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Dozzell Junior in Spurs Action But Just a One-Off
Dozzell Junior in Spurs Action But Just a One-Off
Monday, 22nd Jul 2013 13:05

Town fans may have spotted photos of academy schoolboy Andre Dozzell and two of his team-mates in Tottenham kits on social media websites over the weekend, but the 14-year-old midfielder’s dad, ex-Blues and Spurs man Jason, says there’s nothing for supporters to worry about.

Dozzell junior, striker Sam Ford, who scored twice in the U15 friendly against Tottenham at Portman Road in May, and midfielder Chris Smith were all in action in a 6-1 friendly victory over Cambridge United at the Premier League club’s academy.

Dozzell senior, now a coach at Playford Road as well as running his own courses, explained that the appearance came about due to Town academy director Bryan Klug’s links with Spurs, where he was assistant academy director and head of player development prior to his return to Town last summer.

“They just borrowed a few Ipswich boys for a game through Bryan Klug’s connections,” he said. “They were short for an U16 game on Saturday, they had a lot of people on holiday, and that was it. There’s nothing more in it.

“They gave them a tour of the training ground, which was special, Gareth Bale was down there. It was a good experience for them.”

Striker Ford, who scored twice as the young Blues helped Spurs to a 6-1 win, has been offered a scholarship by the Town academy when he turns 16, young Dozzell having previously agreed similar terms.

The trio are set to be part of the Blues squad at next week’s Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The youngsters are taking part in the Junior section of the prestigious tournament where they will face Brentford, County Londonderry and County Antrim in the group stages.

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runningout added 13:56 - Jul 22
Spurs short of youngsters in their academy? 'scratches head'

RichOBlue added 14:34 - Jul 22
This is strange when the u16s r short u giv the u15s a look surely not get players in from another club????!!!!!

JimmyJazz added 14:55 - Jul 22
More like you show them around your facilities, get Gareth Bale along to say hello and hope to turn a few heads

Fatcatevans added 19:08 - Jul 22
Lets get real here. SPurs needing to borrow Ipswich youngsters including the much sought after Dozzell junior to field a team against.... Cambridge Utd. Dad must think we are stupid with that explanation

runningout added 19:11 - Jul 22
there's me being negative again..

BlueVelvet added 13:10 - Jul 23
are we really bothered, he's only an academy kid because of his dad - plenty of other kids out there with better feet that haven't been given the chance - nepotism gets you everywhere for a while, and then te buble bursts and.............

pagey69 added 16:59 - Jul 23
Bluevelvet ... was exactly the point I was going to make . Why should we all be worried by this ? there are plenty of decent youngsters out there who deserve a chance but they don't get given it because their face doesnt fit or their dad never played etc. Nepotism... a great word

Fatcatevans added 21:26 - Jul 23
Your lack of knowledge of youth football is worrying Blue Velvet. It's not nepotism as to why Andre is playing for us. Fact is he is being monitored by almost every major premiership club.

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