You always read that you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy whatever football related movie just came out, but in the case of One Night in Istanbul, that claim isn’t just a marketing ploy.
Our friends over at Cash Generator sent us over a copy to have a look at, and though we have to admit to a fairly obvious bias on this one, there’s absolutely nothing to not like about the movie — it’s just good fun. A comedy that doesn’t resort to being overly crass for laughs, a buddy film that isn’t packed with well worn clichés from bottom to top and a crime caper that involves a pair of cuff links all set to the backdrop of arguably Liverpool’s greatest European triumph? Like I said, what’s not to like?
Despite all the little details, they’re usually not all that fashionable. You’re probably not wearing it to work Monday morning. Your mates aren’t all that chuffed when you turn up to their fancy dinner party in it. Sporting it in the wrong end of town could result in a stomping –- tell me again when you’re wearing this thing? Our friends at Soccerpro.com sent us over the new Warrior Sports long sleeved Liverpool Home Shirt so we could try to answer that question and maybe a few more. After wearing it in a variety of situations, for a variety of different activities I think we might have some answers. Maybe. Kinda. Sorta.
So, what’s a betting virgin to do? I was given the opportunity a few weeks ago to answer that question; really, you could just ask your mates, but in the age of the internet, you open your web browser to get help and that’s where Betegy.com comes in.
An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys
September 1, 2011, Quercus
Brian Reade is a columnist for the Daily Mirror, but we will not hold that against him because more importantly, he has been a Red for over 40 years. His ability to gather behind the scenes information used to write this book should be commended. Reade writes with an entertaining style and his passion as a fan is boldly strewn across each page.
The book begins with the press conference at Anfield that announced Tom Hicks and George Gillet as the new owners and chronicles their dark journey until finally being ousted. Reade does a great job documenting every lie, broken promise, and foolish thing done by all parties involved. After reading insider views, you might change your opinion about some. Your beliefs might also be strengthened. I found both occurring as I read.
I started blogging on another site around the time that fans were realizing that Hicks and Gillette were not the owners everyone had hoped for and were in fact the spawn of Satan. I probably should not say that, Satan might be insulted. Having been writing about the club since that time, I have read as much news as I could get my hands on and this book still delivers a ton of information of which I was unaware. Most of that knowledge is a result of stories gathered from sources within the Anfield hierarchy, some named, some not. Interesting tidbits are abundant such as a message from Rio Ferdinand telling Jamie Carragher that the Glazers were scared to death of DIC and hoped that Liverpool would be sold to Hicks & Gillett.
Red Men: Liverpool Football Club, the Biography
September 7, 2010, Mainstream Publishing
It is 6 AM and I have begun writing the first of what will likely be many drafts of this review. Why have I awoken so early to do such a thing? Is it for a class or work? No, neither of those and I did not wake up, I simply have not gone to bed yet. At some point in this book, I think around the Shankly era, it took hold of me and I was forced to read on. When you read a book like this as a fan, you probably know the basic story, but there are small details that have eluded us all in some manner. Those details are what make the story of Liverpool so fascinating.
I assumed this chronicle of Liverpool Football Club would scratch the surface of the inception of the club and then briskly move on to the boot room days when the majority of the accolades were earned. I was wrong. Great attention is given to almost every season that Liverpool played, especially the important ones. Let’s face it, they were all important. Williams begins his timeline before Liverpool FC existed at a time when the club who played at Anfield was Everton and the other club on Merseyside was Bootle. If you are a sports historian, you will love the majority of this book. Many interesting tidbits are scattered throughout this work such as the early preference of a 2-3-5 formation and a technique of passing the ball backwards. The latter did not show up in the English game until the 1950s.