Everyone’s a winner, baby
Not having won anything since the Pink Elephant Disco (Southgate) Robot Dance Competition, 1982 (actually, to be honest I came third) it was a very pleasant surprise to be a joint winner of a prestigious book award last week.
My collaboration with good friends and colleagues Doug Cheeseman and Martin Cloake was 61: The Spurs Double. An unashamedly partisan tribute to the great Tottenham team of 1960-61, the book won Best Illustrated Sports Book at the British Sports Book Awards, whose organisers put on a splendid show at the Savoy in London. Doug created a fantastic design and Martin and I supplied the words, and thankfully the judges liked the result.
The book was officially approved by the club who provided terrific support and assistance, not least from the indefatigable John Fennelly. The equally admirable Julie Welch spoilt us with some typically wondrous pearls of football prose, while Jim and Toby at Vision Sports Publishing were their usual top-notch selves. Last but not least, immense thanks are due to the world’s greatest winger Cliff Jones and his legendary teammates and management, without whom nothing, literally, would have been possible.
Many thanks for all the kind messages. The book is now in the running for Sports Book of the Year, which you can vote for here.There are £50 worth of book tokens up for grabs. Please spread the word – every vote counts.
In the meantime, you can have a look and a laugh at the following pic. I’d like to say how magnificent the Savoy is looking after its multi-million pound refit but on account of a very inconvenient eye operation, I had to wear an eye patch and couldn’t see much. If all else failed, however, I was surely in the running for the fancy dress prize.