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King of the Castle delivers Opus 593

Ledley King delivered a special edition of the Tottenham Hotspur Opus to the Bruce Castle Museum as part of the borough's launch of the Cultural Olympiad on Friday (September 26).

Ledley King delivered a special edition of the Tottenham Hotspur Opus to the Bruce Castle Museum as part of the borough's launch of the Cultural Olympiad on Friday (September 26).

Copy No. 593 of the Spurs Opus, a number that echoes the Tudor Age at Bruce Castle when Queen Elizabeth the First visited what was then the Manor of Tottenham, was unveiled at the Haringey landmark by Ledley, our club captain.

Ledley, who was joined by David Lammy MP, Cllr Dhiren Basu and Diana Edmonds at the launch, said: "Bruce Castle Museum is a fantastic home in the heart of the community for the Opus. It will provide Tottenham Hotspur, football and sports fans with the opportunity to visit the museum and read about the history of the Club in the borough.

"The Club acknowledges the significant contribution to the book by the Museum and the Archive Service at Bruce Castle.

"Hopefully it will be a perfect complement to the boots I donated to the museum five years ago."

The Opus, which was commissioned last year and provides a complete history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, was accepted on behalf of the Museum by Cllr Dhiren Basu, Haringey Council cabinet member for leisure, culture and lifelong learning.

Cllr Dhiren Basu was delighted with the contribution the Spurs Opus would make to Museum. "The limited edition Spurs Opus is a magnificent achievement and suitably worthy of the Premier League football club of which we in Haringey are so very proud.

"We are delighted that Ledley King was available to present the book personally on behalf of the club.

"Our contribution to this publication is also an indication of the importance of the collections held at Bruce Castle Museum and a tribute to the professionalism of its staff.

"2008 is the National Year of Reading and the arrival of such a book makes a significant statement."

Ledley, David Lammy MP

Diana Edmonds, Assistant Director of Haringey's Culture, Libraries and Learning Service added: "Working with the compilers of the Spurs Opus gave us a unique opportunity to showcase our own Tottenham Hotspur historical material in the collection and to promote our service to the community.

"The book provides the complete history of Tottenham Hotspur and it's fitting that during Black History Month in October people in the borough will be able to come and read about Spurs leaders past and present, like Walter Tull and Ledley King, who have had an impact both on and off the field in their own way."

The Tottenham Hotspur Opus will be available to be viewed by the public in the Archive Search-room at Bruce Castle Museum, by appointment.

The book features exclusive interviews with Jimmy Greaves, Dave Mackay, Ossie Ardiles and Jurgen Klinsmann and offers a unique perspective on the history of the first English club to claim a European trophy.

The Tottenham Hotspur Opus is available in three separate Icons Editions Legends, Captains and Club.

Diane Edmonds, David Lammy MP, Ledley