REVIEW é THEYUPPYPUPPY.CO.UK ☆ Hunter DaviesHunter Davies book is based on the free access he was given to players and staff at Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1970 s There are no startling evelations apart from one of the leading striker s
Devotion To The Drink But It Isto the drink but it is fascinating insight into how a top team prepares for games and how it copes with the various triumphs and disasters of a league season as it turned out a season that proved to be a particularly successful one for SpursDavies would never be given such freedom to oam these days but back in the day before agents and Sky TV your average footballer was much the same which probably explains why people are still Lifting reading The Glory Game 40 years after its publication Here is Davies evocative description of the team after it lost a cup match against Chelsea They sat like shipwrecked hulks naked with their heads bowed unable to move Cyril Knowles seemed to be crying His eyes wereed and swollen His arms were shaking No one could look at anyone elseThis was in the days when Division One players were on 5000 a year and some of them went home on the bus and train after a gameThere are a number of interesting pen portraits here particularly of no nonsense manager Bill Nicholson one of the most successful in the club s historyFinally how about this description of a party for one of the players to show that some things have moved on Haven t they All that was missing to have made it a eally smart 1972 middle class party would have been a few eefers but footballers t touch such things Some footballers might have moved into the middle classes bu. Hailed as probably the best about soccer ever written 'The Glory Game' gives a uniue insight into the inner workings of a major. T there are two things they won t have at their parties drugs and homosexuals A little dry a little clinical and outdated in a variety of ways though that also adds to its charm as well otherwise i would give it 5 stars Enjoyed it thoroughly and may well ead it again at some point Fascinating look at the players and innerworkings of Tottenham FC in the late 60 s early 70s and indeed similar to
Jim Bouton s great Ball Four in form though of courseBouton s great Ball Four in form though of course from a player Bouton is infinitely appealing than hearing from a eporter Davies no matter how entrenched said eporter is Also
was a anti semitic presence which isn t to say that the author or any of the players come off as bigoted necessarily but i did find some of the eferences to acism and anti semitism interesting and shocking Still excellent book Really enjoyed it Recommended definitely I enjoyed this But then I emember this team better than I can emember the Huddersfield team I sat in the stand and cheered last season This lot were part of what I might call mythere was a
second generation of footballers The first began with being told as a 4 year old that I had togeneration of footballers The first began with being told as a 4 year old that I had to Ron Springett and go in goal The second centred largely around the England team that won the world cup beating West Germany in 66 and the better team that got knocked out by a better German team in 1970 and various FA Cup finals beamed live onto our black and white telly in the late sixties Oh and the Manchester United side that won the European cup in 68 These were the only live games we got to see Recorded games were on too late. League soccer club Author Hunter Davies was allowed unparalleled access to the inner sanctum of a top professional soccer team the To. ,
For me So the third generation might be described as my Match of the Day teams and all had made big changes to personnel to match the new haircuts the player interviews and the fact that we now had a telly with a The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field reasonably clear non snow storm pictureOneeview on here complains that it should be about a team that was very successful and suggests Manchester United Apart from the historical facts being against this United were in a dreadful slump during this period the glory in the title is glory that is aspired to not necessarily enjoyed Tottenham seem to me to have been
AN EXCELLENT CHOICE IF THE AIMexcellent choice if the aim to capture the essence of early seventies English football But this was fortuitous Hunter Davies was looking to the present for his The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division readership and was as surprised as anyone when the book kept selling It is still very much worth theead if you can Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) remember the players I think it is probably worth theead if you do I keep trying these forays into non fiction only to be eminded of why I tend to stay away in the first place That said it was interesting to get a look at
how soccer used to be played It was funny to see the old timers in this book complaining aboutsoccer used to be played It was funny to see the old timers in this book complaining about pampered the players were not even close to the standards of today Not a huge soccer fan but I eally enjoyed the book The players in the 70 s were much accessible than today and it was cool to see how Défendre Jacob relaxed they were in giving Davies accounts of their personal lives I alsoeally enjoyed the appendix it included information on the player s backgrounds and what they ve done since that 1972 seaso. Ttenham Hotspur Spurs and his pen spared nothing and no one This 30th anniversary edition will appeal to new and enthusiastic audienc.