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Legend's visit puts bank in premier league

PUBLISHED: 10:48 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

FOOTBALL fans met an international sporting legend when the Premier League Trophy came to a bank. Barclays, in High Street, Orpington, played host to the trophy along with former Spurs player and manager Ossie Ardiles. The Argentinean star signed autogr

FOOTBALL fans met an international sporting legend when the Premier League Trophy came to a bank.

Barclays, in High Street, Orpington, played host to the trophy along with former Spurs player and manager Ossie Ardiles.

The Argentinean star signed autographs and posed for photographs as part of a whistlestop tour of Barclays branches designed to bring the 3ft 5in tall trophy closer to fans.

Branch manager Mark Terrell said: "It was great to give people in Orpington the chance to see the Barclays Premier League Trophy.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere here, with everyone very excited at getting close to this iconic prize. Having football legend Ossie Ardiles here really added to the day, with people very excited to get his autograph."

Barclays bosses decked the branch out in a football theme for the visit last Wednesday, and staff dressed in soccer strips in honour of the day's guest.

Visitors to the bank entered a draw to win one of 20 signed Premier League football shirts.

The visit comes in the run-up to the World Cup, which kicks off this Saturday.

Ardiles' national side will be hoping for victory under coach Diego Maradona, who famously knocked England out of the World Cup with his "Hand of God" in 1986. The Premier League Trophy is made of solid sterling silver and a Malacite base which together weigh four stone. Its design is based on the theme of the three lions of English football, with lions on each handle. When the captain of the winning team lifts the trophy at the end of the season, he becomes the third lion. Osvaldo "Ossie" Ardiles, played 221 games for Tottenham Hotspur, and 63 times for his country, before returning to Spurs as manager in 1994. While manager of Spurs he signed another footballing legend, Jurgen Klinsmann. He was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in February 2008.

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