Spurs academy returned to training at Hotspur Way. The new first-year scholars getting into the routines after signing their first contracts. As they get settled in Spurs played friendly matches behind closed doors. They went to Ipswich Town beating the home side 3-0 with Jneil Bennett scoring twice and Paris Maghoma getting the other. They then went to Norwich to beat City 5-0. Troy Parrott got a brace with Armando Shashoua, Dilan Markaday and Paris Maghoma also scorers.
On the 27th Spurs returned to Plougfragan to defend the Cup they won last year. They were in a group with PSG, Nice and Stade Rennais. They made a good start with a 1-1 draw against Paris St. Germain and 0-0 against OGC Nice on the first day. Both times they won the extra point with wins in the penalty shoot-out to top the table. They lost to Stade Rennais 2-1 having taken the lead on the second day to drop to third and lost the placement game 1-0 to EA Guingamp to finish sixth overall.
The Squad – De Bie, Hinds, Ogilvie, Duncan, A. Shashoua, Dinzeyi, Edwards, Roles, Tracey, Harrison, S. Shashoua, Bowden, Freeman, Maghoma, Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Parrott, Statham
Scorers – Dinzeyi, Ogilvie
The following weekend Spurs sent a younger squad to Germany to play in the Oberndorf Tournament. Spurs were in group A with SC Freiburg, Red Bull Saltzburg and Team Schwarzwald. They began by beating Freiburg who were winners last year 1-0 thanks to a goal by Shashoua who was played through by Markanday. The ”sin bin” was being used in this tournament and Spurs had Lyons-Foster binned during the second half. On the second day Spurs beat Team Schwarzwald 2-0 to win the group. First-half goals by Thorpe and Mukendi allowed them to relax in the last group game against Red Bull which they lost 3-0. In the semi-final on the last day they lost to eventual winners FC Shalke 1-0 having most of the play. This meant another meeting with Red Bull in the placement game for third place. This time Spurs were victorious winning 1-0 thanks to a penalty put away by Roles. The penalty was won by Parrott after Markanday had hit the crossbar. Mukendi had also hit a post before that. Spurs were named “best attacking team of the tournament” and Armando Shashoua was one of the top players.
Squad – De Bie, Freeman, Tainio, Hinds, Cirkin, Duncan, Shashoua, Walcott, Okendina, Pochettino, Thorpe, Mukendi, Parrott, Roles, Markanday, Clarke, White, Lyons-Foster, Bennett.
Scorers – Shashoua, Thorpe, Mukendi, Roles
Spurs played a friendly at Enfield Town on the 23rd labeled a Spurs XI. The more senior members had jetted off with the first team so the eldest player was Conor Ogilvie who wore the captains' armband. The youngsters took a little time to settle to the higher level of players faced but quickly got on top with some adventurous play that won a penalty. Shashoua and Edwards combined on the left with Edwards fouled. He took the kick himself sending the keeper the wrong way. Spurs continued to have the better of the play but Enfield had a few chances at the end of the half including one cleared off the line. Spurs made five changes for the second half but continued to look good. Enfield pushed forward more and Spurs had counter-attacks that stretched the home side. From one Edwards exchanged passes with Markanday to win another penalty. Again he sent the keeper the wrong way to double the lead. Changes by Enfield saw the game open up more and Edwards hit the bar after Town had pulled a goal back when De Bie was caught off his line. Spurs still had chances from Parrott and Shashoua but were thankful for a save by De Bie in added time to win the game.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Freeman(De Bie 46), Hinds(Okedina 46), Statham(Hinds 71), Dinzeyi, Ogilvie(C), Duncan(Bowden 46), Edwards, Roles(Markanday 4 6), Harrison(Maghoma 46), Tracey(Parrott 61)
Unused Sub – Oluwayemi
Scorer – Edwards pen.17, pen.55
Booked – Maghoma 66
While the U-19's were in Germany the rest of the players had a behind closed doors friendly against Swindon Town that saw them run out 6-0 winners There are no details but amongst the players were Oakley-Boothe, Samuel Shashoua, Ogilvie, Edwards, Harrison and Austin. Also coach and former young Spur Sam Cox got on to play.
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