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