Spurs coaches dropped into a care home to help residents reminisce about their past.

The footballers attended the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in North Finchley and used memory games to get people talking about their past.

During the session, residents look at old black and white photos of sports personalities and watch old footage together to trigger memories.

Dorothy Blumenthal, one of the residents said: “I had three brothers.

"We used to go to Victoria Park in Hackney and play there.

"The local council had built wonderful sports equipment.

"I copied my brothers, I wanted to be just like them and do what they did.

"Later, we lived near the training ground so we used to go and watch Spurs first team training for free.

"I still enjoy watching the game.”

Resident and Arsenal fan, Alex Mitchell, has memories of Arsenal players coming into his father’s clothes shop when he was young.

He said: “I used to know the players well.

"Later with my sons we walked to the game every Saturday from my family home in Hendon.

“It’s good to talk about sport.

"Sport’s always been a big part of my life”.

Lawrence Silver, another resident at the session, remembered playing football, cricket and tennis in his youth.

He said: “I was a good footballer and my father had a letter from the FA saying the scouts wanted to take me to training.

"That wasn’t going to happen though.

"We were an Orthodox family and football was on Shabbat.

"So, I played on the Sunday games with the Jewish clubs and was founder member of Stamford Hill Boys Club”.

Rob White, London coordinator of the nationwide Sporting Memories programme said: “Long term memory can be stimulated with the photos of sports people.

"It can really help people with low self-esteem to talk about something they know about.

"It can trigger some strong opinions when they think back.

"They will start to communicate in a different way.”