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    If You're Second You are Nothing: Ferguson and Shankley (Paperback) By (author) Oliver Holt

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    DescriptionBill Shankly was one of ten children from an Ayrshire mining village. Alex Ferguson was a shipyard worker's son who went on to become a toolmaker's shop steward. Both of them enjoyed distinguished but not outstanding playing careers. Both of them raged against the might of the rich in their early managerial days, and both of course will be remembered as two of the mightiest figures in the history of the English game. There is a rich seam that links the epic lives of Shankly and Ferguson, running between their enemy football strongholds in Liverpool and Manchester. It goes deeper than the myriad achievements of both men - three league titles for Shankly, eight championships and a European Cup for Ferguson. What binds them is their long love affairs with football, which were so consuming that a tragic form of rejection was almost inevitable. Shankly felt betrayed by the club he had built from the ground up in the 1960s, and when he died from a heart attack in 1981 the deep rift between him and Liverpool had not been healed. Equally, with Malcolm Glazer's takeover, Ferguson looks more and more like a man out of his time, a man whose once absolute authority over his players may be slipping. In this riveting dual biography Oliver Holt takes two of football's undisputed greats and shows what made both men tick. In part a celebration of two driven, charismatic and hard-nosed characters, If You're Second You Are Nothing is also a poignant evocation of men not knowing how to let go of the game to which they have given so much.


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    Title
    If You're Second You are Nothing
    Subtitle
    Ferguson and Shankley
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver Holt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780230768369
    ISBN 10: 0230768369
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000, SPO040000
    DC23: 796.3340922411
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    MACMILLAN
    Publication date
    05 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Oliver Holt is the Chief Sports Writer on the Daily Mirror, and the British Press Gazette Sports Writer of the Year 2005. This is his first book