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A Personal Journey: the Blue fades, but does not wash away
on 31 March 2015
Came to "Richer Than God" having read Conn's seminal "The Beautiful Game?". Whereas his first book takes a broad view across the English game, "Richer Than God" journals a personal journey through David's relationship with City and all that it stands for, culminating in the unease of a title conquest funded by Arab petrodollars whilst realising things could have been worse: it could have been the Glazers...
Conn is candid throughout, even touching upon his relationship with his "other faith" - Judaism. It's a journey of discovery, of realisation that 'clubs' are actually 'companies' and all that that entails for how they are run. I'm not a City fan (I'm a Blade: United are also owned by a Sheik, but he's yet to throw quite as much money at us...), but that didn't hamper my enjoyment in the slightest.
By the end of the journey, Conn is not the enthusiastic City fan of days of yore: he's discovered too much about the beautiful game in general and his own club in particular. But he's still a fan. Just a tad older and wiser... and the latter is not always a good thing. Especially where the simplest, most instinctive and intuitive of sports is concerned.