The first post-war Football League campaign of 1946/47 was the longest and most tumultuous ever known. For Liverpool FC, it was the ultimate triumph against adversity; a First Division championship won in a style that was to set a precedent for future Anfield success. Amid the bleak austerity of a war-ravaged nation; and, food and clothes rationing, fuel and housing shortages, and the worst winter ever recorded, George Kay’s side brought some much-needed cheer to their long suffering fans with a title charge that defied the odds and silenced all those who had written the Reds off before a ball had been kicked. The season had everything; a ground-breaking tour of the USA; league debut’s for Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley; the sensational signing of Albert Stubbins; Jackie Balmer’s amazing hat-trick of hat-tricks; long queues and massive crowds; the constant threat of a players strike; quagmire pitches; frozen pitches; a thrilling FA cup run; the famous ‘goal in the snow’; squad rotation; and, an unprecedented fixture pile-up and a nail-biting championship finale that wasn’t resolved until the middle of June! When the dust finally settled it was Liverpool, the so-called ‘Crazy Gang’, who were crowned champions for a fifth time in the club’s history. Neither before or since has league title glory been achieved in such remarkable circumstances. Placing Liverpool’s title triumph in its wider social context, with match-by-match analysis, player profiles and rare photographs, this book tells the in-depth story of this almost forgotten feat for the very first time.
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