A great read and analysis,
This review is from: Red Machine: Liverpool FC in the '80s: The Players' Stories (Hardcover)
The book succeeds on a number of levels including to the neutral fan as an examination of when football was away from the clutches of intense commercialism and the glare of a 1000 Sky camera's, accessible easily to the working man. It examines the story of the star, the local lad and the bit part player, whilst also managing to probe the blight of rascism in the decade
It was my era, an era that allowed mates to attend and watch matches together, something that has been denied to subsequent generations including my sons. Plus, Nick Hornby you are wrong, I was at that match.
It will appeal to the Liverpool fans who witnessed the decade in a growing nonchalant, subconcious state of mind, as the winning and the glory became the norm and the expected, but who in the barren years have tried to analyse the missing factors which we obviously had in abundance during the 80's. The same missing factors will become clear to the younger generation of supporters as they read the story of constituant players and the hard line coach and find the motivation doesn't revolve around the word wags,cars and multi million pound contracts.