Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa made an indelible impact on English football history and they’re still Spurs legends, 40 years later.
Ricky achieved historical importance for one of the best ever – if not the best – Wembley FA Cup Final goals.
Ossie’s winning mentality delivered important trophies to the Lane, but also arguably one of the most catchy Cup Final songs.
“Ossie’s Going To Wembley, His Knees Have Gone All Trembly….Come on You Spurs, Come On You Spurs”, the Chas & Dave song that has lingered longer than most such tunes.
It’s still dusted off and sung with gusto by Spurs supporters, at the merest hint of an FA Cup run. Ardiles hated it at first, but the song grew on him!
“It’s a beautiful song, from when we won the FA Cup in 1981,” he said “In the final, when Ricky scored such a wonderful goal. Although it all happened in 1981, it is still very much in the hearts of every Tottenham supporter.
“I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but because the supporters remember the song it has become a beautiful song – but I am very, very surprised that the supporters still like it. I am very pleased when they now sing this song.”
Ossie’s greatest moment in English football? “Well, it was winning the 1981 FA Cup Final. We had a wonderful team, full of flair and quality, but up until that point we had won nothing. Winning the FA Cup gave us the confidence to be an even better team.
“Yes, there has been a lot of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change a thing. And to prove how much I love the country, and Spurs, I am still here, of course.”
Ricky regularly comes to stay with Ossie, especially around Cup Final time, when he is much in demand.
Ossie says: “When I first arrived I immediately felt that Tottenham was my second home and I always will. The more I stayed in this country, the more it felt like my second home.”
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ground-breaking, historic transfer of Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa to Tottenham, the pair have a selection of shirts which can be signed. There is also a specially-designed range of exclusive Limited Edition retro shirts. And you can also join Ossie to watch a private screening of England v Spain on Saturday 8 September, plus a burger and beer deal, for just £10. Email Footba11legends@yahoo.com to book.