Charles Buchan's Spurs Gift Book


Edited by: Simon Inglis; introduction by Julie Welch
Format: 144pp cloth-bound hardback 300mm x 220mm
ISBN: 978 0954744571
Published by Malavan Media in October 2008

Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly was Britain’s first ever football ‘glossy’. Packed with hand tinted photographs and celebrity articles, its arrival on the bookstands in September 1951 brought glamour to the football hungry public after years of war time austerity. At its peak in the 1960s the magazine sold 254,000 copies a week.

Published in 2006, The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly has been one of the best selling Christmas annuals of recent years, receiving lavish praise in the national press. The title was supplemented in 2007 by the publication of Charles Buchan Gift Books for Manchester United and Arsenal, and Liverpool in 2008.

Building on the success of these three titles, and on the Played in Britain series as a whole, Charles Buchan’s Spurs Gift Book features a stunning collection of material sifted from the magazine’s articles and portraits, adverts and titbits. The book also taps into the archive of a sister publication, the Charles Buchan Soccer Gift Annual, a must-have on the Christmas wish-list of a whole generation of British schoolboys.


After an introduction by Simon Inglis (Played in Britain series editor), Spurs fan and celebrated journalist Julie Welch sets the scene: as the magazine launches in 1951 Spurs have just emerged from years in the Second Division to win the League title with their famous ‘push and run’ team, marshalled by a young Alf Ramsey. Later in the decade, under manager Bill Nicholson a galaxy of great players come together to win the Double in 1961, the first time this feat has been accomplished since the 1890s. Two years later Spurs become the first British club to win European honours. In Swinging Sixties London, White Hart Lane and its packed Shelf terrace become synonymous with flowing football served up with style.

As the hairstyles and the kit evolve - Double winners Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones and the tragic John White (killed by lightning on a golf course in 1964) make way for a new generation; the mercurial east Londoners Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables, the Irish Pat Jennings and Scot Alan Gilzean, players who oozed class and proved that London clubs could match the mighty northerners Manchester United and Liverpool. Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly spanned almost the entire Nicholson era, a period when Spurs won eight trophies in sixteen remarkable years, making this a book for all Tottenham fans to treasure.

The team

Simon Inglis has many titles to his name. Engineering Archie (English Heritage) was runner up for the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year Award in 2005. His earlier book, The Football Grounds of Great Britain (Harper Collins) was selected by the Guardian’s Frank Keating as the best sports book of the 20th Century.

Author, journalist and broadcaster, Julie Welch came to fame in The Observer as Britain’s first female football reporter. Her devotion to Spurs (and to Danny Blanchflower) was celebrated in her acclaimed Channel 4 screenplay Those Glory Glory Days. Books include Dangerous Dancing, Long Distance Information and 26.2: Running The London Marathon. She is currently working on a biography of Spurs star John White and a book on ultra-running for Aurum Press.