs fans many of whom think his displays in the under 21 side merited him a look in at first team level. If he doesn't break through at Spurs expect to see him in the first team of another side very soon.
21 year old capped by England at under 16, 17, 19 and 20 level. Started his career in the Queens Park Rangers academy before joining Spurs where he made 4 full first team appearances. Loaned out to Aldershot Town, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town and Swindon Town during his time at White Hart Lane. Was released recently and is currently unattached/looking for a new club.
22 year old striker who has been with Spurs since joining their youth side in 2006. Born in Enfield and grew up in Edmonton. Has been on the 'loan ranger' at Spurs spending time with Yeovil Town (4 spells), Crystal Palace, Millwall, Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic.
Spanish under 17, 19, 20 and 21 international who started with Barcelona's youth system before moving onto Juventus. Spent a full season (2010/11) on loan at Villareal B before joining Spurs in 2012. Spent the last few months of the 2012/13 campaign on loan at La Liga side Almeria making 14 appearances.
Probably the most well known of the Spurs squad that night. 21 year old who is another 'loan ranger' playing for no less than nine teams on loan since 2009. Made 12 appearance for Queen Park Rangers last season. An under 16, 17, 19 and 21 England International who was charged by the Football Association for breaches of betting regulations in 2013.
Part of Peter Taylor's under 20 England squad in the current FIFA Under 20 World Cup. The 20 year old spent time on loan at Peterborough United last season after signing a new two and half year deal with the club after his performances in the Next Generation series drew many big clubs to take a look at him.
Goalkeeper. Was youth loaned to Fulham for the 2012/13 season as cover in their under 18 squad and did spend sometime with Godalming Town in the Southern League Division One Central. His Father Keith Granger made two goalkeeping appearances for Southampton in 1986 as a 17 year old against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur when he stood in for Peter Shilton. Keith also represented Darlington, Bashley, Basingstoke Town and Maidstone United.
Released by Spurs and currently unattached. Had a trial at Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone earlier in the year.
Released by Spurs in November 2012 to join Cardiff City's development squad. Still with The Bluebirds.
NORWICH CITY 2012
Goalkeeper who is part of the Under 21 development squad at Carrow Road. Played on loan at Ryman Division One (North) Wroxham last season. Born locally in Gorleston.
19 year old ex of Glasgow Rangers. Was on trial when playing in the game at Donkey Lane which was successful as he earned himself a contract at Carrow Road.
George Brislen Hall
Was with Arsenal's youth system up until May 2012 and was on trial with The Canaries at the time. Joined Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in August and was released in December after failing to make an appearance in the first team. TheColdEnd is unaware of where George is playing at present?
Former Tottenham Hotspur youth team player who impressed in the under 21 side last season for Norwich City. Scored one of the goals in the 2-0 defeat of Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup Final.
Highly rated defender recruited from Rangers youth system in the summer of 2012. Yet to make a first team appearance for Chris Hughton's side but is attracting interest from around Europe reportedly including Borussia Monchengladbach, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Real Socieded, Malaga, Atalanta and Udinese along with a number of English Championship and Premier League sides.
Was with Tottenham Hotspur's and Arsenal's youth system and joined The Canaries after a successful trial in the summer of 2012. Recently released by the club in May 2013. Capped by Jamaica at under 20 international. Had been a regular in the under 21 team at Carrow Road.
Jacob & Josh Murphy
Twin brothers both capped by England at Under 19 and 18's level. Both signed professional contracts with Norwich City which will see them stay at the club until 2015. Both played versus Enfield Town and finished the season at FA Youth Cup winners played in the two final games versus Chelsea. Josh was an unused substitute versus Doncaster Rovers. Born in Wembley - could these highly rated brother's return to their home town one day to play for the full England side?
Ironically played for Spurs against Enfield Town in the opening stadium match. Was on trial with Norwich at the time and (as above) joined Cardiff City in November 2012.
Jamcian born striker who is still with the development squad at Norwich.
The game versus Enfield Town was his only appearance for Norwich City. Republic of Ireland youth international who was with Arsenal's youth system as an under 18. Signed for then Conference North side Bishops Stortford in October 2012.
Trialist with The Canaries at the time. Was a youth team player with AFC Bournemouth. Joined Wessex League side Hamworthy United for the 2012/13 season.
Former Fulham under 18s Captain who was another trialist in the Enfield game. Currently with Worksop Town.
Was named a substitute in the game. TheColdEnd can't find any details of his playing record anywhere at present.
ASTON VILLA VIST DONKEY LANE ON SATURDAY 13th JULY
The Enfield Town v Aston Villa XI game takes place at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Saturday 13th July 2013. The kick off is a 3pm. It's well worth a visit if your in the area!