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Ardiles 'doing well' after suffering severe cuts to head

Ardiles promoting his autobiography in 2009 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ossie Ardiles has sustained severe lacerations to the head, but is progressing well, after being involved in a car crash in the Falklands with former Argentine footballer Ricky Villa.

In a statement released by the Falklands Government, the former Spurs player and manager said: “Thank you to everyone in the Islands who has helped, without exception.

"Thank you to everyone for your concern, I am fine and doing well.”


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Tottenham releases statement following Ardiles and Villa crash

Tottenham Hotspur FC has released a statement following the news that Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were involved in a car accident.

Ardiles, who is also former manager of Newcastle United, and Villa spent 15 years on the playing staff at Tottenham between them.

"All at the club wish Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa speedy recoveries after they were involved in a car accident in the Falklands on Monday evening.

"We have been in touch with Ossie's friends and relatives and have been informed that both Ricky and he were fine, and that Ossie suffered a cut to the head that required stitches, but he remained conscious throughout. Ossie remains in hospital."

– Tottenham Hotspur FC

Ardiles and Villa involved in Falklands car accident

Ricky Villa (left) and Ossie Ardiles pictured in London last year. Credit: PA

Former Argentina and Tottenham footballers Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles have been involved in a car accident on the Falkland Islands on Monday night.

The South Atlantic News Agency said the pair were on the island to film a documentary for ESPN.

A British military helicopter airlifted Ardiles and Villa, both 61, to a hospital in Stanley shortly after the accident occurred at around 9pm local time, according to the MinutoUno news site.

Four of the injured were discharged from hospital while three remain under observation, the report added.


Jim Davidson 'delighted' by historic sex claim ruling

Jim Davidson said he is "delighted" that he will face no further action. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Comedian Jim Davidson said he is "delighted" that he will face no further action over an alleged historic sex offence in the Falkland Islands.The 60-year-old has been told that he will not be prosecuted over a claim that he assaulted a woman while he was on a trip to entertain troops in the 1980s.

His solicitor Henri Brandman said: "My client, Jim Davidson, is delighted to have received news today that there will be no further action relating to an allegation of an historic sexual nature in the Falkland Islands.

"I will not be making any further comment on his behalf."

Sir 'Sandy' Woodward 'served with distinction'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has paid tribute to the 'magnificent achievement' of Sir John Woodward in taking the Falklands during his career.

I am saddened by the news that Admiral Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward, has died and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Admiral Woodward served his country with distinction throughout his career, but he will be best remembered by many as the Navy's Fighting Admiral after he led the Royal Navy Task Force, sent by Margaret Thatcher, to re-take the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Following this magnificent achievement he served as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff and went on before retirement to be the Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen.

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

Sir John Woodward: A distinguished career

Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward in 1982 Credit: PA

Born: May 1 1932 in Penzance.

Training: Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Rank: Admiral.

Best known for: Leading British forces during Falklands conflict.

Interesting fact: Penzance is mainland Britain's closest major town to Argentina.

The start of Sir John's Navy career saw him working as a submarine specialist. Jobs with the Ministry of Defence and in training roles in the '70s gave way to him taking command of HMS Sheffield between 1976 and 1977.

It was after serving as director of naval plans between 1978 and 1981 that he was assigned to lead the British task force sent to the Falklands.

As well as his leadership during the conflict, Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward later went on to advise Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet and becoming Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen.

With the Falklands conflict never far from his mind, he wrote his memoirs of his time in command during the war in One Hundred Days. Sir John was knighted in 1982

Prime Minister's tribute to Falklands commander

Major-General Jeremy Moore, left, and Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward in 1982 Credit: PA

David Cameron has paid tribute to the "heroic command" of Sir John "Sandy" Woodward during the Falklands conflict. He said: "We are indebted to him for his many years of service and the vital role he played to ensure that the people of the Falkland Islands can still today live in peace and freedom."

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