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​Millwall have, for some reason, produced a rather dramatic video of one of the club's stewards embarrassing himself whilst attempting to remove a stray sponsor board from the pitch during their 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. The win hoisted Millwall up to 11th in the Championship, and the club were obviously in a playful mood as they decided to poke fun at the poor fellow simply trying to do his job. Emphasis on the 'trying'. You can see the oddly overproduced video...
VIDEO: Millwall Embarrass Steward Battling Stray Sponsor Board With Oscar Worthy Short Film
​Millwall have, for some reason, produced a rather dramatic video of one of the club's stewards embarrassing himself whilst attempting to remove a stray sponsor board from the pitch during their 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. The win hoisted Millwall up to 11th in the Championship, and the club were obviously in a playful mood as they decided to poke fun at the poor fellow simply trying to do his job. Emphasis on the 'trying'. You can see the oddly overproduced video...
​Millwall have, for some reason, produced a rather dramatic video of one of the club's stewards embarrassing himself whilst attempting to remove a stray sponsor board from the pitch during their 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. The win hoisted Millwall up to 11th in the Championship, and the club were obviously in a playful mood as they decided to poke fun at the poor fellow simply trying to do his job. Emphasis on the 'trying'. You can see the oddly overproduced video...
VIDEO: Millwall Embarrass Steward Battling Stray Sponsor Board With Oscar Worthy Short Film
​Millwall have, for some reason, produced a rather dramatic video of one of the club's stewards embarrassing himself whilst attempting to remove a stray sponsor board from the pitch during their 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. The win hoisted Millwall up to 11th in the Championship, and the club were obviously in a playful mood as they decided to poke fun at the poor fellow simply trying to do his job. Emphasis on the 'trying'. You can see the oddly overproduced video...
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
There is a fair chance that Ian Henderson is the only player in the fifth round of the FA Cup who has been asked to smear himself in the blood of a ritually slaughtered goat at the start of the first training session of a football season. It is certainly not the kind of thing Harry Kane would ever have been confronted with. Even when he was on loan at Leyton Orient. But it happened to Rochdale FC’s captain when was playing for the Turkish side Ankaragucu at the time. “That was one interesting experience,” he says, after a shooting session at the club’s base at Manchester City’s former training ground. “They’ve slaughtered the goat on the pitch, hung it up to bleed out and then rubbed blood on people’s heads. They asked me to come over but I wasn’t doing that. Another tradition they had on birthdays was they’d smack you on the head with an egg. Happy birthday, have that. Luckily I wasn’t there long enough to celebrate my birthday.” He does not believe his team-mates need to resort to superstition even when the League One side are about to take on Kane’s high-flying Tottenham. “As players and as a football club we have nothing to fear about playing Tottenham,” he says. “We know we are the underdogs and just have to give ourselves the best opportunity by playing well and at a high tempo, as the manager wants us to play.” Henderson has no worries about facing Spurs Credit: AFP Henderson is more than aware of the club’s capabilities. He has been at Rochdale for the past five seasons, making 181 appearances as, under the shrewd guidance of the manager Keith Hill, they have recently defeated more elevated sides like Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the FA Cup. After an unfortunate experience in Turkey (it wasn’t so much the goat or the eggs as the fact he wasn’t paid for six months that made him decide to come home) the former Norwich, Northampton, Luton and Colchester forward was considering a significant career change. “I was humming and hawing about whether to continue playing football or go to university to study dentistry,” he says. “I wanted to be an orthodontist. I didn’t have the most aesthetically pleasing teeth as a kid and I was intrigued by the whole process.” But he went for a trial at Rochdale, just to see if he really should pack in the game. After being impressed by the way Hill operates, he decided to forego a life looking into people’s mouths and give football another go. He said: “I wish I’d met the manager earlier in my career because you try to work with people who understand you as a person and let you perform how you want to perform.”
