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In 1892 three schoolboys from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided that playing football in the winter might be a good way to keep fit. So, after a meeting under a lamp post about 100 yards from where White Hart Lane stands today, they formed Hotspur Football Club. Players paid sixpence to join up, and the club played its first match in a dark blue strip with a red 'H' badge. In 1892 three schoolboys from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided that playing football in the winter might be a good way to keep fit. So, after a meeting under a lamp post about 100 yards from where White Hart Lane stands today, they formed Hotspur Football Club. Players paid sixpence to join up, and the club played its first match in a dark blue strip with a red 'H' badge. Now Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is one of the greatest names in the greatest games of all, with an illustrious history of footballing firsts including having become the first non-league team to win the FA Cup, the first team of the modern era to win the league and cup Double and the first British team to win a European trophy. Beyond that, the club has a proud tradition of ambition, excellence and of playing football the right way, 'the Spurs Way'. It is an unspoken but implicit prerequisite that the teams who pull on the famous lilywhite shirts will always endeavour to entertain and exhilarate the club's fans with fast, quick-passing, attacking football. "The game," as the great Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower so succinctly put it, "is about glory". In The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur, renowned author Julie Welch who has lilywhite and blue blood coursing through her veins brilliantly deconstructs the history of the club to get to the very heart and soul of Tottenham Hotspur. How did Spurs develop their unique and precious character? Who were the key individuals and what were the key events that shaped the modern Spurs? Packed with wonderful stories from the formation of the club to the present day, and the memories of numerous legendary players, managers, supporters and other key figures, The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur brings the rich and glorious history of Spurs to life from a new and fascinating perspective.


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In 1892 three schoolboys from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided that playing football in the winter might be a good way to keep fit. So, after a meeting under a lamp post about 100 yards from where White Hart Lane stands today, they formed Hotspur Football Club. Players paid sixpence to join up, and the club played its first match in a dark blue strip with a red 'H' badge. In 1892 three schoolboys from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided that playing football in the winter might be a good way to keep fit. So, after a meeting under a lamp post about 100 yards from where White Hart Lane stands today, they formed Hotspur Football Club. Players paid sixpence to join up, and the club played its first match in a dark blue strip with a red 'H' badge. Now Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is one of the greatest names in the greatest games of all, with an illustrious history of footballing firsts including having become the first non-league team to win the FA Cup, the first team of the modern era to win the league and cup Double and the first British team to win a European trophy. Beyond that, the club has a proud tradition of ambition, excellence and of playing football the right way, 'the Spurs Way'. It is an unspoken but implicit prerequisite that the teams who pull on the famous lilywhite shirts will always endeavour to entertain and exhilarate the club's fans with fast, quick-passing, attacking football. "The game," as the great Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower so succinctly put it, "is about glory". In The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur, renowned author Julie Welch who has lilywhite and blue blood coursing through her veins brilliantly deconstructs the history of the club to get to the very heart and soul of Tottenham Hotspur. How did Spurs develop their unique and precious character? Who were the key individuals and what were the key events that shaped the modern Spurs? Packed with wonderful stories from the formation of the club to the present day, and the memories of numerous legendary players, managers, supporters and other key figures, The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur brings the rich and glorious history of Spurs to life from a new and fascinating perspective.

30 review for The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia Robinson

