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Willie Morgan On The Wing - My Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Willie Morgan
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There have been some extraordinary footballers over the decades. But few with a story as extraordinary as Willie Morgan.

A Manchester United icon, the Scot fought all the odds to make it to the very top of the English game during its most fascinating and fashionable era, the 1960s and 1970s.

But it is not just Morgan’s life on the pitch that is so captivating.

Growing up in the tiny mining village of Sauchie, Morgan was raised believing his grandparents were his parents because his real mother had given birth to him outside wedlock.

Not only that, but Morgan’s father was an Italian prisoner of war from World War Two. It seemed that young Willie was destined for life as a family outcast, forced to follow his family into working the area’s coalmines.

However, Morgan’s path was different. For he had a remarkable skill – the speed and ability to play football like nobody else.

His skills were spotted by Burnley in 1960 before Morgan’s life changed forever when legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby broke the British transfer record to land the winger, and hand him George Best’s No.7 shirt.

It was from the right wing – and that shirt – that Morgan would witness and play with some of the greatest Manchester United players of all time.

Morgan recounts hundreds of tales about the hell-raising Best as well as giving his verdicts on the likes of Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Alex Stepney, Paddy Crerand and a host of others.

He also talks about Wilf McGuinness and the case he had to fight against former United manager Tommy Docherty.

From the football pitch to the High Court – Morgan has done it all and seen it all. He entertained, captivated and thrilled football fans for over 20 years. Now, for the first time, read his fascinating life story…

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There have been some extraordinary footballers over the decades. But few with a story as extraordinary as Willie Morgan. A Manchester United icon, the Scot fought all the odds to make it to the very top of the English game during its most fascinating and fashionable era, the 1960s and 1970s. But it is not just Morgan s life on the pitch that is so captivating. Born in the tiny mining village of Sauchie, Morgan grew up believing his grandparents were his parents because his real mother had given birth to him outside wedlock. Not only that, but Morgan s father was an Italian prisoner of war from World War Two. It seemed that young Willie was destined for life as a family outcast, forced to follow his family into the area s coalmines earning precious little money despite hours of backbreaking toil. However, Morgan s path was different. For he had a remarkable skill the speed and ability to play football like nobody else. His skills were spotted by Burnley in 1960 before Morgan s life changed forever when he joined Manchester United eight years later. The club s legendary manager, Sir Matt Busby, needed pace and a killer touch down the right wing. So he broke the British transfer record and snapped Morgan up. In fact, Morgan was such a key part of Busby s future plans, he was even given the No.7 shirt which had up to then been worn by none other than George Best. It was from the right wing and that shirt that Morgan would witness and play with some of the greatest Manchester United players of all time. Morgan recounts hundreds of tales about the hell-raising Best as well as giving his verdicts on the likes of Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Alex Stepney, Paddy Crerand and a host of others. He also talks about Wilf McGuinness and the case he had to fight against former United manager Tommy Docherty. From the football pitch to the High Court Morgan has done it all and seen it all. He was the first footballer with an official fanclub, he is a man who can count Tom Jones and Rod Steward as his close pals, and he is a footballing hero to those who used to chant his name while crammed into the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Willie touchingly talks about the harrowing death of his first wife Pat before recounting how he found redemption and love with his second wife Kay. The family man s love for his children Gaynor and Scott shines through at all points as does his love for Manchester United the greatest football club in the world . Willie Morgan entertained, captivated and thrilled football fans for over 20 years. Now read his fascinating life story...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2402 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport Media (22 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXENPLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a Day! 27 Oct 2013
By Henbury
Format:Hardcover
Touching, opinionated and insightful.
A great read and a real rags to riches tale.
I would imagine anybody with mining in the family will appreciate the true merits of Willie's tale.
I wonder how many would-be footballers could get signed by a top flight English team playing in second hand boots that were three sizes too small? Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 18 Jan 2014
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An honest and thoughtful insight into the life of a true soccer legend. I found myself transported on a wave of nostalgia to the bygone days of my youth before mega wages and the diving culture so damaged football. Beautifully written and crafted, a must read for anyone with a passion for the game regardless of which team they support.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a great player 10 Dec 2013
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I am not a fan of autobiographies but this was an exception to that rule. On the wing was a great insight into the world of football of my youth. An enjoyable read which let me into the world of Willie Morgan.
Great read, great player, great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a humble man's story 7 July 2014
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This was a tale of an interesting life told warts and all. It gives an insight into the wonderful world of football as well as an honest look at the drker side. The story of a lad from humble beginnings who rose to the top. Well worth reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vain and egotistical guy... 19 Jun 2014
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Hard to really take a shine to the author. he has a high opinion of himself professionally. I recall him as an above average player - but also a pretty weak one at times who seemed to not like a battle. This is at odds with the profile he tries to nurture. He's obsessed by George Best throughout and, believe me, he wasn't in George's league. It falls into being an 'ok' read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars will buy from again and again 29 May 2014
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many thanks .one of the best books to read,i would use again to buy from first class service,spot on,on time,everthing was what they said would be
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue book 7 April 2014
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A good read, it was interesting and told the story of a rise from a very poor background to playing football at the highest level.Well worth a read even for non Manchester United fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories 16 Mar 2014
By chris
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When you've watched a great player and then get to read the background to his career, you start to relate your memories to his recollections. A fascinating read and well worth the money.
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