Michael Beloff

Behind the top 20

The Club tells the story of the owners and managers who helped fashion the multi-million-pound Premier League in just a few decades

This is a story of resurrection. A mere three decades ago, club football in England was a professional game largely and listlessly run by amateurs. Fans shuffled in decreasing numbers to obsolete stadia redolent of pie and pee. Lives were lost in the tragedies of Bradford, Hillsborough and Heysel. The sport was scarcely entertainment; it was certainly not a business.

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