ROLE MODEL: Former Spurs captain Ledley King (right) with Dotun
FORMER TOTTENHAM and England central defender Ledley King tells me he is ready to take up the challenge of being the leader that the blighted north London neighbourhood needs to get itself back on its feet after last year's riots.
Tottenham MP David Lammy doesn't need to be worried. Ledley is not talking about getting involved in politics and becoming the local MP.
When Ledley and I met up last week for a game of one-on-one football, I put it to him directly that he could inspire youths in the London N15s and N17s to raise their game and turn the hood round.
"Yeah," Ledley agreed. “As former captain of Spurs, I feel a responsibility and I want to use my influence to get the youngsters thinking positively and to get the Council to help and to attract businesses to the area to improve things. Football has been very good to me. Tottenham has been very good to me. And now it's payback time for me to help."
I've got to be honest, I was impressed. Ledley's always been one of my heroes anyway.
Anybody who can play all those games and not be nutmegged by a striker deserves props all round. And even though the keen football supporters amongst you might point out that ‘dem man deh’ is from east of the border (born within the sounds of Bow bells, which makes him technically a cockney), we recruited him to the manor and since then he's been bonafide Tottenham all the way.
And he's a footballer that puts his money where his mouth his. He's become an ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur's Foundation to help well-behaved and unruly pickney to achieve their dreams.
By the way, before you ask, the footie game ended in a draw.
You never know I have skills and stamina.... when it comes to table football.