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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the Babes to life, 26 July 2012
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There is hardly any film footage of the "Busby Babes" so it's always been hard for United fans born since then to appreciate just how good this team was. You get some idea from looking at the stats at how epic these players were (for example, the England team of 1957 crushed Brazil 4:2. The core of this team were the Busby Babes and that Brazil side became World Champions the following year. Go figure!). However, Tom Clare was there at the time. He saw these players come through the youth system and break into the first team. He used to speak to them on the way to the matches and knew them personally. He was also profoundly affected by their deaths (see "Forever a Babe"). In this book Tom gives a personal pen portrait of each of the Babes in turn. His writing is intimate, anecdotal, moving and funny! He was able to transport this United fan (born in 1970 - 12 years after Munich) back to smoky, black and white Manchester, when you would have been highly likely to bump into a United player in the Stretford/Old Trafford area. This was a different time and the players led different lives and had different values to the current pro. If you are interested in the history of Manchester United football club then this book is a must!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 10 Aug 2012
as a life long united supporter just too young to have seen the babes books like this and Toms other book (Forever a babe) help to illustrate the history of our club this is written from the heart and shows the men inside the red shirts you almost feel that you have met the boys and seen the matches as Toms descriptions are so vivid as the previous reviewer said you are transported back to black&white Manchester and i agree totally this is a must read book for all United fans who want to know more about the clubs great past not just the glorious present & future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, 13 Dec 2012
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Brilliant book, well written, from a time when football was a sport enjoyed by the working man, the smell of liniment and smoke drifting across Old Trafford from the nearby railway
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4.0 out of 5 stars Babes again., 28 July 2014
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Yet again, as with The first halcyon years book much of the information in this book I had read before.If any one wants biography's of the Busby Babes then I recommend books deadicated to each player individualy.Books are available on Duncan Edwards,Tommy Taylor,John,Berry,Dennis Violet and Bobby Charlton.And there are many histories of United with the Babes getting plenty of mentions.Don't get me wrong this book is well worth a read. and Auther Tom Clare gives some heart warming accounts of the players he watched as a boy in the 1950's.
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