Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up

Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up

by David Conn


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Richer Than God is an authoritative, emotional, provocative account of Manchester City's takeover by Sheikh Mansour, culminating in their remarkable last minute Premier League title victory in May 2012.

By placing the club's extraordinary current rise in the wider context of its patchy modern history, this is also the story of English football's transformation - from the battlegrounds of the 1980s to today's moneyed, seated, global entertainment. Conn is led to question the very nature of football clubs and being a supporter, the underlying values and running of what used to be called 'the people's game'.

A labour of love, this powerfully told account of Manchester City's fall and rise, based on meticulous research over many years, and exclusive access and interviews with key figures, is written in the gripping, revelatory style Conn has made his trademark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857384881
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 744,161
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Conn is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster, widely regarded as the foremost investigative writer in football. He writes for the Guardian and was the 2010 Sports News Reporter of the Year. He has three times been named Football Writer of the Year by the Football Supporters' Federation for his investigative work. He lives near Harrogate, in North Yorkshire.

Table of Contents

1 In the Heart of Europe 1

2 Sky Blue 22

3 Abu Dhabi United 43

4 'The Joy Was Just Coming' 62

5 His Excellency the Chairman 82

6 Ghost Town 102

7 Richer Than God 121

8 Swales Out 143

9 Forward With Franny 162

10 The Money Game 181

11 The Club Which Ate Itself 213

12 In the Money 231

13 The Council House 253

14 There's Only One Frank Sinatra 271

15 Welcome to Manchester 295

16 Manchester Thanks You, Sheikh Mansour 317

17 The People's Game 334

18 The Beautiful Game 352

19 The Colossus 367

20 We're Not Really Here 399

21 Champions 413

Bibliography 422

Acknowledgements 425

Index 428

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