the boys from white hart lane
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off the already reduced price of £11.49 of the new book from Martin
Cloake and Adam Powley - "The Boys From White Hart Lane"
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The Boys From White Hart Lane
Spurs in the '80s: The Players' Stories
By Martin Cloake & Adam Powley
With Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Graham Roberts, Paul
Miller, Garry Brooke, Tony Galvin, Peter Shreeve and more !!
Before the Premier League, Grand Slam Sundays, executive boxes and
multi-millionaire reserves, Tottenham had The Boys From White Hart Lane
- a tight-knit group of London lads laced with Latin creativity,
Yorkshire grit and Scottish genius. Under manager Keith Burkinshaw the
Spurs team of the late 1970s and 1980s fought their way back from
relegation, one of the club's lowest points, to two FA Cup triumphs and
European glory, in so doing cementing their place in Tottenham legend.
This is the story of that team in the players' own words - from the
Wembley wins to marathon drinking sessions in Swaziland; from swapping
stories with the fans over a post-match pint to swapping punches with
team-mates on the training pitch.
Based on exclusive interviews with Steve Perryman, Osvaldo Ardiles,
Ricky Villa, Graham Roberts, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Peter Shreeve and
others, this is an intimate and revealing portrait of football before
the hype, and of the team which put the glory back into Spurs.
"A cracking read. This is the real
story of the greatest team I played in - and had the honour of
captaining - and it's full of stories even I didn't know."
"A nostalgic trawl through the 1980s."
"A terrific book."
BBC Radio London
"The Boys From White Hart Lane" is a book that speaks to former Spurs
players, who speak about the club from the heart. Sometimes in
frank language, but always with a love of the club which is what fans
Interviewing players who are stitched
into the club's history - Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles, Graham Roberts,
Paul Miller, Ricky Villa, Tony Galvin and Tony Parks - there are also
interesting contributions from those who wore the Lilywhite shirt -
Garry Brooke and George Mazzon - that give an insight into the club with
an eye from a different perspective.
The players speak of a different time to
the money and fast cars of today's footballers. The 1970s and
1980s were a time when players lived for the game and their tales of
team-mates and opponents add colour to the games many Tottenham fans
will know of. It is testament to the authors that the book has
been edited to provide a highly readable recollection of the time.
Most interesting was the chapter by Peter
Shreeve (mainly for the right spelling of his name). His views of
the club and the players who he had charge of are particularly engaging
and the recollection of the death of Peter Southey - a talented young
defender, who died of Leukaemia - is very touching, even after all these
Few books gets players to give as candid a view of the
club as this book; perhaps the first since Hunter Davies' "The Glory
So, it a valuable insight into the
running of the club and the playing for the club, with those involved
providing an entertaining account of the club during a particular period
of it's history.
Marco van Hip
Paul Miller, Peter Shreeve, Steve
Perryman, Tony Galvin and Garry Brooke at the launch of the new book
"The Boys From White Hart Lane" by Adam Powley and Martin Cloake.