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Barnet Preview by Nick Hudson

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

THE Lamb ground and its footballing heroes have seen some history down the years as Tamworth FC gets
ready to celebrate its 80th birthday (writes Nick Hudson)


FA Vase final glory against Sudbury Town n 1989 (breaking the old Wembley competition attendance record with a 26,487
crowd), an FA Trophy final and glorious FA Cup exits at the hands of Stoke City, Norwich and famously
Everton have kept the fans' passions burning bright.But tonight when the Lambs entertain Barnet FC for their second match of the new Skrill-sponsored Conferencecampaign - the supporters are set to witness possibly the most famous travelled
international star of all-time to grace the stadium.

Enter the man nicknamed The Pitbull - Surinamese-born and former Dutch international Edgar Davids - whose
stellar career included 150+ games for Juventus; appearances for both Milan's
famous clubs, AC and Inter; two spells with Ajax; a loan period with Barcelona
and 40-odd games for Spurs as a well as being a Champions League winner.On the international stage, he was capped 74 times by the Netherlands at
international level, scoring six goals, and represented his country once at
the FIFA World Cup and three times in the UEFA European Football Championship.He's won global approval of his midfield marking skills from none other than Brazilian legendPelé,
who picked him for the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living
Davids' dreadlocked hair and protective goggles - which he was forced to wear due to glaucoma - made him one of the
most recognisable players of his generation.And after serious injuries, he made a comeback with Crystal Palace. Now the
40-year-old Barnet player-coach, who kept himself sidelined in his team's
comfortable opening 3-0 victory over Chester, is likely to be in the starting line-up for this evening's fascinating
encounter.Fresh from their Wayne Thomas
inspired 1-0 win in Wiltshire against Salisbury,
one-time Champions League medal winner Davids holds no fears for the Tamworth or boss Dale Belford who roared: "I'm not the
slightest bit bothered about Edgar coming here to be fair."As far as I am concerned, it's
for Barnet to worry about coming to The Lamb and hopefully our fans can create
the kind of atmosphere they are capable of and have shown over the years."The Lambs have already enjoyed
pre-season friendly wins over Aston Villa and StokeCity while drawing with
Leyton Orient.Belford added: "Hopefully we can
make The Lamb a tough, hostile place to come this season. The key for us is
that whether it's Barnet, Wrexham, Luton or Salisbury, if they come here and, should they
get a result, we want to make sure that they will have earned it."Tonight should be be a night for
the football purists - with another former famous Barnet FC player starring in
the Lambs match programme.

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