Xtra - captains' week
15 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Danny Blanchflower’s final game for Spurs – against Manchester United at Old Trafford on November 9, 1963.
Meanwhile, when Michael Dawson led the team out against Newcastle on Sunday, it represented his 299th appearance for the club and he’s set to become the 42nd player to reach the 300-game milestone in the club’s history when he next pulls on the famous white shirt.
We've looked back at the careers of four of our great captains this week - Danny, Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbutt and Ledley King - and we end the feature with our current skipper....
MICHAEL DAWSON - 2005-present
They were quite some boots to fill, but Michael Dawson has taken the role of captaincy of this great club in his stride following the retirement of Ledley King.
A born leader, Michael captained the team on numerous occasions when injury got the better of Ledley, and he's now following a similar path as 'The King' - his new contract, signed in October, will take him to over 10 years of service at the Lane.
Now on 299 appearances for us since his arrival from Forest on January deadline day, 2005, 'Daws' is the epitomy of a captain, all reflected in his never-say-die attitude on the pitch.
On signing his new deal last month, Michael underlined what Spurs meant to him.
"It’s a great football club to be at and I love the club, love the fans, love the welcome I received when I arrived.
"I’ve played with some world-class players, learned a lot off Ledley and took the armband when he retired. It’s a massive honour to be captain of this football club and hopefully the next three years will be great."
The pair played together for seven years - barring injury - until Ledley’s retirement at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
So for the final words of this week's series, here is Ledley on Michael...
"Michael has been brilliant. When he came here from Forest he was a young lad. He’s a great character and a firm favourite amongst the lads. He’s become a real leader at the club and I’m thrilled he’s going to be here longer, and this new deal will take him beyond 10 years, which is a great achievement.
"Michael is a terrific guy, a great personality, an infectious character. It was great to play alongside him and very easy to play alongside him. I played with him for many years and enjoyed every minute of it. We always complimented each other.
"It was easy to play with him. It wasn’t the easiest situation later on because I was always in and out of the team but when we did play together, I always felt we had a good understanding. He was a great help to me. It was always easy for me to come back into the team having been out and play alongside Daws. That made it easier for me when I came out of the cold, because I had someone like Daws there."