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Spurs boss Redknapp keeps his promise to Milk Cup

Harry Redknapp today kept a promise to the Milk Cup committee by sending his Tottenham kids to the tournament this summer.

The feelgood factor at White Hart Lane is very much in evidence at the moment with Spurs qualifying for the Champions League next season.

And now football fans in Northern Ireland will get the chance to see the gifted kids coming through their ranks, as they have entered the Premier event.

Last year when Redknapp made the Milk Cup draw he promised to send over a team.

He has been true to his word, much to the delight of the organisers who were joined by two Northern Ireland legends at today’s draw.

Pat Jennings and Jim Magilton helped make the draw for the tournament which starts on July 26 and has attracted teams from the Far East, North and South America, Europe, Russia and the Middle East alongside sides from Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Japan will take part in the Elite tournament where they will join Northern Ireland, China, Mexico, Denmark and the USA.

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Another coup is that Kashima Antlers from Japan will play in the Junior event.

Others going into the hat at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena were Premier section title holders Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton who are defending their Junior crown, plus FC Porto, Deportivo (Brazil) and Spartak Moscow.

The traditional parade of teams through Coleraine on Sunday, July 25 will herald the tournament.

Welcoming Jennings and Magilton, Chairman Victor Leonard said: “Both Pat and Jim have connections with the Milk Cup so it is special for us to have them as our guests.”

Magilton recalled reaching the Plate final with Star of the Sea Youth Club in the Premier competition in 1985 when former Cliftonville defender Stephen Small was also in the squad.

“We lost to Hillsborough Boys Club in extra-time even though I scored in the final. It was the first time I played in a competition of such magnitude,” he said.


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