7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2013
This book is not just for fans of Manchester City, anybody with an interest in the history of the beautiful game will find it to be a brilliant and interesting read.
The amount of research that has gone into the book is staggering, and is backed up with evidence such as newspaper cuttings and old maps.
As well as introducing new evidence on some aspects of City's history it also challenges important information such as how and when the club actually came into existence.
If you think you know all about the history of MCFC, read this book and I guarantee you will learn something new.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
I love social history and I love football and if, like me, you do you'll love this book. A Man's Game is a extremely well researched, interesting read. Keenan successfully weaves the story of the origins of Manchester City with the wider social history of Lancashire and Manchester to produce a fresh, fast paced, and fascinating account of the beginnings of Association Football in the North West. Sex, religion, politics and football - a winning combination. I read this relatively short book cover to cover in a few hours and found it hard to put down. And no, you don't have to be a die-hard City fan to appreciate it, I'm a South London Palace fan, this book has a broad appeal to anyone interested in the history of football.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Authors such as Paul Toovey and Gary James have written at length on the prehistory of Manchester City
F.C. but here Andrew Keenan manages to unearth a mass of new material about the origins of the club and offers a number of important and original interpretations of City's genesis, in particular challenging familiar views about the part played by St Mark's church, West Gorton, in the club's formation. Keenan locates the development of football in Victorian Manchester in the wider context of the city's political and social history but his background in journalism means that the book never becomes dry or overly academic even though it is based on original research into the primary sources. My only complaint is that Keenan's narrative came to a rather abrupt end - let's hope he does a follow up on how 'Gorton Association' club became Ardwick and, finally, Manchester City.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2013
Despite MCFC's burgeoning influence on the world stage, its history has been subject to scant literary attention. `A Man's Game' succeeds in redressing this balance, and skilfully weaves the club's history in to Manchester's rich socio-religious past.
`A Man's Game' tackles many of the incongruities which surround the formation of MCFC, such as its date of establishment and the mystery of the Maltese cross. Moreover, the author is not afraid to slaughter sacred cows; the book reveals shocking truths about Arthur Connell, one of the Eithad's historical heroes.
What is most notable, however, is the way in which the author substantiates his arguments with an impressive array of original contemporary sources; newspapers, correspondence and photographs are all used to better illustrate his points. It is through this fastidious research that Andrew Keenan succeeds in providing a more nuanced and sophisticated history of Manchester City Football Club.
'A Man's Game' is beautifully written and a must-read for anyone interested in the history of British football.