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Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead

Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead [Kindle Edition]

David J. Mooney
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Manchester City fans know that their team never does things the easy way. When the club sank to its lowest point by being relegated to the third tier of English football at the end of the 1990s, supporters were hopeful of a quick return to the First Division. But it was never going to be so simple.

Having made the play-offs despite a poor start to the season, the Blues were one win away from promotion. Fans headed for Wembley with hopes and dreams of their side bouncing back at the first attempt, but with 90 minutes on the clock it looked like all was lost - Gillingham were winning 2-0.

Stoppage time goals from Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov changed all that. The supporters that had been heading for the exits were suddenly rushing back into the ground. City eventually won the game on penalties.

David J. Mooney has tracked down each and every one of the players that was in the squad on Sunday 30 May 1999 and their manager and has spoken to them about that historic day for Manchester City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
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  • Publisher: Jiggery Pokery (26 May 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Dickov again 1 July 2014
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Forget Stoke in the FA Cup final and the Aguero moment against QPR, the biggest game in Manchester City's history was arguably back in the pre-Sheikh days of 1999. This book paints the picture of City's second division play-off final victory over Gillingham at Wembley in all its dramatic glory. Without Paul Dickov's injury-time equaliser and Nicky Weaver's penalty shoot-out heroics, there would probably have been no takeover, no new stadium, no 6-1 and no trophies. This is a thoroughly cracking read that sends a shiver down the spine with every turn of the page. If you were there, it will bring back memories you will treasure forever, regardless of how many trophies City win. If you weren't, you won't know what you missed until you buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, although flawed 21 July 2014
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"The Gillingham game" has a special place in City fans' hearts because it represents the end of the era of calamities and the beginning of the club's incredible rise to the top of the game. It remains the most emotional and incredible football game I have ever attended. Mooney's book ultimately does the game justice and provides a nostalgic journey through that era, when City were, even in mediocrity, still an incredible club.

The book is well written, although flawed, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, getting through it in a few hours. It is nicely presented, although the photos are one-dimensional and dull: a few shots of the supporters perhaps, or the players today, would break the monotony of old-hat match shots from the game. The book's level of detail is well pitched, with a few nuggets of new information in there, and the interviews are structured well enough to not become too repetitive. Mooney has used each interview to allow each player to focus on memorable goals they scored, or memorable games, giving the book more depth.

The lack of a supporter's perspective is a glaring omission. Whilst it's great to hear the players' emotions and love for the club, the most important part of that day was the feeling of renaissance amongst long suffering fans. The swing from utter despair to euphoria in the kick of a ball. The players involved had mainly only been at the club a year or two, whereas many of us had suffered for decades, and this truly felt like the day we looked down the barrel of a gun, and finally turned the corner in the most remarkable of ways. The book just abruptly ends after Royle's interview and should surely have had a final chapter based around the fan's emotions.

Having said that, it's well worth reading for sentimental City fans and is better than most of the glut of self-published City books coming onto the market these days.
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By Steven
Format:Kindle Edition
Manchester City v Gillingham at Wembley '99 is a day and game that will always be remembered fondly by City supporters. This book more than does it justice.

Mooney has painstakingly tracked down all involved on that day and produced an insightful and entertaining first-hand review of the drama. There are snippets of new information, a detailed analysis of the complete range of emotions suffered and the overarching level of detail and touching warmth of the interviews is what makes the book so enjoyable.

If you have memories of that day in May and want to relive the excitement/fear/hope/dread/worry/ecstasy, this is an essential read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a superb read!! I couldn't put it down! 30 Jun 2014
By wlh
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A truly brilliant read! I read it from start to finish on my flight home (4 hours!)
I was transported back to Wembley, and went through the entire range of emotions that I had experienced 15 years earlier!! As if once wasn't enough!
I loved that each chapter focused on a different squad member, had a background on the player, gave their perspective on the actual game, and then informs us as to where they are now.
The Gerard Wiekens one especially, actually brought a tear to my eye!

If you're looking for an extremely well researched, great read about a very turbulent period in City's history, then look no further!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A season to remember 18 Sep 2014
By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Looks Like Scunny Next Season – A season I hope never to relive!

As a Manchester City fan of a certain vintage I still have not forgiven Liverpool beating us to the title in 1977. There was some jubilee going on somewhere but them there scousers ruined my summer holidays. Back to school back in Europe where we belonged, the season before League Cup winners this is what supporting City was about.

Little did I realise that 22 years later multiple relegations & the odd promotion I would be back at Wembley this time without me dad. I was no longer 7 years old and a quite a few dreams had been shattered. I was still a blue the RAGs had gone from comedy sideshow to champions hammering it down our collective mouths. Even more so when we dropped down to the third tier of English football and Manchester City’s future had come down to a play –off final at Wembley.

Looks like Scunny Next Season by David Mooney recounts that season and more importantly the final. Mooney has recorded each of the players that day recollections of the final and the season and what they are doing now. This was the season when City was really down with the dead men and as the final whistle approached we were dead – as a fan I could hear the death rattle of my beloved City. 2 -0 down at 90 minutes fans leaving the ground me and me mated stood there watching refusing to leave. Goater scores a consolation goal we cheer, Dickov then scores in the added on time an equaliser I become a flying fat man! Through the extra time to penalties my mates no longer can watch and I am commentating for them Dickov misses then here me groan as Edghill steps up never scored taking a ruddy penalty somehow there was a god as he hit the underside of the crossbar and in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. It brought back some great memories and ...
Fantastic book. It brought back some great memories and really captured my imagination. A really enjoyable read for City fans of any age.
Published 1 month ago by wayneh
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, and not just to City fans
Mooney's most engaging book to date. Much more than a simple retrospective, the book contains revealing and insightful reviews into the post-football lives of the players. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the orrignal "That goal" that sums up "Typical City"
A must for any City fan. Terrific book that I just flew through focusing on the most important day in the modern history of MCFC. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars A good honest footy book
Written by a fan for the fans. To hear the players feelings about the season and that day makes this a great read as you skip from player to player. Read more
Published 2 months ago by danebanksheik
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb football book - Highly Recommended!
This book really is superb read and highly recommended for any football fan.
To get the insights & emotions of all of the players who actually played that day along with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TGR
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb and comprehensive account of a miraculous season. ...
A superb and comprehensive account of a miraculous season. A must for all Blues but whatever your club allegiance you'll find this utterly compelling. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Psychocandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane
For any City fan young or old, this is a must-read. A labour of love in tracking down the team that eventually won through on that fateful day in 1999, the author has clearly... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dying seconds goal saved this club.
If you were there on THAT day, buy this book.
Good honest insights from the squad that saved the club from almost disaster. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. McGowan
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