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Glory, Glory Lane: The Extraordinary History of Tottenham Hotspur's Home for 118 Years Hardcover – Illustrated, 23 Oct 2017
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"A must-have for any Tottenham fan, Mike Donovan's affectionate history, illustrated with wonderful archive photographs, essentially tells the story of the club through the prism of its famous stadium, and asks how the shiny new home can ever replace such an integral part of Tottenham's soul. --Backpass
"Glory, Glory Laneis an outstanding history of White Hart Lane." --Spurs legend Alan Mullery
"If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a Spurs disciple, look no further than a book called Glory, Glory Lane. The players, the personalities, the performances and the proud achievements are all captured in this lavishly illustrated book. It is the ideal stocking filler for that person you know has a book in them maybe you." --Norman Giller, Spurs Odyssey blog
"Glory, Glory Lane is such a marvellous title. I'm ordering a copy right away." --Jilly Cooper, author and football fan.
"Glad I inspired you to be a Spurs fan, Mike. Nice to see a book about the Lane." --Jimmy Greaves
"The book brought back some great memories." --Paul Gascoigne
"I was privileged to be part of Tottenham Hotspur's glorious history at White Hart Lane. I believe Mike Donovan has brought it to life in his excellent book." --Terry Dyson (Double winner and European Cup Winners' Cup hero)
"Glory, Glory Lane is a meticulously researched and lovingly recounted history of an iconic footballing mecca, packed with fascinating stories, photos of legendary figures and heartwarming recollections by lifelong fans." --Nick Edwards, Spurs Supporters' Trust
"Beautifully captures a myriad of precious moments, evoking the emotions and conjuring the atmosphere that made an unfashionable part of north London such a wondrous home from home for generations of Spurs fans." --Andreas Koumi, film maker of Memory Lane
"From Bobby Buckle to Harry Kane, it s got all the facts from White Hart Lane. A must read for all Spurs fans! A splendid book." --Spurs historian Alan Swain
"It's a wonderful book. I urge anyone to go out and get. Some great pictures I haven't seen before. Not the same old pictures you see. It's delightful." --Mike Leigh, The Spurs Show podcast
"New 'Lane' book out by established Spurs author Mike Donovan. Am assured it is worth a gander." --Tweet from Spurs' Supporters' Trust co-chair, Kat Law
"Glory, Glory Lane is a splendid book." --Spurs historian Alan Swain
"There will surely be other books written about Spurs' time at their original home, we are doubtful that there'll be one as comprehensive, well-written and superbly illustrated. If you have friends, family or anyone in need of the ideal Spurs Xmas present, look no further than this excellent addition to the Tottenham Hotspur library." --The League Mag
About the Author
Mike Donovan is an award-winning sports journalist who has authored Tottenham Hotspur-related books including Spurs' Greatest Games, Spurs' Unsung Hero (Terry Dyson) and Takenote! (Darren Anderton). A Spurs supporter since 1961, Mike's family have a White Hart Lane history going back eight decades. A writer for over 40 years, he's been a boxing and tennis correspondent and a sports editor. Contributes to newspapers, magazines and websites.
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Written both as a wonderful history and a personal homage to the North London side who have endured some of the greatest moments in football history, alongside some of the bleaker times that all truly great clubs experience
I always enjoy this author, and this tome has surpassed anything he has previously presided over. A marvellous read and truly great pictures.
A must for all Spurs fans, young and old.
This isn’t the first book, nor will it be the last, on the subject, as the further we get away from that very last match at White Hart Lane the more people want to reminiscence about those great and Glories days.
We’ve already had “White Hart Lane: The Spurs Glory Years 1899-2017” by Martin Lipton, “The Lane,” by Martin Cloake and Adam Powley and “A Love for the Lane” by Chris Slegg. All excellent books in their own right, and all very different.
The “Glory, Glory Lane,” starts with forwards by two of the Spurs great players; Alan Mullery & Terry Dyson, both players I’ve met over the years. Then we have another forward, this time by the author. All the forwards take us down memory lane. By the time we get to page 20 (out of 224 pages), we reminisce about something that will be etched into every true Spurs supporter’s mind, the finale. Titled with the imaginary title “The Finale: Somewhere over the Rainbow”. The Rainbow reference is about a rainbow that magically appeared over the ceremony when the great players (past, present and future) came out for the last time to take a bow. Personally, for me – as I was there – it brought tears to my eyes being reminded of that great event again. We also mustn't forget, that that season we went undefeated at home, and finished second in the Premier League.
Then the meat is put on the bones. We start with the history of the ground in chapter 2 (chapter 1 is the “Finale”) titled “The High Road”. We go from the 1880s to 1900s, followed by every decade up until the present, and then look at what the future has for us.
The book also has fantastic photos through the ages (B&W and Colour) of old and new players, the ground from its earlier days to the present, showing how it was developed and improved over the years. Photos of celebrities and directors that were part of those magical times, and of course events (like boxing matches) that were performed on our great ground and much more.
I first I went to White Hart Lane with my grandfather and my dad to see Spurs play when I was 5 and many years after that with them, then with my friends and then by myself, followed by family. In that time I paid at the gate, become an official member, season ticket holder and now sitting in my temporary Spurs home, at Wembley, watching my beloved Spurs battle for trophies, and as the time ticks by I am ready and waiting to take up my seat in the new stadium.
All those memories – 57 years of them – is in this book. And, as I started at the beginning I nostalgically allowed my mind to travel with the author through the years, remembering stories my grandfather had told me, such as him telling me how his father took him to the marshes to watch the early beginnings of what became the world famous Tottenham Hotspur FC.
With the demolition of White Hart Lane, this is not the end of the story, but a development into something bigger, special, a new beginning, with new goals to reach, trophies and competitions to conquer.
Tottenham Hotspur’s motto is “ Audere est Facere", which all Spurs supporters know means, "To Dare is To Do". And we have certainly Dared over the years, and achieved so much by that philosophy, and will continue to do so as we travel forward together in our new home.
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