COMRADE JIM: The Spy Who Played for Spartak

COMRADE JIM: The Spy Who Played for Spartak


Like many operating type teenagers starting to be up within the battle, the younger Jim Riordan could fantasize his method out of his devastated atmosphere with goals of Wembley and FA Cup glory for his neighborhood group, Portsmouth FC. Spartak Moscow, the group he may prove enjoying for, wasn't even on his radar. Taught Russian and informed as a secret agent within the similar establishment that nurtured the likes of Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn, he used to be published to Berlin as a part of his nationwide carrier to snoop on Soviet army communiqués. yet, unbeknownst to his seniors, he begun blending with Russian servicemen, usually via casual kick-abouts, and the fervour of those idealistic younger males might domesticate his curiosity in Russian tradition, and particularly communism, till it blossomed right into a complete grown love affair. From the shambolic outfit that was once the British Communist social gathering within the Fifties, to chilly battle Moscow at its coldest, to his friendship with the Cambridge 5 and conferences with Brezhnev and Gregarin, and his eventual debut in entrance of 50,000 Spartak fanatics on the Lenin stadium, here is the awesome precise tale of the single Englishman to have played—and survived—Russian league football; advised with grace, humor, and lashings of vodka.

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