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Tottenham Hotspur has always been the purists’ club of choice and the roots of their association with the beautiful game runs through the club like a stick of Brighton rock.

From Arthur Rowe to current manager Ange Postecoglou, Spurs are synonymous with some of the most attractive teams England has ever produced without quite getting the trophies that their football deserves - supporting Spurs is an honour as well as a burden at times.

With over 150 years of following the ups and downs of the Lilywhites between them, former Daily Mirror Chief Sports Writer Harry Harris and Paul Trevillion, the acclaimed artist behind Roy of the Rovers and You Are The Ref, have combined forces to produce a personal history of their beloved club since the war.

Paul first attended a Tottenham game in 1934, and was instantly attracted to the great Dixie Dean appearing for Everton at White Hart Lane in a famous FA Cup tie. Paul went on to draw the great Everton striker hundreds of times and eventually got to meet his hero. Harry started following the club as a child in the early 1960s and his early obsession was Jimmy Greaves, spending all his pocket money on old press photographs of the record-breaking Spurs striker. Perhaps these early obsessions set the pair of them on the way to their respective careers?

On The Pitch and Off The Drawing Board is packed full of anecdotes and behind the scenes stories from Spurs’ past, from the time Harry Harris challenged then manager Terry Neill to a race around the White Hart Lane pitch to Paul helping Gazza with his shooting training at Wembley just months before that free-kick in the FA Cup semi-final.

This book is a must for all Tottenham fans and a treat for football fans of all stripes.

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