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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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Lows, Highs and Balti Pies: Manchester City Ruined My Diet 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Lows, Highs and Balti Pies: Manchester City Ruined My Diet, by Steve Mingle (2004)

This book comprises vivid, colourful and highly individual recollections of City’s most memorable games over the past 37 years.

One hundred matches are featured, starting with a 5-2 drubbing of Sheffield United in 1967 and ending with the 4-1 triumph in the first derby at the cursed City of Manchester Stadium. Read more…

Colin Bell – Reluctant Hero: The Autobiography of a Manchester City and England Legend 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Colin Bell – Reluctant Hero: The Autobiography of a Manchester City and England Legend, by Colin Bell with Ian Cheeseman (2005)

Most Manchester City fans regard Colin Bell as the club’s best ever player – he graced the midfield during their greatest years, as they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup.

The man they nicknamed ‘Nijinsky’, due to his supreme athleticism, captained Bury at the age of 17 and represented England 48 times before a serious knee injury effectively ended his career when he was just 29. Read more…

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age, by John Leigh (2007)

More than a century ago, Bobby Johnstone became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup finals at Wembley. Today, such an achievement would bring worldwide fame, yet Bobby Johnstone did not earn his fortune.

Johnstone was born at the end of the 1920s in Selkirk, in the Scottish borders. After the war, He began his football career with Selkirk FC, but the mighty Hibernian soon noticed his talent. Hibs had not won a major trophy for more than 40 years, but they assembled the all-international forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond, known as the “Famous Five”, and their golden age began. Read more…

Blue Blood: The Mike Doyle Story 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Blue Blood: The Mike Doyle Story, by Mike Doyle and David Clayton (2004)

From the glorious past to the present day, this is the autobiography of one of Manchester City’s most famous sons.

From his humble beginnings on the Maine Road groundstaff, the halcyon days under Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison right up to the last days of his career at Rochdale, Doyle reveals all about his days as one of England’s most respected footballers.

But it is perhaps his days since hanging his boots up that will shock the reader most as Doyle lifts the lid on an amazing rollercoaster ride from the edge of oblivion to successful businessman.

Famed for his aversion to Manchester United, Doyle won several England caps and also played for Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale before retiring in 1983.

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Playing Extra Time, by Alan Ball 0

Posted on August 23, 2011 by samh

Playing Extra Time, by Alan Ball (2004)

Small in stature, red-haired and fiery, Alan Ball was one of the most easily recognised players of his generation.

Fans on the terraces and team mates immediately took to his whole-hearted enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude. He overcame his diminutive size to become a professional player and youngest member of the 1966 England squad, and repeatedly faced rejection as a club manager.

But he now faces the toughest battle of life after his wife and daughter were diagnosed with cancer and are currently in remission. His hugely successful playing and managerial career that took him to, among others, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester City, Southampton and Portsmouth – plus two World Cups with England – now takes a back seat to the real test of character brought about by the illness of his loved ones.

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