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5.0 out of 5 stars ...and he never will., 27 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 27 Sep 2013 06:40:26 BDT
TEZ.M says:
Hya mate, paddy actually stopped playing for united in 1971,he came back (from hibs) in 1972 to united as assistant untili 1976,then managed Northampton town 1976-1977.great buy for us paddy, never lets anyone slag united off..i get told im more bias than him about united but that's not a bad thing as far as im concerned.
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