GLORY,  GLORY LANE  - by Mike Donovan

 

 

 

 

Glory, Glory Lane: The Extraordinary History Of Tottenham Hotspur's Famous Home For 118 Years by Mike Donovan (out on Pitch Publishing on Monday, October 23), is the life-affirming history – including a momentous last season - of a world-famous football stadium, home to Tottenham Hotspur for 118 years.

A Victorian structure turned wraparound 21st Century all-seater, it became a theatre of dreams for supporters – English working class to multi-cultural and new-money - attracted from Day One by teams which played the ‘Spurs way’ to achieve glory.

Gave a stage to a conveyor belt of legends from John Cameron to Dele Alli via Bill Nicholson, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Jurgen Klinsmann, Ledley King and Gareth Bale.

Provided unforgettable memories in unforgettable atmospheres. Heart-lifting, heart-breaking, nerve-racking.

It journeys from founders obsessed by Harry Hotspur to Harry Kane via Harry Redknapp.

Through matches, personalities, ground developments and issues, with first-hand accounts from players to those behind-the-scenes. And wonders how a new £800m stadium on the same site can replace an edifice which shut its gates for the last time after Spurs played Manchester United in May 2017 having created a daunting legacy.

Double winner and European Cup Winners' Cup hero Terry Dyson, a member of Spurs' greatest ever team, writes a foreword. As does Alan Mullery, who captained the Lilywhites to European glory under lights at the Lane.

There is also a section on the loyal Lane fans, including those of Tottenham local history website host Alan Swain - who added credence to the book with his assistance in putting it together - about their memories of the old stadium.

And the book is packed with evocative pictures as well as lists of Firsts, Lasts and Onlys and stats.

It's all mixed in with personal insights of the author whose Spurs-supporting family attended the Lane for eight decades.

Mike Donovan will talk about the book at the Bruce Castle Museum in Tottenham on Wednesday, 29th November at 7.30pm. Mike hopes to bring along a surprise guest. Watch this space!

Copies of the book will be on sale at talk.

Article prepared - October 2017