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Dennis Tueart
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Dennis Tueart is one of football’s most forthright and eloquent characters, and his long-awaited autobiography is the refreshingly honest story of his days as a flying left-winger with Sunderland, Manchester City, the New York Cosmos and England.



Typically candid in his views on his career, his clubs and his team-mates, Tueart also pulls no punches in recalling his nine years as a director of Manchester City when he helped oversee the club’s resurrection following the potentially catastrophic relegation to the third tier of English football in 1998. He reveals the inside track on the reigns of managers Joe Royle, Kevin Keegan and Stuart Pearce, as well as the power struggles in the boardroom in the years preceding the takeover by City’s current regime.



As well as Dennis’s reflections on his football journey, and his forceful views on Manchester City and the game itself, the book is also packed with great stories – from the Sunderland training session which involved the defenders heading golf balls, to a tour to the Far East with City when Asa Hartford offered to help stretcher him off then promptly dropped him. At the New York Cosmos – who had signed him to replace none other than Pelé during the razzmatazz heyday of the North American Soccer League, and for whom he starred alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto – he rubbed shoulders with icons of showbiz and sport like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Rod Stewart and Bjorn Borg.



Offering an intelligent insight into the world of football from the perspective of both a player and a club director, Dennis Tueart: My Football Journey is a powerful and entertaining story of the Sunderland cup final hero, Manchester City legend and one of the game’s most opinionated and enduring personalities.



All Dennis’s royalties from the sale of this book will go to the teenage and young adult cancer unit at The Christie cancer centre in Manchester.


Born in Newcastle but considered too small to play for his hometown club, Dennis Tueart was snapped up by local rivals Sunderland, with whom he sensationally won the FA Cup in 1973 against the mighty Leeds. He signed for Manchester City as the iconic Bell/Summerbee/Lee era came to a close, famously firing the Sky Blues to League Cup glory in 1976 with the overhead kick pictured on the cover of this book. In 1978 he was signed by the New York Cosmos to replace arguably the world’s greatest ever footballer, Pelé. He returned to City in 1980, eventually playing 268 competitive games and scoring 108 goals for the club he continues to follow, and later played briefly for Stoke, Burnley and Derry City. After hanging up his boots, he forged a successful career in business, one that he combined with his nine years as a director of Manchester City between 1997 and 2007. He now continues to run a successful conferencing business, Premier Events, and still follows City from his executive box at the Etihad Stadium.

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Born in Newcastle but considered too small to play for his hometown club, Dennis Tueart was snapped up by local rivals Sunderland, with whom he sensationally won the FA Cup in 1973 against the mighty Leeds. He signed for Manchester City as the iconic Bell/Summerbee/Lee era came to a close, famously firing the Sky Blues to League Cup glory in 1976 with the overhead kick pictured on the cover of this book. In 1978 he was signed by the New York Cosmos to replace arguably the world s greatest ever footballer, Pelé. He returned to City in 1980, eventually playing 268 competitive games and scoring 108 goals for the club he continues to follow, and later played briefly for Stoke, Burnley and Derry City. After hanging up his boots, he forged a successful career in business, one that he combined with his nine years as a director of Manchester City between 1997 and 2007. He now continues to run a successful conferencing business, Premier Events, and still follows City from his executive box at the Etihad Stadium

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B5K50S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant autobiography - a book of both halves 26 Nov 2011
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As a kid, I used to watch Dennis Tueart on television bombing up the wing and wreaking havoc on opposition defences. I'm a Sunderland fan, but even after he joined City, I loved the energy of the guy.

His book is as opinionated and forthright as you'd expect from him. The first section is richly evocative of his triumphs with Sunderland in the FA Cup, when footballers played for the love of the game and had genuine respect for the fans. Loved his memories of training under Alan Brown, and heading the golf balls! Also loved his recollections of Sunderland and 73, which are really well described.

DT clearly respects the fans, and his work with City supporters as a player and Director (which makes up the second half of the book) deserve respect. I enjoyed reading about his time as Director at City, and his battles with Lee and Royle. I don't recall a footballer autobiography (except for maybe Bobby Charlton's) telling it like it is behind the boardroom doors. I have to admire Dennis for his openness on how cancer has impacted on his family, and that has prompted him to donate his royalties to a cancer charity.

Highly recommended.
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I remembered Dennis Tueart from when I was a kid watching the Big Match in the North West, and enjoyed watching the City team of that era. Tueart was always a lively and dynamic winger, and so was pleased to hear he'd brought out his autobiography. I throroughly enjoyed it. The early chapters encapsulated what it was like to play football in the 70s in front of open terraces and the working man cheering you on. Loved the sections on his time in New York with the Cosmos, and trying to explain the rules of cricket to Beckenbauer. Der Kaiser never did get what Dennis was talking about!
Alos enjoyed his recollections on his time as director at City. It makes you understand how rapidly City's fortunes have changed under new ownership. In Dennis's day as director, he knew the academy had to work to try and manufacture home grown talent, and in SWP's case, to sell him on to keep the club afloat.
His comments about Marsh and Kinkladze may be controversial, but Dennis was always a team player, and much though I enjoyed watching "Kinky" on TV, he never turned on the skills often enough. All those You Tube clips of him focus on and repeat about five incidents and about three goals. Not enough really.
A great book for City fans obviously, but also for anyone interested in the NASL in the late 70s, or Sunderland's magical FA Cup run. Well done Dennis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of all Geordies 6 Nov 2011
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Have not been reading this book for long and already I am loving it. Dennis was my hero at Maine Road when he came to us in 1974 and I was over-joyed when he came back to us after leaving the New York Cosmos. He was another of those great players who showed great commitment to the club and blue shirt and gave his all to us and this commitment carried on when Dennis became a Director. He will always be remembered for the '76 Wembley goal, but for me, all of his goals were great. I remember running to Maine Road for his return.

I have also watched the 1973 FA Cup Final where Dennis played for Sunderland and he was brilliant then. I can see now why City went for him.
What a little cracker and a cracking book!!
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