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.
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 280 bloggers
Catch-19 by LegendRay
How many others on the site remember April 15 1961, the day, as TWTD recalls, when Town last beat Lincoln away in the league?
Cook is No Gamechanger by BossMan
I was 12 when we won the FA Cup so saw early success in my early years as a Town fan. How spoilt I was to see Beattie, Wark, Muhren Thijssen et al.
Building a High Performance Team at ITFC by Jaime_Clapham
Change is hard. Building a team is hard. Just reflect on what it’s like within the organisations that you work in, or when you are kicking off a new project. A football club and team are no different.
Marathon Blues by wadey
As some of you may be aware, we lost our little boy Tyler on 1st April 2012, aged just 15 months old. There was no cause declared and he just passed away in his sleep. Since then, I’ve tried to raise as much money for charity in memory of him.
Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative and Don’t Mess with Mr Inbetween by dusth
Tracking through the forums and reading the comments on TWTD is a weird rollercoaster these days, more extremely polarised and more vitriolic than I can remember. We’ve never fallen so far and regretted it so much.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]