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Forever a Babe: Growing Up With Manchester United
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I found it a compelling, entertaining, informative, interesting and emotional read. I'm sure that football bias won't allow some folks to appreciate this work - but more fool them.
Manchester Utd fans ought to lap it up.
As for the title of this review: you'll have to ask Tom....
Tom has always spoken with such passion about United during the 50's and this passion is reflected in his book. I found it to be a riveting read which often moved me to tears or caused me to laugh out loud. His memories are so clear that it is easy to picture the scenes he describes and he gives a real insight in to how football was during a much more innocent age.
A truly wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone.
The autobiographical stuff is interesting and deftly avoids over-indulgence. The social history is genuinely fascinating, and the footballing side of the story is compulsory reading for true fans who want to know where the club and its supporters come from in both historical and emotional terms.
It may be stretching things a little to say you don't need to be a United fan, or even a football fan in general, to enjoy this, but the warmth, affection and storytelling prowess that Tom displays throughout the book make it VERY readable.
For those who were around Manchester and United at the time, this is pure nostalgia in the best possible sense of the word; for those of us who were not, it is priceless eye-witness recollection and insight.
But have you ever wondered what life in Manchester was like in the 1940's and 50's for a typical United supporter, and how the Munich disaster impacted on a young Mancunian boy of the time, whose footballing idols were cruelly, terribly snatched away? If so, this is the book for you.
Tom Clare doesn't simply paint a picture of life in central Manchester in that era - he draws you in, immerses you in the environment and the family and social relationships that were at the heart of Mancunian life in the mid-20th century. You begin to understand the grinding poverty that was prevalent in the city, and how it chiselled the tough but generous and compassionate core of so many Manchester people of Tom's age.
And of course, Tom's great gift to the reader is his eloquent, passionate, eye-opening history of Manchester United from their inception at Newton Heath, through to Munich - as seen through the eyes of the Clare family from his beloved Grandpa and down the generations. This family can truly say, "we were there", and many of the urban myths that sprung up around the club are put straight, courtesy of Tom's clear and succinct recollections.
Tom's deeply personal and emotional acccount of the months leading up to Munich in 1957/58, and its heart-wrenching aftermath, compels you to grieve anew for the lost Babes. Tom has created a lens back in time for you to see them for who they truly were - joyous, innocent, humble young men, who loved life, their trade, their club, and the Manchester community who embraced and adored them. Above all, you share the aching sense of loss for Tom's great hero, arguably the finest footballer who has ever graced the game - Duncan Edwards.
Thank you Tom, for giving us a unique perspective on Manchester life and one of the most deeply-felt events in the city's history - your work deserves a place amongst Manchester's finest.
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Reliving Munich was very sad, but there has also been plenty of good times.