The Glory Game – review snippets

Hunter Davies’ The Glory Game – a book worth reading.

At its time, Hunter Davies’ novel on the inner workings of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was a groundbreaking book.  The Glory Game is reportedly one of the best books on football ever written.

I read it in the Eighties and indeed found it very illuminating.  A lot of what it shared then still holds true now though the game has changed The Glory Game bannera lot.

Hunter Davies exposes the dramas and tensions that still governs the world of professional football clubs of today, playing at the highest levels.  We get a peek at how a team prepares for games and cope with the ups and downs of a league season.

It must be noted that the context in which Hunter Davies wrote may not be of today’s sensibilities.  If I am vague, perhaps an excerpt from his book may shed some light:

All that was missing to have made it a really smart 1972 middle-class party would have been a few reefers, but footballers wouldn’t touch such things. Some footballers might have moved into the middle classes but there are two things they won’t have at their parties – drugs and homosexuals.

Despite parts of its dated context, I would recommend this book.  Indeed Spurs fans of that era – Chivers, Peters, Gilzean etc – will enjoy reading The Glory Game – but maybe not about being reminded of how yet again the title eluded them.  Sadly for the them, 57 years after the glorious 1961 season, Spurs have yet to win the title.

Side note:

Hunter Davies also wrote one of the earliest Beatles biographies called The Beatles.

Cop-out apology:

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  1. Sounds like an interesting book that I would pick up and read anytime! It reminds of those high school days when we had competitions with other schools and won trophies! I havn’t read of any of Hunter Davies’ books so I might be looking into this one!

    • Yep, it was an easy read about a sport that I enjoy following, soccer. (Not as much as rugby, though!)

      Hunter Davies probably wished he could have written the book 10 years earlier, because Spurs were considered England’s best team then (early Sixties). So the book he did write was their quest to achieve that kind of glory again; hence, The Glory Game.

  2. Hey there.
    Don’t feel bad because of the length of your article.
    I think it did its purpose – it did pick my interest.
    Can we expect any follow up sometime later?
    I would love to read more.
    Looking forward to it!

    • Thanks, Boby. heh I will add to it as I remember; as I read it quite a time ago. But definitely one worth reading if you’re a soccer/football fan. Especially if you want to know what English football was like back in the Seventies.

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