I was about seven years old when the season in question was unfolding. The tragic events at Munich almost swayed my football affections. Luckily they didn't and I was lured by the sky blue of the old unpredictables.
Never more unpredictable perhaps than in the nine months or so described in great detail within the pages of this book.
It's essential reading for anyone interested in City, or the era in a football or indeed social context.
That interest is fanned and inflamed by many first person accounts of some of the games which saw City living up to their reputation.
Journalistic accounts are a feature too and the write-ups of the day often reveal a language and an emphasis which has slipped away
over the intervening decades.
The Blues were what the blues have almost always been - inconsistent.
Superb victories against title challengers could be followed up a week later by a good thumping from also rans.
Small sketches of foootball grounds - proper grounds with floodlight pylons, nooks and crannies and looking designed by committees - along with front page covers from the 'programmes' of the day complete ones transportation back to na age of comparative innocence, and an austerity to revel in. You knew where you were.
Dave Wallace - as a kid of about twelve was usually on the terraces at Maine Road, and admirably made a few away games too - luckily for us. This comprehensive record of a season may well have slipped away into the mists of time had he not decided to press on with this project to preserve it for the interested. Thanks.