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When Football Was Football LIVERPOOL

A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club
2009
Peter Hooton
Out Now
£18.99
Hardcover
9781844258254

"Other people have earned more money than me in football but no-one has enjoyed it as much as me."

Bob Paisley

"Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high and say 'We're Liverpool."

Bill Shankly

This book isn't about the modern era, all seater stadia, corporate hospitality, superstar prima-donnas and football as a 'product'. This is a nostalgic look at Liverpool Football Club in the days before the Premier League and satellite television. The days before Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon and Monday night kick-offs in order to fit in with the worldwide television audience. This book is about the days before billionaire foreign owners, obscene transfer fees and players wages. It's about terracing and passion, muddy pitches and orange match balls, when teams could be promoted from the second tier and go on to win the League soon after. It's a time to remember When Football Was Football and Liverpool Football Club ruled the world!

When Football Was Football Liverpool is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Liverpool Football Club from its birth in 1892 to its centenary in 1992. It's packed with hundreds of evocative images from the Daily Mirror's extensive archive (many of which have never been seen before) documenting the rise of the most successful football club in the English game. From its early days and championship winning sides of the 1900s to 'The Untouchables' of the 1920s, the lean years of the 1930s and 40s to the coming of the 'messiah' Bill Shankly in 1959. When Football Was Football Liverpool captures the triumphs, the tragedies, the personalities and human stories that have shaped the club history.

For Liverpool Football Club is far more than a club, it's an institution.

Author Peter Hooton is former lead singer of The Farm and lifelong Liverpool supporter and Spion Kop season ticket holder. Since the 1970s he has been an eyewitness to many of the clubs triumphs and the tragedies. Peter created the legendary Liverpool fanzine The End, which has since been credited as the catalyst for the explosion of football fanzines in the 1980s. His group The Farm had worldwide success and a UK No 1 album in the early 1990s. The song All Together Now became an anthem, it was written about the football match between British and German soldiers in No Man's Land on Christmas Day in 1914. Peter has written numerous articles for Four Four Two, The Guardian, The Observer and Liverpool FC's own match day programme and contributed Here We Go Gathering Cups in May a book about Liverpool's European Cup triumphs. He was involved in the recording of Fields of Anfield Rd to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

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