Jews don't do football. Or, at least, they don't play it. This, at any rate, is the myth. Apart from the relatively recent appearance of high-profile foreign owners like Roman Abramovich, Randy Lerner and the Glazers, the Jewish impact on the game has appeared to be on the light side. Anthony Clavane uncovers a secret history of Jewish involvement in English football. Featuring interviews with fans, directors, agents, hangers-on, players and managers it analyses and explains, but above all it entertains. Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? takes a long hard look at how and why Jews - from Gutmann to Grant, from Goldberg to Glazer - have changed the game; and been changed by it in turn.
Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960. He started life as a history teacher and is now chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His previous book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club, Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club, and won the award for Football Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards.
Acknowledgements. Introduction: The Myth of Absence; Becoming English; Staying Jewish. THE FIRST AGE - To Be an Englishman. The Outsiders: When Abraham Made the Sacrifice. Louis Bookman: The Lithuanian-Jewish-Irishman. A Somebody in a Small Place. The Disappeared: When Goldberg Became Gaunt. Leslie Goldberg: The Insentient Viking. The Backlash. The Europeans: When Big Moses Attacked Little England. Willy Meisl: The British Foreigner. The European Englishman. When the Swastika Flew above White Hart Lane. The Limbs of Jacob. THE GOLDEN AGE - We Were and We Weren't. The Fans: When Morry Changed His Religion. Morris Keston: The Superfan. From the Swastika to the Star of David. From the Rebbe to the Revie. The Showmen: When Harry Took Orient to the Ball. Harry Zussman: The Fairy Godfather. From the East End to the West End. The Lord-Cussins Spat. The Fighters: When Marky Tried to Lap Wembley. Mark Lazarus: The Tough Jew. From Wingate to Maccabi. From Under-the-counter to Over-the-top. The Thinkers: When Pleaty Got the Platz. David Pleat: The Invisible Jew. From Cohen to Lorimer: Is He or Isn't He? THE NEW AGE - Being English. The Israelis: When a Cohen Flew to the Moon. Avi Cohen: The Great New Hope. From Avi to Avram. The Revolutionaries: When Dein Bought Some Worthless Shares. David Dein: The Mad Optimist. From Silver to Gold. The Money Men: When Roman Captured the Holy Grail. Roman Abramovich: The Accidental Pioneer. From the Maven to the Mystic. The Insiders: When Bernstein Came of Age. David Bernstein: The New Englishman. The New Jews. Conclusion: The Forgotten. Select Bibliography. Glossary. Picture Credits. Index.