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The Boys from White Hart Lane, Spurs in the '80s: The Players' Stories Hardcover – 27 Oct 2008
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A Brilliant Book -- BBC Radio London
A nostalgic trawl through the 1980s -- The Daily Mirror
A Brilliant Book
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- Steve Perryman was an immense influence on the dressing room
- Peter Shreeve was a much smarter bloke than I gave him credit for at the time
- David Pleat was disliked by just about everybody!
Shame that key members Hoddle, Archibald and Crooks chose not to contribute but there's enough from the others to keep you entertained. Some of the anecdotes are a bit too much of the 'laddish prank' type but reading about Ricky Villa's difficult acculturation experience is fascinating. Having read the book, I also think it's safe to say that nobody will be volunteering to take a communal bath with 'keeper Milija Alecsic....
As a die-hard Spurs fan and the 80's being "my era", when I didn't miss a match throughout the years on which the book is based, this brought back so many memories. I found the interviews with the players I knew and idolised very fascinating. My two friends and I (all girls) travelled everywhere home and away from the late 70's until at least 1989 - going to Wembley so many times during that time.
I fully recommend this book to any Spurs fan, but in particular if you remember and supported our beloved club during the 1980's.
I hope Martin Cloake and Adam Powley have other interviews in the bag for a second book!
The authors got access to the key people and they speak in a very honest and open fashion, to the extent it provides real insights. And its fun too because essentially its about a team who really were a team and enjoyed the whole experience together.
One or two players such as Miller seem to have a downer on Pleat as he unlike they realised the likes of himself (Miller) Galvin and Roberts were getting towards 30 and maybe had gone over the top
Some great stories but we hear the same thing too often for my liking which certainly stops me from giving it full marks. A decent read though
For the younger reader who only knows the Premiership, this will show you what it was really like in the 80s.
As important a read as The Glory Game for the people who care.
Anyhoo, you can trust my bother (Phillips Alun David) to provide a decent review - he's certainly a Spurs supporter; although from South West London, he should probably be supporting Wimbledon. In fact, he spent much time at Plough Lane in the 70s.....
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