Frank Gamble was worrying about redundancy when he saw an advertisement in the local paper for a job in the Liverpool FC promotions department. For a Reds fan since the age of six - despite his family being Evertonians - it was a dream opportunity. And despite going to the interview wearing a green suits and lime green tie - his excuse was that it was the late seventies - Frank got the job. He stayed for ten years, the most successful ten years in Liverpool FC's history. Six League titles, two European Cups, an FA Cup and four League Cups came rattling into Anfield.
Frank tells the story of the decade; he outlines the personality clashes, the fun and frolics and details the characters who made Liverpool great. He pulls no punches; the chapter on the Heysel disaster is written from the viewpoint of someone who saw it unfold. He went to Hillsborough, too, the year before that tragedy and recalls seeing the crush in the Leppings Lane end and wondering why the authorities didn't do something about it.
This is a book written by a fan who was an insider.
I would recommend this book to all Liverpool supporters
.... this was a most interesting book to read because even if it did not tell me much historically that I did not already know, it was enthralling to hear the account of someone who was actually employed by the club; and that is the main reason why I would recommend this book to all Liverpool supporters ... because it hasn't to my knowledge been done this way before.
The next book I got to read was by Frank Gamble titled All On Red. This was totally different to what I expected and believe me it is a different type of read. Frank Gamble worked for Liverpool throughout most of the 80s hut unless you involved yourself with the Development Association, his name probably won't be familiar. Working for the Development Association might not seem a very special job. not until you start getting a feel of what the job description should have read. As Liverpool slowly cemented their position as possibly Europe's top club you'd imagine working for the club and organising trips to Wembley and places such as Rome and Paris would have been the cherry on top of a delicious cake. Not quite though. Especially when one of the trips was to Heysel in 1985 and believe me that is a very harrowing account from an eye-witness. I've read other people?s interpretations but Frank Gamble was there, in the crowd, watching it all unfold and he doesn't look to find excuses either. He also talks of the aftermath of Rome in 1984 and how that night differed from the joyous one in 1977 when he went along simply as a fan. Like me. have you ever wondered if anything ever held Liverpool back during the ultra successful times in the 70s and 80s. I've always thought that the club might have rested on their laurels when perhaps they should have been doing just a little bit more to sort a few things out, like the ground and things. It's hard to say really because the 80s was a period of austerity and football was not the hip game it is today. However, hindsight has always told me that maybe, just maybe we could have been a little more forward thinking and in his book Frank tells of disagreements between the Development Association who wanted to take a few risks and the club under Peter Robinson who weren't quite so brave. The book does tell of the downside and the fall outs associated with the job of working within an organisation such as Liverpool FC. However you can also understand how hard it became to persuade people to part with hard earned money especially on Merseyside where people's very existence had been ravaged by government policies. When very few people had a safe job, if they had a job at all that is, then trying to improve the club's fundraising activities must have been every bit as hard as the author says. The book itself is well worth a read but don't expect another of those glory days' stories. As this book tells you, even the good times were bloody hard and as somebody who has been on the edge of football for many years I can fully understand how it might have been.
pours light on the characters
He pours light on the characters that made the club tick, including the players, managers and the legendary boot-room. He chronicles the wild nights celebrating the many triumphs and, in contrast, grimly remembers the terrors of taking charge of an official trip to the Heysel Stadium.
Frank Gamble has given us a rarity: an original football memoir?
Frank Gamble has given us a rarity: an original football memoir... Gamble appeals because he is like us if we were in his shoes. He is dumbstruck, but delighting in his job, squeezing money out of the 150-odd retail outlets selling the lottery tickets... Anyone with an interest in modern Merseyside will enjoy this book, written in a warm and easy style that lets Gamble relate funny (and filthy) stories; his Scouse pride; and his sadness after Heysel and Hillsborough. He can even end with hope: success comes in cycles and Liverpool will win another title. 'I was just lucky to be around when it was last our turn and made a living out of it too.'
Gamble says he wrote the book to demonstrate how it felt to be a fan whose passion for a club became his livelihood and as such he has produced a supporter?s story that, for once, is unique.