In researching the first book to cover the complete history of
Liverpool FC using a linear narrative, the author was given access
to the club's original minute books John Williams explores the
origins and divisive politics of soccer in the city of Liverpool
and profiles the key men behind the emergence of the club and its
early successes in this unique and exhaustively researched history
of Liverpool Football Club. The figures of the club featured here
include the first great Liverpool manager, Tom Watson, who piloted
the club to its first league championships in 1901 and 1906 before
taking the club to the FA Cup final in 1914; Elisha Scott, the
darling of the Kop in the 1920s; and, of course, Bill Shankly, who
won that elusive first FA Cup in 1965. The recent tragedies that
have shaped the club's contemporary identity are covered, as are
the new Continental influences at Liverpool, and, of course, the
glory of Istanbul in 2005. This is the definitive history of a
remarkable club from its formation in 1892 to the present day, told
in the wider context of the social and cultural development of the
city of Liverpool and its people. Containing a wealth of rarely
published photographs from every era of the club's history, this
book is sure to appeal to the club's global fanbase.
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