THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Thinking of Ossie

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OUR former manager Ossie Ardiles is hopefully well on the way to recovery after his recent car accident in the Falkland Islands.

Ossie, along with fellow World Cup winner Ricky Villa, sustained minor injuries and we wish them well.

The news, though, sparked many memories of the diminutive midfield genius. First of all the shock of learning that the Town had landed Ossie as manager at the end of the 80s.

Then the way he stamped his mark on Lou Macari's super fit side. I doubt anyone who watched Andy Rowland's pre-season testimonial with West Ham will ever forget the style of football we were to watch over the next couple of years.

“Ossie's Samba Boys” they were called, as they produced silky soccer and eventual promotion (before demotion, sadly).

It just so happens we got a glimpse of things to come this weekend 34 years ago.

You might remember a Tottenham side visiting the County Ground in an FA Cup fourth round tie. As it turned out there was another future Swindon boss there that day in the shape of Glenn Hoddle.

Ricky Villa also played for Spurs in arguably one of the most talented sides ever to come to Town. Times have changed.

On that day over 25,000 crammed into our ground just days after a similar number were there for a League Cup semi-final against Wolves.

Swindon claimed a goalless draw against Tottenham and narrowly missed out in the replay 2-1 despite a Ray McHale penalty giving us the lead.

Ardiles and Hoddle, two names that changed Swindon Town forever with the way they played their football.

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5:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

6degreessouth says...

Aaahh happy davs, great memories, great tines, if we could only turn back time.
Aaahh happy davs, great memories, great tines, if we could only turn back time. 6degreessouth

6:00am Thu 23 Jan 14

Chish and Fips says...

Yep... hopefully a quick recovery for all concerned.

Ossie and his 'Totttingham '
Yep... hopefully a quick recovery for all concerned. Ossie and his 'Totttingham ' Chish and Fips

6:09am Thu 23 Jan 14

Swindon Crier says...

All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British Swindon Crier

7:49am Thu 23 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
Oh dear, what a poor comment.

Get well soon, Ossie. As the first ever manager to lead Swindon Town to the top tier of English football, you will always ve a legend.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a poor comment. Get well soon, Ossie. As the first ever manager to lead Swindon Town to the top tier of English football, you will always ve a legend. LionelHutz

8:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

Red Tuareg says...

Remember those games well and the Wembley game against Sunderland was so one sided and yet required a cruelly deflected shot to secure victory. Just a shame that off-field shenanigans changed the course of history. We can but wonder if we might have done better in the top flight than our subsequent effort. Good times.
Remember those games well and the Wembley game against Sunderland was so one sided and yet required a cruelly deflected shot to secure victory. Just a shame that off-field shenanigans changed the course of history. We can but wonder if we might have done better in the top flight than our subsequent effort. Good times. Red Tuareg

8:21am Thu 23 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
Think you may be in a minority with your thoughts on Ossie. Having managed the only team that won promotion never to take their place in the upper tier, small surprise he moved on to better things. Add to that I would suspect that he probably played some part in persuading Glenn Hoddle to come here to cut his teeth in management.

Ossie is a true gent and I believe his family remained in England after his playing days and are just as British orientated as every other person who have made a worthwhile contribution to our country, he and Ricky are actually in the Falklands to discuss how the war effected their livelihood in football, (believe they went on loan to PSG), He is not going to air his views on who owns the Falklands and upset his fans is he? so IMO your final comment was totally uncalled for.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]Think you may be in a minority with your thoughts on Ossie. Having managed the only team that won promotion never to take their place in the upper tier, small surprise he moved on to better things. Add to that I would suspect that he probably played some part in persuading Glenn Hoddle to come here to cut his teeth in management. Ossie is a true gent and I believe his family remained in England after his playing days and are just as British orientated as every other person who have made a worthwhile contribution to our country, he and Ricky are actually in the Falklands to discuss how the war effected their livelihood in football, (believe they went on loan to PSG), He is not going to air his views on who owns the Falklands and upset his fans is he? so IMO your final comment was totally uncalled for. old town robin

9:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

Robinonfire says...

Get Ossie back (A real Manager.. Mr Power )
Get Ossie back (A real Manager.. Mr Power ) Robinonfire

10:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

6degreessouth says...

old town robin wrote:
Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
Think you may be in a minority with your thoughts on Ossie. Having managed the only team that won promotion never to take their place in the upper tier, small surprise he moved on to better things. Add to that I would suspect that he probably played some part in persuading Glenn Hoddle to come here to cut his teeth in management.

