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A new chapter in Hillsborough story 0

Posted on September 13, 2012 by samh

Hillsborough: The Truth, by Phil Scraton

Yesterday the families of the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough were finally told what they had known for 23 years: the tragedy wasn’t the fault of the fans, and a cover-up of monumental proportions had been orchestrated by the very people who should have been there to serve and protect.

Much has been written about the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which concluded that South Yorkshire Police had deliberately sought to change their version of events in order to protect senior officers whose abject failure to control crowds on the day (and, indeed, their decisions in the months ahead of the match) led to the needless and preventable deaths of nearly 100 men, women and children. Read more…

Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey, by Simon Inglis (2001)

Self-confessed stadium addict Simon Inglis pursues his obsession to bring us the weird and wonderful worlds of usherettes at the Houston Astrodome, competing architects in Australia, angry neighbours in Auckland and wistful groundsmen in Bombay.

Watching live sport as a regular spectator is all very well, reckons Inglis. But stadiums are far more interesting because in a stadium, whether it be a cathedral of sport or a collection of sheds in the back end of town, you can tune in to the mood of a nation or a community. Read more…

The South Wales Derbies: A History of Cardiff City Versus Swansea City 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The South Wales Derbies: A History of Cardiff City Versus Swansea City, by Dean Hayes (2003)

This book was the first written account of the intense rivalry between Cardiff City and Swansea – the Bluebirds and the Swans – two great Welsh clubs that first met in the Southern League in 1912.

The author traces the 90-year history of derby games against a backdrop of local and national events of the past century. Each game has been carefully researched, with a full report on each of the 149 first-team meetings of the clubs – in the League, FA Cup, League Cup, Associate Members Cup, Welsh Cup and Southern League games – plus the lesser-known wartime and friendly encounters. The book also includes details about the clubs’ grounds, player profiles and a statistical section.

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Hillsborough: The Truth 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Hillsborough: The Truth, by Phil Scraton (1999)

The Hillsborough disaster left 96 men, women and children dead, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised. This account details the tragic day in 1989 and the subsequent seven-week-long trial.

It reveals the contradictions between the Taylor Inquiry, which found the main reason for the disaster to be falure of police control, the South Yorkshire police acceptance of liability in negligence and the controversial inquest system which returned verdicts of accidental death when negligence had been clearly established.

The author also exposes the appalling treatment endured by the bereaved and survivors in the immediate aftermath, the inhumanity of the identification process; problems concerning the emergency response; and the systematic review and alteration of police statements by South Yorkshire police managers and their solicitors.

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The Day of the Hillsborough Disaster 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

The Day of the Hillsborough Disaster, by Rogan Taylor, Andrew Ward and Tim Newburn (Editors) (1995)

This is an account of the whole day of the worst disaster in Britain’s sporting history, which occurred at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium on April 15, 1989.

The disaster ultimately claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans as a result of crushing on the Leppings Lane terrace. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the media spotlight served largely to confuse and even distort the truth about how 96 people died. This is a narrative of the day of the disaster, in the words of those who were there: players, referee, police, emergency service workers, doctors in the crowd, club and FA officials, and those at the heart of the tragedy.

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Highbury: The Story of Arsenal Stadium 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Highbury: The Story of Arsenal Stadium, by Bruce Smith (2005)

In this highly illustrated book, journalist and stadium consultant Bruce Smith exhaustively chronicles the life and times of the Gunners’ home ground in north London.

The author takes the reader from the site’s humble beginnings as college playing fields to its present status as one of the most recognisable pieces of football real estate in the world. Smith traces the development of the stadium, from its opening in 1913 after just 60 days of construction, when the club, known then as Woolwich Arsenal, moved there from across the river, and recalls the many events staged there since, footballing and otherwise.

The book highlights how pioneering architects such as Archibald Leitch, Claude Waterlow Ferrier and William Binnie played a vital role in shaping Highbury as we know it today, and how other personalities, including Sir Henry Norris, AG Kearney, Herbert Chapman and David Dein, have influenced its development.

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