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4.0 out of 5 stars Rebels for the Cause:The Alternative History of Arsenal....., 20 Sep 2003
This review is from: Rebels for the Cause: The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club (Hardcover)
I read this book in just three days. In my opinion, this is the most thought provoking and intriguing history of the club to date. I had thought that it was just going to be a history lesson from Arsenal's boozy bad boys. But Spurling's conversations with Willie Young, Charlie Nicholas, Charlie George, Alan Hudson and Perry Groves adds a humorous and "laddish" edge to certain chapters.
But what makes Rebels For The Cause such a GREAT read, is the fact the Arsenal's "rebals" have come in such a variety of shapes and forms during the clubs long history.
It was facinating to read of the spectacular fall from fame of George Graham. The comments of Claude Anelka on his brothers controversial departure from the club. Plus insights into the clubs history from the players view point. I particularly enjoyed reading the fresh insight on the life and times of Sir Henry Norris, who in 1918, "bribed" the Football League to promote Arsenal, and relegate Spurs. The furore surrounding George Eastham's court case in the early sixties and the clubs 1945 match against Moscow Dynamos.
Spurling has delved deep into Arnenal's numerous disciplinary problems, his and the players' conclusions make for worrying reading. He shows that recent Arsenal manages have almost encouraged players to feel persecuted, as a way of fostering team spirt and their famed fortress mentality. This, together with the origins of the Gunners' rivalry with Tottenham and a look at the club's treatment by the tabloids makes for fascinating, if uncomfotable reading.
Rebals For The Cause is a MUST read book for ALL Arsenal fans.
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