on 28 October 2003
Following on in the winning formula of his epic 'Manchester The Greatest City', the highly acclaimed author and Official Manchester City Football Club Historian Gary James has rolled up his sleeves once more and has produced yet another fabulous football book for all to treasure and enjoy. 'Farewell to Maine Road' is not only a must for all Manchester City supporters, it is also an essential for all football fans who possess a genuine interest and passion for the history of our great British past time. It catalogues the birth, evolution and ultimate decline of what was once England's premier and revolutionary provincial football stadium; Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester M14. Soon to be demolished into oblivion, Maine Road is vividly remembered in all its former glory in this classic portal to the past. Beautifully written with the knowledge and passion you would expect from a lifelong Moss Side Pilgrim, the book provides a definitive literate and graphic illustration of Maine Road's long and varied history. It contains a rich tapestry of previously unpublished photographs, one of which, a unique atmospheric shot of the famous 'Ballet on Ice' (a famous Manchester City V Spurs clash in the late sixties), is arguably worth the cost of the book on it's own. Having consumed and digested every morsel of information contained within, it is difficult for me to imagine how much painstaking work and dedication it must take to produce and compile a book of such quality. Whilst they continue to produce triumphs such as this, the marriage of Gary James and Polar Publishing is truly one made in a Sky Blue Heaven. This 320-page masterpiece has pushed the boundaries of football publications to a new and higher level and has already prompted tears of nostalgia in my eyes. But don't take my word for it, sign up a copy and see for yourself, you'll not be disappointed.
on 25 October 2003
This is a mammoth sized book with lots of great Maine Road related stories and photos. I couldn't believe it when I saw the stuff included. There's features on City from every period, including the first games at the new stadium. I particularly liked the stories from the last few years and, of course, the sixties and seventies, but the early stuff is intriguing as well. Where did they get all those photos and stories of Maine Road being built from?
Great book - It's the best investment I've ever made for a book!