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All Hail the KING!

In the last few moments, It has been confirmed that Ledley King is to retire from the game, but remain in an ambassadorial capacity at the club.

Legendary and world class status is given all too freely in this or perhaps any generation, but for me and I assume the vast majority of Tottenham fans, Ledley King is (can't yet use the term was) of that quality, and in my opinion is a player that can rightly be put amongst the greatest ever Tottenham players and probably into the greatest ever team.

21 full England caps bare no insight into his quality, and perhaps if it had another fifty or even a hundred appearances on top, we would be nearer the mark Bet for me he will always be a Tottenham legend and a player I admire hugely and have loved to watch play, it is such a shame and almost a crime that such an outstanding footballer has struggled for so long.

I have been hoping that Ledley would retire for around two years now, and have always felt guilty in asking this question. It was in part about his in/out appearances, destabilising a defensive unit, but so much more about a man I value so highly and his own wellbeing. The last thing I wanted was to see him struggle to compete or suffer in his later years as a result of pushing himself too far.

It seems that Ledley will work for the club and the Tottenham community, and no doubt be looked upon as a mentor for so many of the young players at the club who are sure to look up to the great man. I have always felt this was a better direction for Ledley than hitting the training ground, as somehow it always seemed a better fit, from what little snippets I have seem of the great man, when interviewed, but what is now important is that he enjoys a long career and continued association with the club and community, and I hope he easily comes to terms with his premature retirement...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Thursday July 19 2012
Time: 11:51AM

