Ledley Brenton King professionally known as Ledley King is an English football coach and former player who was a one-club man, spending his entire career at Tottenham Hotspurs. From 1999-2012, he had played 323 competitive matches for the club. He is highly rated as a central defender. In 2009, he was named by The Times as Tottenham’s 25th best player of all time. With Tottenham, he won the 2007-08 Football League Cup with the club and was runner up of 2001-02, 2008-09. He is currently an assistant first-team coach at the club.
On the international level, he has represented England at various age levels. He has represented England at U16, U18, U21, and the senior levels. From 2002 to 2010, he made 21 international appearances and scored twice for England. He has represented England at Euro 2004 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He announced his retirement from all forms of football on 19 July 2012 as a result of the chronic knee injuries that plagued much of his career.
What is Ledley King Famous For?
- Being a professional Football player.
- Won the 2007-08 Football League Cup with Tottenham.
Where is Ledley King From?
Ledley King was born on 12 October 1980. His birth name is Ledley Brenton King. His birthplace is Bow, England. He was born to his father, Herbert Patterson, and his mother, Beverly King. He is of Antiguan descent. He attended the Blessed John Roche RC School. He holds British nationality. His horoscope sign is Libra.
Ledley King Football Career Timeline
- He started playing football for the youth team of Senrab.
- In 1996, he joined Tottenham Hotspurs as a trainee and progressed through the youth system.
- He made his debut for the club in May 1999 in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
- In November 2000 with his performances in central midfield Tottenham win over Liverpool by 2-1 which established himself as a regular on the Spur’s side.
- In December 2000, he scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 3-3 draw away to Bradford City after just 10 seconds, setting a new Premier League record for the quickest goal which was finally beaten by Shane Long, scoring for Southampton on 23 April 2019 after only 7.69 seconds.
- After injuring his knee in training before the start of the 2006-07 season, he did not start his season until mid-September.
- Spurs played 59 games in all competitions that season, but he featured in less than half of them where Spurs only managed 3 clean sheets against top-flight opposition without him in the side.
- In a Premier League, Spurs went on to win the game 2-1 where he had captained Tottenham to their first league win over Chelsea since 1990, and the first at White Hart Lane since 1987.
- In summer 2007, he underwent surgery by which he would miss the start of the 2007-08 season and made a surprise return to the starting line-up against Fulham, playing 73 minutes before being replaced by Adel Taarabt on Boxing Day 2007.
- He appeared sporadically for the rest of the season and captained Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final, the first major honour of his career.
- On 3 April 2008, it was announced that he would be rested for the remainder of the season where Spurs was knocked out of the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, and unable to qualify for the Champions League through the League. He had featured in just 10 games all season, with just four Premiership games under his belt.
- On 12 August 2008, he picked up the trophy for the cleanest team in the Premier League for the season. He received the award at the ‘Get on with the Game’ program which was shown on Sky Sports News.
- At the start of the 2008-09 season, it was clear that he could not play in every game due to his injury problems.
- On 26 October 2008, he made his 200th league appearance for Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
- In 2009, he was named by The Times as Tottenham’s 25th best player of all time.
- He captained the club in the 2009 League Cup final against Manchester United, keeping a clean sheet after 120 minutes of play, but lost on penalties.
- On 14 April 2010, he won his first game ever in a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the league in which he played 90 minutes.
- On 5 May 2010, he captained Tottenham to a 1-0 away victory at Manchester City, thus guaranteeing Tottenham’s highest-ever finish in the Premier League and securing entry into the qualification round of the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
- On 16 May 2010, it was reported that he had signed a new two-year contract extension with Spurs which would keep him at the club until 2012.
- In 2011, a steel statue of him was erected in Mile End Park.
- On 19 July 2012, he announced he would retire from football and continued at Tottenham as a club ambassador.
- From 1999-2012, he had played 323 competitive matches for the club.
- On 12 May 2014, he made a final playing appearance at White Hart Lane in his testimonial match.
Ledley King International Career
- He has represented England at various age levels.
- He has represented England at U16, U18, U21, and the senior levels.
- He made his England senior team debut in a 1-2 loss to Italy in March 2002.
- On 18 February 2004, he was called into the England squad for the friendly against Portugal and netted his first goal on his third appearance.
- He has represented England at Euro 2004 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- From 2002 to 2010, he made 21 international appearances and scored twice for England.
Ledley King Coaching
- On 26 July 2020, confirmed he was appointed as an assistant coach for the club by the Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.
- On 6 August 2020, Tottenham announced that he would be a first-team assistant coach.
Ledley King Wife
Looking at his personal life, Ledley King is a married man. He got married to his long-term partner Amy Kavanagh in Syon House, West London where he invited a few footballing friends to the wedding. He got children from his earlier relationship girlfriend, Emma where he has kept the children a secret and even failed to mention them in his autobiography. Currently, he is having an intimate relationship with his love and they are living their life happily together.
Ledley King Height and Weight
Ledley King stands at a height of 1.88m i.e. 6 feet and 2 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 86kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color and hair color are black. His sexual orientation is straight.
Ledley King Salary and Net Worth
Ledley King is a retired professional football player who was a one-club man, spending his entire career at Tottenham Hotspurs. He earns from his professional career as a football coach. His income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. As of 2021, his estimated net worth is $7 million where his salary is not revealed yet. Any updates on his salary will be updated here soon.