The Glory Game: The New Edition of the British Football Classic

The Glory Game: The New Edition of the British Football Classic

Paperback Mainstream Sport

By (author) Hunter Davies

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 28mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 6 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1840182423
  • ISBN 13: 9781840182422
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 132,107

Product description

When the first edition of The Glory Game was published in 1972, it was instantly hailed as the most insightful book about the life of a football club ever published. Hunter Davies was, and still is, the only author ever to be allowed into the inner sanctum of a top-level football team (Tottenham Hotspur) and his pen spared nothing and no one. 'His accuracy is sufficiently uncanny to be embarrassing,' wrote Bob Wilson in the New Statesman. 'Brilliant, vicious, unmerciful,' wrote The Sun. Davies spent a whole season with the team, training with them, visiting the players' homes and witnessing the dressing-room confrontations. In the modern era of painstaking media management and tight security, no sportswriter will ever again be granted such unprecedented access. While some features of the game have changed beyond all recognition - notably the all-consuming role that money now plays - inside every club the dramas and tensions revealed by Davies remain, making the book a timeless classic and securing its position as one of the best books about football ever written.

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Author information

Hunter Davies was brought up in Carlisle, educated at Durham University, and now lives half the year in London and half in the Lake District. As a journalist he worked on the Sunday Times, where he was chief features writer, and later editor of the magazine. He wrote regular columns for Punch and currently writes for the New Statesman, The Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday and Cumbrian Life. For three years he presented Bookshelf on BBC Radio 4. He is the author of over forty books, including biographies, novels, children's novels (Flossie Teacake) and several books about the Lakes. He is the author of the only official biography of the Beatles.

Review quote

"Still the definitive football text ... this book is indispensable" FourFourTwo "The Glory Game engages the mind while revealing the soul of the beautiful game" The Herald "Brilliant, anthropological account of life with Tottenham in 1973, before there were press officers and brand managers" -- David Goldblatt, author of the World Football Yearbook

Editorial reviews

In the 1971/72 season, Hunter Davies, hitherto best known as a biographer of the Beatles, was given unprecendented access to the training, dressing room and private lives of the players and staff of Tottenham Hotspur. The book was an instant hit and time has not withered its entertainment value, but it has revealed just how the game has changed. The Spurs players 1972 were comfortably off, not fabulously wealthy like today's stars, and were unsure of their place in the pecking order - can anyone imagine david Beckham earnestly joing the local Rotary Club in the hope of local acceptance as Mike England, the Spurs captain, did? The players are endearingly honest, almost naively so, Alan Mullery for example reveals the depth of his hurt at being forced out to Fulham, Steve Perryman, at the start of a record career at the club, is a boyscout figure and Martin Peters's wife reveals how under-appreciated her husband feels. At the time, such revelations were controversial, now they are footnotes to a book that is a football classic. (Kirkus UK)