Paul Trevillion, Tottenham Born, Tottenham supporter and artist extraordinaire.



Paul Trevillion, Tottenham Born, Tottenham supporter and artist extraordinaire.

If you are like me, as old as me and remember the 60s ("then you weren't really there…" as the saying goes), you will love this.

Apart from Tottenham, which was a big part of my life, I also was a comic fan. I grew up reading Roy of the Rovers, the Eagle, Tiger, subscribed to the Spurs magazine Lillywhite, but my favourite of all was TV Century 21. It was based on Gerry Anderson's characters/ TV episodes.  It was done as a newspaper and had the date as (say we were in 1967) 2067. I collected everyone from the beginning to the end (with free gifts attached to the front of the paper). Unfortunately, I never saved them (as they would be worth a fortune today), but recently they all came out in book form; which I've now got.

In the 60s, I went to the John White Memorial match with my dad (I would have been 9). The front cover of that memorial programme was drawn by none other than Paul Trevillion (which I've still got). In fact, all these memories are connected to the legendary Paul Trevillion (and Tottenham born to-boot!). And probably your memories as well, whether you know it or not.

I could bore you to death on Paul Trevillion, Spurs and comics… and the 60s… but I won't (thank god! I hear you shout). But I will give you a brief history:

Paul Trevillion is Tottenham through and through, and has met them all; from Bill Nicholson to Churchill to George Best and the list goes on ad infinitum.

He is an acclaimed sports artist, whose career spans 70 years. He produced artwork for publications like The Eagle while still at school. From the 1960s to the 1980s, he devised and illustrated pieces for Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and, as I said, TV Century 21 and in 2006 revived his cult football cartoon You Are The Ref - made famous by football magazine Shoot! in the 1970s…

From that, a book collecting 50 years of You Are The Ref was published in October 2006.


He also illustrated for the Lillywhite magazine.

He spent most of the 1960s in the US working with Mark McCormack at IMG for some of the world's greatest products. He is the author and illustrator of over 20 books which have sold worldwide. He also illustrated the famous Gary Player Golf Class.

Pausing for breath…. he has met and drawn some of the sport's biggest names, including PelĂ©, John White, Bill Nicholson (and many other Spurs names) Bobby Moore, George Best, Franz Beckenbauer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Robinson and many thousands of others. As a young man, and as I said, he also met and drew our Bulldog of a British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill (Second World War PM).

No! not yet finished…

He worked as a stand-up comedian (yes, really!), supporting the likes of Norman Wisdom and Bob Monkhouse. And did even some bizarre things (haven’t we all?), such as having a record, as – wait for it - the world's Best Worst Singer' (I could have done that!). Even more bizarre, he was crowned world speed-kissing champion (I could have done that as well, but I prefer something slower and sensual) and invented the 'Pencil Grip' split-handed golf putting technique.

Now, you might need to close your eyes here if you are a staunch Spurs supporter and can't tolerate other clubs, notably, Leeds of the 70s (known as the dirty team; quite a few players have felt the full force of Jackie Charlton's studs down the back of their legs). Paul was also the motivator behind an attempt to enhance Leeds United's image in the 1970s. He was hired by the legendary Don Revie (yes, the man himself) in 1972. His input included wearing numbered sock tags (which were subsequently thrown into the crowd as souvenirs) and synchronized warm-ups. While Paul Trevillion went from strength to strength, Leeds, themselves, became more of a yo-yo team; up and down the league tables until they nearly disappeared up their own arses… now, after years in the wilderness, they are back in the Premier League.

In 2008 – the year of the great financial crash and Spurs winning their last trophy - Trevillion was interviewed in the award-winning documentary Roy, about the life and times of Roy of the Rovers. Wich he first illustrated in the 1950s (the dcade I was born). The film ws shown at he 2009 Cannes Film Festival. 

In 2011 he was short-listed for the prestigious Sports Journalists' Association Cartoonist of the Year Award. Marking this feat at the age of 75, his long-time colleague Norman Giller commented in a tribute on the SJA website: "To describe Paul as a cartoonist is to trivialize a career dedicated to producing outstanding art." What great praise from one of the worlds other great illustrators/ artist extraordinaire.


Rick Mayston/ Agent Fox Media


Would you like to know more? Of course you would… you are Spurs! We are Spurs! Well, Agent Fox Media; hosted by, and its very own director, a legendary Spurs man (himself), Rick Mayston. Those that know Rick know he is Spurs through and through and known throughout the Spurs Kingdom, takes the mic (No! not as in Micky… but mic/ microphone) and morphs himself into the sixties icon Simon Dee to interview Paul. For that interview, you can click HERE, and you will be instantly transported into a world of nostalgia/ memory lane where time will stand still for an hour or so. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the Twilight Zone? Yes, I frequently have (some have called it an asylum!); well, there is a fifth dimension there (a Spurs dimension) beyond that which is known to Arsenal, Chelsea and Spammers fans. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of Chelsea/ Arsenal & Spammers fears and the summit of their knowledge (which is very little). This is the dimension of Spurs. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone (well, I “call” it the Twilight Zone!). I’ll tell you what, it beats some strong sherbets! I’ve never recovered… anyway, back to the land of sanity.

So, you know where to go to take that trip.

Also, if you subscribe (and you can suscribe by clicking HERE) to Agent Fox Media’s YouTube channel, you can be brought up to date with other legendary stars that Rick and his company have and will bring to you in the future.

If you want to know a bit more about Paul Trevillion, then you can click on his own Website; for that click HERE. Paul is now 86 years young.

It has been a pleasure, as always.             

Glenn

COYS!

 

 



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