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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: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,583 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

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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 By Ed on 3 Oct. 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By effinggazza on 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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By Mr. Iain R. Wear on 21 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
In his 25 years as manager of Manchester United Football Club, Sir Alex Ferguson has won everything, most of them more than once. He's taken his team to the top of English football with some lavish purchases, some expert man management and a ruthless dedication to his club and his players. Depending which side of the fence you sit on, this has made him either the most popular, or most hated, man in English football. I'm in the latter group. I'm a Liverpool fan.

Will Tidey has been a Manchester United fan for most of his life and he's of an age that Sir Alex Ferguson has been Manchester United's manager for most of this time. Tidey takes us through the whole of Ferguson's tenure at the helm; his appointment, the wins, the losses, the disappointments and the celebrations. As a dedicated fan and sports journalist, he's shared them all, witnessed many first hand and written about some of them. ''Life With Sir Alex'' is his recollection of these years, written from his standpoint as a fan, not as a journalist.

Despite our differing opinions of favourite teams, there is something very familiar and comforting about events here. Tidey and I are of a similar age and the first F. A. Cup Final he recalls watching in 1985 is also the first I remember seeing; at the time he was six years old, I was eight. Virtually every event and player he mentions in this book is one I recall from my own lifetime as a football fan. Whilst much of what's here reflects badly on my own favourite team who have been in decline during this period, it was strangely relaxing to be able to read a book based in my own lifetime and with so much that I recognised.

What helps with this is that Tidey is a very clear writer.
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By S. J. Hall on 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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