Rochdale's Ian Henderson could be pulling teeth rather than taking on Harry Kane and co
There is a fair chance that Ian Henderson is the only player in the fifth round of the FA Cup who has been asked to smear himself in the blood of a ritually slaughtered goat at the start of the first training session of a football season. It is certainly not the kind of thing Harry Kane would ever have been confronted with. Even when he was on loan at Leyton Orient. But it happened to Rochdale FC’s captain when was playing for the Turkish side Ankaragucu at the time. “That was one interesting experience,” he says, after a shooting session at the club’s base at Manchester City’s former training ground. “They’ve slaughtered the goat on the pitch, hung it up to bleed out and then rubbed blood on people’s heads. They asked me to come over but I wasn’t doing that. Another tradition they had on birthdays was they’d smack you on the head with an egg. Happy birthday, have that. Luckily I wasn’t there long enough to celebrate my birthday.” He does not believe his team-mates need to resort to superstition even when the League One side are about to take on Kane’s high-flying Tottenham. “As players and as a football club we have nothing to fear about playing Tottenham,” he says. “We know we are the underdogs and just have to give ourselves the best opportunity by playing well and at a high tempo, as the manager wants us to play.” Henderson has no worries about facing Spurs Credit: AFP Henderson is more than aware of the club’s capabilities. He has been at Rochdale for the past five seasons, making 181 appearances as, under the shrewd guidance of the manager Keith Hill, they have recently defeated more elevated sides like Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the FA Cup. After an unfortunate experience in Turkey (it wasn’t so much the goat or the eggs as the fact he wasn’t paid for six months that made him decide to come home) the former Norwich, Northampton, Luton and Colchester forward was considering a significant career change. “I was humming and hawing about whether to continue playing football or go to university to study dentistry,” he says. “I wanted to be an orthodontist. I didn’t have the most aesthetically pleasing teeth as a kid and I was intrigued by the whole process.” But he went for a trial at Rochdale, just to see if he really should pack in the game. After being impressed by the way Hill operates, he decided to forego a life looking into people’s mouths and give football another go. He said: “I wish I’d met the manager earlier in my career because you try to work with people who understand you as a person and let you perform how you want to perform.”
There is a fair chance that Ian Henderson is the only player in the fifth round of the FA Cup who has been asked to smear himself in the blood of a ritually slaughtered goat at the start of the first training session of a football season. It is certainly not the kind of thing Harry Kane would ever have been confronted with. Even when he was on loan at Leyton Orient. But it happened to Rochdale FC’s captain when was playing for the Turkish side Ankaragucu at the time. “That was one interesting experience,” he says, after a shooting session at the club’s base at Manchester City’s former training ground. “They’ve slaughtered the goat on the pitch, hung it up to bleed out and then rubbed blood on people’s heads. They asked me to come over but I wasn’t doing that. Another tradition they had on birthdays was they’d smack you on the head with an egg. Happy birthday, have that. Luckily I wasn’t there long enough to celebrate my birthday.” He does not believe his team-mates need to resort to superstition even when the League One side are about to take on Kane’s high-flying Tottenham. “As players and as a football club we have nothing to fear about playing Tottenham,” he says. “We know we are the underdogs and just have to give ourselves the best opportunity by playing well and at a high tempo, as the manager wants us to play.” Henderson has no worries about facing Spurs Credit: AFP Henderson is more than aware of the club’s capabilities. He has been at Rochdale for the past five seasons, making 181 appearances as, under the shrewd guidance of the manager Keith Hill, they have recently defeated more elevated sides like Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the FA Cup. After an unfortunate experience in Turkey (it wasn’t so much the goat or the eggs as the fact he wasn’t paid for six months that made him decide to come home) the former Norwich, Northampton, Luton and Colchester forward was considering a significant career change. “I was humming and hawing about whether to continue playing football or go to university to study dentistry,” he says. “I wanted to be an orthodontist. I didn’t have the most aesthetically pleasing teeth as a kid and I was intrigued by the whole process.” But he went for a trial at Rochdale, just to see if he really should pack in the game. After being impressed by the way Hill operates, he decided to forego a life looking into people’s mouths and give football another go. He said: “I wish I’d met the manager earlier in my career because you try to work with people who understand you as a person and let you perform how you want to perform.”
