(Pdf Kindle) 89: Inside Arsenal’s 1988/89 Season

Homas at Anfield was overwhelmingly offset by the trauma of watching the horrific events of Hillsborough unfold before our eyes Football a As ever this review can be found with many others on my blog at conclusion to the 1988 89 First Division season was probably the most exciting of any in my lifetime but it also came at the end of a season of tragedy and change As such the thrill of a nationally broadcast last minute title winning goal by Michael Thomas at Anfield was overwhelmingly offset by the trauma of watching the horrific events of Hillsborough unfold Before Our Eyes Football At Its Exhilarating Best And Devastating our eyes Football at its exhilarating best and devastating with just a few short weeks betweenI am not an Arsenal supporter I am a Nottingham Forest fan and my first hand experience of Hillsborough cuts a much deeper mark upon me than the season s conclusion I do still love football however and this "IN THEIR OWN WORDS ACCOUNT OF THAT GAME AND "their own words account of that game and events that led to it was in its own way as thrilling as the final game itself George Graham his players the staff and a host of fans remember how they pulled off the seemingly impossible by beating the formidable Liverpool 2 0 in their own backyard and it is an absorbing and insightful readThe experience of a football fan comes in three ey expressions a long form narrative within their club s history the ups and downs of a particular season and the beauty of individual moments in 89 we have all three Arsenal had not won the league title since 1971 George Graham was one of those heroic champions but his appointment as manager was not greeted with the joy that might have been expected He arrived from Millwall an unglamorous second division club and did not really fit the mould of high profile manager that the fans were looking forHe new this club however and he arrived with a determination to return it to glory Immediately he set about the task of building a suad that he could lead and mould removing some of the old guard and replacing them with young hungry and pliable footballers Graham the manager was a very different beast to Graham the player a laidback midfielder who the fans had nicknamed Stroller His team would be organised and it would work hard not just on matchday but right through the weekLawrence tells the story of this momentous game and its broader context through the words of the people who experienced it on closest terms The books is thus a series of uotes that set the scene and then unpack the drama George Graham himself explains the way he approaches management and provides insight into his thinking often received doubtfully but ultimately accepted by players who held him in great respect and sometimes fearFirst and foremost Graham created a team a unified whole that was prepared to sacrifice everything for collective glory Several players had grown up at Arsenal and had genuine feeling for the club those that were brought in to join them were all upwardly mobile in their careers looking to make a mark It was a classic case of the sum being greater than its parts even though the parts were undoubtedly talentedIt is not all about the staff and players though Football is nothing without fans and Lawrence gives Arsenal supporters around the world a chance to express what it meant to them to be there or to be with friends around a television screen or to be desperately trying to find out what was happening at Anfield while exiled at a checkpoint in East Berlin or on the other side of the planet A defining moment a brief but glorious coming together as one homogenous mass as ArsenalAs the story unfolds you get a sense of the individual characters in the team and the way they contributed to the whole You also have an insight into the mind of a professional athlete in those crucial moments and how they each cope with them or don t Seconds from the end of the last game of the season with the title riding on your next move as you run in on goal defenders at your back playing chicken with the goalkeeper wondering if he ll make his move in time for you to make yours can you hold it together in that moment Could you be Michael Thomas at Anfield and hold your nerve It is why we love this gameRIP Rocky RIP the Ans long before the Premier League as we now now it is the story of the iconic Arsenal season an emotive era in football and a sporting moment so unusual it felt instantly historicThe game would never be the same aga. .



This was apparently was based on a documentary that i have not seen Book was ok A must read for all Gooners young and old This provides a glorious reminder of Arsenal s incredible last day of the season victory at Anfield which brought them an unexpected title winAmy Lawrence has done an exceptional job in recreating the day through eyes and "words of all the main protagonists and they paint unforgettable picture of this triumphSomething to revel in for "of all the main protagonists and they paint an unforgettable picture of this triumphSomething to revel in for Arseanl fansHighly recommended Arsenal have become my second team over the years especially as the top places in England s highest reaches have become the preserve of a few select clubs It s easy on the surface to see why I should choose the Gunners As a Middlesbrough fan I am suspicious of really good sides that win lots of matches and hoover up titles and there s something essentially fragile about Arsenal that makes them the ideal pick Few teams have such a talent at wresting defeat from the jaws of victory of letti Arsenal have become my second team over the years especially as the top places in England s highest reaches have become the preserve of a few select clubs It s easy on the surface to see why I should choose the Gunners As a Middlesbrough fan I am suspicious of really good sides that win lots of matches and hoover up titles and there s something essentially fragile about Arsenal that makes them the ideal pick Few teams have such a talent at wresting defeat from the jaws of victory of letting their supporters down and it s a uality with which I can empathise wholeheartedly The love goes back years I remember the pre Wenger era when Arsenal were a relatively mechanical careful and prosaic set up built on a formidable defence and working on a safety first mentality that never made them much fun to watch All the same when they happened to play both English cup finals against the same team Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 I was firmly in the Londoners camp This was swimming against the tide Ron Atkinson s side was a wonderful cavalier outfit entertainers showcasing the silky skills of England winger Chris Waddle whose career was undergoing a renaissance following his adventures at Italia 90 and with a European Cup clinching Marseilles team Arsenal won the two games for good measure controlling both so that Wednesday descended into the ugly plod that played to their opponent s strengths No one watching these games in the University Common Room was satisfied with what happened I was delightedI think the origins for this strange relationship lie in the events of 1988 89 the season Arsenal first won the League title after years in the wilderness They had been a top flight staple for what felt like forever but there was nothing special about them and manager George Graham was constructing a suad based on no name players Liverpool represented the real elite Everton were a top side Tottenham were spectacular under Terry Venables and there was always Manchester United very slowly clawing their way back to respectability with new manager Alex Ferguson spending a lot of money on big names The campaign was a muddy slog as I recall Liverpool were the team to beat and Arsenal were just about eeping pace with them just as at the other end of the table Boro s rebirth following their dalliance with bankruptcy was finishing with relegation It culminated in the rarity of a season finale to end them all a final fixture played between the title contenders at Anfield in which the Gunners had to win by two clear goals in order to claim Division One As was the case in those days ITV held the rights to televise live matches and this one played on a Friday night feels to my mind to have been watched by everyone Nobody gave Arsenal much of a chance The Pool were in amazing form resurging after the recent tragedy of Hillsborough as though every goal and each victory was a tribute to the 96 lost lives It felt poetic that they should stroll their way to the title like it was right and so it was possible to simply discount the opposition Teams simply didn t go to Anfield and win matches It never happened let alone the scale of the task facing Arsenal that evening No one told them that of co. Anfield May th The final day of the Division One season The defending champions Liverpool versus the plucky underdogs Arsenal With the Gunners leading in the final minute but desperately needing another goal to take ,

