by Anthony Clavane - £9.99 Quercus Publishing Plc (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780857388148 | ISBN 10: 0857388142
Ever since the children of penniless immigrants caught the train from Whitechapel to White Hart Lane – to be greeted with the refrain: ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’ – this forgotten tribe have helped to shape the Beautiful Game.
In telling the fascinating lives of these largely unsung trailblazers, Clavane uncovers a hidden history of Jewish involvement in English football. From Louis Bookman, the first Jew to play in England’s top division, to the pugnacious winger Mark Lazarus, whose last-gasp goal won the 1967 League Cup for QPR, to shady figures like One-Armed Lou, a ticket tout who never told the story of his missing limb the same way twice, through to the businessmen who helped form the breakaway Premier League, and in the process changed the English game for ever.
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