Ledley King

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Mrs Perryman

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Just finished a Q&A session with Ledley, again organised by the Yorkshire Supporters' Club.
People dialed in from all over - Romford (!), Amsterdam, Cleveland, Boston and somewhere else in the USA, and Malta. The lady in Amsterdam is Les Bennett's great-niece (he played in the '51 side). Also, the owners (Charlie and his son) of the Cyprus flag that we see at The Lane participated.
We were advised only to ask questions on his career, so I asked him who his favourite partner at the back was - I loved that he said Daws, Ledley said that he really cared about the Club and he gave his all in every game.
He thought his best manager was Glen Hoddle in terms of tactics and ideas, but most enjoyed playing in Harry's side. His best game was the Chelsea final. Most embarrassing game was the Man City cup game, which we lost at home after being 3-0 up. Best player he played with at Spurs - Gareth Bale. Best player with England - Gerrard.
Someone mentioned that there is a statue of Ledley in Mile End Park, something that I will have to go and find when lockdown over.
Someone else who dialed in was a young boy called George Hearson. He was a mascot when we played Newcastle in 2012, and he mentioned that he had just signed up with Bradford academy, the club that Ledley scored the fastest goal against. He's a left back/wing back, wouldn't it be funny if he ended up playing for us - it's his ambition. Ledley said that although he didn't really care about the record whilst he was playing, he enjoyed the attention once he retired, and was gutted when he lost it.
He mentioned that he was at home with a three and a five year old, who were running him ragged.
Great way to stay in touch with the Club during lockdown. I hope they do more.
 

Airfixx

"If I see aggressivity, I show aggressivity"
Just finished a Q&A session with Ledley, again organised by the Yorkshire Supporters' Club.
People dialed in from all over - Romford (!), Amsterdam, Cleveland, Boston and somewhere else in the USA, and Malta. The lady in Amsterdam is Les Bennett's great-niece (he played in the '51 side). Also, the owners (Charlie and his son) of the Cyprus flag that we see at The Lane participated.
We were advised only to ask questions on his career, so I asked him who his favourite partner at the back was - I loved that he said Daws, Ledley said that he really cared about the Club and he gave his all in every game.
He thought his best manager was Glen Hoddle in terms of tactics and ideas, but most enjoyed playing in Harry's side. His best game was the Chelsea final. Most embarrassing game was the Man City cup game, which we lost at home after being 3-0 up. Best player he played with at Spurs - Gareth Bale. Best player with England - Gerrard.
Someone mentioned that there is a statue of Ledley in Mile End Park, something that I will have to go and find when lockdown over.
Someone else who dialed in was a young boy called George Hearson. He was a mascot when we played Newcastle in 2012, and he mentioned that he had just signed up with Bradford academy, the club that Ledley scored the fastest goal against. He's a left back/wing back, wouldn't it be funny if he ended up playing for us - it's his ambition. Ledley said that although he didn't really care about the record whilst he was playing, he enjoyed the attention once he retired, and was gutted when he lost it.
He mentioned that he was at home with a three and a five year old, who were running him ragged.
Great way to stay in touch with the Club during lockdown. I hope they do more.

Love this too... Sterling work Mrs. P.

Love Daws.... Absolute Yido! :tobyarm:
 

Inside Ledley King's injury hell at Tottenham - where he played games despite not training​

Former Tottenham defender Ledley King has opened up on his injury-laden career, admitting that he was selected for games despite not training as performing midweek would only serve him a fresh injury blow

Ledley King has opened up about his torrid time at Tottenham.

The former Spurs and England defender claimed that he used to play matches without even training during the week. New managers were shocked to find out about the situation but King said it was the best system that they could come up with at the time.

King, speaking to Reece Mennie on his podcast, said: “When [Juande] Ramos came in as the manager, he couldn't believe that I didn't train and he said; ‘No, no, no. That’s not going to work’. Then he saw the results without me playing and then he changed his tune and I was back playing!

“So I was lucky he managed me and let me to do that. With Harry Redknapp, it was a tough one, and I had to prove it to him. I start training and then he saw that my knee would just swell up and that I was then unable to play, which was costing the team as it’s a results business at the end of the day. If I’m helping the team, that’s the most important thing and Harry recognised that.”

King also admitted that he could not go a few games without his muscle injury coming back. Instead of training with his team-mates he would be in the physio room trying to get back to match fitness.

“If we played on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I’d be with the physios in the gym trying to keep my muscles strong because I couldn't replicate running throughout the week, I couldn’t replicate jumping or playing football.

“I’d start playing and then after a few games, I’d break down with a muscle injury, just because I couldn't replicate playing football. If I was lucky I would go out a day before a game and try and join in training, but sometimes I couldn't even do that. If we play on the Sunday again, then same thing happened next week and that was it for five years really!”

The 41-year-old racked up 323 appearances for Spurs, featuring for the club from 1998 to his retirement in 2012. He only played every game of a full Premier League season on one occasion - in 2004–05 - and his injury backlog has become something of folklore in the Premier League.

King had a persistent knee problem that kept him out of action for 260 days, while a separate groin strain once kept him out for 180 days. Despite his inability to consistently play, King is considered a cult hero at Spurs and goes down as one of the greatness English talents they have ever produced.
 
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