Updated: May 10
Some very welcome news as The Guardian named A People’s History of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as one of its Best Books on Sport of 2016, calling it “a splendid chronicle of the club’s fans”. That’s a real boost for me and for Alan Fisher, as much because of the other fine books on the list as for some that didn’t make it, with Adrian Tempany’s And the Sun Shines Now (reviewed by me here) and Daniel Gray’s lovely little gem Saturday 3pm (review in the pipeline) uppermost in my thoughts there.
While it’s always good to get press plaudits, it’s the response from fans that has most pleased us as authors. So many have got in touch to say that we’ve managed to sum up what it means to be a supporter of the the club, and that’s what we were both anxious to achieve and nervous we might not have. Above all, we hope the book encourages other Spurs fans, and fans of other clubs, to tell their own stories. Our folk history is at the root of why the game is the successful modern business it is, and it’s important to remember where that success came from.