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Am these days but back in "THE DAY BEFORE AGENTS AND SKY " day before agents and Sky your average footballer was much the same which probably Explains Why People Are Still why people are still 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 elseThis was in the days when Division One players were on 5000 a year and some of them went home on the bus and train after a gameThere are a number of interesting pen portraits here particularly of no nonsense manager Bill Nicholson one of the most successful in the club s historyFinally 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 This is always up there as the football book to read and it was fascinating stuff It s a work of socio anthropology as much as reportage with the author ensconced the Tottenham dressing room for the 71 72 season Inadvertently a contemporary reading reveals the latent and occasionally overt sexist and racist attitudes at the times while the writing has that clipped slightly BBC tone Class is still the definitive algorhythms of the age the author always slightly surprised at liking some of these working class men as well as this working class sport But I WOULD DEFI I KEEP TRYING THESE defi I keep trying these into non fiction only to be reminded of why I tend to stay away in the first place That said it was interesting to get a look at how soccer used to be played It was funny to see the old timers in this book complaining about how pampered the players were not even close to the standards of today For a soccerfootball fan this book is a must A season long view inside the locker room on the pitch in the heads of the then world class Tottenham Hotspur Football Club So easy to read yet it doesn t pander or water things down. Ttenham Hotspur Spurs and his pen spared nothing and no one This 30th anniversary edition will appeal to new and enthusiastic audienc. Een 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 Not a huge soccer fan but I really enjoyed the book The players in the 70 s were much accessible than today and it was cool to see how relaxed they were in giving Davies accounts of their personal lives I also really enjoyed the appendix it included information on the player s backgrounds And What They Ve what they ve Since That 1972 Season that 1972 season good book to read for fans of Tottenham or English football in general I ve heard a lot of hype about this book and in general I was let down But it certainly gives a good insight into the the life of a top English football club in the 1970s and the mentality of the professionals of the game at the time I enjoyed this But then I remember this team better than I can remember the Huddersfield team I sat in the stand and cheered last season This lot were part of what I might call my second generation of footballers The first began with being told as a 4 year old that I had to be Ron Springett and go in goal The second centred largely around the England team that won the world cup beating West Germany in 66 and the better team that got knocked out by a better German team in 1970 and various FA Cup finals beamed live onto our black and white telly in the late sixties Oh and the Manchester United side that won I don t normally like to read nonfiction However Mr Davies account of his year spent with Spurs is fascinating and engrossing Though at times it does show its age those points only now work to uxtapose how much the game and players have changed and how much it hasn t One of the best books on footballsoccer as well as an engrossing story Hunter Davies book is based on the free access HE WAS GIVEN TO PLAYERS AND STAFF AT TOTTENHAM was given to players and staff at Tottenham in the early 1970 s There are no startling revelations apart from one of the leading striker s devotion to the drink but it is a fascinating insight into how a top team prepares for games and how it copes with the various triumphs and disasters of a league season as it turned out a season that proved to be a particularly successful one for SpursDavies would never be given such freedom to ro. League soccer club Author Hunter Davies was allowed unparalleled access to the inner sanctum of a top professional soccer team the To. A little dry a little clinical and outdated in a variety of ways though that also adds to its charm as well otherwise i would give #it 5 stars Enjoyed it thoroughly and may well read it again at some point Fascinating #5 stars Enjoyed it thoroughly and may well read it again at some point Fascinating at the players and innerworkings of Tottenham FC in the late 60 s early 70s and indeed similar to Jim Bouton s great Ball Four in form though of course hearing from a player Bouton is infinitely appealing than hearing from a reporter Davies no matter how entrenched said reporter is Also there was a surprising anti semitic presence which isn t to say that the author or any of the players come off as BIGOTED NECESSARILY BUT I DID FIND SOME OF THE necessarily but i did find some of the to racism and anti semitism interesting and shocking Still excellent book Really enjoyed it Recommended definitely Nice one Hunter nice one sonHunter Davies book is based on the free access he was given to players and staff at Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1970 s There are no startling revelations apart from one of the leading striker s devotion to the drink but it is a fascinating insight into how a top team prepares for games and how it copes with the various triumphs and disasters of a league season as it turned out a season that proved to be a particularly successful one for SpursDavies 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 publicationHere 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 elseThis was in the days when Division One players were on 5000 a year and some of them went home on the bus and train after a gameThere are a number of interesting pen portraits here particularly of no nonsense manager Bill Nicholson one of the most successful in the club s historyFinally 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 Hailed as probably the best book about soccer ever written 'The Glory Game' gives a uniue insight into the inner workings of a major. The Glory Game