Bizarrely, Alan Pardew admits he's part of Tottenham Hotspur history

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The Crystal Palace boss once played for the north London side... in an 8-0 defeat.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admits that, in a bizarre way, he is 'part of Tottenham's history.'

Indeed, the Palace manager once played for the north London side towards the end of his career. His Spurs appearance, however, ended in an 8-0 defeat in the Intertoto Cup - the club's worst ever loss.

Pardew will be hoping for better later today, while his last clash against Tottenham was also one to forget. The 53-year-old faced Mauricio Pochettino's men in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup earlier this season at Newcastle - but ended up losing 4-0.

The scoreline was nevertheless only half as bad as when the Palace boss played for Spurs and Pardew has been recalling that memory.

“In a way, I suppose I am part of Tottenham’s history too," the Crystal Palace boss is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“It was the end of my career and I was looking for a club. I was asked ‘would you like to come to play in the Intertoto Cup for Spurs?’ I said ‘OK, that sounds good’. It was ­specifically on that basis.

“But bear in mind it was Cologne’s first team, while we literally had the youth team, a couple of reserves, and some mercenaries – I was one of them. It was still a great ­experience."

Crystal Palace face Tottenham in this evening's late Premier League kick-off. Pochettino's side are on a strong run of form, having recently beaten league-leaders Chelsea.

It will be Pardew's first Premier League clash as Palace boss, meanwhile, and he will be hoping to transform the Eagles' recent fortunes.

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