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The Boot Room Boys Book Review


With Liverpool FC doing well under Jurgen Klopp, the interest in the club is growing again. This is reflected in the number of books on Liverpool being published. The latest book to hit the market is the excellent, The Boot Room Boys by Peter Hooton. A fine read of a book if there ever was one. A definitive guide on the history of Bill Shankly’s fabled backroom staff. The boot room began with the arrival of the godfather of Liverpool, Bill Shankly from Huddersfield in 1959, at a time when Liverpool were languishing in the old Second Division of the English league.

Illustrated throughout with powerful never before seen images from the Mirror, the Echo and the Liverpool Post, Peter Hooton sheds new light on a story behind Liverpool FC’s most exulted era, and celebrates a city flourishing around it.

The author, Peter Hooton, who met Bill Shankly in 1981 is well qualified to be a leading expert on all things versed in Liverpool FC. Former editor of the legendary Merseyside fanzine, The End. A contributor to various national newspapers and magazines and a lifelong Liverpool supporter and season ticket holder. Having witnessed the glory of Liverpool’s dominance in both Europe and the domestic game, he also witnessed the lows and the tragedy of the Heysel Stadium and at Hillsborough. His group, The Farm scored a No 1 hit album, Spartacus in 1991, around the same period, Graeme Souness was dismantling the boot room.

This is a beautiful, gorgeous publication of a book. In hardback it would grace the coffee tables of any Liverpool fan’s home. Filled to the brim with amazing photos of the era of the boot room, some previously unseen. It’s an essential guide to the birth of modern Liverpool FC and the history of the club. 250 pages of the story of those who were part of a unique revolution and the managers who were part of the boot room, now a part of the Anfield fork lore. No respectable fan should ignore this book, a must buy to have in your collection. Written in 13 glorious chapters with numerous photos, it outlines the history of Liverpool and the boot room in decades from the 1940’s right up to the 1990’s.

Containing chapters on Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans as well as chapters outlining the successful periods of promotion back to Division One in 1962. Their first FA Cup trophy after 75 years of trying in 1965 in a 2:1 victory over Leeds United. The birth of European glory are also outlined as well as their domination of the English game up to the 1990’s.

This is an essential read for the Liverpool fans. Go out and buy this book it’ll make a great Christmas gift too. My thanks to Penguin Random House www.penguin.co.uk for providing me my review copy of, The Boot Room Boys.

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