Rebels for the Cause
The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club
By (author) Jon Spurling
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Rebels for the Cause by Jon Spurling
Book DescriptionArsenal's on-field success has been well documented. But what has never been written before is the equally remarkable history of Arsenal's rebels, both on and off the pitch. Spanning almost 120 years, and set against a backdrop of turbulent social and political change, Rebels for the Cause assesses the legacy and impact of Arsenal's most controversial players, officials and matches. From hard men like '30s player Wilf Copping to the reformed wild ones of recent years such as Tony Adams, Jon Spurling highlights the infamous figures whose refusal to conform has made them terrace legends. Mavericks such as '80s star Charlie Nicholas and the 'King of Highbury' Charlie George are here, as are '70s lads Alan Hudson and Malcolm Macdonald. The book also focuses on the club's revolutionary founding fathers, David Danskin and Jack Humble, the terrifying '20s 'soccer Tsar' Sir Henry Norris and David Dein's controversial introduction of free-market economics to Highbury in the regressive '80s. Also investigated are the stories behind Arsenal's most infamous tabloid exposes. Featuring extensive interviews with 15 former players, Rebels for the Cause is an indispensable guide to the alternative history of Arsenal Football Club, shedding new light on the origins of the rivalry with Tottenham, on many of Highbury's cult heroes and on the struggle of several players to adapt to life outside the game.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781840189001
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jon Spurling
Red Letter Days, Hardback (October 2014)
Through dozens of interviews with Gunners players past and present, Red Letter Days dissects the myths and conjecture which surround many of Arsenal's epoch-defining games. Includes occasions such as the 1930 'Zeppelin Final', the 1953 title decider, the Stoke semi of 1971, the Littlewooods Cup win over Liverpool in '87, Anfield '89, and Parma '94.
Highbury, Paperback (August 2014)
From Herbert Chapman to Arsene Wenger, this is the definitive history of Arsenal's time at the famous Highbury stadium.
Death or Glory, Hardback (March 2010)View all books by Jon Spurling
In 1974 Zaire's football team were told that if they lost to Brazil by more than three goals the following day they would never see their families again. In this astonishing book Jon Spurling has travelled the world to scratch beneath the glossy, confetti-strewn surface of the world's biggest sporting event to uncover its dark secrets.
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Author Biography - Jon Spurling
A schoolteacher by day, Jon Spurling is also the author of three other books on Arsenal: All Guns Blazing, Top Guns and Highbury. He also contributes to The Gooner, FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes.
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