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September Round-up

Posted on September 30, 2011 by samh

Red: My Autobiography, by Gary NevilleSeptember 2011 has seen the release of a quite a few notable Manchester United-related autobiographies. First up was Red, by Gary Neville (published September 1). Paul Scholes announced his retirement just months after Neville, at the end of the 2010-11 season, and came similarly hot on his former team-mate’s heels with the rather simply titled My Story (Sep 29).

My Story - Paul Scholes
Denis Law - My Life in Football
 Football - Bloody Hell, by Patrick Barclay

Meanwhile, a new book by Denis Law was released on September 15. Interestingly, the latter also has a Scottish edition, which sees the cover change from one with Law in a red shirt to one with him sporting the national blue. This month also saw the release in paperback of Patrick Barclay’s Football – Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson, having been originally published in hardback in October 2010.

Away from the Red Devils, for Fulham fans there was When Football Was Football: Fulham: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club (Sep 1), and for Black Cats devotees, Into the Light: A Complete History of Sunderland Football Club, which was originally published in 2001, was released on Kindle on September 23.

Dave Moor’s The Worst Football Kits of All Time (Sep 30) offered a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the most “outrageous strips foisted upon the poor players and the loyal fans”. Nostalgia lovers will no doubt lap up Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Cultures, Treasures and Pleasures (Sep 30), while John Crace’s memoir Vertigo: One Football Fan’s Fear of Success (Sep 1), ploughs the familiar furrow of the highs and lows of the obsessive supporter.

Reference-wise, the UEFA European Football Yearbook 2011/12 and FIFA World Football Records 2012 were both released in September.

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