Stevenage boss Smith welcomes Tottenham Cup draw

New Stevenage Borough boss Gary Smith is delighted to have drawn Tottenham in the FA Cup.

New Stevenage Borough boss Gary Smith is delighted to have drawn Tottenham in the FA Cup.

Former Arsenal scout Smith opened his reign at the League One high flyers by beating Notts County and taking Stevenage into the last 16 for the first time in the club’s history.

And his reward was a duel with Harry Redknapp for the crown as king of Herts.

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to acquit themselves well against one of the top teams in the country.

“I don’t know what sort of team Harry will be putting out, because Spurs have a busy schedule and they are chasing big prizes of their own.

“But we are not a soft touch at home, as Newcastle found out last year, and there are lots of north London connections which will give the tie a special flavour of its own.

“I used to be a scout at Arsenal and my assistant, Mark Newson, was Harry’s captain at Bournemouth, and it will be a fantastic occasion for some of our players as well.

“Ronnie Henry’s grandad won the Double with Spurs and our goalkeeper Chris Day started out there, so they will be relishing it.”

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