And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier

And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain This is a brilliant and timely expose of the establishment cover up of the Hilsborough disaster The chapter on the author s experience of being caught in the Leppings Lane End crush is perhaps one of the most chilling and frightening pieces of writing I have read in years Hilsborough was merely a tragic symptom of the Tory party onslaught on the working class The contempt of politicians and the media for the Liverpool supporters is a compelling theme throughout the book which continues right through to the present day In the aftermath of Hilaborough our football, particularly in the Premiership has become so commodified for television that traditional fan culture and deeply inbred social values have waned The author contrasts the English experience with Germany where clubs are centred around the needs of fans and not big business I hugely recommend this stylish book to anybody with an interest in the game and it s direction of travel. This is a tremendous read and advise any football fan to read it The description of the crush in Leppings Lane stand has to be read to be believed and as I write this the hairs on my arms are standing on end There is a truly comprehensive narrative of the leading to justice for the 96 In addition, discussion on how football saved the Murdoch satellite tv empire and how that money has distorted the game beyond all recognition It was difficult to put this book down. excellent book, like Hillsborough The Truth, it strips off the sugar coating and rose tinting put there by the media, showing the cesspool some of the game is now, I used to love the game, but find some of the so called modern greats to have egos larger than their skills, as for the morals,since that ugly little man who now looks like a NY pimp used the hand of god to win, it has become a badge of honour to cheat, not something I d pay to watch The book starts with a traumatic first hand account of what it was like to be on that packed Leppings Lane terrace on that fateful day in 1989.Having stood on many a packed terrace in the 1980 s myself I can to a much lesser degree understand what the author went through.The rest of the book then combines 4 of my interests, football, history, nostalgia, and politics.What could I ask for. SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE AND LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2017FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER S SPORTS WRITERS BOOKS OF THE YEAR And the Sun Shines Now is a book about why Hillsborough happened, and how the flawed response to the disaster created a whole new ball game but destroyed a culture The Taylor Report All seater stadia Police lies Political neglect Murdoch The oligarchs And an FA plan to gentrify football But what happens when you take the people s game away from the people What happens to the game, and what happens to the people Powerful, funny, soulful and brutal, Adrian Tempany s acclaimed book exposes the real cost of the modern gameand the forces that shaped it. For those, like Adrian Tempany, who had football as chief among their passions in a pre Premier League childhood, the last 25 years has been like sitting next to a powerful motorbike at the traffic lights When the lights turned green he watched it disappear away from him.And the sun shines now illuminates how far the game, and Britain have travelled since it jumped the lights a quarter of a century ago.Tempany s starting point for this beautifully written, heartbroken, and witty book was nearly the end He came close to death at Hillsborough There is palpable and rightous anger in early sections on the complacent failings that led to the disaster Not least those of Sheffield Wednesday and The FA.The gut wrenching description of how the police failed, and 96 people died at Liverpool s semi final against Nottingham Forest is visceral and terrifying.Hillsborough is the beginning, but the book s narrative is how football followed a society in which the goalposts moved so far that fans were left mute witnesses as the game was handed to billionaires Not least Rupert Murdoch.One of the best sections deals with the way in which a Conservative Government bemused by a game it didn t understand all but gave football to Sky, past a Labour Opposition too weak to do anything about it And how Murdoch didn t even realise what he had until the money started pouring in.If profit is the bottom line in football Tempany spends time wondering if it should be Football s value in the life of communities, and individuals is explored through chapters on fan culture, and how kids have lost out through being organised Jumpers for goalposts as freedom rather than cliche.The most illuminating section of the book is on Tempany s time in Germany If succesive British Governments washed their hands of a game they didn t understand German football from top to bottom doesn t get why British fans let it go We may in this country view German clubs as being the same as ours Largely they don t seem to be Clubs like Schalke 04 and St Pauli feel genuine responsibility to their fans They in turn feel connected to their club in a way that most British fans seem not to any Beating us on penalties isn t enough, they feel sorry for us.Tempany illuminates the big picture with his own journey, while the personal is seen clear eyed through the lens of deep and effective research.And the sun shines now has the resigned wit of a parent on the touch line watching a talent free child lump the ball or the opposition.But like all those who watch any game he seems to retain hope that sooner or later in English football something good may happen, even if it is by accident.And the Sun Shines Now How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain

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