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Make Us Dream: The Story of Liverpool's 2013/14 Season [Kindle Edition]

Neil Atkinson , John Gibbons
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"What leaps off the pages and what Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and all their many esteemed contributors capture so brilliantly is the feeling of reclamation, the feeling of a city and a football club finding harmony." Ben Smith, BBC

"It's funny, thought-provoking, fast-paced, devastating and uplifting...often on the same page. Quite simply, I haven't read a better review of a season since The Glory Game and Hunter Davies had an unprecedented access all areas pass to produce his classic." --Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool’s 2013/14 campaign was no ordinary football season.  It was the season when everything changed. A year of hope, fantasy, adventure; where joyous reclamation met crushing disappointment and won. A season defined by many individuals, moments, goals and memories.  A time when the brand of heroic and daring football - and footballers – that seemed consigned to the sepia toned era of the game’s past returned. It was a season when millions of Liverpool supporters dared to dream again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: deCoubertin Books (22 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M19VS2M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read on football in 20 years. 7 Aug. 2014
Let's start with a bit of honesty.

I'm a 51 year old man, so I've seen Liverpool Football club win loads of trophies. I remember, clearly, the look on Alec Lindsay's face when the referee disallowed what would have been the and his, perfectly valid and quite brilliant, opening goal in the FA Cup Final 40 years ago. His furrowed face, his staring eyes, screamed disbelief, anger, profanity. He'd found new genealogical details about the Ref's ancestors, and relayed this information to the Guinness-socked eejit. Didn't matter. We hammered them, and we kept on hammering them and others for another 25-odd years.

... after which there were scraps at the table rather than feasts. In my view, nothing, not even Istanbul, is better than winning the Football League (which is what I still call it, like the European Cup is the European Cup). So, as brilliant as last season's football was, the last thing I wanted to do was read about the cruellest of near misses. But I'd listened to the two main authors of this book in their excellent weekly podcast, The Anfield Wrap, over the past two seasons and I liked the cut of their collective jib, so I felt I had a tiny bit of aural loyalty to cash in. So in I cashed, a couple of weeks after Luis Suarez, the totem on the top of the pole, left us to wind down his career elsewhere. He's misguided in more ways than one then, obviously. But his leaving appears in the short term at least to harm us as well as him, so the gloom of last season deepened a little more and the foreboding about the new season increased.

So, I read the book over a couple of days.


As football fans, we know that the match isn't just the match.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They made us dream. 11 Aug. 2014
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As a regular listener to the anfield wrap, I had a preconceived idea about what this book would be like and it certainly did not let me down. A fabulous and heartbreaking season wonderfully described. The writing, while personal, represents the thoughts and feelings of Liverpool fans worldwide. As a Liverpool season ticket holder, I shared both their joy and their heartache but as an anfield wrap listener, I marvelled in their descriptions and sentiments.

A huge well done to Neil, John and all concerned and I look forward to the sequel - Dreams Come True : Champions Again.

Stephen McCann
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb review of an epic season! 28 July 2014
By John
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Absolutely brilliant!! -

I think it will take me years to get over the emotions of last season, but this book was a massive step in the right direction and hopefully my rehabilitation. The subject matter is one close to my heart as I participated as much as anyone in the highs and lows described in this brilliant depiction of what supporting Liverpool was like last season. The building belief throughout the season - and the tiny margins that ultimately determined the destiny of the league title - told through the lens of normal matchgoing lads and girls. The core protagonists of this book broadcast regularly on the subjects directly and indirectly associated with supporting England's most successful football team, so the quality of the content is no surprise. What was a surprise is how well it transported me back to the season just ended. Not just the seat in the stadium, but the anxious mornings trying to stomach a matchday breakfast. The mid and post-match release of euphoria. The spectacular pre-match welcome of the home coach. The post-match parties that lit up the city.
This multiple point of view travelogue of one of the most memorable season's in most Liverpool fan's adult lives reminds of the joy that last year brought. It also provides brilliant context to the crushing disappointment in the closing fortnight of the season. I have been incapable of watching a season review fully yet as the emotions are still a little raw - 'Make Us Dream' enabled me to relive the most enjoyable season of my adult match-going life. Apart from the main authors' contributions added colour comes in the form of testimony from Martin Fitzgerald, Gareth Roberts, Kate Forrester, Ben McCausland, Phil Blundell and Mike Nevin. All providing unique perspectives on this remarkable term.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream That So Nearly Came True 22 Aug. 2014
If there was one inevitability that would occur in the wake of Liverpool Football Club’s extraordinary and dramatic 2013-14 season, it was that much would be written about that season even before the next season began. Whilst accepting that inevitability it is unfortunate that two different authors chose exactly the same title for their books. Presumably neither the authors nor their Publishers knew about this or, if they did, neither was prepared to choose a different title ? “Make Us Dream” is the wording on a well-known banner displayed on the famous Spion Kop at Liverpool home matches (and other places). It … and “We Go Again”, the title of another book recently written about this same season by Liverpool Way editor David Usher … became a sort of rallying cry as the club’s bid to become English champions for the first time since 1990 reached its peak.

It is unfair to compare Neil Atkinson and John Gibbons’ “Make Us Dream” with the book that has the same title by Neil Collins. Yes, people who have read both are bound to compare them but each deserves to be treated on its own merits. Neil and John can rightly be described as co-authors of this book because both have made significant contributions to it. But they have generously allowed other competent writers to add their own thoughts in the same way that Paul Tomkins did in his 2013 book “These Turbulent Times”. Neil and John have much in common with Paul Tomkins anyway. The latter began writing for the club’s official website in 2005 and this led to the birth four years later of The Tomkins Times, a subscription-based online forum or sounding-board for discussing and dissecting the club’s business on and off the field which continued to grow and flourish. Messrs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relive it.
Read it during the summer break, and will do so again whenever I need a little lift.

The spirit and feel of that ridiculous season is all encompassed - different... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
Excellent read, well done lads!!
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent read written by some top reds all about a fantastic, glorious season that indeed made us dream. More please redmen.
Published 3 months ago by Mr WJ Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous souvenir of a great season!
Fantastic memento of a wonderful season for Liverpool FC. A vivid portrait of a joyous few months as an LFC fan!
Published 3 months ago by Mr. K. MCDERMOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Derek McCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and intelligent writing. Could not put it down and would ...
Captures the spirit and emotion of this astonishing season incredibly well. Witty and intelligent writing. Could not put it down and would thoroughly recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Rubesla
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the first Lfc books I've read all the way through
Been a fan of TAW since the 2010 season. Thanks to them my knowledge of LFC and football in general has grown. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by andrew stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better than a DVD
Published 4 months ago by Mr Antony Boyham
5.0 out of 5 stars great book really funny!!
Fantastic book to read remind yourself of the unbelievable season Liverpool had last season! Well worth buying for any Liverpool fan
Published 4 months ago by Dutto89
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