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My Manchester United Years [Hardcover]

Bobby Charlton
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6 Sep 2007

Bobby Charlton is Manchester United through and through. He was a member of the original Busby Babes and has devoted his career to the club, playing in 754 games over 17 years. During that period he won everything the game had to offer, played alongside some of the greats such as Best and Law, suffered devastating defeats and was involved in one of the greatest football tragedies of all time. Here, for the very first time, he tells the story of those United years.

With his beloved Reds he tasted FA Cup victory in the emotional final of 1963, won three first division championships and in 1968 he reached the pinnacle of club success, winning the European Cup. Inevitably, such highs are balanced with no less dramatic lows, such as the 1957 European Cup semi-final, the highly charged 1958 FA Cup loss which followed only weeks after the horrors of the Munich Air disaster, and the 1969 European Cup defeat by Milan.

He is one of the true gentlemen of football and the legacy that Bobby Charlton gives to United is beyond compare.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755316193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755316199
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 16.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For anyone who loves football, this book cannot be ignored' (The Times)

'A glorious example of the genre, a class apart not least because of being penned by award-winning newspaper columnist James Lawton, a veritable master of his craft. The prologue alone is almost worth the money, the first page a peerless example of how to get to the heart - the tragic heart in this case - of the matter' (Daily Mail)

'It's a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. Bobby Charlton is a great man and he has told a great story' (Sir Alex Ferguson)

'Sir Bobby's autobiography begins with an indescribably moving chapter about the blackest day of English sport: February 6, 1958. They are the most powerful pages ever written in a football book' (Sunday Express)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful achievement 10 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
Not since Arthur Hopcraft produced the sublime 'The Football Man' in 1968 has a book on sport moved me so profoundly. When it was announced that a Bobby Charlton autobiography was imminent, I feared that it would fail to do justice to arguably the most compelling sporting figure of my lifetime. In the event, it is a majestic work, capturing perfectly, and often poignantly, the essence of the man and his times. Footballing matters are dealt with faithfully and comprehensively, but perhaps the tale is at its most arresting when addressing human relationships. There are numerous delightful vignettes which offer evocative insights into household names and he confronts family issues with candour. Charlton emerges not only as a great sportsman, but also as a sensitive, intelligent, appealingly wistful soul. Quite simply, I love the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy, dignified and frank 29 Oct 2007
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Ever since I was nine years old when I saw him score the two goals that helped Manchester United win the European Cup in 1968 Bobby Charlton has been my hero. He didn't have the dazzling ball skills of George Best and lets face it, with his prematurely bald head he looked more like a teacher that a footballer, but instead he simply exuded class and a certain dignity that no other footballer seemed to possess. I was very pleased to find then that his autobiography is exactly the same - classy, dignified but also very frank and honest.
Not surprisingly it contains absolutely no scandal but instead it is full of stories that offer telling insights into not just Bobby Charlton but also Manchester United, football and life in general in the fifties, sixties and seventies.
One of the chapters, in which he writes about the days when as a boy he used to go to watch Sunderland or Newcastle United with his older brother Jack is particularly excellent. His description of how they used to stand in a particular part of the ground so they can watch the skills of a famous player close at hand is very evocative. Also excellent is the bitingly frank chapter in which he tells of the breakdown of his relationship with his mother following her rejection of his wife, Norma.
As you would expect though, it is the Munich airplane disaster that dominates this book, just as it as dominated Bobby Charltons life since that day. The events of that day are described wonderfully well, as are Bobbys feelings of bewilderment and guilt that he should survive the crash barely harmed whilst his beloved team mates and friends had perished.
An excellent book then, and I look forward greatly to the next of the proposed volumes, where I presume he will move onto his playing for England and the World Cup win in 1966.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A life of witness 6 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
The boring tag attached by so many to Bobby Charlton has always frustrated me. Here was a man who played football with attacking Brazilian flair and never intentionally made a tackle in his life. A man with a thunderbolt of a shot who made the commentators voice rise when uttering his name. It was notable, if not remarkable in these commercial days, that he had never before published an autobiography.

