- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857388126
- ISBN-13: 978-0857388124
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?: The Story of English Football's Forgotten Tribe Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012
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'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.See all Product Description
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A unique book and a well needed breath of fresh air when it comes to books about football - or even books in general! Serious, enlightening and funny at times. Just as good as Clavane's first book, "Promised Land".
It is not an encyclopaedic list of every Jew who has ever been involved in English football, but it covers most of them.
The few omissions being some Israeli footballers, some administrative and community staff, and some members of the terrace Firms (who possibly wanted their stories to remain untold!).
Too, it does not expound on every person mentioned, certainly one of the chairmen mentioned had a very colourful life prior to entering the game but I guess for libel reasons that story is not included.
The book excels with anecdotes, I guess Clavane's personable writing style conveys in person and he was able to use this to draw out the quips and regales from his interview subjects.
It also provides a potted history of Anglo-Jewry without getting bogged down, it has just enough for a non-Jewish reader to gain context, and just the right amount for the more familiar Jewish reader to not get bored by repeated history.
I think every Anglo-Jewish football fan would be enthralled by this book.
Will non-Jewish football fans?
Yes, I think so, because the history and current affairs contained are so much more than just a few observations, they are revelations that portray the game as it has evolved since the 19th century...both on and off the pitch, and so will be of interest to all.
A cracking good read.
My only area of question would be the reasons behind why Spurs were seen as a 'Jewish" club whilst Arsenal also have many Jewish fans...Read more ›
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This is a genre-busting, picaresque chronicle of what has become something of a strange literary niche in the last decade: Jews in soccer. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Daniel Lilie
This book was iof great interest to me as it mentions my late father ,as one of the co founders of Wingate FC,the first Jewish senior football club,now playing as Wingate &... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wingate
I haven't read this book myself as I bought it for my (Jewish) nephew who is a sports journalist. I thought the title alone was hilarious. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RubyRed
I was fascinated by this book as it introduced me to footballers that I wasn't aware of from the 1920's onwards. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some parts of this book are great, in particular the sections on Mark Lazarus and Leyton Orient. Other parts seem to sag slightly.Published 24 months ago by David Henig
Great book, informative and well written. A good balance of football history, social history and comment about a subject rarely covered.Published on 10 Nov. 2013 by nick
Anyone that knows me will be amazed at why I read this book.
1. I am not the most sporting or athletic of people.
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As a longstanding Spurs fan this book was a necessary purchase and did not disappoint.
Clavane makes many good, relevant and interesting points, but the book is also... Read more