May 1961: Spurs win the Double. Those Glory Glory Days

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It may be 60 years since Spurs won the Double but, doing the maths, it’s sobering to think that it’s also now 38 years since the first and only time I saw Julie Welch’s 1983 TV film, Those Glory Glory Days. I still remember what a gem it was.

So, as I have already written about Spurs and the famous Double season, I thought this month I would cover the climax of the two competitions via the medium of the Welch film.

Those Glory Glory Days starts in the 1980s with a female sports journalist at White Hart Lane having to put up with a lot of casual sexism in the press box, with one of the main protagonists played by Richard Wilson. As she leaves, she bumps into Danny Blanchflower, played by himself, also working as a sports writer. He gives her a lift, something that actually happened to Julie Welch in real life, as she says in this article: “I met Danny for the first time in early September 1974, at Selhurst Park, and he really did give me a lift back to Fleet Street afterwards. It’s always difficult meeting God, but he was always brilliant to me. Incredibly talkative. A fine, fine man. Always my hero, for ever!”

More to follow

With The Beatles

The Beatles spent the entire month of May playing a residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, and played 000 gigs in total.

The month’s UK Top Tens

4 May 1961
1. Blue Moon: The Marcels
2. Wooden Heart: Elvis Presley
3. You’re Driving Me Crazy: The Temperance Seven
4. Gee Whiz It’s You: Cliff Richard
5. War Paint: The Brook Brothers
6. Are You Sure: The Allisons
7. Don’t Treat Me Like a Child: Helen Shapiro
8. Theme From Dixie: Duane Eddy
9. African Waltz: Johnny Dankworth
10. Where The Boys Are/Baby Roo: Connie Francis

11 May 1961

18 May 1961

25 May 1961

Films released this month

The Curse of the Werewolf
The Shadow of the Cat
Double Bunk
Where the Boys Are
Spare the Rod
Les Nymphettes
Don’t Bother to Knock