    I decided to read this book because my neighbour got it for me for Christmas and because I am obsessed with Tottenham Hotspur. This book is a factual account of the history of the world's greatest football club Tottenham Hotspur. The book goes through all the Tottenham teams from the first team in 1882 through to the current team of 2012. Note this book was written in 2012 and does not contain any information about this season or the latter half of last season. As this is a non-fiction book it did I decided to read this book because my neighbour got it for me for Christmas and because I am obsessed with Tottenham Hotspur. This book is a factual account of the history of the world's greatest football club Tottenham Hotspur. The book goes through all the Tottenham teams from the first team in 1882 through to the current team of 2012. Note this book was written in 2012 and does not contain any information about this season or the latter half of last season. As this is a non-fiction book it didn't have any real characters. It did however have lots of people who could be described as real 'characters'. One of theses was Danny Blanchflower. Danny Blanchflower was the captain of Tottenham when they won the famous League and Cup 'Double' in the 1960-1961 season. He was didn't always agree with the managers and often on the field he made his own tactical changes which really annoyed the managers. He often got the comment' I'm the coach, you're the player so play and let me coach'. He would then reply' well you're not doing your job very well so I was doing both our jobs'. This attitude didn't put him in many coaches good books but none of them could deny he was indeed a tactical genius. But with Bill Nicholson(the manager of Tottenham when they won the double) Danny was allowed to be himself because Bill could understand him. The Danny-Bill combination also worked because Danny respected Bill as a coach which was a rare thing for Danny. After Danny stopped playing and before he started managing he worked as a football pundit. Danny absolutely ruined the pre-match analysis of many matches. One of these was when asked 'who do you think is going to win?' He said 'I don't know whose going to win, that's why they are playing the match'. Another instance was when Danny said 'these teams suck' the producer whispered 'says positive things only' and Danny then said 'these teams positively suck'. One quote that I really like in this book is this quote from Sidney Wale(the Tottenham chairman in the 1970's) 'Burkinshaw did all the work while Terry(Neill) appeared on TV'. I like this quote because it shows how it's not just the manager that makes the team the team that is. The technical and tactical analysts, the scouts, the fitness and conditioning staff, the nutritionists and the sports science officers all contribute to making the football great not just the manager. Something I thought more deeply about after reading this book was all the politics involved in football. All the time there are other clubs wanting to swap players for better counterparts. Chairman's of lower league teams wanting to expand leagues so their team can get in a better league so that their best players will stay. I would recommend this book to people that like football history and Tottenham. I do not recommend this book to any Arsenal fans though. Although I really enjoyed this book, I do understand that many people my age would not enjoy this book as it's simply a matter of reading what you enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matti Karjalainen

    "It's a grand old team to play for, It's a grand old team to see, And if you know your history, It's enough to make you heart go whoo-oh-oh. We don't care what the other teams say, What the hell do we care? For we only know that there's gonna be a show And the Tottenham Hotspur will be there..."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Larkin Tackett

    Two years ago, after reading a 2006 article by Bill Simmons about how to pick an English Premier League Team, we picked Tottenham Hotspur as ours. Among the reasons we chose the Spurs is that their Jewish fan base and Jewish ownership inspired anti-Semitic jeers from rival vans, to which Spurs fans affectionately dubbed themselves the "Yid Army". As a new Tottenham fan, I picked up this book to expand my knowledge, especially since I didn't grow up following the team's ups and downs. Julie Welch Two years ago, after reading a 2006 article by Bill Simmons about how to pick an English Premier League Team, we picked Tottenham Hotspur as ours. Among the reasons we chose the Spurs is that their Jewish fan base and Jewish ownership inspired anti-Semitic jeers from rival vans, to which Spurs fans affectionately dubbed themselves the "Yid Army". As a new Tottenham fan, I picked up this book to expand my knowledge, especially since I didn't grow up following the team's ups and downs. Julie Welch's biography closed that gap by helping me appreciate everything from the team's humble, 19th century beginnings in the Tottenham Marshes, to the legendary coach Bill Nicholson, and to standout players Danny Blanchflower, Chris Waddle, and Paul Gascoigne. Where the book lacked sufficient detail to describe the "Spurs Way" of playing soccer, it made up with detailed biographic detail of each owner, manager, and key player of the club's storied history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Smith

    A must read for all Spurs fans - unlikely to be of interest to gooners (they're from south London anyway). I started going to White Hart Lane in Feb 1966 and to understand better what went before then, and to read Julie's version from then on, was enlightening. It is very well written at a fast pace, and witty in places, much like the team. Fabulous.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    COYS!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    For Spurs fans, a look at the entire history of the club and all the legends. COYS

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    COYS!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carmello

    Currently still reading this book (and enjoying it), but was surprised when I pulled off the dust jacket and noticed that the printing on the book binding says "The Biography of Totenham Hotspur" hahahaha! Tote-en-ham. I love it. Such a Spurs thing to do. COYS!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marc Bennett

    So many great tales I never knew about the team I've supported for 45 years.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave Taylor

  11. 5 out of 5

    POW!

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    Hilton Livingston

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    Mark Goff

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    Shane Sinclair

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    AH

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    Steve Peake

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  21. 4 out of 5

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    janet asker

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    Andrew Dorsey

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    Mike McGouran

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    Mac Woodbury

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    Xavier Miguel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tom

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    Dan Skiendziel

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