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New book gives chapter and verse on 30 years of Blues

By Graham Luney

Lifelong Linfield fan Daniel Brown has scored a winner with the publication of his new book 'Every Other Saturday' and it's a must read for Blues fans who have endured the pain and savoured the glory while following the fortunes of Northern Ireland's best supported club.

The publication places a spotlight on 'Linfield, the Irish League and the Changing World of European Football 1986-2016'.

The book, available at the Windsor Park superstore, focuses on the Blues' highs and lows of the past 30 years.

There was much to sing and dance about in that golden period including six consecutive Gibson Cup triumphs in the 1980s, the last-day title success in 1994, the historic 2006 clean sweep and six doubles in seven years as well as memorable adventures in Europe.

Of course, Linfield, like the rest of the Irish League, have needed to charter a course through the Troubles and sectarianism and the book examines how the club has emerged from political and social strife. Although the club is an easy target for critics who reflect on its historic link with the Irish Football Association, Linfield have faced huge financial challenges and those difficulties are included in the book (above).

Uefa's competition restructuring has allowed the rich to get richer while Irish League clubs have been the victims as the gap between the game's have and have nots grows. Daniel explores this issue and also examines the club's uphill fight to keep international football at Windsor Park.

While the Blues boast a huge fanbase they are also a team rival supporters love to throw mud at. Daniel writes: "Telling Linfield's story allows for a rebuttal of the many misleading slurs that have for too long been levelled at the club." Daniel's passion for Linfield leaps out of every page and it's a passion which Irish League fans can identify with. The book finishes on an optimistic note, recalling David Healy's words that "Linfield will rise again".

Legendary boss David Jeffrey contributed the book's foreward.

He was a wee lad in a blue scarf who lived the dream. Daniel's book highlights why this famous club captures so many people's hearts and makes them dream.

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