It’s competition time at AANP Towers, you lucky things. In preparation for the launch of AANP’s own book (Spurs’ Cult Heroes – out three months today), we’ve got our paws on a couple of brand spanking new copies of the corking The Pocket Book of Spurs to give away. A review of the book can be found below, but why buy when you can win?
One copy is up for grabs thusly – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Pocket Book of Spurs”. That’s all! Football really is a simple game when played properly… Submit an entry by 3pm next Saturday (21st) and the team of minions who live in the dungeons of AANP Towers will collect all entries, draw one out of a trilby, and contact the winner.
The Pocket Book of Spurs by Martin Cloake (Vision Sports Publishing)
Penned by renowned writer, long-time Spurs fan and all-round good egg Martin Cloake, The Pocket Book of Spurs is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of Tottenham trivia. Bursting at the seams with facts and figures, this book blitzes the eyes with all manner of information about the club – from its origins in 1882 to the present-day, Champions League-chasing squad.
The presentation is fantastic, a retro-style assortment of memorabilia, photographs, diagrams and illustrations, charting great names, famous games and crucial goals. Such pointers to the club’s glorious history are interspersed with little-known facts, regarding club songs, kits and the evolution of the badge.
Some may quibble that the contents are presented in an unordered fashion – but AANP finds that this is to the reader’s benefit, for The Little Pocket Book of Spurs is no soporific, overly formal encyclopaedia of the club (although undoubtedly encyclopaedic in its scope). Instead, it is a colourful (full colour throughout, in fact – original pictures and hand-drawn illustrations by Roy of the Rovers’ Bob Bond) kaleidoscope of all manner of quirky cockerel-shaped nuggets, the sort that will be of interest to every die-hard Spurs fan.
Light-hearted and easy-on-the-eye, The Pocket Book of Spurs is a book for fans by a fan. Frankly, if a fan who lived and breathed Spurs had his/her DNA extracted, and turned into book form, this would be the result. Quite the stocking-filler.