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.
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 2 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 7 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 18 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 18 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 21 months ago 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
A very well written book on a subject which in all probability has never been researched in such depth, if at all. Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by Maryce.
An interesting in depth review of a little known topic.
Not an easy read but clearly a very well researched and informative book.