Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa still see Tottenham as a second home, 40 years after the club stunned the football world by signing them.
Many foreign stars had touted their skills in the warmer climes of Europe, but for two Argentina World Cup stars to pitch up in gritty Tottenham made front page news.
Ardiles still lives in England and speaking from his home in the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesdon, he told us this week: “It has been a brilliant 40 years, an extraordinary adventure and, of course, I am still here.
“White Hart Lane has been a second home, not just for me, but for all the friends I’ve made in that time. My team-mates and the supporters as well.
“I must say when I first arrived the food was pretty terrible, we were not used to it at the beginning and we both had steak every day.
“But little by little over the years it has improved and now of course London is the food capital of the world.
“As for the weather, well, very bad, very bad. Now, though I am used to it.
“It makes you appreciate it a lot more when the sun shines – there’s always a silver lining, even to the weather here.
“I was very lucky to have arrived here with Ricky in ’78, because the England now is much more different to the England then, nothing like it is today.
“We were the first two, and at the time, ‘no’ I didn’t have a clue the impact it would make. ‘Yes’ I understand it now.
“Back then it was a great, great adventure, a big, big adventure, but it was good to be with Ricky.”
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.