Rochdale's Ian Henderson could be pulling teeth rather than taking on Harry Kane and co
There is a fair chance that Ian Henderson is the only player in the fifth round of the FA Cup who has been asked to smear himself in the blood of a ritually slaughtered goat at the start of the first training session of a football season. It is certainly not the kind of thing Harry Kane would ever have been confronted with. Even when he was on loan at Leyton Orient. But it happened to Rochdale FC’s captain when was playing for the Turkish side Ankaragucu at the time. “That was one interesting experience,” he says, after a shooting session at the club’s base at Manchester City’s former training ground. “They’ve slaughtered the goat on the pitch, hung it up to bleed out and then rubbed blood on people’s heads. They asked me to come over but I wasn’t doing that. Another tradition they had on birthdays was they’d smack you on the head with an egg. Happy birthday, have that. Luckily I wasn’t there long enough to celebrate my birthday.” He does not believe his team-mates need to resort to superstition even when the League One side are about to take on Kane’s high-flying Tottenham. “As players and as a football club we have nothing to fear about playing Tottenham,” he says. “We know we are the underdogs and just have to give ourselves the best opportunity by playing well and at a high tempo, as the manager wants us to play.” Henderson has no worries about facing Spurs Credit: AFP Henderson is more than aware of the club’s capabilities. He has been at Rochdale for the past five seasons, making 181 appearances as, under the shrewd guidance of the manager Keith Hill, they have recently defeated more elevated sides like Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the FA Cup. After an unfortunate experience in Turkey (it wasn’t so much the goat or the eggs as the fact he wasn’t paid for six months that made him decide to come home) the former Norwich, Northampton, Luton and Colchester forward was considering a significant career change. “I was humming and hawing about whether to continue playing football or go to university to study dentistry,” he says. “I wanted to be an orthodontist. I didn’t have the most aesthetically pleasing teeth as a kid and I was intrigued by the whole process.” But he went for a trial at Rochdale, just to see if he really should pack in the game. After being impressed by the way Hill operates, he decided to forego a life looking into people’s mouths and give football another go. He said: “I wish I’d met the manager earlier in my career because you try to work with people who understand you as a person and let you perform how you want to perform.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale for claiming their pitch posed a “massive risk” to his players. Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Spotland to face League One Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, just five days after the superb Champions League fightback against Juventus. In response to concerns over their playing surface, Rochdale have spent £500,000 on re-laying their pitch and the move has satisfied Pochettino, who is planning to start central defender Toby Alderweireld on it. Alderweireld was left out of the trip to Juventus for fitness reasons, although Telegraph Sport understands talks over a new contract for the Belgian have stalled. Pochettino will make a late call on striker Harry Kane, who twisted his ankle against Juventus, and the Argentine said: “I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way. “My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV. Credit: GETTY IMAGES “After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale's pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition. “I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too. “Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk. “The conditions are fantastic, so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive and, again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.” GALLERY | The players enjoyed a training session on the new #CrownOilArena pitch on Thursday afternoon. Take a look at a few photos from the session here https://t.co/FIvseFJWr9#RAFCpic.twitter.com/Ud0okFirxI— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 15, 2018 Following victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression through to the quarter-finals. But Pochettino warned: “What is important is to forget what happened in Turin or against Arsenal. We don't have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or our draw in Turin and how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough. For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport this week, Tottenham are willing to hand Pochettino a new contract with Real Madrid yet to decide on a preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman is sacked.
Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Rochdale for claiming Spotland pitch posed 'massive risk' to his players
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale for claiming their pitch posed a “massive risk” to his players. Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Spotland to face League One Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, just five days after the superb Champions League fightback against Juventus. In response to concerns over their playing surface, Rochdale have spent £500,000 on re-laying their pitch and the move has satisfied Pochettino, who is planning to start central defender Toby Alderweireld on it. Alderweireld was left out of the trip to Juventus for fitness reasons, although Telegraph Sport understands talks over a new contract for the Belgian have stalled. Pochettino will make a late call on striker Harry Kane, who twisted his ankle against Juventus, and the Argentine said: “I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way. “My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV. Credit: GETTY IMAGES “After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale's pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition. “I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too. “Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk. “The conditions are fantastic, so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive and, again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.” GALLERY | The players enjoyed a training session on the new #CrownOilArena pitch on Thursday afternoon. Take a look at a few photos from the session here https://t.co/FIvseFJWr9#RAFCpic.twitter.com/Ud0okFirxI— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 15, 2018 Following victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression through to the quarter-finals. But Pochettino warned: “What is important is to forget what happened in Turin or against Arsenal. We don't have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or our draw in Turin and how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough. For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport this week, Tottenham are willing to hand Pochettino a new contract with Real Madrid yet to decide on a preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman is sacked.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale for claiming their pitch posed a “massive risk” to his players. Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Spotland to face League One Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, just five days after the superb Champions League fightback against Juventus. In response to concerns over their playing surface, Rochdale have spent £500,000 on re-laying their pitch and the move has satisfied Pochettino, who is planning to start central defender Toby Alderweireld on it. Alderweireld was left out of the trip to Juventus for fitness reasons, although Telegraph Sport understands talks over a new contract for the Belgian have stalled. Pochettino will make a late call on striker Harry Kane, who twisted his ankle against Juventus, and the Argentine said: “I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way. “My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV. Credit: GETTY IMAGES “After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale's pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition. “I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too. “Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk. “The conditions are fantastic, so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive and, again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.” GALLERY | The players enjoyed a training session on the new #CrownOilArena pitch on Thursday afternoon. Take a look at a few photos from the session here https://t.co/FIvseFJWr9#RAFCpic.twitter.com/Ud0okFirxI— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 15, 2018 Following victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression through to the quarter-finals. But Pochettino warned: “What is important is to forget what happened in Turin or against Arsenal. We don't have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or our draw in Turin and how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough. For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport this week, Tottenham are willing to hand Pochettino a new contract with Real Madrid yet to decide on a preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman is sacked.
Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Rochdale for claiming Spotland pitch posed 'massive risk' to his players
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale for claiming their pitch posed a “massive risk” to his players. Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Spotland to face League One Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, just five days after the superb Champions League fightback against Juventus. In response to concerns over their playing surface, Rochdale have spent £500,000 on re-laying their pitch and the move has satisfied Pochettino, who is planning to start central defender Toby Alderweireld on it. Alderweireld was left out of the trip to Juventus for fitness reasons, although Telegraph Sport understands talks over a new contract for the Belgian have stalled. Pochettino will make a late call on striker Harry Kane, who twisted his ankle against Juventus, and the Argentine said: “I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way. “My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV. Credit: GETTY IMAGES “After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale's pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition. “I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too. “Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk. “The conditions are fantastic, so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive and, again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.” GALLERY | The players enjoyed a training session on the new #CrownOilArena pitch on Thursday afternoon. Take a look at a few photos from the session here https://t.co/FIvseFJWr9#RAFCpic.twitter.com/Ud0okFirxI— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 15, 2018 Following victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression through to the quarter-finals. But Pochettino warned: “What is important is to forget what happened in Turin or against Arsenal. We don't have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or our draw in Turin and how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough. For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport this week, Tottenham are willing to hand Pochettino a new contract with Real Madrid yet to decide on a preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman is sacked.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Millwall vs Rochdale - The Den, London, Britain - January 27, 2018 Rochdale's manager Keith Hill applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien
FA Cup Fourth Round - Millwall vs Rochdale
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Millwall vs Rochdale - The Den, London, Britain - January 27, 2018 Rochdale's manager Keith Hill applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien
Sol Bamba's disallowed goal left Cardiff City with a 1-1 draw at Millwall as they look to stay in the Championship promotion race.
Millwall 1 Cardiff City 1: Disallowed goal leaves Warnock fuming
Sol Bamba's disallowed goal left Cardiff City with a 1-1 draw at Millwall as they look to stay in the Championship promotion race.
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
Millwall 1 Cardiff 1: Lee Gregory earns Lions a point as Tim Cahill makes Den return
The Rochdale pitch during their FA Cup match against Millwall this week.
FA expects Tottenham to play at Rochdale despite Pochettino pitch worries
The Rochdale pitch during their FA Cup match against Millwall this week.
