Sunday 1 August 2021

'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' reviews, events, where to buy, where to borrow and other information

In 2010 Haringey Council in London granted planning permission to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for a new stadium and other linked developments. In 2012 Haringey unveiled regeneration plans for the borough that included demolition of homes and businesses to make way for a proposed fans’ walkway from a relocated train station entrance to the site of the new stadium. A process that was already challenging for the football club, the council and the local community now became tortuous. Those most affected by the proposals felt left out of the decision making and had to find a voice.

'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' is based on one of the case studies in Mark Panton's doctoral thesis about stadium-led regeneration. All the dialogue in 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' was taken from research and interviews. Illustrations and design by Amanda Lillywhite.

Mark Panton and Geoff Walters (2019) Tottenham’s Trojan Horse? Using a graphic book to disseminate academic research findings. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 13, 1, 21-38.

Mark Panton wrote about the creation of the book and why he chose a comics format to develop his doctoral thesis on The Graphic Social Science Network blog.

An article on page 6 of the April 2018 edition of Radical News.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse? - Mark Panton and Amanda Lillywhite Provide Dire Warnings About Gentrification in the Name of Football" by Tom Baker on Broken Frontier.

Mark Panton interviewed by Discovering Tottenham.

Mark Panton interviewed about his research for the Birkbeck Big Ideas podcast.

Mark was interviewed by the following journalists:

David Conn for the Guardian "In the shadow of Spurs’ new stadium local residents fear for future"

Joel Essex for When Saturday Comes "Planning Consent".

Rory Smith for the New York Times "Tottenham Hotspur New Stadium Opens: Is There Room For Everyone?"

Oliver Brown for the Daily Telegraph "Tottenham's New Stadium: Beacon of Light or a Trojan Horse for Gentrification?"

Simon Allin for Enfield Independent "Haringey Council 'should get a better deal with developers '"

Ros Wynne Jones for the Mirror "Residents near Tottenham's new stadium fear they're being 'pushed out of area'"

You two have come up with an innovative way to turn research for a dissertation which is often read by a few into a book that will reach many.
The issues the book has raised, of course, are not limited in this case or North London. Mega structures like sports stadiums and mega events like the Olympic Games and World Expo all have complicated impact on urban life. Grass roots movements, citizen participation in the decision-making process and resistance (think the right to the city), all very important indeed.

Qin Shao, author of ‘Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity
Professor, History Department, The College of New Jersey, USA. 21 February 2018 by email.

Have been looking through this book. Really accessible and easy to follow. Tells a very complicated story very clearly. A must read about how regeneration works these days.
Zena Brabazon,  Haringey Councillor. 14 February, 2018 on Twitter @ZenaBrabazon.

My copy of Tottenham's Trojan Horse has arrived. It chronicles the dispute over the regeneration project linked to the new #THFC stadium. It's as good as I hoped. Features Dave Morris, Claire Kober and various other key Haringey figures.
Andrew Smith, Reader at University of Westminster. 13 February, 2018 on Twitter @AndrewSmithWest


In Not High Road West Mark Panton interviewed Tash Bonner, TAG Love Lane, and Faruk Tepeyurt, Peacock Industrial Estate. It was made for 'Who are ya?' at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern 6-11 August 2019.


Mark Panton received a PhD/ Early Career Public Engagement Award 2018 from Birkbeck College, University of London, for "Tottenham's Trojan Horse?".

Mark shared some details of his project and his involvement with the Awards on the Birkbeck blog.


Past events:

A book launch was held at Housmans Bookshop on April 4 2018 read about it here.

London Radical Bookfair on June 2 2018

We organized an event "Celebrating North Tottenham" at Coombes Croft Library (opposite the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium) on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Mark gave a talk at Comics Forum's "Progress: A Decade of Comics Scholarship" - part of Thought Bubble 2018 in Leeds.

Mark spoke about the issues within the book at the Football Collective Conference at Hampden Park, Glasgow on 29 November 2018.

Talk for Birkbeck's Big Ideas by Mark Panton: Have new stadiums in Holloway, Tottenham and Stratford regenerated their local communities? January 15, 2019 at City & Islington College.

We took part in 'Who are ya?' - an event in Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London 6-11 August 2019. Read about the event or read about the Trojan horse constructed by Martin Bates Design and Solmaz Ltd. Information to come soon about upcoming events.

Trojan Horses:

A wooden Trojan horse was made for 'Who are ya?' at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern by Martin Bates Design and Solmaz Ltd of Peacock Industrial Estate, Tottenham. Email for more information or visit this post.

2 metre high wooden Trojan horse. Click here for more information.

A cardboard graffiti Trojan horse was made for 'Celebrating North Tottenham' at Coombes Croft Library in 2018 by Amanda Lillywhite. Email for more information.

