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Manchester City: The Mercer-Allison Years Paperback – 1 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859836089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859836088
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Manchester City's first home game of 1964-65 was a resounding success - a 6-0 win over Leyton Orient. But by the time Swindon Town arrived at Maine Road in January 1965, City's fortunes had taken an alarming tumble. At Easter, manager George Poyser resigned and the rest of the season City were managerless as they finished 11th. In July 1965, City announced their new man: Joe Mercer, former England, Everton and Arsenal wing-half who had been out of the game for 12 months after suffering a stroke while managing Aston Villa.Mercer needed a younger man to work with the players on the training pitch and he chose Malcolm Allison, the former West Ham defender who had himself suffered bad health, his playing career ended when he lost a lung to TB.No-one in their wildest dreams could imagine the success these two would bring to Maine Road. Within 12 months City had won the championship of the Second Division. Two years later they were league champions of England and by 1971 had added the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup-winners' Cup.This, then is the story of the most successful period in Manchester City's history.

With the personal recollections of skipper Tony Book, prolific scorer Neil Young and Malcolm Allison himself, the events of that remarkable period are retold here. Events which not only gave City supporters such wonderful times but also endeared City to football fans up and down the country as they wondered at the style of play created by Genial Joe and Big Mal.

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Format: Hardcover
For every Man City fan who never knew the glory days; for every fan who was there who wants to relive memories that may have become a little hazy with the years; for every enthusiast for whom the timing of every goal is vital - Ian Penney has written this book for you.
Chronologically sound and near match-perfect in detail, Ian Penney takes you back to just before the Mercer-Allison Years, when second division football looked like being a luxury, and the support was so sparse that those who came would have had to run round to make it look like a crowd. He then details how the brilliant partnership came to be hired, how they built up their formidable team, and how they confounded football with the truth that there was indeed another football team in Manchester.
All the fabulous goals that helped win five trophies in seven years are brought to life: the build-ups, the scorers, and even the times.
And all the failures are there, too. From being turfed out of European football at the first hurdle for the want of checking out the opposition, through being pipped by Derby for the 1972 League title by committing the cardinal sin of changing a winning formula, to the protracted disintegration of the brilliant partnership itself.
But you don't have to take Ian Penney's word for it! Throughout the book there are telling comments and astute observations by surviving partner Allison, plus comments from two of their most trusty players: Tony Book and Neil Young. You can see the rollercoaster ride through their eyes, and find out what really went on behind the scenes.
It is these inclusions that make this book unique.
Possibly a gruelling read for the non-City fan, Ian Penney has defined what may turn out to be an unrepeatable era with facts, figures - and feelings.
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