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Manchester City Manchester a Football History Book

by james Ward
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 July 2013
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Manchester City Manchester a Football History Book

The original version of Manchester - A Football History was the first detailed history of football in the region. It proved highly popular and sold out within twelve months of publication in 2008. This updated version has been produced to bring the Manchester story up to date and includes material on the further success of United; the transformation of City; the promotion of Rochdale and key events for all the region's leading sides.
This book details many interesting stories and also spells out the significant events that have shaped the region's football development. It focuses on the League/former League sides of Bury, City, United, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Stalybridge Celtic, but also considers all the local clubs who have at some point in their history attempted to join the League, or made a significant impact.
Manchester - A Football History is the definitive record of the development of football in the Manchester region.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A 'Got to Have' ! 4 July 2008
The pleasure I have received from reading this book has left me morally obliged to do my first ever Amazon Review. Whilst I will attempt to wax lyrical, a little story first that will probably be more convincing in its way than any words of praise that I can muster:-

Although a Manchester City fan, I joined a coachful from our pub to go and give Stockport County a cheer in their play-off game at Wembley against Rochdale. The coach was a fair mix of County (obviously), City and United fans. I took Gary James's book to while away the journey. Suffice to say that others took an interest in it and were blown away with the 'differentness' of it. By the time we returned, I'd taken a total of 11 orders for copies!

The book clearly has a 'wow' factor. I think one of its main qualities is the author's refusal to merely compartmentalise each Manchester club's
history. Instead it is largely chronological and dwells many times on the relationships between clubs rather than just significant events in their individual past. Whilst United and City inevitably figure prominantly, there is due credit given to the likes of Bury who were Manchester's first truly successful club. At the other extreme, newcomers FC United are given respect for their efforts to return affordable football to the grassroots supporter. In between, every club from the area has its roots explained and its triumphs and tribulations related accurately and entertainingly .

One of my favourite sections is the rise and unfortunate demise of Manchester Central FC. If United and City had not combined and connived to keep this fledging club out of the League in the late'20's / early '30's, then either there would have been three city centre teams or an ailing United could have gone to the wall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended. 19 Jan 2011
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A fantastic read that doesn't just focus on the big clubs. I thought I was quite knowledgable about Manchester football, but I've learned a lot from reading this outstanding book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for any football fan! 2 Jan 2014
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My husband has not put this book down since he opened it on christmas morning. He is fascinated by the facts and stories and photos of all the clubs. He is a City fan but is finding the whole book an amazing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every city should have one 16 Feb 2013
This is a serious and scholarly study of the development of Association football in the Greater Manchester area. It is not a hagliography, It details the darker side as well as the triumphs. Also, the author doesn't waste too much time on the well documented events such as The Munich air disaster or the 1999 treble season.
This history isn't exclusively about the two major Manchester clubs. It covers, fairly comprehensively the lesser lights, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Stockport as well as the non-league clubs like Stalybridge and Hyde. The story is one of organic growth whereby the the history and fates of the larger clubs are somehow part of the same fabric that binds them to the district's smaller clubs.
Collecting the information for this book must have been very difficult as the author is explicit in separating the primary sources from the secondary and he is not afraid to debunk some of the myths that have arisen from some of those secondary (such as oral accounts) sources.
Every major city should commission a similar account of their local football clubs. It is an indispensable record of social development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars foot ball fan 2 Jan 2013
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bought for my brother who is a manchester born football fan .who finds it interesting to read all about the teams from where he

used to live mind you he is a city fan (but he cant help that )it will keep him quiet for a long time
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