Red Machine

Red Machine : Liverpool FC in the '80s: The Players' Stories

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During the 1980s, Liverpool Football Club dominated English football, winning six league titles, two European Cups, two FA Cups and four League Cups. In Red Machine, Simon Hughes interviews some of the most colourful 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.

The players featured here include 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. Their candid, ribald and sometimes scathing recollections provide an antidote to the media-coached, on-message interviews given by today's players and combine to offer a unique insight to this exciting time in the club's history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 200g
  • Mainstream Publishing
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations (black and white)
  • 1780576919
  • 9781780576916
  • 112,080

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"His abilities are delivered with excellent understatement in Simon Hughes' Red Machine."
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"an excellent new book ... Eat your heart out, ProZone." * The Independent * "His abilities are delivered with excellent understatement in Simon Hughes' Red Machine." * The Independent *
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About Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes is a journalist and author. He writes for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Independent, as well as Liverpool Football Club's official magazine.
Red Machine won the Antonio Ghirelli prize for Italian soccer foreign book of the year in 2014. His other titles include Secret Diary of a Liverpool Scout and The Torres Story.
Simon's latest book, Men in White Suits: Liverpool in the 1990s, the Players' Stories is the inside story behind the decline of Liverpool FC, as told by a host of influential characters associated with the team during this tumultuous period in the club's history.
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