Anfield, May 26th 1989. The final day of the Division One season. The defending champions, Liverpool, versus the plucky underdogs, Arsenal. With the Gunners leading 1-0 in the final minute 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 recent tragedies at Heysel and Bradford*,* the undertone of hooliganism, and Margaret Thatcher’s contempt for fans – long before the Premier League as we now know it -- ‘89 is the story of the iconic 1988-1989 Arsenal season, an emotive era in football, and a sporting moment so unusual it felt instantly historic.
Featuring first-hand testimony and commentary from Arsenal legends such as Tony Adams, Paul Merson, Lee Dixon and manager George Graham, as well as other significant figures, including Liverpool players, the referee, and famous supporters such as Nick Hornby, Amy Lawrence’s ’89 paints an encapsulating picture of a momentous season, with a finale which is viewed as one of the greatest in football history.
The game would never be the same again.