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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Conn's book
Over the last decade, David Conn has established himself as the pre-eminent journanlist and commentator on football in England. He's exposed countless acts of skuldugery and championed the cause of the silent majority. Raised on football and now forced to consume an expensive diet of hype and badly made replica shirts, his articles and this book are the antidote to all...
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by David J Michael

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for
Being one of the many suffering and miserable City fans over the years, the sudden success with the F.A Cup victory then the unbelievable climax to last seasons Premier League was a massive lift to us all.
The story of that success; Thaskin Shinawatra buying the club, injecting millions that maybe were not his to inject, then the take over by one of the worlds...
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by S. G. Magnus


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Conn's book, 26 Jun 2012
This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
Over the last decade, David Conn has established himself as the pre-eminent journanlist and commentator on football in England. He's exposed countless acts of skuldugery and championed the cause of the silent majority. Raised on football and now forced to consume an expensive diet of hype and badly made replica shirts, his articles and this book are the antidote to all that overhyped, overpriced nonsense. This book touchingly, adds in his personal memories of growing up a football fan, plain and simple. How can I put this? The best book you will ever read on football. He speaks with common sense, passion and a crtical eye that the media do their best to cover up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for, 28 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
Being one of the many suffering and miserable City fans over the years, the sudden success with the F.A Cup victory then the unbelievable climax to last seasons Premier League was a massive lift to us all.
The story of that success; Thaskin Shinawatra buying the club, injecting millions that maybe were not his to inject, then the take over by one of the worlds richest men and the subsequent huge financial outlay - well we all know the story don't we? Whether you are a City fan trying to justify it or an angry fan of another club accusing City of buying success and killing football, its still a fascinating story.
And so I approached this book hoping for some insight into whats gone on at City to get to this point and yes you do get that. But it all becomes rather swamped under the 'money and business' side of it all.
I loved the Authors reminisces about growing up with City, the ruining of a very promising club by Peter Swales the Chairman and Malcolm Allison the returning hero and the eventual drop from top flight to obscurity, but so much more could and should have been written about it all. Where are the interviews with former managers? God knows there was enough of them!
I'm sorry but I found as the Author got deeper and deeper into the ins and outs of club takeovers etc I got more and more bored and found myself skipping pages just to find bits I could understand.
One thing I did learn from it all is yes City (and some other clubs too) ARE killing football and its really hard to face up to that. Like the Author I have fallen a bit out of love with the club now and if I'm honest - top flight football in general.
If you are looking for nostalgia and ultimate triumph as I was then you may be disappointed with this book, but if you want a big bite of a reality sandwich and want to know whats REALLY going on in the Premier League then give it a go. But you may end up cancelling your Sky sports and going to support a local team instead....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read on the life and times of a Manchester City fan, 26 Jun 2012
This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
When Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifted the Premier League trophy in May, he celebrated the end of a 44-year barren spell since City won their last league title. But not just that - it marked the fulfilment of a billionaire Arab's quest to take over a football club and make them the best in the land.

The intervening years between the halcyon days of Maine Road heroes Bell, Lee and Summerbee, and the epic drama of Sergio Aguero's late winner at the Etihad Stadium were fraught with moments referred to by long-suffering fans as `Typical City'. From the disastrous return of Malcolm Allison as manager to the second coming of Francis Lee in a director's seat and the open-armed welcome to Thai human rights abuser Thaksin Shinawatra and his (ultimately fictitious) riches, Manchester City's history has been littered with false dawns.

And City's continued association with the tragicomic and their long-standing blight of living in the shadow of their illustrious and successful neighbours Manchester United made them an intriguing enough story even before the riches of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour made them the world's wealthiest club.

Guardian sports writer David Conn, a Manchester City fan since the early seventies and a specialist on the topic of football finance, is expertly placed to write about their new fiscal luxury. He does so by alternating between his insights of the present-day City and his own emotional experiences as an embattled Manchester City supporter.

Ever the intrepid reporter (Conn is considered an `international enemy of Leeds United' by their chairman Ken Bates for his foraging into the club's ownership), Conn is able to give the audience a rare glimpse of the human side of the Arab takeover through interviews with Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, and Director of Football, Brian Marwood.

What really engages though is the way Conn speaks of his early days as a supporter on the Maine Road terraces and his battle to remain passionate in his support for his club in more money-driven times.

