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The Official Illustrated History of Manchester United 1878-2012: The Full Story and Complete Record [Hardcover]

Alex Murphy , Andrew Endlar (statistics)
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11 Oct 2012
When the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company formed the Newton Heath L and YR Cricket and Football Club in 1878, they could have had no idea what it was they were starting. Renamed Manchester United in 1902 after financial problems, the new club would soon go on to win the league title and the FA Cup. It was just the beginning of one of the most remarkable and gripping stories in sport. This masterful account explains how United rose to success, and how the club recovered in the bomb-damaged aftermath of the Second World War under the brilliant guidance of Matt Busby. The loss of the core of the side in the Munich Air Disaster of February 1958 stunned a nation, and football fans around the world. But Busby recovered to build a new side around the talents of Best, Law and Charlton, becoming the first English side to win the European Cup in 1968. More recently, United have dominated English football under manager Sir Alex Ferguson, winning an incredible 19 Premier League titles, including a unique Treble in 1999. The incredible story of the Reds' success, the great stars from Billy Meredith over 100 years ago to Ferdinand, Giggs and Rooney today, are all featured in this essential volume. Packed with stunning photographs and all the facts and figures you could ever want to know, this is a book no United fan can afford to be without.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; updated edition edition (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471102629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471102622
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Murphy is a journalist, author and proud son of Lancashire who now lives in Guernsey with his wife and four sons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book!! 2 Dec 2012
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This covers the full history of one of the Worlds Greatest football clubs. It covers everything from the set up of Newton Heath LYR, the namechange to Manchester United, the Munich Air Disaster, first European Cup win, the Treble and more. You need to own this book if you want to learn more about YOUR club!
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4.0 out of 5 stars gift 10 Jan 2013
By jay
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I bought this book on impulse as a Christmas gift for my Man Utd mad son. He was pleasantly surprised and just loved it.
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The book gives an excellent over view over history of Manchester United, but what i found most interesting though it doesn't devote many pages, or go into much detail about the Munich air Disaster. So its hard to get to emotional over the disaster on these pages. I think its done on purpose to give an over feel about club history. Nothing else. I mean its not mentioned in the book whom the babes played in the final few matches before the disaster. I mean folks that have never heard about the disaster before might even assume that United were playing one of the Munich sides 1860 or Bayern. Truth to be told United played Arsenal at Highbury in a thrilling 5-4 win, its final match on English soil, then drew Red Star Belgrade in former Yugoslavia day before the disaster. plain that was carrying Manchester United only was supposed to stop for extra fuel in Munich then continue to Manchester. before those tragic events with 3 aborted take off admits and the fatal final admit. The book doesn't mention any of these, with the expectation of the team being in Munich, and on board that aircraft, and having fatal take off admit. With all this said there have been quite few books written about the disaster, so if your looking for books about the Munich Air Disaster then this book is not obviously one to buy. But if you want book that gives great over view about history of Manchester United form the Newton Heath LYR days to the name change in 1902 and then first few championship, the struggles in 1920's and 1930's the Busby era in general, the post Busby, in the 1970's and 1980's and finally the current Sir Alex Ferguson era, then this book is a must have for any United fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars partners xmas gift 15 Jan 2014
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as much as i hate football my partner is a huge fan.
This book was an opportunity to give a football related gift that was also informative.
Fantstic for an avid man u fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 15 Dec 2013
By vicky
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Very nice book, quite large. Bought as a Christmas present but it is a perfect gift for any Man United fan!
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