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Down Memory Lane

Posted on 5 May 2009  - 12:00

Journalist Harry Harris is one of those lucky people who not just supported Spurs but has covered the club throughout his working life.

Down Memory Lane

Journalist Harry Harris is one of those lucky people who not just supported Spurs but has covered the club throughout his working life.

Starting out on the Tottenham Weekly Herald, the support a local newspaper normally gave its club in those days would often lead to a close working environment.

Not that you were necessarily in anybody's 'back pocket' - and that was certainly not the case with Harry - but it did forge closer relationships in which trust was the key word.

There was a certain respect and while Harry would push that to the bounds, it cannot be denied that he was certainly well informed so a book by Harris on 50 years as a Spurs fan will both entertain and educate.

I was fortunate to know Bill Nicholson well and when Harry writes of the dark days of the great man's final moments as manager, you know that he's telling it as it was and that's real history, not just somebody else's take on what's been written previously.

As opposed to an outsider looking in, Harry is able to tell us how Bill was feeling as he turned off the lights in the manager's office for the last time.

He writes: "I looked upon Bill almost as a father figure and there were times when I think he almost treated me like a son." The fact that Harry later co-wrote Bill Nick's autobiography is testimony to that rapport.

But when one door closes for Harry, another even bigger one seemed to open as he established a close link with former chairman Irving Scholar and later with his successor Sir Alan Sugar. It was a two-way process that gave Harry many a ‘scoop' as his career moved on to encompass the Daily Mail, Mirror, Star and Sunday Express.

It's a good read that's like a diary of events at the Lane since the 1960s and he gets close to the many varied personalities involved. The fact that he clearly enjoyed writing it helps the narrative bounce along as Harry Harris, like the rest of us, dreams of a golden future to replicate his days as a kid on the White Hart Lane terraces.

Down Memory Lane by Harry Harris (Green Umbrella Publishing, £18.99 hardback).

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