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The Ghost: In Search of My Father the Football Legend [Kindle Edition]

Rob White , Julie Welch
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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`colourful and, at times, moving' ... `a worthy tribute to Spurs' Double side on their 50th anniversary' --Four Four Two

`lyrical and lucid writing'...'marvelously telling and touching book' --When Saturday Comes

`An engrossing, touching read' --Sport

`A special book about a special man, it will appeal not merely to Spurs fans but to anyone who appreciates what Danny Blanchflower, Tottenham's inspirational captain of the time called "the rapture of the game"' --The Independent on Sunday

`one of the most affecting sports book of the year' --The Times

`Of all the Spurs greats of that era, he (John White) is the one that older Spurs fans eulogise the most. Reading this heartfelt book captures that collective sense of loss. He was one of ours' --The Times

`White emerges like a wraith, his talent and good nature emerging into the light under his son's firm gaze and diligent research' --The Telegraph

Book Description

From the publishers of My Father and other Working Class Heroes comes the incredible biography of sixties Tottenham Hotspur legend, John White, who died aged 27.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1639 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (7 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DTYTCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 23 Mar 2011
By joned
Format:Hardcover
The book was the best autobiography I have read since Stuart Imlachs. Both written by sons of the subject. I first saw John play at Hillsborough when he made his Spurs debut.I was also fortunate enough to get his autograph(as I recall he arrived on his own and not on the coach).
The book arrived on the Monday and I'd read it by Wednesday.
It's easy to sense the frustration of the author (Rob)gaining all the second hand information about his father but not being able to have anything of his father first hand.
Definitly one I would recommend It has been worth the wait.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB READ 23 April 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is quite simply a superb read, a real page-turner. Rob White has done an excellent job and I found reading it was almost like watching a video of the Double Team and the seasons either side of it. In fact as well as being a splendid tribute to the late great John White, it represents as good a review of the Double Team as I have ever read(and there are lots out there).
You could forget just how good John White was and I was fortunate enough to see him play. The term "the Ghost of White Hart Lane" fitted him as well as his famous Number 8 shirt. The origins of the term "Ghost" are still unclear. Was it the press who first used it; one of his team mates; or Nobby Stiles who couldn't mark him as Spurs won effortlessly 2-0 at Old Trafford (Spurs fans, just soak that in for a moment!)?
For me, one of the brilliant aspects of this book is not just how it is an insight into John White, footballer, but John White the man, and how he was so central to the Double Team; his relationships with Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay, and how the whole team were one unit. Rob White brings back to life just what a different era 1960-61 was, in the days before squads and sunbstitutes. Spurs won the Double with the same 11 players in most games, no-one else played more than 6 games all season.
Another excellent aspect of the book is how the author concentrates individual chapters on other players; the ones on Tommy Harmer (Harmer the Charmer) and the wonderful Dave Mackay are superb. You realise that Mackay was not only a great player (for me, the Best Ever to wear the Lilywhite shirt), but also a great man who did all he could to support John's family after the disaster at Crews Hill Golf Course in the Summer of 1964.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost of White Hart Lane 12 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a great biography of a supremely talented football player in an era when the passion and commitment of the players puts current, pampered, football players to shame. This biography has also filled a huge gap in the Tottenham Hotspur genre, and a lot of people will be very glad to see it on the shelf. The way Julie Welch and Rob White have written about his life and death, leaves no stone unturned, and deals with it all in a very sensitive way, filling out the picture with enrtrancing details.
Rob also tells his story, which will leave nobody unmoved, and is a moving insight into the relationship between father and son.
Enjoy reading it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a loss 1 Jun 2011
By A. Lowe
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A beautiful written book, the moan about Falkirk and Raith in another review is petty in the extreme. This is the story of a boy "searching" for his father, a father he never knew, but I did and so did millionds of other football fans. Read and enjoy.
Alan Lowe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost 25 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Excellently written, this book really eloquently recalls the halcyon days when Tottenham Hotspur were head & shoulders above the rest, not just in trophy terms but in style.

A must for all Spurs fans, both those, like me of a certain age and also for those too young to have seen John White but who have inherited the passion for this great club.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad but true story 30 July 2013
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John White was an amazing and brilliant inside forward in the Spur's 60's line up. The book details his rise to football stardom from very humble beginnings, to his tragic death on a golf course. For me,it was one of those terrible incidents where I remember what I was doing when I heard the news. As Spurs fans we admired him so much, missed him on the field after he died... and have never forgotten him. The book is well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YIDARMY! 19 May 2013
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Love reading about this Spurs legend! I wish I could have seen this team live! Although the new crop of players is something special!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and moving 15 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A fascinating view of Spurs at their best and a great player cut down in his prime. You cannot fail to be touched by this moving tribute from his son who never knew him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... book about one of my boyhood heroes won't be disappointed
Well a book is a book about one of my boyhood heroes won't be disappointed
Published 1 month ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a must for all Spurs fans about a very great player.
This book is a must for all Spurs fans about a very great player.
Published 2 months ago by Mr C. D. Penney
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Amazing book, it's a must have for any scotland or Spurs fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mans search for the legend that just happened to be his dad.
An interesting read as the author was only a baby when his father was killed. He has grown up hearing and reading about the legend that was his father, and now he writes about the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Townie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book Thank You
Published 4 months ago by Julie R.
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Published 4 months ago by Patrick Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book about a member of the Spurs family is great, just as this one...
Any well written book about a member of the Spurs family is great, just as this one has proved a great read.
Published 4 months ago by Anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very Good read. Excellent insight into a truly good footballer
Published 5 months ago by JayDee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost of White Hart Lane
I knew John White, spoke to him on the day he died and am in touch with his son now. Julie Welch sent me a supplement which included a small piece I wrote about John. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cosmichotspur
4.0 out of 5 stars John White
My father won money on the 'double-winning' side of 1960-1961 and I knew all of their names before I knew all of the United players back in the sixties (I'm a United fan). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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