Ossie is a true gent and I believe his family remained in England after his playing days and are just as British orientated as every other person who have made a worthwhile contribution to our country, he and Ricky are actually in the Falklands to discuss how the war effected their livelihood in football, (believe they went on loan to PSG), He is not going to air his views on who owns the Falklands and upset his fans is he? so IMO your final comment was totally uncalled for.
Spot on otr I could not have put it better, well said.

I have Oz back tomorrow, legend
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]Think you may be in a minority with your thoughts on Ossie. Having managed the only team that won promotion never to take their place in the upper tier, small surprise he moved on to better things. Add to that I would suspect that he probably played some part in persuading Glenn Hoddle to come here to cut his teeth in management. Ossie is a true gent and I believe his family remained in England after his playing days and are just as British orientated as every other person who have made a worthwhile contribution to our country, he and Ricky are actually in the Falklands to discuss how the war effected their livelihood in football, (believe they went on loan to PSG), He is not going to air his views on who owns the Falklands and upset his fans is he? so IMO your final comment was totally uncalled for.[/p][/quote]Spot on otr I could not have put it better, well said. I have Oz back tomorrow, legend 6degreessouth

10:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

6degreessouth says...

Can anyone remember the fire at the corner of the bank and the old wooden south stand, I’m sure it was the night that Vic mentions in the above article when we played Tottingham. A friend of mine purchased a very large wooden shed to sell match day programmes from and I’m pretty sure it was his first time in his new shed, hilarious, thick smoke and flames billowing out across Shrivenham Road, sirens blaring.

Fond memories, happy days.
Can anyone remember the fire at the corner of the bank and the old wooden south stand, I’m sure it was the night that Vic mentions in the above article when we played Tottingham. A friend of mine purchased a very large wooden shed to sell match day programmes from and I’m pretty sure it was his first time in his new shed, hilarious, thick smoke and flames billowing out across Shrivenham Road, sirens blaring. Fond memories, happy days. 6degreessouth

10:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

castle9 says...

Agree totally Vic, I can still remember that pre season game against West Ham. Stood in the lower tier of the Shrivvy Road, me and my mates looked at each other open mouthed after a couple of minutes of the game kicking off. Basically the same players that had spent the previous 3 seasons getting the ball into the corners for big Dave Bamber were now playing short fast passes to feet and moving off into space. A joy to watch.
Agree totally Vic, I can still remember that pre season game against West Ham. Stood in the lower tier of the Shrivvy Road, me and my mates looked at each other open mouthed after a couple of minutes of the game kicking off. Basically the same players that had spent the previous 3 seasons getting the ball into the corners for big Dave Bamber were now playing short fast passes to feet and moving off into space. A joy to watch. castle9

10:34am Thu 23 Jan 14

Redgollum says...

Ossie is a true gent & I wish him well. Probably the only Argentinian that would be welcomed in the Falklands.
Ossie is a true gent & I wish him well. Probably the only Argentinian that would be welcomed in the Falklands. Redgollum

10:53am Thu 23 Jan 14

6degreessouth says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
Oh dear, what a poor comment.

Get well soon, Ossie. As the first ever manager to lead Swindon Town to the top tier of English football, you will always ve a legend.
From the BBC;

Prior to his transfer, Ardiles had been flown for treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on the Falkland Islands, along with six other passengers, four of which were released with minor injuries.

"The attention and care we have received from the police, the RAF helicopter team, the doctors and nurses, has been world class," said Ardiles on Tuesday evening.

"Thanks to everyone for your concern."

Legend.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a poor comment. Get well soon, Ossie. As the first ever manager to lead Swindon Town to the top tier of English football, you will always ve a legend.[/p][/quote]From the BBC; Prior to his transfer, Ardiles had been flown for treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on the Falkland Islands, along with six other passengers, four of which were released with minor injuries. "The attention and care we have received from the police, the RAF helicopter team, the doctors and nurses, has been world class," said Ardiles on Tuesday evening. "Thanks to everyone for your concern." Legend. 6degreessouth

10:56am Thu 23 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
There's always one isn't there?

Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend
[quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]There's always one isn't there? Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend Wildwestener

2:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

I always thought that Glenn Hoddle was granted a lot of the credit that should have gone Ossie's way.

When Ardiles arrived I remember him saying he was going to change our style, which despite it's success still had a few critics. I'd believed that that Lou had us playing the only style of football that the quality of player we had were capable of,and I worried that Ossie had a rude awakening coming.

How wrong I was! Without drastically changing the personnel we started playing the most cultured football I had ever seen at the County Ground.

Get well soon Ossie.

