Ledley King: 25-foot tall mural of Tottenham legend unveiled to ‘open a new chapter in Spurs history’

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A giant mural of Ledley King has been unveiled outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The 25-foot-high artwork pays tribute to the Tottenham legend, a one-club man who made more than 250 appearances for the club and captained Spurs to their last trophy in 2008.

The mural on Tottenham High Road features King and his inspirational quote: “This is my club, my one and only club”.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust [THST], who commissioned and part-funded the artwork with the help of the club, said it “opens a new chapter in Spurs history”.

“It is, we hope, the first of a number of initiatives that make the history of Tottenham Hotspur more visible in the area around the stadium and more widely around Haringey,” said THST in a statement.

On seeing the completed mural for the first time, King said: “It is a true honour for me to have a tribute like this in the heart of a community that means so much to me.

“I have always shared an incredible relationship with the club and its fans, who have supported me through thick and thin.

“To know that I am thought of in this way by our fans makes me incredibly proud and shows why this club – my one and only club - is so special.”

THST board member Rob White said: “Murals are a great way of being able to raise awareness of great players, and great moments.

“It’s taken about 18 months. We started with identifying potential sites, finding out who owned them, then looking to get permission for the project. For a variety of reasons, this is not as simple as it sounds. Especially when introducing a relatively new concept to an area. The hope is that once this first mural is in place, other people will come forward with suitable sites.

“We had a meeting with Ledley and Tony Stevens from the club at the end of November 2021, where we put the idea to Ledley and showed him the concepts. It’s fair to say that he was delighted and humbled by the idea.

“I also think that it’s quite an abstract concept when you are first approached for something like this, but then it all becomes a bit more focused when you see the scale of the project. It’s also really nice for Ledley to think that this fans tribute will be in place for a long time.

“The club has been extremely supportive of the project, and they have really got behind the Ledley mural. I know that this project has inspired them, and that they’re looking to use this experience to build on some more heritage and Spurs history ideas in the local area.

“This is a response to the calls to pay tribute to club legends. It’s also a really good way of engaging with the local community.

“The long-term vision is to have about 10 to 12 pieces of Spurs history artwork throughout Haringey, which help to tell the story of the club.

“The pieces do not all need to be the size of the Ledley mural but could form part of a history/heritage trail and some could also tell the stories of the lesser-known characters. This could be funded by various fan groups, overseas or in the UK, who would then decide on who or what they wanted to see.”

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