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They Dared To Dream: How Rodgers' Liverpool Went So Close

They Dared To Dream: How Rodgers' Liverpool Went So Close [Kindle Edition]

Paul Tomkins , Daniel Rhodes , Chris Rowland , Paul Little
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They Dared To Dream –– which mixes articles written during the season with specially-commissioned chapters penned in the aftermath –– hopefully captures what 2013/14 was about as a Liverpool fan; doing so in the mixed range of styles and approaches taken by the writers at The Tomkins Times. Along the way we get stuff right, and we get stuff wrong; but that’s football, right?

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238 of 274 people found the following review helpful
By Harry K
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"Football? Bloody hell!", as Bill Shankly once said.

By the final chapter of this book I was kneeling on the floor of my living room, floods of tears pattering onto my replica kit, wailing like a hysterical gibbon. My dogs, Rushie and Aldo, wailed in solidarity with me. They understood; my wife didn't. I felled her with a right hook.

Imagine if all you ever wanted was a carrot cake, and then, after 25 years without one, you see your most loyal friend walking towards your house smiling, carrying a carrot cake with your name on it. As he reaches your drive, he tumbles calamitously into a ditch. You rush out to find him writhing in agony amongst a cakey-muddy mess, a hungry raven pecking at his flesh. That is how we Liverpool fans feel about the 13/14 season (the raven is Tony Pulis, by the way).

This book is not just some cynical cash-in to make money out of Irish people. Paul Tomkins has truly encapsulated the modern-day Liverpool Football Club experience in literary form: the misty-eyed sentimentality, the endless self-mythologizing and, above all, the abject, humiliating failure. YNWA.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We go again,,,Brenny and the Warriors 22 July 2014
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We go again...Brenny and the warriors

I can remember it like it was yesterday. There had been a tremendous build up in the weeks before. Brenny and Stevie G had decided it would be a good idea for the warriors to arrive for the last home games in a team bus. They were receiving a tremendous reception at each triumphal procession, all the followers in full kit with their scarves and Norwegian flags (five times, five times) welcoming them. The premier league winners 13/14 T- shirts were even outselling the `five times' ones. I knew all this because I had been following it on sky sports with Carra and Tommo.
There is a bitter and his missus who live in the flat next to Mums. He has been very quiet the last few weeks, but giving me a strange looking smile when I see him. Of course every other weekend he is at the match with the other bitters, so leaving me in peace enjoying sky sports every weekend. Sometimes I try to listen to him and his missus through the wall, but have to be careful in case Mum catches me.
Anyway, the big weekend arrived. I had been looking forward to it all week, could not sleep. Had to make sure I did all the jobs Mum asked me to do, so she would wash my full kit and scarf ready for the big game. Some of my online friends say at forty years of age I should have my own place, but Mum only asks for a tenner of my incapacity benefit each week to cover everything.
The big day finally arrived. Was up early as I could not sleep. Managed to listen in to next door, good job I hadn't put my shorts on but will need to hide my pyjama bottoms from Mum.
Put sky sports on for the build-up. Just after lunch I put my full kit on, even shin pads and boots. Both scarves ready, kissed the badge five times. On sky sports there was Carra, Tommo, Lawro, Hanno.
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99 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class and dignity YNWA 8 July 2014
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Brendan Rodgers treated me to the biggest emotional rollercoaster on the planet, not even Alton Towers could reach its peaks, lows and loop de loops.This book brings it all back.

I remember the Chelsea game like it was yesterday. Me, me auld fella, titch and spanners all donned our full warrior kits, tied our 5 times flags around our necks like makeshift capes and marched for the Shankly gates. We bought our CHAMPIONS 13/14 t-shirts outside, made our way onto the kop and laughed as the Chelsea team was read out. During our mirth, I turned to my brethren and told them there was no way Chelsea were going to score today, the only way they will is if Gerrard falls flat on his face and gives them the ball, right in front of all of us. And he would not let it slip. We all shed tears of laughter.

That evening, after much arguing, binning of champions shirts, seething, mild violence and tears, I went for a walk. Cape still flapping behind me like a kingly robe, kit still held snug to my flesh, looking like a Sports Direct Superman..I still held hope. Crystal Palace would be blitzed. Sure, it was dark. Sure, I was walking down the hard shoulder of the M57 getting beeped. But not as sure as I was about our destiny. Suarez had been persecuted for nothing, now it was time for vengeance.

As our third went in at Selhurst Park I turned to Spanners and held him. "You were right!" he cried, "Its going to be a massacre!" I put my arm around my auld fella and we laughed, "all our defenders would have to switch off now for Palace to get a chance and they'll be lucky to get one, never mind three!" I bellowed.

That evening, I walked back to the train station alone. Legs tired from running.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book gives hope to all losers. 16 July 2014
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As a Barnet FC fan, I've been accustomed to never winning anything.

But this book is marvellous, this book performs a miracle but making it "cool" to not win anything.

Liverpool didn't win anything despite spending £154 million on transfers across the past 3 seasons (according to
But this book portrays them as a team of "dreamers" who went so close.

I love it, it gives me hope that one day Barnet can spend over a hundred and fifty million pounds and still not win anything.
I can only dream
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nobody on the cover has eyes. That's because they ...
Nobody on the cover has eyes.

That's because they literally cried their eyes out when Gerrard fell over and did the world a favour. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Paul Tomkins Wrote a Season Review
Haven't read They Dared To Dream, so this is not really a review.

I'm just writing to explain that Tomkins writes a season review after almost every single LFC season. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was gutted as someone nicked my copy along with amost ...
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