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'Who Said City Couldn't Play!': Manchester City FC Football League Champions 1936/37 Paperback – 31 Oct 2013


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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Shutlingsloe Publishing; 1st Edition edition (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992727804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992727802
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christmas Day 1936, Blundell Park, Cleethorpes. Frank Swift, the Manchester City goalkeeper retrieves the ball from the back of the net for the fifth time that afternoon. The 'Blues' of Manchester have just been beaten 5-3 by Grimsby Town - and lay twelfth in the First Division! A season that had begun with such high hopes appears to be in tatters. City are closer to relegation than winning the Championship. However, against all the odds and the trauma of Grimsby, a remarkable run sees them remain unbeaten in the league for the rest of the season. An extraordinary sequence of results - fifteen victories and seven draws - propels City to a historic first Championship and the names of Swift, Barkas, Brook, Doherty and Tilson become immortalised within the club's history. The thrills and spills of a gripping campaign are all in this book. Find out in detail how City were crowned 'Champions of England' in the Spring of 1937.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gus on 29 Jan. 2014
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A game by game account of Manchester City's historic first league-title win in 1936-7 season. Newspapers and programmes from the time plus players' autobiographies, are used to create match reports and create period atmosphere. The lack of TV and film footage from the time means that this season is not as well known as the 1967-8 championship and so the book fill a gap in the knowledge of most modern fans. Of course, City then became the only club to win the title one year and to be relegated the next - but that's a subject for another day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stewart on 24 Dec. 2013
Fascinating read. So well put together. Lots of facts and figures, this book must have been so well researched. A great first book from the author. Once started, the true City fan won't put it down until it's read. What I also found incredible was the facts and figures surrounding not just Manchester City but all the other teams in the league. It almost read like a very early version of Football Focus. You read it in real time about all the matches on each and every day of the season. I have a feeling this format and style could well be copied in the future. However, the original will be the best. But then, that's Manchester City
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clara on 26 Jan. 2014
What a fab book! It's so well written with lots of facts and figures. An awful lot of research has gone into this - I can't put it down.
I bought several copies - one for myself and several more for other family members as late Christmas presents. My father, a lifelong City fan who is now 92, loves it! His favourite player of that time was Doherty and he was well pleased with him being on the cover. It has been great to hear him reminisce about many of the games he remembers attending during that season. So, a great book for him and also for myself and younger members of the family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell on 27 Dec. 2013
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Iv had this book about a week now but not had time to read it or even start it with it being Christmas etc.

Having looked through it for a few minutes though,it is so obvious how much work and research has gone into this book,it must have been a real labour of love.

Id recommend this book to footy fans but obviously blues,thanks Mr Neale.Your book has become my book number 71 of my City collection.I hope you have great success with this book and any other future related city books.
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