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Posted on 21 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

As a relative newcomer to the Premiership scene, Stephen Kelly feels he is reaping the benefit of the calm authority displayed by Ledley King.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 skipper is battling with Noe Pamarot for the right-back berth and has featured on several occasions so far this term. He considers Ledley a massive figure in the heart of our defence.

"He is fantastic, isn't he?" said Stephen. "He is so calm, great on the ball and reads everything really well. Over the last year he has developed this presence, he had one before on the pitch, but since he has got the captain's armband he is more dominant and gets everyone else going around him."

Stephen added that Ledley's Euro 2004 exploits have seen him return with an aura about him that has taken him to another level in the Premiership pecking order.

"Definitely, he has come back and is not a different player, but has taken it on again. He was always fantastic, even in central midfield, and has now moved up another gear.

"Everyone can see how good he is getting.

"He is not the type of person to rant and rave, it is his performance that pushes on the players. A lot of captain's aren't that vocal, it's just having them in the team that helps you on."