Looming large of course over everything was the Munich air disaster. One couldn't help feeling that his rather dour, pre-occupied demeanour had emerged from that tragedy. It seems it was so. Here there are glimpses of the pre-Munich Charlton enjoying the company of his closest friends David Pegg, Eddie Colman and Tommy Taylor and his upward gaze to his hero Duncan Edwards. The world is truly at their feet. And then there is the crash. The heart is ripped out of the team but also the football heart to some degree silently seems to depart Bobby Charlton as well. He explains how he just can't understand how or why he survived, so unscathed, and his friends did not. It is something that will trouble him for a lifetime. The remainder of his life certainly however seems to have been driven by the need to bear witness to what was lost. Just one among many geniuses, Charlton bears testimony to the greatness of the others. "Here I am", he says, "see what I achieved and yet I was only ordinary among the Busby Babes."

Of course Bobby Charlton won the elusive European Cup with Busby at the helm, he won the World Cup with England and he played sublime football as one of the big three of Best, Charlton and Law. He deals in this book most passionately with Munich and with his family dispute with brother Jack and their mother - here one feels he is speaking from raw emotion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A footballing legend without the ego 30 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book confirms a number of things we already believed - Bobby Charlton was a great player and is a very decent man - but it also offers some surprises. Specifically, BC is thorough and candid in describing both the Munich air disaster, and the tensions between his wife and his family, two non-footballing events that shaped the life of one of our greatest footballers.

The frankness, humility and self-awareness on display make a stark contrast with many other sporting biographies cutrrently available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A HUMBLE SUPERSTAR. 28 Oct 2007
By JUDE
Format:Hardcover
Bobby Charlton is an amazing man, his life story is THE story of English football, and yet for such a famous and brilliant player he comes across as a humble man. Some people have accused him of being gloomy or morose and there is a certain amount of truth in that. This book is really his chance to lay the ghost of Munich, when he saw his friends and team-mates wiped out. It must have taken all his reserves of character to survive such a trauma and not only that, to actually prosper as a player. That horrible event is mentioned at the start of the book, but it is never far from the surface all the way through and it is interesting to note the warmth he feels for the old United trainer Jimmy Murphy, who gets a lot of the credit for his improvement as a player. Matt Busby is called simply `the old man`. All the supporting characters are mentioned, including George Best. Charlton`s club loyalty and basic decency are the reason for their disagreements, the hedonistic lifestyle of the young genius completely alien to Charlton`s outlook, which may as well have been pre-war. First World war. I was surprised to read his account of the well documented fall-out he had with his brother. I got the impression he wanted to set the record straight on this and other issues. This is not a scandal filled book but it`s by Bobby Charlton and that`s good enough for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreary
An incredibly dreary book written by an incredibly dreary man. It's what you would expect really, written with as much humour and charisma as he displays in any interviews, i.e. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. L. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars the best footballing book i have read.
This was a true story. Bobby was an amazing footballer, a true legend. Never to be forgotten. A real hero!!
Published 1 month ago by pauline doody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
My dad loved this book. Well written & a great present for a fan, or any reader really! Any football fan would enjoy
Published 7 months ago by Ms. K. A. L. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, good condition
Really enjoyed reading this book, what a man! book was delivered early and is in great condition. recommend this book to any football fan
Published 12 months ago by T.R.Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Charltons Great Story- His life and love for United
Sir Bobby Charlton, it is his autobiography (which he does in two parts, one United and one England). It was a long awaited release. Read more
Published 14 months ago by shonagh mudie
4.0 out of 5 stars Football fans should read this
A fine book, written about a man who really has a story to tell ... take note Wayne Rooney!
Has some good stories of Bobby's early days, when players used to cycle to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Football Hero
What can one say about Sir Bobby Charlton. He achieved all what he'd set out to do in his footballing career by winning various titles. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Janet & Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars gd
it is a really good book. really fun, ive already finished reading it after a week!
u cannot put it down! very fascinating!
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by Wong Chi Kit
4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Football
Bobby Charlton epitomises the best of English football. He was given a much deserved knighthood for his considerable services to both club and country and one of only two... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Nick Brett
3.0 out of 5 stars Great player - not so great writer
Bobby Charlton was a true footballing legend during his United and England years. This book covers the former only and as his world cup triumph gains only the briefest of mentions... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by tallpete33
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