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Liverpool: 20 Defining Matches (Guardian Shorts Book 44) [Kindle Edition]

David Hills , The Guardian
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In December 1959 the Guardian ran a story on a struggling Second Division club: “W. Shankly was appointed manager of Liverpool last night at a salary reported to be £2,500 a year.”

Five years on, the struggle was just a memory. The Guardian's Eric Todd was at Anfield to watch Shankly's dramatically reshaped Liverpool surge to the Division One title. “The handclapping created the impression of millions of dried peas being dropped on a corrugated iron roof... The Liverpool players did a lap of honour. As they reached the Kop, they slowed down – I swear some of them bowed – a deserved tribute to a section of the local population which, if it did but know it, 'rode sublime upon the seraph-wings of ecstasy'. If the Kop thinks that too fancy, no matter. 'Ee I Alley Oh, Liverpool are the champs.' Europe has been warned.”

The extraordinary Shankly years are just part of Liverpool's remarkable history – the club growing from a 19th-century base to become European football's dominant force, powered by some of the game's greatest stars, from Billy Liddell to Ian Rush.

Based on original reports from the Guardian and Observer archives from the last 120 years, this unique collection revisits 20 of the club's defining matches, from its first FA Cup final in 1914 and the rise and fall of Kenny Dalglish, to one almighty night in Istanbul. What are the lessons of Liverpool's past, and what does its future hold?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DMM1YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hallmark of Sportswriting 16 Feb. 2013
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This book is from the wonderful collection of Guardian Shorts produced from the Guardian and Observer archives. This collection of matches on Liverpool starts with the first report of the F.A. Cup final in 1914 to the Champions' League final report in 2005. Both for price, and quality of writing it is a little gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liverpool :twenty defining matches 8 Nov. 2012
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An excellent reminder of some of the glory days of the past for Red fans culled from the Guardian. Covering all of the club history -even to the first important victory over Newton Heath, or United . Colourful match reports -if you were there, bring back the memories, if you weren't, bring the games to life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great on iPad 6 Nov. 2012
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A good read however top of every page the First line is almost always missing on the iPad/iPhone app this makes enjoying the book difficult. The main match reports are good massive change in style over the years ie a report from pre ww1 is complete different from 2001. Book covers a lot from 1960s to end of 1980s and has some great memory's from Istanbul.
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