Conn's fervour and dedication to football comes over expressively throughout, and `Richer Than God' is an honest and moving account of his relationship with the game. The book spans the evolution of a football club, and the sport itself, over 40 years and showcases Conn's talents as one of the top football writers of the moment. And, thanks to Manchester City's last-gasp title win, it even has a happy ending too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars every forty something football fan should be all over this, 4 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
i am a united fan and i loved this book - i didnt become a united fan because they won everything - if you are over forty you can remember the docherty / sexton / atkinson and early ferguson years when we were 'fourth in a two horse race'. This book is about why you fell in love with football as a FAN in the first place and why you dont feel it fulfills the same place in your heart, no matter which club you support. if your club is now owned by someone who puts money ahead of glory (nearly every club) then you will recognise a lot of your own life in this.
Even worse - if you are an ex=player from prior to the premier league era, you will probably cry. great reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ged Brannan (much), 21 Jun 2012
This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
Mixes elements of the investigative work the author does so well, club history, social history, real-time account of the recent league win and personal memoir (comparable in part with Colin Schindler's inferior book about city which couldn't help mentioning united in the title).

It's beautifully written. The writer puts himself at the centre of the narrative without making it about him. The material tracking the history of Abu dhabi and its royal family is informative and the stuff about the francis lee takeover is eye-opening. Sometimes not so well edited: same information given and points made repeatedly. And, ach, Bryan Robson didn't play in the 5-1.

The best point he makes is a little lost in the wrap-up at the end. City are likely to struggle with the financial fair play nonsense uefa is bringing in, of course. But is a club losing money because a benefactor wishes to indulge it (and himself) really the problem when elsewhere there are clubs remorsely screwing money out of their fans and pouring money into the pockets of directors in corporate structures which flout the FA's rule 34? Including one North London club whose pious manager constantly complains about City.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A football book for grown-ups and lovers of good writing, 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up (Hardcover)
Through his regular column in The Guardian and two previous books David Conn has over the years established himself as the pre-eminent writer about the business of football and by virtue of his well researched pleas for financial openness and best practice and his unerring ability to expose financial misappropriation, charlatans and frauds, Conn has been a seemingly lone voice of reason in a mad world seemingly populated by egomaniacs and billionaires (both real and imaginary).

Quercus Publishing has now come up with a real winner and a thirty yard volley into the top corner as behind his outward appearance of wearing a hair shirt of fiscal responsibility and crusading zeal, David Conn has revealed himself for what he really is - a true football fan, and irony of ironies as a life-long supporter of money-bags Manchester City!

This is a love story, warts and all, of a young boy's introduction to his local team and takes us through the ups and downs of the club tied in with a social history of Manchester itself and the trials and tribulations of a working class upbringing in the 1970s.

Whilst heroes such as Colin Bell, Joe Corrigan and Willie Donachie receive their full share of praise, Conn is not slow to point figures regarding the long-term decline of the club and its fall from the heady days of success in the late 60s to becoming known as "the club for cock-ups".

Conn places the club's fortunes firmly within the wider context of the game at large and takes the reader through the magical transformation of Manchester City to its current status as perhaps the richest club in the world and forensically details how Sheikh Mansour's wealth has paved the way to the first Championship success since 1968.

Conn goes behind the scenes and gets close to the action interviewing many of the main protagonists but never loses sight of the fact that football is the peoples' game and takes us on a fascinating detour into what lay behind the foundation of FC Manchester.

No hagiography this as Conn takes issue and allocates blame where and when it is necessary and is never afraid to ask the tough question but his true love for the game in general and Manchester City in particular shines through and this book is a well-written and informed delight and Conn makes a good case for why he would venture that "the football religion is stronger than real religion".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by this I have to say, 4 Dec 2014
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Disappointed by this I have to say. Written by a journalist one cannot fault the research involved and the story told is an excellent one, interspersed with telling memories from childhood that add another dimension to it. However when one discovers that it is written by a Guardian journalist then one can understand why the piece is littered with comments about Thatcherism and 'austerity' that are so out of place that they just do not spoil the narrative, they jar it. Such prose is suitable for the newspaper the author writes for, not in a book that is supposed to tell the modern history of the club I support. One could understand a personal slant on this as it is also a personal recanting and the longing for a simpler age in the game - which never existed anyway - but these comments seem so out of place as to spoil the whole work.

If you like your football blue and your politics red then this is the book for you. if you want a story just about Manchester City and their rise to success, I suspect there are others out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars know more!, 9 Jan 2014
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Great book. Sometimes a little too journalistic in its prose to be a page turner but then it is a very long article in truth. As a city a fan I shared many of the worries of the author and it felt like a adjoined journey at times and asked me all the questions he asked himself. Do I feel the same as he......CITD!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, 6 Dec 2013
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have read a couple of David Conns before and this doesn't disappoint. Hugely interesting and engrossing for football fans of all creeds and persuasions. Conn provides a rich unbiased history full of trials and tribulations to end with a pretty big high..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predominantly good, 16 Oct 2013
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Leslie T. Crang "plasticspam" (london,uk) - See all my reviews
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Good on being a supporter and the changing ethos of Britain and Manchester, but when, as s city fan he says arsenal shouldn't moan about city stealing there players as the owners made a fortune from spelling shares and charging high prices, it's a bit rich. We weren't handed a stadium foc thanks
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