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Full circle for Ledley

Posted on 20 May 2009  - 12:00

Ledley King goes back to where it all started 10 years ago on Sunday.

Full circle for Ledley

Ledley King goes back to where it all started 10 years ago on Sunday.

Our longest-serving player made his debut against Liverpool at Anfield on May 1, 1999.

He was thrust into an emergency left-back role in the second half following the sending off of Mauricio Taricco just before half-time.

Naturally, it's a game that sticks in Ledley's mind. "First of all, I can't believe it's 10 years ago - where has that time gone?" smiled the defender at Spurs Lodge. "It seems like it should only be two or three years ago.

"I remember we were 2-0 up when I came on. Mauricio Taricco had been sent off in the last minute of the first half and George Graham told me straight away that I would be going on and playing left-back. I was soon in the thick of it.

"It's a bit of a surreal experience, that first game, especially at somewhere like Anfield where you are up against some of the star players who you grew up watching.

"It flew by and we ended up losing 3-2, but it was an amazing experience.

"Most players will tell you that your career flies by so you have to enjoy every moment as you go along."

Despite the well-documented injury problems Ledley has had to overcome - not least in the last coupe of seasons - he has racked up 269 appearances for us and an encouraging 28 this season with the finale at Anfield on Sunday.

"It's still special to play for this club - that feeling is as strong now as it ever was," added Ledley. "Ten years on and I still get nervous before every game and that's the way I like it. That's what brings the best out of me and when I pull on that white shirt I'm ready to go out and do battle for the club."