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5.0 out of 5 stars ...and he never will.
For younger readers, brought up on Giggs, Scholes Rooney etc Paddy Crerand will not be a name that is familiar, unless a student of Manchester United history.
His playing career at United spanned from 1963 to 1976, so he was a major part of United`s greatest triumph, the 1968 European Cup wins and rapid decline into the then Second Division in the Seventies. The...
Published on 27 Feb. 2008 by D. Chambers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Been Fine So Far
Havent quite finished it as yet but I can see that this is going to be the normal type of biography about football players, I do like the footy though.
That being said at least, apart from the insdie of football issues, there is back ground about Paddy himself which is quite interesting.
As already stated only half way through but so far, I would say it is worth...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and he never will., 27 Feb. 2008
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D. Chambers "redmanthinks" (Northants England) - See all my reviews
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For younger readers, brought up on Giggs, Scholes Rooney etc Paddy Crerand will not be a name that is familiar, unless a student of Manchester United history.
His playing career at United spanned from 1963 to 1976, so he was a major part of United`s greatest triumph, the 1968 European Cup wins and rapid decline into the then Second Division in the Seventies. The nearest recent equivalent is Roy Keane.(Pause for the implications to sink in)
Paddy was born of Irish descent in the tough Gorbals area of Glasgow and despite the early loss of his father in an air raid during the war, the religious bigotry and the hardship of the Clyde shipyards, he managed to fight his way into his idolised Celtic team, staying for six years, before the cracks appeared at Parkhead and he was tempted to Old Trafford by Matt Busby, keen to rebuild after the Munich Tragedy of 1958. His time at United during the Sixties is looked upon as a Golden Age as, from midfield, he supplied the ammunition for the Holy Trinity of Charlton,Best and Law as United became the People`s favourite team.
Crerand`s no- nonsense style of play followed him off the field and he tells anecdotes that illustrate that he his more than prepared to support the strength of his convictions with a handily placed fist when needed. Crerand was even manager of Northampton Town for a season 76/77 , but is honest enough to admit that his heart was n`t really in it, and that he felt the transition from player to manager was difficult for him.
For United fans, this is a must-read, and for anyone that is a non-United believer, and a football fan, there is plenty of entertainment to be gleaned from these pages.
Never Turn the Other Cheek, you know Paddy never will.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow kiss, 18 Nov. 2007
What a refreshing change to read a real story warts and all.

The title is very apt and he never does.

Fascinating insight to the man and Old Trafford.

