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    DescriptionArsenal's on-field success has been well documented. But what has never been written before is the equally remarkable history of Arsenal's rebels, both on and off the pitch. Spanning almost 120 years, and set against a backdrop of turbulent social and political change, Rebels for the Cause assesses the legacy and impact of Arsenal's most controversial players, officials and matches. From hard men like '30s player Wilf Copping to the reformed wild ones of recent years such as Tony Adams, Jon Spurling highlights the infamous figures whose refusal to conform has made them terrace legends. Mavericks such as '80s star Charlie Nicholas and the 'King of Highbury' Charlie George are here, as are '70s lads Alan Hudson and Malcolm Macdonald. The book also focuses on the club's revolutionary founding fathers, David Danskin and Jack Humble, the terrifying '20s 'soccer Tsar' Sir Henry Norris and David Dein's controversial introduction of free-market economics to Highbury in the regressive '80s. Also investigated are the stories behind Arsenal's most infamous tabloid exposes. Featuring extensive interviews with 15 former players, Rebels for the Cause is an indispensable guide to the alternative history of Arsenal Football Club, shedding new light on the origins of the rivalry with Tottenham, on many of Highbury's cult heroes and on the struggle of several players to adapt to life outside the game.


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    Title
    Rebels for the Cause
    Subtitle
    The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Spurling
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 212 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840189001
    ISBN 10: 1840189002
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA
    B&T General Subject: 760
    LC classification: GV
    Libri: I-SR
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24410
    LC classification: GV943.6
    BISAC V2.8: SPO040000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESL
    DC22: 796.3340942143, 796.33409421
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.3'34'0942143
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: SFBC, SCX
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised, Updated
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    31 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    A schoolteacher by day, Jon Spurling is also the author of three other books on Arsenal: All Guns Blazing, Top Guns and Highbury. He also contributes to The Gooner, FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating ... reveals the story of the club's darker side" Shoot Monthly "Essential reading for all true Arsenal fans" Highbury High "A detailed, thought-provoking and informative study" Programme Monthly