Coincidentally the Retro Red feature in next Saturday's programme features that FA Cup game with Tottenham and the Wolves League Cup semis of 1980.
I always thought that Glenn Hoddle was granted a lot of the credit that should have gone Ossie's way. When Ardiles arrived I remember him saying he was going to change our style, which despite it's success still had a few critics. I'd believed that that Lou had us playing the only style of football that the quality of player we had were capable of,and I worried that Ossie had a rude awakening coming. How wrong I was! Without drastically changing the personnel we started playing the most cultured football I had ever seen at the County Ground. Get well soon Ossie. Coincidentally the Retro Red feature in next Saturday's programme features that FA Cup game with Tottenham and the Wolves League Cup semis of 1980. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier

6:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Swindon Crier says...

Wildwestener wrote:
Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
There's always one isn't there?

Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend
Get a grip guys it was a bleeding joke that's what's wrong with all you people on theses forums no sense of humour, I know what the bloke done for us I was a Wembley, I've followed the Town for forty years , not one of the big clubs like most of you probably do, growing up it was always my ambition to see my small team get either to a cup final at Wembley( to young in 69 ) or see them in the top league , so for all it to happen on one day for me was utopia,, so yeah I know what he done, it doesn't alter the fact that my opinion is not as glowing as yours as I feel he let us down by leaving when he did even if he did get Hoddle, another one who legged it,at least Lou stayed a while even turned down big jobs . As I said my earlier comment was lighthearted, so get a life,and don't ridicule people who's opinion doesn't agree with yours
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]There's always one isn't there? Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend[/p][/quote]Get a grip guys it was a bleeding joke that's what's wrong with all you people on theses forums no sense of humour, I know what the bloke done for us I was a Wembley, I've followed the Town for forty years , not one of the big clubs like most of you probably do, growing up it was always my ambition to see my small team get either to a cup final at Wembley( to young in 69 ) or see them in the top league , so for all it to happen on one day for me was utopia,, so yeah I know what he done, it doesn't alter the fact that my opinion is not as glowing as yours as I feel he let us down by leaving when he did even if he did get Hoddle, another one who legged it,at least Lou stayed a while even turned down big jobs . As I said my earlier comment was lighthearted, so get a life,and don't ridicule people who's opinion doesn't agree with yours Swindon Crier

7:18pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

Yes, here's wishing both Ossie and Ricky a speedy recovery and a reminder that Spurs connections have worked extremely well for us in the past. Mind you. Overall it's a bit of a mixed bag when we also reflect on McKay and Rudduck!
Yes, here's wishing both Ossie and Ricky a speedy recovery and a reminder that Spurs connections have worked extremely well for us in the past. Mind you. Overall it's a bit of a mixed bag when we also reflect on McKay and Rudduck! mancrobin

10:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Swindon Crier wrote:
Wildwestener wrote:
Swindon Crier wrote:
All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British
There's always one isn't there?

Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend
Get a grip guys it was a bleeding joke that's what's wrong with all you people on theses forums no sense of humour, I know what the bloke done for us I was a Wembley, I've followed the Town for forty years , not one of the big clubs like most of you probably do, growing up it was always my ambition to see my small team get either to a cup final at Wembley( to young in 69 ) or see them in the top league , so for all it to happen on one day for me was utopia,, so yeah I know what he done, it doesn't alter the fact that my opinion is not as glowing as yours as I feel he let us down by leaving when he did even if he did get Hoddle, another one who legged it,at least Lou stayed a while even turned down big jobs . As I said my earlier comment was lighthearted, so get a life,and don't ridicule people who's opinion doesn't agree with yours
No excuse for a distasteful post
[quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon Crier[/bold] wrote: All this hype and love for him, rubbish soon jumped ship when he got a better deal, when we really needed him, he couldn't wait to go, let's just home he is enjoying the Falkland hospitality and remembering that it's British[/p][/quote]There's always one isn't there? Hope Ossie is soon on the mend. Proper footie legend[/p][/quote]Get a grip guys it was a bleeding joke that's what's wrong with all you people on theses forums no sense of humour, I know what the bloke done for us I was a Wembley, I've followed the Town for forty years , not one of the big clubs like most of you probably do, growing up it was always my ambition to see my small team get either to a cup final at Wembley( to young in 69 ) or see them in the top league , so for all it to happen on one day for me was utopia,, so yeah I know what he done, it doesn't alter the fact that my opinion is not as glowing as yours as I feel he let us down by leaving when he did even if he did get Hoddle, another one who legged it,at least Lou stayed a while even turned down big jobs . As I said my earlier comment was lighthearted, so get a life,and don't ridicule people who's opinion doesn't agree with yours[/p][/quote]No excuse for a distasteful post old town robin

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