The story of the Anfield Boot Room, the spiritual home of Liverpool FC and one of the most sacred inner sanctums in English soccer, as told by players past and present, club officials and the fans.
This celebratory book provides a fascinating insight into the legendary room that was the beating heart behind Liverpool FC’s strategic thinking and tactical planning; a place where only a privileged few could enter, and whose secrets remain a mystery even now, some forty years on.
What made the Boot Room so special in the eyes of not just Liverpool but the rest of the soccer world? Who were the characters that made it such an awe-inspiring place? What were the secrets behind its success and the reasons for its eventual demise?
The answers can be found here. The author – an established expert on the club having written their official illustrated history – provides the background narrative to a series of in-depth interviews with a host of Anfield legends including former boot room boys Ronnie Moran, Roy Evans and Sammy Lee; ex-players like Tommy Smith, Mark Lawrenson and Ian St John; club directors Peter Robinson and Tom Saunders; and, of course, the fans.
From the unforgettable Shankly era and success of Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish through to the turbulent Souness years and the gradual decline under Roy Evans, this is a timely expose of one of the most cherished institutions in English soccer.
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‘The author is the recognised expert on Liverpool FC… his attention to detail is unsurpassed’
When Frenchman Gerard Houllier was appointed manager of Liverpool Football Club in November 1998, it marked an important crossroads in the history of one of the most famous institutions in English football.
As the first outsider to manage the club in almost 40 years, Houllier's arrival brought to an end a tradition that had stretched from Bill Shankly's appointment in December 1959 through the halcyon era of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish, the turbulent reign of Graeme Souness, to the final days of Roy Evans – a period which had brought unprecedented success to the club. At its heart and soul was the Anfield Boot Room.
'The Boot Room Boys' is a celebration of that hallowed nerve-centre of Liverpool FC, and the managers, coaches and players who passed through its sacred doors. It was in the legendary Boot Room where victories were plotted, current players assessed and new players inducted, and fresh challenges hatched. No one dared enter without an invitation, which few outsiders were granted.
But what was the real secret of the Boot Room? Was it just a question of continuity or was it the quality of the people squeezed into its 12 x 12 ft confines? What made it so special in the eyes of not just Liverpool but all football managers and players across the country? And what were the reasons behind its eventual demise?
In this oral history, author Stephen Kelly has interviewed more than fifty individuals who all played their part in the Boot Room, from coaches and players to club employees and even fans, in an attempt to discover the elusive secret of the Anfield Boot Room. He also looks at the challenges ahead as the legacy of the famous Anfield dynasty is carried on into a new era for the club.
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Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002189070
Book Description HarperCollinsWillow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002189070