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The Last Champions: Leeds United and the Year that Football Changed Forever
 
 

The Last Champions: Leeds United and the Year that Football Changed Forever [Kindle Edition]

Dave Simpson
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"In just three and a half seasons, following almost a decade in the wilderness, Wilkinson transformed a relegation-threatened second-level side into League winners. The sheer size of the achievement has finally been given the recognition it deserves in The Last Champions. To put it into context, imagine Southampton winning the Premier League title in 2013-14. That is what Wilkinson and his players achieved and it is what makes this story so special and worthy of Simpson's insightful homage." (Simon Creasey When Saturday Comes)

"I really enjoyed the book... it's a great read" (Lee "Chappy" Chapman, Leeds United centre forward, League Championship winner, 1991-92)

"Unbearably poignant. Simpson neatly captures football's key appeal, the way it can restore the simple certainties of childhood. These men are now postmen, pensioners, disabled, successful, travel agents and the seemingly lost. But they talk with equal wonder about their greatest season" (The Last Word)

"A welcome reclamation of Wilkinson's success... breaks the mould in exploring team-building. As Simpson so wistfully explains, we shall probably never see their like again... Clearly written by a fan." (Juliet Jacques New Statesman)

"Excellent book" (Yorkshire Post)

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The triumph and tragedy of the Leeds team that won the First Division championship in 1992 - and a very different era in football history

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
as a man utd fan

a book about Leeds Utd would not appeal I was wrong

every football fan should get the book about Leeds's 91-92 title win

it gives you the background before the big win, when it happened and the aftermath

It showed mostly how most of the squad interviewed are really down to earth nice blokes

players whose stories that touched this reader was the chapters on Gary Speed, Mel Sterland and Carl Shutt

I hope Leeds Utd gives more credit to their 91-92 title heroes

They are champions on and off the pitch
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sporting story 8 Jun 2012
By Tim
Format:Hardcover
Dave Simpson has met his heroes from the Howard Wilkinson teams of the late 80s and early 90s, and gathered their individual stories to make a fascinating and moving narrative. Every Leeds fan will know it well, but find some surprises; other sports fans could well find it has universal appeal. The story is set at the tail end of the age when a local businessman could fund a top division football team, as a city was emerging from grim times into better times, and an unlikely combination of young talent, non-league discoveries and experienced leaders was turned by our country's most under-rated manager into a team of winners. The book busts a few myths - the idea that the 1992 title was lost by Manchester United rather than won by Leeds, the perception that Vinnie Jones was an enforcer who couldn't actually play, or that we needed managers from overseas to bring in good food and fitness... - and is passionate about Leeds without being one-eyed. You can hear the voices of the players as you read about the author's meetings with them, and there are personal stories within the grander story that are by turn hilarious, tragic, revealing and thought-provoking. Fantastic book, which serves too as a fitting tribute to Gary Speed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book about football 3 Feb 2014
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This is a wonderfully written quest to track down the players who won the last ever First Division title. It's funny and illuminating, full of human stories. Who knew David Batty had such hidden depths? I'm not a Leeds fan, but this is an exceptional book about a period of football that has been virtually erased from history. Post-Hillsborough, pre-Sky? Who knew there was such a thing?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sut
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The book tells how an unlikely bunch of men rescued a sleeping giant football club. That they did it on a shoestring budget is all the more remarkable and quite impossible today, with the huge fees and wages brought in by the Premier league - today only clubs with giant incomes or billionaire owners can win the league. I loved the book, but then Leeds were always my club and this was the start of an all too short second golden age for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Leeds fans 6 May 2014
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what a season! what a team! fantastic memories of some great wins and putting one over Fergie and his team is the stuff of dreams. finally, makes interesting reading when comparing those champions with today's so-called footballing superstars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read for Leeds fans 3 May 2014
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If you support Leeds United this is a great reminder of a brilliant season. Let's face it its been a while since we have had one of those. It will give an insight into the people involved in the 1992 title win. Its an enjoyable read and is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 23 April 2014
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Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. Love how he talks to all the players and really makes the season come to life. Would definitely recommend; especially if you love leeds like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Champions 3 Jun 2013
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a brilliant review of the winning side from division 2 through to the last champions of the old 1st Division. very interesting interviews with many players of that side and an intriguing over view of how Howard led the teams over that period of time.
I would highly recommend this not only to LEEDS fans but supporters generally.
Jason Fletcher
South West Whites
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