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Frank Swift - Manchester City and England Legend [Paperback]

Mr Mark Metcalf
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5 Mar 2013
Frank Swift was Manchester City's first goalkeeping legend, winning many honours for the club . This book details those heady times as well as his time at Fleetwood Town in the early 1930's and Hamilton Academical during the war. Frank Swift is one of the greatest English goalkeeper’s of all time. A First and Second Division, FA Cup and Charity Shield winner with Manchester City, his only League club, he represented his country on 33 occasions between 1941 and 1949. Although often injured, and on many occasions knocked unconscious, Blackpool born Swift was fearless and unmoveable in the City goal, playing all but one of over 200 games from the day of his debut, 25 December 1933, up to the start of World War Two. Swift was a regular between the posts for England, and in 1948 he became the first keeper to captain his country in the professional era. Fans also adored Swift for his sportsmanship, broad smile and constant banter with spectators behind his goal. Ultimately it is a tragic story though as Swift perished at Munich as a reporter for the News of the World. Now in the first biography to be written on him, find out more about the keeper and his exploits.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: DB Publishing (5 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780912005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780912004
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARK METCALF was born in County Durham in 1959 and now lives in West Yorkshire with his wife Ruth and son Charlie. A former industrial, and later community and youth, worker Mark now works as a freelance journalist, particularly for The Big Issue in the North magazine and the various publications of the trade union, Unite.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Frank Swift 30 July 2013
Mark Metcalf has done the career and memory of Frank Swift proud in this book.

The keeper came from humble beginnings in Blackpool to rise to the very top of the football world in the 1930s and 1940s. He helped Manchester City to First and Second Division championships as well as the FA Cup and Charity Shield. He also made a series of superb performances for England, during and after the war, and he was rewarded by being made captain for the 4-0 win against World Champions Italy in Turin 1948.

The author is meticulous in his details of Swift's career and reveals how he was probably the most loved footballer in the country in the late 1940s. Swift was a giant of a character and he may well have gone on to become a big TV sports presenter until he was tragically killed in the Munich air disaster.
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