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  • Published: 15 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845967109
  • Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

Red Men

Liverpool Football Club - The Biography




The first book to cover the complete history of Liverpool FC using a linear narrative

In Red Men, a unique and exhaustively researched history of Liverpool Football Club, John Williams explores the origins and divisive politics of football in the city of Liverpool, and profiles the key men behind the emergence of the club and its early successes.

The first great Liverpool manager, Tom Watson, piloted the club to its first league championships in 1901 and 1906 before taking the club to the FA Cup final in 1914. Watson and the key members of those early Liverpool teams are analysed in depth, as is the role of the club and its fans in the city as Merseyside balanced self-improvement and cosmopolitanism with almost unimaginable problems of poverty.

Liverpool secured consecutive league titles in 1922 and 1923 with the incomparable goalkeeper Elisha Scott as its totemic star and the darling of the Kop. In the ’20s, Liverpool was also the first British club to internationalise its playing staff.

The club’s next league title came in 1947, but, in the bleak ’50s, the Liverpool board ruled with an iron fist and controlled the purse strings – until Bill Shankly arrived and won that elusive first FA Cup in 1965. The recent tragedies that have shaped the club’s contemporary identity are also covered here, as are the new Continental influences at Liverpool and, of course, the glory of Istanbul in 2005.

Red Men is the definitive history of a remarkable football 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.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845967109
  • Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

John Williams

John Williams was born on August 29, 1922 in Clarksville, Texas. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945 in China, Burma and India. The Swallow Press published his first novel, Nothing But the Night, in 1948, as well as his first book of poems, The Broken Landscape, in 1949. Macmillan published Williams' second novel, Butcher's Crossing, in 1960.
After recieving his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D from the University of Missouri, Williams returned in 1954 to the University of Denver where he taught literature and the craft of writing for thirty years. In 1963 Williams received a fellowship to study at Oxford University where where he received a Rockefeller grant enabling him to travel and research in Italy for his last novel, Augustus, published in 1972. John Williams died in Arkansas on March 4, 1994.

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Praise for Red Men

“The story emerges through a lively year-by-year account . . . told with a sharp eye for anecdote, colour and personality . . . Every club should have a chronicle like this”

Huw Richards, The Guardian

“A brilliant book”

Stephen Done, curator at Liverpool FC Museum

“Brilliantly researched . . . a must-read for any true Liverpool fan”

Irish Daily Star on Sunday

“Williams brings the social and sporting heritage of the club, and the city, to vivid life . . . admirably impartial, impressively researched”

Book of the Week, Independent on Sunday


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