A book about the Blades Board Room - Fit and Proper

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Sothall_Blade

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Now this looks like an interesting read:-

http://www.thebladesonline.com/thebladesonline/2010/11/fit-and-proper-conflicts-and-conscience-in-an-english-football-club.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fit-Proper-Conflicts-Conscience-Football/dp/1907219110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288374477&sr=1-1

£16 seems a bit expensive for a paperback though. I think I'll wait until the price comes down.

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"This is the story of a football club that, in the 1990s, harboured the UK's biggest white-collar fraudster. This same club was almost bought by someone who couldn't decide whether to be a man or a woman.

It also had as chairman a man subject to an international arrest warrant, then another chairman who remains to this day a fugitive from the law, who in turn was succeeded by a man with connections to Libyan arms dealers.
To this ensemble make space for the Gurkha Regiment, Interpol, the 'Rat Pack', the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, protein-rich algae, a collection of classic motor vehicles, 29,000 piles of dog excrement, a huge Indian city and a tiny Scottish village.

Based on years of research by its two authors, Fit and Proper? details the history of the boardroom of Sheffield United Football Club, focusing particularly on the foibles of the men who over three decades from 1980 tried, and largely failed, to turn the 'Blades' into a profitable business and a successful club.

Instead, the city that gave the game to the world is home to a club that has now become the footballing arm of an international property development company. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

About the Authors

Matthew Bell is a mechanical engineer by trade but spends every spare moment writing about Sheffield United. He has edited the fanzine Flashing Blade for over 20 years and has written a weekly column in the Green 'Un since 1993. He was co-editor of the imaginatively titled books Blades Tales and Blades Tales 2 and has written articles for 4-4-2 magazine and the 2003 Sheffield United v Arsenal FA Cup semi-final programme.

Despite all this, he says that United's results are less important than the quality of his pre-match pint.

Dr Gary Armstrong is a Reader in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, London. He previously lectured in Criminology at the University of Westminster and the University of Reading.

His research into sports-related matters has produced various publications including: Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score, Blade Runners: Lives in Football, and Sheffield United FC: The Biography.
 

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I’ve got a copy lying around if anyone fancies it.
 

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BladeRunners is by the same 2 authors i believe and us the best Blades related book ever written.

It is now a few years old but a cracking read for fans of that era and beyond, and as it features mostly stories from the horses own mouths,it’s very interesting.

Chapters on ; Managers. Chairmen, players etc.

Unputdownable.
 

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Read it a few years back, cracking read it was.
 

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Must be a pre requisite of running a football club or maybe being a successful businessman but they’re all bent aren’t they?
 

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Anybody youngsters thinking this boardroom shenanigans is something new. It’s not.
Cracking read and McCabe was central to some of the later stuff in the book as well. In fairness, he mustve worked hard to grab hold of the club, so you can perhaps see why he likes to do things his way...
 

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I found that the Fit and Proper book was a bit heavy going tbh
Good book. The later chapters however were written from the point of view of BIFA, who apparently saved the club with leaflets and Christmas cards, despite Reg dry bumming them one by one at the Trades and Labour club meeting.
 

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Think it’s time that football clubs were prohibited from being used by wealthy businessmen as cash cows and money laundering vehicles.

Clubs should be put into some kind of protected trust where fans have a reasonable say in the destiny and decision making.

As Chris Wilder said recently the owners are merely custodians and they should(but don’t)protect the traditions and ethos of the clubs they represent.
 

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