'An enthralling new book' Patrick Barclay, Evening Standard.
'In this thought-provoking, absorbing exploration of what he terms 'English football's forgotten tribe', Anthony Clavane reminds us there have been notable homegrown footballers of the faith' Independent on Sunday.
'The epic Anglo-Jewish journey from ghetto outsiders to football insiders' New Statesman.
'A must-read for all football fans' Jewish Chronicle.
'beautifully told ... remarkable book ... superbly written' Morning Star.
'brilliant' Jewish Chronicle.
'Clavane offers us a splendid, warmly written slice of untold social history' New Statesman.
'with great warmth and skill weaves their individual sporting stories into the longer arc of English Jewish history' Times Literary Supplement.
'His research is outstanding, the complexity of his argument deftly handled and his snapshots unforgettable' When Saturday Comes.
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Ever since the children of penniless immigrants caught the train from Whitechapel to White Hart Lane - to be greeted with the refrain: 'Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?' - a forgotten tribe of trailblazers have helped to shape the Beautiful Game. In this passionate and illuminating book, Anthony Clavane argues that Jewish figures such as Louis Brookman, Leslie Goldberg, Willy Meisl, David Pleat and David Dein have played a key, if sometimes forgotten, role in football's transformation from a working-class pursuit played in crumbling arenas to a global entertainment industry. In telling the fascinating lives of these largely unsung pioneers, Clavane uncovers a hidden history of Jewish involvement in English football: from the Brady Street boys, an all-Jewish team who were as handy with their fists as they were with their feet, to shady figures like One-Armed Lou, a gangster with chutzpah who never told the story of his missing limb the same way twice, through to the businessmen who helped form the breakaway Premier League, and in the process changed the English game for ever. Featuring larger-than-life characters such as the irrepressible Leyton Orient chairman Harry Zussman, Spurs superfan Morris Keston and the pugnacious winger Mark Lazarus, as well as placing the story firmly into the context of this immigrant community's integration into British society, Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? is a brilliant exploration of a crucial but hitherto overlooked strand in the history of English football.