Don't mention John Burridge - the much-travelled goalkeeper of yesteryear when World
winner Ossie Ardiles is booked to be one of the guest speakers at a
dinner in McMenemy's Bar at Grimsby Town's Blundell Park ground on March
The pair famously fell out in the last minute of a First Division match on Boxing Day, 1987, between Ardiles' side, Spurs, and Burridge's Southampton at the Dell.
According to Burridge, Ardiles tried to tread on his feet at a Spurs corner - but the goalkeeper managed to get his stamp in first.
In his lively autobiography, Budgie, he writes: " I gave him the old two studs combination on the metatarsal and he went down in absolute agony."
Ardiles (and other opponents) were doubtless unaware that Burridge had a habit of filing down the back studs on his boots so they were sharp as bullets.
He says: "When people came up to me at a corner and tried to bully and intimidate me, I'd seize the moment.
"I'd bring my left or right boot down on the striker's metatarsal - BANG!
"It sounds sounds cruel and dirty but it was kick or be kicked."
Did the officials not inspect the players studs before the match? Apparently, it tended only to be a cursory check in which they ran their fingers over the front studs.
Burridge claims that, following the match, which Saints won 2-1, Ardiles shouted at him:
"You animal!" then tried to push him down the 10 steps that led to the dressing rooms - to which he responded by "smacking" him
Alas for Burridge, the incident came back to haunt him later when he was first-team choice for Newcastle United.
Out of the blue, Ossie Ardiles was appointed Toon manager - and Burridge was soon shown the door. The following season, he was plying his trade with Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.
Budgie - The Autobiography of Goalkeeping Legend John Burridge was first published in 2011 at £16.99 by John Blake.