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Red Men: Liverpool Football Club - The Biography (Anglais) Relié – 5 août 2010


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"A brilliant book" (Stephen Done, curator at Liverpool FC Museum)

"Williams brings the social and sporting heritage of the club, and the city, to vivid life . . . admirably impartial, impressively researched" (Book of the Week Independent on Sunday)

"The story emerges through a lively year-by-year account . . . told with a sharp eye for anecdote, colour and personality . . . Every club should have a chronicle like this" (Huw Richards The Guardian)

"Brilliantly researched . . . a must-read for any true Liverpool fan" (Irish Daily Star on Sunday)

Présentation de l'éditeur

In Red Men, a unique and exhaustively researched history of Liverpool Football Club, John Williams explores the origins and divisive politics of football in the city of Liverpool, and profiles the key men behind the emergence of the club and its early successes.

The first great Liverpool manager, Tom Watson, piloted the club to its first league championships in 1901 and 1906 before taking the club to the FA Cup final in 1914. Watson and the key members of those early Liverpool teams are analysed in depth, as is the role of the club and its fans in the city as Merseyside balanced self-improvement and cosmopolitanism with almost unimaginable problems of poverty.

Liverpool secured consecutive league titles in 1922 and 1923 with the incomparable goalkeeper Elisha Scott as its totemic star and the darling of the Kop. In the '20s, Liverpool was also the first British club to internationalise its playing staff.

The club's next league title came in 1947, but, in the bleak '50s, the Liverpool board ruled with an iron fist and controlled the purse strings - until Bill Shankly arrived and won that elusive first FA Cup in 1965. The recent tragedies that have shaped the club's contemporary identity are also covered here, as are the new Continental influences at Liverpool and, of course, the glory of Istanbul in 2005.

Red Men is the definitive history of a remarkable football club from its formation in 1892 to the present day, told in the wider context of the social and cultural development of the city of Liverpool and its people.



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Definite for supporters, both diehards and newbies 26 septembre 2011
Par mattyreed - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The first thing to admit here is that I'm a relatively new American fan of Liverpool FC, though I've long admired the team from afar. With a team as storied and rich with football legends, there's a lot of catch-up to do in order to feel like you know something about the Reds. I can only imagine that for a longtime supporter, this book is definitive: it's deeply detailed, covers the team's entire history from its birth to present day, and despite the elegant writing, it has plenty of welcome, opinionated bite. For this newbie, it doesn't presume too much prior knowledge of the team, and it gives plenty of space to the colorful players and the flavor of Liverpool the city, both of which have been instrumental in the success and mystique of the club. From bold LFC founder John Houlding to the triumph of the first FA Cup in 1965 to the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough to present day, once you're done reading this book, it's like you've completed your catechism in the Liverpool Way.
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One of the best 11 novembre 2010
Par Brent Andrew - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Williams is a sociologist by profession but a Liverpool football fan by disposition. Williams masterfully combines both the sociologist's eye for details about the city of Liverpool, its politics and people, with the fan's love of the team and the game. The result is an extraordinary team portrait that understands how the features of a hometown and its people shape the character of a team, and how a team can shape a city.

Rated one of the top 20 new sports books - see[...]
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Red Men 6 juin 2011
Par Paul B - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Great, comprehensive read of the Red's history. Actually, this was the best read of the club's history I've come across, and I've read LOTS of Liverpool books. There is MUCH to learn about the history of the Reds and the game of football from this well-written book. Highly recommend this!!
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You Never Read Alone 26 février 2012
Par Brandon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a great history of the club for any fans of Liverpool FC or football fans in general. It goes all the way back before the formation of the league, to the founding of Everton FC and the Liverpool split, through two world wars, and all the highs and lows of the club over the years in between. If you've always wondered why so many people around the world love Liverpool FC, this book will give you an idea why.
Everything you wanted to know about Liverpool FC's first 50 years, but were afraid to ask 24 juin 2012
Par Community Christian College Professor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
John Williams demonstrates his clear command of the topic by the amount of research he puts into it. Literally, any mention of Liverpool FC in the newspaper during the first 50 years or so is in there. He's very strong in building the club's "ancient" history, but after World War II, he condenses a lot of information into relatively quick summaries of each of the managers. The beginning and ending of the book are like night and day in regards to how much detail is in there. Clearly, as he admits in his introduction, he gives a favorable amount of space to the beginnings of the club because of the lack of knowledge of this period. However, as an American fan just learning about the club, I would like to know more about Shankly and Paisely and the "boot room" then how much tickets were in 1912. Those seem more relative to the modern team. It makes the first half a little tedious because he nearly goes season by season while describing big games and the pros and cons of different signings. In the second half, the part I was really interested in learning about, he moves at lightspeed, clearing a decade in a matter of pages. The most famous example in the 1977 Champions League final. After describing a failing seasons final game in the 1920's during the first half, Williams virtual ignores the entire 1977 UEFA Final. He gives no attention to the game itself and offers only a page and a half describing how a bunch of fans made the trek to Rome. He does give a fair amount of explanation to the Heysel and Hillborough disasters and the circumstances leading up to them. All in all, as a history professor, I applaud him on his detail for the early years, but was a disappointed to the lack of such detail for the final 40 years. A good read overall.
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