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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (28 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840182350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840182354
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ferris boasts a magnificent eye for detail . . . a book near impossible to put down. Every modern professional footballer should read this" (Total Sport)

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Ken Ferris is the author of Football Fanatic and The Double. He has been a journalist for over 20 years and currently works for Reuters. He has also written books on economics, entitled Market Movers and Reuters Guide to Official Interest Rates.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Smyth VINE VOICE on 18 Dec 2003
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Full of information (can you believe Bobby Smith is now living on an invalidity pension?), and something like a blow-by-blow account of Tottenham's great double season of 1960-1, charting the games and giving us the low-down on the larger-than-life figures like Bill Nicholson, Danny Blanchflower and Dave MacKay.
The style is a little dry, however, and it certainly lacks the atmosphere and colour of Hunter Davies' "Glory Game" about the Tottenham team of a decade later. We certainly get the picture of how the players lived - on maximum wages and often in club-owned houses - and we sense how important the FA Cup was in those days, but there is little analysis of the tactics of the football of the time, other than brief description of formations (remember "wing halfs" ?).
So, all in all, something more comprehensive remains to be written about the Tottenham 1960-61 triumph. After all, this was was first time it was done in the whole century - and yet Arsenal would repeat the feat in ten years' time and be followed by Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. Why? And why couldn't Billy Nicholson prevent the team, and club, going into gradual decline after the 1960-1 triumphs?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 1999
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This book recreates the magical Spurs double season of 1960/61when legends like Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay and Cliff Jones mesmerised opposing teams and captivated the fans. It is based on interviews with all the great players in the side and manager Bill Nicholson. Unfortunately, the book is not available from Tottenham Hotspur since it is not an "official" book. Fortunately, that means you get the true story of the season in all its glory. Danny Blanchflower would definitely have approved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Cl Pryde on 21 July 2007
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Brilliant book. If you're a Spurs fan then you'll love Larry Dilwoth and the Legends of Football.

With a foreword by Cliff Jones and stunning illustrations of Danny Blanchflower, John White and Cliff Jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Rashleigh on 19 Jan 2011
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Very good book and I would have given it the top mark if it had some pictures inside. However this did not detract from the entertaining way in which it was written. Some great inside information on the Spurs double team.
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