DON'T mention John Burridge - the much-travelled goalkeeper of yesteryear when World Cup 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 6.
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.
to Burridge, who was briefly on The Mariners' books in the 1995-96 season, Ardiles tried to tread on his feet at a Spurs corner - but
the goalkeeper managed to get his stamp in first.
2011 autobiography, Budgie, he writes: " I gave him the old two studs
combination on the metatarsal and he went down in absolute agony."
(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
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."
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:
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.
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 is published at £16.99
by John Blake.
It also available, on loan at North East Lincolnshire libraries.