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Ricardo Villa

1978 - 1983

Arguably the scorer of the Club's most famous goal, Villa was one half of a considerable coup by manager Keith Burkinshaw when he unveiled the bearded cult hero and fellow Argentinian World Cup star Ossie Ardiles in 1978.

Capped 25 times when he arrived at the Lane, Villa struggled to nail down a regular place initially and spent a lot of his time on the substitute's bench.

Villa, however, carved his name in Spurs folklore in the FA Cup run of 1980-81. His superb goal against Wolves in the semi-final helped us to Wembley and then followed one of the great FA Cup stories.

Few will forget his sad walk back to the changing room after being substituted in the initial final tie that ended in a 1-1 draw. Many believed Burkinshaw would drop him for the replay but the boss stuck by his man and Villa delivered. Having already scored the opener, he took off on that famous mazy run with the score at 2-2, past four City defenders and slotted home under Joe Corrigan for the winner.

A substitute in the 1982 League Cup Final, he missed that season's FA Cup Final and eventually left for Ford Lauderdale Strikers in America in 1983.

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Ricardo Villa
League Appearances
133
League Goals
18
League Cup Appearances
16
League Cup Goals
3
FA Cup Appearances
21
FA Cup Goals
3
European Appearances
9
European Goals
1