The Boys From White Hart Lane
Spurs in the '80s: The Players' Stories
2011 Paperback Edition
By Martin Cloake & Adam Powley
Foreword by Steve Perryman
Online shop price: £4.99
With Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Tony Galvin, Paul Miller, Graham Roberts, Garry Brooke, Tony Parkes, George Mazzon and Peter Shreeve
They were the last great Spurs team. A tight-knit group of London lads laced with Latin creativity, Yorkshire grit and Scottish genius, playing for a few hundred quid a week and the glory of putting on the Tottenham shirt. They won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup together, they went drinking together and they appeared on Top of the Pops together. They were The Boys From White Hart Lane.
Renowned Tottenham authors Martin Cloake and Adam Powley have tracked down their childhood heroes to produce a book of wonderfully vivid and candid interviews with ten members of the team including Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.
It is a book that not only opens the doors of the White Hart Lane dressing room during this iconic period for the club, but takes the reader back in time to a football world before Premier League, multi-billionaire foreign owners and millionaire reserve players sitting on the bench in yellow boots and headbands.
Packed with insight, revelations and wonderful stories – including the training ground prank which saw a player break his toe on a breeze block, the all-night drinking session in Swaziland and the story of how Ossie dented the FA Cup – The Boys From White Hart Lane is an intimate and eye-opening portrait of the men who put the glory back into Spurs.
"A cracking read. This is the real story of the greatest team I played in - and had the honour of captaining - and it's full of stories even I didn't know."
A nostalgic trawl through the 1980s
Daily Mirror, October 2008
A terrific book
BBC Radio London, October 2008
A compelling examination of one of the great Spurs teams, written with great authority, insight and humour. A worthy additon to the growing canon of fine Spurs literature.
Paolo Hewitt, October 2008
The only book you’ll need to recapture the unique mood of the time.
Harry-Hotspur.com, October 2010
Few books get players to give as candid a view of the club as this one; perhaps the first since Hunter Davies' The Glory Game.
My Eyes Have Seen the Glory (MEHSTG.com), March 2009