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Life with Sir Alex: A Fan's Story of Ferguson's 25 Years at Manchester United [Paperback]

Will Tidey
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3 Oct 2011
This is the story of one of the most successful football clubs in history under one of the greatest football managers of our time. But it is also a book about what it has meant to be a Manchester United supporter during the remarkable 25-year reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. The book begins in the winter of 1986 - when Sir Alex found himself in charge of a demoralised club facing relegation - and describes the creation of his first great side, including Schmeichel, Bruce, Pallister, Keane, Ince, Giggs, Hughes and Cantona. It goes on to introduce Fergie's Fledglings - the generation of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville - who were thrown straight into Ferguson's side as teenagers, won the double in 1996 and went on to seal the treble in Barcelona in 1999. It then describes how, after Beckham left for Real Madrid in 2003, United were knocked off their perch first by Arsenal, then by cash-rich Chelsea. Ferguson needed a response to Jose Mourinho's spectacular revolution ...And in Rooney and Ronaldo, playing alongside Rio Ferdinand, Scholes, Giggs, Tevez and Vidic, he found one. As much an homage to a great man as it is a passionate account of one fan's lifelong devotion to his team, Life with Sir Alex is a the perfect read for football fans all over the world.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408149516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408149515
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pacey, humorous and intelligent. A great insight into the one-way relationship between a fan and the object of his obsession. --Jim White, Daily Telegraph

Passionate, witty and smart, Tidey neatly sums up the fans-eye view of Ferguson's time at Old Trafford. For that, it is well worth the read. --United Rant

Enter a new breath of fresh air in Manchester United
literature...You'll empathise with every word written, a fantastically recommended read.
--Football United Fanzine

About the Author

Will Tidey writes on football for ESPN, Eurosport-Yahoo, CNN and Bleacher Report, amongst others. He is also a lifelong Manchester United supporter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fans'-eye view of 25 glorious years 3 Oct 2011
By Ed
Format:Paperback
Tidey's book benefits and suffers from all chronicles of supporter experiences. Tidey's prose draws readers into the action as if not solely recalling the experience but reliving it. The book is, after all, Tidey's personal experiences of supporting the club since childhood.

These are emotions - the highs and lows of supporterdom - with which all Manchester United fans can identify. The preface to `My Life' is a case in point, describing the explosion of passion and joy as Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer's flicked winner lit the fires of joy at Camp Nou in 1999. It was the seminal moment of Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge of United.

But Tidey's work is also recollection of events over the course of 25 years of Ferguson's tenure at Old Trafford, and in strict chronilogical order at that. There is much to enjoy in the many victories; plenty to rue in the defeats. Each has made Ferguson's time at Old Trafford so memorable.

Tidey's work is also a remembrance of the minutiae, as well as the improbably glorious. There are moments that the reader will simply
have forgotten, or placed in the deep recesses of memory at least. There is joy in that too.

And yet for all that there is nothing particularly revelatory here. Why should there be? Tidey's work, almost a personal diary over a quarter of a century, was never intended to be. Passionate, witty and smart, Tidey neatly sums up the fans-eye view of Ferguson's time at Old Trafford. For that, it is well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shivers down the spine at times... 17 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book; it's funny, warm, chatty and brings back some forgotten memories of games, and situations over the years. It's amazing how you forget some of the most extraordinary things; Beckham coming back after getting sent off at the World Cup and having a "Roy of the Rovers" season, Yorke and Cole terrorizing Europe, Cantona just...being...BRILLIANT...and kicking the hooligan...also BRILLIANT... So many characterful players, it makes the game today seem dull. Well written, fun to read, and actually something that feels new and different to the usual biographies - there are personal stories of support and life and how it ties in with the games that are well written, funny and interesting, and I felt myself really rooting for the author, and his Dad as I read through. Recommended for any United supporter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 23 Sep 2013
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Excellent account of a true fans perspective of the Ferguson era with the accuracy if a journalist
A must read for the true United fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life With Sir Alex 4 April 2013
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There are so many books to read out there on Sir Alex, and Will Tidey's is one of the best. Writen with humour and passion, Will's book gets inside a fans perspective of life with the most successful manager in British football history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A six star book 19 Mar 2012
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Will's love for MUFC is bordering on religious, as football is a region for many. His higher being is Sir Alex Ferguson and you can easily see why the team you love becomes a lifetime friend, longer than almost any other relationship in your life, with highs and the lows.

His baby watched the reds on television form the lap of his father from his first few days - such a wonderful view on life.

I couldn't put this book down. If I could give it six stars, I would.
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