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Retire 26
Wilts Spurs
19/07/2012 11:52:00
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If ever a player deserves a TESTIMONIAL Ledley King does, I hope the club take note, who has Daniel Levy's email....?
spu 4 life
19/07/2012 11:54:00
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The Legend The King...has left the building ;(....i salute u Sir COYMFS!!!
JattYid
19/07/2012 11:54:00
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its on the Spurs Website, Testimonial at end of the season.
Manx Yid
19/07/2012 11:55:00
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I am 4 years older than The King and have been a spurs fan my whole life. However I always played Rugby as a sport and despite regular trips to the Lane and the 91 Cup semi at Wembley I didn't start showing a keen interest until King started playing regularly. He was always immense and a role model, despite injury managed to be world class. I thank him for showing me what this club means and long may his influence continue. Long live The King.
Wilts Spurs
19/07/2012 11:56:00
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agree on the testimonial. think this will certainly happen as long as he is happy for it to happen.
oxfordspur
19/07/2012 11:56:00
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Sad day for reflection! Best player of his generation
Tactically Challenge
19/07/2012 11:57:00
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A great defender...The only english defender that is in par with terry....He might have being better than terry,respect to the true legend
Desmondadonis
19/07/2012 11:57:00
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Thought I would post this from one of our members, Dans neighbour, who suggested this as an article, just as I was posting this one: "I've only recently enjoyed my first post on Vital Spurs, never mind an article, but I've rarely been so moved as when I read just a few moments ago that our beloved Ledley has finally agreed to call it a day, something that those who respect and admire him have been suggesting for some time now. It's great to see that he will maintain his Spurs links and we have already seen the sort of ambassadorial role he can play in the local community. Ledley is exactly the sort of representative that the game needs - an honest professional who has never failed to give his all, even when chronic injuries prevented him from training. His induction into the Tottenham Hall of Fame is a foregone conclusion. I only hope that he serves as an inspiration and an outstanding example to the group of young professionals who are coming through the White Hart Lane ranks. God bless King Ledley, thank you for your 16 years of loyalty, dedication and some of the best defending this contributor has ever seen - on any pitch. You'll be much missed."
oxfordspur
19/07/2012 11:57:00
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|I'm pretty upset, despite the sense it makes. Also, we all seem to quickly forget what a difference he makes when he's on the pitch. We all breathed a sigh of relief and got a wave of optomism when we saw his name on the team sheet. Legend.
micyid
19/07/2012 11:58:00
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Thank you very much for the services to our club, Mr Ledley King.
Madaboutspurs
19/07/2012 11:58:00
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A true Spurs legend. Ledely you'll be missed.
bournespurs
19/07/2012 11:59:00
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Apologises for the typo - What I meant was *Ledley. One of the pitfalls of using the internet at work when your boss is about :(
bournespurs
19/07/2012 12:01:00
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spu 4 life
19/07/2012 12:02:00
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Sorry to see him go, especially with Caulker coming through and missing the chance to learn from the great man - just ask Dawson and Kaboul. I am glad he has done it now though, rather than after further deterioration in form.
Bajan Spur
19/07/2012 12:05:00
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sad but correct decision will be greatly missed on the pitch...
shedboy2
19/07/2012 12:07:00
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I think we all agree on his retirement, but if we are honest, hoped for one more appearance and then another, but time gentlemen please has finally been called at the bar, thanks for the info on the Testimonial, i never got that far to look, it's bloody hard with a tear in your eye, his name will live on forever, shame ratman does not see it.
spu 4 life
19/07/2012 12:07:00
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I'm geniunely upset about this, the guy's an absolute legend. If it wasnt for his knee he'd have been the best defender in England...if not the world. :(
KierzoSBC
19/07/2012 12:08:00
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saddening I grew up watching spurs with king in the squad, it wont be the same with his name no longer in the team sheet hopefully caulker can fill his boots. Would love King to coach the youth team we need more players in the first team that have come through our youth squad
spursnoob
19/07/2012 12:08:00
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Barring injuries he could have played for anyone at the highest level. We all know, however, that the talent and professionalism this man possesses are only surpassed by his loyalty. One club man. The King of White Hart Lane.
SHBSpur
19/07/2012 12:09:00
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Thanks Ox for running my article as a post. A tad presumptuous of me as one of the new kids on the block, but nonetheless heartfelt. It's clear from the comments of my fellow Spurs supporters that these views are shared. A rare thing indeed when other so-called professionals do so much to bring the game into disrepute. Delighted that there will be a testimonial for Ledley. No less than he deserves. Would be nice to see all the ex-managers under whom he played pay tribute to him with a return to WHL.
Dans neighbour
19/07/2012 12:10:00
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Absolute legend, a loyal distinguished player who was the best defender imo to grace the premier league.
Marquispurs
19/07/2012 12:10:00
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Thanks Ledley - truly world class
rob_yid
19/07/2012 12:11:00
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Calm and class. I hope he can pass his playing knowledge on to the youngsters at the club.
SpuriousLife
19/07/2012 12:11:00
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The man only ever received 8 yellow cards. Unbelievable for a Centre Back. Will always wonder just how great he could have been.
SHBSpur
19/07/2012 12:13:00
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Just to add to my last post, this speaks for itself, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7Nb-nU3YJ8
Marquispurs
19/07/2012 12:19:00
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So, so talented and truly a LEGEND... Long live the King!
GlennAmy
19/07/2012 12:19:00
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World class defender ruined by injury. Spurs legend and model pro too, will be sorely missed..... Im still shocked how good someone can be without actually training for years. Legend
HuddersfieldYiddo
19/07/2012 12:20:00
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@ Dan, Next time if you could send it 10 mins earlier, it would have saved me a job.. :-)
oxfordspur
19/07/2012 12:20:00
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wonderful center back , one of my favorite players at spurs but it seems that his injuries never allowed him reach his full potentials , Hats off to the lad
Don capon
19/07/2012 12:20:00
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Ledley King = LEGEND. Thanks for the services! ;-)
what_sux
19/07/2012 12:21:00
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Cometh a time a King must step down from his throne, God Bless the mighty King, for his mighty reign has been served as a mighty leader. Through the dark days he has been our strength and vocal leader. Thou shall not fear as a time has come to pass, and our Beloved Leader steps down from the throne, have pride as he title was not overtaken but left vacant at his own choice for a promising prince to make his own. Whats that we hear, one final order from our King.............."Go Marching on....." he roars to the mighty Spurs! Forever a legend, thou shall not be forgotten. King of Kings live forver!!!!!!!!!
G-Star
19/07/2012 12:22:00
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Just to record my admiration. Others here have been more articulate, but while it is the right decision I feel genuinely choked up. I look forward to seeing "Ledders" associated with the club and it's community projects for many years to come!
ChristySpur
19/07/2012 12:26:00
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Absolute class. Up there with the very best defenders of all time. Favourite Spurs player... thank you Ledders!!! Keep on doing your bit around Tottenham, ur a legend.
ledders77
19/07/2012 12:27:00
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A sad day but understandably nuff respect Ledley King!!!
Ossie
19/07/2012 12:27:00
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One of the very best I have seen and if he had spent his career at one of the elite clubs, would probably have been compared to the likes of Maldini and Baresi. Will always remember his performace for England against France in the Euro's, Henry, Zidane and co did not get a kick!
Paul - THFC Forever
19/07/2012 12:27:00
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Such a shame to see what could've been one of the best centre backs in the history of football robbed of his chance to showcase his talent. Much respect to him, he's a true model professional, a dying breed nowadays. Best of luck to him. So frustrating though to see players like Hargreaves and King forced out of the game due to injuries despite being such humble, hardworking and honest professionals whilst cheats who dive and feign injury continue playing, just another example of how unfair life can be i suppose.
TheFamousNo7
19/07/2012 12:28:00
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All Hail The 'KING'!!! Say no more!!!! Legend!! I've even called my cat Ledley... and i LOVE my cat!!! A sad day.....
YidoDave
19/07/2012 12:28:00
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One of the best ball-playing centre halfs to grace the White Hart Lane (and Wembley) turf. Looking forward to his testimonial match (apparently TBA at the end of the coming serason). Born was the King of White Hart Lane!
ParkLane67
19/07/2012 12:28:00
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Ledley was with absolutely no
Eexception the Best.
Godlike with his brain and feet!
Exactly why the
Number 26 should be retired!
Dared to do AND DID!!!

