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Manchester: The Greatest City - The Complete Official History of Manchester City Football Club [Hardcover]

Gary James
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Sep 2002
Widely acclaimed as one of the best club histories yet produced, this - now fully updated - detailed story of one of Britain's grandest football clubs chronicles the triumphs, failures and, above all, inconsistencies of Manchester City FC.
This lavishly illustrated book covers everything from 1880 right through to the very latest Division One Championship success of 2002. Manchester - The Greatest City blends perfectly the narrative history of the club with first hand accounts, as told by supporters, players and administrators down the years. This awesome 496 page book also contains special 'Maine Citizen' features on forty of City's greatest players, and every club manager. Relive the Cup and Championship successes as well as the many controversial episodes to have befallen the club and its magnificent supporters down the decades.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Polar Print Group Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899538224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899538225
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,703,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary James has been researching and writing about Manchester football since the mid-1980s. He has written several landmark publications and a variety of articles on the region's games, clubs, players and personalities. In recent years he has written for publications as diverse as the FA Cup final programme, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Times, The Author, When Saturday Comes, The Manchester Evening News and the match programmes of both Manchester United and Manchester City.

His first book was published in 1989, with his highly acclaimed Football With A Smile: The authorised biography of Joe Mercer, OBE coming in 1993 (updated and revised in 2010). His other works include: Manchester - A Football History, Manchester The City Years, The Big Book Of City, Farewell To Maine Road, Atkinson For England, and The Pride of Manchester.

Gary cares deeply about the history of football and feels that the role of all of the Manchester region clubs has rarely been given the attention it deserves. As part of his research he has interviewed players, fans, broadcasters, journalists and other figures from many different aspects of the game. He has been a regular contributor to the Manchester City match programme since 1994, and is now recognised as a leading expert on Mancunian football history. In 2003 he set up City's award winning museum & tour and in 2012 he provided curatorial assistance during the development of the new National Football Museum.

Follow Gary on twitter: @garyjameswriter or

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Gary James has fulfilled our desire and produced the definitive history. A City history with its Blue heart on its sleeve. -- DAVID BUTLER, MCIVTA

Here is a book that more than justifies the blurb. If you are a Blue, this definitive book on City is for you. -- Richard Bott, MCFC Match Programme

The book contains half a million words. And weighing in at just over four pounds, it’s probably the heaviest book ever written on a club. -- MIKE BARNETT, Manchester based journalist.

Well written, painstakingly researched and sumptuously produced. A must for the shelf of every City fan and serious football historian. -- Richard Whitehead, The Times

About the Author

Gary James has been a City fan since birth. He has written five football related books and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and football programme.

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5.0 out of 5 stars City fan? Buy this book! 4 Dec 2000
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This book is a must for every City fan, it covers every moment of City's history, from the day it started as a cricket team, to the last few seasons. Brilliant book, well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Book on MCFC 1 Oct 1999
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The author has gone to great lengths to produce a first class book which is easy to read and difficult to put down. A total history in words and fantastic archive pictures. A must for all Manchester Blues.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
From City robbing Spurs of the LEague in 1960, extra pies being bought at Wembley in 1933, Billy Merediths great cup exploits, the history of Miane Rd, 84,000 v Stoke, 5-1, 10-1 it is all here, excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars have not read the book yet 14 Jun 2000
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dear sir or madam,i was after a book manchester the greatest city,the price in are local bookstore is the same as yours,have you any offers going on this book otherwise i cant see the point of buying on line,please let me know,before i buy the book yours ,D Bates
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