Tottenham Hotspur are one of Britain's most successful football clubs, with a long and glorious history that has brought with it trophies and accolades, supporters of the majority of other teams can only dream about.
But when a club such as Tottenham suddenly becomes starved of success it is clear that something is wrong in its structure, whether it be the team, the manager or people behind the scenes.
Mark Jacob is a lifelong fan of Tottenham. He remembers the days not so long ago when Spurs were a force feared in English and European football. Jacob is co-founder of the Tottenham Action Group (TAG), set up with the interests of the White Hart Lane club at heart. He is hurt by the years of desolation since Spurs' 1991 FA Cup win and through the media's aim to put forward the views of those people too often forgotten in the money-mad world of modern football--the supporters.
What's the Story? Boring Glory is Jacobs' diary of the 1998-99 season, which the author began for his own uses but decided to have published after a campaign of relative success--Spurs won the Worthington Cup in the 1998-99 season--and monumental changes in the club's staff.
As the season began, with Christian Gross as manager, to Jacob and his fellow fans it was clear something had to be done to halt Spurs' slide.
In the end, as the disgruntled supporters in the stands were calling for chairman Alan Sugar to quit, the Tottenham supremo executed an astounding U-turn by sacking Gross and hiring--of all people--George Graham, ex-boss of arch enemies Arsenal.
Jacobs' account of the season is an enlightening read, incorporating almost every detail involving the club in the season. The author gives his forthright opinions on the matters affecting one of the loves of his life--Tottenham Hotspur FC. It is a book every supporter that values the worth of their team, rather than their club's plc, should read. -- Andrew Thursday
An examination of Tottenham Hotspur's 1998-99 season from the departure of Christian Gross and Alan Sugar's on/off sale of his interest in the club, through the early days of the controversially appointed George Graham to his leading the team out at Wembley in the Worthington Cup Final.