COYS!!!
YT_Boy
19/07/2012 12:30:00
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Call me a softie, I'm in RealDanger of crying here. Absolutely devastating, but completely sensible news.
RealDanger
19/07/2012 12:32:00
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Happy to pass this on from a suggestion by WindyCOYS: "I propose that as the clock turns to 26 minutes during every home game next season, we sing Ledley's name."
oxfordspur
19/07/2012 12:32:00
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Hopefully he'll still achieve many great things around tottenham off the field. Retire #26 Or even name a stand after him at the new stadium? Don't know what ppl think, I'd be pretty chuffed with that.
ledders77
19/07/2012 12:32:00
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Messed up with the two E's there YT :-)
oxfordspur
19/07/2012 12:33:00
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A sad day...great player....fairly clean living...came through at a tough time, glad he got to play whilst we had some relatively successful years...just hope we can bring through some more talented and loyal youngsters....but there will only be one LEDLEY KING....COYS
N9SPURS
19/07/2012 12:34:00
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haha YidoDave... great name mate! think I might do the same when the time comes... (cat or dog)
ledders77
19/07/2012 12:35:00
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Thanks for all the great apps King.
RyanHotSpur
19/07/2012 12:36:00
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My idol when growing up was Hoddle. I've always thought him only getting 50 caps for his country was a waste of talent. It's unbelievable to think that King only got 21. I'm hopeful that he has had time to reflect on no longer playing the game. He clearly lost the banter on the training ground years ago as he trained mostly on his own. He now needs to give up the match day feeling as well. It won't be easy for him but chuffed to bits he's still a major part of our club. Absolute legend.
muttley
19/07/2012 12:37:00
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I am glad he has done the sensible thing, he knows Levy wont give him another contract and I don't want to see the guy end up on crutches. He is the one of the best players I have ever seen in a Spurs shirt in 30+ years of watching Spurs. I am glad he is staying at club in some role. A true legend.
vicspur
19/07/2012 12:37:00
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Messed up with two E's... Those were the days @oxford!!
YidoDave
19/07/2012 12:38:00
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My first born is due on the 30th July. Not to keen on the name Ledley. king it is then.
RealDanger
19/07/2012 12:38:00
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Great idea put forward by WindyCOYS there Ox, would welcome that
ledders77
19/07/2012 12:38:00
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its a sad day for spurs. I have never seen a CB of his quality even if i have only been around for 17 years. but i doubt there were many, if any, who could be 50% fit, play with one knee and still be the best player on the pitch. i would no doubt retire the 26 number. an the 26 min ledley song is a quality idea. such a nice guy having met him once when he was giving awards out at a school. i wasnt even collecting the awards but he still took the time out to get a photo and a signature with me and my mates. LEGEND!
BrooksySpurs
19/07/2012 12:40:00
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Nice one ledders77.. ha ha
YidoDave
19/07/2012 12:42:00
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Never mind that OX, a truly excellent composition by Y_T nevertheless. Perfect Y_T mate, just perfect.

Haven't been this saddened since Cyril Knowles died. Ledley King, a Tottenhamite who could've been the love child of Dave Mackay & Steve Perryman if it were biologically possible! Great Player, great role model, great bloke. The Spurs foundation couldn't have a better champion, I know you'll do a great job Ledley.

Spuds-U-Like
19/07/2012 12:43:00
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We have to sing that at the Lane... That would be awesome, at every home game!!
YidoDave
19/07/2012 12:45:00
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Thanks TheFamousNo7, top post from a top bloke & an astute observation to boot. Well said mate.

