|The Spurs Miscellany
by Adam Powley and Martin Cloake
Published by VSP 176 pages
In the long line of miscellany books, this
handy sized book has filled the gap in the market where the Tottenham
Hotspur Miscellany should be.
From the classic crest from the Double
season shirt through to the in-depth research (including some from our
very own site) gives a fact packed read that will inform, entertain and
raise an eyebrow or two from even the most ardent Spurs fan.
Adam and Martin are both Tottenham fans
have a long line of writing behind them for Spurs fanzines, newspapers,
other football mags and their previous outing in print “We Are
Tottenham.” Their latest effort is a collection of facts (I wouldn’t view
any of the information in the book as trivia, as it is about Tottenham
Hotspur) presented in an appealing manner that is readable and will act as
a repository of Spurs-related detail.
There are features throughout the book on
the Spurs ground, legendary players, memorable games and many of the stats
you could want about the team’s performances. The history of the club is
covered with even an extract from the Domesday Book detailing what the
village of Tottenham was like at the turn of the 11th Century.
As you would expect, there are many
entertaining stories surrounding the club and some come straight from the
mouths of the players and staff, which make for good reading. My
favourite concerns the meeting between Mike Tyson and Spurs supporting
philosopher Freddie Ayer. Let’s just say that “AJ” stood his ground
against the World heavy-weight champion !!
My one quibble is that it would be
difficult to find a particular entry in the book, but you accept that when
you buy a miscellany, as you plough through it as you go, finding funny
and surprising things on the way. With all things Tottenham, it is a
rollercoaster and this book is mainly full of the ups. It is sub-titled
“The Ultimate Book of Tottenham Trivia.” While it is up-to-date to the
start of this season, the “ultimate” tag can only be up to that point in
time, as there are lots more stories to be written about Spurs, as Steve
Perryman says in his foreword.
If you would like to pre-order a copy
(published 15th August 2006) online from VSP for just £6.49, visit their