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The glory game [Unknown Binding]

Hunter Davies
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  • Unknown Binding: 332 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00072FMQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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This is the story of an English soccer team during the season 1971-72, a long time ago, in another century, where they did things differently. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars glorious in it's sideburned depiction 9 Jan 2002
By A Customer
this book perfectly encapsulates spurs, and more widely, seventies football. tottenham hotspur were (and still are) a glamorous, charismatic club who attract a lot of media attention , both positive and negative - and this book is a fascinating insight into the runnings of a first division team from the manager, the players and all the backroom staff - no physios then of course, but hard trainers who told you to 'run off' that cartilage tear! the depictions of such luminaries as jimmy greaves, alan gilzean and the mercurial bill nicholson are exact - leaving no stone unturned. if somebody is blunt and impolite, even downright rude, it is stated in it's liniment-tainted way. this book is basically how it was!
my favourite passage covers the away european cupwinners cup tie in foreign climes. drawn away to a french side, bill lambasts the team at halftime due to their lack of application - and they promptly go out in the second half and proceed to gain a 0-0 draw, with barely any more effort. good result in hindsight, but that is not enough for bill - and he hammers that home to the players in typical unforgiving style.
a warts n all depiction of the way football was before the huge injection of cash and the new found interest in the premier league. definitely worth a read!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Don't let the fact that this book follows the 1971/2 Tottenham Hotspur club put you off from reading it (even if you're a Gooner). The Glory Game was the first in-depth look at what goes on at a football club, both on the pitch and behind the scenes. The fact that it's Spurs is inconsequential - it could have been any First Division club. Davies' account is easy-to-read, the chapters seem to fly by, and I found myself excited to know what happen next in Spurs' season, even though it took place 30 years ago! This is the standard that other season diaries of clubs should be measured against - sadly, most fall well short.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for all soccer fans 21 April 1999
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As a fly-on-the-wall documentary of a top flight team in the early seventies this book won deserved praise at the time of its publication. If anything, given the advent of commercialism at all levels of top standard sport in the UK, the book makes even more fascinating reading these days as it offers a glimpse into a world now gone, where a player's worth was not a purely monetary value but was determined by his peers, where a manager's vision was allowed time to bear fruit, and where players were discouraged from portraying themselves as anything but what they were - salaried employees in a fickle business. Davies' style of journalism, in which the players are allowed to speak for themselves, makes this book an insight also into the opinions, fears and prejudices of professional footballers - a refreshingly honest alternative to the 'spin doctored' and ghost written accounts that normally pass as the opinion of today's breed. For those of you genuinely interested in the recent history of the professional game and those also who would like to peek beneath the veneer of today's football club/corporate business hype this book makes essential reading. Spurs fans amongst you who might stumble pronouncing Ginola but have no problem accepting the concept of a Welsh midfielder called England - regard this book if not as your bible, at least as one of the principal epistles of your faith! (Pay particular attention to the player profiles at the back of the book and the hopes for his future expressed therein by a certain young player called Joe Kinnear - now there was a guy going places!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book gets better with age. 9 Jan 2006
I'm not a Tottenham supporter but felt like one after reading this.
Fabulously crafted book that follows a complete season. This isn't a reproduced diary but a look at the working that make the Tottenham clock tick. Players, Wives, Coaches, Directors, Secretaries and Supporters all bring the season together.
Read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful glimpse into a bygone age 20 Aug 2010
This is well worth reading, whichever team you support. It is a remarkably balanced, well written and vivid depiction of one club over the course of one season (Spurs in 1971-2). Hunter Davies was successful in winning the confidence of people at the club, to present not quite a warts-and-all view, but certainly a very revealing picture of what professional football was then all about. It was so different to today's game, that any genuine fan, or anyone interested in social history, would find it fascinating. At times one senses that Davies has held back a little, and one imagines the hand of the club censors here and there, but this does not diminish the intimacy that the narrative creates. The book has the limitations of any 'official' biography. One complaint: it would be helpful if future editions included some statistics on the season - a list of the matches played, and who played in them, for example. Overall, however, for me, this book is up there with Pete Davies's 'All Played Out' and Duncan Hamilton's 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me' as one of the best football books I have read, and one of the best sports books also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Reporting of a classic period 31 Jan 2004
A book that belongs in every football fans library, this master piece was published before any of the other journalist style accounts of the game filled your screen. Honest and critical appraisal of an average season in the early seventies before things started to go wrong for Nicholson. Younger readers might be forgiven for wondering why Spurs were the subject of the book. At the time of writing Spurs were regarded as the "Manchester Utd of the south" and the media eye was as firmly on them as it is on Chelsea and Arsenal today. The book follows the club thoughout the domestic and foreign season and covers every aspect of daily club life and every personality from staff through fan. I still feel the author is condesending at times and I understand the club was not thrilled at the time with the book, but credit to them for opening their doors and exerting no editorial control. Imagine getting similar access for an expose at any premiership club today. In short a must read for every Spurs fan and also every intellegent football devotee out there. Like the authors namesake wearing the club shirt today, Davies' book has a lot of style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GLORY GAME
I have read the original copy many years ago, and it still retains the magic and closeness of being a spurs
fan. Essential reading.
Published 20 days ago by L. M. Piercey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for all Tottenham Supporters
Great insight into the inner workings of a football club.A must read for any Tottenham supporters,but would appeal to many older football fans of all football clubs.
Published 2 months ago by Mick Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent as a christmas present to a Spurs household
have not read it yet as sent to son and grandson house as a christmas present,buy hope to read in the near future.
Published 3 months ago by michael evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, Hunter, nice one son
Hunter Davies' book is based on the free access he was given to players and staff at Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1970's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by daveevans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glory Game
What a brilliant book this is by Hunter Davies. I remember at the time of publication it was a landmark book, and it has become a classic in its own right. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight
I read this as a teenager when it was originally published and was fascinated by the insight into a
The team I followed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Beddall
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good read.
I read this when it first came out. it was groundbreaking then. Now it seems quaint and from another world. Everything has been magnified many times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!
I'm a Spurs fan so obviously there was a lot to keep me interested in the book BUT I would say this book would be a great read for any football fan. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by S. Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating fly-on-the-wall stuff
This is a fascinating insight into the running of a football club. It follows Tottenham Hotspur in the 1971/72 season, although it might as well be 1871/72 for how different it... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Sport Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars The best football book ever written?
For once the cliche of a "warts and all" picture is spot on. A wonderfully vivid picture of early 70s football, footballers, managers, board, fans, reporters - the lot. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by oldhasbeen
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