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Tim Cahill in line for second Millwall debut against Cardiff
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs players will risk injury if made to play on Rochdale pitch
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs players will risk injury if made to play on Rochdale pitch
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs players will risk injury if made to play on Rochdale pitch
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has said that Rochdale’s sand-covered pitch is not fit to host their fifth-round match later this month. Spurs are due to travel to Spotland on Sunday week after Rochdale defeated Millwall in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Neil Harris, the Millwall manager, said after the game the pitch was the worst he had ever seen. And Pochettino, who has seen pictures of the surface, believes both sets of players would be at risk of injury if they were to play at Spotland. The Spurs manager also called on the Football Association to assess the surface before allowing any match to take place. “I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch,” Pochettino said. “In that condition I think it does not help football. Pochettino is chasing his first trophy as a manager Credit: Getty images “I don’t know why what happened, happened with this pitch but it is true that the picture [I have seen], I think it is not a pitch in a condition to play football.” Asked if he was worried about his players picking up injuries, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I think the opponent, too. I think it is a big risk to play in a pitch like this, if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it. “If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there, too. And it’s a massive risk for their players, too. Sand covers the Rochdale pitch Credit: Getty images “Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football, not only because we have to go and play there.” Pochettino added that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to “see if we can find some solutions”. It is understood that it is unlikely the venue of the game would be switched by the FA, which expects the match to go ahead at Spotland as planned. The pitch was of course deemed playable for Tuesday night’s meeting with Millwall. Spurs face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday and Pochettino said that Lucas Moura, the club’s £25m signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was “in contention” to make his debut.
Tottenham Hotspur's prize for winning Wednesday night's replay over Newport County is a fifth-round tie next week away to League One strugglers Rochdale – and switching their pristine Wembley pitch for Spotland, one of the worst playing surfaces in the England league. It could be the ultimate FA Cup leveller. “Rochdale? I hear it’s not in the best condition,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Newport County. “The conditions [at Spotland] are for them as well as us. The FA Cup is difficult, look at this replay against a League Two team.” The surroundings will at least be familiar to some of the Tottenham players. Harry Kane made his Football League debut there while on loan at Leyton Orient, and Dele Alli played there with MK Dons, but they did not have to cope with a surface quite as bad as on Tuesday night, when Ian ­Henderson’s fifth FA Cup goal of the season knocked out Millwall. Neil Harris, the Championship club’s manager, labelled the sand-covered pitch the worst that he had ever seen. Henderson’s goal booked ­Rochdale’s place in the last 16 for the third time in their history. ­Volunteers – and several tonnes of sand – helped the pitch to pass an inspection just hours before kick-off. “I thought I was on Blackpool beach when I first stepped on it,” Henderson said. “You have to be incredibly brave as a footballer to still want the ball, to still run just as hard. Regardless of the ­surface, it takes an element of ­technical ability to pass the ball. The playing surface at Spotland resembles a beach, according to Rochdale forward Henderson Credit: Getty Images “You saw some good football and if it had been on a better pitch, you would have gone ‘wow’. It was a good footballing goal on a difficult surface. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see it’s not Wembley. It isn’t. I don’t make excuses. ” Henderson said Kane and Alli would get a warm welcome back to Spotland. Kane came on for 17 ­minutes as a substitute in a 1-1 draw in January 2011, while Alli played there in 2015. Henderson said of Alli: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. So, for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. FA Cup fifth-round draw “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the ­Premier League. “So, if they are put up against Kane they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals.” Spurs can expect a hard time from the home fans if Millwall’s ­experience is anything to go by. Harris described them as a ­“disgrace”, claiming that his players “were treated very badly” and that he and his staff were abused.
