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From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter's View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy

From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter's View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy [Kindle Edition]

Rowland Chris , Paul Tomkins
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Brussels, Belgium, 1985. Liverpool are contesting their fifth European Cup Final in just nine seasons. But what starts out as the usual care-free continental trip for Chris Rowland and his friends ends up as the darkest night of their lives. A wall in a decrepit stadium collapses, and as a result 39 Juventus fans lay dying.
From Where i Was standing starts out as an amusing account of the build-up to the final –– an experienced group of eight travelling Reds enjoying the delights of yet another big European occasion –– before the mood in Brussels turns increasingly dark, and tragedy ensues.
What follows is an honest, personal account of what took place inside the stadium that night; one which sets the record straight about an event that tarred all Liverpool fans with the same brush. It concludes with an examination of the aftermath: the world’s reaction (including shocking hostility aimed towards those simply there to watch a match), the official inquests (which apportioned blame far beyond those culpable Liverpool fans), and the punishment meted out to those held responsible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 251 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: GPRF Publishing (17 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEIS0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and from where I was standing! 12 Jun 2010
I was only 20 when I attended the Final at Heysel and my memory and thoughts about the day have been kept under lock and key until now. I was also on the terraces at Hillsborough 4 years later so Heysel soon took a secondary place in my memorybanks.

This is a brilliant account of what it is like to follow your team abroad with often witty comment as to the trials and tribulations of actually getting there and then slowly witnessing a tragedy unfolding in front of you, over which you have no control. Whether you were there or not this is a must read to get a true account of a group of loyal fans following Liverpool to a European Cup Final and the effect it had on them, our team and football in general

Superbly written and without media bias or exaggeration. I can now close a door to a painful experience that I have held within for many years. Thank you Chris!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of a harrowing story 24 Oct 2009
By Red
This book is an excellent account of a terrible tragedy and of the days leading up to it.

Any regular match goer of the time will clearly identify with the buildup to the big day - so very different to the matchday experience today - and can almost forget what is coming next.

It is not a book that seeks to sidestep the blame that was clearly due to certain members of the Liverpool crowd, but it does explain how many of the events that combined to allow this tradegy to happen could - with just a little foresight - have been avoided.

It is a very well written book that will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look 4 Nov 2009
By John
If you want to know what the fans travelling to this game would have experienced, then this book is a great read.

I was 9 years old when it happened and, with some degree of shame, I can say that I sat expectantly in front of the TV (having been allowed to stay up late to watch it), wondering why I couldn't see my beloved team and what the hold-ups were. I remember the disappointment of the game as a spectacle and that the penalty was a bad decision. Of course, I had no idea of what had happened (and, at that age, how to comprehend it's impact) until much later. The book really gives a sense of what the travelling fans must have experienced and is very well written.

There are insights into fan behaviour and the nature of lads trips abroad, as well as a balanced and good humoured account of the build up to the match, the game and its aftermath.

I'd recommend it to any Liverpool, or indeed football fan, who would like a different insight into this period of British football history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every football fan should read this... 6 Nov 2009
By Dave G.
Having read the notes on the back cover, I was expecting some funny bits and some serious bits, which I got; but I wasn't expecting to be moved by it, and when he describes the bleak walk from the stadium to the station, after the match, I found myself genuinely caught up in it all, and quite affected by it. I think Chris Rowland makes his point in a very balanced way; whilst not absolving the few Liverpool fans of some blame, he leaves the reader in no doubt what really happened.
This is an important book and deserves a wide audience. He's a natural writer with an eye for the humorous but the ability to make a serious point, and if he were called Nick Hornby it would be flying off the shelves. Would make a good one-off TV programme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 10 Feb 2012
By oeiken
Format:Kindle Edition
A fascinating insight.I read this book in one night and for me it answered all the questions I had about why it happened. R.I.P. the 39 that perished. YNWA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten tragedy 24 Feb 2011
A really well written and deeply personal account of the events prior to, during and post the Heysel Stadium tragedy of over 25 years ago. The author sets the scene of football and football supporters in that period, against a backdrop of 'Thatcher's Britain'. A scene so very different from the one today. This seems to be the topic that football forgot (outside of Liverpool anyway). The consensus from the UK media at the time seemed to put Liverpool FC firmly in the dock and found them guilty, guilty, guilty! But did you know that subsequently the Belgian Chief of Police in charge on the day, was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter? Neither did I. Read this excellent account and learn much, much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't like football, but I love this 7 Dec 2010
By redkat
I am no football fan but I confess to being absolutely knocked out by this book. The author has a rare ability to provoke laughter on one page and move you to tears on the next. He conveys the thrill and excitement of a group of guys heading off to watch a match, with all the laughs and excessive drinking that entails, and then skilfully evokes the sudden and complete change of mood as the tragedy unfolds.

I remember watching the TV coverage of Heysel. After reading this, it felt like I was actually there. A fabulous book.From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter's View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy
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4.0 out of 5 stars A supporter who was there 13 Jun 2010
I too was at Heysel, my fifth european cup final. It was so good to read of other supporters experience after all those years by someone who is a genuine fan and who can write in a light hearted humourous way. I would reccommend it to anyone who would like to get an insight on what it is really like to be a supporter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it's never your fault
A well written book on a tragic subject, though it feels unsatisfactory that the author seeks to absolve the Liverpool fans of all blame and incredibly portrays LFC as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Craig
2.0 out of 5 stars average
The book would have been decent if the witness had actually been there when the event took place & not arriving at the ground in the aftermath
Published 3 months ago by lee m
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed thoughts on this
At the start of this review I will just state that I am a Liverpool fan and remember watching the shocking events of that night unfold on TV as a 12 year old. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good easy read brought it all back about the day before and the day it self,funny and sad but good read.
Published on 3 July 2011 by bachey
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth at last
This book is a gripping account of one of football's greatest tragedies. But you don't have to know anything about the game to appreciate its great honesty and vivid... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by London Eyeball
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account of a controversial human tragedy
I am not a Liverpool FC supporter, but make no mistake, this book is not just for the club's fans. You don't even have to follow football as the writer makes this a personal, human... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by Richard Eccles
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling account of a terrible event
I found this a really compelling read, and having started it one evening after work, simply had to finish it that night. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by Nolita
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