An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys by Brian Reade

By Brian Reade

AN EPIC SWINDLE is the interior tale of ways Liverpool FC got here inside of hours of being re-possessed by way of the banks after the shambolic 44-month reign of yankee proprietors Tom Hicks and George Gillett. it's the story of a civil struggle that dragged Britain's so much winning soccer membership to its knees, throughout the excessive court docket and virtually into management.

Players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher inform in their anger on the damaged grants, in addition to their soreness at observing unswerving lovers in open insurrection. supervisor, leader govt, board participants, prime lovers and reporters demonstrate the turmoil at a respected wearing establishment run by means of males at struggle with one another, who trampled Liverpool's adored traditions into the gutter.

No tale sums up the bare greed on the center of recent soccer rather like Hicks' and Gillett's try and flip a dollar at Liverpool. No-one has had as a lot entry to the reality, or tells it with as a lot ardour, wit and perception as Brian Reade.
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the riveting tale of ways shut one of many nice soccer golf equipment got here to monetary implosion.

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He’d been doing menial jobs at the station since he was thirteen, but his dad’s decision to give him his own show led to his first big pay-day. And twenty dollars a week in 1961 was nothing to be sniffed at. As Steve King, Hicks was already indulging his lifelong passions of talking big and turning a quick buck while letting others do the donkey work. In this case the likes of Elvis, Del Shannon and Buddy Holly. Thomas Ollis Hicks was born in Houston on 7 February 1946 and spent his early childhood in Dallas where his father, John, was an advertising salesman for TV and radio stations.

Their first few funds were hugely successful, enabling a buoyant Hicks to buy Dallas’s prestigious Crespi estate with its historic centrepiece mansion, and turn it into the most elegant, most expensive and most-envied house in Dallas. Schoenfeld, who interviewed Hicks there in May 2010, when his sports empire was unravelling, describes it thus: The 28,996-square-foot home connects with George W. Bush’s off the back lawn. The Matisse on the library wall looks utterly appropriate, and why not? The Hicks house is bigger, and more tastefully appointed, than most art museums.

Admirers say it was these teenage years spent dee-jaying and playing gridiron that inspired his later investments in sport and media. Others refuse to see past that twenty bucks a week, as it was clear making money was where his heart lay. After high school, he studied finance at the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1968 and two years later he added a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Southern California. While at university he became a brother of the secret-letter Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in which he remains to this day, living by its three guiding principles of – no sniggering at the back, please – ‘Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love’.

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