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I must say that this was a very insightful book into the players that made up one of the greatest football teams of the 80 s Players that are well known such as John Barnes and Bruce Grobelaar share their memories of being in a very good Liverpool at a time when the country was going through a political upheaval and the city went through changes that reshaped it Lesser known players such as Howard Gayle and Michael Robinson give another side of the story as they explain the difficulties in tryi I must say that this was a very insightful book into the players that made up one of the greatest football teams of the 80 s Players that are well known such as John Barnes and Bruce Grobelaar share their memories of being in a very good Liverpool at a time when the country was going through a political upheaval and the city went through changes that reshaped it Lesser known players such as Howard Gayle and Michael Robinson give another side of the story as they explain the difficulties in trying to establish themselves into a team that was full of winners A lot of laughs and a few melancholy moments make this a worthy read for both Liverpool fans and anyone interested in sport from the 80 s Good readThe different characters all blend well to make a well rounded book Read two others in this set and all excellent If you are a Liverpool supporter and want an insight into how the club works then this is the book for you.It provides candid, honest accounts from all manner of people who have played all types of roles within the squad from the introvert to the outrageously extravert, each character provides a sterling summary of their time at the club.The real genius of the book for me lies in its pace It doesn t spend too long or too little time with each of its subjects You re not left bored with each cha If you are a Liverpool supporter and want an insight into how the club works then this is the book for you.It provides candid, honest accounts from all manner of people who have played all types of roles within the squad from the introvert to the outrageously extravert, each character provides a sterling summary of their time at the club.The real genius of the book for me lies in its pace It doesn t spend too long or too little time with each of its subjects You re not left bored with each character but at the same time you re not left craving.Well considered, excellently plotted.A really easy read that entertains from first to last page Brilliant Great readI reckon this book would be a good read for any football fan especially any Liverpool FC fan I began to watch club football less than a decade ago, and have spent many hours since reading about and watching footage from historic Liverpool matches to satisfy my curiousity of this special club s history Many books repeat stories which are often available elsewhere This author tries something a little different he takes 10 or so interviews with players and a coach, each which contri Great readI reckon this book would be a good read for any football fan especially any Liverpool FC fan I began to watch club football less than a decade ago, and have spent many hours since reading about and watching footage from historic Liverpool matches to satisfy my curiousity of this special club s history Many books repeat stories which are often available elsewhere This author tries something a little different he takes 10 or so interviews with players and a coach, each which contributed in their own way to Liverpool s dominance during the 80s Some, like John Barnes, are among the greatest to wear the Red shirt , others played only a few matches or a season or two with the senior team But each interview deepens ones understanding of the club, from the triumphant European Cups and League Titles to the disappointment of losing the League Title to Everton to the tragic Heysel and Hillsborough disasters, during its most dominant decade The interviews abound with insight and pathos and humor I only wish there was Why was the all conquering Liverpool side of the 1980s one of the greatest teams UK football has ever produced Journalist, footie fan and proud Scouser Simon Hughes decided to find out by talking to ten of them, plus long time coach Ronnie Moran It s an intriguing pitch for a sports book and Simon s a good writer He begins by stating Few of the active footballers I ve met since starting a career in journalism have anything that is genuinely interesting to say , then sets out to confound his Why was the all conquering Liverpool side of the 1980s one of the greatest teams UK football has ever produced Journalist, footie fan and proud Scouser Simon Hughes decided to find out by talking to ten of them, plus long time coach Ronnie Moran It s an intriguing pitch for a sports book and Simon s a good writer He begins by stating Few of the active footballers I ve met since starting a career in journalism have anything that is genuinely interesting to say , then sets out to confound his statement Trouble is, it s not the best list of players Stephen Gerrard writes a foreword, but he was just a kid when the red machine was conquering all before it Hughes talks to Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnstone and John Barnes and their stories are fascinating and heart breaking in turn, but not really because of football but there s no Souness, no Hansen or Lawrenson and sadly no Rush or Dalglish What a book that would have made We do get a closing interview with one man who does know where all the bodies are buried, but Ronnie Moran, at 79, is of an older generation who were brought up to know their place and keep a tight lip, so it s a short chapter As Moran says himself at the end of his interview I haven t let too much slip there, have I No Ronnie, you haven t But then again, as Hughes postulates afterwards, perhaps it was Liverpool s simplicity that outsiders found most complex and maybe Ronnie Moran has nailed it after all Pointing to a treasured photograph of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Reuben Bennett, his four closest friends in football, Moran concludes They didn t want to lose That s what football boils down to The Mighty Reds became a Red Machine because they didn t want to lose.That ll do for me I finished this book somewhat deflated Having idolised the Liverpool players of the 80 s, the icons who attracted me to become a lifelong supporter, it is sad to be disillusioned by hearing that they are indeed human Nevertheless, it is interesting to hear about their lives, difficulties and personalities They knew how to drink and party Yet they took their football seriously A compelling read for any Liverpool supporter. Some nice insights, especially from those not always at the forefront of the reds 80s domination Four stars for LFC fans, Three stars for anyone else (Read Pdf) ⚠ The Red Machine: Liverpool in the '80s: The Players' Stories ⚜ A stellar selection of former Liverpool players including John Barnes, Nigel Spackman, and Ronnie Moran candidly recollect their memories of the club s eventful s era During the s, Liverpool Football Club dominated English soccer, winning seven league titles, two European Cups, two FA Cups, and four League Cups Here, Simon Hughes interviews some of the most colorful characters to have played for the club during that period The resulting interviews, set against the historical backdrop of both the club and the city, provide a vivid portrait of life at Liverpool during an era when the club s unparalleled on pitch success often went hand in hand with a boozy social scene fraught with rows, fights, and wind ups Former Liverpool players John Barnes, Bruce Grobbelaar, Howard Gayle, Michael Robinson, John Wark, Kevin Sheedy, Nigel Spackman, Steve Staunton, David Hodgson, and Craig Johnston, as well as first team coach Ronnie Moran, all candidly recollect their memories of this exciting time in Liverpool Football Club s history Former Liverpool players telling their stories Not just the great ones, but also lesser known players What made Liverpool tick in the 80 s