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Brought to you by Penguin. 

This audiobook edition is narrated by Alan Davies. 

Foreword by Thierry Henry.

Anfield, May 26th 1989.

The final day of the Division One season. The rest of football stopped to watch as perennial champions Liverpool took on rank outsiders Arsenal in a head-to-head contest for the title. With the Gunners leading 1-0 but desperately needing another goal to take the title, it was, in the immortal words of commentator Brian Moore, ‘up for grabs now....’

Set against the backdrop of Hillsborough disaster, and during an emotional era in football long before the Premier League as we now know it, 89 is an oral history of a sporting moment so unusual it felt instantly historic.

89 creates a definitive and kaleidoscopic portrait of a match, and an iconic moment in English football that changed the sport forever.

Drawing on years of research and interviews, writer Amy Lawrence brings together fascinating and never-before heard testimonies from the voices who were there on the pitch, including captain Tony Adams, goalscorers Alan Smith and Mickey Thomas, manager George Graham and many more. 

Also featured are accounts from those off the pitch, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright, super-fans Nick Hornby, Alan Davies and Dermot O’Leary, and Gunners from across the globe recounting where and how they watched, and the lasting effect this seminal games has had on their lives.

This audio edition includes an exclusive bonus chapter of a Q&A between Amy Lawrence and Alan Davies.

©2019 Amy Lawrence (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Amazing stuff, so many emotions

Amazing stuff from Amy Lawrence & Alan Davies and an excellent companion to @89film mixed emotions covering undoubtedly the greatest end to a season ever and footballs greatest tragedy. A must listen x #jft96

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The Beautiful Game's Most Beautiful Moment

wonderful book, wonderfully read & a wonderful glimpse into the Pinnacle of what true support of a sports team is all about. I think it's a shame that we've lost so many of the positive things connected with football since but this book does an amazing job of capturing the glory of that time - before money spoiled the sport

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Gear for any footy fan. But great for us Gooners

Loved it. Great to hear about 89 as a fan since 1994! Didn't know great deal beforehand.

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For Rocky and the 96.

I've had the DVD of this for a while, so I was intrigued to get the audiobook. Even as a Liverpool fan, I have a soft spot for Arsenal, and I can't be angry at them winning that night. As had been said in the film and book, moments like this will never happen again. A very well-written and passionate project all around. Thank you for doing this, Amy.

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A wonderful trip down memory lane

A brilliantly written (and narrated) book about Arsenal's historic 88/89 season. Comments and memories from players and fans giving a really nice perspective on that fateful night from multiple angles. A feel good story that is hard to believe really happened 30 year on!

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pleasure pain laughed and cried it's all here

the backdrop of Hillsborough and the 88 89 season is pulpable. and is only fitting it sits prominent in this retelling