Rochdale ready to welcome Harry Kane and Dele Alli back to Spotland – where the pitch is like Blackpool beach
Tottenham Hotspur's prize for winning Wednesday night's replay over Newport County is a fifth-round tie next week away to League One strugglers Rochdale – and switching their pristine Wembley pitch for Spotland, one of the worst playing surfaces in the England league. It could be the ultimate FA Cup leveller. “Rochdale? I hear it’s not in the best condition,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Newport County. “The conditions [at Spotland] are for them as well as us. The FA Cup is difficult, look at this replay against a League Two team.” The surroundings will at least be familiar to some of the Tottenham players. Harry Kane made his Football League debut there while on loan at Leyton Orient, and Dele Alli played there with MK Dons, but they did not have to cope with a surface quite as bad as on Tuesday night, when Ian ­Henderson’s fifth FA Cup goal of the season knocked out Millwall. Neil Harris, the Championship club’s manager, labelled the sand-covered pitch the worst that he had ever seen. Henderson’s goal booked ­Rochdale’s place in the last 16 for the third time in their history. ­Volunteers – and several tonnes of sand – helped the pitch to pass an inspection just hours before kick-off. “I thought I was on Blackpool beach when I first stepped on it,” Henderson said. “You have to be incredibly brave as a footballer to still want the ball, to still run just as hard. Regardless of the ­surface, it takes an element of ­technical ability to pass the ball. The playing surface at Spotland resembles a beach, according to Rochdale forward Henderson Credit: Getty Images “You saw some good football and if it had been on a better pitch, you would have gone ‘wow’. It was a good footballing goal on a difficult surface. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see it’s not Wembley. It isn’t. I don’t make excuses. ” Henderson said Kane and Alli would get a warm welcome back to Spotland. Kane came on for 17 ­minutes as a substitute in a 1-1 draw in January 2011, while Alli played there in 2015. Henderson said of Alli: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. So, for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. FA Cup fifth-round draw “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the ­Premier League. “So, if they are put up against Kane they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals.” Spurs can expect a hard time from the home fans if Millwall’s ­experience is anything to go by. Harris described them as a ­“disgrace”, claiming that his players “were treated very badly” and that he and his staff were abused.
Tottenham Hotspur's prize for winning Wednesday night's replay over Newport County is a fifth-round tie next week away to League One strugglers Rochdale – and switching their pristine Wembley pitch for Spotland, one of the worst playing surfaces in the England league. It could be the ultimate FA Cup leveller. “Rochdale? I hear it’s not in the best condition,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Newport County. “The conditions [at Spotland] are for them as well as us. The FA Cup is difficult, look at this replay against a League Two team.” The surroundings will at least be familiar to some of the Tottenham players. Harry Kane made his Football League debut there while on loan at Leyton Orient, and Dele Alli played there with MK Dons, but they did not have to cope with a surface quite as bad as on Tuesday night, when Ian ­Henderson’s fifth FA Cup goal of the season knocked out Millwall. Neil Harris, the Championship club’s manager, labelled the sand-covered pitch the worst that he had ever seen. Henderson’s goal booked ­Rochdale’s place in the last 16 for the third time in their history. ­Volunteers – and several tonnes of sand – helped the pitch to pass an inspection just hours before kick-off. “I thought I was on Blackpool beach when I first stepped on it,” Henderson said. “You have to be incredibly brave as a footballer to still want the ball, to still run just as hard. Regardless of the ­surface, it takes an element of ­technical ability to pass the ball. The playing surface at Spotland resembles a beach, according to Rochdale forward Henderson Credit: Getty Images “You saw some good football and if it had been on a better pitch, you would have gone ‘wow’. It was a good footballing goal on a difficult surface. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see it’s not Wembley. It isn’t. I don’t make excuses. ” Henderson said Kane and Alli would get a warm welcome back to Spotland. Kane came on for 17 ­minutes as a substitute in a 1-1 draw in January 2011, while Alli played there in 2015. Henderson said of Alli: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. So, for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. FA Cup fifth-round draw “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the ­Premier League. “So, if they are put up against Kane they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals.” Spurs can expect a hard time from the home fans if Millwall’s ­experience is anything to go by. Harris described them as a ­“disgrace”, claiming that his players “were treated very badly” and that he and his staff were abused.
