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OSSIE, RICKY'S SPECIAL NIGHT

Posted on 8 February 2008  - 12:00

Legendary duo Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were inducted into Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on a special night at the Lane on Thursday.

Legendary duo Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were inducted into Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on a special night at the Lane on Thursday.

The pair were joined by a host of former team-mates - many fellow inductees in the Hall of Fame - including the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Gary Mabbutt, Gary Stevens and Tony Galvin at a gala evening at the stadium.

Amongst the many tributes, Glenn Hoddle said: "When Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa came to the club, that was special. I loved playing with them. I was a creative, technical player, so for these lads to come from Argentina as World Cup winners was an exciting time. I felt an understanding with them straight away on the training pitch. The first time we played together was against Antwerp in a pre-season friendly. Ricky and I played about three or four one-twos right down the pitch. I thought, ‘This is wonderful: somebody who is on the same wavelength as me’. We just gelled. Ossie was the same. It was a lovely feeling to play with them."

Garth Crooks added: "My game improved from playing alongside them. I would never have been successful as a player if I hadn’t joined Tottenham Hotspur because the team at the time was just blessed with outstanding players and Ossie and Ricky were two of the best of them. They were consummate professionals."