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Fit and Proper?: Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club Paperback – 3 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Peakpublish (3 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907219110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907219115
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on years of research by its two authors, Fit and Proper? details the history of the boardroom of Sheffield United Football Club, focusing particularly on the foibles of the men who over three decades from 1980 tried, and largely failed, to turn the 'Blades' into a profitable business and a successful club.

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Having just purchased and read inside 2 days whilst on holiday, I can thoroughly recommend this book to any Blades fan or indeed an interested football fan who wonders why Sheffield United have flattered to deceive over the past three decades as a football club.

The context is well presented leading into the Reg Brearley era, and provides a well balanced view on his tenure. The fractious McDonald/Colombotti era is well covered, essentially due to the activism of the various fan groups at the time of which one of the authors was involved. I noted the light in which BIFA are portrayed in this book is, shall we say, slightly rosier than the club or press would believe. Finally, the McCabe era does not get as much coverage, perhaps as a result of the steady and less controversial way in which it was built up. However, I would be interested to read their views on how this has begun to unravel. The authors are clear in their truism that some documentation relating to how the club has been run may no longer be available, but a follow up which charts the McCabe era in more detail would be a welcome addition.

Whilst this is more narrative than analysis, it provides a superb insight to the going-ons at Bramall Lane and makes one wonder how the club ever functioned during some of the more sobering experiences of boardroom politics affecting the stated objective of running a football club.
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I'm not sure how interesting it might be to a casual observer but this is a top read for all Blades fans. Admittedly I only read from the parts which covered the 90's onwards, as that is what I could relate to, but it got me hooked and I read nearly the entire thing in a single day.

Highly recommended
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i could,nt find this book in my local bookshops without having to order it,then i thought
i will look on amazon and hey presto it was there and a lot cheaper as well, even with the p+p.
the supplier dispatched it very quickly.the book is proving a very read,giving an insight of how
my club,has been managed or mis-managed over the years and answers a lot of questions
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Excellent - answers some of the anomalies that have happend over the years at BDBL - explanations you can't get from the news media.
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Excellent
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