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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warm, witty and sometimes unbearably sad (Manchester Evening News)

A gripping story of sporting and social history told with great clarity and unflashy eloquence (The Times)

A touching, epoch-evoking story of youthful dreams - some dashed, others fulfilled - from a compelling writer (Jack)

An excellent work of sporting and social history full of footballing action, gossip and nostalgia (Independent on Sunday)

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The moving and evocative story of youthful dreams, and what happens to them, as told by one of the bestselling sportswriters in the country

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim W on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Manchester United ruined my life was a masterpiece. This isn't bad either. Runs through the history of 22 players, and tells of the cold reality that the most talented youngsters in the game face. The book traces players whom great things were predicted/expected often into the lower leagues. Indeed Alan Ogley became a legend at Stockport County following his move from City. Well worth a read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The BlackFerret on 10 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
Mr Schindler's book has a lot of interest, even to me, a Utd fanatic, reading partly about the Blue scum from Stockport!

Unfortunately, he falls down in 3 areas.

He doesn't pick up the fact that Utd & City had equal success with the youth-team graduates he portrays here, for one reason-both had a major selling point & a just as major flaw.

Utd were glamour & clearly still rebuilding after Munich; but that indicated high standards that only the most self-confident kid might gravitate to. City were homely, carefree and likely to get you in the first team faster-but equally, they were completely without organisation and with a team in terminal decline.

He also attempts to unpick the legend of Matt Busby, but fails to address quite why Matt Busby was remote from youth players even before Munich. Busby was the manager & the Sergeant Major in the army in WWII, Jimmy Murphy the assistant & youth team manager and the sergeant in the army, facts which anyone talk about if they chose to.

Fair enough, but George Best is also condemned for his tackle on Glyn Pardoe in the Dec 1970 derby that effectively ended Pardoe's career. Mr Schindler neglects to mention the Sept 1968 derby, where, just a few months after his greatest day in the 1968 European Cup Final, John Aston had HIS leg broken & his Utd career effectively ruined by a tackle from -Francis Lee of Man City.

I was at both games & I distinctly recall one of those tackles being right over the ball, even if it could still have been badly mistimed and no more. If Mr Schindler wished to cast aspertions on Bestie's tackle, he should have at least mentioned Lee's efforts.

The book is still interesting & not ruined by his bias.
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10 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A self confessed Manchester United hater, Mr Shindler still sees fit to include a reference to the said club in the title of his book. 'Glyn Pardoe and 21 others' just wouldn't have sold as many books would it ?
Written from the comfort of his London abode (strange given his frequent references to United supporters not coming from the place), Manchester City fan, Shindler's book is a mish mash of sub - Hornbyesque soccer writing and tired nostalgia.
This is truly an awful book that will appeal neither to the football fan or the social historian.
Colin. You hate Manchester United. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Let it go.
Let it go.
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