Spuds-U-Like
19/07/2012 12:47:00
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"I don't like defenders who hold the shirts of other players. The only defender here who doesn't do that and sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily is Ledley King. He is the only guy who doesn't hold players. He will get the ball off you without you even noticing. For me, that is a good defender.He plays without any contact yet is somehow still strong and gets the ball without doing any fouls." said our once arch nemesis Theirry Henry in 2006 to Independent.

Just says the kind of player we will be missing. But then, he was just more than a defender for us.

King - Irreplaceable in Spirit.
sydqcb5
19/07/2012 12:50:00
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Ledley was a great centreback and I'm happy we will no longer, because of his injuries, be watching a shadow of the player he once was. Far better to remember a true legend in all his glory. Love you, Ledley. All the best.
Shannon
19/07/2012 12:54:00
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Thanks for all ur memories ledley...wish u luck
indianyid
19/07/2012 12:54:00
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Its not a sad day, its quite the opposite. It should be a day when we can all remember what Ledley has given to the club. His talent, Loyalty, spirit, leadership and being a darn right bloody good bloke will all be missed but never forgotten. Every good thing comes to an end, although im sure he will always remain a part of the Club. I hope the spurs players read these articles and will learn exactly what it takes to become a spurs ledgend, becuase it is so much more than a fancy trick or a flashy pair of boots. I for one im so glad he can retire with his head held high, there would be nothing worse than if he carried on through the pain untilhe either broke down or was no longer adored by the fans. As Andy Gray would say....Take a Bow son COLK!!
hudderspur
19/07/2012 12:55:00
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Totally Gutted. think the club should retire the 26 shirt for a year out of respect.
TobieB
19/07/2012 12:57:00
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LEDLEY KING Stats

PL Games Played : 268

PL Minutes Played : 23102

Total Yellow Cards : 8 (WHF!)

Total Red Cards : 0 (WHF!!!)

sydqcb5
19/07/2012 12:59:00
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By the John fecking Terry - 59 Yellow cards & 4 red cards in 373 PL games.
sydqcb5
19/07/2012 13:01:00
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You can stick sol Campbell up your Arse. We got Ledley at the back..... Well HAD... Gutted true legend
kkspurs
19/07/2012 13:02:00
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daniel.levy@tottenhamhotspur.com, for the person who asked for the email for DL. Write and ask that something special be done to recognize this extra special player.
Total knobhead
19/07/2012 13:02:00
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Great player, great servant but definitely the right choice. Thanks for all the memories Ledley! I wonder if his ex-teammate Freund will play in his testimonial and finally get that elusive first goal?
Spurs Allday
19/07/2012 13:05:00
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Propably the most talented defender of the last 20 years.
deanospurs
19/07/2012 13:10:00
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LET'S HOPE HE GETS CRACKING ON HIS COACHING BADGES! CALL HIM MR. TOTTENHAM!!!!!
zombie-greavsie
19/07/2012 13:10:00
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for me, i think the only people who can really tell how good a player is, is the opposition, and several players, namely darren bent and thierry henry have all claimed that he is the best defende they have ever played against. that speaks volumes about how good he was. comparing to someone like terry or even ferdinand does not do him nay justice in the slightest. ferdinand has had injury problems fir a few years now, the difference is, he has been terrible, and ledley was fantastic. and ferdinand had both of his knees!
BrooksySpurs
19/07/2012 13:13:00
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Suggest for the testimonial at end of season Athelico Madrid as it will be 50 years since the ECWC win.
spurexile
19/07/2012 13:13:00
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my fav ledley moment has got to be the unbelievable tackle on arjen robben. i dont need to say anymore, im sure you all kniw what im on about. whats ur fave ledley moment??
BrooksySpurs
19/07/2012 13:15:00
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Bow down to the King. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkbmZ9_3zd4
TopSpur13
19/07/2012 13:17:00
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absolute legend, such a great person to have at the club and for so long - it would be great for him to be involved with the youth team in some way i think. one of the best players tottenham has had. thank you deadly ledley for the memories.
rahn DMC
19/07/2012 13:17:00
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Might have to get
LEGEND
26
On the back of my shirt this year!
Cant put into words how much of an inspiration he has been at our club, fantastic character and as many players are tweeting - he made the game look easy (and that's with one knee!)
If it hasn't been posted yet - we are having a testimonial at the end of the season.
"Oh Ledley Ledley, He's only got one knee, He's better then Joh Terry, Oh Ledley Ledley"
What a legend! Always felt comfortable when his name was up on the team sheet.
MrPaddytheyid
19/07/2012 13:19:00
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