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Joe Mercer, OBE: Football with a Smile - The Authorised Biography of an Everton, Arsenal and England Legend and a Highly Successful Manager with ... Manchester City, Coventry C and England Hardcover – 10 Apr 2010
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Gary James' book is different and it shines out of every page of this accomplished account. Essential reading. -- Mike Barnett (City Life Magazine)
James' book is a fine tribute, lovingly told and lavishly illustrated. -- Stephen Kelly (Four Four Two)
James'biography of the player remembered effectionately at Everton, Arsenal and City, is a welcome indulgence and entertainingly informative. -- David Miller (The Times)
This book demonstrated what an extraordinary character and asset to English football Mercer was. -- Arsenal Match Magazine
This is a well told story of a very special football man. It is not a football story of any man. Read it! -- Ex England Manager Graham Taylor (The Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Its worthwhile looking for other books by the same author. If all his books are as well researched then you can't go far wrong.
Later James wrote a book about Joe Mercer: Football with a Smile: The Authorised Biography of Joe Mercer OBE. I readily recall that it was the most comprehensively researched and detailed football biography I'd read at the time. Come to think of it, it still is. Reviewing it in January 1994 for Bert Trautmann's Helmet, I wrote that he: "had left no stone unturned in the quest for accurate information and the result is a comprehensive and entertaining record of the life of a truly great football man."
Unlike many of his contemporaries (if, indeed, he has any) James leaves no stone unturned in order to chronicle the ups and downs in the career of the legendary player and manager; days spent researching in Manchester's Central Library and hours whiled away at the homes of Mercer's former clubs, Arsenal and Everton amongst others, poring through the archives have guaranteed that. His research is forensic and, yet, never dull. In fact, it is the opposite and unsurprisingly the book is illustrated with photographs throughout - some of them, I suspect, previously unseen and many of them quite superb.
In recent years the flow of football and, indeed, Manchester City books has changed from a modest trickle to a veritable flow; from fans, players and journalists alike. We've seen everything from hasty hagiographies to cut and paste jobs and even the odd cut and run. Yes, some have been passable, but most have been awful.Read more ›
Gary's latest offering is an updated version of his previously acclaimed biography of the late, great, Joe Mercer; a true football legend whose popularity transcends the affections of City supporters alone. To this day, an artist's impression of Joe in his playing days can be seen etched onto the exterior walls of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and his great skill and prowess on the field is still remembered with great affection amongst many an aging Evertonian. Indeed, anyone old enough to remember the 1970s will recall Joe's stint in temporary charge as manager of an England team in complete disarray at that time. Under Joe's tutelage it wasn't long before the smile was restored to the face of English football.
However, the name `Joe Mercer' will be forever synonymous with the great Manchester City Team of the late 60s/early 70s and dedicated followers of the Blues will find a great insight into the life of the man who created, with Malcolm Allison, the last and probably ever fully English team to win the championship.
The book is supplemented with fantastic and imaginative colour imagery which serves to enhance the text, not that this is needed. Had Joe been able to read Gary's tribute, I'm sure he would have been proud and delighted with the work that Gary has created.Read more ›
Excellent stuff, well researched and very thorough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my husbands a great fan of Joe Mercer so book was for his birthday, which he loved. Good fast delivery as well. so all round success.Published on 11 Nov. 2014 by sheilac
Well researched & well written, always difficult with biographies to get emotions across & in places a bit more narrative would have brought it more to life. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Steve McG
Football was played with a smile then. Fans were closer to the players, clubs were vital pillars of the community, not big businesses as at present. Great book.Published on 4 Nov. 2013 by M. Smith
Really interesting story about a very modest man who achieved so much in his lifetime. A must for all Arsenal historians - thanks.Published on 29 May 2013 by Martin
A great book on a footballing legend, both as a player and manager. Joe and Malcolm Allison created a brilliant team at Manchester City in the sixties and early seventies which in... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer