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Harry's Game: An Autobiography [Hardcover]

George Best (foreword) , Harry Gregg , etc. , Roger Anderson
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3 Oct 2002
Has there ever been a period in any football club's history as perplexing as the 1950s and '60s at Manchester United? The Munich air crash dominated everything else. Millions of fans also remember the rise of the Busby Babes, the dark years of the early Sixties, and the glorious renaissance of the Best, Law and Charlton era. Harry Gregg was at the very centre of this phenomenal era, a vital participant in all the club's dramas. This book tells the inside story of one of the most important years of the world's biggest club. Gregg was an important political figure at Manchester United, a leader of the old guard and one of Matt Busby's closest "boys". He tells of the triumphs of the Babes, the 1958 Cup run, and the continent-conquering Sixties rebirth. He also looks at the darker days, misdeeds and boardroom moves as the Edwards dynasty tightened its grip.


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840183667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840183665
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic football book 13 Nov 2002
Format:Hardcover
What a wonderful and honest book - my wife brought me a copy as I am a big united fan and reading the news of the world coverage of it.
This is an honest and eye-opening insight into the greatest football team in the world. Most real fans always wondered if match fixing goes on in football - afterall we are all human.
I recommend this book not only to football fans but to anyone who wants a good read.
It would make a great Christmas or Birthday Present for any self respecting football fan even if you do not support Manchester United!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrys game 5 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A great read. The humility and modesty of the man in relation to the heroism he displayed during the munich aircrash is unbelievable .Anyone who is intereted in the darker dealings that go on behind the scenes in the world of football should give this a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of justice 7 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Harry Gregg played football at the top level for both his country and as a part of Manchester United’s Busby Babes. He survived the Munich air disaster but more than that he saved other lives through risking his own, returning to the burning plane to pull out the injured. This is the picture we have of Harry Gregg from this account and others. However, beyond this outline, the book reveals a self-styled “awkward” character, stubborn, impetuous, but with an enormously strong will and perhaps above all, an overwhelming sense of justice. These characteristics are writ large in this honest account, no doubt helped by Gregg’s own forthrightness and the fact this is his co-authors first book and therefore has not been sanitized to the extent one sees with many. Examples are his coverage of how widespread match-fixing was in the football of the early 1960’s, the illegal selling on of Cup Final tickets and later on the Michael Knighton takeover bid. One should not forget that Gregg’s involvement in football stretched well beyond Munich; his frankness makes it a passionate read albeit always, of course, from one perspective – that of Harry Gregg.

The book includes, as expected, many of the characters and events of football in the 1950’s onwards but often from a fresh angle, partly because of Gregg’s humble football beginnings and partly the fact his international appearances were for the less fashionable Northern Ireland. This content is all of interest to those passionate about football. Nevertheless, time and again the book returns to the central character of Gregg and above all his confrontations: with opposition players, team mates, managers, directors, friends, family and in fact almost anyone he comes into contact with. This is what dominates the narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 16 Aug 2010
By Foxie
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic read that not only United fans would enjoy but all football fans are sure to enjoy it. Harry was a true all round hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 2 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story of a man who faced much adversity on and off the pitch in a dignified manner. Harry Gregg is a person of great integrity and commitment. This book tells a real story and is a world away from the thrashy autobiographies of today's so-called heroes.
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