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Not a Matter of Life and Death?

  • Anthony O'Hear (a1)


‘Come on, it's not a matter of life and death’, said some Job-like comforter, following a defeat in a football match. ‘No’, replied Bill Shankly, the granite-like Scot who was manager of Liverpool FC during their days of pre-eminence, whose team had just lost, ‘it is more important than that’.



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1 by Fox, Robin Lane, in The Classical World (London, Penguin Books, 2007), 43

2 in ‘Sports as Fiction’, 2009, available online at

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  • Anthony O'Hear (a1)


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