The boyhood Tottenham Hotspur fan has enjoyed a lengthy career in the Football League but would like nothing more than to lock horns with Spurs.
Plymouth captain and boyhood Tottenham Hotspur fan Gary Sawyer has admitted that drawing Spurs in the FA Cup would be the “icing on the cake” of his career (official club website).
The Devon outfit is in first-round action on Saturday, with Bolton standing in the way of the League Two side and the second round of the competition.
Should Sawyer and Plymouth overcome Bolton and then make it past round two, they could be in with a chance of drawing a Premier League team, and the 34-year-old made no secret of who he wants to line up against.
“I think everyone does to be honest, the big games are the ones that you want to play in,” Sawyer told the Plymouth website. “If you get to the third round and you can pull your boyhood dream club, it’s great. It’s something that you are desperate for, to get to the third round.”
Elaborating why he is specifically keen on Spurs, he said: “All of my family are from North London so that was the club. I didn’t grow up there, I moved down here when I was young, but all of my family are Tottenham fans and especially with the new stadium.
“I haven’t had the chance to go up there due to our schedule but it is somewhere I will go the next time I have the chance. For me, that would be the icing on the cake for my career if I could finally get Tottenham. It is one that I have been chasing for my whole career but unfortunately it’s never happened for me yet, so fingers crossed.”
Plymouth have a decent enough head-to-head record with Spurs, having beaten them 14 times, drawn 12 and lost 18, but the two teams haven’t played regularly since the 1940s, and their last fixture – all the way back in 1962 – saw Tottenham run out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup (11v11).
Sawyer has spent most of his career with the Pilgrims, coming through the ranks and enjoying two stints (2002-2010 and 2015 to now) either side of spells at Bristol Rovers and Leyton Orient (Transfermarkt).