Michael Dawson recalled how he felt ‘drained’ and ‘washed out’ simply hours earlier than some of the necessary matches of his profession.
The ex-Tottenham defender was feeling like this by way of no fault of his personal as a dodgy lasagne on the lodge that he and his teammates stayed at led to him and different members of the squad getting a nasty dose of meals poisoning with Champions League qualification on the road.
A win over West Ham at Upton Park on the ultimate day of the 2005/06 season would have secured fourth spot for Spurs, however the process was made an entire lot more durable…
“Saturday evening we went to a lodge in Canary Wharf and WOW, late Saturday evening and early hours of Sunday morning I used to be tough together with 5 – 6 different gamers,” Dawson informed talkSPORT Breakfast.
“Again then it wasn’t like it’s now if you’re in a lodge earlier than each single sport and it wasn’t even an early kick-off.
“I bear in mind we had our night meal, I went again to my room and I feel at about 10/11 o’clock I’m pondering ‘wow, I really feel tough!’ I phoned the spouse as much as inform her I hadn’t bought any sleep after which an hour later I phoned her up once more and I’m actually, actually in poor health, sick.
“I assumed ‘I’m going to be struggling to play the following day’. I didn’t need to telephone the physio or doc but it surely bought to four o’clock and I used to be actually in poor health once more so I phoned them. They each got here down and I used to be like ‘I’m struggling, I don’t understand how I’m going to play’.
“I bear in mind saying that I didn’t assume I’d be the one one who’d fall in poor health. I went for a stroll within the morning and I felt washed up, drained. I wasn’t the one one, there have been 5 – 6 of us actually struggling.
“The police got here spherical to the lodge. This can be a main factor as Champions League was at stake and impulsively six or seven of us are happening.
“They mentioned they may delay the sport by an hour however I assumed I’d want about three days to recover from this!”
The conflict in east London went forward as regular and Dawson began however Spurs didn’t get the end result they wanted as they misplaced 2-1. The defeat was made an entire lot worse by the actual fact Arsenal pipped Spurs to fourth with a win at dwelling to Wigan.
“We turned up and we didn’t carry out and I used to be one among them who had a nightmare of a sport,” Dawson added.
“There have been gamers coming in within the morning who hadn’t been concerned all season – you’d have been higher off taking part in them as a result of we had no power. I bear in mind Michael Carrick coming off early within the second half and simply fully washed out.
“It was devastating. Anybody can lose a sport, we could have misplaced the sport, we’ll by no means know however to not be on a stage taking part in subject was robust to take.”