We Brits are obsessed with football. We live, breathe and sleep the beautiful game. Whether we travel across the country to see our team play home and away, make sure we have prime position in the pub to catch the game on the telly or have plonked our chair in front of a big screen to catch all the Premier League games in our living room, it’s a cardinal sin to miss a minute of action. Few of us are as big a football fan as Morris Keston, though, who is a friend to many a football star from the past and can truly be classed as a Superfan!
Morris Keston is arguably Tottenham Hotspur’s number one fan. He’s been going to watch Spurs at White Hart Lane since World War II, when he was lucky not to hit by German Luftwaffe’s bombs and even more fortunate not to become an Arsenal supporter! In the last 67 years Keston has incredibly seen close to 5,000 football matches and has become friends with some of the game’s greats. Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst are just two he rubbed shoulders with when players were much more accessible to the public, but he came to know people outside of the world of football too, and it is these stories and anecdotes that form the basis of the book.
From the start of the book it soon becomes clear how highly regarded Morris is in British football. A foreword by former Tottenham and England Manager Terry Venables is followed by a tribute from Liverpool legend Graeme Souness who remembers the advice given to him by ‘Mr Spurs’. As a friend to the stars, the book is jam-packed with interesting stories about how Keston came to befriend Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and a whole host of other stars from around the world, but it is his tales of meeting football’s biggest names that will be the most fascinating for fans of the beautiful game.
Morris often found himself on the team bus when Tottenham travelled to matches, sitting next to the Spurs legends of the day. When the 1966 World Cup came round Bobby Moore and Jimmy Greaves were even popping in for a cup of tea. Just imagine Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard coming round to yours these days! Keston even came close to becoming Tottenham Chairman in 1993, and with the help of Nick Hawkins, Morris has managed to pen all these amazing anecdotes in one book. With many stories of Keston meeting Tottenham, England and global superstars, you can get an insight into what it’s like to be a true Superfan!
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