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Legends take on Football40

Posted on 29 May 2011  - 12:00

A team of Spurs greats, led by Ossie Ardiles, competed in the inaugural Football40 London Legends Cup this weekend, finishing runners-up.

Legends take on Football40

A team of Spurs greats, led by Ossie Ardiles, competed in the inaugural Football40 London Legends Cup this weekend, finishing runners-up.

Our squad of former players included current goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, 80s heroes Ricky Villa, Graham Roberts and Tony Galvin, and more recent stars such as Darren Anderton, Ian Walker and Justin Edinburgh.

Ossie was tasked with managing the side, assisted by Les Ferdinand, in a four-team tournament held at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

The brainchild of the legendary Glenn Hoddle, Football40 is a new style of 11-a-side football aimed specifically at the Legends market, designed to inject new opportunities and excitement into this popular sector.

With its 20 minutes each way format, it enables a four-team tournament to be played as a single 3-hour event comprising of two semi-finals and a final.

The rules have been enhanced to suit the format, with unlimited roll-on roll-off substitutions, a sin-bin and changes to the off-side and other rules making the game fast, exciting and competitive.

We took on an Arsenal team including the likes of Paul Merson and Ray Parlour in our semi-final, winning 2-0 with goals from Edinburgh and Anderton.

It set up a final with favourites Chelsea, boasting Gianfranco Zola and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink in their lineup, after they saw off Fulham.

And despite a bright start, the Blues triumphed by a convincing 4-0 scoreline, with goals from Ken Monkou, Zola, Tore Andre Flo and Jody Morris.