Saturday, 14 July 2018

ENFIELD TOWN v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - MONDAY 23rd JULY 2018

A Tottenham Hotspur development squad will visit Enfield Town for a pre-season friendly on Monday 23rd July. Kick Off is at 7.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium with tickets available at the turnstiles on the night, priced at £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £1 for Under 16s. Supporters are advised to arrive early where possible to avoid congestion when entering the ground. 

The fixture will serve as preparation for coach Wayne Burnett’s side ahead of their annual participation in a European Under-21 Tournament in France later that week and the start of their Premier League 2 campaign in August.

The match brings back memories of the famous ground-opening game in November 2011 - many people saw it as when football in the London Borough of Enfield came home again after the loss of Enfield FC's Southbury Road in 1999. Enfield Town beat a Tottenham Hotspur XI 2-1 in front of a bumper crowd of 969 people - a game which featured future England International Andros Townsend and Ryan Fredericks who has just joined West Ham United after an ultra-successful season in the Championship with Fulham.  

It's definitely a game not to miss as you'll see all the up and coming players from White Hart Lane and maybe a few starts of the future. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GAME IN 2011 

To get an idea here's the Spurs team from that game in 2011 and where they are now - 

Jonathan Miles (Goalkeeper) - Played in the under 18 team for Spurs but was loaned to Dagenham and Redbridge and Whitehawk before joining Ebbsfleet United permanently in 2015. Has spent time on loan at Concord Rangers, Margate and Gosport Borough since being with The Fleet. Still in the squad with Ebbsfleet for the 2018/19 season but has only made 8 appearances for the Kent club. 

Ryan Fredericks - Never made the grade at Spurs playing in a few first-team friendly games and a Europa League match against Anzhi Makhachkala. He spent time on loan with Brentford, Millwall and Middlesborough. Joined Bristol City in the summer of 2015 but only stayed for twenty-six days moving back to London with Fulham. He was one of the stand out players for Fulham's successful side last season and was named in the Championship team of the year. Joined West Ham United this summer signing a four year contract with The Hammers. Now aged 25 he played once for England u19s in 2011 - He is also eligible to play for Guyana. 


John Bostock - The youngest ever player to start a game for Crystal Palace when aged 15 years 295 days played agianst Cardiff City in 2007. Moved to Spurs in 2008 with a transfer-fee decided by tribunal of £1,250,000 plus a further £200,000 should he make his full international debut for England. Still the youngest player to play for Spurs in a competitive fixture when he came on a substitute against Dinamo Zagreb in a UEFA Cup game in 2008 - He was 16 years and 295 days at the time. Spent time on loan at Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City, Swindon Town and Toronto before leaving White Hart Lane in 2013 moving to Royal Antwerp who were in the Belgian Second Division and managed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He became a real fan's favourite in Belgium and moved to OHL Leuven in 2014 where he made 51 appearances and scored 18 goals helping them to promotion to the Belgium top flight. He then moved to French Ligue 2 side RC Lens in 2016 and was named Ligue 2 player of the year in 2016/17. Moved to Turkish side Bursaspor in January 2018 before moving back to French football in the summer with Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Bostock played for England u16s, u17s and u19s - He was cleared to play Internationally for Trinidad and Tobago in 2016 but pulled out for personal reasons. 


Massimo Luongo - Full Australian International who had made 35 appearances for The Socceroos and was in their squad for both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup but never got any playing time. An unused subsitute for Spurs on a few occasions but never made the grade so was another who went out on loan (to Ipswich Town and Swindon Town). Joined Swindon on a permenant basis in 2013 before joined QPR in 2015 where he is a regular first team player. 


James Yeboah - Central defender whose career was unfortunately turned upside down when he tore his rectus femoris muscle in the thigh of his left leg whilst with Spurs. The tear was about 10cm long from the hip to the bottom of my thigh. He was released by Spurs in 2012.  He did play for Redbridge in the Isthmian League and then Banbury United and Chesham United in the Southern League. 


Kevin Stewart - Born in Enfield and attended Enfield Grammar School. The midfielder spent time on loan with Crewe Alexandra and never made a first team appearance at White Hart Lane. He joined Liverpool in 2014 where he spent time on loan with Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Swindon Town. Scored the winning goal for Burton Albion in their final game of the 2014/15 which secured The Brewers the League Two title. Returned to Liverpool in 2016 and made 11 appearances for them before moving to Championship side Hull City last summer. Age 24. 

Cristian Ceballos - Came through the academy at Barcelona before moving to Tottenham Hotspur. A regular player in the reserves and under 21 side as well as on the first team sub's bench in the 2014/15 season. Joined Charlton Athletic in 2015. Now playing in Belgium for Sint-Truidense VV. 

Dean Parrett - Recently signed for Gillingham from AFC Wimbledon. He didn't make a first team appearance for Spurs and like many was loaned to football league clubs. He joined Stevenage in 2013 before moving to AFC Wimbledon in 2016. 

Jonathan Obika - Born in Enfield and was with Spurs from 2006 to 2014. The Striker never made a first team appearance with the club and was loaned to seven football league clubs including four spells with Yeovil Town. Joined Swindon Town on a permanent basis in 2014 before moving to Oxford United in 2016 where he is a regular first team player. 

Iago Falque - His youth career was spent with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. At the time of the Enfield Town ground opening game in November 2011 he was actually on loan from Juventus to Spurs. He later joined the club in January 2012 permanently (for a fee of 1 million euros) and made one Premier League appearance in 2012 when coming on as substitute for Jermain Defoe against Everton. Loaned to Southampton (starting in a home game versus Leicester City), Almeria and Rayo Vallecano before moving to Italy with Genoa in 2014 and then on to AS Roma for a fee reported to be up to 9 million euros. Moved on to Torino in 2016 where he still plays now. Aged 28. 

Andros Townsend - Needs no introduction having played for Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and now Crystal Palace as well as 13 times for England. Palace paid £13,000,000 for his services after his short spell in the North-East with Newcastle United who were reported to have paid Spurs £12,000,000 in the transfer. 

Alex Pritchard - Was a 46th minute substitute in the game versus Enfield Town. He was on the bench for Spurs a few times in Europa and Premier League games and spent time on loan from Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion. In August 2016 he transfered to Norwich City for a few some newspapers reported to as much as £8,000,000. In January 2018 he joined Premier League side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee and made 14 appearances for The Terriers played a huge part in helping them stay up.

Billy Granger (Goalkeeper) - Unused substitute in the game. Moved on to Fulham and Chelsea academy systems before playing for Bognor Regis Town, Bromley, Wealdstone, Basingstoke Town, Met Police, Harrow Borough, Slough Town and Dulwich Hamlet. 

Daniel Day - The left back departed from Spurs in 2012. I'm unsure where he is (of if?) playing now? 

Ronnie Hawkins - He left Spurs in the summer of 2012. He spent part of that summer with Norwich City before having a trial with Dutch giant's Ajax. Eventually signed for Cardiff City in November 2012. He never played for The Bluebirds first team and I'm not sure where he plays now? Whilst on trial at Norwich he played again at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium for a Canaries XI at Enfield Town in the summer of 2012. 





No comments:

Post a Comment