Sharpe as a Blade - Part Two Sharpe as a Blade 2 (A 70s Trip) is the follow up to Sharpe as a Blade one (The 50s and 60s) The book continues the life story of retired football ‘lad’ Ronnie Sharpe and his love affair with Sheffield United Football Club.
To those who were there, football in the 70s represented a golden period. Forget about the bad pitches, bad haircuts and bad national team. Forget the shitty stadiums, the crumbling terraces and the fences. Forget the mass brawls and the pitch invasions, the smashed up football specials and the armies of flare- wearing hooligans. The game had yet to be invaded by foreign mercenaries, sponsorship or corporate packages and the fans were not yet priced out of the game. Here Ron remembers the highs and lows, the good times and the bad. He gives a first hand account and an honest insight into a terrace culture that was escalating out of control. He tells of the taking of ends, the taking of drugs and of taking the piss.
The football stories bring to life some of the crazy characters who followed the Blades and intermingle with tales of music, fashion, life and the youth movements and cults of the era. The Sheffield night-clubs, pubs and the city’s music scene are all covered in vivid detail.
So put your feet up, roll a fat-un and enjoy a damn fine read.