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The Big Book of City [Hardcover]

Gary James
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009
Gary James' newest publication on Manchester City Football Club. "The Big Book of City" consistes of 296 pages, with an 8 page colour section, and includes features on City's goalkeepers; every competitive European match played by the Blues; interviews with former players; plus much more.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: James Ward (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955812720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955812729
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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 facebook.com/garyjames4

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The latest book by Club historian and author Gary James is now available from the City Store. "The Big Book Of City" has been written in the spirit and style of traditional football annuals and is a joyful celebration of the players, games, goals and supporters from the Club's earliest beginnings to the modern era.

The book includes two main themes - goalkeepers and Europe - and carries profiles of ever City league `keeper and every European game played by the Blues. There's also the story of the Trawler Twelve, as told by one of the intrepid City explorers.

The book reveals for the first time exactly where the name "Maine Road" actually came from - it's a surprising tale - and the incredible story of City in Berlin in 1937 when the Blues took on the German propaganda machine. There are also golden goals, daily season reminders, City managers, quizzes, obscure history and a timeline of City's history.

The book also includes many rare images from the birth of the Blues through to goals by Adebayor and Tevez this season.

"May I congratulate you on another fantastic book. My problem is actually putting the darn thing down! There seems to be something on virtually every page that is of interest - I really am enjoying picking through it...though I guess that one day I will actually attempt to read it through more properly. Well done - it's a super achievement and I am delighted with my copy." Roger Reade, an early purchaser of the book. -- Manchester City Match Programme

James' book is bursting with fascinating old stories, including a profile of every one of City's 69 goalkeepers, from William Douglas in 1890 up to Shay Given.
--Manchester Evening News

From the Author

The idea of this book came on Christmas Day a few years back. I was sat looking at some of the presents and realised that for many people the ideal gift was a book that could be delved into when time allowed. This could be for long spells but more often than not would be for short spells. Basically I, like many other people, will pick up a book with the sole intention of reading a page or a couple of pages to while away a period of time.

Most of my books over the years have been detailed, in-depth histories or biographies and while I love writing those books and they have proved popular over the years, I have realised that most of us do not always get the right amount of time to dedicate to reading books of that type.

Every so often we simply want to dive into a book for a few minutes.

"The Big Book Of City" developed out of a desire to provide a mix of entertaining information in an easy to read format. However, I was also keen to ensure that the book provided new or newly discovered information and within these pages you can read for the first time how Maine Road actually got its name. Previous books have guessed, but now "The Big Book Of City" provides the answer.

Similarly, I wanted to take some of the simple facts and provide the story behind those facts, so City's highly political visit to Berlin in 1938 is covered in more detail than ever before. Hopefully the story, as told in this book, explains why City's match in the Olympic Stadium is such a significant moment.

Alongside all of this was a desire to ensure the book was not simply a miscellany of information. I wanted it to provide valid, readable content alongside some of the more trivia based material. I decided there had to be a couple of key themes to the book. These are Europe - the 2008-09 season reminded us all of the stage City should be competing on - and Goalkeepers. City have a great reputation for producing talented `keepers and within the
pages of this book I have written profiles of every `keeper to appear in the League for City up to date of publication.

If I am fortunate enough to write future editions of "The Big Book Of City" then I would like to ensure this approach continues with each book including two significant themes alongside more trivia based material.

Gary James


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought i knew City until i read this. 22 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have read a few books on my beloved City and have take an active interest in its long history with all its twists and turns.

The Big Book of City added to my knowledge but did it with a real sense of love for the content and a care for detail.

A wonderful read, packed with new information and delivered in a great new format.

I cannot recommend this book more highly, especially as a christmas present.

I hope someone buys a copy for Sheikh Mansour.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCFC Match Programme 7 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
The latest book by Club historian and author Gary James is now available. "The Big Book Of City" has been written in the spirit and style of traditional football annuals and is a joyful celebration of the players, games, goals and supporters from the Club's earliest beginnings to the modern era.

The book includes two main themes - goalkeepers and Europe - and carries profiles of ever City league `keeper and every European game played by the Blues. There's also the story of the Trawler Twelve, as told by one of the intrepid City explorers.

The book reveals for the first time exactly where the name "Maine Road" actually came from - it's a surprising tale - and the incredible story of City in Berlin in 1937 when the Blues took on the German propaganda machine. There are also golden goals, daily season reminders, City managers, quizzes, obscure history and a timeline of City's history.

The book also includes many rare images from the birth of the Blues through to goals by Adebayor and Tevez this season.

"May I congratulate you on another fantastic book. My problem is actually putting the darn thing down! There seems to be something on virtually every page that is of interest - I really am enjoying picking through it...though I guess that one day I will actually attempt to read it through more properly. Well done - it's a super achievement and I am delighted with my copy." Roger Reade, an early purchaser of the book.

The Big Book Of City by Gary James, is published by James Ward and is now available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Highly reccommended 14 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
Bought this for my dad for his birthday. He read it, my grandad read it, i read it and now its with another city fan. The book is brilliant we all loved it. My grandads been going for 68 years to watch city and even he learnt more about the club. It is really interesting and I hugely reccommend the all city fans to buy it, even the 'know it all's'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie City Man 25 Nov 2009
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Excellent service - book received from UK (to Australia) within 5 days. Book in pristine condition.
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