Former Argentina international and 1978 World Cup winner Ricky got a fantastic ovation from the large crowd when he took his place on the pitch against a team of Spurs fans known as ‘The Boys From The Shelf.’
And the 62-year-old showed he’s never lost his abilities on the ball, picking the right pass every time as he helped the Legends build on their 2-1 half-time lead to claim the win.
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The game was merely five minutes old when McVeigh – the Legends team’s top scorer in 2015 – put the ex-White Hart Lane side in front. Mark Falco burst into space down the left side and picked out the former Norwich City man, who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper at the near post after his initial effort had been blocked by a defender.
Content to hold onto that early lead, the back four of John Lacy, Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott and Tony Galvin did a good job of retaining possession over a sustained period but The Boys From The Shelf made them pay when they found a breakthrough and Liam Fry beat goalkeeper Gareth Howells from a tight angle in the 20th minute.
McVeigh was denied by Howells’ opposite number just beyond the half-hour mark after latching onto a good ball over the top from central midfielder Kevin Watson, who himself tried his luck from the edge of the box two minutes later after receiving Falco’s left wing cross – only to see his effort blocked in a crowded area.
The Legends’ second goal arrived from the spot with 35 minutes gone. After Aaron Chinery’s shot came back off the crossbar, McVeigh was brought down by the goalkeeper as he tried to make the most of the rebound – the striker duly dusting himself down to convert the resulting penalty.
Legends keeper Howells made a fine one-on-one save at the start of the second half, but was beaten on 52 minutes when The Boys From The Shelf won a penalty of their own – the custodian himself having committed the foul – with Fry firing straight down the middle to equalise for a second time.
McVeigh and Stuart Nethercott both headed off target from respective Falco crosses, before McVeigh ran at the opposing defence and fired low to the goalkeeper’s left to restore the Legends’ lead once again, completing his hat-trick in the 64th minute.
The keeper than denied Chinery and McVeigh with respective double saves, before pushing a fierce shot from the former onto the post. Falco fired over and McVeigh’s latest effort bounced off the top of the crossbar on its way behind, before the latter wriggled free in the right channel and committed the goalkeeper before rolling home the Legends’ fourth with 84 minutes on the watch.
The scoring was completed four minutes later when McVeigh ran through and forced the ball beyond the goalkeeper, who partially blocked the shot but couldn’t keep it out, while The Boys From The Shelf saw a late effort hit the crossbar and McVeigh sent his final shot wide as the game reached a dramatic conclusion.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Tony Galvin, Kevin Watson, Stuart Nethercott, Paul Miller, Trevor Wilkinson, Ricky Villa, Paul McVeigh, Aaron Chinery, Mark Falco. Substitutes and guest players: Ralf Little, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam, John Bliss.