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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…

Priceless, by Rodney Marsh 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Priceless, by Rodney Marsh (2001)

Packed with anecdotes and stories from his successful spell in the US, this autobiography charts Marsh’s tough and violent upbringing in the East End and the emergence of his football career at fashionable Fulham, playing alongside the legendary Johnny Haynes.

After a spell at QPR he moved to Manchester City, where he became a cult hero among the fans who loved his outrageous skills. It was also the period in which he first grew close to George Best. Marsh later became well known for his appearances as a regular TV sports pundit, but was ignominiously sacked from Sky Sports after an inappropriate joke about the tsunami disaster.

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Farewell But Not Goodbye, by Sir Bobby Robson 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Farewell But Not Goodbye, by Sir Bobby Robson (2005)

The late Sir Bobby Robson, national icon and widely admired footballing legend, tells his life story.

Revered in Newcastle and the North-East, Sir Bobby was a man who enjoyed phenomenal popularity. His playing days with Fulham and West Brom in the 1950s and 60s, his 20 England caps and his brilliant management career over the past 38 years meant that he inspired generations of fans.

He witnessed some of the most historic sporting moments throughout his incredible career, and in his book remembers epic incidents from the ‘Hand of God’ to the tears of Gazza. He also relives leading England through two World Cups, and the pain of coming within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final.

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George Best: A Life in the News 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

George Best: A Life in the News, by Richard Williams (Editor) (2006)

November 2006 marked the first anniversary of the death of George Best, the most magical footballer of his generation, and the most notorious and sad example of a great talent gone to waste.

This collaboration with the Guardian represents a unique chronicle of Best’s life. His whole career is told through the newspaper reports and features that appeared in the Guardian and the Manchester Evening News, from his first appearances for Manchester Utd as a teenage starlet and the European Cup win in 1968, to the long obituary assessing his sad later decline. Read more…

The Complete George Best: Every Match, Every Goal 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

The Complete George Best: Every Match, Every Goal, by Darren Phillips (2007)

George Best is widely regarded as the finest footballer ever produced by the British Isles, and his death last November prompted lengthy analysis of his career and his standing in the game – a debate this book aims to help settle.

The author attempts to shed more light on Best’s football career which was, after all, the source of his fame before it was overtaken by his Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. Read more…

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