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From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter's View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy by [Chris, Rowland]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: GPRF Publishing (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEIS0C
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I was only 20 when I attended the Final at Heysel and my memory and thoughts about the day have been kept under lock and key until now. I was also on the terraces at Hillsborough 4 years later so Heysel soon took a secondary place in my memorybanks.

This is a brilliant account of what it is like to follow your team abroad with often witty comment as to the trials and tribulations of actually getting there and then slowly witnessing a tragedy unfolding in front of you, over which you have no control. Whether you were there or not this is a must read to get a true account of a group of loyal fans following Liverpool to a European Cup Final and the effect it had on them, our team and football in general

Superbly written and without media bias or exaggeration. I can now close a door to a painful experience that I have held within for many years. Thank you Chris!
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Having read the notes on the back cover, I was expecting some funny bits and some serious bits, which I got; but I wasn't expecting to be moved by it, and when he describes the bleak walk from the stadium to the station, after the match, I found myself genuinely caught up in it all, and quite affected by it. I think Chris Rowland makes his point in a very balanced way; whilst not absolving the few Liverpool fans of some blame, he leaves the reader in no doubt what really happened.
This is an important book and deserves a wide audience. He's a natural writer with an eye for the humorous but the ability to make a serious point, and if he were called Nick Hornby it would be flying off the shelves. Would make a good one-off TV programme.
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If you want to know what the fans travelling to this game would have experienced, then this book is a great read.

I was 9 years old when it happened and, with some degree of shame, I can say that I sat expectantly in front of the TV (having been allowed to stay up late to watch it), wondering why I couldn't see my beloved team and what the hold-ups were. I remember the disappointment of the game as a spectacle and that the penalty was a bad decision. Of course, I had no idea of what had happened (and, at that age, how to comprehend it's impact) until much later. The book really gives a sense of what the travelling fans must have experienced and is very well written.

There are insights into fan behaviour and the nature of lads trips abroad, as well as a balanced and good humoured account of the build up to the match, the game and its aftermath.

I'd recommend it to any Liverpool, or indeed football fan, who would like a different insight into this period of British football history.
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This book is an excellent account of a terrible tragedy and of the days leading up to it.

Any regular match goer of the time will clearly identify with the buildup to the big day - so very different to the matchday experience today - and can almost forget what is coming next.

It is not a book that seeks to sidestep the blame that was clearly due to certain members of the Liverpool crowd, but it does explain how many of the events that combined to allow this tradegy to happen could - with just a little foresight - have been avoided.

It is a very well written book that will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the subject.
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Funny heartrending poignant thought provoking and respectful insight into a calamitous day that covered nobody in glory no matter who you supported or what level of officialdom you worked in .a great general read for any supporter at any club travelling in that era or now even
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At the start of this review I will just state that I am a Liverpool fan and remember watching the shocking events of that night unfold on TV as a 12 year old. There are some good points in this book. The author has a balanced approach and as others have said does not try too absolve Liverpool fans completely but argues that there were many mitigating factors. Personally though I found the authors tales of laddish drunkenness etc in Ostend the day before the event somewhat tasteless given the subject material, and reduced the credibility of the account. I appreciate that the drinking formed part of the football culture of the time but at least half the book in dedicated to boasting about how many beers were sunk. Not only that but the author wasn't even in the stadium when the wall collapsed causing the deaths of the Italians - so, 'From Where Chris Rowland was standing' he didn't see the actual charge of Liverpool fans. Again, credibility reduced.
Disappointing, because some of the other arguments that the author makes are made very well.
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I found this a really compelling read, and having started it one evening after work, simply had to finish it that night. The author tells it as it is, from his own experiences of that trip, and he writes well, with honesty and insight. The first half of the book is a witty description of a lads footballing trip abroad - that really evokes football culture of the early 80s well - while the second half describes the author's perspective on events as they unfolded, plus some persuasive arguments about how the tragedy could have been avoided. I'd strongly recommend this book for readers who want to know more about what really happened at Heysel as well as for people interested in football culture of that time, which seems so different to today.
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