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.
Hailed as probably the best book about soccer ever written, "The Glory Game" gives a unique insight into the inner workings of a major-league soccer club. Author Hunter Davies was allowed unparalleled access to the inner sanctum of a top professional soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs), and his pen spared nothing and no one. This 30th-anniversary edition will appeal to new and enthusiastic audiences.
Hunter Davies, formerly an editor for the Sunday Times of London, is the author of numerous books. He lives in London.
"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
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)