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The Perryman Years 3

Posted on 20 June 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

In part three of our video series with our former captain, Steve Perryman recalls a time who a Spurs double signing shook the football world.

Steve Perryman can still remember the day we signed Argentinian greats Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.

“I woke up, went downstairs, opened the paper and there it was, we were signing two players who I’d just watched help Argentina win the World Cup,” he said. “The phone didn’t stop ringing.

“I remember thinking ‘what will they think of our training ground’ because you had this picture that foreign footballers had it all magnificent, but they didn’t. They helped us get our football name back. We got back on the rollercoaster.”

That rollercoaster started with one of the great Spurs memories, the 1981 FA Cup Final replay victory over Manchester City. “We’d been relegated, I was captain, bounced back, started to improve and suddenly you are at Wembley and you can your credibility back in one hit,” he said.

“The first final was disappointing but we’ve ended up winning it and you are doing all the silly things, the hugging, the kissing and suddenly someone taps you on the shoulder and says ‘Steve, you have to pick up the cup’. As if it wasn’t good enough! Words cannot describe that feeling.”

The feeling was repeated the following year and the UEFA Cup followed in 1984 before Steve finally parted company for Oxford in 1986. But it wouldn’t be too long before he was back.