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In Search of Alan Gilzean: The lost legacy of a Dundee and Spurs legend
In Search of Alan Gilzean: The lost legacy of a Dundee and Spurs legend
by James Morgan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 24 Oct. 2010
James Morgan's book is well researched and he has a nice, unpretentious writing style which makes for an easy read. You can learn everything there is to usefully know about Gilzean's formative days in Scotland and the author has obviously spent ages doing field research in addition to sourcing every article possible about Gilzean.
The book's title suggests a difficult quest to actually find this elusive but enigmatic figure amid rumours that he's a down-and-out somewhere on the West coast. You're kept in suspense for 12 chapters with comments about the 'missing piece' of the research puzzle i.e Gilzean himself. Only in the 13th chapter does it transpire that the author had met Gilzean before some of the previous interviews and was given a short audience at his house. Gilzean then refuses to collaborate on the book, clearly compromising the whole project but we learn of this only towards the end.
Indeed, the lack of collaboration from certain Spurs stars is notable throughout this book, with the author getting fairly short thrift from some of the people he interviews, even getting a 'I've only got 5 minutes' type comment from Pat Jennings of all people. The only one to really shine is Steve Perryman who clearly hasn't had it up to here with 70's memoirs and the like.
Decent book,just a bit disappointing in view of the questions it leaves unanswered, and Morgan admits as much at the end. Credit is due for the exhaustive research work and uncovering of library records etc. but this doesn't make up for the cameo appearance of the book's subject.


The Boys from White Hart Lane, Spurs in the '80s: The Players' Stories
The Boys from White Hart Lane, Spurs in the '80s: The Players' Stories
by Martin Cloake
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good times, 19 April 2009
Highly enjoyable read for Spurs supporters. I learnt a lot about the dynamics of this stylish but inconsistent team and in particular that:
- 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....


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