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Good club, good team, good book
on 24 June 2013
As a long-time Spurs fan I am among many who used to turn to Jim Duggan's writing, witty and sometimes cynical, on his website Topspurs.com, in the dark days of the 1990s and early 2000s. Here could be found light relief, a problem shared if not solved, after yet another numbingly poor display by the incapable inheritors of the Bill Nicholson-led glamour teams of the 1960s and early 1970s, and Keith Burkinshaw's excellent early-1980s side. As far as general football chat goes, Web 2.0 boards have superseded this editorially-driven mode of publication - which is a shame in a way, as most Web 2 content is almost as numbingly banal and ideas-free as those poor performances by Spurs. Which with any luck are permanently in the past (??) as failure to qualify for the champion's league, the current repeated Spurs Syndrome, is actually a lot more palatable than failure to do anything much, all season.
Jim Duggan's Glory book is banality-free; a pleasure to read from start to finish. He lists various aspects of the team's historic and recent achievements and failings, bestowing praise where due, withering criticism where appropriate. While it's not always a pleasant read (thanks to those awful years, which he experienced much as I did) even when chronicling the worst moments it doesn't have the self-righteousness of most fan-writing. We often laughed while we suffered, and so does he.
A shared experience of a moment of magic in the days before television were present. 1978-9, the season after a single year in the second division, Spurs were really good away from home, and were two decent strikers away from being a really good team; Glenn Hoddle filled in the gap by scoring from midfield. A win 3-2 at Aston Villa, coming from 2-0 down, the winner an exquisite chip on the run by Hoddle, was among my best moments as a Spurs fan. You had to be there; Jim Duggan was, and he tells it like it was, as he does in so much of this fine little book.