Signing off the year on Radio London

Updated: May 10

I spent a very enjoyable hour at Broadcasting House yesterday with Nick Godwin and the Radio London sports team, talking about The Glory Glory Nights book and Spurs in Europe. It was a lovely way to round off the year, especially with some extended time to chew the fat with Nick, who has an obvious passion for the game and a feel for what the game’s all about. You can hear the full interview on iPlayer for the next seven days.


The praise for the book was the latest that the authors have felt privileged to receive, and we hope all of you who have bought it or been bought it for Christmas get as much pleasure out of it as we did writing and researching it.


Waiting in reception at Broadcasting House, the receptionist told me about the hours the sports team put in, especially Pete Stevens, the legendary producer who I first run into almost 10 years ago when he was producing Danny Kelly’s show.


That was my first radio appearance after the first book Adam Powley and I wrote, We Are Tottenham, had been published. “Pete hardly ever leaves the building” the receptionist told me. Chatting to the team during the afternoon and being in the studio as the programme was being made, I realised the effort and hours that are put in to bring us Radio London’s coverage. It’s fashionable to bash the BBC, so I wanted – in the spirit of the season – to put in a word for the dedicated staff who devote so much time and enthusiasm to keeping us informed and entertained during the holiday season.


It’s been an exciting year, culminating in the publication of two more books I’m really proud of. In addition, I helped Adam with some work on the new White Hart Lane stadium tour guide, which I understand is now part of the package when you book a tour, and which is also available from the club shops. It’s something else where we’ve tried to bring that special Spurs something to what could have been just another piece of merchandise, so we hope you enjoy that.


Adam and I have both got some exciting projects in the pipeline for next year, but for now we’d like to thank all those people who have been so helpful and supportive over the year and wish everyone a happy holidays. See you in 2013.

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