Red Machine: Liverpool FC in the '80s: The Players' Stories Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013
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"an excellent new book ... Eat your heart out, ProZone." (Ian Herbert The Independent)
"His abilities are delivered with excellent understatement in Simon Hughes' Red Machine." (Ian Herbert The Independent)
Opens the door to both the dressing-room and the boot room at Anfield during the 1980s to reveal a wealth of untold stories from the eraSee all Product Description
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I admit to reading parts before I gift-wrapped it, and must say, it is an excellent read, from back in the days of REAL football before it became a corporate business we now detest!
A cynic might ask what can anybody possibly tell us about Liverpool in the 1980s that has not already been told, in some cases many times ? The answer is plenty. Simon has selected ten players from an extraordinary decade of success, to which he has added a glimpse of the valuable knowledge of Ronnie Moran, whose chapter comes under the heading of Disciplinarian, a word many of the players interviewed firmly agree with. The author chose Moran deliberately because he is "the only person still alive with genuine inside knowledge that can contribute towards explaining why the club sustained the culture of success for so long and the mindset behind the staff that helped make the decade become Liverpool's most dominant in terms of trophies".
The choice of players is interesting because it is doubtful if anyone else (journalist, past/present player or supporter) would have picked the same ten men. At least four of the ten have either penned their own autobiographies or had biographies written about their careers. In that respect maybe there isn't too much new to learn from guys who have been interviewed at length many times before. It is the choice of some less familiar names that make this book so fascinating ...Read more ›
I totally understand that the more recognised players from the 1980's have already told their own stories from countless autobiographies, the likes of Dalglish, Rush & Hansen even cashing in a number of times over the years by effectively releasing multiple books charting their career. With this in mind I do acknowledge why the Author chose to veer off the obvious track & interview a different group of players but for me the mix of players is simply too off-the-wall. Should the author have chosen to release a book of perhaps "Fringe" players from the Glory Days or something like the "Unsung" Heroes fair enough but this book is promoted as Liverpool in the 80's & billed as an inside look at what it was like to play for the club in one of their most glittering periods. With this firmly in mind there are so many more players who perhaps haven't featured in the media as much as the afore mentioned legends but certainly had a greater hand in Liverpool's dominance in the decade than the likes of Howard Gayle, Michael Robinson, David Hodgson & Kevin Sheedy. It is genuinely interesting to read the stories of these players but it's simply not reflective of the success that was achieved & the quirkier stories seem to heavily outweigh stories associated with what actyually happened on & off the pitch when Liverpool were scooping every trophy imaginable.
The amount of pages dedicated to Howard Gayle is nigh on ridiculous & much of the focus is very much off-the-field & political.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it for my brother. It's in great condition and my brother loves t.Published 6 months ago by christine skaife
Gives a great inside on an era of Liverpool's great achievements.Published 10 months ago by Stelios Papadopoulos
Lots of laughs and tears from footballing legends telling how of lives highs and lows if you love football this book is up your street if you.love Liverpool you will love it morePublished 12 months ago by paul ballard
Good read for Liverpool fans but not particularly insightful. The players stories basically read - we were the best team in the world and got p*ssed all the time!!Published 12 months ago by J. R. Simpson
Was brought as a gift for someone else, who told me it's a good read particularly if you're a Liverpool fan from this period. Read morePublished 14 months ago by shanelthiggs