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September Round-up 0

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). Read more…

Determined: My Autobiography, by Norman Whiteside 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Determined: My Autobiography, by Norman Whiteside (2007)

In his eight years with Manchester United, Norman Whiteside came to embody their aspirations to such an extent that he was embraced as their on-field representative, the supporter on the pitch.

In this autobiography, Whiteside reveals the workings of Old Trafford during the 1980s – the good, the bad, the booze and the arrival of Alex Ferguson. His stories of growing up in the sectarian violence of Belfast will shock many, whereas the determination he showed when rebuilding his life when his footballing career was destroyed by injury will act as an inspiration.

Whiteside’s career is littered with unforgettable moments, among them the astonishing performance of the 17-year-old usurper of Pele’s “youngest ever” World Cup record as Northern Ireland beat Spain in Valencia in 1982.

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Managing My Life: My Autobiography, by Alex Ferguson 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Managing My Life: My Autobiography, by Alex Ferguson (1999); Revised edition published 2000

This much-hyped book was the major event in football literature the year it was published. No sooner had the dust settled on the trophies won in Manchester United’s treble-winning season, than this book appeared on the shelves aiming to tap in on the latest wave of people jumping on the ever-growing Red bandwagon.

Ferguson co-wrote his story with the distinguished Scottish journalist Hugh McIlvanney, so the writing is much more accomplished than most cash-in autobiographies – but a fact that grates is that McIlvanney is not credited anywhere on the front of the book. But he has done an excellent job of showing us a lighter and more humorous side to the dour man normally seen constantly checking his watch and fervently chewing gum in injury time. Read more…

The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson, by Michael Crick (2003)

Michael Crick, Manchester United fan, award-winning journalist and biographer of Michael Heseltine and Jeffrey Archer, attempts to bring the same sort of structured research-based approach to this study of Alex Ferguson.

The book traces Ferguson’s life from his Govan childhood, his ultimately frustrated playing career, through his first steps in management, to the trophy-winning Aberdeen and Manchester United sides that secured him a place in football history.

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