- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (11 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843583909
- ISBN-13: 978-1843583905
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bill Nicholson - Football's Perfectionist Paperback – 11 May 2011
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As it is now nearly 50 years since the double was won I am aware that this provides a great publishing opportunity and I was particularly keen to obtain a copy of this book by Brian Scovell.
Although it centres on painting a portrait of Bill Nicholson - the man as well as the manager - and to a certain extent succeeds, it is let down by a litany of factual errors and sloppy proof reading.
I give a few examples. In the second picture section the caption refers to Terry Dixon rather than Dyson and a picture captioned: `The Spurs dressing room at half time in the 1967 Cup Final' features Danny Blanchflower talking to Cliff Jones. Anyone who know anything about Spurs knows that Blanchflower had hung up his boots three years earlier.
In the text talking about the second leg of Spurs first European cup tie against Gornik at White Hart Lane it says: `Pohl... soon made the aggregate 5-2'. This is nonsense. Spurs were 4-2 down from the first leg but within 20 minutes had levelled the scores at 4-4 and although Pohl did score possibly the best goal of the match, Spurs were than heading towards an 8-1 victory.
Another glaring error is the assertion that in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in the double season Spurs `scraped through 3-2 against Charlton at The Valley. The match was actually at White Hart Lane.
I could go on but suffice to say that a potentially excellent book is spoiled by lack of proper research. And it is a great pity.
Did you know Man walked on the moon in 1961, no nor did I!
Derby County won the European Cup, news to me
Clyde beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final, wish they had, but they didnt
Throughot the book there is inaccurate info.
While a lot of the anecdotes may be true, unfortunately glaring mistakes leave you unsure.
Do not waste your money on this book.
Sadly my son did.
my advice to anyone thinking of buying this book is to try the charity shops , they'll pay you to take one away with you, yep , its that bad
It was frustrating to read the basic factual errors in a book written by a distinguished football writer. I had expected better and Bill Nicholson deserved so much more.
In places it reads as though chunks of text were copied from other sources and pasted, not always accurately, as exemplified by the Bobby Smith reference above.
Aside from the glaring errors the book is poorly constructed, with rambling or poorly constructed sentences frequently making it hard to follow the narrative. Billy Nic deserves better.
Nevertheless, these lapses did not spoil the book for me; Scovell's style of writing being informative without resorting to lots of facts and figures. Many of the pictures I had not seen before (although the one apparently of the dressing room at half-time in the 1967 cup final was incorrectly captioned - Morris Keston, no. 1 Spurs fan, you should have spotted that in your proof read!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
especially as got it signed by the author, a friend of mine, for my father-in-law, a Spurs fan!!Published 15 months ago by John G Bates
what an awful book to tell a great story, a complete hotch-potch with very little structure[ also loads of mis-prints]!Published 16 months ago by ronclaydon
Great book for a great man, far ahead of his time would have been a great manager even to day.Published 22 months ago by luke samuels
A superb book, plus a very quick delivery service thank you.Published on 20 Oct. 2014 by Mr C. D. Penney
This is good interesting book, but to me is spoilt with factual errors or typos. For instance talking about the 67 FA Cup Final, it mentions that Bobby Smith had taken injections... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Shepsno1
Every Tottenham supporter should read this book, on the greatest man ever to manage our football club.A truly dedicated Spurs man the likes we will never see again.Published on 25 Jan. 2014 by Mick Cole
Ive not had this long but i couldn't put it down. This man is a legend and my all time hero.Published on 30 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Bill Nicholson was 'Mr Tottenham Hotspur.' No manager has got near to matching his list of achievements at White Hart Lane, and it's doubtful they ever will. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great book, a lovely description of the life of a truly wonderful man and his work with a great team.Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by Carol