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Introducing our new official podcast - Off The Shelf

Tue 04 July 2023, 08:00|Tottenham Hotspur

We are delighted to launch our all-new, official podcast, Off The Shelf.

Off The Shelf will bring you even closer to our great Club, telling often untold stories from the current playing squad to the legends who went before them, the staff who keep everything ticking over behind the scenes and, of course, our fans - the heartbeat of Spurs.

Each podcast is dedicated to its subject, shining a light on their careers and the stories that define them. How did Ledley King feel when he was told he’d have to retire? What has it meant for Hugo Lloris to captain our Club for almost 10 years? How did Jenna Schillaci react when she was told she couldn’t play football as a young girl? How did Oliver Skipp climb through the ranks from Academy to first team? How did Molly Bartrip overcome serious health issues to reach the top of the women’s game? What was the one thing Heurelho Gomes wished for when he left home in Brazil to pursue his dream in Europe? You’ll hear those answers and more across the series…

And who better to present our podcast than one of our modern-day greats and fans' favourite, Michael Dawson! 'Daws' joined us in January, 2005 and spent nine years at the Club, making 324 appearances in all competitions for us until departing in the summer of 2014.

Michael finally retired after 20 seasons as a professional for Nottingham Forest, Spurs and Hull City in August, 2021, and stepped straight into new roles as our Club Ambassador and as a panellist on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports. A true leader, Daws radiates enthusiasm - his love for the Club shines through.

Trailer: Off The Shelf podcast

Joining Daws is our Senior Club Journalist, Paul Miles. 'Milesy' has been at the Club since 2000, interviewing our players and managers for 23 years - including every game of Daws' Spurs career! You may have seen him in the last couple of years as part of our N17 Live matchday team.

All episodes of Off The Shelf will appear first and exclusively on SPURSPLAY. After that, they will be available on all your usual podcast platforms including Apple Music, Amazon, Music, Spotify and Google.

In our first episode, we team up Daws with his old sparring partner in central defence, our legendary former skipper and fellow Club Ambassador, Ledley King.

Ledley tells his story... the kid who grew up in Bow, east London, joined Spurs as a schoolboy aged 16 and went to the top, captained the team for seven years, led us to victory at Wembley and represented England at the World Cup. But Ledley’s story is also one of heartbreak, as a chronic knee injury eventually forced him to call time on his career aged just 31 in 2012 – Ledley opens up on his emotions on the day he was told he would have to stop playing the game he loves.

Watch and listen to the first episode of our Official Podcast

In the first series of the podcast, we'll also speak to our esteemed captain and World Cup winner Hugo Lloris; another goalkeeping legend, Heurelho Gomes; Academy graduate Oliver Skipp and from legendary former skipper of our Women’s team and Club Ambassador Jenna Schillaci and defender Molly Bartrip, who has a compelling story to tell.