are they now?
'The Glory Game'. Hunter Davies,
Mainstream Publishing, Edinbugh. Year 2000 Edition.
'The Glory Game' by Hunter Davies
to take you to one site where it can be bought.)
'The Glory Game' was written in 1972 by
Hunter Davies. Hunter followed the Spurs football team
through its ups and downs in the 1971-72 season. It's
essential reading to anyone who enjoys football from
before the days before the Premiership began. It's been
reprinted with updates periodically, the most recent
being the year 2000.
A 'where are they now ?' section was
added to later editions.I've included that from the 2000
edition here. It's rather long, so I've included it in
two parts with Part 2 to follow - but buy the book you
will not be disappointed ....
Hunter Davies writes ...
SPURS 1972 TEAM: where are they
now? Helped by my daughter Flora, I recently
tried to contact as many of the 1972 team as I could,
hoping to find out what was happening in their lives.
Most of them we managed to speak to personally. Some we
were told about. Some we couldn't contact.
Biog: After Spurs, played for Fulham till 1975. MBE 1976.
Manager at Brighton, twice, Charlton, QPR, then Bamet in
1996. Since left. Radio commentator and presenter .
Wife: Still married to June
Children: Samantha, 28, breeds dogs; Neil, 23, is 'in
Home. Large detached house in Cheam (not same one)
Car: Ford Granada. June has a Fiesta
Last hol: On the Canberra (working holiday)
Any regrets?: 'Past is past. Done it all and got the T
-shirt. I'm quite happy.'
Biog: After Spurs, played for Arsenal till 1984. MBE
1976, OBE 1986. Coaching goalkeepers at Spurs three days
a week. Spending rest of time on promotional work or
playing in golf tournaments.
Wife: Still married to Eleanor. Housewife.
Children: Siobhan, now 27, teaches home Ciara, 24, is an
air hostess; Mairead, 21 is at Luton University ,
studying leisure; Patrick, 17, is at school
Home: New detached house, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
(house is round the comer from the one they had in 1972)
Car: Renault Laguna Last hol: Portugal and Spain
Interests: Golf - plays with Jimmy Tarbuck and co., music
economics in Ireland;
Still do bugger-all housework?' 'Yes. Do absolutely
nothing. She still does it all. I do a bit of gardening.
Newspaper: Daily Express
Politics: 'Still not something I want to get involved
with. I do a bit of work for Co-operation Ireland, but
that's not really a political organisation. ,
Satisfied by your career?: 'Delighted. Lucky to do what
I've done. In fact, I'd like to do it all over again.'
Still enjoy coaching?: 'Yes, I'm very happy at White Hart
Lane, and I'm happy to see the team doing better. We've
been gutted with injuries for so long. I hate to see it
because we've got such a good team.'
Better to be a Footballer in the '7Os or the '9Os?'
'There's more pressure now, that's obvious. Footballers
can up and change clubs whenever they fancy it. They
don't have to think about loyalty. I wouldn't mind
earning what they do today
Biog: After Spurs, played for Norwich, Servette in
Switzerland, then Brighton till 1979. Player-manager
1980-82 for a team in Norway. 1982 bought the Brookman's
Hotel in Herts which he and Julia run together. Radio
work for Radio 5. Organises charity matches of exSpurs
Wife/Partner: Julia. Been together since 1975
Children: Andrea, now 29, works in human resources;
Melanie, now 26, Spanish and French teacher in
Winchester; Nick, 20, works for an asbestos removal
company; Luke, 18, doing his A-Ievels
Home: Large detached, Brookmans Park, Herts
Last hol: Portugal
Interests: Golf, salmon-fishing
Newspaper: Daily Express
Politics: 'I'm very much interested in politics.
Still can't look afier yourseif ? 'No comment. The things
I said in 1972 were taken completely out of context.
Glad you left football?: 'Yes. We could all spend time
wondering what we would have achieved if we'd stayed in
football but I'm sure I wouldn't be the relaxed, happy
family man I am today if I was still in the game.'
Football changed a lot in the last 25 years?: 'It moves
and changes like anything else. The most obvious thing to
me is that there used to be more characters, more
individual players, whereas now the emphasis is on
fitness. It's a faster game.'
Bios: Left Spurs in 1974 to play for Cardiff City till
1975. From 1975-80, worked in Seattle, USA. Manager of
Wales, 1980-88. MBE 1986. Since 1988, full-time
businessman. Had a timber business then bought two
nursing homes in Wales which he runs with his second wife
Wife: Marilyn. Together 12 years. 'We run our business
together. I got divorced from Gwen 21 years ago.'
Children: Darren, now 32, is a sculptor/builder. Has a
16-month-old baby boy and another on the way; Wayne, now
31, does computer graphics for a film company in
California; Gabrielle, now 25, is an artist (specialises
in painting horses) and lives in Washington DC; all three
children are married.
Home: Cottage in a village near Prestatyn, Wales
Last hol: Turks and Caicos and Sun City
Interests: Golf, cricket, reading, gardening
Newspaper: Daily Telearaph
How's life? 'I'tn very happy, we have a nice comfortable
Biog: Played 330 league games with Spurs till
1974, then Brighton, Crewe and Memphis, USA. Returned
from US in 1983 and bought a house in Cornwall. Thought
of buying a hotel, but instead got a job with a car
rental firm at Heathrow Airport. Now assistant manager,
working four days a week, spending rest of week in
Cornwall with wife and family.
Wife: Still married to Valerie - housewife
Children: Deiran, now 28, is in the Royal Navy; Jason,
now 26, is a barrister, specialising in criminal law, and
lives in Plymouth; Fleur , 24, is a receptionist at a job
centre and lives at Phil's flat in Reigate;Elissa, aged
13, at school in Cornwall
Home: 'I live in a two-bedroom flat in Reigate when
working, and then I go home to Valerie.' Home is a
five-bedroom detached house worth 115,000 pounds in
Car: Varies - company car - choice of fleet.
Last hol: Orlando, Florida
Interests: Watching football at any level - Spurs, local
Newspaper: Times, Telegraph 'I like to keep up with the
Politics: 'No longer Tory; totally undecided.
Home life: 'I love going home to Cornwall. It's peaceful
and pretty and we have a good life there. Valerie and I
do a lot of cliff walking. It's an ideal place to live.'
Like to be playing today?: 'Well, I used to think we had
a tough time back then, but players today are under even
more pressure.Everyone's got their eye on you nowadays,
people constantly looking for a story outside football.
In our day it just wasn't like that.
Any regrets?: 'None. Sometimes I think I would like to
have stayed in the USA and coach college kids, but I
wanted to be in the UK for my own kids. Cornwall is an
ideal place to bring up a family.'
How have you changed?: 'I think I'm basically the same
Any plans or ambitions?: 'I'm happy as I am. I'm looking
forward to living full time in Cornwall when I retire.
I'd like to be a full-time scout because I still love
watching football. I also like to coach kids, give back a
little of what I learned.