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In Search of Alan Gilzean: The Lost Legacy of a Dundee and Spurs Legend Paperback – 17 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: BackPage Press Limited; Second Edition edition (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095649711X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956497116
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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"In Search of Alan Gilzean is as enigmatic as the subject and James Morgan, whose father I may have bumped into while worshipping the early Gillie at Dens Park, should take that as the highest compliment. An absolutely enchanting book. A cracking read." --Patrick Barclay, The Times<br \><br \>"Morgan too is modest. He is something of a philosopher. At one point he notes that in satisfying our hunger for truth, we stifle our imagination. But his book is a quest, a search for truth that never offends the imagination but stimulates it ... Gilzean was evasive, but Morgan was assiduous as he tracked down his old team-mates in the Dundee title-winning team, spoke to people who d known him as a boy, and talked with journalists and some of Gilzean's Spurs contemporaries ... Morgan writes with such unaffected honesty ... So many football books are laddish, flashy and in your face; this one is gracious and subtle, and in many ways its modest tone reflects its subject. Gilzean was a sublime player, but a quiet man." --Harry Reid, The Herald<br \><br \>"The memory of Gilzean has been re-awoken. Morgan is rightly aghast that there is no plaque honouring Gilzean, or a street named after him in Coupar Angus. He likens it to his own hometown, Belfast, failing to mention that George Best happened to be a native. But Best, unlike Gilzean, is no longer with us" --Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman
<br \><br \>"This is a singular, unusual and well-written book; highly recommended to Spurs and Dundee lovers and haters alike. --When Saturday Comes

Morgan too is modest. He is something of a philosopher. At one point he notes that in satisfying our hunger for truth, we stifle our imagination. But his book is a quest, a search for truth that never offends the imagination but stimulates it ... Gilzean was evasive, but Morgan was assiduous as he tracked down his old team-mates in the Dundee title-winning team, spoke to people who d known him as a boy, and talked with journalists and some of Gilzean's Spurs contemporaries ... Morgan writes with such unaffected honesty ... So many football books are laddish, flashy and in your face; this one is gracious and subtle, and in many ways its modest tone reflects its subject. Gilzean was a sublime player, but a quiet man. --Harry Reid, The Herald

The memory of Gilzean has been re-awoken. Morgan is rightly aghast that there is no plaque honouring Gilzean, or a street named after him in Coupar Angus. He likens it to his own hometown, Belfast, failing to mention that George Best happened to be a native. But Best, unlike Gilzean, is no longer with us --Alan Patullo, The Scotsman

About the Author

James Morgan is a sports journalist with The Herald, Scotland's leading quality newspaper. Born in Northern Ireland in 1974, he grew up on stories of the great Spurs double-winning team of the 1960s and has been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter since waking one Christmas morning to discover a hair shirt of an Admiral kit waiting for him on the living-room settee. Thirty-two years on, he is still waiting for Spurs to repeat the feats that his late father, Jim, was so enamoured by. He wrote In Search Of Alan Gilzean during the months after his first child was born; in the few short hours between nappy changes, bottle feeds and bath times. There were, of course, floods of tears along the way. Some of them were even his son's.



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