Cardboard graffiti Trojan horse made by Amanda Lillywhite.

Where/how to buy:

Online (we have chosen not to use Amazon)

Big Cartel


Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT (in Graphic Novels and in Politics)

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX London UK


The Workers Gallery, 99 Ynyshir Rd, Porth CF39 OEN


Left Bank Books Collective, 92 Pike Street, Seattle, WA, USA 98101

Read the book for free:

Birkbeck Library, University of London

Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH.

British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Coombes Croft Library (opposite the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium), Tottenham High Road, London N17 8AG

Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH

The Workers Gallery, 99 Ynyshir Rd, Porth CF39 OEN

Read/download a pdf:

Technical Specifications:

56 page perfect-bound
A5 trim size
Fully illustrated in colour throughout
ISBN 9780955281310

Contact the authors:

Email Amanda Lillywhite - amanda(AT) substituting @ for (AT)

Amanda Lillywhite on Twitter.

Mark Panton on Twitter.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" was made possible with funding from Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of London (UK). It was printed by Comic Printing UK.

Sunday 30 June 2019

Who are ya? an event in Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in London 6-11 August 2019

We worked with businesses, community groups and individuals affected by the plans discussed in our book 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' to create displays, a video installation, participatory activities and a conversation area for 'Who are ya?' at Tate Exchange. 'Who are ya?' reflected on football, identity and art with many other groups and individuals taking part (please see Tate Exchange for details). We were contacted by the organiser because of our book 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' which explores social issues related to the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium.

See the video below for a walk through the Tottenham's Trojan Horse part of 'Who are ya?'. It was filmed during the set up of the event.

Martin Bates and Ilhan Parlayan of Martin Bates Design made a 2 metre high wooden Trojan horse for the event. Solmaz Ltd made the base for it. The horse had a postbox in its side for visitors to post their letters and drawings which were put on display during 'Who are ya?' and added to an online gallery.

A coloured-in horse from the Trojan horse postbox. 
There were displays of photos by Martin Ball, Simon Devine, Mark Panton, Love Lane residents and international reportage photographer, Steve Forrest.

Sam, Brittanic Automatic Transmission, Peacock Industrial Estate.
Brittanic is a family-run business established in 1977. Photo: Simon Devine

Faruk Tepeyurt, Solmaz Limited, Peacock Industrial Estate. Solmaz Limited is an award winning, building and refurbishment company offering a high-end service to Developers & Landlords, Architects and Consultants.
Photo: Simon Devine

Mark Panton worked with Simon Devine, a producer at Commercials Unlimited, to create a video about the businesses on Peacock Industrial Estate and the residents of the Love Lane estate. Two short clips from interviews with Tash Bonner and Faruk Tepeyurk are below. Scroll down to see the full video.

The full version is below. Go to Youtube to see more clips.

Guardian journalist, David Conn's, video was also shown at 'Who are ya?'.

There were speakers from the Tottenham community at 'Who are ya?' on 7 August.

Reverend Paul Nicolson discussed the impact of Haringey Council's plans to develop the area across the road from the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium and its impact on social housing.

Martin Ball discussed the impact of the building of the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium on the local community.

Martin Ball.
On 8 August Tottenham Community Press ran a workshop:
At Social Spider CIC we publish three community newspapers: Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press and Enfield Dispatch. Our papers are all not for profit, and are written by and for local people. 
This means that we invite local people to write for us about the things that matter most to them. This can be anything from a local music project, to the effects of a housing development, to their love of their local library or football team. We also showcase local artistic talent; giving readers the opportunity to submit photography, poems and short stories to the paper. 
Tottenham Hotspur are one of the most famous football teams in the world. Their recent stadium development has inevitably affected their surrounding community. Many people have used our newspaper, Tottenham Community Press, as a platform to express their feelings about the club, good and bad, and to write about the role of football in the community. 
At ‘Who Are Ya’, we will be showcasing a series of articles published in Tottenham Community Press since we began printing in 2016, which explore local people’s views on football, identity and the community. 
We will also be running an activity for children, giving them the opportunity to write their own front page article discussing their memories of football and what they think about the sport, as well as drawing a front page image! 
We are excited to showcase the excellent journalism our community have contributed to Tottenham Community Press and to engage young people in the art of journalism!

Individuals and communities in the area around the new Tottenham Hotspur Football stadium discussed in 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' are continuing to protest and challenge regeneration plans that could require the demolition of their homes, shops and businesses. The images below were taken by Martin Ball at a protest on 14 July 2019

Information about our book 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' and what we do is in other posts on this blog. You can email us via the contact form or send Amanda Lillywhite a DM on Twitter.

Tottenham's Trojan Horse? by Mark Panton and Amanda Lillywhite. Available at Housmans Bookshop, Foyles and online at Big Cartel.