Hot on the heels of ‘In Search of Alan Gilzean’, comes another must read for any Spurs fan. The Ghost of White Hart Lane
is written by Rob White, son of John and tells the story of his quest to learn about the father that he never knew.
John White played his part in all the great triumphs of the early 1960’s; the 60/61 double season, the 1962 FA Cup and the 1963 European Cup Winners Cup, where he scored in our famous win over Atletico Madrid.
His son Rob was just five months old when his father was tragically killed by lightning on Crews Hill Golf Course in 1964. John was just 27.
The Ghost of White Hart Lane has far more substance that your average footballer biography, as Rob explains: “The book is me looking for Dad. When I was old enough to ask, my mother wouldn’t – couldn’t – tell me about him.
“Every day I’d have another big new question about Dad but I never asked them and Mum and I never had a proper conversation about him.”
Unable to source much from his Mother, Rob then traces his story through old team-mates from his father’s illustrious career.
This is a must for any Spurs fan, irrespective of your age. John White died the year before I was born, but this book takes in an era that is fascinating for any Tottenham supporter.