Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Award In its first 20 years the Premier League has moved football from a state of unprecedented crisis against a backdrop of recession, strikes and hooliganism to a global sport of unimaginable riches. To mark this anniversary Ian Ridley takes stock of a phenomenon that has changed English football and English society forever. Taking in the game at all levels and across the country, There's A Golden Sky is a full picture of the game today with all its glitz and glamour, rags and riches. From Hackney Marshes, clinging on in the shadow of the Olympic park, to the vastness of Old Trafford; from Doncaster Belles women's team to the rebirth of Cornish football in Truro, through to the modern game's relationship with Sky and the big bucks of Abramovich, Ridley takes us on a journey through the English game from grassroots to the topflight. Ian Ridley took a long hard look at the game back in the early 1990s when it was beset by problems both on and off the pitch and seen as the epitome of all that was wrong with our society. There's a Golden Sky examines just how far the game has come since those dark days, sucking in players and money from around the globe and providing fame, fortune and hours of pleasure in return.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Ian Ridley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Dimensions: Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 19.80cm
ISBN 10: 1408832747
Publication Date: 16 August 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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The sport's revolution is brilliantly chronicled in this new book by Ian Ridley, one of football's finest writers ... a wonderfully rich narrative Daily Express A rare insight into some of the stories behind the headlines Yorkshire Evening Post
Ian Ridley is the author of eight football books including the bestselling Addicted, the autobiography of Tony Adams. He is a football columnist for the Mail on Sunday and has also written for the Observer, the Guardian and the Independent on Sunday. He was Sports Journalist of the Year in 2007.
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