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From Goal-Line to Touchline: My Career with Manchester United [Hardcover]

Jack Crompton , Cliff Butler
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12 Nov 2008
Jack Crompton is one of only two surviving members of Manchester United's illustrious 1948 FA Cup winning side and the first to pen his autobiography. Jack served the club as goalkeeper, trainer and caretaker manager for almost 40 years between the 1940s and the 1980s. His career between the sticks brought the first taste of glory to Matt Busby's United, starring in a team that helped transform the club from pre-war also-rans to England's best supported club. As a keeper Jack was an automatic choice until the signing of Reg Allen and the emergence of Ray Wood in the 1950s. With the emergence of the Babes, many of whom Jack captained in the club's reserve team, Jack moved on to coach Luton Town in 1956. But in the wake of the Munich Air Disaster two years later, he returned to the club to assist Jimmy Murphy and, after his recovery, Matt Busby in United's re-building.An integral part of United's coaching set-up throughout the sixties, Jack was a trusted figure for players and management and helped guide the club to honours culminating in long-awaited European success in 1968. As assistant to Wilf McGuinness Jack witnessed first-hand the difficulties the club faced following Busby's retirement and moved on to coach at Preston with Bobby Charlton before managing Fourth Division Barrow. He returned to Old Trafford under Dave Sexton as reserve coach, finishing his lengthy professional association with the club as caretaker manager during a tour of the Far East in 1981 which could have ended in diplomatic disaster without Jack's forward planning and patience. Now a sprightly octagenarian in "From Goal-line to Touchline" he talks candidly about the considerable changes in the game and reflects on a career that took in glory and tragedy in equal measure.

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  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Publications Ltd; First Edition edition (12 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901746526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901746525
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grandfather of Manchester United 10 Oct 2008
By Tony
As we approach Christmas, the bookshops will offer a variety of new books to tempt the Manchester United supporter, but if you only buy one book this year make sure it is the fine autobiography of Jack Crompton. Because if you want a real football story, a real life story of a true Manchester man, and if you want a change from the `story so far' of a twenty-something millionaire footballer, the tale of Jack Crompton has the lot.

This is a tale of war-time football, the early years of Matt Busby, Cup glory, player strikes, tragedy and triumph. It is also a tale of the post-Busby decline of United, and of the human spirit. Today Jack Crompton can still be seen watching United reserves from the touchline, his passion undiminished. He is the modern day grandfather of Manchester United, an inspirational figure, and a true gentleman. His story will be relished by those who remember, and will enthral those of the younger generation who have United in their hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack crompton 1 Oct 2013
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This is a great book I like the way the story is told football was very different in those days I would recommend it to any Man United fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned Gentleman 13 Nov 2009
This book was recommended by the nephew of Jack Compton, who I am related to also. Reading through the book took me back to a world where gentlemen played the game. Jack Compton says it as it is, no frills, no special treatment and no ducking. This tells of a time when respect was the be all and end all, great names, great times and great stories, true Roy of the Rovers stuff, a great read.
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