Review- I don't know what it is but I love it- Liverpool's Unforgettable 1983-84 Season by Tony Evans
In his first season as Liverpool manager a reluctant Joe Fagan won a treble that included winning the League, and the European Cup and the League Cup, yet Fagin's achievement, both today and at the time, are rarely lauded by the sporting press and little credit is given to Fagan and the players. Even amongst Liverpool fans there is a tendency to forget the magnitude of what Fagan did and how he achieved it.
This was a time after Liverpool's initial success at home and in Europe and questions were being asked, could an inexperienced, sixty-three)) year old manger with an aging side follow on from Paisley? Gerald Sinstadt had broadcast his famous programme about Liverpool 'The Party's Over' and the vultures were gathering waiting to dine on scraps from this 'declining' giant.
Football hadn't yet be discovered by Laurence and Livinia and Liverpool was in the doldrums with storm clouds gathering which would soon see Liverpool at the centre of a political storm. Attendances were down and the spectre of hooliganism was becoming something of a political football for the establishment. Yet in the midst of this Liverpool have there most successful season to date and both fans and players had something to celebrate. This was a time where fans still had a connection with the players and there's a great story about fans playing against Hansen in t...