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Glory Nights: From Wankdorf to Wembley [Kindle Edition]

Mel Gomes , Lilly Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Tottenham Hotspur returned to play in the European Cup for the first time in 49 seasons in 2010/11. Mel Gomes followed them home and away on their journey, staying on the Champions League Gravy Train for one of the epic series of Clasicos as Barcelona played Real Madrid four times in sixteen days, and then onto FCB’s Final victory against Manchester United.

This book documents those games, from Tottenham’s nightmare start on the plastic pitch at the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne right through to a front row seat at the Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, when Lionel Messi starred in a 3-1 victory.

Detailed within are Glory Nights when Spurs put the then European Champions Internazionale to the sword in London, the famous win against Milan at the San Siro, and covers how Pep Guardiola’s new Dream Team took football to a different level. It concludes with an epilogue written at the end of the 2012 Season, after Barca hit the buffers and a top four finish was not enough for a return ticket to Europe’s top table for Tottenham.

There are recollections of years gone by, including Diego Maradona’s one appearance for Spurs at White Hart Lane, past matches across Europe, as well as tales of stolen tickets, white knuckle rides on icy motorways and pickpockets on the Spanish Metro.

From the quoted words of Bruce Springsteen to Danny Blanchflower there is an overriding theme of Glory and Escape, as the story captures the flavour of football matches at the highest level and the adventures that come with travel over land and sea, while recognizing the changing nature of a sport where success is now increasingly measured by money as well as trophies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087OUOHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spurs roller coaster brought to life 28 Mar 2013
By Leo
Great to relive some of the recent Spurs roller coaster rides and inspiration to getting back on it this year. Good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for any Sports fan 7 Sep 2012
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Being a big Spurs fan this was always going to be a must buy for me..

I would like to state i am just over half way into the book and felt I can leave a review all ready.

If you like football if you like Spurs then this book is a must you wont be able to put it down.

Great effort Mel...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glory in the title, glory in the pages. 29 Jun 2012
Mel Gomes' fast paced & excellently in-depth book is a brilliant read. It follows his trips across Europe in search of glory for his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
I enjoyed the match analysis offered for each of the rounds of the Champions League that year, and was glad to see the book didn't end with Tottenham's exit in the QF, but continued on to follow Barcelona all the way to Wembley. The personal asides were refreshing and made the book a cracking read, that and some hilarious situations in pursuit of glory.
A must read for all Spurs fans, and a sure fire hit for football fans in general,
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pursuit of Glory In Unlikely Places 16 Jun 2012
Glory Nights:From Wankdorf To Wembley

Dodging the crazies on the all-night bus. Running from the opposition while running a raging fever. Trapped next to the blocked toilet on a coach to Germany, then searched by armed police. Blizzards close British roads, save for a single carload of Spurs fans sliding up and down the M1, risking life and limb to rescue a forgotten passport in time to catch the ferry. The road to glory takes many twists and turns.

From Wankdorf to Wembley is the entertaining story of long time Tottenham fan Mel Gomes's european tour during Spurs first, and perhaps only, season in the Champions League. It begins with the outburst of unrestrained joy that greeted Peter Crouch's late winner at Manchester City that took us there and ends at Wembley but sadly not with Spurs as he blags a freebie to share in Barcelona's delight.

Mel takes us to all the matches home and away, together with a bunch of faithful travellers, and invokes memories of those glory glory nights that raise goosepimples at the thrill of it all. An engaging companion, join him as he recreates not only vivid match reports from a fan's perspective but also the numbing minutiae that are essential elements of going away. The anxious dashes for connections as he runs dangerously late, how tricky it can be just to get into a football ground, wasted hours in airport lounges and the all-important search for a beer or two.

Mel is good company but unobtrusive, a welcome change from other fan books where ego dominates. He's your mate who is the quiet one of the group, in the background but you can't have a good time without him.
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