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Manchester United - Man and Babe [Hardcover]

Wilf McGuinness , Ivan Ponting
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31 Oct 2008
The rich history of Manchester United has never thrown up a more colourful character than Wilf McGuinness. There is virtually no emotion that he hasn't experienced during a lifetime in the game. Wilf has: played for his beloved United and his country at every level; won a championship medal with the Red Devils; suffered a cruel injury which cut short his career at the chronically premature age of 22; succeeded Sir Matt Busby as manager of Manchester United - and been sacked by the club to which he was so passionately devoted; lost all his hair, probably as a result of the shock of his demoralising dismissal; played a key role in England's 1966 World Cup glory under Sir Alf Ramsey; and, coached at York, Hull and Bury, and in soccer outposts around the world...all without losing his exuberant outlook on life in general and football in particular.As Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'There is never a dull moment with Wilf. There is no more cheerful man in football!' One of the original Busby Babes, Wilf grew up alongside the likes of Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton, and but for injury would have been aboard the plane which crashed at Munich, killing 23 people including eight of his team-mates and friends. Now for the first time he tells the full story of his incident-packed lifetime in the game, revealing the joy and the injustice, the sorrow and the controversy. "Man and Babe" is a moving tale of excitement, anguish and redemption, with humour never very far from the surface. It includes over 100 photographs from Wilf's personal collection, including the pre-Munich crash Busby Babes and exclusive pictures of Posh & Becks at the party to celebrate United's 1999 treble!

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848185030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848185036
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilf McGuinness, with Ivan Ponting, (Know The Score) is, of course, an autobiography, but the true voice of this wonderfully-animated feature of the Manchester United landscape narrates his fascinating story. --Paddy Barclay, The Telegraph

Wilf McGuinness is Manchester United through and through. And in Manchester United Man And Babe he details his journey from fan to player to manager at Old Trafford recounting the joy, injustice, sorrow and controversy along the way. Through it all, his sheer enthusiasm shines through and McGuinness comes across as a man with boundless energy and humour. Such is McGuinness' rich experience of life at Old Trafford, he gives an insight into the days when players used to walk to matches but is also able to reflect on the modern-day greats who have succeeded the likes of Charlton and Edwards. It's certainly must-read for United fans of any age, but should also interest anyone who simply loves their football, as McGuinness patently does. --SportingLife

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Ivan Ponting has written more than 30 books on football, including Manchester United Player By Player, and has penned the autobiographies of Bill Foulkes and Gary Pallister. He also supplies obituaries to The Independent newspaper, and his joint effort with David Foot, entitled Sixty Summers: Somerset Cricket Since The War, won Best Cricket Book at the 2007 National Sporting Club awards.

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4.0 out of 5 stars MY GOODNESS! McGUINNESS! 10 Sep 2009
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With a generously bubbly 1200 word Foreword penned by the author's good friend and former team mate, Sir Bobby Charlton, and no fewer than 140-plus photographs within its 316 page format, it is quite unbelievable that, 13 months on from its original publication date in October 2008, Manchester United Man and Babe, the long-awaited autobiography of Wilf McGuinness of Man U and England, has received nary a mention in the local or regional press. Because there must be thousands of north Manchester folk and Reds, too, inquisitive about their team's past, who would love to get their hands on this story of a local boy done good. This is a book I would not be without. Well, not permanently at any rate. Because, though I had been aware that Wilf was planning to write his autobiography (see above, the reference to the old advertising slogan I suggested as a title), I knew not (for reasons already mentioned) of the book's existence for fully 6 months after its publication date. Moreover, an additional 6 months would then pass by during which time this same book has been devoured hungrily by yours truly and assorted alumni of Shepherd Street University (aka Mount Carmel, Blackley) who gleefully borrowed it from me. Not the least of whom is my good friend John Gilligan of Moston, photographed on page 21 herein alongside the boy McGuinness himself, the late Tommy Seale (younger brother of Fr Brian Seale of St John Vianney's), and other assorted reprobates from Blackley and White Moss who made up the school's U-15s' football team in the early 1950s yet whose names escape me for the present, Tony Burgess apart. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting man, interesting book. 3 Nov 2011
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Typical sports autobiography, but quite emotional. Few interesing stories concerning mr McGuinness himself and best United players like Charlton, Best or Law. Recommended for truly United fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 14 Sep 2013
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loved the boook brialliant delivery.the book was in good condition ill buy again soon
if the right book comes along so thanks
yours rob
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 17 Feb 2011
Warm, informative and quite revealing in more ways than one.
I have met Wilf a couple of times (who hasn't) and I always like reading books about people I have met but after reading this you will feel you have met him too if you haven't already.
There is not a trace of bitterness in the 365 pages and for those of us around at the time will recall United the great family club Wilf will testify they are, treated him appallingly, the transfer spend was about as close as he got to any ill feeling.
I have never heard a bad word spoken about the legend that he is and reading his take on United from the Babes to today is fascinating stuff.
The pictures alone are incredible, a very easy and most enjoyable read, took me a little over a week.
A true United book for the shelf.
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