- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Yellow Jersey (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224083007
- ISBN-13: 978-0224083003
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ghost: In Search of My Father the Football Legend Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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"Deeply personal - a touching, heartfelt story" (Gary Imlach)
"A special book about a special man" (Independent on Sunday)
"One of the most affecting sports books of the year" (Matt Dickinson The Times)
"A gorgeous and moving story" (Tom English Scotland on Sunday)
"Colourful and, at times, moving" (Four Four Two)
From the publishers of My Father and other Working Class Heroes comes the incredible biography of sixties Tottenham Hotspur legend, John White, who died aged 27.See all Product Description
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You could forget just how good John White was and I was fortunate enough to see him play. The term "the Ghost of White Hart Lane" fitted him as well as his famous Number 8 shirt. The origins of the term "Ghost" are still unclear. Was it the press who first used it; one of his team mates; or Nobby Stiles who couldn't mark him as Spurs won effortlessly 2-0 at Old Trafford (Spurs fans, just soak that in for a moment!)?
For me, one of the brilliant aspects of this book is not just how it is an insight into John White, footballer, but John White the man, and how he was so central to the Double Team; his relationships with Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay, and how the whole team were one unit. Rob White brings back to life just what a different era 1960-61 was, in the days before squads and sunbstitutes. Spurs won the Double with the same 11 players in most games, no-one else played more than 6 games all season.
Another excellent aspect of the book is how the author concentrates individual chapters on other players; the ones on Tommy Harmer (Harmer the Charmer) and the wonderful Dave Mackay are superb. You realise that Mackay was not only a great player (for me, the Best Ever to wear the Lilywhite shirt), but also a great man who did all he could to support John's family after the disaster at Crews Hill Golf Course in the Summer of 1964.Read more ›
The book arrived on the Monday and I'd read it by Wednesday.
It's easy to sense the frustration of the author (Rob)gaining all the second hand information about his father but not being able to have anything of his father first hand.
Definitly one I would recommend It has been worth the wait.
Rob also tells his story, which will leave nobody unmoved, and is a moving insight into the relationship between father and son.
Enjoy reading it!
The fact that John White was a great footballer who died so young and at the peak of his powers makes it more poignant - but the book is so well written I really think I would have enjoyed it just as much had John been a plumber.
Top book - not just for Spurs fans.
This is one of my top four sports books - the others being "Friday Night Lights", "Left Foot Forward" and "Moneyball".
The book is well written,and gives a good general idea of how Tottenham achieved the double. There were many interesting comparisons between then and now-the vast crowds that attended football matches-60,000 was common,so of the big scores that occured 7-2 seemed common,the fragility of footballers life once they finished they needed to find another occupation to pay the bills for the rest of their lifes,the state of the pitches and the ball especially in the middeof a cold wet winter,and the overalll fitness that was needed to combat those circumstances.
Overall you do not need to be a football fanatic to enjoy this book-though it helps-as there is a great deal more to enjoy and savour.Good read
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book, haven't been able to put it down. A must read for spurs fans.Published 5 months ago by C. Rodowicz
On one level, one of the very best football books I've read, evoking those glorious few years when Spurs were truly "super" and John White one of their greatest players.. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris Esmond
I feel I must add to the excellent reviews and say that it was one of the finest books I have read. I started supporting Spurs and attending games in 1967 at the age of eleven. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sj Sullivan