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.

Reviews, Articles and Interviews:

Click here for further information about the research behind 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?'

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

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.

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