Life with Sir Alex: A Fan's Story of Ferguson's 25 Years at Manchester United Paperback – 3 Oct 2011
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Pacey, humorous and intelligent. A great insight into the one-way relationship between a fan and the object of his obsession. --Jim White, Daily Telegraph
Passionate, witty and smart, Tidey neatly sums up the fans-eye view of Ferguson's time at Old Trafford. For that, it is well worth the read. --United Rant
Enter a new breath of fresh air in Manchester United
literature...You'll empathise with every word written, a fantastically recommended read.
--Football United Fanzine
About the Author
Will Tidey writes on football for ESPN, Eurosport-Yahoo, CNN and Bleacher Report, amongst others. He is also a lifelong Manchester United supporter.
Top Customer Reviews
These are emotions - the highs and lows of supporterdom - with which all Manchester United fans can identify. The preface to `My Life' is a case in point, describing the explosion of passion and joy as Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer's flicked winner lit the fires of joy at Camp Nou in 1999. It was the seminal moment of Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge of United.
But Tidey's work is also recollection of events over the course of 25 years of Ferguson's tenure at Old Trafford, and in strict chronilogical order at that. There is much to enjoy in the many victories; plenty to rue in the defeats. Each has made Ferguson's time at Old Trafford so memorable.
Tidey's work is also a remembrance of the minutiae, as well as the improbably glorious. There are moments that the reader will simply
have forgotten, or placed in the deep recesses of memory at least. There is joy in that too.
And yet for all that there is nothing particularly revelatory here. Why should there be? Tidey's work, almost a personal diary over a quarter of a century, was never intended to be. Passionate, witty and smart, Tidey neatly sums up the fans-eye view of Ferguson's time at Old Trafford. For that, it is well worth the read.
Will Tidey has been a Manchester United fan for most of his life and he's of an age that Sir Alex Ferguson has been Manchester United's manager for most of this time. Tidey takes us through the whole of Ferguson's tenure at the helm; his appointment, the wins, the losses, the disappointments and the celebrations. As a dedicated fan and sports journalist, he's shared them all, witnessed many first hand and written about some of them. ''Life With Sir Alex'' is his recollection of these years, written from his standpoint as a fan, not as a journalist.
Despite our differing opinions of favourite teams, there is something very familiar and comforting about events here. Tidey and I are of a similar age and the first F. A. Cup Final he recalls watching in 1985 is also the first I remember seeing; at the time he was six years old, I was eight. Virtually every event and player he mentions in this book is one I recall from my own lifetime as a football fan. Whilst much of what's here reflects badly on my own favourite team who have been in decline during this period, it was strangely relaxing to be able to read a book based in my own lifetime and with so much that I recognised.
What helps with this is that Tidey is a very clear writer.Read more ›
His baby watched the reds on television form the lap of his father from his first few days - such a wonderful view on life.
I couldn't put this book down. If I could give it six stars, I would.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent account of a true fans perspective of the Ferguson era with the accuracy if a journalist
A must read for the true United fan