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By Roy Reyland

This hilarious romp charts the dramatic ups and downs of Tottenham Hotspur, as obvious in the course of the eyes of 1 of its impossible heroes: Roy Reyland, the dependable equipment guy who has served Spurs for thirty years. Outlasting a minimum of 18 managers, Roy has visible all of it and labored with a few of White Hart Lane's greatest stars -- from Ardiles and Gazza to Klinsmann and Ginola. because the club's unofficial ache aunt, Roy has visible the tears and the triumphs, the dressing-room pranks, and has a distinct perception into the inner-workings of the mythical Premiership aspect. He has visited Wembley extra occasions that many most sensible gamers have, and his tale is one in all overall devotion to the membership. A revelatory and heart-warming e-book, Shirts,Shorts and Spurs is a hugely unique, substitute account of the superb historical past of Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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Occasionally they’d even ask you questions: ‘Who’s your favorite participant? ’ or ‘Do you visit the fits? ’ i used to be at my happiest whilst i used to be chatting with my heroes. Jimmy Greaves used to be my all-time hero. invoice Nicholson had signed him from AC Milan for �99,999, and this strange determine was once meant to alleviate Greaves of the strain of being the 1st �100,000 participant. Greaves loved a mystical profession at Tottenham, enjoying from 1961 to 1970, scoring a membership list of 266 ambitions in 379 fits. He comprehensive most sensible aim scorer in six seasons, a feat that hasn't ever been matched, and, with Spurs, Greaves gained the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967, scoring opposed to Burnley in 1962. He additionally received the eu Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963 – scoring two times within the well-known 5–1 defeat of Atlético Madrid, in the course of a wonderful online game. I’ll always remember the 1st time I obtained Jimmy Greaves’ autograph. I’d minimize a photograph out of the neighborhood newspaper and fixed it in my scrapbook. i used to be ready on the flooring as ordinary, yet I didn’t imagine any avid gamers have been there. Then I all of sudden observed this enormous motor vehicle pull out of the stadium. Jimmy’s motor vehicle was once anything like a Ford Granada, and it used to be impressive, with a tiny boot, and an outstanding mammoth lengthy bonnet: a type of autos that seemed 100mph even if it was once stood nonetheless – much like Greaves himself. i used to be already midway domestic, below the well-known clock at the excessive highway, while I grew to become and observed Greaves in his vehicle. and that i ran! I shouldn’t have performed it rather, yet I jumped in entrance of his vehicle. ‘Mr Greaves, Mr Greaves! ’ I yelped, and the automobile got here to a halt in entrance of me. i used to be fumbling via my scrapbook desperately looking for my Jimmy Greaves photograph, however the striker was once excellent. He acknowledged, ‘Calm down, it’s okay, lad. ’ And he signed my photograph: ‘All the easiest, Jimmy Greaves’. I’d ultimately bought the autograph I so much wanted, and that i ran the entire solution to my sister’s apartment, which again then was once on within reach Park Lane. Jean lived in a bit two-up two-down, and front door was once correct at the pavement, so all of the crowd may bang at the home windows on fit day. the girl round the corner may open up her living room and everybody might pay pennies to park their motorcycles in there. It was once a 20-yard walk to the turnstile, and round that point I went to my first online game, with my brother-in-law, Roger. Roger was once an important Spurs fan and an immense instigator of my love for the membership. in the future he took me to work out Spurs play Fulham on the Lane. I commit it to memory simply because Fulham performed within the contrary colors to us: dark-blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. while a child, I remember how I revered that excellent symmetry. quickly afterwards, Roger took me to determine a midweek online game, and it used to be an occasion that modified my lifestyles ceaselessly. I bear in mind how chilly and darkish it used to be in Tottenham that evening. We walked up the steps and by surprise i used to be blinded via the floodlights. Then the staff ran out, resplendent of their all-white equipment… it used to be any such excellent imaginative and prescient, a nearly spiritual second. I count on you’ve felt those self same intoxicating emotions. Spurs had comprehensive 3rd within the league the yr earlier than, simply in the back of Manchester United and Nottingham wooded area, and we had received the FA Cup.

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