The word lavish is bandied about a lot in the book business.
Usually it relates to a book that has lots of pictures. Or one that has production values superior to your average pizza menu. Harsh, but tell me I’m wrong. This book is lavish to degree whereby you might need to bite a pretty unpleasant bullet and decide if your coffee table is cool enough to handle it.
1537 grammes, 216 pages, 290mm by 230mm of hardback loveliness encased in a cloth covered slipcase. The content is courtesy of Doug Cheeseman, Martin Cloake & Adam Powley. The editorial team behind the Spurs Opus.
Created with the full co-operation of leading figures, including star player Cliff Jones, and the official approval of Tottenham Hotspur FC (coupled with unique access to the historical archives at White Hart Lane), this sensational publication will be the focal point of the club’s 1960/61 celebrations which will begin at the start of the 2010-11 season.
The result is quite simply an extraordinary book commemorating the 50th anniversary of Spurs’ famous League and Cup Double in 1961 – the first ‘Double’ achieved in the modern era of football.
The 1961 Double (winning the League and FA Cup) was the first in the modern era of football and was truly a remarkable feat given the competition the team faced that year. Unlike the current football scene anyone of 10 teams had a shot at winning the league, and every top-flight team fancied their chances of winning the FA Cup!
61′ contains an amazing series of photographs from French magazine Miroir Sprint, who sent their chief correspondent and a photographer to cover Spurs’ Christmas Eve match against West Ham. The photos show everything from fans queueing to get into the Lane to the players relaxing afterwards with a game of snooker.
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The book that every Tottenham fan must have is back with a revised edition packed with a wealth of new features. This updated edition of last year’s best-selling The Pocket Book of Spurs features a brand new cover design and is bursting with the colourful history of one of England’s biggest clubs.
Learn about Spurs’ glorious history, from the very first team back in 1882, to the 1961 Double winners, to the first side to win an FA Cup Final replay in 1981. Take a trip down memory lane with classic matches such as the 1963 5-1 rout of Atletico Madrid in the European Cup-Winners Cup Final or the League Cup Final triumph against Chelsea in 2008. Savour the skills of a host of club legends, be it Jennings and Jones, Greaves and Gascoigne, or current heroes Defoe and Modric.
Packed with original pictures, hand-drawn illustrations and genuine Spurs memorabilia, this beautifully packaged book salutes the greatest goals (who can forget Glenn Hoddle’s solo effort against Oxford United in 1986?), legendary managers and tactics of the club’s most successful teams, as well as the most memorable kits worn over the years – and that includes the Blackburn Rovers lookalike strip back in 1884.On top of all that, there is also a club directory, a detailed diagram of White Hart Lane, honours, records and stats, plus a foreword by club favourite Ricky Villa.
Whose kit did Spurs copy when they switched to white and blue? How did Ossie Ardiles dent the FA Cup? Find out in the fully revised and updated new edition of the best-selling Spurs Miscellany.
With a stylish dark blue and white cover and a foreword by Tottenham legend Steve Perryman, the book is packed with stats, lists, quotes, anecdotes and tables from the history of Tottenham Hotspur FC. Includes an updated colour kits section, a complete history of the club’s home and away kits.
They were the last great Spurs team. A tight-knit group of London lads laced with Latin creativity, Yorkshire grit and Scottish genius, playing for a few hundred quid a week and the glory of putting on the Tottenham shirt. They won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup together, they went drinking together and they appeared on Top of the Pops together. They were The Boys From White Hart Lane.
Renowned Tottenham authors Martin Cloake and Adam Powley have tracked down their childhood heroes to produce a book of wonderfully vivid and candid interviews with ten members of the team including Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.
It is a book that not only opens the doors of the White Hart Lane dressing room during this iconic period for the club, but takes the reader back in time to a football world before Premier League, multi-billionaire foreign owners and millionaire reserve players sitting on the bench in yellow boots and headbands.
Packed with insight, revelations and wonderful stories – including the training ground prank which saw a player break his toe on a breeze block, the all-night drinking session in Swaziland and the story of how Ossie dented the FA Cup – The Boys From White Hart Lane is an intimate and eye-opening portrait of the men who 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
“A compelling examination of one of the great Spurs teams, written with great authority, insight and humour. A worthy additon to the growing canon of fine Spurs literature.”
Martin Chivers was born to score goals. In his heyday with Tottenham Hotspur and England in the late sixties and early seventies he was considered by many to be the finest striker in Europe. This is his story.
In Big Chiv (the affectionate nickname he earnt from the Spurs fans who idolised him), Chivers tells the story of a life driven by his abiding passion, the need to score goals. For Southampton as a teenage striking sensation, for Spurs, for England and later for Servette in Switzerland, Norwich, Brighton and Vard FC in Norway.
It is a candid and revealing insight into the life of a footballer in a golden era of the game, and inside the mind of one of football’s great strikers. More than that, it is a fascinating journey back in time that re-opens the dressing room door on the great Spurs team of the 1970s, the wonderful characters and their exploits on and off the pitch.
A key theme of the Big Chiv is a fascinating examination of Chivers’s turbulent relationship with legendary Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson.
Immensely powerful yet somehow graceful at he same time with immaculate touch and control, Martin Chivers was a magnificent footballer and this – his long-awaited autobiography – is a book to match.
When Argentinian World Cup winners Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles were unveiled as Tottenham Hotspur’s new signings in the summer of 1978 it was one of the most sensational transfer coups English football had ever seen. The pair made an instant impression.
Ossie claimed the limelight with his wonderful control and endearing accent, but when Ricky dribbled his way round half the Manchester City team to score the greatest ever Wembley goal in 1981 he swerved his way into the hearts of the nation and a permanent place in English football folklore.
For so long uncomfortable speaking in English, in And Still Ricky Villa – through the translation of Federico Ardiles (Ossie’s son) – for the first time Ricky is able to tell his story. From his childhood growing up on a farm in rural Argentina, when he would ride to school on horseback, to becoming Argentina’s first million dollar player, starring for his country alongside a promising teenager called Diego Maradona and winning the World Cup on home soil as part of Argentina’s 1978 squad.
He talks in depth about arriving in London with Ossie and – despite the tickertape reception – his frustration at being unable to communicate properly and his subsequent despair. He tells of how he grew to love Spurs and English football (and the English countryside), reveals the elation of scoring that wonder goal at Wembley and how he was torn between two countries at war during the Falklands conflict.
Packed with great stories, And Still Ricky Villa is a vibrant account of the life of one of English football’s most-loved characters and a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a foreign player in the first division in the 1970s and 80s.