One of the better sports books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paddy Whacks....quite a few people, actually., 28 Jun. 2008
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This is a really good read, Paddy Crerand`s life story is full of top quality football matches, trips abroad and punch ups! You can take the boy out of the Gorbals but, well, you know the rest. Paddy also cuts through a lot of the pc bull in some other books by describing in detail the injustice he faced on his visits back to Ireland, his real home. In fact he sums up the political problems faced by Catholics in a way not normally seen in a footballer`s book. The B Specials may be a mystery to the vast majority of readers but any Irish person resding the book will be only too aware of their malign presence. Crerand played for two massive clubs, Celtic and United. He won League championship, FA Cup and European Cup medals. And he put George Best up...for five days. His description of United`s post 1968 disintregation is one of the best parts of the whole tome. Jock Stein`s description of Tommy Docherty certainly caught my eye. Crerand`s relationship with `The Doc`takes up a good chunk of the latter part of his career and is very interesting. Brilliant read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Ruined My Childhood, 25 May 2014
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Mr. D. W. Potter (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek (Kindle Edition)
Pat Crerand of course ruined my childhood. When you are 14 and support Celtic with a passion, you cannot understand why anyone doesn't want to play for Celtic. February 6 1963 saw me tear down my pictures of Crerand with a passion that appalled my mother, and particularly after the Scottish Cup final disaster of 1963, it was difficult to look upon Pat Crerand with any kind of equanimity.
Later years perhaps allowed me to see why he deserted us. The team was going nowhere with 1961 v Dunfermline and 1962 v St Mirren painful. Pat fell out with Sean Fallon at half time on New Year's Day 1963 - I have heard less sanitised versions of that encounter - and frankly disappointed in the second half when the cause was not yet irretrievable. He never played again for Celtic.
But this book is a highly readable account of Pat Crerand's life. He comes across as honest, astonishingly frequently prone to violence and as basically an Irishman rather than a Scotsman. He played for Scotland, though, and tells the story of May 1961 when he couldn't bring himself to join in "God Save The Queen" (Scotland the Brave would have been no problem) but then when the band played "The Soldiers' Song", he joined in! He says that the town of Falkirk is anti-Celtic. Well, to a point yes because Celtic supporters tended to behave abominably there, but they hate Rangers just as much, in my experience.
He gets a few point of detail wrong - the train on Aberdeen on 5 January 1963 did not have wooden seats and it was Second Class rather than Third, Nobby Stiles did play at Parkhead on August 6 1966 (and how the Jungle, with its innate hatred of poseurs turned on him!), and Pat's last game for Scotland was a defeat to Poland, not a victory.
He likes Matt Busby, George Best and Denis Law - doesn't say enough about Bobby Charlton - and hated Tommy Docherty. All of this is told in a very readable style. He hints that Bobby Evans may have been involved in match fixing but stops short of actually saying so. There is a story here, one feels.
His Gorbals background comes out a lot - does it explain entirely his penchant for violence? He surely cannot he justified in wishing that Eric Cantona had done a better job on that chap's head, can he? I love the way, though, that he chased Man City yahoos out of his pub with a baseball bat that he kept for that purpose! Aye, there can be little doubt that the Gorbals in Glasgow in the 1940s and 1950s was no place for softies.
But a great player, honest enough to say he was no manager with Northampton - but if only he had stayed with Celtic! He probably would have if Jock Stein had been there in 1963. But then, there would have been a European Cup a lot sooner, and a lot more of them!
An excellent, thought-provoking book, much better than most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 7 Feb. 2009
This is a great book and fascinating insight into the man and his career. It gives an inside view of Manchester United during the 60's and 70's from someone who was there. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read, 24 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek (Kindle Edition)
So many footballing biographies disappoint and are rather shallow, sometimes like the subject? Paddy Crerand is opnionated and uncompromising. Some of his views might well offend and the reader is unlikely to agree with some of his views or the way he deals with certain situations. He deals with the irish situation and the cantona contraversy. Not a man to upset! On the other hand, what you see is what you get and he seems a caring and honest man. He is not someone who worries aboout being politcally correct! Some of the stories he tells are interesting and some amusing from his childhood, his career at Celtic, then Manchester united and after retirement. I would have liked to read a little more depth on his relationship with Docherty and others. This is a well written, informative, and entertainingly honest account of Crerand. it is a well above average football book. Recommended to those that enjoy reading about football past and present. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Been Fine So Far, 15 Feb. 2015
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Havent quite finished it as yet but I can see that this is going to be the normal type of biography about football players, I do like the footy though.
That being said at least, apart from the insdie of football issues, there is back ground about Paddy himself which is quite interesting.
As already stated only half way through but so far, I would say it is worth the read :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time Congeals rather than heals..., 6 July 2015
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It was quite interesting, but should have been better, considering the great career Paddy had. The story comes over a bit wooden, and some things seem to have faded in his recollection. I was disappointed with his cursory descriptions and evaluation of George Best, considering the things he said about him early in their careers together. It all sounded a bit jaded.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard footballer's autobiography, 12 April 2014
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Paddy sounds like a guy you don't want to mess with. Lots of punch-ups, and a man used to sorting things out the old-fashioned way.

Disappointing in that you don't get a real insight into his game. He was a great midfielder in a great team and he doesn't give you much analysis of how that team worked.

He is also diplomatic in his descriptions of his team mates. In other football books, there is a quote about Crerand and Noel Cantwell discussing Bobby Charlton and Charlton's lack of awareness as a player. It wasn't complimentary, but it is not mentioned here. That 1968 United team was anything but united in the dressing room but Paddy doesn't touch this.

You read these books to get some honesty and insight into great footballers and their teams. You don't want them to be nice about their team mates and opponents, you want them to be honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 16 April 2014
i watch paddy crerand on mutv and he is the type of man that what you see is what you get you will get told paddys opinion in this book and it dont matter what you think our pat is right and your wrong but thats the great paddy crerand brilliant man thanks for everything pat true red real legend
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