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Urse and what seems clear is that unlike Liverpool they approached the fixture nowing they had nothing to lose and everything to gain They had a plan I was nearly 17 at the time A sixth former the era for me was punctuated with discovering the delights of my home town s night life something I was denied on my first visit to a nightclub when I was cautioned by the police for the crime of underage drinking There wasn t a lot to really enjoy at the time The late eighties weren t an especially happy place for a Teesside teenager nor was going to the match recommended with hooliganism still a thing and the government seemingly working to destroy it so watching Arsenal produce their moment of high drama represented a genuine highlight Obviously all this happened a long time ago I m in my late forties now Football in England is in thrall to the Premier League and while there s never beenof it on television the paywalls make seeing it a limited experience I guess there s a case to be made for the 88 89 season finish being the best of all time in my time I would suggest that it is The only possible comparison is the climax of the 2011 12 campaign the Agueroooooooooomoment but Manchester City were supposed to win that game Arsenal s task was immeasurably tougher and they did it and in the process captured some of my heartThis book is a companion piece to the 89 documentary and much like that recommended film is a compilation of peoples voices the Arsenal players George Graham supporters staff Liverpool fans and so on Capturing all those memories is a very special thing For anyone who remembers it the individual passages are a treasure trove and "There Are Some Special Sections "are some special sections the Hillsbrough tragedy from April of that year and about David Rocastle the midfielder who retired from football too early and died much too young I listened to the audiobook version read by actor and Arsenal fan Alan Davies The whole thing was entirely absorbing I can t recommend it highly enough What a dayAn Arsenal fans book a football fans book a brilliant read I remember this day well and it took me back in time to the glory days of proper good old fashioned footy well done Amy well done The Arsenal Where do I begin When I first read the reviews and how positive and glowing they were I was somewhat afraid of my reviews and how positive and glowing they were I was somewhat afraid of my Would this be another historical documentary but in written form Would it be dry Did it just get good reviews from Arsenal fans and yes I am one Well Amy Lawrence has beautifully crafted this book in a way that you feel like you are at the cafe or pub talking with the players and fans who experienced this game Not only does it touch on the event in 89 itself Where do I begin When I first read the reviews and how positive and glowing they were I was somewhat afraid of my expectations Would this be another historical documentary but in written form Would it be dry Did it just get good reviews from Arsenal fans and yes I am one Well Amy Lawrence has beautifully crafted this book in a way that you feel like you are at the cafe or pub talking with the players and fans who experienced this game Not only does it touch on the event in 89 itself but also pays homage to Hillsborough and the greater scheme of life More importantly it shows how deeply ingrained football is in the lives of fans and what it can mean to us Finally hearing the stories and memories of David Rocastle moved me and I wish I could have been old enough and following the team early to have a memory of him at Arsenal Great read uick read and just well done by Any Lawrence Brilliant book read it in a Minute Brought back so much memories the best time for myself supporting arsenal My team the best team the best finish to a seasonGeorge and the team need a statue or something Oh Rocky Rocky Rocky Rocky Rocky ROCSTLELukic to Dixon to Smith Aaaaaaaah you now the rest As ever this review can be found with many others on my blog at conclusion to the 1988 89 First Division season was probably the most exciting of any in my lifetime but it also came at the end of a season of tragedy and change As such the thrill of a nationally broadcast last minute title winning goal by Michael He title it was in the immortal words of commentator Brian Moore Up for grabs now Set against the backdrop of recent tragedies at Heysel and Bradford the undertone of hooliganism and Margaret Thatcher s contempt for 89: Inside Arsenal’s 1988/89 Season