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The Glory Game (Contemporary Sports Classics) Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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"Still the definitive football text . . . this book is indispensable" (FourFourTwo)
"The Glory Game engages the mind while revealing the soul of the beautiful game" (The Herald)
"Brilliant, anthropological account of life with Tottenham in 1973, before there were press officers and brand managers" (David Goldblatt, author of the World Football Yearbook) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The most insightful book about the life of a football club ever published. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Davies would never be given such freedom to roam these days but back in the day - before agents and Sky TV - your average footballer was much the same, which probably explains why people are still reading The Glory Game 40 years after its publication.
Here is Davies' evocative description of the team after it lost a cup match against Chelsea: "They sat like shipwrecked hulks, naked, with their heads bowed, unable to move. (Cyril) Knowles seemed to be crying. His eyes were red and swollen. His arms were shaking, No one could look at anyone else."
This was in the days when Division One players were on £5,000 a year and some of them went home on the bus and train after a game!
There are a number of interesting pen portraits here, particularly of no nonsense manager Bill Nicholson, one of the most successful in the club's history.
Finally, how about this description of a party for one of the players to show that some things have moved on. Haven't they? "All that was missing to have made it a really smart 1972 middle-class party would have been a few reefers, but footballers wouldn't touch such things. Some footballers might have moved into the middle classes but there are two things they won't have at their parties - drugs and homosexuals
What was so interesting was the freedom given to Davies.In todays world there is no chance of an author getting so close, taking real views from all levels. The frustrations, the moans and the tensions. Today a press officer would ensure it would be a 'Hello" type piece. It was unique then and I cannot think of another work similar. And it is good fun to read especially if you remember fondly those times - good and bad.
The team I followed. I liked it because it was very relevant as I grew up worshipping the players involved.
I think it is most suitable for Spurs fans who also experienced the era. Genuine football fans will also enjoy reading the most open record of a season in the life of a professional football team.
It also brought home the fact that, in essence, nothing has changed in 40 years. The English game is still about a few teams at the top and the rich clubs attract the best players. Europe was and is still the holy grail. Facts like the total wage bill for the players and staff in 1971 being £200000 was also interesting
Morris Keston features in The Glory Game chapter titled 'The Hangers-On'. Hunter Davies was wrong about Morris, as it was the players who would hang around him! He became friends with many of the Spurs and England players of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, including Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves and Geoff Hurst to name a few. He also mixed in the company of Frank Sinatra ad Muhammad Ali. He's got some amazing untold stories to tell and you can read them all in SUPERFAN - THE AMAZING LIFE OF MORRIS KESTON.
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