To show how seriously they were taking it – manager Gerry Francis wasn't even there – Spurs fielded reserves, youth players and those willing to join the club on loan, which is where Pardew comes in.
As the first team were playing in a pre-season tour, the other Tottenham side faced four group games against Rudar Velenje of Slovenia, Swiss side Luzern, Swedish club Oster as well as Cologne who they lost 8-0 to. Tottenham's only win came against Rudar Velenje.
“In a way, I suppose I am part of Spurs’ history,” Pardew said when asked about his involvement in the 8-0 defeat. “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 like a good idea.’ It was specifically on that basis.
"We literally had the youth team, a couple of reserves, and some mercenaries – I was one of them. I still enjoyed it. It was a great experience.”
Spurs were later fined £90,000 by UEFA, along with other Premier League entrants Wimbledon (£60,000) for fielding weakened teams. Incredibly, this was paid by splitting it among the other 18 Premier League clubs.