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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224064363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224064361
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a quite magnificent book...with a splendid eye for important detail and a determination to ask difficult questions, Conn reminds us of what is important- Conn's greatest feat in a book that is well researched and written with searing honesty is to show the game's magnificent resilience" (David Wash Sunday Times)

"For a fascinating insight into the causes, and the creators, of the game's ills this is a superbly told tale" (Peter Corrigan Independent)

"An important book" (The Times)

"Should be read by anyone who really cares about football" (James Lawton Independent)

"This is a must-read for all who love football" (Delia Smith)

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A powerful, passionate exploration of a game in turmoil.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2004
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I found this book fascinating but mightily depressing at the same time. All the usual issues are covered here -- overblown wages in the premier league, chairmen ripping off their clubs, the FA suits' indifference for the health of the real game, the devotion of the fans in the smaller clubs such as York City, Bury and AFC Wimbledon, the atrocities that were Valley Parade and Hillsborough and the incompetence of many of those (in)directly responsible. If you love football you simply have to read this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J Michael on 18 Nov 2004
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Brilliant, emotional exposure of how football has evolved, been destroyed and the impact this has on the lives of the millions who play and love it from the boardrooms of Highbury to the wastelands of Salfords parks. Not only does it give a huge amount of insight into football and its mismanagement but gives a ray of hope in both the authors words and the sheer bloodymindedness of supporters. Clearly the author loves and understands the game far better than those who have mismanaged it from the top. Amazing book, should be the Blueprint for football and read by all who have any interest in the game
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B C Kershaw on 19 Aug 2005
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This book is simply amazing. All true football fans must read this and they will understand why so many of our professional football clubs are in financial trouble. The most facinating part of this book looks at how the premiership breakaway began and how it has ruined football. And all that matters in football is money. I advise all fans of premiership clubs to read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MSIII on 11 May 2007
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This is, in my opinion, the best book ever written about English football. Conn explores everything, from the politics behind the formation of the premiership, to the chronic mismanagement of some of England's proudest clubs to League Two teams struggling with financial survival, to the myths and untruths surrounding the Hillsbourgh Disaster. What really endeared me to the book however, was that throughout the devastating criticism of footballs corruption, Conn is always remains constructive and outlines an effective blueprint that could provide hope for the future of English football, focusing on Crewe as an example of how football should be run. Very informative and enlightening, especially for Premiership fans who have only a vague knowledge of the plight of teams struggling to survive without the bountiful riches from Sky.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R Hernandez on 12 May 2006
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Conn's account of modern day football, and the sinister forces controlling the game, makes for a wonderful read.

Too often books on football ignore the trials and tribulations of lower league clubs. That is not a charge that can be levelled at Conn. His chapters on Wimbledon, York, Crewe, Bury, Notts County and others are magnificent accounts of the enthusiasm, passion and fervour of football supporters. In the same chapters there are often desperate tales of the greed of chairmen and directors of these same clubs.

Conn reminds the reader how fans are told that football is now a business, and as a result, has to be viewed in different terms from the game that many supporters grew to love. However, Conn responds with the argument that if football is now a business, then why are people who have continually run their business into the ground been rewarded with well paid jobs.

As a Liverpool supporter I recoommend the book. It's especially recommended to those supporters who perhaps are unsympathetic to the demands of the Hillsborough families. If you're in any way unsure about what happened on April 15th 1989, please read the book. Conn is not a Liverpool supporter. He's not a spokesperson for Liverpool or the bereaved families - he's just a journalist who has restored this reviewer's faith in football writers - and quite possibly football in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D avid C on 16 Mar 2006
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If you are genuinely interested in football and only have time to read one book then this is the one. Full of factual stories of how genuine fans strive to keep their clubs going often in the face of owners who have only self interest in mind. The journey doesn't confine itself to the household names of football but covers all levels of the Football League and how money has become the only word for many in authority at the expense of the game itself. Not only for genuine football fans, this book should be compulsory reading for every football club director.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kirkwood on 3 Dec 2008
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A sad but brilliantly researched and written book. I couldn't agree more with its sentiments. The author's skill is reporting what he shrewdly observes but, in the main, leaving the reader to make value judgements and draw conclusions.

The format is an essay-style chapter on each of several topics or clubs, eg AFC Wimbledon, Arsenal, York City [post fans acquisition], Glossop North End [classic non-league club]and Sheffield Wednesday [post Hillsborough].
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "the_gusman" on 18 Oct 2005
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What an amazing book, cant rate it highly enough. Tells the story of how the game has changed for since skys billions were supposed to reinvent the game, but instead of filtering down through the leagues most of it has found its way into the players pockets. Covers everything from David Dein to Hillsborough to Glossop Town. A really superb book.
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