Rochdale ready to welcome Harry Kane and Dele Alli back to Spotland – where the pitch is like Blackpool beach
Tottenham Hotspur's prize for winning Wednesday night's replay over Newport County is a fifth-round tie next week away to League One strugglers Rochdale – and switching their pristine Wembley pitch for Spotland, one of the worst playing surfaces in the England league. It could be the ultimate FA Cup leveller. “Rochdale? I hear it’s not in the best condition,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Newport County. “The conditions [at Spotland] are for them as well as us. The FA Cup is difficult, look at this replay against a League Two team.” The surroundings will at least be familiar to some of the Tottenham players. Harry Kane made his Football League debut there while on loan at Leyton Orient, and Dele Alli played there with MK Dons, but they did not have to cope with a surface quite as bad as on Tuesday night, when Ian ­Henderson’s fifth FA Cup goal of the season knocked out Millwall. Neil Harris, the Championship club’s manager, labelled the sand-covered pitch the worst that he had ever seen. Henderson’s goal booked ­Rochdale’s place in the last 16 for the third time in their history. ­Volunteers – and several tonnes of sand – helped the pitch to pass an inspection just hours before kick-off. “I thought I was on Blackpool beach when I first stepped on it,” Henderson said. “You have to be incredibly brave as a footballer to still want the ball, to still run just as hard. Regardless of the ­surface, it takes an element of ­technical ability to pass the ball. The playing surface at Spotland resembles a beach, according to Rochdale forward Henderson Credit: Getty Images “You saw some good football and if it had been on a better pitch, you would have gone ‘wow’. It was a good footballing goal on a difficult surface. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see it’s not Wembley. It isn’t. I don’t make excuses. ” Henderson said Kane and Alli would get a warm welcome back to Spotland. Kane came on for 17 ­minutes as a substitute in a 1-1 draw in January 2011, while Alli played there in 2015. Henderson said of Alli: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. So, for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. FA Cup fifth-round draw “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the ­Premier League. “So, if they are put up against Kane they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals.” Spurs can expect a hard time from the home fans if Millwall’s ­experience is anything to go by. Harris described them as a ­“disgrace”, claiming that his players “were treated very badly” and that he and his staff were abused.
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”
Is this where free-scoring Harry Kane will come unstuck?
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”
Is this where free-scoring Harry Kane will come unstuck?
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”
Is this where free-scoring Harry Kane will come unstuck?
Rochdale FA Cup match winner Ian Henderson hopes he has the chance to re-introduce Harry Kane and Dele Alli to the delights of his Spotland home in next week’s FA Cup fifth round tie. The League One strugglers secured their place in the last 16 for just the third time in history when they edged out Millwall in Tuesday’s replay thanks to Henderson scoring the only goal of the game. That means that if Tottenham get through their own replay, against League Two Newport County tonight, Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side will be heading to play on Dale’s sand-covered pitch. Not that it will be a new experience for Spurs’ two England stars. Kane actually made his league debut, while on loan with Leyton Orient, in a 17-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw at Spotland in January 2011. Rochdale beat Millwall to set-up a potential clash with Spurs Credit: Getty Images And Alli played at Rochdale’s home when he was a youngster making his way in the game, with MK Dons in 2015. Henderson said: “The majority of these boys have played against him and they dominated him when he was at MK Dons. “I don’t know if you have watched any of the games against Rochdale when he was at MK, but the boys at the time dominated the game. “So for them it will just be a case of playing against him again, but playing for Spurs. “You see the young players at this club, they are exceptionally talented, they are aspiring to be in the Premier League. “So if they are put up against Harry Kane - and no disrespect to Harry Kane because he is an unbelievable player, an elite soccer player - they are going to do their best to stop him scoring goals. Henderson has now scored five goals in the FA Cup this season Credit: Getty Images “They want to impress because it’s an opportunity to showcase their skill set against a Premier League side.” Henderson has now scored five times in the FA Cup this season and has helped position Rochdale for their best-ever run if they should manage to reach the quarter-finals. And the fact Keith Hill’s side has beaten Championship opposition in Millwall means the veteran striker refuses to write off Newport’s hopes of an upset tonight. He added: “Who knows? Spurs have to play Newport. “You see the magic of the Cup when we have beaten a team from a higher league, so you never know what’s going to happen. Who knows? Football is a magical game. “Spurs could have a real off night and Newport could be exceptional.”

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