The Last Game: Love, Death, and Football

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 4, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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On 26 May 1989, the final day of the season, Arsenal travelled to Anfield to face the mighty Liverpool, needing a two-goal victory to claim a championship that seemed for so many reasons to belong to their opponents. What followed was one of the most remarkable football matches at the end of one of the most dramatic and politically charged seasons in English football history; a season that marked the transition between old and new football and which would come to be seen as a threshold for astonishing changes not just in football but in the wider culture.
Featuring interviews with the main players in this drama, including many of the legendary figures who took part in that famous final game, The Last Game is a probing and resonant work of dramatic reportage that reflects on the stark changes the national sport has undergone in twenty tumultuous years. Journeying from the intense and hostile terraces of the 1980s, where male violence and tribalism coupled with decrepit stadiums led to tragedies like Heysel and Hillsborough, to the new commercialism that has engulfed the modern game, where fans have turned customers and, some say, security has come at the cost of identity, The Last Game tells the story of how a nation was changed by one astonishing game.
  

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User Review  - Owen - Goodreads

As a (then) teenage liverpool fan the last game of the 89 season has stuck in my mind more than almost any other purely sporting event. The book took me back to that season of Hillsborough and the all ... Read full review

Contents

At Highbury
1
Out of Time
11
Claret and Blue
26
ALittle Bit of Beckenbauer
56
A Moment of Pause
66
North and South
84
This is Anfield
107
The First Half
127
The Second Half
142
Outside the Cage
158
World in Motion
169
Things Happen
194
The Big Sleep
233
At the Emirates
261
Authors Note
277
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Jason Cowley is an award-winning writer and journalist. Formerly editor of the Observer Sport Monthly and Granta magazine, he is now editor of the New Statesman.

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