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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A highly readable account of a tough but modest man whose achievements deserve better recognition.’ - SPORTS BOOK OF THE WEEK

(Independent on Sunday)

'A cracking read'

(The Kop)

'Quite wonderful biography...remarkable story about greatness'

(Yorkshire Post)

‘This affectionate biography gives (Fagan) the recognition he undoubtedly deserves. Frequent extracts from Fagan’s diaries…offer fresh and unparalleled insight.’

(When Saturday Comes)

'A thorough and fitting biography of a true footballing gent'

(Theanfieldwrap.com)

‘Excellent biography…a large amount of research was done to ensure that this book was a comprehensive account of a manager who gave so much for the game as well as Liverpool Football Club.’

(Thisisanfield.com)

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'To me, Joe Fagan epitomises what we all know as ‘The Liverpool Way’ and this book is a great tribute to a man whose legendary status at the club should never be underestimated. I was obviously only a young lad when Joe was manager here, but I know he won the treble in his first season as manager and the vital role he played as an unsung member of the backroom team before then. He comes across as such a down to earth character and one whose football knowledge was second-to-none. For anyone with an interest in Liverpool’s history this is a must-read book and I really enjoyed it.'

(Jamie Carragher)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The appointment of Bill Shankly as manager in 1959 kick-started the golden era of Liverpool Football Club. As well as being an inspirational manager he was a large as life character that became an iconic figure loved throughout the world of football. His successor, Bill Paisley, was a different kettle of fish altogether. Unlike Shankly he was a quiet man who was never comfortable in the spotlight but the unparalleled number of trophies won during his reign cemented his place in Liverpool folklore. Unfortunately because of the achievements of these two legendary managers the man that that had the task of following them, Joe Fagan, is in great danger of being overlooked. After reading this long overdue autobiography though, I'm sure that being the man he most obviously was, this probably wouldn't bother him in the slightest.

It would be a great shame though, because few clubs will have as had a more loyal servant than Joe Fagan. Joining them in 1958 as assistant trainer/reserve team coach he worked his way through the ranks until he became manager in 1983. Although he was only the manager for two seasons they were two very momentous seasons. In his first season he led Liverpool to three major trophies - the Championship, the European Cup and the Milk Cup. In his second and final season Liverpool didn't win anything but it will be forever remembered for the events at Heysel Stadium where 39 fans died following crowd trouble before the European Cup Final in which Liverpool played Juventus. It is often thought that Fagan resigned as a result of this tragedy, but whilst he was extremely traumatised by the events in Brussels this book reminds us that he had actually decided that this would be his last game in charge some time before this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr k coker on 11 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Joe Fagan was a very important member of the backroom staff under Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley before becoming Manager in 1983 and winning a treble in 1984. This book is fascinating and a brilliant read for all Liverpool fans especially those interested in the clubs history and those like myself who were following the club at that time and fills a gap in the Liverpool library as surprisingly there was no book about such an important figure in the clubs history. Using notes from his personal diaries the book is well written and researched and brought back a lot of memories as well as being a fascinating insight into an important part of Liverpools history. I loved it. Recommended to all reds
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Format: Paperback
The history of LFC during Joe Fagan's time at Anfield is well known to any Reds fan but this book provides some real insights into how the club was run and the central role played by him.

The world of football has changed irrevocably since Joe resigned at the end of the 1984-85 season and following the terrible events at Heysel. It's inconceivable that any manager - let alone one managing Europe's top club - would now rise up through the ranks and take over at such an advanced age and achieve such great success. No manager could now live in a modest house within walking distance of the ground and refuse to take calls from the press on the day after a game because he was 'painting the kitchen' but this is what Joe did. The book presents Joe as a very ordinary man, albeit one with a deep love for the club, its people and its fans. A modest man, who does not seem to have adopted any airs and graces as he rose the top of the European game and who remained, to his death, a true man of the people.

Anyone who reads this book will have wished they had known Joe Fagan, or someone like him. He deserves to be placed alongside Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley in the history books. A great football man but definitely no 'ordinary' Joe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on 20 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent biography of the quiet Anfield Bootroom legend. He didn't seek the limelight and treated the players very well. He knew how to deal with disappointed players who were not selected to play. It was such a shame that his short managerial career ended in very tragic circumstances.
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By Paul Laverty on 3 Dec. 2013
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An epic read. Gives an unbiased view from a wealth of credible sources; about a reluctant hero who stepped outside the shadows of two folklore giants. Who was his own man, yet, stamped an impregnable hallmark on a team in a short space in time. A perfect read for any red old or young!
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By Schrek 998 on 28 Jan. 2013
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Fantastic book about fantastic man , Liverpool fans this book is a must buy . It shows how honesty and hard work can pay off. A truly great humble man with such a great knowledge of the game how I wish we had him around now . Had a job to put this book down .
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book arrived quickly and was well packed. A brilliant autobiography by Joe Fagan, detailing his years as a Liverpool player. A must buy for any Liverpool fan.
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By Mark Washburn on 7 Jan. 2013
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Enjoyed this book good to learn abit more about a true great who worked so hard behind the scenes , .a true anfield legend
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