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Fergie's Finest: Sir Alex Ferguson's First 11 [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Kirby
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Book Description

Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest football managers of all time.

Over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, his passion for winning and tactical flair made them the most successful club in the Premier League. Under his guidance, United won an eye-watering 38 trophies, including 13 league championships.

But who were the greatest players of the Ferguson era?

Over 185 players debuted for United under Ferguson and more than 200 players wore the red jersey for Fergie.

They included legends of the modern game from David Beckham to Ryan Giggs, from Roy Keane to Bryan Robson, and from Eric Cantona to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But which were the Greatest Eleven?

Is Robin Van Persie the greatest striker? Or Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

Was Paul Scholes the best player in the heart of the midfield? Or Bryan Robson?

In this fascinating study, Andrew Kirby selects the ultimate 'Team Fergie'?

With interviews from football writers and former players, this book considers the leading contenders for each position in Sir Alex Ferguson’s First Eleven.

It is the one book that every Manchester United fan - and indeed every football supporter - will want to read.

Andrew J Kirby’s sports writing has featured in BBC Sport magazine, and on the Radio Five Live website. He has held a Manchester United season ticket for the entirety of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign at Old Trafford, and regularly follows the Reds across Europe and beyond.

He also writes award-winning crime fiction as AJ Kirby, and has published five novels including Sharkways and Paint This Town Red, which was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2012.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.


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About the Author

Andrew J Kirby’s sports writing has featured in BBC Sport magazine, on the Radio Five Live website, and in Home Defence UK magazine, where he writes about ‘non-league football hooligans’. He spent a season writing for the Professional Footballers’ Association on their website Give Me Football. He has held a Manchester United season ticket for the entirety of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign at Old Trafford, and regularly follows the Reds across Europe and beyond. He also writes award-winning crime/ noir fiction as AJ Kirby, and has five published novels under his belt (Sharkways, 2012; Paint this Town Red, which was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2012; Perfect World, 2011; Bully, which charted as an Amazon genre number 1 in 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008), as well as two collections of short stories (The Art of Ventriloquism, a collection of crime shorts, which was released August 2012, and Mix Tape 2010), three novellas (The Haunting of Annie Nicol, 2012; The Black Book, 2011; Call of the Sea, 2010), and over fifty published short stories, which can be found widely in print anthologies, magazines and journals and across the web in zines, writing sites and more. His short fiction has won numerous awards at UK literary festivals. He also reviews fiction for The New York Journal of Books. To find out more, check out Andrew’s author website here: www.andykirbythewriter.20m.com, or his blog, here: http://paintthistownred.wordpress.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (8 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPPNTJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Featuring "cinematic imagery" (The Reading List), "astonishing prose" (The Guardian, "naturalistic, boisterous dialogue" (Leeds Student Newspaper), and "genuine intensity" (Gorezone Magazine), AJ Kirby's writing "constantly keeps you on your toes" (Speculative Book Review).

This graduate from the University of Leeds' School of English hails from the north of England and he writes fiction from the darker side of the street.

He is the multi-award-winning author of seven published novels ('The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters', 2015; 'Sharkways', 2012; 'Paint this Town Red', 2012; 'Perfect World', 2011; 'Bully', 2009; 'The Magpie Trap', 2008; 'When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals', 2007), two collections of short stories ('The Art of Ventriloquism', a collection of crime shorts, August 2012, and 'Mix Tape' 2010), ten novellas ('The Gavel', 2015; 'Hangingstone', 2014; 'Nu-Gen', 2014; 'Blink', 2013; 'Teeth', 2013; 'Shouting into an Empty Cave', 2013; 'Ace Cameron and the Red Peril', 2013; 'The Haunting of Annie Nicol', 2012; 'The Black Book', 2011; 'Call of the Sea', 2010; Bed Peace, 2010), and over sixty published short stories, which can be found widely in print anthologies, magazines and journals and across the web in zines, writing sites and more.

'Paint this town Red' was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2012, and his short fiction has won numerous awards at UK literary festivals. He is also a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books.

In addition AJ Kirby is a sportswriter. He writes for the Professional Footballers' Association and is the author of three books on Manchester United - 'Fergie's Finest' (2013), 'The Pride of All Europe' (2014), and 'Louis van Gaal: Dutch Courage' (2014).

Anna L Stephens on 'Sharkways': "Kirby has written horror before, horror that has made me uneasy and twitchy. He's never before made me nearly bite my own tongue off in broad daylight on a crowded bus. Sharkways did. Sharkways made me want to pull my legs up onto the chair in case insects crawled out from the gloom beneath my seat and up my legs. The middle part of Sharkways stopped me sleeping."

Ginger Nuts of Horror on 'Paint this town Red': "an all action blockbuster novel of survival, that will keep you reading in the edge of your seat."

Cassandra Parkin on 'Perfect World': "From this fantastic opening, the book gallops along with the speed and dizzying swerves of a racehorse on acid."

Leeds Student Newspaper on 'Bully': "Reading this book is like trying to get to sleep after drinking too many vodka red bulls"

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fergie's Finest 12 Sept. 2013
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A good read for United fans young and old. Some choices you'll agree with, some you won't. But all the choices are discussed and the reason for their inclusion given. Maybe older fans would like a bit more depth to the choices, but all in all some good choices and could lead to that great discussion to and from games about all time great (and worst!) lineups.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Man 15 May 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson has had an amazing career and this ebook looks at some the best players he has coached over the years. I can see Andrew Kirby's point when he says that often you have to discount certain players for individual positions because they were often great in partnership with other players or due to the strong team at the time, but there were a couple of instances where I would have picked the runner up instead of his final choice (I won't spoil it by saying who!). Overall this is a great tribute to a great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 July 2013
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As a Manchester United fan I found it really interesting and the author knows his stuff. I recommend reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a labour of love by a true fan 30 Jun. 2013
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Well written, informed, and informative. I am biased, of course, but I cannot believe any United fan would not find it a pleasure to read.....and then discuss at length!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fergies finest 25 Jan. 2014
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Enjoyable book to read and also finding out more about the players that were signed by Sir Alex Ferguson over the time he rebuilt Manchester United
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fergie's Finest 18 Dec. 2013
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An excellent book for Reds fans. Bound to start a debate on whether all the choices are right. But the reasons given are excellent.
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