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Seventy-One Guns: The Year of the First Arsenal Double (Mainstream Sport) Paperback – 9 Oct 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (9 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184018776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840187762
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Tossell has been a sports journalist for more than three decades. Currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League) and former Executive Sports Editor of the Today newspaper, he is the author of 13 sports books. Five of his books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards - Bertie Mee (Best Biography, 2006); Grovel! (Best Cricket Book, 2008); Nobody Beats Us (Best Rugby Book, 2010); Tony Greig (Best Cricket Book, 2012) and The Great English Final (Best Football Book, 2014). He has also been short-listed twice for MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year.
He has written books on football, cricket, rugby and American football.
Twitter: @David_Tossell

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"An excellent story. An excellent book" (FourFourTwo)

Book Description

An exhilarating recreation of the historic 1970-71 Arsenal Double-winning season.

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Unlike The Glory Game, which gave a rousing insight into the whole ethos of football while concentrating on one team (Tottenham), this book will appeal strictly to hardened Arsenal fans. Although sometimes threatening to be as functional as the team which it describes (sorry) it does still serve as a reminder of a sport that has transformed into something quite different, though the seeds of change had already been planted in society at large by the Double year.
What has football lost since Bertie Mee's muscular assemblage of Celts powered their way to achieve what only one other side had previously achieved that century (Tottenham again)? Mud bath pitches, ruthless tackles from behind, endless long balls up the middle, two point victories, local born players, open terracing and end gangs, half-crown entrance fees. The last bastion of working-class sport finally fell to a mixture of gentrification, commercialisation and corporate greed. Seventy-One Guns is written in too bloodless a style to incorporate any true nostalgia, though. It often reads like a series of newspaper reports but it is interesting for Arsenal fans to be reminded of players from the misnamed `Golden Era' and to read their take on what it was like. Because, despite the loss of loyalty or connection to the surrounding community, football had to fit into the modern world, even if there are still vestiges of its macho past (the only sport where no player would dare admit to being gay). It is safer: the Ibroxes, Bradfords and Hillsboroughs are a thing of the past, as are the gangs of violent boot boys who infested the terraces, trains and stations of the 1970's. It is cleaner: Where Seventy-One Guns does succeed is in depicting the thuggish brutality of league football at that time. And above all, it is better: How many of the Arsenal double-winning side would get into even the moderate Arsenal side of today? Quite simply, none.
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By Sport Nut on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting historical account of Arsenal's 1970-71 double winning season, with reports on the key matches and many asides which tell the backgrounds of the Arsenal players and some of their opponents. Tossell has written the book based on interviews with many of the players, and the match reports are presumably pieced together from newspaper reports. It makes for an entertaining read, but it doesn't match up to some of the classics of the genre. The Glory Game, which goes through the 1971-72 season with Arsenal's great rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, has more insight into the behind-the-scenes machinations at a football club. Still, this is a good read, especially for Arsenal fans who want to relive their first double success.
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By gunner on 29 May 2014
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Bringing back the details of our first Double with player interviews giving a professional insight of the ups and downs of the season and explaining some of the difficult decisions made by Bertie Mee and his team. Could not switch my Kindle off!
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By mike g on 6 May 2014
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If you love the arsenal, you'll love this book. A great read,and a must to bring you closer to the double season
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David Tossell's book on Arsenal's first Double is a great read, and evokes the period and achievement brilliantly. Entirely focused on the Gunners, whereas Hunter Davies 'The Glory Game' on Spurs gave more of an insight into the game, Seventy One Guns still makes intriguing reading.
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