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Ossie leads the legends

Posted on 6 April 2010  - 12:00

Ossie Ardiles will manage a Spurs veterans' side in the London Legends Cup at Upton Park on May 30.

Ossie leads the legends

Ossie Ardiles will manage a Spurs veterans' side in the London Legends Cup at Upton Park on May 30.

Our lads will be up against Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham in the newly-launched tournament that will seek to follow the success of 20:20 cricket and masters tennis.

The format will be 11-a-side but with just 20 minutes each way plus unlimited ‘roll on, roll off' substitutions.

Under the banner Football40, it is planned to hold Masters Home internationals, games between England, Italy, Brazil and Argentina plus an eight-team legends World Cup in South Africa later in the year.

Ossie's Spurs team mate Glenn Hoddle is F40's technical director and will also manage the England side. The concept is to provide a serious yet fun environment for over 35s with the unlimited subs rule helping on the fitness side.

"The fact that a player can be substituted and then go back on later means that players can perform at their maximum for short periods," explained Glenn, pictured at the launch at Upton Park on Tuesday. "They know that they can't play at their peak for 90 minutes but this format means they can still entertain and have a real go."

The provisional Spurs squad includes Gary Mabbutt, Clive Allen, Graham Roberts, Paul Miller, Colin Calderwood, Micky Hazard, John Pratt, Steve Sedgley, Paul Allen, Ricky Villa, Garry Brooke, Mark Falco and Tony Galvin.