Andrew Keenan was born in 1966 in Greater Manchester.
His first visit to Maine Road was on 28 December 1974, a dramatic match packed with historical resonance. Francis Lee scored a stunning winner for Derby that day, ran towards chairman Swales — the man who had sold him against his will — and shot him a look of defiant triumph. “Look at his face! Just look at his face!” shrieked Barry Davies on Match of the Day that night. Sadly all the author could see were the backs of fans' coats as the late arrival into the Kippax resulted in the eight-year-old being stuck half-way up the terracing.
But to this day he remembers the roar of the packed Maine Road crowd as City came onto the pitch — and the realisation that he would live out his life as a City fan.
Andrew graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1989 with a BA in history, an expensive drinks habit and an ability to swerve a cue ball. Afterwards he began a career in newspaper journalism which took him to the Sunday Times, the Independent and the Daily Mirror, where he became Deputy Editor on Mirror Money.